Advertisements Those were probably the two worst episodes in the history of the series; it's like the writers' IQs dropped 75 points in three months. From the totally anti-climactic ruining of Punchy's wedding, Barney's sudden desire to change (then not, then back again, then not, then back again), and the Ross/Rachel-ification of Barney and Robin, to the ridiculous Marshall video subplot in the second episode, nothing clicked. At all. The pacing was uncharacteristically frenetic, the leads had become bigger asshats than I think we've ever seen before, and the whole thing devolved into a mishmash of subplots with no meaningful transitions. The one high point was Victoria's return. I'm rewatching the series now and just finished with her arc in S1, and I always thought they should have explored that relationship more. It's virtually impossible for her to be the mother, I know, but I've also never been the die-hard fan that believes the series needs to always be moving towards something. Like Alan Sepinwall mentioned in his review, I'm a fan of Ted's relationships even when they have no future, but the producers need to stop taunting the audience. And I have to mention this, because it really bugged me. Marshall was staring at what looked very much like a YouTube screen as he was watching those videos. And he's a lawyer. Submit takedown notices and get them removed. Boom. Done. I hate that type of artificial conflict, and this show has never dealt with technology particularly well, but this was ridiculous. Martin Short's arc has some potential, though.