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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.

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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 21 “Something Borrowed”

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“Something Borrowed” begins with the telling of how Lily and Marshall want a small, outdoor wedding with an acoustic guitar and how it slowly changed into a large, indoor wedding with hundreds of people. The big day has finally arrived for Lilypad and Marshmellow but disaster is just around every corner. Things start off light with a joke from Robin about having hairy nipples to keep Lily from ruining her makeup but things quickly turn dark as Lily finds out the harp player could go into labor at any minute and her high school boyfriend, Scooter, is prepared to announce his undying love. Meanwhile, Barney learns he can get anything he wants, simply by saying “it’s for the bride”. Barney initially uses his power to help get Lily a glass of wine but quickly uses it get a girl’s phone number and a neck massage. Things turn from bad to worse as Lily finds out the harpist’s water broke, the flower delivery is late, the veil was ran over and Bad tackled the photographer instead of Scooter. Despite all this, Lily kept her cool, that is until Robin discovers she has lost Lily’s wedding underwear. Lily finally snaps and lets out her frustration but Robin saves the day by luring Lily outside for a smoke.

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Meanwhile, Marshall isn’t having good luck either. Lily’s cousin was supposed to trim Marshall’s hair, instead she frosted the tips, making Marshall look like a Backstreet Boy as Barney said. Barney leaves to use his new “superpower” to solve the hair crisis. In a sheer panic, Marshall shaves the middle of his head, leaving an even more embarrassing hair style. Ted and Barney find a toupee to cover Marshall’s skunk stripe but the hair piece still looks awful. Marshall and the guys head outside for some air where they run into Robin and Lily. Marshall shows Lily his hair and apologizes for ruining the wedding but Lily explains the wedding was already ruined thanks to her bad luck. Lily asks what happened to the small outdoor wedding they wanted, this inspires Ted to suggest getting married right then for real and inside for the families, that way the real wedding won’t be ruined.

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As mentioned earlier in the episode, Barney is licensed to conduct marriages, leaving Ted and Robin as the witnesses. Lily covers Marshall’s head with a hat borrowed from a gardner nearby and Barney begins the ceremony. It becomes clear that despite his liberal stance of marriage, Barney is a big softie for Marshall and Lily. Just as Lily and Marshall say why they love each other, the gardner begins playing an acoustic guitar, completing the last piece of Marshall and Lily’s original wedding plan. Barney’s emotions can’t be held back and he rushes the couple to the end and pronounce them man and wife. Future Ted tells his kids that Lily and Marshall did return inside and had a beautiful wedding but when the gang looks back, they always think of the small outdoor wedding with friends and an acoustic guitar.

“Something Borrowed” was a beautiful story of how Lily and Marshall had the perfect wedding despite having a disastrous wedding. I had been wondering how long it would take to get around the Lily and Marshall’s wedding and the writers did not disappoint, every scene was wonderful and the right amount of humor. I was amazed at Barney’s true feelings about the wedding since he was using his “superpower” for personal gain.

My favorite scene was when Marshall shaved his head, that horrible hair style combined with the crazed look on his face when he turns around was priceless and I have to give Jason Segal props for actually shaving his head.

Cheers.

HIMYM review Season 2 Episode 9 “Slap Bet”

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We jump into “Slap Bet” with Barney excited about Sharper Images’ opening it’s 500th store. Barney decides to take the gang on a shopping spree to celebrate but Robin quickly refuses to go to a mall. When the gang presses Robin to go, she blurts out that she doesn’t go to malls and wants the group to drop it. Ted calls off the dogs and tells the gang to respect her privacy. Later that night, Ted tries to get Robin to tell her secret but with no success. A few days later, Ted is still struggling with Robin’s secret. Barney informs Ted relationships work better the less you know about someone, sharing persona details can only lead to discovering your “deal breaker”. Ted disagrees and insists he needs to find a way to get Robin to divulge her secret. Barney and Marshall each have theories about Robin’s hatred of malls. Barney thinks Robin did porn and Marshall thinks Robin was married in a mall and even supports his theory with a valid argument. Barney and Marshall agree to a “slap bet”, which is where a person slaps the other person as hard as possible, on their Robin theories and dub Lily the slap bet commissioner. Later and against Lily’s advice, Ted presses Robin about being married and to Ted’s surprise she admits to being married at a mall in Canada. Robin assures Ted it isn’t a big deal, that she was married very young, and her husband moved away for business. Robin tells Ted she didn’t think a divorce was necessary and asks him to keep her marriage a secret.

The following night, Ted spills Robin’s secret to the gang at MacLaren’s. As soon as the words escape Ted’s lips, Barney’s face is met by Marshall’s gigantic hand. Ted confesses to the group he is worried Robin’s marriage will ruin their relationship. Marshall offers to look into Canadian divorce laws to see if Robins is even still married after years of separation. Even though Robin is married, Barney is convinced she did porn and would thus allow him to slap Marshall. The next day, Marshall finds Ted at the apartment and confesses he knows Robin isn’t married. He checked every Canadian database he could find and Robin’s marriage wasn’t listed anywhere. Confused by Robin’s lie, Marshall tells Ted he has to ask her questions about the marriage in hopes to catch her in the law and reveal the truth. Ted once again confronts Robin about her marriage and asks details of the wedding. After Ted catches Robin in the lie, Robin catches him lying that he found the information himself. Ted breaks down and admits he told Marshall her secret leading to an argument between Ted and Robin.

Meanwhile down at MacLaren’s, Barney confronts Marshall about Robin’s fake marriage. As mentioned earlier in the episode, Marshall and Lily tell each other every detail about their day. Marshall told Lily about Robin’s lie and as the slap bet commissioner, she had to tell Barney. Lily awards Barney three slaps for Marshall’s unjustified slap. Barney slaps Marshall three times repeatedly, leaving him teary-eyed. Ted and Robin continue the argument until Barney bursts through the door with Lily and Marshall in tow. Barney announces he has discovered Robin’s secret and refers to her as “Robin Sparkles”. Barney tells the gang he found a guy in Malaysia who has evidence and is uploading to the internet as they speak. Ted closes the laptop and tells the gang they should let Robin have her secret since it means so much to her but Robin finally gives in and tells everyone to watch the video but to keep in mind she was young and it started as an innocent modeling gig.

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Barney opens the laptop and starts a video of a young Robin, dressed in a school girl uniform, pleading with her teacher not to giver her detention. Barney stops the video for “Robin’s dignity” and immediately turns and slaps Marshall. After Robin finds out the details of the slap bet she pushes resumes the video and mentions “she wished it was porn”. The video sudden;y turns into a music video causing the gang to slowly and collectively look at Robin with their jaws wide open. Robin confesses she was a teenage pop star in Canada that had one hit, “Let’s Go To The Mall, Today”. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IY_bhVSGKEg)¬†Robin informs the group she toured malls for years, singing the song and living off of mall food. We also learn the “1990’s” didn’t come to Canada until 1993, which is why the music video looks like it was filmed in the 1980’s. Ted apologizes to Robin for prying but she tells him she is glad he knows and now they are closer. Marshall, being the future lawyer he is, can’t help but notice Robin did not do porn and was prematurely slapped without the commissioner’s approval. Lily gives Barney the choice of 10 slaps consecutively or five slaps from now until eternity, Barney chooses the latter. As the gang enjoys the Robin Sparkles video, Marshall unexpectedly slaps Barney announcing, “That’s one!”

“Slap Bet” is yet another reason why I love How I Met Your Mother, although it didn’t progress Ted’s story at all, it did make me enjoy the here and now. The absurdity of a slap bet is amusing in itself but throw in Marshall and Barney and you have a formula for entertainment gold. I must admit, I myself have been involved in a slap bet; I lost and my face looked exactly like Barney’s after Marshall’s first slap. “Let’s Go To The Mall, Today” was a hilarious jab at the 1980’s music video industry, complete with a talking robot, rap section and cheesy outfits. This episode is the second best episode of the season so far, only behind “Swarley”. I hope we see more of Robin Sparkles and the not so subtle Canada bashing.

My favorite scene, besides all the slaps, was Marshall’s one-liner when Barney mentions how big his hand is and Marshall responds with, “What do you expect, you’ve seen my penis.”

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 21 “Milk”

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“Milk” begins with the gang celebrating Ted’s 28th birthday at MacLaren’s. Barney’s gift to Ted is to use the “Greatest Pickup Line Ever.” Barney goes over to hit on a gorgeous brunette and stops mid-sentence, asking if she is okay and telling her to sit down. While Barney continues to talk with the brunette, Lily asks Ted if he feels old being two years away from turning 30. Ted tells her no and future Ted tells his kids his 30th birthday was good except the goat, but that is a story for a later time. Returning to Barney, he demands a glass of water and for someone to call 911. When two paramedics arrive, played by series creators, Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, Barney asks the girl if anything is broken. The girl tells Barney no and Barney counters with a pickup line about her falling from Heaven because she is an angel. Barney then starts a chant telling the girl to give Barney her number. After the rest of the bar joins in, the girl gives her number to Barney. Back at the booth, Ted tells the rest of the group he has figured out why he is single, he is picky. Ted then recites the qualities he is looking for in a woman, attractive, college educated, wants one boy and one girl, likes dogs, Otis Redding, and sports, does the crossword and plays bass. When asked how he will find this “perfect woman”, Ted says he isn’t going to look for her, instead he is going to let fate present her to him.

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The next day, Marshall seeks out Barney at work for help with some paperwork. Barney shrugs Marshall’s request off and has him look at an office across the street. Barney introduces him to Clark Butterfield and the prank war the two of them have engaged in for years. When Marshall refuses to help Barney with his prank war, Barney has his assistant, Tracy, inform Marshall he is no longer speaking with him, all in front of Marshall. Back at the apartment, Ted receives a call from Love Solutions, the dating service he signed up for in “Matchmaker” (Season 1 Ep. 7). The man from Love Solutions tells Ted they have found his soul mate. Ted immediately heads to the Love Solutions office. Ted is skeptically at first but after reading his match’s profile, decide she is perfect. The profile listed everything from Ted’s list earlier in the episode and then some. Ted instructs the worker to set up a date for him.

Later, Barney asks Marshall to see him in his office. Marshall asks if everything is back to normal between them but Barney ignores the questions and asks Marshall to taste his latte. After Marshall tastes the latte, Barney reveals Butterfield defiled his drink just as Barney had defiled Butterfield’s sandwhich previously. Marshall admits he should be upset with Barney but agrees to help retaliate against Butterfield. Down at MacLaren’s, Ted is so excited for his date he arrives early. Lily calls Ted and asks him if he can come help her in Dutchess county. She tells Ted she got a flat in Marshall’s Fiero and needs his help changing the tire. Ted, initially refuses but changes his mind after Lily guilts him into taking a 90 dollar cab ride to meet her.

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Ted meets Lily and tells her since his date was nice enough to push the date back, he wants to know why she is in Dutchess county with Marshall’s car. After swearing on his future children, Luke and Leia not to tell Marshall, Lily confesses she has been battling insomnia for the past month. One night while she was thinking about Victoria and how she followed her dreams to Germany, Lily found an art fellowship in San Francisco. Lily was driving to the interview in New Haven when she got the flat. Ted asks if she is doesn’t want to get married and Lily assures Ted she wants to get married and wasn’t going to take the fellowship, she just wanted to know if her painting was good enough to get in. Ted tells Lily he thinks it’s pretty obvious she doesn’t want to get married because there are art fellowships a lot closer to New York. Lily admits to having second thoughts about the wedding but tells Ted she realizes the flat tire is a sign to stay in New York. After changing the tire, Lily tries to convince Ted to come with her to New Haven. After Ted tells her this is a mistake, Lily gives a great speech about how sometimes you can’t know if something is a mistake until you’ve made it and can look back and realize it was indeed a mistake. Unsuccessful in convincing Ted to join her, Lily leaves Ted on the side of the road and heads to New Haven.

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Ted calls Barney for help and quickly realizes he is with Marshall. Since Ted doesn’t want Marshall to know why he was in Dutchess county, he lies and tells Marshall he was playing a joke. Ending the phone call with Ted, Marshall turns his attention back to preparing a mouse prank for Butterfield. Marshall admits to Barney that working with him is fun and he is thinking of working for Alltrucell after graduation. Ted is finally saved when Robin picks him up in a news van. On the ride to MacLaren’s, Robin does her best to keep Ted talking about his “perfect girl” and away from her hat. Robin mentioned she got some highlights earlier in the day and now she looks like a tiger. Outside of MacLaren’s Robin realizes Ted has had a rough night and cheers him up by taking off her hat, revealing her horrible hair. Ted watches Robin drive off with a big smile on his face. Standing just feet from MacLaren’s Ted dreams about his wedding and realizes it would be a mistake if Robin wasn’t the one standing next to him. Inside his apartment, Ted finds Marshall explaining the mouse prank to Lily. Ted uses the bad milk he drank that morning as code, asking Lily if she “got the milk.” Lily informs Ted she did get the milk. Ted somberly asks her if she “wants to drink the milk” and Lily responds with a warm smile and that she does not want to drink the milk. Marshall breaks up the milk talk, asking how Ted’s date went. Ted informs Marshall and Lily he didn’t go because he doesn’t want the “perfect woman”, he wants Robin. Marshall begins a long tirade of “not this again!” and Ted says sometimes you have to make a mistake before you realize it’s a mistake.

“Milk” is an interesting episode because it makes you think about the “what ifs” in your life. Would you be happier if you made this decision over that one? If you remember the ending shot of Lily from “Best Prom Ever”, it comes as no surprise she is having second thought about the wedding but I think this episode showed she just wanted to know she was good enough and sometimes knowing you are good enough to do something is just as good as doing it.

My favorite scene is when Lily gives her speech about making mistakes to Ted. Sorry about the lack/quality of pictures. The normal site I use was down.

Cheers.

HIMYM review Season 1 Episode 20 “Best Prom Ever”

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“Best Prom Ever” begins with Marshall and Lily scrambling to reserve the recently available Van Smoot House for their wedding. In doing so, Marshall and Lily’s wedding is moved up to two months from now. Later at MacLaren’s, Lily is stressed about how quickly they have to plan the wedding and hands out jobs to the group. Lily tries to pair Robin and Ted together but their is an awkward silence, made only worse when Barney brings up how awkward it is. Lily tries to power through the awkwardness and asks Ted for help with the invitations.

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Later, Lily realizes she hasn’t booked a band and begins to turn into a bridezilla, similar to Claudia from “The Wedding”. Marshall saves the day, telling Lily he booked an awesome band called The 88. Lily refuses to sign off on the band unless she hears them play “their song”. The gang finds outs the band’s only upcoming gig is the following night at a high school prom in New Jersey. Unlike herself, Lily agrees with Barney’s plan of sneaking into the prom. Robin offers to accompany them seeing as how she never went to her prom. Ted suggests they all go but is met with resistance from Robin, saying less people will be easier to sneak in. Trying to seem upbeat, Ted suggests he and Marshall have a guys night and get wasted. Later that night, Lily and Robin are searching for what to wear. Barney disagreed with their first choices because they weren’t slutty enough to pass for teenagers and they would get kicked out. During the search, Lily finds her old dress from her high school prom. Reminiscing, we are shown Lily’s high school prom from 1996 with her then boyfriend, Scooter, played by Neil Patrick Harris’ real life husband, David Burtka. Scooter tells Lily how excited he is to be accepted into Umpire School and their future together. After slutting up, Barney gives Lily and Robin corsages and the trio head for the prom leaving Ted and Marshall to their guys night.

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Ted suggests a shot of Jim Beam before he and Marshall head to the bar but Marshall tells Ted he promised they would stuff 200 invitations before leaving. Reluctant, Ted agrees when tempted by a secret prize. At the prom entrance, the gang is met with resistance from the staff. Only students or the dates of student are allowed to enter the prom. Robin and Lily convince two nerdy seniors to be their dates. The four walking in leaving Barney to construct his own plan to enter the prom. As soon as Lily enters the prom, the band takes a break. Lily approaches the lead singer and asks if they can play her and Marshall’s song, “Good Feeling” by the Violent Femmes. The lead singer tells Lily he is wasted but if she gets the sheet music, they will play it. Robin calls Marshall and asks him to bring the music ASAP. Marshall asks if he can bring Ted and Robin tells him she is still hurt by what he did. During this conversation, Barney sneaks into the prom from an air-duct but is immediately escorted back outside by security. Robin agrees to let Ted come but only if he has to.

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While, Lily and Robin wait on Ted and Marshall to arrive with the sheet music, they dance with their dates. When Lily hears her dates plans after graduation, she realizes she never accomplished the goals she set out for. She tells her date he will never accomplish anything just as Robin’s date vomits on her dress. Marshall and Ted finally arrive and run into Barney as a turtle mascot, while the girls are in the bathroom. Barney confesses to Marshall and Ted he couldn’t get into the prom and eventually paid a janitor to use the costume. Marshall asks Lily’s date where she is and her date takes offense, attacking Marshall with a nunchaku, claiming Lily is now his. Ted defends Marshall by tackling the kid.

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Inside the girl’s bathroom, Lily and Robin talk about what just happened with their dates. Lily feels bad for berating her date. When Robin asks Lily if she is having second thoughts about getting married, Lily tells her she is but not about Marshall, about herself. Lily shares with Robin that she never accomplished any of her college dreams. She wanted to travel, live in Europe and become a painter, even have a college lesbian phase. Robin helps Lily realize marrying her best friend is better than accomplishing all those tasks and even comforts her saying she can still travel and paint. As for the college lesbian experience, Robin gives Lily a small kiss to cross that off her checklist.

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Ted, Barney and Marshall are being held by security outside the prom. When Marshall asks to go inside for one song, security tells him there is no way he will get back inside. Barney saves the day by stealing the mascot head from security and causing them to chase him. Inside, The 88 start playing Marshall and Lily’s song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8IwseoPmVk) and the two come together to dance. Being the only two people alone, Ted and Robin also come together to dance. Robin tells Ted she missed him, not that they were going to sleep together way, not that she forgives him way, just that she missed him way. Ted, in what might be one the smartest things he has ever said, responds with, “I’ll take what I can get.” Marshall and Lily agree to use The 88 for their wedding but you can clearly see on Lily’s face she is still having some anxiety about everything.

“Best Prom Ever” is a good episode because it shows that even when you have everything you want, there is always something you don’t have. For Lily, marrying Marshall should make her the happiest person in the world, but instead she is reminded of the dreams that she left behind to be with Marshall. A constant question I ask myself is, is it possible to make yourself happy and be with someone who makes you happy or do you have to chose? Again, I think this harks back to the relatability of How I Met Your Mother. I really enjoy the scene where it shows college Lily tells college Marshall her plans for life and as she finishes hooking up her stereo, “their song” plays, another music related moment to add to my list.

My favorite scene is Ted and Robin’s exchange during their dance. Ted is a brilliant man. I think more people need to “take what they can get.”

Cheers.

HIMYM review Season 1 Episode 12 “The Wedding”

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Episode 12 is neither a filler nor a search for the mother, it is the first of many episodes focused on Ted trying to find himself.

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“The Wedding” begins with Ted finding a R.S.V.P. card for his friends Claudia and Stuart’s black-tie wedding. Future Ted gives a speech about how a R.S.V.P. card is really asking how do you see yourself in three months, single or in a relationship. Ted says he always checks “plus one” because he is an optimist. At MacLaren’s, Barney tries to convince Ted he needs to be single and hit on the bride’s maids at the wedding. Robin joins the rest of the gang at MacLaren’s and informs them her and Derek broke up. When Robin heads to the bar to get a drink, Ted confesses to the group he thinks his feelings for Robin are resurfacing and he is going to ask her to be his date for the wedding. After Robin agrees to be Ted’s date, her and Lily spring into action to find her a dress.

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Two days before the wedding, Ted runs into Claudia, played by Virginia Williams, and tells her how excited he is for her wedding. When Ted brings up bringing a date, Claudia tells Ted he didn’t check “plus one” and she doesn’t have room for any extra guests. Ted drops the issue when Claudia threatens his life. Ted heads to Robin’s apartment to give her the bad news. When Ted sets his eyes on Robin he is drawn back by how beautiful she looks and tells her he will pick her up at five. In the cab home, Ted informs Lily that he can’t bring Robin to the wedding even though he’s sure he checked “plus one”. Lily suggests Ted ask Stuart to let him bring Robin. Ted visits Stuart, played by Matt Boren, and Stuart says Robin can come because it isn’t a big deal.

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Back at the apartment, Marshall, Lily and Ted debate whether going to Stuart was the right way to handle Claudia. Ted’s cell phone rings and to no surprise, it’s Claudia. Ted convinces Lily to answer the phone since it was her idea to talk to Stuart. Lily informs everyone that Claudia and Stuart got into a fight about Ted bringing Robin and they broke up. With the threat of his life and paying for the 400 thousand dollar wedding, Ted and Marshall leave to talk with Stuart while Lily tells Claudia to meet her at MacLaren’s. Back at Stuart and Claudia’s apartment, Stuart tells Ted and Marshall he doesn’t think he is ready to be married and that he is meant to be single. Ted does he best to convince Stuart that everyone feels that way at times and asks for Marshall to back him up. Marshall tells Stuart not to get married and gives a speech about how relationships are difficult but if you find the right one, it’s easy.

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While waiting for Lily, Claudia runs into Barney at MacLaren’s. Barney has mentioned through out the episode that Claudia is hot and takes the opportunity to hit on her and feed her booze. Lily pulls Barney away just as Stuart, Ted and Marshall enter MacLaren’s. Stuart and Claudia make up and after a few more vodka and cranberries, Claudia agrees to let Ted bring Robin. The night of the wedding, Ted meets Robin at her apartment and is still stunned at how beautiful she looks. Just before they can leave, Robin receives a call from work and an offer to anchor the evening news. Disappointed, Ted tells Robin to do it.

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At the wedding reception, Ted and Barney are sitting alone when Claudia and Stuart approach them asking for a picture with the “woman who almost broke up their marriage”. Ted reluctantly tells them Robin couldn’t make it and is met with a surprisingly calm Claudia. A few minutes later, Claudia hands Ted his R.S.V.P. card saying he isn’t bringing a “plus one”. Ted takes this a sign that maybe he is meant to be single. Barney delighted to have his wing-man back cheers Ted and begins devising a plan to hit on the bride’s maids. Future Ted gives a speech about how he thought the night was going to be a game-changer and then present Ted locks eyes with a cute girl across the room.

“The Wedding” is an episode that I think most single, twenty-somethings can relate to. Most of your friends are getting married and having kids while your stuck still trying to put your life together. It can be hard not to feel like you are being left behind, that is why this episode is a great reminder to me that life isn’t a race. I’m 25 and a lot of the people I went to high school with are already on their first divorce or second marriage.

I have two favorite scenes in the episode. The first is when Marshall gives the speech about being in a relationship, “Being in a couple is hard. And committing, making sacrifices; it’s hard. But if it’s the right person, then it’s easy. Looking at that girl and knowing she’s all you really want out of life, that should be the easiest thing in the world. And if it’s not like that, then she’s not the one. I’m sorry.” The second scene is when Lily tells Marshall, “squirrels don’t get married.” and Marshall responds, “like you could possibly know that.”

Cheers.

December 23, 2005

December 23, 2005

Life is funny, you like to think that you know the times in your life that are important and you will remember them. My experiences have led me to believe that you don’t know the important moments in your life until they have passed. I didn’t realize it until much later that December 23, 2005 would be so important to me. December 23, 2005 was the last Christmas my parents were married to each other.

I know I am rolling a few days in with December 23, but you have to understand that my family does not know how to stay married and that has led me to having four different Christmases to attend. Quite often my normal holiday schedule will look like this:

– Aunt Janette’s (Dad’s aunt’s side) the weekend before or after Christmas

– Grandma Teri’s (Dad’s mother’s side) Christmas day around noon

– Grandma Vickie’s (Dad’s step mother’s side) Christmas day at six

– Grandma Vicki’s (Mom’s side) Christmas Eve at six

I was unaware at the time that my parent’s marriage was failing. They tried their best to keep me in the dark until I graduated from high school, six months later. I look back at Christmas 2005 and realize that was the last Christmas that I was a child. My parents divorce hit me really hard. Looking back, I realize they were too young to truly know who they were or what they wanted out of life.

When my parents were married, we were able to group a couple of family branches together and have a super Christmas with about 25 people. After the divorce, we went to the aforementioned schedule. That schedule is not only tiring, but also sucks the holiday spirit out of Christmas. I openly admit to people that I am not a religious person; the holidays to me are not about religion. The holidays are about getting together with your family and celebrating another year together. My holiday now is spent trying to figure out how to cram every Christmas together and how much longer I have before moving on to the next stop.

My parents divorce ultimately led to me the biggest lesson from parents, do not get married young, but I am haunted by my ghost from December 23, 2005. I am haunted by the feeling that I am not enjoying the holidays, that my family is getting older and I am staying the same age. I envy that boy from 2005. He did not not know a time when his parents were not together, a time when his family was not complete. He had not graduated college and realized there was more he should have done. He had not lost some of the family that he has wrote about. All that boy knew was high school was almost over and this would be the best Christmas so far. Unfortunately is was the best Christmas ever.