Spoilers for the "How I Met Your Mother" finale, part the first, coming up just as soon as I get some guy tips...
I love how "HIMYM" gets to have its cake and eat it, too. It looks and acts just enough like a traditional sitcom (video, laugh track, situations) that it's not as off-putting to some people as an "Arrested Development," but it also does things a traditional sitcom won't do, particularly the way it plays with time. So here we have one of the most standard comedy plots of all time, the wedding where everything goes wrong, but the writers execute it very well, and throw in just enough of their own little spin so it doesn't feel like you've seen this all a million times before.
Barney obviously rocked this episode, as he so often does, between him registering as an officiant "Because it suddenly implants in the mind of every woman there that, when I ask a question, you say, 'I do,'" him discovering the super power that is "It's for the bride" and him speed-talking through the ceremony to stop his sobbing.
But there was also plenty of goodness from Marshall (admitting he and Lily once had a farting contest, the razor freak-out and the brilliant "Shawshank Redemption" rant, complete with Zihuatanejo reference) and Lily (describing Scooter by asking, "Did he look like a guy who tried to be an umpire but failed?"), and even Ted (though his best moment was from behind the bathroom stall door).
Don't want to say too much since I've seen next week's, though I don't think anyone's going to be shocked with what happens. What did everybody else think?