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Last week's episode was pretty hard to improve on and it was pretty evident in this episode. Now scroll down and read.
"BACK OFF PATRICE"
The (Bro)ken Code wasn't nearly as good as last weeks episode, and in fact, I believe it was the weakest episode of the season.
Picking up from where the last episode left off, the Broken Code opens with Barney confessing to Ted that he saw him and Robin holding hands. Ted explains himself, and Barney, to my surprise and I'm pretty sure everyone elses forgave him right away. Of course it was a ridiculously forced apology acception, so we automatically know that he's faking it. That's actually where I was the most surprised (at first, I'll get to that later). When I was watching it, I found it rather odd the Barney would forgive him right away. Of course I now realize that that's how Barney would do it, be angry in a roundabout way, but I figured that the writers would change his deviate from the norm a bit. Anyways, that whole opening scene was good at the best, the only funny part being the shared tears over the spilled scotch.
I may as well finish their (Ted and Barney + a little Marshall) arc, so here goes. The rest of their story was, although better than the opening sequence, still not up to par with the rest of the Season 9 episodes. There were some funny parts, such as Ted having to massage Barney's great-aunt (?) Ida, and the massive amounts of pigeons in Ted's 'room'. However, the conclusion of the story was rather odd, I'm not quite sure what to say about it, except that I really hope Ted means it this time, because I am sick of the Ted&Robin story arcs. Also worth noting is Tim Gunn and Billy Zabka's appearances in the episode, they were one of the highlights.
Lily and Robin's storyline was kind of bad. It really did nothing to advance the story and I didn't find it all that funny. I mean, there were some good parts, such as Patrice's return (love her) and Robin's feeble attempts at making a female friend, but other than that I didn't really enjoy it.
Overall, the episode was decent, it wasn't great, but wasn't amazing.
Matt's rating: 7/10