“Arrivederci, Fiero” is another filler episode but filled with hilarity. We find Ted and Marshall in Marshall’s Fiero, just as it is about to reach 200 thousand miles. As Ted and Marshall discover the celebratory cigars are actually chopsticks, Marshall hits a pothole and the car breaks down short of the milestone. The group meet at the mechanic’s shop to give moral support but mostly to continue prepping for the wedding. One by one, the gang reminisce about their memories of Marshall’s Fiero and how important it is to them.
Marshall shares his story first about how he came to own the car. His brothers passed the Fiero to him when he turned sixteen but only after he agreed to fetch them 12 cups of coffee naked. As a nude, pimple faced, mullet wearing Marshall pulls away from the drive-thru window, his brothers scare him causing him to spill the hot coffee on himself. This torment led Marshall to his strict “no food or drink” in the car rule.
Ted speaks up next about how he and Marshall became friends thanks to the Fiero. During their first winter break in college, Ted and Marshall took a road trip to their homes. During the trip, Ted and Marshall bonded over a song stuck on repeat in the car, The Proclaimers’ “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”, and Ted’s game “zitchdog”, which Marshall easily beats him thanks to his abnormal ability at all things games referred to in “Game Night”. The true heart of Ted and Marshall’s friendship can be traced to the night the got lost on the road trip in a blizzard and had to snuggle together to survive. After the blizzard passed, Ted and Marshall were shocked to find themselves in front of a motel.
After Marshall receives the bad news that the repairs will cost 3,000 dollars, he realizes he must decide between keeping the last part of his youth or saving the money and moving on to his corporate life. Feeling guilty, Lily and Robin share their experience with the Fiero and how it helped them become best friends, much like Ted and Marshall.
Shortly after Robin became part of the gang, Lily and her had a itch for some Thai food. Due to the extremely long wait time for delivery, the girls decide to take the Fiero to pick up the food, double bag it, and return home as soon as possible. Lily ends up spilling the food all over the interior of the car and proceeds to break down. Robin takes charge and orders Lily how to go about cleaning the mess, eerily reminiscent to The Wolf instructing Jules and Vincent in “Pulp Fiction”. After smoking the celebratory cigars hidden in the glove box to mask the smell, Lily and Robin smash both windows to make it appear a homeless person broke into the car. The lie Lily and Robin shared, was the seed of their friendship.
Finally, it wouldn’t be an episode of How I Met Your Mother without a contribution from Barney. With everyone supporting Marshall’s idea to repair his car, Barney voices his distaste for the Fiero. Ted shares his attempt to teach Barney how to drive and how Barney thought he almost died while driving 5 miles an hour.
Ultimately, Marshall decides to sell his car for scrap parts, as it has lived a long an fruitful life. He even refers to it as the “freaking Giving Tree of cars”. Future Ted tells us the money from selling the car, paid for their bar tabs for the next two nights and there is no better friend than that.
“Arrivederci, Fiero” doesn’t progress Ted’s story further or anyone else’s for that matter, but it is still hilarious. When I hear someone complain about the filler episodes, I get a little frustrated. Now that the creators have a show with a great following, they have the opportunity to take their time and tell some stories that might normally end up on the cutting room floor. I feel that half the fun of any story is the journey to the end. Everyone’s stories of how the Fiero affected their lives was enjoyable and comical especially Ted’s pretentious college self, “My parents live in Ohio. I live in the moment.”
My favorite scene was when Ted and Marshall sang “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” and after Ted grew tired off it, Marshall assured him it “comes back around”. I instantly added that song to my HIMYM playlist.