Complete with clips to tide you over through the Christmas specials and season reruns.
By Alexander B. Huls
Though it was often a truncated season, and one that might be a long time returning after Christmas, here are some of the moments I most enjoyed from this year’s batch of shows, new and old.
Slapsgiving, How I Met Your Mother
Continuing what has become a running joke on the show, the creators of HIMYM took it to hilarious new heights. Not only does Marshall make Thanksgiving also Slapsgiving (i.e. a day where slappage occurs), after finally receiving the allowance of the Slap Bet Commissioner (i.e. Lily) to go ahead and take his pound of flesh from Barney, Marshall launches into a pre-composed song honoring the act. “The Slap Song” makes for another classic HIMYM moment, and to me, it is this year’s Robin Sparkles.
After watching Dexter being harassed by Doakes, and secretly wishing Dexter would do something about it (as long as it didn’t endanger our hero), we finally got our moment. In hindsight, I still think it was an insanely stupid thing to do, but that’s about all I’ll say, because, frankly, this moment just needs to speak for itself.
The funniest the show has produced so far, this episode (“Bad Day at Black Rock”) had numerous excellent moments – the “I lost my shoe” bit being a classic – but this for me was the best. As if Dean wasn’t bad enough with his bad-ass cockiness, throw in a temporary luck-bringing rabbit’s foot that can ensure his safety, and you’ve got yourself a funny situation, made even more so by a well placed, self-aggrandizing pop-culture reference.
After months of watching Chuck long for Sarah quietly (and sometimes not so quietly), when both were faced with their imminent death it was a pleasant shock to see the two finally lock lips. Most surprising was the fact that Sarah kissed Chuck – instead of the other way around – as the latter sadly resigned himself to a casual “It was nice knowing you.” Of course, things wouldn’t be easy for Chuck and Sarah (as subsequent episodes proved), but we Chuck/Sarah relationshippers will always have this kiss to keep us going. Or at least to live up to. I mean, that was a hot kiss.
Of all the clips to choose from, this may be an odd choice. The thing is, I’ve adored Henry (and sure, his “will they or won’t they” relationship with Betty) since his first appearance. So, to see the adorable accountant break out of his comfortable self and show off his moves (spanning everything from Russian to John Travolta), in a wife-beater no less? Bliss.
Watching this clip completely out of context, it’s a marvel that one doesn’t overdose on the sugar-sweet cuteness essentially injected into your heart. But like most good and addictive drugs, you inevitably develop a stronger immunity to its effects, while simultaneously desiring and loving it more. After so many episodes, I now expect Pushing Daisies to supply me with the adorable Ned and Chuck moments I so desperately crave. This addiction can be traced back most significantly to their first (on-screen) kiss. If nothing else, this clip earns its place here for making saran wrap unnaturally romantic.