MacLaren’s

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 6 “I’m Not That Guy”

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“I’m Not That Guy” mostly centered on Marshall’s story. Marshall is ecstatic to find out he got his dream job working for the National Resource Defense Council, but he already had an interview scheduled for an evil law firm. Marshall decides to attend the interview because his dad set it up and to tell the evil law firm what he really thinks about them. At the interview, Marshall is confused when he finds Jefferson Coatsworth, played by John Cho, as a friendly, young man. Coatsworth seduces Marshall by pretending to care about the NRDC and convinces him to go to dinner.

Marshall feels guilty about agreeing to dinner but Lily persuades him to go simply for the free meal. At dinner, Marshall is floored by the perks Coatsworth offers and an enormous salary. Meanwhile, Robin finds out Lily’s dirty secret, she is in major credit card debt from keeping up with the latest fashion. Robin then realizes why Lily was continually pushing Marshall to meet with Coatsworth. Back at dinner, Marshall drunkenly accepts the job and stays the night at Coatsworth’s apartment. In the morning, Marshall takes part in the New York City tradition of the Sunday morning, walk of shame.

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Back at MacLaren’s, Marshall is struggling to decide which job to take and Lily is struggling with whether she needs to come clean about her debt. In a selfless moment, Lily tells Marshall to work for the NRDC and tells Robin she will get out of her mess on her own. Just as Marshall is about to turn down Coatsworth’s offer on the phone, Jeff shows up in a limo and takes Marshall to an amusement park. Atop the Ferris Wheel, Coatsworth finally convinces Marshall to take the job by promising the amusement park will be his only client. Little did Marshall know that the amusement park who have multiple negligent lawsuits.

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While Marshall wrestles with the job offer, Ted wrestles with himself or show I say Ted Mosby: Porn Star. Barney finds an adult film starring “Ted Mosby”. Certain strange events start to happen because of this sudden star sharing his name. First, Ted is interviewed by a adult magazine thinking it’s an architecture magazine and then he learns Ted Mosby: Porn Star shares the same hometown. Ted decides to find the porn star at a porn convention with Barney. Upon meeting Ted Mosby: Porn Star, Ted learns his real name is Steve Biel, played by Kevin Heffernan, and he was a few grades younger than Ted. Ted once saved Steve from some bullies and from that day on Steve vowed to honor Ted Mosby somehow. Ted asks Steve to change his stage name because he is trying to become a popular architect, even going as far as giving him a better stage name in Lance Hardwood, but Steve continues to use Ted Mosby. The gang ends the episode by watching Steve’s newest movie, “Lance Hardwood: Sex Architect” starring Ted Mosby and discovering it was filmed in their apartment with the help of location scout, Barney.

“I’m Not That Guy” is a good episode that further’s Marshall and Lily’s story line as well as a small glimpse into the future of Robin and Ted. You can tell the writers are starting to focus on Marshall and Lily’s maturing romance as a focal point. That being said “How I Met Your Mother” is about Ted and that is why Robin moving in with Ted is buried in this episode. I’m sure it will become more prominent later on.

My favorite scene was when Ted asked the group if he looked like the porn star and they had him make funny sex faces.

Cheers.

HIMYM review Season 3 Episode 5 “How I Met Everyone Else”

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“How I Met Everyone Else” picks up with the gang at MacLaren’s and Ted introducing them to his new girlfriend. Unfortunately, Future Ted can’t remember the girl’s name, so he calls her “Blah Blah”. Blah Blah, played by Abigail Spencer, tells everyone she met Ted at a cooking class but in reality, Ted met Blah Blah online. Blah Blah is ashamed by the fact she and Ted met online. Before Blah Blah arrived at MacLaren’s, Barney explained the “Crazy Hot Scale” and assumes she is crazy. Ted tries to change the focus of the conversation by having Marshall and Lily tell how they met.

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We flash back to the college years at Wesleyan. Past Lily needed helping setting up her stereo and looked for someone to help her. As if guided by fate, Lily knocked on Marshall’s door and the two were in love at first sight. After Lily and Marshall’s story, Blah Blah shows a small amount of her inner crazy. Ted then tells how he met Marshall. Again we flash back to Wesleyan and find Marshall “eating a sandwhich” in the dorm room. Another student alerts Marshall the dean is coming. A few seconds later, past Ted walks into the room and introduces himself to Marshall. Marshall admits he didn’t know Ted wasn’t the dean until later that night.

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Next we are treated to an expanded version of how Ted and Barney met. As first shown in the “Pilot”, Ted and Barney met in the bathroom of MacLaren’s. Barney starts up a fake story with Ted about his deaf brother. After a quick one-liner from Ted, Barney decides he likes Ted and leaves to use his fake story on a blonde at the bar. Later, Barney joins Ted at a booth and proceeds to tell him how to live as seen in the “Pilot”. “Rule one, lose the goatee. It doesn’t go with your suit. Rule tow, get a suit.” But it continues with Barney letting Ted in on the fact he told the blonde Ted is his deaf brother. To Barney’s amazement, both Ted and the blonde know sign language. Ted even gets the woman to give Barney here number while signing. Present Ted fells guilty about Barney’s story and tells him he really told the blonde Barney was lying and to give him a fake number. Barney gets even with Ted by telling Blah Blah they all know she and Ted met online and by telling Blah Blah how Ted met Robin.

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Ted uses the real story of how he met Lily to calm Blah Blah down. College Ted met Lily at a freshman orientation where they were both drunk. Ted and Lily made out and the next day Lily couldn’t remember who she made out with by could remember Ted’s room number and that is why she was randomly ran into Marshall when looking for someone to help her. Blah Blah tells Ted he has to tell Marshall or she will. Back at the table, Lily tells how she met Ted as he was leaving a crying voicemail to his ex-girlfriend, Karen. While, Ted and Blah Blah pull Lily away to talk about the real story of how Ted and Lily met, Barney tells Robin, again, how he met Marshall. We flash back to a few days after Ted met Barney. Barney tries to tell Marshall he needs to dump his girlfriend and hit on the hot chick who just walked into MacLaren’s. Noticing Barney was talking about Lily, Marshall agrees and approaches her. A few seconds later, Barney is speechless when Marshall starts making out with Lily. Present Marshall tells Robin that Barney didn’t find out who Lily was until a week later.

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After Lily’s reluctant acceptance of the truth, she and Ted inform Marshall of the actual events of their first meeting, but Marshall doesn’t believe them because he was at the party and knows Ted and Lily made out with two different students. Meanwhile, Blah Blah has been getting crazier and crazier, even accusing Robin of trying to undermine her in front of Ted because of their past. Finding out Ted made out with a different girl than Lily puts her over the edge and she breaks up with Ted before stomping off.

Years laters at their 20th college graduation reunion, Ted runs into the girl he made out with instead of Lily and she confirms she was the girl who made out with Ted. Then, future Ted, Marshall and Lily share a sandwich that Marshall confiscated from a student. Future Ted ends the episode by asking the question we all have been waiting for, “Where’s my wife?”

“How I Met Everyone Else” was a great episode. The fact that Future Ted can remember all the details of his past but can’t remember Blah Blah’s real name is a great nod to the absurdity of the show. Blah Blah was a perfect way to introduce the “Crazy Hot” scale but the real highlight of the episode was how everyone met everyone else. I like how the writers expanded on Ted and Barney’s story beyond what we already knew and anytime you get to see college versions of the characters is a treat, especially pretentious Ted with his Jew-fro.

My favorite scene was the expanded version of Ted and Barney’s meeting. The fact that Barney just met Ted and then used him as his deaf brother was priceless.

Cheers.

HIMYM review Season 3 Episode 4 “Little Boys”

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“Little Boys” finds Robin set up with one of Lily’s student’s dad, George, played by Brad Rowe. Despite Robin’s previous distaste for children, she falls for George. Eventually Robin confesses to George that she doesn’t get along with kids but George insists it isn’t problem and suggests waiting for Robin to meet his son, Doug. As fate would have it, Doug finds Robin the following morning in George’s apartment, alone. After some initial annoyance from Doug, Robin bonds with him and realizes kids aren’t too bad.

Later, Robin tells Lily she has to break up with George before Doug gets too attached to her but Lily reveals it’s too late for that because Doug drew a picture of Robin with the words “new mommy” above her. Lily convinces Robin she has to talk with Doug before she break up with George. Robin finds Doug at George’s apartment and George in the shower. She uses this opportunity to use every break up cliche on Doug to soften the blow but gets interrupted by Brooke, George’s date and the actual “new mommy”. After finding out Doug likes Brooke better than Robin, she acts like a jealous little girl and even calls Doug a “stupid-head” to Lily. Future Ted tells his kids Robin got over her dislike for children as they know and we are shown hand drawn pictures of future Aunt Robin with Ted’s kids.

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Meanwhile, we find Barney and Ted at MacLaren’s arguing over who has more game with the ladies. After Marshall’s failed attempt to prove he has more game since he won the dating game by marrying Lily, Ted and Barney decide to settle their argument by both of them attempting to sleep with the same girl. Barney distracts Ted and tries to pick up Stacey, played by Janet Varney, but gets slapped. Barney reveals to Ted and Marshall he already slept with Stacey last year and she hates him, Ted sees Barney’s previous history with Stacey as a way to take his time in winning the bet.

Ted begins to date Stacey and unexpectedly, he falls for her. Ted brags to Barney about how well things are going for him and how he is going to win the bet. But Barney has one last trick up his sleeve and asks Ted whether he can go where Barney has already been? Ted assumes he will have no trouble making a move on Stacey but he is wrong. Every time Ted tries to seal the deal with Stacey, he sees little Barney’s on her body. Ted eventually breaks up with Stacey thinking neither he nor Barney would win the bet, but Barney had another trick up his sleeve.

Barney reveals to Ted and Marshall he lied about sleeping with Stacey and the night he got slapped, he asked Stacey to slap him so he could show his friend Ted she didn’t like ladies’ men. Also, Barney used the information he found out from Ted to lay ground work on Stacey before the break up. Just as Barney finishes divulging his master plan, Stacey calls to cry on his shoulder about the break up. Barney heads over to her apartment to win the bet. A month later, Barney is dating Stacey and still hasn’t won the bet because she wants to take things slow. As Barney looks like he wants to kill himself, he looks at Stacey and sees a little Ted on her body.

“Little Boys” was a funny episode that didn’t get us any closer to finding the mother but it did give us a glimpse of future Aunt Robin. Robin’s story line with Doug reminded me a little of myself because I am also not a kid person. Her realization that getting full custody of a child was winning, made me laugh a little too hard and the small reference to Ghostbusters with her call to Lily that “It’s here. It’s looking at me”, made me love Robin even more than the first time she quoted Ghostbusters in the “Pilot”. As much fun as it was to see Robin revert to a jealous schoolgirl, Barney and Ted’s bet was the highlight of the episode, although I did enjoy Marshall’s attempts to compete with Barney and Ted. Barney’s master plan to win the bet was something from Dr. Horrible’s playbook. I love the fact that neither Ted nor Barney won the bet because of the little versions of themselves.

My favorite moment was Robin’s┬árealization that getting full custody of a child was winning and then her asking Lily not to tell anyone about it.

Cheers.

HIMYM review Season 3 Episode 3 “Third Wheel”

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“Third Wheel” finds Ted left alone at MacLaren’s, thanks to Marshall and Barney’s Wii Tennis tournament. Ted is approached by Trudy from “The Pineapple Incident” and they two quickly hit it off, again. Things appear to be repeating themselves until Rachel, Trudy’s sorority sister from college, played by Busy Phillips, runs into Ted and Trudy. Trudy leaves Ted for Rachel and Ted is thinking of heading home until Rachel invites him to stay.

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It becomes clear quite quickly that Trudy and Rachel are uber-competitive for Ted’s attention and leads him to call Barney for advice on which girl to go for. Lily decided to play wing woman and sneak to MacLaren’s to giver her opinion on which girl is into Ted and to Ted’s amazement, he has his pick. While, things are getting interesting for Ted, Robin is on a date with a dreamy surgeon with a British accent. Despite Robin’s earlier plan to abstain for sex, she decides Dr. Dreamy is too good to let go. As Robin mentioned earlier in the episode, she hadn’t shaved her legs to prevent herself from sleeping with her date and now that is a problem. She calls Lily and begs for her to bring a razor to the restaurant.

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Returning to Ted’s situation, things get even hairier after the girls hint about a threesome. After calling Barney to brag about his luck, we found out Barney bought a belt that is to be given to the first one between Ted and Barney to have a threesome. Ted texts Barney, Marshall and Lily he is headed upstairs, with the girls in tow, to listen to “music”. After taking Trudy and Rachel’s coats, he discovers the trio held up in his bedroom. The group, surprisingly led by Lily, give Ted their blessing, that is until Barney’s jealousy boils to the surface and he breaks the Wilco cd Ted was supposed to play for the girls.Barney confesses he almost won the belt last year but the night was ruined by a spilled glass of wine.

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Ted returns to the living room where the girls could care less about the cd and instead focus their attention on Ted. Ted quickly becomes nervous and panics. He tells Trudy and Rachel the night is over and leaves to fetch their coats. Back in his bedroom, Ted questions what is wrong with him, only to be cheered up by Barney. Barney confesses the belt got to him and he purposely sabotaged his chance at the belt but encourages Ted to win the belt. After some rather hilarious ideas from Barney, Ted returns to an empty living room. At first, Ted fears the girls have left and his chance at the belt but then he hears giggling from Marshall and Lily’s room. Peering in, a smile comes across Ted’s face. We jump to the next day where Barney demands to know if Ted won the belt. Ted smiles and explains, “Some stories you just don’t tell.”

Wrapping up the episode, we return to the conclusion of Robin’s date. She couldn’t get Lily to bring her a razor, thanks to Ted’s predicament, and has to pay the snobb waitress to get a razor across the street. When the waitress returns without shaving cream, Robin steals some butter and heads to the ladie’s room. With her leg on the sink and smearing butter on her leg, Robin slips and hits her head on the floor. After waiting for Robin out front, her date asks the snobby waitress to check on Robin. The waitress finds Robin unconscious on the floor but seizes the opportunity to steal Robin’s date by telling him she escaped through and open window.

“Third Wheel” didn’t further the story of how Ted met the mother but instead showed us he and Robin are already moving on from their relationship. Robin’s plan to wait for sex on to have it backfire was funny but Ted’s attempt at winning the belt was hilarious. Ted’s anxiety is the most accurate representation of how I would assume most men would act in a similar situation, myself included. Although, Lily, Marshall and Barney were background characters this week, the back and forth between Marshall and Barney over Wii Tennis was hilarious and the support from Lily reminds us how cool she is. I had hoped the return of Trudy would shed more light on the mysterious pineapple from their first hook up but it didn’t. Here’s hoping we learn where that stupid thing came from in the future.

My favorite scene was when Ted asks Barney is Marshall’s pants were off when they refuse to come to the bar.

Cheers.

HIMYM review Season 3 Episode 2 “We’re Not From Here”

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So apparently this is the only good picture I can find from “We’re Not From Here”. The episode begins with Ted asking Marshall and Lily how the married life is. Marshall and Lily complain about all the paperwork involved after marriage and mention they had to create “death folders”, which are packets with a letter and all the personal information a spouse would need should you unexpectedly die. Marshall begins to panic because he didn’t know he was supposed to write a letter After some teasing, Marshall leaves to write the letter and we are treated with a flash back of Robin’s vacation in Argentina, with Gael. Vacation Robin is shown as being a stereotypical hippie. Returning to the bar, Robin tells the gang she is happy with her new self and plans to continue living this way with Gael but Barney doesn’t believe her, telling her she will end thing with Gael soon and return to old Robin.

Marshall writes his letter to Lily and pours his heart and soul into it. After completing multiple heartfelt pages, he decides to read Lily’s letter and to his disappointment, Lily’s letter contains no heartfelt letter and the bare minimum needed information. While Marshall is at the apartment, Barney and Ted are jealous over all the attention Gael has attracted from the female patrons. After Barney and Ted talk about how easy Gael has is because he is from out of town, they decide to pretend to be from out of town to pick up women. This is kind of a variation of Barney’s play from “Sweet Taste Of Liberty”. Barney and Ted meet some New Yorkers and pretend to be from Missouri. They arrange to meet the women the following evening so they can show them around the Big Apple. The following evening, the women take Ted and “Ignatius Peabody Nobel” to their favorite restaurant, a measly potato-themed chain restaurant. After dinner, the ladies invite Ted and Barney to a friend’s party.

During the cab ride to the party, Ted’s inner New Yorker starts to slip out when he tries to correct the cab driver on where to go. Ted finds out the party is in south Bronx and voices his concern about traveling there at night. Ted’s fears are justified because he and Barney are shown giving a statement to the police about being mugged. Thanks to all the excitement the women want to take Ted and Barney back to their place which we find out is in New Jersey. Ted finally loses it and confesses he and Barney are from New York and he is offended the women would call themselves New Yorkers and New Jersey “pretty much New York”. After refusing to travel to New Jersey for sex, Ted and Barney are left to fend for themselves but their dates and the cops who also happen to be from New Jersey.

Meanwhile, Lily asks how Robin’s relationship with Gael is going. Robin confesses she is getting irritated by the things she loved about Gael in Argentina, such as being feed food and spontaneous acts of love making. Robin reaffirms her commitment to her new self and decides to press on. After being surprised by a stranger in the shower, Robin finds Gael has invited some foreign travelers to stay with them indefinitely. Robin eventually gets tired of her new roommates and runs them off with her gun. Gael is awoken by the commotion and Robin tells him they have to break up. Later, Barney cheers Robin’s return to her old self.

Eventually, Marshall divulges to Lily he read her letter and is offended she didn’t put anything heartfelt, leading to their first argument as a married couple. Marshall and Lily eventually make up and Lily agrees to rewrite the letter if Marshall promises not to read it until her death. Marshall kept his promise until November 1, 2029. We flash forward to Marshall opening the letter to find Lily’s message is that he sucked for opening the letter early. Marshall calls Lily into the room and we are delighted to know she isn’t dead. The two argue again about Marshall opening the letter in advance.

“We’re Not From Here” is a somewhat weak episode. Both Robin, Marshall and Lily’s story arcs were subpar. There were a few good scenes, such as Robin having to remind everyone she is Canadian and future Marshall’s slip up about not wanting the nude photos of Lily in her old age. I did enjoy the newspaper article in future Marshall’s office alluding to him capturing the Loch Ness Monster. Ted and Barney’s storyline to me was average. Yes, we got to see them use a dumb tactic to pick up women but the real highlight was Ted’s speech about hating New Jersey and the New Jersians.

My favorite scene was at the beginning of the episode, when Ted and Barney tempt fate to kill Marshall before he can write his death letter because his is superstitious.

Cheers.

HIMYM review Season 2 Episode 3 “Brunch”

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“Brunch” begins with Future Ted bringing up an old photo with the gang and his parents. Future Ted tells the kids he flew their grandparents to New York for their 30th wedding anniversary. At the restaurant where the photo was taken, everyone in the gang is shown to be angry about something and ends with Ted’s mom accidentally knocking down a waitress. Future Ted mentions there are three parts to the story.

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– the Lily and Marshall part –

Lily and Marshall’s part begins with future Ted mentioning how his mom and dad avoid talking about unpleasant subjects. At the apartment, Lily and Marshall run into Ted’s parents while dividing their CD collection. Ted’s mother, Virginia played by Cristine Rose, invites Lily to join them for dinner. Lily is initially hesitant, saying she doesn’t want to make it awkward for Marshall but quickly changes her mind when Marshall hints his feelings for Lily are gone. At dinner, Lily shows up in a sexy red dress that focuses your attention to her breasts, tormenting Marshall. The next day at brunch, Marshall gets his revenge by massaging his calves in front of Lily. Lily apparently belongs to the, I’m guessing, one percent of people who are turned on by men’s calves. Marshall and Lily end up hooking up in the restaurant bathroom. The surprising sexual encounter causes more tension between them when the two argue over who seduced whom.

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– the Barney part –

Robin is nervous to meet Ted’s parents for the first time. While waiting for Ted’s parents, Barney drops by unexpectedly. Barney confesses to Ted about his excitement to finally meet his parents. Barney is in disbelief to find that Ted hasn’t mentioned him to his parents. Ted tries to justify his reasoning saying he only talks to his dad about baseball. When Ted’s parents arrive, Barney hijacks the spotlight from Robin every chance he gets, including switching their dinner reservations. After dinner, Barney invites everyone for a drink at MacLaren’s but only Ted’s father, Alfred played by Michael Gross, joins him. The next morning, Barney confesses to Ted about the previous night’s events. Barney tells Ted how his dad is a great wing-man and helped him with Wendy the Waitress, but the story takes a sudden nosedive. While returning the bar to get his phone, Barney finds Alfred making out with Wendy. Furious his dad cheated on his mom, Ted tries to confront his dad but can’t seem to find the courage to talk about anything other than baseball.

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– the Ted and Robin part –

As mentioned earlier in the episode, Robin is nervous to meet Ted’s parents for the first time. Ted tries to prepare Robin for his mother incoming interrogation. Ted warns Robin his mom asks every girl Ted dates about marriage and children and she will know when it is coming because his mother will bring up cousin Stacy. Later at dinner, Virginia brings up cousin Stacy and Robin prepares herself for the lies that she is about to unleash, but Virginia instead asks Robin about being a reporter. Virginia recommends Robin focus on her career because there is always time to get married and have children later. The next morning at bunch, Robin snaps at Virginia, suggesting the waitress have Ted’s babies. Virginia follows Robin to bathroom which is occupied by Marshall and Lily. Robin asks Virginia why she hasn’t asked her about marrying Ted and having her grandchildren. Virginia apologizes if she made Robin feel unwanted but tells her she doesn’t believe people should make the mistake of getting married young. When Robin asks Virginia how she can feel that way since she got married young, Virginia tells Robin there is something she doesn’t know.

– the Conclusion –

Right after the brunch picture is taking, Lily and Marshall argue over the CD collection, Ted tells Barney he is going to kills his dad and Robin tells Virginia she needs to talk to Ted or she will. Virginia attempts to stop Robin but instead accidentally knocks down a passing waitress. Alfred asks if the waitress is okay, calling her “sweetheart”, causing Ted to unleash his anger and demand his father come clean about last night. Alfred finally comes clean and tells Virginia he hooked up with Wendy the Waitress. Shocked by Virginia’s cool demeanor, Robin pleads with Ted’s parents to tell him. Ted’s parents inform him they have been divorced for almost a year and are happier than ever. Ted’s mom even has a boyfriend named Clint. Stressed by all the recent news, Ted leaves to get some air with Robin and his parents in tow. When Barney makes a break for the unattended omelette bar, Marshall and Lily apologize, both agreeing they are confused when around each other.

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Outside, Ted tells his parents he doesn’t even know them or how they met. Ted’s dad tells him, “It’s a great story. We met a bar.” When Ted confesses he doesn’t get what happened, his parents tell him they wanted different things and begin to describe their situation which is similar to Ted and Robin’s. Alfred was a hopeless romantic and wanted kids, Virginia was down to Earth and…also wanted kids. Ted’s parents tell Ted they adore Robin and head back to brunch. Almost as if she ignored the entire conversation, Robin is thrilled to hear Ted’s parents love her.

Why this episode is important:

Although it is never official confirmed, Ted’s conversation with his parents about how they met is the reason he tells his kids how he met their mother. When Ted becomes frustrated at the lack of depth his mom and dad go into, he responds saying, “he is going to tell his kids the whole damn story.” So in all honesty, we have Alfred and Virginia to thank/blame for How I Met Your Mother.

My favorite scene is when Virginia calls Robin “Susan”. Robin corrects her by saying her name and Barney in turn corrects/belittles Robin saying, “Susan, her name is Virginia.”

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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