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HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap

November 24, 2009 by  
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It’s that wonderful time of year again. When you get together with loved ones to give thanks, share great food, create memories…and cause Barney to flinch uncontrollably in fear. It’s SLAPSGIVING! So put your slappetizer down, tie your friend to a chair and let us give thanks to another new episode of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER.

It’s the first Thanksgiving at Lily and Marshall’s Dowistrepla apartment. But Marshall was extremely bummed out when after finding the perfect Thanksgiving turkey he left it in a cab. Thankfully he has great friends like Ted and Robin who went to the Port Authority to find his turkey. To show them how much they mean to him, Marshall gave them one of the greatest gifts he could bequeath unto them: the fourth slap! I know this is the Thanksgiving episode but for me, Christmas came early!

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HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: The Playbook

November 18, 2009 by  
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Barney’s back…and back with a vengeance!

Eager to get back into the dating scene, Barney relied on an old and trusted friend – “The Playbook”. Inside this single guy bible were schemes, tricks, and game plans all designed to land the ladies. Some scams, like “The Ted Mosby” (‘I got left at the alter’) could work for just about anyone (including Ted), but it takes a real pro to pull off something like “The Lorenzo von Matterhorn” or the titular “Scuba Diver”.

Unfortunately for Barney, the first victim of his “playbook” just happened to be a co-worker of Lilly’s.  Lilly had been waiting three years to set up Shelly with Ted, so needless to say she wasn’t happy that Barney scammed on her first.  Lilly was out for revenge.

I think by now we’ve all learned not to get on Lilly’s bad side. It’s not pretty. Lilly might not be as dubious as Barney, but she can certainly hold her own. Wanting to get back at Barney for ‘playbooking’ one of her friends, Lilly set out to steal Barney’s playbook and use it against him. But little did she know that she was playing right into Barney’s hands. She may have schemed him, but Barney had a much bigger scheme in mind: “The Scuba Diver”.

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HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: The Rough Patch

November 10, 2009 by  
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“Daddy’s Home”

Hey kids. Today I’m going to talk to you about last night’s episode a little differently than usual. I want you to know that I am here for you during this time of grieving. We witnessed the end of something that began so beautifully and I understand if not everyone is able to cope.

The relationship many of us waited ever so patiently and cheered for last season came to a screeching halt last night. As a vocal supporter of Robarney last season, I have felt like I have been a hypocrite these past few months as I’ve been pointing out so many flaws in their relationship-centric episodes. There have been a few good episodes but for the most part, the ho-hum episodes have centered on Barney and Robin’s coupledom and how it has adversely affected the gang. Their relationship made Lily and Marshall’s marriage hard to stomach. Ted, the only single guy in the gang, was more focused on their relationship than finding his own (cue the title of the show). I know the show isn’t truly about finding the mother but rather the adventure leading up to meeting the mother but Ted only dated one girl this season, and it was someone he had already dated.

I have been saying for a while that the two weren’t truly happy. Maybe it was because they were too similar. It could have been because they are too independent (the nice word for selfish) and set in their ways. For whatever reason, it wasn’t working out. They were both crying out secretly (Barney’s case vocally too via VHS porn) and physically (Robin’s looks going to hell and Barney’s compulsive eating) and were too stubborn to see what their relationship was doing to them, their friends and to us – the audience. Upon seeing their reflection, quite literally, they were able to see that their relationship just wasn’t working. They didn’t need Ted, Marshall, Kraken: The Relationship Terminator (Lily) or even Alan Thicke to break them up. They were hurting themselves and each other and agreed amicably to go back to being friends.

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HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: Bagpipes

November 3, 2009 by  
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Welcome everyone to another bagpiping good episode of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER.

Last night the gang all had disagreements that they had to work through. Ted and Robin have new upstairs neighbors that “play the bagpipes” all the time. That is Ted’s new euphemism for, well, you know, wink wink, nudge nudge. Marshall and Lily’s fight originally started about the dishes and then escalated into many other arguments. And Robin and Barney were secretly fighting in order to maintain their “best couple ever” cover.

Barney came to Ted worried about Marshall and Lily. After witnessing Lily ask Marshall to wash his dish right away, Barney feared that our favorite married couple was heading toward a divorce. Barney has “new relationship smugness,” Ted proclaimed and assured him that everything would be fine. Unfortunately Barney wouldn’t let go and convinced Marshall to stand up to Lily. Marshall is very susceptible to peer pressure and found logic in Barney’s words. Did anyone else get the feeling that Barney was the devil and Ted was the angel on Marshall’s shoulders? Ted did what he could to convince Marshall that Barney’s theories would lead Marshall to end up in a fight with Lily and they agree upon a slap bet.

Marshall tried to carbon copy Barney’s theory with Lily but he bumbled his way through it and they ended up in a huge fight, leading Marshall to stay with Ted and receiving one well deserved slap in the face. As Marshall admits, he’s a lawyer, he gets paid to argue but with Lily he gets totally flustered and apparently nonsensical. And like all good fights, it is never about one thing. Theirs mutated into several fights. Marshall taking relationship advice from Barney is just poor judgment. I know he knew better but if I were presented with a world of no dirty dishes, I’d fall into Barney’s logic too. Though the easiest solution to me in this particular argument is to buy a dishwasher. I’m sure Barney has a guy.

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HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: Duel Citizenship

October 20, 2009 by  
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Are you ready to talk aboot last night’s episode, eh?

Tonight was all about what people may have to let go. For Robin, she had to decide what to do regarding her citizenry in order to avoid deportation. Meanwhile Ted had to come to terms with his place in Marshall and Lily’s relationship.

Let me take a moment to gripe then we can continue on.

I know Lily and Marshall always had a freakishly close relationship. What I don’t understand is why at this point in their relationship are they even more completely glued to one another? They aren’t newlyweds any more. Heck, they aren’t even that young of a couple. They’ve been together for a dozen years. I’m also having a hard time grasping how Ted can be unaware of some Lilyisms. Not only has Ted known Lily as long as Marshall has, but he has also lived with her. There is no way he didn’t know about Lily’s bladder issues.

We’ve learned that he and Robin never double dated with Lily or Marshall and now that he has never taken a road trip with both of them nor know about her constant need to pee. This all rings so false to me. I’m playing the “Friends” card here. While I loved “Friends,” I had issues when they would just randomly come up with a new trait for characters that was not there before, just to fit in with the episode they wanted to write. I feel like this has been happening a lot on HIMYM lately. It’s pulling me out of the story.

OK, rant over. No more complaints from this sentence on.

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HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: Sexless Innkeeper

October 13, 2009 by  
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Hey HIMYM fans, it’s Jen here, not at all ready to talk about last night’s episode. Please be advised that I would like to have “more than words”** with the writers of this episode.

I read a few articles and Tweets before this episode aired, raising my excitement for what was to come. After watching this episode, I felt like Ted, the episode’s titular sexless innkeeper – used. This is the one show I praise for keeping up with the mythos of the series and always delivering but tonight’s episode left enough plot holes for Whiskers the cat to lose many of his nine lives and left me unable to sit still.

The majority of the episode centered on Marshall and Lily being the over-eager couple during double dates. While this doesn’t totally ring untrue, I have two major issues with this. First. We know that Lily and Marshall had a wine and cheese double date at the apartment they shared with Ted and they were actually the ones annoyed and bored by the other couple (S1 “Okay Awesome). Second, how could Robin never have experienced a double date with them during her entire relationship with Ted? That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

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HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: Robin 101

October 6, 2009 by  
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Students, it’s time to quiet down and get your notepads and pencils ready because class is now in session.

Barney had been single for a very, very long time. He’s not used to being in a relationship.  So can you really blame a guy when he tries to sleepwalk out of his girlfriend’s apartment in the middle of the night?  Or when he looks to avoid dealing with her emotions outside of the bedroom? It’s just what he’s used to.

When Robin questions whether or not Barney is ready for this relationship, it’s Ted that steps up to help a bro out.  Time for a little Robin 101. His plan to save Robarney: teach Barney to be a better boyfriend. As Robin’s ex-boyfriend, Ted is chock-full of information as to what Robin finds important in a mate as well as things she cannot tolerate.

When Robin started to notice that Barney was being highly attentive – sending flowers and bringing breakfast in bed. She came to a very logical conclusion – Barney was cheating on her.

Of course he’s not. And despite his protests to Ted, the very fact that Barney would attend Robin 101 and take such diligent notes really shows how truly in this relationship he is.  He doesn’t want to lose her and he’ll do what it takes to keep her.

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HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: Double Date

September 29, 2009 by  
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rab some dollar bills and trim that goatee because it’s time for another rousing episode of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER. Last night Ted got a glimpse of his former self, Marshall got a look at a dirty version of his wife, and Robin saw first hand that Barney will be Barney.

Forever on the quest to find the woman of his dreams, it seems that Ted hit a stumbling block. He went on a blind date with a woman that he went on a blind date with seven years ago.

At first Ted thought he was expereincing a bit of déjà vu. Sure Jen looked a little familiar, but it wasn’t until after he made a horribly bad pun that it hit him.  He wasn’t having a “déjà vu” moment, he was reliving their first date – the same restaurant, the same food, the same conversations.  Uh oh. Ted has officially dated all the single ladies in NYC and now he’s starting all over again. This can’t be good.

After the initial shock of the date do-over, Ted and his date Jen (played by Lindsey Sloane) decided to use this mix-up to learn from their dating mistakes. What first date tactics turned them off to each other the first time around?  For Ted it was Jen’s obsession with her cats and her ex-boyfriend.  For Jen, it was Ted’s bad puns and his snobbery. As they relive their first date, they realize that the second date is much better. All seems to be going well but then Ted realizes that he remembers why he didn’t call Jen after their first date.  He doesn’t want to be with someone that just tolerates his idiosyncrasies. He wants someone who like Ted for Ted.

Future Ted tell us that the future mother of his children laughed at his bad pun…at least a little.

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HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: “The Three Days Rule” & “Mobius Designs”

April 28, 2009 by  
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Hey everyone, it’s Jen, finally getting around to chatting with you about the last episode of HIMYM and commenting about the most recent episode. HIMYM’s wonky scheduling has been a pain plus I went on a mini vacay to NYC which ending up having a slight veiled theme of the TV series I’ll be chatting about today. So, let’s get started!

The Three Days Rule
We’re back to the trickery against Ted. Ted has become the whole gang’s punching bag. Fool Ted once, shame on you. Fool Ted every week, shame for us fans.

Ted’s tendency to go too fast too soon with the ladies is well documented. Just ask Robin.  So when Ted exchanged numbers with a girl named Holli at the bar, Marshall & Barney warned him of calling to soon.  They reminded him of the three day rule. Wait at least three days before calling a girl after getting her number. Knowing Ted wasn’t going to follow their advice, the guys swiped Ted’s cell and switched out Holli’s number for Barney’s work cell.  And when Ted started to “texty text” with whom he thought was Holli they guys couldn’t help but play along.

While the plot seemed a little recycled from something I’ve seen before and can’t quite remember there were still a few things that the show put their own spin on. Like Barney and Marshall sexting Ted!!!

Their game continued until Sherbatsky found out and told Ted.  He decided to have a little texty text fun with the guys by sharing with “Holli” that he had a gay sex dream about his best friend.  Of course the guys battled about who his best friend was and who Ted would rather have sex with. Funny stuff.

The clips of Holli changing to Barney and Marshall after Robin let Ted know what they were doing to him were truly hilarious. And Barney and Marshall fighting over who Ted would crush on – I nearly fell off the couch. Marshall proclaiming, “I’m cuddly bitch, deal with it!” – best line and delivery of the night! Well, except for Stan’s smooth voice reciting poetry.

Dang, Robin has gotten action in both of these episodes while I didn’t notice Barney pounce on a woman at all. Are they really changing Barney ever so slightly that it’s almost unnoticeable to the untrained viewer?

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HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: Murtaugh

March 31, 2009 by  
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Hey everyone, it’s Jen again, recounting last night’s HIMYM. Hopefully you all stayed up past Old Ted’s bedtime and were able to catch this hilarious episode.

Finally the inevitable happened: Barney was kicked out of Laser Tag. He is a grown man rough-housing with kids, and not in a cute way, but with venom in his eyes. He was a liability and he had to go. I’m sorry, I know I thought it was cute in the first two seasons, but Barney has gotten out of hand when he’s throwing kids around. He should be instead playing paintball, in a fatigue suit.

Upon hearing about Barney’s expulsion from laser tag and his desire to TP the arena, Ted pulled out his “Murtaugh list”. Based on a repeated line used in the “Lethal Weapon” quadrilogy, Ted composed a list of things that after a certain age you are just too old to do. The sheer brilliance of this list was captivating to me. After my last birthday, I have found myself saying that I’m too old to do a lot of things, and I’m only twenty-schmeelsugasuga…OK, fine, I’m almost 29. Like Ted, I have come to terms with my feeling old-at-heart.

After listening to Ted’s list, Barney decided that he would take on the challenge to conquer all the items on the list within a 24-hour time limit, with fear of a 3-hour architecture lecture from Ted. HUZZAH!

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HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: Old King Clancy

March 24, 2009 by  
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Hey everyone, this is Jen again, ready to report about last night’s episode of “How I Met Your Mother”. Unfortunately, if you were a fan last night’s episode, then you won’t be too much of a fan of me today.

Not too long ago Ted won a bid to design Goliath National Bank’s new headquarters in NYC. This building would be career defining. He imagined that this building would literally change the landscape of his fair metropolis and that he wanted to make sure he put his stamp on it. His pure excitement over wood beams and natural sunlight in the atrium had me really enthusiastic for him. But all that vanished when he was inadvertently told that the plans for the new GNB had been scrapped a month ago.

Ted was fired from his GNB job, but since the company still had to pay his firm for two more months, Barney & Marshall thought they should wait to tell Ted that he was let go. He kept on revising his designs and presenting them to the GNB team.  Little did he know that Barney & Marshall were paying people to pretend they work for GNB and praise Ted for his work. Big mistake.

Meanwhile the rest of the gang is at MacLaren’s talking about which celebrity would they sleep given the chance (Barney = Scarlett Johanssen; Lily = Hugh Jackman) . When Robin mentioned that she almost slept with a celebrity once the gang is intrigued. Of course the celebrity was Canadian, but still, a celebrity. She wouldn’t give up who it was but she did say that the celeb collects stuff and was really kinky. Who could it be? She would only tell them if the guessed (1) the celebrity, (2) what he collected, (3) the Canadian sex act. Lucky for the gang, Barney just happen to have www.Canadiansexacts.org bookmarked. (And another HIMYM faux-site pops up again. Go check it out…”the best is ready to begin”)

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HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: Sorry Bro & Front Porch

March 17, 2009 by  
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Everyone ready to talk about the whirlwind past two episodes of HIMYM? They both contained everything I personally need in my dosage of HIMYM (minus the Slap Bet slaps) to leave me completely satisfied: the past; the faux future; the core mythology; and each of the characters being their quintessential selves, who we love dearly.

“Sorry, Bro”

Starting off with last week’s episode we were introduced to Ted’s high school and some of college girlfriend Karen, portrayed by Laura Prepon. While Ted is trying to nonchalantly tell everyone what has happening with reconnecting with Karen, Robin was trying to catch up with the gang on her way to work and Barney was trying to get Marshall to tell Robin about the pants incident.

There were so many disruptions in the storytelling of the anecdotes due to everyone trying to talk all at once about that it was sort of hard to concentrate on which story you wanted to hear and who you were supposed to be listening to. But for me that worked. When you gather more than three people together at a time, not every one of them is involved in listening to the same story. Lily was occupied with listening to Ted talk about Karen, a vile being in the trio’s history, while Barney was more interested in hearing Marshall’s hilarious and embarrassing story.

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HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: Barney Stinson – That Guy’s Awesome

February 3, 2009 by  
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It’s been four months since Robin left her job at Metro News 1 and the station finally sent along the fan mail she has been receiving. As the gang is sifting through Robin’s mail (“I am way past my dating prisoners phase. It’s like, ‘hello, I’m not 19 anymore’), Barney finds a letter from the US Department of Immigration. Inside an ominous decree: find work in the next seven days or be deported!

I’m not sure who was more devastated by the news, Robin or Barney.  The gang immediately went into “help” mode trying to find a work around to keep Robin here. Perhaps she could work at Lily’s school (can you imagine how fun it would be to see Robin with all those kids?)  Unfortunately Marshall found stipulations in the letter that said that Robin had to find a job in her field. Marshall suggested that she marry an American citizen, but then realized that wouldn’t work as it wouldn’t process fast enough.  Of course the gang failed to notice Barney immediately dropping to one knee, ready to go against his very nature to propose to Robin. Aw.  And thus there is truth to the title of this week’s episode – Barney Stinson in awesome.

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How I Met Your Mother: Three Days of Snow

January 20, 2009 by  
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Do you ever feel that sometimes the writers of your favorite shows have secret footage of you, watch it over and over, research every minute detail and then craft an entire episode that revolves around just you? This episode seemed handcrafted just for me. Travel ritual – check. Snow – check. Bar – check. Even the title of the bar/band “Puzzles” has significance to me!

Ted and Barney
Barney and Ted meet some college girls on the street and ask them to meet up with them the next night at McClarens. The girls warn of snow, but the guys don’t seem to be too worried.  Fast forward to the next night and the blizzard of 2009.

Carl wants to close up McClaren’s but Ted and Barney insist that the girls are meeting them and the bar can’t close.  In what would turn out to be a foolish move, Carl turns the keys of the bar over to Ted and Barney and tells them they can stay there until the girls arrive, but then they’re going to have to leave.

Big mistake.

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