How I Met Your Mother Weekend At Barney’s

How I Met Your Mother Weekend At Barney’s

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How I Met Your Mother
CBS
February 25, 2013

Ted is determined to break up with Jeanette, but he just can’t seem to do it. No matter what crazy and destructive thing she does, he can’t seem to stay mad at her. Lucky for him, Jeanette decides that things are moving too quickly and breaks up with him. He’s happy about it…for about five minutes. Then he’s determined to get her back.

Barney and Robin got spooked, however, when Ted put Jeanette down as his Plus 1 for their wedding, so Barney is on a mission to get Ted a new girl to take as his date. And he’s going to do it with nothing other than…the Playbook! Fans of the show will know that Barney’s plays are…ridiculously complex and barely ever work. It turns out that the problem isn’t with Barney’s delivery. They really are just that bad. Still, Ted puts forth an admirable effort.

The problem is that Robin has thought that The Playbook was burned quite some time ago, before Barney proposed. So when she walks in on Barney orchestrating a play via a very complex set up involving cameras and microphones (Barney’s a creepy guy) and sees a copy of the Playbook laying on the sofa, it isn’t hard to understand why she freaks out. It’s like the old Barney s right back in her life, and all she sees is another lie. She storms out of the apartment. He follows her. She tells him that she can’t be in a relationship based on lies and he points out that everything he does is based on lies. She realizes soon enough that he’s right and, somehow, that’s part of what she loves about him. He’s a performer, expressing his true feelings through falsehoods.

However, when Barney ran off after Robin, he warned Ted not to do anything incredibly stupid while he was alone. Ted didn’t listen. Barney isn’t gone for ten seconds before Jeanette storms into McLaren’s, screams at the girl Ted is flirting with, and kisses him. They rush back to his apartment to celebrate their renewed relationship over wine…and then she finds the copy of the Playbook that  Barney gave him for the purpose of that night. I think it should surprise no one by now that she reacts badly to this discovery.

The gang convenes at Ted’s apartment to find him sitting alone on the sidewalk among his ruined possessions. Jeanette is still throwing things out of the window. Ted realizes that he really is finished dating and ready to settle down and crosses her name off his wedding RSVP. As Jeanette fills the Playbook with fireworks and lights them up, the gang basks in the blazing glory of an era’s destruction, prepared to enter their next chapter.

While Ted and Barney were up to their shenanigans, Lily took Marshall to a gallery opening, to meet an artist whose work she’s interested in buying for the Captain. Marshall promises that he’ll be good and she can go off and do business, but he does everything wrong – from making bad jokes to spilling Skittles all over the floor during a moment of silence for the artist’s late grandmother. Just when he’s about to leave so he can avoid embarrassing Lily further, he learns that he and the artist actually have something in common from their childhoods, and he helps her make a good impression and bridge the gap to open talk for business.

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How I Met Your Mother The Ashtray

How I Met Your Mother The Ashtray

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How I Met Your Mother
CBS
February 18, 2013

When Ted receives a call from the Captain, ex-husband of Ted’s ex-girlfriend Zoe (Jennifer Morrison), he is…nervous to call him back. When the Marshall asks why, he explains about an encounter he had with the Captain, the last time he saw him. Apparently they had a run in at an art gallery and the Captain was very rude, then invited Ted, Robin and Lily back to his apartment to look at a piece of art…where he proceeded to pull a harpoon gun on Ted and behave very threateningly. Ted does return his call, though, and learns that the Captain wanted Robin’s number. So he gives it to him.

However…those who are long-time viewers of the show will know that sometimes Ted gets a bit too much to drink and…remembers things vividly but inaccurately. When he reveals to Robin that he gave the Captain her number, she is happy to correct him. According to Robin, Ted was drunk that night and it wasn’t so much that the Captain was rude as that Ted was just totally socially incompetent because he was so wasted. And he didn’t threaten him with a harpoon gun, but set his DVR with a remote while Ted was being ridiculous. However, she reveals, he later took her up to his room and tried to make a pass at her!

When he calls her, it turns out that he wasn’t looking for Robin at all. He was looking for Lily and had the names mixed up. So she passes Lily’s number on and Lily is not too happy about that. It seems that she was the only one sober that night and was quite embarrassed by both her friends’ behavior. When the Captive arrives with his “art consultant,” Lily tries to play it cool and make a good impression, but the art consultant brushes off her opinion. When the Captain invites them up, it’s Lily that he invites into his bedroom…to show her a work of art that he recently purchased.

When Lily tells him that she prefers the painting that she remarked on in the gallery, he tells her that her opinion doesn’t matter because she’s just a kindergarten teacher and not an artist at all. Her feelings hurt, Lily steals a crystal ashtray on her way out.

When Marshall finds out about this, he yells at her for stealing and tells her that she needs to return the ashtray and pray that the Captain doesn’t press charges. Lily reveals that she got so hurt because he’s right – she gave up on her passion for art and settled for teaching kindergarten, and now she’s a mom and feels old and still hasn’t pursued her dream. So Marshall tells her that she can go in the next day and quit her job to pursue her dreams…but she still has to return the ashtray.

When she goes to do so, the Captain reveals that he actually wanted to show her his new painting. It is the one that she said she liked, the last time they met. He explains that he isn’t trying to apologize, but he did like how she said that she preferred the painting because she liked it and…he wants to give her a job. She accepts and it seems that it’s the first step toward her pursuing her dream.

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How I Met Your Mother Bad Crazy

How I Met Your Mother Bad Crazy

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How I Met Your Mother
CBS
February 11, 2013

How I Met Your Mother Bad Crazy – During our last episode, Future Ted informed the kids that Jeanette (the crazy girl who starts fires and stalked him for ages) was the last big mistake he made before meeting their mother. This episode tells us quite effectively just what a mistake she was.

The episode starts off with Jeanette breaking Present Ted’s TV with a beer bottle. That should show you how things are going to go. Ted decides (with the full support of his friends, including Barney) that it is time to break up with this girl. Immediately. So he takes her to some sort of sporting event (might have been football? I don’t know. Ted has a history of liking football, so we’ll say that) and tries to break up with her, but…doesn’t do such a good job. When he leaves Barney and Marshall to watch his apartment while he goes to run some errands, she shows up, barricades herself in his bedroom and refuses to leave. And breaks stuff. Lots of stuff. Ted reveals that he didn’t actually break up with her so much as strongly imply that he didn’t want to be together anymore. Good job, Ted. So he needs a way to get Jeanette out of his bedroom and life. He tries calling the police, but it turns out that she’s a cop. Eventually, he gets into the bedroom and finds her wearing his red cowboy boots (convinced that they belong to another girl). Apparently being a certifiable nutjob is pretty hot, because they end up making out and Ted does not break up with her that day.

Meanwhile, we learn that Robin has yet to actually hold baby Marvin. In fact, she’s done a very good job of avoiding it, somehow managing to always slip out of the way or come up with an excuse as to why she can’t (in the latest case, that being her hands being full). It turns out that she’s terrified to hold him. When she’s out with Lily, one day, Lily forgets Marvin’s binky on the bus and has to go get it. She leaves Marvin with Robin and tells her that if he starts crying, just pick him up.

The rest of the story is apparently told over the course of years. First, she let a kind old lady come over to help her and let the lady pick Marvin up. Then she accidentally let Marvin roll into the street and had to chase after him. Then, because she was upset, the old lady suggests they go inside somewhere and the only place nearby is a strip club. Finally, Robin reveals that the old lady was actually boxing champ Mike Tyson. Out of all these things, Lily is most upset that she took so long to reveal that she met Mike Tyson. Eventually, after spending some time in a strip club with Mike Tyson, Robin does pick Marvin up. Then she doesn’t want to put him back down, even staying at Lily and Marshall’s place late into the night. Until he gets a dirty diaper. Then she’s happy to put him down, it turns out.

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