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HIMYM review Season 3 Episode 1 “Wait For It”

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And we’re back. After a very long “wait for it”, “Wait For It” picks up where we left off in season two, Barney telling Ted the single life is going to be legendary. Future Ted tells his kids they know the short version of how Ted me their mother and the yellow umbrella, but this is the story of how he became the man he needed to be before he met the mother. Despite Ted’s big talk about needing a wing man, Ted turns down Barney’s plans because he isn’t ready to move on yet. His opinion quickly changes when Robin returns from Argentina with her new boyfriend, Gael, played by Enrique Iglesias. Robin and Gael share their adventures with the group, causing Ted to become furious that Robin already moved on.

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The following evening, Ted and Barney prepare to head to MacLaren’s as Robin and Gael arrive for their double date with Marshall and Lily. Robin pulls Ted aside to talk because she wants to make sure Ted is ok with Gael being around, this only cements Ted’s idea that Robin is trying to “win the break up”. Determined to score a girl hotter than Robin, Ted runs into a tattooed, bad girl named Amy, played by Mandy Moore. Barney immediately hates Amy because he didn’t help Ted get her and because she makes fun of him for being a “suit”. Ted and Barney hang out with Amy and her friend, eventually retiring to her place and her hot tub.

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Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily make a pact to hate Gael because Ted is their best friend. After some massages and singing, Gael wins everyone over, including Marshall. Back at Amy’s hot tub, everything is going great for Ted until a little boy notices the gang and calls for his parents. As it turns out, Amy didn’t live there. She used to nanny the little boy and thought the family was on vacation. Ted decides to leave Barney and get a tattoo with Amy to celebrate him winning the break up despite Barney’s objections but Ted blacks out before the tattoo and awakens in his bed the following morning alone and tattooless or so he thought.

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On Ted’s lower back, lies a butterfly tattoo and Lily and Marshall notice it right away. The married couple call Barney over to show him Ted’s souvenir from the previous night. After alluding to Ted’s butterfly tattoo the trio finally let him in on the joke and Ted’s memory quickly returns to him. The tattoo artist who gave Ted his beautiful tramp stamp, was Amy’s recent ex-boyfriend and Ted had made fun of him not knowing who he was, hence the butterfly. While looking for ointment, Ted finds some Spanish massage oil leading to Marshall and Lily divulging the awkwardness of their double date with Gael. Ted decides enough is enough and leaves to have words with Robin.

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Ted shows up to Robin’s apartment and finally lets his frustration out on her. Robin stands silently, letting Ted get everything out because she feels she owes it to him. After Ted calms down, the two share their struggles after the break up. Even though Ted and Robin had a clean break up, they each had to find ways to cope and Robin’s way was Gael. Ted confesses he thought Robin was trying to win the break up by dating such a perfect guy. Robin tells Ted she wasn’t trying to win the break up and becomes defensive that Gael isn’t perfect. When Ted asks how is better than Gael, Robin tells him he’s “bigger”. Ted celebrates at MacLaren’s with Barney and Marshall, toasting their beers to Ted shouting, “I won!” The episode ends with Marshall calling Barney and showing him his new website, slapcountdown.com. Barney looks at the counting clock and screams.

“Wait For It” was a good way to start season three. It appears this season is going to focus on Robin and Ted’s struggle to be friends after the break up. The guest stars are a welcomed addition but I hope we see more of the Mother and her yellow umbrella. Ted’s speech about the yellow umbrella has me wondering what he was referring to and how it lead him to the Mother. There were numerous comedic moments that me laughing including Amy causing Barney to look like a dork, not like his usual quick-witted self, and the gang making fun of Ted’s back tattoo behind his back. I think the latter is a great reminder that even the best of friends can be hyenas.

My favorite scene was Barney, Marshall and Ted had trouble understanding Gael’s name, “Gale? Kyle? Girl?”.

Cheers and it’s good to be back, surprisingly I missed this.

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HIMYM review Season 2 Episode 22 “Something Blue”

I would like to say up front that I try not to allude to future events in the show but this is my favorite season finale to date.

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“Something Blue” takes place at Lily and Marshall’s wedding. The two are finally announced as a married couple while Robin and Ted discuss announcing their secret the following day. Barney overhears Ted and Robin’s talk and annoys them until they agree to tell him their secret. Ted tells Barney about Robin and him celebrating their one year anniversary two weeks prior to the wedding. Ted took Robin to the restaurant from their first date, the one Ted stole the blue french horn from. While at the restaurant, champagne is given to Ted and Robin, compliments of the house, and in Robin’s glass is an engagement ring. Robin freaks out but the ring actually belonged to a different customer who was asking his girlfriend to marry him. (Fun fact, the was a real engagement. The guy is friends with one of the writers and asked for his help.) Robin’s sudden freak out forces Ted and Robin to talk about where they see themselves in five years. Ted wants to be married and have children, while Robin wants to travel the world and focus on her career. The two leave the restaurant but not before being recognized for stealing the blue french horn in the “Pilot” and being coerced into returning it.

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Back at the wedding reception, Barney has to continually find ways to lure Lily and Marshall away so Ted can continue telling the story. Ted returns to the story just as he and Robin returned to her apartment from the restaurant. Ted brings up moving to Argentina with Robin and the two becomes excited at the idea of leaving together once more. Present Barney immediately hates the idea of Ted and Robin moving to Argentina due to it’s financial instability but the story wasn’t over. Returning to the story, Robin interrupts her and Ted’s make out session to bring up the other big issue in their relationship, children. Robin mentions again she doesn’t want kids but if she did want to have babies, it would be Ted’s babies. After realizing neither one of them have a condom, Ted and Robin decide to “risk it”. This risk, along with Ted’s choice of beer and Robin’s choice of water at the wedding reception, leads Barney to believe they are pregnant. The trio watch Marshall and Lily’s limo drive off on the patio and Barney tells Ted and Robin how horribly a mistake having a kid is but the story isn’t over.

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After Ted and Robin finish celebrating their new found plan, they begin to playful bicker about changing clothes before returning the blue french horn. Ted makes an off the cuff remark about his lack of clothes due to their failed move in attempt from “Moving Day”. Ted and Robin realize they are all talk and don’t want to move to Argentina and have kids. The two realize they have an expiration date. When Robin brings up Ted stealing the blue french horn for her, Ted replies he “would have stolen a whole orchestra”. Present Ted tells Barney they went to tell everyone about the break up during “Showdown” but decided to wait until after the wedding due to Lily’s wedding stress.

Meanwhile, Ranjit takes Marshall and a very intoxicated Lily to a fast food restaurant as they couldn’t find time to eat at their own wedding. An employee informs Marshall his wife is throwing up in the trash can but all Marshall can focus on is the fact Lily is now his wife and he is happy.

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Back on the patio, Barney tries to comfort Ted, even admitting he never wanted Ted and Robin to fail. Ted tells Barney he is ready to get back out there and have some fun. Trying to hide his excitement, Barney tells Ted he might be rusty and asks if he needs Barney to be his wing man again as Jaymay’s “Sea Green, See Blue” plays. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK0wvjx0Ch4)¬†After Ted says “I do”, Barney’s excitement can no longer be contained. He puts his arm around Ted and says, “It’s going to be legend, wait for it.”, just as the song swells. The screen fades to black.

I absolutely love everything about “Something Blue”, from the list of wedding cliches that are eventually performed to Ted having to tell Barney “the story isn’t over yet”. I am curious if the title is referring to the blue french horn or the bad news of Ted and Robin’s break up. I guess we knew Ted and Robin’s relationship wouldn’t last but I always liked them as a couple, I just hope the story isn’t over.

My favorite scene is the ending with Barney and Ted on the patio. Barney trying to hold back his excitement and Ted slyly egging Barney on combined with “Sea Green See Blue” and the line from Barney, “Yes! Yes! We’re back! We are back! And Ted, my boy, it’s going to be legend, wait for it,” black screen is one of my favorite scenes of the entire show.

Cheers.

HIMYM review Season 2 Episode 1 “Where Were We?”

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Season two picks up immediately where season one left off. After a passionate night with Robin, Ted finds Marshall sitting in the rain on his stoop with Lily’s ring. Future Ted tells his kids the summer of 2006 was wonderful because he finally got together with Robin but it was horrible because Marshall and Lily broke up. We flashback to the previous night where Lily leaves Marshall. She tells Marshall she is going to San Francisco because she needs to find out who she is, outside of their relationship. Back in the present, Ted does his best convince Marshall not to call Lily, saying he will look weak and regret it. When Robin shows up asking if Marshall heard the “big news”, Ted interrupts Robin mid-sentence, saying he did hear about how Lily and Marshall broke up last night and nothing else important happened. Barney stumbles into the apartment telling Marshall he got his message about the break up. Barney offers his condolences and tries to cheer Marshall up by giving him some exciting news. For the first time, Barney, Marshall and Ted are all single and they are going to rule New York. During Barney’s inspirational speech, he notices Robin and Ted exchanging glances, immediately saying ” you did it, didn’t you?”

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Future Ted tells us the first 30 days of a new relationship beginning and an old relationship ending, are the same, you spend all your time in bed, your friends can’t stand to listen to you talk, and you never wear pants. On day 22, Ted tries to cheer up Marshall by cooking pancakes, because Sundays are “Pancakes Day”. Marshall refuses saying pancakes remind him of Lily. Ted does his best to prevent Marshall from calling Lily but eventually fails. Marshall interrupts Ted and Robin in the shower, telling them Lily changed her number. Later at MacLaren’s, Robin, Ted and Barney complain about how clingy Marshall has been. The gang agree they need to get Marshall out of the apartment. Barney takes Marshall to a strip club, telling can’t get over Lily if he can still picture her naked. Ted tries to cheer up Marshall by taking him to a Yankees game but it only angers Marshall when a couple gets engaged a few rows below them. Robin takes Marshall to a gun range to relieve some stress. After talking about Ted’s distaste for guns, Marshall unloads a clip and feels much better about himself.

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Thankful Robin cheered up Marshall, Ted tells her he is going to take her to his uncle’s beach house for a romantic weekend. Ted returns to his apartment to make sure Marshall will be okay by himself. Marshall gives Ted his blessing and offers Ted his car so he doesn’t have to rent one. Marshall depression quickly returns when he finds a credit card bill for Lily. Ted confiscates the bill and takes it with the trash to dumpster before Marshall can read it. The next evening, Marshall read the purchases from the bill to the gang. Lacking any reason, the purchases lead Marshall to believe Lily is dating funk legend, George Clinton, and the two are doing activities he and Lily didn’t do together. Barney assures Marshall that didn’t happen because the bill lists charges from a month ago and to view her online bill for recent charges. Marshall rushes upstairs and looks at Lily’s credit card statement but he isn’t prepared for what he finds. Lily made a purchase earlier that day for a hotel room in New York.

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Ted tries to talk Marshall out of calling Lily but Marshall doesn’t listen. When Marshall is transferred to Lily’s room, a man answers, leading Marshall to believe Lily already has a new boyfriend. Marshall attempts to go to Lily’s hotel room but is stopped in his tracks when Ted calls him pathetic. Ted apologizes but tells Marshall he isn’t acting like himself and he doesn’t have a chance at winning Lily back like this. Ted convinces Barney to watch Marshall for the weekend and he and Robin head to his uncle’s beach house. During the drive, Robin and Ted argue whether he was too hard on Marshall. Ted confronts Robin about the gun range and the two quickly get into a gun debate. Ted ends the argument, admitting he was too hard on Marshall and calls Barney to check on him. Barney is another strip club but quickly realizes Marshall left him.

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Ted finds Marshall at Lily’s hotel bar. Marshall confesses he went to Lily’s room with a speech prepared but immediately punched the guy who opened the door. As it turns out, Lily isn’t in New York. The guy Marshall punched is an identity thief. He is the one who put all the charges on Lily’s credit card that Marshall was obsessing over. Marshall admits to Ted he doesn’t know who he is without Lily, similarly to Lily’s reasoning for going to California. Ted assures Marshall he will get through this just like he did before he met Lily. On day 67, Robin and Ted awake to find Marshall feeling better and making pancakes. Future Ted tells his kids that only time can heal a broken heart. We end the episode with the gang at MacLaren’s and Marshall looking back to his old self. Outside you can see Lily peering at the group through a window and then turns to leave.

“Where Were We?” is another episode in a long line of episodes that deals with a universal problem, how do you recover from a difficult break up. As we find out here through this episode, Marshall just needed time, a philosophy that worked for me in the past. Every day that passes, you hurt a little less and a little less.

My favorite scene is when Barney gives his speech to Marshall about how he, Marshall and Ted “will be there”.

Cheers.