How I Met Your Mother “The Magician’s Code” Review

How I Met Your Mother Season 7 Finale: The Magician's Code (5)

If you’ve been watching How I Met Your Mother all season, you would have had a pretty good idea of what to expect from tonight’s one hour season finale, “The Magician’s Code.” We had been given clues all season and, with the exception of a couple unexpected twists it was just a matter of finally seeing how all the pieces would fall together.

The first half of the episode centered around Lily’s labor and the birth of Marvin Waitforit Erikson. While Barney and Marshall made their way back to New York, Robin and Ted were at Lily’s side telling her stories to distract her from the pain until she could be checked into the hospital.

Robin and Ted went through at least 10 short stories and there was a bit of a Robot Chicken feel to the way we were being shown all these slice of life stories. I was anxious to see the resolution to a lot of the plot lines that had been set up over the course of the season, so these unrelated cutaway stories, while amusing, ended up feeling a lot like filler. It seemed as though they were being brought up to simply drag the episode out long enough to fill the entire hour.

Knowing his character, the way Barney handled his arrest at the casino was very believable. That moment had seemed like such a big deal earlier in the season so I was a little disappointed by the actual reveal of how the motorcycle ban sign came to be. I suppose I had just expected a bigger, more outrageous story.

After Marvin’s birth, the focus of the episode shifted to the relationships between Robin, Ted and Barney. Ted started grumbling about how he’d never get to live his happily ever after, and Robin interrupted him for a much needed reality check. I appreciated that she was able to remind him that he’s always been chasing women that he’d have no future with. Ted seemed to finally see what she was talking about, so I was confused as to why Robin would then be so adamant about encouraging Ted to go after Victoria.

Don’t get me wrong, Victoria is my favorite of the Ted ex-girlfriends, but the last time we saw her, she and Ted had closed the book on their future. I can’t understand how both Ted and Robin fail to see that pursuing Victoria at this stage in her life is just another example of Ted chasing a woman he’d have no future with. Ted hasn’t spoken with Victoria in months and he has no idea if this is a case of wedding jitters or if Victoria is serious about ending things with her fiance. Even if she has no intention of marrying her fiance, running off with Ted isn’t exactly the best way to start a new relationship. This is three steps back for Ted, when I had hoped that we’d be taking one step forward in the direction of “the mother.”

Meanwhile, Barney returned from his time in Atlantic City in a panic about his relationship with Quinn. He was constantly talking to anyone who would listen about how he had ruined things with Quinn, but it never really seemed like more than pity talk. I didn’t feel like he was actually devastated about things being over between him and Quinn, just that he was feeling bad for himself.

It was pretty obvious that Barney’s “magic trick” was going to be tied to his proposal to Quinn, so there was no shock there. I loved how nonchalant Barney was about defying the uncharacteristically patient airport security staff with explosives, swords, and trick handcuffs for the sake of honoring the “Magician’s Code.” I laughed out loud watching the agent’s disappearing passenger magic trick after Barney asked him to prove he was a magician. The reality was a simple card trick, but Barney’s version of reality is always so much more fun than the reality everyone else sees.

I’m not sure if the “wedding day that went horribly wrong” that Ted talked about was Victoria’s wedding day, or Barney’s wedding day. Even seeing Robin in that wedding dress hasn’t totally convinced me that she’s the bride that Barney will be getting married to. I wouldn’t put it past How I Met Your Mother to set up an elaborate double wedding just to lead us on with this Robin/Barney thing. I liked Robin and Barney, but given the opportunity, I think I could also like Quinn and Barney.

Either way, I’m looking forward to the next season of How I Met Your Mother and I’m keeping up hope that we’ll get a lot more answers than we did in this season finale. We got explanations for some of the things we had been teased about all season long, but this finale prompted me to ask a whole new set of questions, while leaving some of the biggest issues untouched.