Month: April 2014

HIMYM review Season 3 Episode 8 “Spoiler Alert”

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“Spoiler Alert” again proves how even when How I Met Your Mother isn’t about Ted meeting the Mother, it’s still worth watching. We find Ted excited about his new girlfriend, Cathy, played by Lindsay Price. After a long dinner, the group can’t stand Cathy and the worst part is Ted can’t see Cathy’s flaw because of his feelings towards her. After some begging, Marshall eventually reveals that Cathy talks all the time. When Ted thinks about the dinner he realizes Marshall is right, shattering his illusion, which Carter Bays and Craig Thomas illustrate with the sound of shattering glass.

Eventually, Ted breaks up with Cathy but the focus of the episode is on the gang’s own bad habits. One by one everyone’s flaws are learned by the group. Lily chews loudly, Ted corrects everyone, Robin uses the word “literally” a lot, Marshall sings his daily activities as he does them, bringing us to Barney, The gang all pitch in a bring up multiple flaws of Barney, including talking in a high-pitched voice, using lame catch phrases and spacing out during conversations.

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With the gang at each other’s throats, Robin sings one of Marshall’s songs and adds how they get stuck in her head, “And what’s worse: they’re catchy! Apple, Orchard, Banana Cat Dance 8663. See, we know that one because you once sang it for like three hours? What the hell is that?” As it turns out, that song was Marshall’s password for the BAR exam results that he had forgotten earlier in the episode, AOBCD8663. Marshall rushes to his computer with the password and finds out he is officially a lawyer. The gang celebrates at MacLaren’s as future Ted tells us that if you really love someone, you can look past their flaws.

The episode ends three years in the future with Ted running into Cathy and her fiance, who happens to be deaf. Ted signs to Cathy’s fiance, as first mentioned in “How I Met Everyone Else”, and adds a joke about Cathy’s non-stop talking. The man looks confused and the phrase “(glass shattering)” is shown on the screen.

“Spoiler Alert” was a great change up from the seriousness of the past few episodes. The ability of How I Met Your Mother to bring a story full circle only continues to get better, whether it is in one episode or multiple. The fact that the episode began with Marshall’s lost password, switched to everyone’s bad habits, back to Marshall’s password and finally ending with future Cathy and didn’t seem to cluttered (unlike this sentence) is amazing. I have to give credit to the writers for making Cathy’s flaw that she talks a lot, “Chatty Cathy”, and that she ends up with a deaf man.

The added sound effect of glass shattering during the episode is my favorite part of the episode, but my favorite scene was when Ted met Cathy and her fiance and then shattered the fiance’s illusion of Cathy with the graphic “(shattered glass)”.

Cheers.

HIMYM review Season 3 Episode 7 “Dowisetrepla”

Image We find Marshall and Lily desiring to have a place of there own in “Dowistrepla”. Ted’s bachelor ways are becoming a thorn in the married side of Lily and Marshall. Marshall discovers an apartment for sale in an area called “Dowistrepla”. Despite Lily being from New York, the couple are unfamiliar with the neighborhood. Marshall and Lily, and eventually the rest of the gang, check out the apartment and learn it is beautiful. Despite Robin’s attempt to convince Lily to wait on the apartment because of her credit card debt, both Lily and Marshall agree to buy the apartment as a place to raise their future children.

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Barney also takes an interest in the apartment but only because he wants to use the place to sleep with his new fling Meg, played by April Bowlby, and leave the next morning. The next day, Lily and Marshall venture to the bank to apply for a loan to buy the apartment. Despite Lily’s master plan of applying for the loan under just Marshall’s name, they apply jointly and miraculous are approved with an enormous interest rate. This is when Marshall finds out about Lily’s credit card debt but not by Lily, by the mortgage banker. Ted, Robin and Barney return to the old apartment and discover evidence of a fight between Lily and Marshall. Ted uses his “detective skills” from his childhood detective club, or lack there of, to determine Lily and Marshall fought over peanut butter before Marshall stormed out. Robin tries to tell Ted and Barney the real cause of the fight is due to Lily’s credit card debt but Ted doesn’t buy it. Instead he tries to prove his point by hitting redial on the living room phone. The trio is shocked when they find the last call placed was to a divorce attorney.

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Marshall and Lily return to the old apartment and explain they aren’t getting divorced. Lily offered to divorce Marshall on paper so the could get the loan under just Marshall’s name. But in one of Marshall’s most romantic gestures yet, he refused to divorce Lily because he married her along with her problems. Lily and Marshall also inform the trio they also bought the apartment despite Lily’s debt. The next morning, Lily and Marshall take a cab to their new apartment but are met with a horrendous outdoor. The cab driver informs them the neighborhood ┬áis down wind from the sewage treatment plant, hence the name “Dowistrepla”.

“Dowistrepla” continued the advancement of Marshall and Lily’s growing married life as another main focus of How I Met Your Mother. The fact that Marshall has said there are three major mistakes in his life including buying the apartment in “Dowistrepla” and shaving his head at his wedding was a great nod to one of my favorites scenes from season two. The detective bit with Ted was a great, light-hearted way to show Marshall and Lily’s fight without distracting from the humor and delusion of Ted’s childhood. I think this episode was an episode of necessity. Lily and Marshall had to find a new place to continue their story and this apparent blunder of an apartment will give us many storylines for the future. Carter Bays and Craig Thomas seem to always have one eye in the past and continue to show us hindsight is 20/20. First they had Lily give the speech in “Milk” about making a mistake because that is the only way you know it’s a mistake and now they added the scenes of “what everyone should have said”.

My favorite scene was when Ted told Robin, “There’s a reason your name’s Robin, not Batman”.

Cheers.