How I Met Your Mother P.S. I Love You

How I Met Your Mother P.S. I Love You

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How I Met Your Mother
CBS
February 4, 2013

When Ted sees a pretty girl on a train, she gets off before he has a chance to woo her. So takes meticulous notes on everything that he remembers so that he’ll be able to find her again. Marshall and Lily try to convince him that it’s creepy and obsessive, but he soon learns that the girl was also taking notes about him. He thinks that this is adorable, but soon new evidence begins to unveil.

First, the girl says that it was destiny that brought them  together. A mysterious fire alarm brought him out of the building just as she was there. Then Ted learns that she pulled the fire alarm. Soon, Marshall and Lily discover that there are no fire alarm levers in that room and she actually set a fire. Uh…oops.

While discussing the difference between being cute and being creepy while stalking someone, Robin lets it slip that she was once obsessed with someone. This of course sends Barney into a mad frenzy to find answers. His methods involve reading Robin’s childhood diaries and traveling to Canada to interrogate her old boyfriends…possibly twice. She has promised to tell him who it was as soon as he admits that obsession can happen to anyone, but he refuses to admit that. When he watches a hilarious parody of Behind the Music and gets a clue of who the obsession might be, he goes to find out for sure.

Only after getting into a fight with Alan Thicke (and losing) does Barney admit that he was wrong and obsession can strike at anyone. Especially since Thicke was not the object of Robin’s affection. Robin admits that her obsession was on Paul Shaffer (I don’t know who that is so I don’t get the joke, but none of the characters seem to get it either, so whatever). Then she tells Barney that he was being a stalker, but in a cute way. Ted agrees and says that it’s just like with his girl.

Marshall tells her that going to Canada is not the same thing as setting fires to meet someone, and that destiny cannot be manipulated. Just look at him and Lily. Guiltily, Lily confesses that she’s been lying for many years. The cute story of how she and Marshall met actually went a bit differently, since she actually broke her own stereo and knocked on many doors to find him. Marshall tells her that that’s adorable, and he finally admits that Ted and his girl are cute as well.

At the girl’s apartment, Ted notes that if they hadn’t been reading the same book, they never would have met. Then he discovers that the girl bought the book in the same store that he bought his in, a mere ten minutes later. The girl soon confesses that she saw him in New York Magazine more than a year beforehand and has been following him ever since, trying to orchestrate Destiny so they could meet. Future Ted admits that this girl was the last Big Mistake that he made before meeting his wife, but 2013 Ted just kisses her and they disappear out of frame.e the

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How I Met Your Mother Ring Up?

How I Met Your Mother Ring Up?

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How I Met Your Mother
CBS
January 21, 2013

How I Met Your Mother Ring Up? – When Ted arrives at the bar with tales of saving an old lady’s life, the gang only cares about teasing him about the leather cuff he is wearing. It finally comes out that he bought it because he met a much younger woman and wanted a date with her. As Ted leaves, Robin shows Lily and Marshall her engagement ring and explains that Barney’s half sister was very jealous that she got the ring.

The next day, Ted explains that dating a 20 year old is not as easy as he thought, and that things are a bit weirder than he anticipated. It turns out that she likes him because she thinks he’s way older than he actually is, and he isn’t willing to relieve her of her delusions just yet. Barney is all for that fact, becuse he wants to live vicariously through Ted and wants Ted to have sex with her. He explains that he loves Robin, but part of him still misses his old life of one night stands. Finally, despite his reservations about not making a connection about the girl, he agrees to try.

That ends up being hard, though. The girl doesn’t like anything, but she is happy to bring everything back to his age. Or what she thinks his age is, at least. Just when he’s about to break up with her, he learns that she loves Star Wars (even if only the new ones). But when he goes to brag to Barney and share his post-sex victory, Barney discovers that the girl is none other than his half-sister! Dun Dun Duuuun!

Barney is, of course, disgusted and outraged. Ted argues that it’s just a coincidence, and Barney has mixed feelings. By the time the arguments ends, Barney storms out. Later, Barney invites him over — supposedly to make peace — but it turns out that he’s trying to trick them into getting married. When Ted points out that his outrage means that he is over one night stands, he agrees to let this go as long as they promise not to have sex again. They do…with tongues in cheek.

Meanwhile, Robin is finding that life with an engagement ring is not what she expected. She seems to be invisible to all the guys who used to do things for her. She finds it incredibly frustrating when it means that she even has trouble getting beer, but Lily and Marshall explain that it’s worth giving up all the attention because she is getting something better for it — love. By the end of the episode, she has made peace with her new status as an engaged woman and has decided just to have Barney get her beers for her.

This was one of the better episodes that I’ve seen for a while. The jokes were funnier, the plots were deeper, and it was at least partially about Robin and Barney without either of them being totally out of character. I feel like they both grew, this week. Here’s hoping that the next episode lives up.

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How I Met Your Mother Band or DJ?

How I Met Your Mother Band or DJ?

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How I Met Your Mother
CBS
January 14, 2013

Okay, so I was wrong. This was not the last episode in the series. Quite to the contrary, I have no idea how many episodes are left. IMDB lists at least one more, but this time last month they listed this one as the last. So who knows, really?

Previously on a How I Met Your Mother review: Barney proposed to Robin and she said yes.

This week, we talk about three things: Ted’s reaction to the wedding, Robin and Barney’s reactions to the wedding, and Lily’s reaction to motherhood.

We learn at the beginning of the episode that Lily assumes that Robin will want her to plan the wedding, but Ted has already beat her to the punch. He has everything planned out, but there is one point of contention: Ted thinks Robin should get a DJ, while Robin, Lily, and Marshall are pushing for a band. He spends most of the episode trying to argue this point. Finally, he concedes to a band only after Lily makes him admit that it isn’t really about the band, but about his own feelings for Robin. He doesn’t think that Barney is reliable or good for her, and he wishes that she were marrying him instead.

The way that Lily gets him to admit to this fact is by telling him that she sometimes wishes that she weren’t a mom. That sometimes she thinks about running away in the middle of the night and leaving her husband and child for good. This is a nice, touching scene where we really see how close Ted and Lily are, and how she’s really one of his best friends too.

While all this is going on, Robin is on a mission. She wants Barney to ask for her father’s permission to marry her. When he meets them for lunch, she finds that he’s changed and isn’t the man she remembers. Instead, he now wears Hawaiian shirts and eats at restaurants that refer to the men’s room as the “spaghetti” room, and is obsessed with being on Facebook. He immediately rejects Barney as Robin’s future husband, because he is blonde, doesn’t hunt, etc. Barney goes on a crazy mission to make Robin happy, even dyeing his hair so her father will like him more. Robin’s father tells him that he had to hunt down a family of bears and kill and skin them, then offer the skins and meat as offering to his fiancée’s father when he proposed.

Robin walks in on her father trying to make Barney shoot a rabbit to prove he’s a man or some such nonsense to inform her dad that she finally accepted his friends request on Facebook, only to find out that he married a woman that she just found out he was seeing. She tells him that she doesn’t even want him at her wedding and tells him to leave.

Still determined to make Robin happy, Barney convinces them to try to work things out. Robin explains to her dad that she wants him to do normal dad things, including going to her wedding and sharing a dance with her, there. He reluctantly agrees to her conditions and she reconciles with him. Ted explains that the did share that dance.

Ted, meanwhile, has finally agreed to hire a band for the wedding. He also explains that the original band cancelled at the last minute, leaving them in a lurch. We learn that he’s talking to Cindy (Rachel Bilson), who he once dated for several weeks, and her wife. Cindy explains that she just spoke to her old roommate and that the roommate’s band is free for the wedding date. After trying to wiggle his way into a DJ one more time, Ted agrees to let her old roommate’s band plays.

So, this late in the game we still don’t have a name or a face for the Mother, but we do have a positive identity for her. Ted plainly states in this episode that the base-playing old roommate is, in fact, his future wife.

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