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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.

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HIMYM review Season 1 Episode 1 “Pilot”

And so it begins. I am excited and nervous to start this review for How I Met Your Mother. This will be my first time reviewing a tv show, hopefully it will good and get better. I plan on reviewing the episodes as a first time viewer. I will have a few pieces of information to add from future episodes but I will designate those sections with a SPOILER ALERT.

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“Pilot” is an important episode because it tells the viewer the premise of the show. We begin the show in the year 2030. The show’s protagonist, Ted Mosby (played by Josh Radnour), is telling his children how he met their mother and flashes back to 2005. Ted is a 27 year old architect living in Manhattan’s Upper Westside with his best friend and, Marshall Eriksen (played by Jason Segal). Marshall is preparing to propose to his long time girlfriend, Lily Aldrin (played by Alyson Hannigan). Marshall practices proposing to Ted and we start the episode with a laugh and the laugh track. I would like to point out that I dislike the laugh track in tv shows but you learn to ignore it. While Marshall is making dinner and preparing to propose, Ted calls Barney and they agree to meet up, Barney also tells Ted to “suit up” for the first time. This proposal has Ted confiding in his other best friend, Barney Stinson (played by Neil Patrick Harris) that he wants destiny to point him in the direction of his future wife. Barney and Ted are discussing marriage at their favorite bar, MacLaren’s, when Ted looks on the other side of the bar and locks eyes with Robin Scherbatsky (played by Cobie Smulders).

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As Ted is trying to work up a plan to talk with Robin, Barney approaches her and plays his favorite bar game by asking her, “have you met Ted?” breaking the ice. Ted flirts with Robin and sets up a date for the following night. Ted comes home the following night to the newly engaged Lily and Marshall, to explain his perfect date with Robin. To quote Ted, “she likes dogs, likes scotch and can quote obscure lines from Ghostbusters.” Robin is shown quoting, “Ray when someone asks if you’re a god, you say yes.” This is the moment for me personally that I fell in love with the show. I am a sucker for pop culture references and How I Met Your Mother will have a lot in the future. The icing on the cake for Ted’s perfect woman was her dislike of olives. Ted explains his “Olive Theory.” Lily and Marshall are such a great couple because Marshall hates olives and Lily loves them, they “balance” as Ted puts it. Ted walks Robin home and his date ends in a sense of satisfaction, like your true friends in real life Ted is made fun of for not kissing Robin.

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Ted, Lily, Marshall and Barney all head back to MacLaren’s to debate whether Ted should have kissed Robin and convince Ted he needs to kiss her tonight before she leaves for Orlando for a week. The gang travels with Ted to Robin’s apartment for moral support and because Barney convinced Ted to suit up. Ted is invited into Robin’s apartment by showing her the blue french horn he stole for her. The restaurant that Ted and Robin had dinner at had a blue french horn on the wall that Robin mentioned she wanted. One of the great lines from this episode is when Ted tell the gang the reason he stole the blue french horn is because “everyone brings flowers” showcasing Ted’s die hard romantic side.

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Everything is going great for Ted in Robin’s apartment. He and Robin are slow dancing to Otis Redding’s “Cigarettes and Coffee,” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyMg-EhZ1Es) while giving each other compliments. I love Otis Redding but didn’t know the song before this episode, it has been on repeat on my iPhone. Ted tells Robin he is in love with her, completely ruining the mood and causing Robin to walk him out of her apartment. While on the street Ted gives a great speech about how bad he is at being single and that he knows he would make a great husband if given the chance. He and Robin say their goodbyes and have a long, passionate, somewhat strange handshake and Ted heads back to MacLaren’s to meet his friends plus the cab driver, Ranjit. Ranjit is a small reoccurring character who will show up from time to time.Ted ends the episode by telling his kids that later on Robin said the long, passionate handshake was a sign to kiss her and that was the story of how he met their Aunt Robin.

The pilot is a strong episode that gives us some great scenes and sets up the future story. My favorite scene is the date where Robin quotes Ghostbusters and Ted refers to the blue french horn as a “smurf penis”. The dance scene with “Cigarettes and Coffee” is the first of multiple future memorable moments tied with music. Thanks for reading the pilot review. It’s late and I’m too tired to go on.

Cheers.