Month: January 2014

HIMYM review Season 1 Episode 21 “Milk”

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“Milk” begins with the gang celebrating Ted’s 28th birthday at MacLaren’s. Barney’s gift to Ted is to use the “Greatest Pickup Line Ever.” Barney goes over to hit on a gorgeous brunette and stops mid-sentence, asking if she is okay and telling her to sit down. While Barney continues to talk with the brunette, Lily asks Ted if he feels old being two years away from turning 30. Ted tells her no and future Ted tells his kids his 30th birthday was good except the goat, but that is a story for a later time. Returning to Barney, he demands a glass of water and for someone to call 911. When two paramedics arrive, played by series creators, Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, Barney asks the girl if anything is broken. The girl tells Barney no and Barney counters with a pickup line about her falling from Heaven because she is an angel. Barney then starts a chant telling the girl to give Barney her number. After the rest of the bar joins in, the girl gives her number to Barney. Back at the booth, Ted tells the rest of the group he has figured out why he is single, he is picky. Ted then recites the qualities he is looking for in a woman, attractive, college educated, wants one boy and one girl, likes dogs, Otis Redding, and sports, does the crossword and plays bass. When asked how he will find this “perfect woman”, Ted says he isn’t going to look for her, instead he is going to let fate present her to him.

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The next day, Marshall seeks out Barney at work for help with some paperwork. Barney shrugs Marshall’s request off and has him look at an office across the street. Barney introduces him to Clark Butterfield and the prank war the two of them have engaged in for years. When Marshall refuses to help Barney with his prank war, Barney has his assistant, Tracy, inform Marshall he is no longer speaking with him, all in front of Marshall. Back at the apartment, Ted receives a call from Love Solutions, the dating service he signed up for in “Matchmaker” (Season 1 Ep. 7). The man from Love Solutions tells Ted they have found his soul mate. Ted immediately heads to the Love Solutions office. Ted is skeptically at first but after reading his match’s profile, decide she is perfect. The profile listed everything from Ted’s list earlier in the episode and then some. Ted instructs the worker to set up a date for him.

Later, Barney asks Marshall to see him in his office. Marshall asks if everything is back to normal between them but Barney ignores the questions and asks Marshall to taste his latte. After Marshall tastes the latte, Barney reveals Butterfield defiled his drink just as Barney had defiled Butterfield’s sandwhich previously. Marshall admits he should be upset with Barney but agrees to help retaliate against Butterfield. Down at MacLaren’s, Ted is so excited for his date he arrives early. Lily calls Ted and asks him if he can come help her in Dutchess county. She tells Ted she got a flat in Marshall’s Fiero and needs his help changing the tire. Ted, initially refuses but changes his mind after Lily guilts him into taking a 90 dollar cab ride to meet her.

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Ted meets Lily and tells her since his date was nice enough to push the date back, he wants to know why she is in Dutchess county with Marshall’s car. After swearing on his future children, Luke and Leia not to tell Marshall, Lily confesses she has been battling insomnia for the past month. One night while she was thinking about Victoria and how she followed her dreams to Germany, Lily found an art fellowship in San Francisco. Lily was driving to the interview in New Haven when she got the flat. Ted asks if she is doesn’t want to get married and Lily assures Ted she wants to get married and wasn’t going to take the fellowship, she just wanted to know if her painting was good enough to get in. Ted tells Lily he thinks it’s pretty obvious she doesn’t want to get married because there are art fellowships a lot closer to New York. Lily admits to having second thoughts about the wedding but tells Ted she realizes the flat tire is a sign to stay in New York. After changing the tire, Lily tries to convince Ted to come with her to New Haven. After Ted tells her this is a mistake, Lily gives a great speech about how sometimes you can’t know if something is a mistake until you’ve made it and can look back and realize it was indeed a mistake. Unsuccessful in convincing Ted to join her, Lily leaves Ted on the side of the road and heads to New Haven.

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Ted calls Barney for help and quickly realizes he is with Marshall. Since Ted doesn’t want Marshall to know why he was in Dutchess county, he lies and tells Marshall he was playing a joke. Ending the phone call with Ted, Marshall turns his attention back to preparing a mouse prank for Butterfield. Marshall admits to Barney that working with him is fun and he is thinking of working for Alltrucell after graduation. Ted is finally saved when Robin picks him up in a news van. On the ride to MacLaren’s, Robin does her best to keep Ted talking about his “perfect girl” and away from her hat. Robin mentioned she got some highlights earlier in the day and now she looks like a tiger. Outside of MacLaren’s Robin realizes Ted has had a rough night and cheers him up by taking off her hat, revealing her horrible hair. Ted watches Robin drive off with a big smile on his face. Standing just feet from MacLaren’s Ted dreams about his wedding and realizes it would be a mistake if Robin wasn’t the one standing next to him. Inside his apartment, Ted finds Marshall explaining the mouse prank to Lily. Ted uses the bad milk he drank that morning as code, asking Lily if she “got the milk.” Lily informs Ted she did get the milk. Ted somberly asks her if she “wants to drink the milk” and Lily responds with a warm smile and that she does not want to drink the milk. Marshall breaks up the milk talk, asking how Ted’s date went. Ted informs Marshall and Lily he didn’t go because he doesn’t want the “perfect woman”, he wants Robin. Marshall begins a long tirade of “not this again!” and Ted says sometimes you have to make a mistake before you realize it’s a mistake.

“Milk” is an interesting episode because it makes you think about the “what ifs” in your life. Would you be happier if you made this decision over that one? If you remember the ending shot of Lily from “Best Prom Ever”, it comes as no surprise she is having second thought about the wedding but I think this episode showed she just wanted to know she was good enough and sometimes knowing you are good enough to do something is just as good as doing it.

My favorite scene is when Lily gives her speech about making mistakes to Ted. Sorry about the lack/quality of pictures. The normal site I use was down.

Cheers.

HIMYM review Season 1 Episode 20 “Best Prom Ever”

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“Best Prom Ever” begins with Marshall and Lily scrambling to reserve the recently available Van Smoot House for their wedding. In doing so, Marshall and Lily’s wedding is moved up to two months from now. Later at MacLaren’s, Lily is stressed about how quickly they have to plan the wedding and hands out jobs to the group. Lily tries to pair Robin and Ted together but their is an awkward silence, made only worse when Barney brings up how awkward it is. Lily tries to power through the awkwardness and asks Ted for help with the invitations.

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Later, Lily realizes she hasn’t booked a band and begins to turn into a bridezilla, similar to Claudia from “The Wedding”. Marshall saves the day, telling Lily he booked an awesome band called The 88. Lily refuses to sign off on the band unless she hears them play “their song”. The gang finds outs the band’s only upcoming gig is the following night at a high school prom in New Jersey. Unlike herself, Lily agrees with Barney’s plan of sneaking into the prom. Robin offers to accompany them seeing as how she never went to her prom. Ted suggests they all go but is met with resistance from Robin, saying less people will be easier to sneak in. Trying to seem upbeat, Ted suggests he and Marshall have a guys night and get wasted. Later that night, Lily and Robin are searching for what to wear. Barney disagreed with their first choices because they weren’t slutty enough to pass for teenagers and they would get kicked out. During the search, Lily finds her old dress from her high school prom. Reminiscing, we are shown Lily’s high school prom from 1996 with her then boyfriend, Scooter, played by Neil Patrick Harris’ real life husband, David Burtka. Scooter tells Lily how excited he is to be accepted into Umpire School and their future together. After slutting up, Barney gives Lily and Robin corsages and the trio head for the prom leaving Ted and Marshall to their guys night.

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Ted suggests a shot of Jim Beam before he and Marshall head to the bar but Marshall tells Ted he promised they would stuff 200 invitations before leaving. Reluctant, Ted agrees when tempted by a secret prize. At the prom entrance, the gang is met with resistance from the staff. Only students or the dates of student are allowed to enter the prom. Robin and Lily convince two nerdy seniors to be their dates. The four walking in leaving Barney to construct his own plan to enter the prom. As soon as Lily enters the prom, the band takes a break. Lily approaches the lead singer and asks if they can play her and Marshall’s song, “Good Feeling” by the Violent Femmes. The lead singer tells Lily he is wasted but if she gets the sheet music, they will play it. Robin calls Marshall and asks him to bring the music ASAP. Marshall asks if he can bring Ted and Robin tells him she is still hurt by what he did. During this conversation, Barney sneaks into the prom from an air-duct but is immediately escorted back outside by security. Robin agrees to let Ted come but only if he has to.

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While, Lily and Robin wait on Ted and Marshall to arrive with the sheet music, they dance with their dates. When Lily hears her dates plans after graduation, she realizes she never accomplished the goals she set out for. She tells her date he will never accomplish anything just as Robin’s date vomits on her dress. Marshall and Ted finally arrive and run into Barney as a turtle mascot, while the girls are in the bathroom. Barney confesses to Marshall and Ted he couldn’t get into the prom and eventually paid a janitor to use the costume. Marshall asks Lily’s date where she is and her date takes offense, attacking Marshall with a nunchaku, claiming Lily is now his. Ted defends Marshall by tackling the kid.

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Inside the girl’s bathroom, Lily and Robin talk about what just happened with their dates. Lily feels bad for berating her date. When Robin asks Lily if she is having second thoughts about getting married, Lily tells her she is but not about Marshall, about herself. Lily shares with Robin that she never accomplished any of her college dreams. She wanted to travel, live in Europe and become a painter, even have a college lesbian phase. Robin helps Lily realize marrying her best friend is better than accomplishing all those tasks and even comforts her saying she can still travel and paint. As for the college lesbian experience, Robin gives Lily a small kiss to cross that off her checklist.

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Ted, Barney and Marshall are being held by security outside the prom. When Marshall asks to go inside for one song, security tells him there is no way he will get back inside. Barney saves the day by stealing the mascot head from security and causing them to chase him. Inside, The 88 start playing Marshall and Lily’s song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8IwseoPmVk) and the two come together to dance. Being the only two people alone, Ted and Robin also come together to dance. Robin tells Ted she missed him, not that they were going to sleep together way, not that she forgives him way, just that she missed him way. Ted, in what might be one the smartest things he has ever said, responds with, “I’ll take what I can get.” Marshall and Lily agree to use The 88 for their wedding but you can clearly see on Lily’s face she is still having some anxiety about everything.

“Best Prom Ever” is a good episode because it shows that even when you have everything you want, there is always something you don’t have. For Lily, marrying Marshall should make her the happiest person in the world, but instead she is reminded of the dreams that she left behind to be with Marshall. A constant question I ask myself is, is it possible to make yourself happy and be with someone who makes you happy or do you have to chose? Again, I think this harks back to the relatability of How I Met Your Mother. I really enjoy the scene where it shows college Lily tells college Marshall her plans for life and as she finishes hooking up her stereo, “their song” plays, another music related moment to add to my list.

My favorite scene is Ted and Robin’s exchange during their dance. Ted is a brilliant man. I think more people need to “take what they can get.”

Cheers.

HIMYM review Season 1 Episode 19 “Mary the Paralegal”

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We begin episode 19, roughly 2 months before Ted and Victoria split. Their relationship is still in its infancy and Ted tells Barney, Lily, and Marshall how much he is falling for Victoria, while they have drinks at MacLaren’s. Robin joins the group with exciting news. One of her news stories has been nominated for a local award and she wants everyone to go. Reluctant at first, the gang changes their minds when they hear there is going to be an open bar. Ted, still obsessing about Victoria, tells Robin to put him down for two seats even though it’s three months away. Flash forward three months and Ted is single and debating whether he should still go to the awards banquet because he hasn’t spoken with Robin in three weeks, thanks to the phone swap at her apartment. Marshall tries to convince Ted to attend the banquet because it is a great way to show Robin he still supports her as a friend. Barney has other ideas and tells Ted he should bring a gorgeous date to make Robin jealous. When Ted mentions two hours isn’t enough time find a date, Barney suggests hiring an escort. Barney tries to persuade Ted to overlook his initial judgement about taking a prostitute and is “lawyered” by Marshall. Eventually, Barney storms off out of frustration but quickly returns with a beautiful blonde woman named Mary, played by Erinn Bartlett.

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Upstairs at the apartment, Robin is getting ready, while Lily naps on the couch. After Robin wakes her up, Lily tells Robin the school board took away her students “nap time”, leaving her exhausted because she would also partake in a nap. Robin asks Lily if it would be weird if she brought a date since Ted is still going to attend the banquet and Lily assures her Ted will be okay with it. Down at MacLaren’s, Barney introduces Mary to Ted and Ted immediately pulls Barney aside refusing to take a hooker to the banquet. Ted eventually agrees to give Mary a chance because only he, Marshall, and Barney will know she is a hooker and also because Barney paid Mary 500 dollars. Robin and Lily enter MacLaren’s with Robin’s date, Sandy Rivers. We find out through a flash back that Ted and Marshall watch Sandy every morning read the newspaper on air, and they think he is a joke because of it. Seeing Sandy causes Ted and Marshall to go into one of their “famous telepathic conversations”. Ted tells Marshall he hates Sandy and can’t believe Robin brought him. After Sandy tells Ted he is Robin’s date, Ted introduces them to his date, Mary.

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Later at the awards banquet, Marshall, Barney, and Ted are worried everyone will find out Mary is a hooker. Lily and Mary return from the bathroom, questioning what happened by Marshall. Lily kisses Marshall and tells him nothing, except she borrowed Mary’s lipstick causing Marshall to wipe his mouth in disgust. Robin turns the conversation to Mary, asking her what she does for a living and Barney blurts out, “She’s a paralegal”, nervously.Mary answers questions about what a paralegal does and even mentions working at a downtown law firm to Marshall’s surprise. Impressed, Ted flirts with Mary, frustrating Robin even more. After Robin makes some comments about Ted’s infidelity, Ted turns his attention to belittling Sandy. Ted finds himself even more attracted to Mary after she compares Sandy’s hair to Darth Vader’s helmet.

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Later when Robin is alone at the hotel bar, Ted sees an opportunity to apologize for everything, but Robin isn’t having it. After some back-and-forth, Ted abandons Robin, telling her he came to support her as a friend and is tried of trying. Ted rejoins the rest of the group at the table, where he and Mary discuss the hotel. Mary tells Ted the hotel is one of the nicer hotels she’s ever been in. Ted responds, telling Mary his architecture firm did the remodel and she should she the rooms. Mary hints she wishes they had a room. At that very moment, Barney saves the day by sliding a room key toward Mary and Ted, telling them to have a good time because it’s on him. Robin’s award category comes up and despite her story being what I can only assume is a fluff piece about “Pickles the Singing Dog”, she wins. During her acceptance speech, Robin thanks all her friends by name, except Ted. Robin returns to the table, award in hand, and asks Sandy is he wants to get a cab. Not wanting to be one-uped, Ted asks Mary if she wants to go upstairs causing Marshall to start another “telepathic conversation” with Ted, demanding to know what he is thinking. Ted confesses to Marshall he is trying to make Robin jealous and really likes Mary despite being a prostitute. After Lily interrupts Marshall telepathic conversation, he tells Ted to do whatever he wants.

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On the elevator ride to their room, Ted asks Mary, nervously, if she ever hooked up with Barney. She responds with an emphatic, “There’s not enough money in the world.” Down at the banquet table, Lily is fast asleep on Marshall’s shoulder when Robin returns. She tells Marshall and Barney she sent Sandy home and was only trying to make Ted jealous. Marshall tells Robin Ted is upstairs trying to maker her jealous. Marshall in a panic, telepathically confesses to Lily that Mary is a prostitute. Lily jumps from her dreams, blurting, “Mary’s a prostitute?” Marshall again panics and points out Barney bought her for Ted. After Lily realizes she used her lipstick and Robin questions Ted’s recent judgement, Barney announces it is time to unveil tonight’s twist ending. Barney grabs the emcee, Vampire Lou, and has him read a card a loud. To everyone’s surprise, Vampire Lou reads that Mary is not a hooker and Mary doesn’t know Ted thinks she is a hooker! The table can’t believe what Barney has done and Barney giggles, telling them “if they don’t laugh, it just seems mean.”

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On the walk to their hotel room, Ted tells Mary he feels like Richard Gere from Pretty Woman. Oblivious to what Ted is hinting at, Mary tells Ted he isn’t shy about his looks. Ted tries to tell Mary he has never been with a hooker, using the word “date” as code thinking she will understand. Again unaware of Ted’s intentions, Mary tells Ted she has been going on “dates” since she was 15. Outside of the room, Ted suggests the two of them have a few drinks and see what happens. Mary mentions that is a great idea as she had a long day with “clients riding her” and one guy was really “anal”. At the last minute, Ted realizes he can’t go through with it. He tells Mary he is amazed at how much he likes her but he can’t do this because she’s a hooker. Mary responds with “I’m a paralegal.” Ted retorts saying in a slightly sarcastic tone, “No, you’re a hooker.” Mary frustrated, assures Ted in an aggressive tone, “No, Ted. I’m a paralegal.” Realizing he is wrong, Ted finally accepts the fact Mary is a paralegal. A few days later, we find Barney, Marshall and Ted at MacLaren’s talking about Ted’s night with Mary. Laughing, Barney finally comes clean with Ted, telling him Mary really is a paralegal that lives in his building. Even at this point, Marshall thinks the whole thing is funny. Ted yells at Barney, asking why he would he even do that, he got slapped and Mary stormed off. It takes Barney a minute but he remembers his “point” and that was because Ted thought Mary was a “sure thing”, he stopped trying so hard and was going to have sex on the first date until he ruined it. Ted confesses he has the last laugh because he never checked out of the room Barney paid for. Before Ted leaves for his 3 o’clock massage, Ted asks Barney if he know how good it feels to pour Dom Perignon down the drain. Marshall looks at clearly upset Barney and tells him, “if you don’t laugh, it just seems mean.”

“Mary the Paralegal” is one of the best episodes of any season and my favorite episode from season one. The constant onslaught of quick one-liners get me every time. I do find it interesting at the beginning of the episode, Ted mentions one of the things he loves about Victoria is her favorite Otis Redding box set CD is the same as his. But Ted and Victoria were never shown with a Otis Redding song, he and Robin were in the pilot. There isn’t an important underlying message, just an amusingly horrible prank from Barney and Robin and Ted’s strained friendship. This episode has a lot of great moments in it, Marshall “lawyers” Barney three times, we learn about Sandy, a Star Wars reference, and “telepathic conversations”.

But my favorite scene is when Ted and Mary argue about her being a hooker. I still referencing this with my friends at work on a regular basis.

Cheers and here’s a picture of Yosemite Sandy.

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HIMYM review Season 1 Episode 18 “Nothing Good Ever Happens After 2 a.m.”

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Episode 18 picks up where “Life Among the Gorillas” ended. Ted has been waiting for Victoria to call him all night. Shortly after 2 a.m., Ted receives a phone call from Robin asking if he wants to come over. Future Ted tells his kids their grandmother has a saying that “nothing good happens after 2 a.m.” and he should go to bed. We flash back to the previous morning to retrace what led Robin to call Ted. Robin started her day as she would most days, waking up to her five dogs, getting ready for work and saying goodbye to her dogs as if they are people. On this particular day, Robin spoke about being a TV reporter to Lily’s kindergarten class. One kid asks Robin about her love life and Robin gets defensive when asked if she is lonely and a lesbian. Barney is also at Lily’s class and is asked by Lily what he does for a living. Barney laughs and says, “please”, just as he did when Marshall asked him in the previous episode. Barney wows the kids with some magic.

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Later, Robin is shown prepping for the evening broadcast, when Ted calls from the previous episode asking why Victoria hasn’t called him yet. After reassuring Ted everything is fine, Robin’s co-anchor, Sandy Rivers, suggest he and Robin have sex. Sandy is played by Alexis Deisof, Alyson Hannigan’s husband. Robin tells Sandy she doesn’t get involved with coworkers, to which Sandy’s responds with he doesn’t want to date her, just have sex and gives Robin his business card. After a long day, Robin returns home to her five dogs and empty apartment. She pours herself a big class of wine and looks at Sandy’s card, thinking about her day. After finishing off the bottle of wine, Robin calls Ted and invites him over.

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Robin uses the excuse of buying a new juicer to entice Ted to come over. Sensing this could be his chance, Ted takes a cab and heads to Robin’s apartment. During his cad ride, Ted debates with his subconscious, which has taken the form of Victoria, about the morality of his decision. Ted does his best to try and convince subconscious Victoria nothing is going to happen. Fearing she may be right, Ted calls Marshall, who is still at the karaoke bar with Lily and Barney, for advice. Marshall tells Ted he needs to think and will call him back with a decision. While waiting for Marshall’s answer, Ted tries calling Victoria again but doesn’t get an answer. After talking with Lily and Barney, Marshall calls Ted to remind him about his mother’s saying and to go home. Lily hijacks the phone from Marshall and tells Ted this will end badly because Robin likes him and he needs to just go home. Blinded by the news that Robin likes him, Ted tells Lily he is going to head home but continues to Robin’s apartment. Subconscious Victoria appears again outside of Robin’s apartment building to tell Ted not to go through with this. Ted blames Victoria for not answering her phone.

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Ted enters Robin’s apartment and things quickly take an interesting turn when Robin suggests wine over juice. Robin tells Ted she had a rough day and the only person she wanted to see at the end of it was Ted. When Robin asks Ted about the talk with Victoria, he lies and says they broke up. Meanwhile, Lily tells Marshall they should go home. Barney tells Lily and Marshall they can’t leave because he believes the most legendary events happen after 2 a.m., citing the time he and Ted licked the liberty bell from “Sweet Taste of Liberty” and the time he had an “almost fourway”. Barney convinces Marshall, Lily and a Korean Elvis impersonator to head to MacLaren’s for drinks. Back at Robin’s apartment, Ted tries to make small talk about getting a new phone that is the same model as Robin’s. Marshall calls Ted to invite him to MacLaren’s and Ted excuses himself to the hallway to answer his phone. Ted confesses to Marshall and Lily he is at Robin’s and doesn’t understand why he shouldn’t do this, he is still crazy for Robin and will break up with Victoria tomorrow. Lily again steals the phone and convinces Ted he needs to break things off with Victoria before starting something with Robin.

Back inside Robin’s apartment, Ted tells Robin it’s late and needs to head home. They two share a hug and then slide into a kiss. Ted and Robin move to the couch and eventually Robin suggests moving to the bedroom. Ted agrees but says he needs to use the bathroom first. Inside the bathroom, subconscious Victoria appears a third time. Ted tells her he is going to call her and end their relationship because he is exhausted from pretending he isn’t in love with Robin, hates being in a long distance relationship and wants to get laid. Subconscious Victoria tells Ted she deserves a real conversation, not one from the bathroom of the girl he is about to sleep with. Ted tells her it is happening and at that moment learns he doesn’t have his phone, he has Robin’s. Ted enters the living room to find Robin ending a call on his phone. Robin tells Ted she answered it, thinking it was her phone and he needs to call his girlfriend back. Disgusted, Robin heads to the bedroom while Ted slithers out the door. Ted and Victoria break up on the cab ride home at the same time, Lily knees Korean Elvis in the nards for hitting on her. Future Ted ends the episode telling his kids this was the worst mistake he ever made, in one night he hurt two people. Nothing good ever happens after 2 a.m.

“Nothing Good Ever Happens After 2 a.m.” is an interesting episode because it introduces another often quoted life theory. I personally don’t agree with the “nothing good happens after 2 a.m.” theory because Ted and Barney licked the liberty bell after 2 a.m. and as Barney sarcastically asks at the end of the episode, “Hey you guys, remember the time that Lily kicked Korean Elvis in the nards?”. Two classic moments that would be often retold in my group of friends. Most events after 2 a.m. are probably not worth remembering but a handful are worth it. Just this past weekend, I spent both Friday and Saturday night drinking well past 2 a.m. Nothing of importance happened but it could have, that is why you continue to do things after 2 a.m. All that being said, NEVER sleep with a person you intend to date before ending your current relationship. Not only is that insensitive but it also starts the next chapter of your life on a bad note.

My favorite scene is when Marshall and Barney fight over who knows Ted better.

Cheers.

HIMYM review Season 1 Episode 17 “Life Among the Gorillas”

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We begin “Life Among the Gorillas” with future Ted explaining how Marshall chose to be an environmental lawyer. Young Marshall became fascinated with an anthropologist who lived with gorillas in the wild and wrote a book about it. When young Marshall asks for advice to follow her footsteps, the anthropologist tells him the gorillas will all be dead, presumably due to pollution, deforestation, etc. Flash forward to the present and Marshall is getting ready for his first day at Barney’s company, Alltrucell. Alltrucell makes the yellow fuzz on tennis balls but also is alluded to dabbling in pollution, weapons manufacturing and cigarettes. Marshall goes to leave with his packed lunch and finds a package for Ted from Victoria. Ted mentions feel like a horrible boyfriend since this is the third package in a month and he hasn’t even sent one. After calling Barney and pulling a Sasquatch prank in front of his office, Barney introduces Marshall to his new coworkers, Bilson and Blauman. After a long day at work, Marshall returns home and tells Lily he hates his job, his coworkers make fun of him and put him in stupid hypothetical sex scenarios. Lily encourages Marshall to quit, if that is what he wants to do.

Meanwhile at MacLaren’s, Ted asks Robin for advice with Victoria. Ted tells Robin he left Victoria a voicemail thanking her for the package and goofed up by saying her package was already in the mail. Robins suggests Ted send a package filled with things from New York and top it off with a copy of the New York Times from three days ago. Later, Marshall and Barney meet at MacLaren’s where Marshall quits. Barney convinces Marshall to stay at Alltrucell for Lily and his children’s future. Barney even teaches Marshall how to fit in with the group.

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The next day, Ted is in a panic again because he fell asleep during his phone call with Victoria. Ted asks Robin for advice and she assures him everything will be okay. Feeling down about his recent failures as a boyfriend, Ted tells Robin long distance is hard and he thinks he knows what he needs to do. Thinking Ted is talking about breaking up with Victoria, Robin is shocked to find Ted plans to visit Victoria in Germany. Back at Alltrucell, Barney’s training is helping Marshall fit in with his coworkers. Everything appears to be going great until Marshall brings his office persona home. Lily demands Marshall live his office antics at the office because he sounds like a loser and so do his coworkers. Marshall tells Lily she is wrong and convinces her to join him, Barney, Bilson and Blauman for karaoke. Back at the apartment, Ted is about to buy a plane ticket to Germany, when he receives an email from Victoria. Immediately, Ted seeks out Robin for advice. Victoria’s message said the long distance is hard and she and Ted need to talk that night, this leads Ted to think she is going to break up with him. Robin assures Ted that won’t happen but cautions him to wait to buy the plane ticket.

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Lily and the guys are at the karaoke bar and Marshall is acting like he is at work. When Lily notices their song is in the karaoke catalog, Marshall shrugs her off and says he can sing “Iron Man”. Marshall tries to console Lily at the bar but she doesn’t want anything to do with Marshall’s coworkers. Marshall confesses he wants to give Lily a better life and this job can do that. Lily does her best to convince Marshall she doesn’t want that and walks away brokenhearted.Ted reaches out to Robin once again. He is waiting for Victoria’s call and getting impatient. Robin tells Ted it’s Saturday night and he needs to go out for awhile. Ted realizes Robin is right and joins everyone at the karaoke bar. Ted finds Marshall drinking alone and tells him he thinks Victoria is going to break up with him. After Ted tells Marshall he thinks he is noble for wanting to fight to save something that probably isn’t savable. Marshall makes up with Lily by singing their song, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by Elton John and Kiki Dee. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQmRgFzg0jI) After a few drinks, Ted heads back to his apartment to await Victoria’s call. Future Ted ends the episode by using Bilson’s scenario game saying, “Here’s the real question, it’s 2 a.m., your friends are still out singing karaoke, but you’re home early because you’re expecting a call from your girlfriend in Germany who was supposed to call 4 hours ago.” The phone rings and Ted answers it. Robin is on the other end and asks if Ted wants to come over. Future Ted asks, “What do you do? Go!”

“Life Among the Gorillas” is another filler episode that showcases the struggle of long distance relationships as well as the struggle of normal relationships. This episode seems like an average episode to me, a couple of funny scenes, progressing Ted’s story, but mostly demonstrating to the audience that sometimes the person you are at work, isn’t the same person you are at home. Your environment can be a big factor in what shapes you. It’s obviously clear that Robin’s feelings for Ted are becoming more and more clear, especially since she invites him over to her apartment at 2 a.m. And Ted and Victoria’s relationship is nearing it’s final stages. Perhaps Ted and Robin end up together after all.

My favorite scene is when Marshall calls Barney with a disguised voice alerting him to a Sasquatch sighting and then does the famous Bigfoot walk from the “Patterson film”. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJjUt2sXo5o)

Cheers.

HIMYM review Season 1 Episode 16 “Cupcake”

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We begin “Cupcake” with Ted and Victoria cooking in the apartment as future Ted tells his kids the best relationships are the ones that happen naturally. Barney walks in on Marshall in the living room, coloring his underwear to camouflage the holes in his suit. Marshall tells Barney he has an important interview with his dream job and is too poor to afford a new suit. Barney suggests they visit his tailor but when Marshall declines, Barney rips his pants forcing Marshall to agree. Down at MacLaren’s, Robin, Lily and Victoria discuss shopping for Lily’s wedding dress. After receiving a phone call, Victoria informs the two she has been offered a culinary fellowship in Germany. Later that evening, Ted and Victoria go to dinner to celebrate their two month anniversary. Victoria tells Ted about the fellowship and discuss their options. Ted tries to delay the decision for future Ted and future Victoria to decide but the fellowship needs an answer the following Monday. Since they both agree long distance relationships never work, it is determined their relationship has an expiration date. Victoria will either stay in New York or break up with Ted and go to Germany for two years. Ted suggests he and Victoria take the next two days to think about what they want and meet for dinner the following night to discuss everything.

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The next day, Barney, Ted and Marshall visit Barney’s tailor to get Marshall fitted for a suit. While Sergey measures Marshall, the group discusses Ted’s dilemma. Ted tells them he know how great of an opportunity the fellowship is but knows long distance relationships never work. Barney disagrees with Ted and brags about being in four long distance relationships at the very moment. Marshall shares his long distance story, mentioning when Lily was studying in Paris he almost died. Marshall visited Lily and told Gabriel, the one guy friend Lily had, he would eat his French mustache off his face if her ever talked with Lily again out of jealousy. While admiring how good he looks, Barney offers Marshall a job in his company’s legal department. Marshall refuses to work for the “enemy” and Ted mentions he thinks Victoria is “the one”. Barney verbally assaults Ted telling him he doesn’t really know Victoria. Ted immediately calls Victoria and finds out she is a cat person and we know Ted is a dog lover from the pilot. Confused and realizing a two month relationship is still pretty new, Ted tells the guys he is going to tell Victoria to take the fellowship.

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Meanwhile, Lily, Victoria and Robin are at a bridal shop, hunting dresses, drinking champagne and eating a cake Victoria baked. After Robin asks Victoria if she has made a decision, Victoria tells Lily and Robin she isn’t sure but thinks she wants to stay with Ted. While Lily tries on the ugly dresses brought by the hostess, Robin tries to push Victoria to go to Germany. Lily shares her long distance story about being in France and how lonely she was. Lily mentions she only had one female friend named Gabriel and she stopped talking to her half-way through the semester. Victoria fetches an expensive window dress for Lily to try on for fun, leaving Robin and Victoria alone. Victoria confesses to Robin she always puts her career first and is struggling with the idea of not doing it this time. Robin surprisingly speaks from the heart and tells Victoria she always puts her career first and has many lonely nights. Lily emerges from the changing room looking beautiful enough for her declare she will get laid on her wedding night. Victoria tells the two she is going to turn down the fellowship. With the minor problem solved, the girls turn to the major problem of how expensive the dress is. When told she will never afford the dress, Lily becomes distracted and accidentally sits on the cake. When Lily tries to quickly take the dress off, she rips it as the hostess returns. Lily tells the hostess she will pay for the dress with credit card(s).

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At dinner, Ted and Victoria sit down to discuss the fellowship, but before Ted can tell Victoria he wants her to go to Germany, she hands him a cupcake. Upon grabbing the cupcake, Ted chickens out and pleads for Victoria to stay. Hearing Ted’s plea, Victoria tells Ted she has to go to Germany. The two discuss Victoria staying in New York and Ted accompanying Victoria to Germany but ultimately they decide they have to break up. Back at the apartment, Ted tells Marshall what happened while Marshall shows off his new suit. After extracting a compliment from Ted, Marshall tells Ted he is an idiot for not spending what time he has left with Victoria. Ted realizes Marshall is right and convinces Victoria they need to spend what time they have left enjoying each other. The two talk about spending their time together doing all the things in New York they talked about doing, but never did. In reality, Ted and Victoria spend all their time in bed.

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Meanwhile at MacLaren’s, Robin tries to convince Lily to tell Marshall she just bought a four-thousand-dollar dress, but Lily says her plan is to wait for Marshall to screw up horribly and then slide her mistake in. After Barney and Marshall join the girls at the table, Barney slides Sergey’s bill to Marshall and we find out the suit cost eight-thousand-dollars. Marshall refuses a second time, but quickly changes his mind when Lily tells him she bought a four-thousand-dollar wedding dress. Marshall yells that this was all apart of Barney’s plan, to which Barney laughs and agrees. The next day, Ted escorts Victoria to the airport to see her off. The two share a last kiss and say their goodbyes. As Victoria checks her bags, Ted asks if she wants to try long distance. Victoria agrees and the two share a long embrace. Future Ted tells his kids long distance relationships are a horrible thing and they never work out including this one, but that is another story.

“Cupcake” is a serious episode about the struggles of long distance relationships. According to future Ted, he and Victoria’s relationship isn’t going to last long. I have to agree with Ted when he says, “‘Long distance’ is a lie teenagers tell each other to get laid the summer before college.” I think that when you have a good relationship, you don’t want it to end, even if that means lying to yourself. Now I’m not saying all long distance relationships fail, but the majority of them do. It takes a special kind of person to make a long distance relationship work and if you can find that person, you are an idiot for staying away.

My favorite scene is when Marshall is caught coloring his underwear by Barney and then Barney rips his pants to make him get a new suit.

Cheers.

HIMYM review Season 1 Episode 15 “Game Night”

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“Game Night” begins with future Ted telling us Marshall unbeatable at games. The group appoints Marshall as the game night moderator and he takes this as meaning he can invent games for the group to play. The gang is at MacLaren’s as usual when Marshall discusses his newest game, Marshgammon and the gang talks about how excited they are for Victoria to partake in game night. When Robin leaves to get a drink, Ted asks the group to avoid mentioning he and Robin’s past because he hasn’t told Victoria. Ted also asks Lily and Marshall not to interrogate his new girlfriend.  Later at the apartment, the group, now joined by Victoria, sit around a Candy Land board while Marshall explains the rules. Everyone including myself are confused by the rules, except you have to take a drink of your alcoholic beverage anytime you ask “what?”. It becomes clear within the first few minutes of playing that Marshgammon is designed to ask Victoria questions about her personal life. As Marshgammon continues, Lily mentions to Barney she met a woman named Shannon that knew Barney. Barney tries to act like he doesn’t know a Shannon but his strange behavior suggest otherwise. Lily mentions having a video tape for Barney from Shannon and goes to find it after Barney demands to know where the tape is. Barney takes the tape into the kitchen and unspools it. Returning to the group calmly, Lily tells everyone the tape she gave Barney was Ted’s graduation and she still has the tape. Lily puts the tape in the VCR and we see a hippie-looking Barney with long hair, crying. Hippie Barney speaks as if he is taking to Shannon and begins to sing a song about lost love. Present day Barney snatches the tape and storms out of the apartment.

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Two hours later, Barney returns to the group having drinks at MacLaren’s. Barney confesses to the group he wasn’t always “awesome” and tells the group his most embarrassing moment was on the tape. Marshall suggests Barney share his story because it might help him get over it. Barney tells Marshall he should go first and Marshall begins to tell his most embarrassing story. Marshall was visiting Lily’s kindergarten class but the class was empty. Marshall goes to use the class bathroom, unaware it is shared with another class. A kid opens the second door, scaring Marshall and causing him to run into Lily’s classroom. With his pants still around his ankles, Marshall trips and falls in front of Lily and her class returning from recess. Back in the present, Lily mentions her class still calls Marshall “funny butt”. Barney accepts Marshall’s offer and begins his story. We flash back to 1998 where Hippie Barney is working in a coffee shop with his girlfriend, Shannon, played by Katie Walder. Barney and Shannon are talking about joining the Peace Corps when a businessman in a suit walks up to the register and orders a drink from Barney. The businessman compliments Barney on dating Shannon and asks if he is having sex with her. Barney tells the man he and Shannon are saving themselves. The man tells Barney he needs to get a good job that pays a lot of money because girls will thrown themselves at him and walks away. Five weeks later, Barney is waiting for Shannon to leave for the Peace Corps but she stands him up.

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Present day Barney stops the story and tells the group he doesn’t think he can go on but might be persuaded with another story from the group. Robin starts to tell the story about her falling into horse poop from “Return of the Shirt” but Barney stops her because everyone already knows it. Victoria offers up her most embarrassing moment and this is one of the few times future Ted refuses to tell his children what happened. Barney deems Victoria’s offering worth and continues his story. Hippie Barney returns to the coffee shop to look for Shannon. Hippie Barney finds Shannon at the coffee house and she tells him her dad is still supporting her and won’t let her join the Peace Corps. Shannon tells Barney it is his dream to join the Peace Corps and to follow it, their love will survive him being away for two years. While walking on the street, Hippie Barney decides to head back to the coffee house to convince Shannon to come with him but as he nears the shop, he spots Shannon and an older man arguing. Hippie Barney assumes the older man is Shannon’s father and decides to confront him but is stopped in his tracks when Shannon and her dad start making out.

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Again present day Barney pauses the story to ask for another offering. Lily steps up to the plate and talks about the time Marshall’s mom called her to check on some cookies she mailed them. Marshall enters the apartment just as Lily and his mother finish their conversation. Having the apartment to themselves, Lily and Marshall start having sex on the floor. Little did they know, Marshall’s mother was still on the phone and listened to the entire performance. Present day Barney chuckles at Lily and Marshall and returns to his story. Hippie Barney rushes into the coffee house and is pulled aside by Shannon. When Barney asks why Shannon is making out with her dad, she comes clean. The older man is not her father, it is Greg and Shannon has been dating him for a few weeks. Shannon tells Barney she’s over her “granola” phase and wants Barney to join the Peace Corps so they could break up. Shannon ends their conversation by telling Barney to join the Peace Corps and forget about her. Later that night, Hippie Barney records the video that was previous watched by the gang and mails it to Shannon.

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A week later, Shannon returns to the coffee shop to pick up her last paycheck and is confronted by Hippie Barney. Hippie Barney asks if she got his tape and Greg appears before Barney. Greg, played by Mark Derwin, is revealed to be the businessman from the beginning of Barney’s story. Greg tells Barney she received the tape and starts making fun of Hippie Barney by singing the song from the tape. Humiliated and confused, Hippie Barney wanders the streets of New York when a flyer advertising a suit sale and saying “SUIT UP!” across the top is shoved into his chest. Hippie Barney is shown cutting his hair, shaving his soul patch and putting on a suit presumably for the first time.

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Present day Barney tells the gang the story isn’t over but he wants Ted to tell a story. Ted begins to tell the “green testicle” story from college but Barney interrupts demanding to hear the “Re-return” that he mentioned at the beginning of the episode. Ted agrees to tell the story and confesses to Victoria he tried to date Robin in the past. The “Re-return” flashes back to the night of the pilot episode. As you remember, Ted had a couple of opportunities to kiss Robin but failed both times and the story ended with the group at MacLaren’s, only the story didn’t really end there. Ted, Barney and Ranjit continued to drink after Lily and Marshall went to the apartment. Ted, filled to the brim with liquid courage, announces to Ranjit and Barney he is going to go back to Robin’s apartment and kiss her. Ted, Ranjit and Barney stumble to Robin’s door and just as Ted is about to knock, he pukes on Robin’s custom made Scherbatsky doormat. Robin hears all the commotion and the trio split before she opens the door. Present day Barney thanks Ted for finally telling the “Re-return” and sarcastically agrees he should never have told Victoria the story. Barney tells the group he saw Shannon one more time, earlier that night.

After Barney stormed out of the apartment with the video tape, he went to Shannon’s apartment and told her she changed him into the Barney he is today. Shannon invites Barney into her apartment and they catch up. Barney tells the group Shannon has a little boy named Max and that could have been his son. Reaching out to Barney, Lily tries to console him and instead is met with a surprisingly chipper Barney. Barney tells the group he is happy with how “awesome” he is and would kill himself if he had Shannon’s life and ther cherry on top is that he finally had sex with Shannon.

Every time I watch “Game Night” I’m amazed at how good the episode is. Very rarely do I list the episode as one of my favorites but it truly is. I love how we get to learn a little of Barney’s mysterious past and that he tricks the rest of the gang into telling their most embarrassing stories. I am so very curious to find out the details of Victoria’s story but I don’t think that will ever happen. I like how the episode tries to show that with the right group of friends, embarrassing stories are nothing to be ashamed of. I think there is an interesting moment during the ending montage where Barney is shown sitting at a bar drinking alone and then hitting on a girl at the bar. For that split second where Barney is alone, he looks like he is reflecting on his life and how he might really bothered by his talk with Shannon.

My favorite scene is when Barney is about to leave the group at MacLaren’s and says, “Ladies, Gentleman, Ted.”

Cheers.

HIMYM review Season 1 Episode 14 “Zip, Zip, Zip”

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While episode 14 does feature a story arc with Ted and Victoria, it is mostly a filler episode.

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“Zip, Zip, Zip” begins with future Ted talking to us about relationship “firsts” and that his first kiss, first night together and first weekend together with Victoria happened in 24 hours. Based on the timeline of the first kiss, this episode takes place a few days after “Drumroll, Please”. Lily and Marshall are listening for movement in Ted’s bedroom because Ted and Victoria have been in there all weekend. Lily and Marshall scatter when Victoria and Ted emerge and try to pretend they weren’t listening outside the bedroom door. After Victoria leaves, Marshall and Lily ask Ted how many times they had sex and to their surprise, Ted tells them he and Victoria are waiting because they both have had past relationships end from moving too fast. Ted also mentions it is mostly Victoria’s idea but he is going with it because he thinks she might be the one. Flash forward to MacLaren’s three weeks later and Ted still hasn’t had sex with Victoria because she wants to wait until their one month anniversary.  Robin joins the rest of the group and wants to hang out the coming weekend but everyone has plans except Barney. Lily and Marshall are planning to celebrate their ninth anniversary by going to a romantic getaway and Ted is taking Victoria to dinner. We skip to the weekend as Lily and Marshall prepare to leave for their romantic getaway. After some increasingly negative remarks about the planned trip, Marshall and Lily decide to stay home and relax. Meanwhile, Ted and Victoria are in a cab on their way to dinner. Victoria mentions the following week will be a month and how she is looking forward to it. Ted tries to play it cool and acts like he doesn’t know the 18th is only a short time away. Upon hearing the actual date, Victoria realizes she will be out of town and suggests to Ted they have sex that night. Back at the apartment, Lily and Marshall are in the bathroom brushing their teeth when Ted and Victoria burst through the front door and onto the living room couch. Fearing they will ruin Ted’s chances of getting lucky, Marshall and Lily agree to hide in the bathroom.

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Lily and Marshall spy on Ted and Victoria, hoping they move to the bedroom soon so they can leave the bathroom. It becomes abundantly clear that Ted and Victoria aren’t in a rush when they start gazing into each other’s eyes and share cheesy lines back and forth. Lily and Marshall make fun of the corniness that’s going on in the living room until Lily realizes her and Marshall used to be the corny couple. Lily starts to realize the romance in her and Marshall’s relationship has been declining and fears they are out of “firsts”. The cheesefest continues in the living room until a sliver of hope rears it’s head. Victoria finally begins to move to the bedroom when Ted’s phone rings. Notice a pattern with Ted’s phone? Ted gives whoever is on the phone his blessing and returns to Victoria. Victoria suggests her and Ted have another bottle of wine before they leave the living room. Lily tells Marshall she is worried about their relationship and she feels she is about put out the last flicker of mystery between them because she has to pee. Lily is forced to pee in front of Marshall when Victoria tells Ted she can’t wait any longer and doesn’t want to move to the bedroom.

After doing her business, Lily says she feels okay and Marshall, who was hiding behind the shower curtain, slides the curtain to the side and says he feels closer to Lily. The bright side is they can now wait in the bathroom for as long as needed, that is until Lily flushes the toilet out of habit. Knowing Victoria and Ted will have heard the toilet flush, Lily and Marshall enter the living room only to find it deserted. Sitting in the reclaimed living room, Marshall cheers Lily up by mentioning he and Lily still haven’t pooped in front of each other and Lily realizes even after nine years together, they still have “firsts”. As Lily and Marshall share a joyous kiss, Ted exits his bedroom for the bathroom and tells them, ” come on guys, get a room.”

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While the rest of the gang are upstairs in the apartment, Ted and Robin are at MacLaren’s. After Robin tells Barney a great way to spy on girls at the bar, Barney invites Robin to a “bro’s night out”. Robin meets Barney at a cigar bar and to his amazement, Robin suits up. After some cigars and a few drinks, Barney takes Robin to play laser tag. Robin and Barney try to hold their own but are eventually bested by the kids they are playing against. Barney and Robin head back to MacLaren’s where they talk about the board game Battleship and how neither of them has ever lost. Switching gears, Robin plays Barney’s wing-man and tricks a cute girl into aggressively chasing after Barney. Barney leaves the sure thing and asks Robin if she wants to leave the bar. When Robin asks about the girl, Barney tells her you leave no “bro” behind, either they all score or no one does. Robin agrees and invites Barney to her place for some “hardcore Battleship”.

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At Robin’s apartment, Robin returns to her living room with Battleship in hand, only to find Barney “birthday suiting up”. Barney apologizes for getting the signals, or lack there of, crossed and puts his clothes back on. Robin tries to tell Barney he is crazy if he thinks they would work out and Barney proves her wrong by telling her he has thought about it and lists why they are perfect for each other. Surprised by Barney making sense, Robin and Barney sit down to play Battleship. When Robin asks what Ted would think, Barney tells her he called Ted when they were playing laser tag and Ted gave his blessing, this is the mysterious phone call that prevents Lily and Marshall from leaving the bathroom. Barney notices Robin reaction about Ted’s blessing and figures out she likes Ted. After some teasing, Robin asks Barney if he is going to tell Ted. Barney smiles and says no, it’s in the “Bro Code”, One “bro” doesn’t tell a second “bro” that a third “bro” likes him.

Although “Zip, Zip, Zip” is a filler episode, it brings an interesting view of examining relationships. You have the young puppy love relationship, the mature trying to keep the romance alive relationship and the always difficult secret crush on a friend relationship. Episode 14 also adds to the reoccurring gags with a “freeze frame” high five and “birthday suiting up”. I think you see Barney start to fall for Robin in this episode when he realizes how good of a “bro” she is.

Picking my favorite scene was difficult in this episode. There wasn’t a scene that necessarily stood out to me but I would have to go with Robin and Barney making fun of Ted and then “freeze frame” high fiving.

Cheers.

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HIMYM review Season 1 Episode 13 “Drumroll, Please”

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Episode 13 is one of the most important episodes in season one, this is definitely not a filler episode.

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“Drumroll, Please” picks up where we left off in “The Wedding”. Ted is at Claudia and Stuart’s wedding reception depressed and dateless thanks to Robin being asked to anchor the evening news. Barney is chatting up a bride’s maid when Ted looks around the room and locks eyes with a cute girl. We flash forward to the next morning with Ted telling Lily and Marshall he had an amazing night at the reception with an amazing girl. Marshall agrees the reception was amazing because of the delicious wedding cake. Ted begins to them the previous night’s events.

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We flash back to the reception and Ted is talking with the woman from before. The woman tells Ted she has a rule to never hook up at weddings because all the romantic moments aren’t real. After some flirting and mentioning in advance she will not sleep with Ted, the girl suggests her and Ted have a wonderful night together and then never see each other again so that way the moment will never be tarnished. Ted agrees to join Victoria for the evening and ground rules are laid out, no emails, phone numbers, or real names. Shortly after the girl introduce herself as Buttercup and Ted introduces himself as Lando Calrissian, Barney runs up to Ted screaming his name and bragging about picking up the second hottest bride’s maid. With his Star Wars cover name being blown, Ted introduces himself as Ted. Buttercup gives up her real name is Victoria but is adamant they don’t share their last names. Ted steals a bottle of champagne and Victoria steals the bride’s bouquet before they ditch the reception. Back in the present, Lily and Marshall tell Ted how bad Victoria’s idea is and how he should never have agreed to let her go so easily. Marshall sums it up to Ted by referencing the wedding cake, “Ted, how do I explain this to you. Last night, I ate the best cake of my life. Do you think I’m gonna let that cake out of my life? Hell no. I’m gonna find out what bakery made that cake and I’m gonna get some more cake.”

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Returning to his story, Ted is plays a piano while Victoria tap dances for him. While sitting on the piano bench, Ted tries to kiss Victoria but she backs away saying that if the kiss is bad it will ruin the magic of the evening. Victoria tells Ted the best part of any first kiss is the lead up to it or as she puts it, the “drumroll” and suggests they should do that. Ted and Victoria lean in and share the moment. Flashing back to the present, Lily and Marshall tell Ted Victoria sounds amazing and he is an idiot for not getting her number. Ted tries to ignore Lily and Marshall but quickly realizes he has to see Victoria again. Ted calls Claudia on her honeymoon to ask if she knows who Victoria is and to find out where the cake came from for Marshall. Claudia surprised at the audacity of Ted asking about another women when he almost ruined the wedding to bring Robin, tells him there wasn’t anyone named Victoria on the wedding list and hangs up on him. When asked if he knows anything else about Victoria, Ted remembers she set with the bride’s maids and maybe they know her. Ted calls Barney and asks him to call the bride’s maid he took home. Barney tells Ted no at first but ultimately calls her when Ted agrees to go to Foxy Boxing. The bride’s maid asks what her shoes looked like to help her memory and Ted tells her they were brown with little snow flakes but this doesn’t help the bride’s maid’s memory. Ted gives up, assuming that fate had determined he would never see Victoria again.

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Later that day, Robin meets Lily at the apartment to tell her about her new promotion. Robin mentions she feel bad for bailing on Ted and Lily tells her Ted’s evening with the mysterious Victoria. Stunned by the story, Robin tells Lily she knows who Victoria is. Robin confesses to Lily she went to the reception to surprise Ted but saw him leaning in to kiss Victoria. Unknown to Robin, it was just the “drumroll”. Robin runs to the bathroom and starts to cry in a stall. A short time later, Victoria enters the bathroom and hears someone crying. Victoria tries to comfort Robin even though she doesn’t know her. While talking through the stall, all Robin can see is Victoria’s shoes. Lily interrupts Robin to confront her about her obvious feelings for Ted. Robin admits she likes Ted but that things haven’t changed between them because she still doesn’t want the same things at Ted. Robin tells Lily she is going to tell Ted who Victoria is so he can be happy. Lily counters by suggesting Robin tell Ted her feelings and they can both be happy. Lily and Robin leave for MacLaren’s unsure what Robin will tell Ted.

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Down at MacLaren’s, Robin pulls Ted aside to talk to him but is interrupted by Ted’s phone ringing. Ted answers his phone and to his surprise Claudia and Stuart are on the other end. Claudia, feeling less stressed after a couple of vodka cranberries, apologizes for being hostile with Ted. Marshall tells Ted to ask about the wedding cake. When Ted asks about the bakery, Claudia tells Ted it’s called Buttercup Bakery. Ted says Buttercup Bakery aloud and remembers Victoria’s fake name was Buttercup. Robin flashes back to her run in with Victoria and how she mentioned designing the wedding cake. Marshall excited that Victoria made the cake tells Ted to go get her and have her move in immediately. Lily stops Ted and tries to get Robin to finish her talk with him. Robin takes a moment to reflect and tells Ted to “go get her”. On the cab ride to the bakery, Ted flashes back to the night with Victoria for the last time. Ted and Victoria return to the reception only to find everyone has left. Victoria mentions hoping for one last dance and Ted pushes play on a small boombox. The boombox plays Michael Bublé’s cover of “You Don’t Know Me”. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZhXx1NQTn0) Ted and Victoria share a dance and Ted tries to share a kiss again. When Victoria pulls away, Ted begs her for her last name but she refuses. Ted tells Victoria her plan is flawed because he will have “all these great memories but one sucky memory of her walking away”. Victoria smiles and tells Ted to close his eyes and count to five. Ted closes his eyes, counts to five slowly and opens his eyes to find Victoria gone. Ted is left alone just as the music swells and Michael Bublé sings the most emotional chorus of the song. Outside of the bakery, Ted starts to second guess whether he should see Victoria again, “and to our dying day, we will remember everything about that night as perfect. Maybe we both need that. So many things go wrong in life, but this is the one thing that never will. It’ll always, always be pure, unadulterated awesome. If I walk in there, I’m robbing both of us of what could be…” Barney interrupts Ted and yells “the meter’s running, crap of get off the pot!” Ted walks into the bakery as Pavement’s “Spit On A Stranger” plays. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJFGhFtKxPc) Victoria looks up, sees Ted and says “thank god” and the two finally share their first kiss.

“Drumroll, Please” is one of the best episodes of How I Met Your Mother. My friends and I have debated about Victoria and this episode on numerous occasions. I am going to say upfront I agree with Marshall and Lily that having a once in a lifetime evening and then walking away is stupid. If I was Ted, I would be pissed if I never saw Victoria again but I wouldn’t have gone through with her plan. I love how at the beginning of the episode future Ted says that reality is the enemy and it can take everything away from you but at the end of the episode reality gave something very special to Ted. One of the reasons why I love How I Met Your Mother is how “beautifully sad” it can be. The scene where Robin decided whether to tell Ted about her feelings or to wish him luck is the first of many examples to come. Also my favorite scene is an example.

My favorite scene is the dance sequence between Ted and Victoria. I hadn’t heard “You Don’t Know Me” until then and it is the second song for me that will always be tied to How I Met Your Mother, the first being “Cigarettes and Coffee” from the pilot. The look on Ted’s face when he opens his eyes and finds Victoria gone, mixed with Michael Bublé singing what Ted and myself are feeling, hits me in the heart every time.

Cheers.

HIMYM review Season 1 Episode 12 “The Wedding”

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Episode 12 is neither a filler nor a search for the mother, it is the first of many episodes focused on Ted trying to find himself.

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“The Wedding” begins with Ted finding a R.S.V.P. card for his friends Claudia and Stuart’s black-tie wedding. Future Ted gives a speech about how a R.S.V.P. card is really asking how do you see yourself in three months, single or in a relationship. Ted says he always checks “plus one” because he is an optimist. At MacLaren’s, Barney tries to convince Ted he needs to be single and hit on the bride’s maids at the wedding. Robin joins the rest of the gang at MacLaren’s and informs them her and Derek broke up. When Robin heads to the bar to get a drink, Ted confesses to the group he thinks his feelings for Robin are resurfacing and he is going to ask her to be his date for the wedding. After Robin agrees to be Ted’s date, her and Lily spring into action to find her a dress.

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Two days before the wedding, Ted runs into Claudia, played by Virginia Williams, and tells her how excited he is for her wedding. When Ted brings up bringing a date, Claudia tells Ted he didn’t check “plus one” and she doesn’t have room for any extra guests. Ted drops the issue when Claudia threatens his life. Ted heads to Robin’s apartment to give her the bad news. When Ted sets his eyes on Robin he is drawn back by how beautiful she looks and tells her he will pick her up at five. In the cab home, Ted informs Lily that he can’t bring Robin to the wedding even though he’s sure he checked “plus one”. Lily suggests Ted ask Stuart to let him bring Robin. Ted visits Stuart, played by Matt Boren, and Stuart says Robin can come because it isn’t a big deal.

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Back at the apartment, Marshall, Lily and Ted debate whether going to Stuart was the right way to handle Claudia. Ted’s cell phone rings and to no surprise, it’s Claudia. Ted convinces Lily to answer the phone since it was her idea to talk to Stuart. Lily informs everyone that Claudia and Stuart got into a fight about Ted bringing Robin and they broke up. With the threat of his life and paying for the 400 thousand dollar wedding, Ted and Marshall leave to talk with Stuart while Lily tells Claudia to meet her at MacLaren’s. Back at Stuart and Claudia’s apartment, Stuart tells Ted and Marshall he doesn’t think he is ready to be married and that he is meant to be single. Ted does he best to convince Stuart that everyone feels that way at times and asks for Marshall to back him up. Marshall tells Stuart not to get married and gives a speech about how relationships are difficult but if you find the right one, it’s easy.

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While waiting for Lily, Claudia runs into Barney at MacLaren’s. Barney has mentioned through out the episode that Claudia is hot and takes the opportunity to hit on her and feed her booze. Lily pulls Barney away just as Stuart, Ted and Marshall enter MacLaren’s. Stuart and Claudia make up and after a few more vodka and cranberries, Claudia agrees to let Ted bring Robin. The night of the wedding, Ted meets Robin at her apartment and is still stunned at how beautiful she looks. Just before they can leave, Robin receives a call from work and an offer to anchor the evening news. Disappointed, Ted tells Robin to do it.

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At the wedding reception, Ted and Barney are sitting alone when Claudia and Stuart approach them asking for a picture with the “woman who almost broke up their marriage”. Ted reluctantly tells them Robin couldn’t make it and is met with a surprisingly calm Claudia. A few minutes later, Claudia hands Ted his R.S.V.P. card saying he isn’t bringing a “plus one”. Ted takes this a sign that maybe he is meant to be single. Barney delighted to have his wing-man back cheers Ted and begins devising a plan to hit on the bride’s maids. Future Ted gives a speech about how he thought the night was going to be a game-changer and then present Ted locks eyes with a cute girl across the room.

“The Wedding” is an episode that I think most single, twenty-somethings can relate to. Most of your friends are getting married and having kids while your stuck still trying to put your life together. It can be hard not to feel like you are being left behind, that is why this episode is a great reminder to me that life isn’t a race. I’m 25 and a lot of the people I went to high school with are already on their first divorce or second marriage.

I have two favorite scenes in the episode. The first is when Marshall gives the speech about being in a relationship, “Being in a couple is hard. And committing, making sacrifices; it’s hard. But if it’s the right person, then it’s easy. Looking at that girl and knowing she’s all you really want out of life, that should be the easiest thing in the world. And if it’s not like that, then she’s not the one. I’m sorry.” The second scene is when Lily tells Marshall, “squirrels don’t get married.” and Marshall responds, “like you could possibly know that.”

Cheers.