I never expect a shoker when watching How I met Your mother so whenever there is one I am caught off guard. The episode opens with an action sequence of Barney explaining why he is not wearing that hideous ducky tie to Marshall and Lilly, Barney is so sick of the tie he offers a slap in exchange of removing it because as we later find out he is meeting with Nora’s parents, Marshall and Barney engage in various negotiations (sometimes in french) and reach a settlement where Barney doesn’t have to wear the tie anymore in exchange of 3 slaps in addition to the one he already has. Barney receives 2 of said slaps on the spot, I am so glad to see some season 2 weirdness coming back .
The gang are telling the story of hurricane Irene to Kevin Robin’s therapist boyfriend played by Kal Penn my favorite new member of the group to explain why there is a “No Boggie Boarding” policy in the bar. Relating those character’s lives to a happening that actually took place in New York city makes me feel closer to the characters regardless of the novelty of the idea. Ted “The boy scout” arranges for the gang to leave the city in preparation for the hurricane wearing hot pink boots, Ted has a tragic issue with boots he really should just stop wearing them. Ted plans fall through and they end up stuck in Barney’s apartment.
Marshall’s afraid of death and sounds like “a very clingy Edger Allen Poe” (that was a funny bid) because due to his unemployment over the summer he has no insurance hence tempting fate, various scenarios in his head play out with him being attacked/molested by a bear and the only way he can be protected is to have Lilly by his side at all times, a not then pregnant Lilly is sick of Marshall’s neediness and desires a moment of piece so much that she is willing to weather the storm alone if it means time away from Marshall . robin is dealing with her father issues as everyone is getting “are you O.K” phone calls from their parents except for her, it really seems that this season is more focused than ever on Robin’s daddy issues perhaps in preparation for an arc later.
The episode concludes with the gang gathered in the rain and Marshall boogie boarding into MacLaren’s pub, then-single Barney and Robin almost kissing only to be interrupted by Robin’s dad calling her to check in. As we are back to the present Robin and Barney discuss what a mistake would it have been to kiss that day only to end up kissing in a scene that is out of NBC’s Community’s book when in “Modern Warfare” Jeff and Britta kiss as they are making fun of the idea of them kissing, glad to see the writers are watching Community as everyone should. What’s next? Is the wedding Barney and Robin’s?
I will say it ….This is one of the the best How I met Your mother episodes if not the best and smartest one to date. It was fresh and funny, giving us long time viewers a look at what our beloved gang looks like from the eyes of a stranger Robin’s therapist boyfriend Kevin played by Kal Penn . How I Met Your Mother had its good episodes and their not so good ones and they are forgiven because we are in love with the characters, but this was an amazing ones taht I felt was well thought out by the writers. Might we see sitcoms upping their game by raising their respect to their audience as shows like Community do?
Hats off to the cast and writers who delivered such a stellar episode that deals with modern day dating and the dysfunctional of the seven season long relationship. If the shows keeps delivering strong episodes like this one it will earn its place as a great comedy.
P.S: thanks for revealing the gender of the baby though we knew it is a boy from previous episodes I hate when it’s kept secret.