Season 4 Finale – s4e24 The Leap

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The thing that annoys me most about most season finales is that someone most always has to die. Luckily, the makers of How I Met Your Mother, must share my feelings and thus we get our own set of clichés. And while we did end up at the hospital (again), a relationship blossomed (again), and a cliffhanger (duh) it was so funny, I really couldn’t care less. The only thing I didn’t like is they HIMYM doesn’t get an hour long season finale.

The callbacks in this episode were priceless. And All the plotlines were done well and made me laugh the whole way through. Also, I LOVED the goat. It appears that putting a barnyard animal in a sitcom is instant comedy genius.  I’m honestly not sure which has more hype and build up…the goat, what really happened with that pineapple or who the mother is? Well at least one question has been answered now, though I wonder how they “get rid” of the goat? Plus we did anyone else catch a glimpse of “the slutty pumpkin” as Marshal stood as Dracula to make the leap?

himym_the_leap_slutty_pumpkin The Robin and Robin story line was excellent, yet not too revealing. Barney’s conversation with Ted was such a good scene, and the hug (holding tears back).  The continual back and forth of Robin Mosbying Barney and Barney’s reaction was priceless. Their hospital scene was great, the trouble doesn’t seem so troubling. Throughout the entire season we have seen Barney make this gradual push towards this…and while I don’t think that he or Robin can change their ways immediately, I do think the journey will be strange but funny. I hope they keep the two together long term or something of the sort.  The scene before Barney makes the leap speaks volumes to their feelings. While we have seen many episodes where Barney glances at Robin, knowing there is something more, this may be one of the first time we have seen Robin look that way at Barney.  It was so significant too, Barney making that leap, Robin urging him on with their shared look. Robin belongs with Barney, but we will see how they play this out.

I do love all the talk about the mother, it’s fun to think about, discuss. But I enjoy the journey al lot more. Carter Bays said in an interview with Alan Spinwall that he won’t answer the “when will we meet the mother” question because his preference is a spoiler. And knowing that the mother is in Ted’s class, well that could make things move quick but if the final moment of the show are “and that’s how I met your mother” which I am more of a fan of then I hope they postpone it as long a s possible. I think they could keep the show going after she is introduced but I enjoy the journey and stories of these 5 friend so much I really hate to see it move too quickly. And since we know the Mother was in Ted’s Architecture class, I would think we can easily eliminate some mother candidates (ehem…Robin, Victoria…)

“You know what? Let’s sort this out later”…shall we? I’ll recap a bit more with the bullet points and Legendary Lines…

What did everyone else think?

How I Met Your Mother Music: (looking for a song from this season? try here)

  • Murder Train by the Foreskins (played and Ted and the Goat fight…it’s the go to violence song for the show now, bravo) now if they would only release it!
  • Prophets by AC Newman (closing, as they all make “the leap”) A.C. Newman - Get Guilty (Bonus Track Version) - Prophets

80s Tees Legendary.

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HIMYM s4e23 – As Fast As She Can

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I thought last week’s HIMYM was a lot better and maybe I am still expecting too much because of the phenomenal Scrubs finale, but I thought this episode was funny but just, well…average. I mean Stella (Sarah Chalke) is a great actress but on HIMYM she is just isn’t as funny as the others. It’s not her fault, I think it just how she is written and supposed to come across, as that more serious part. To that end I really feel that she is meant to contract the future mother.  She is not into all the romance Ted offers, she isn’t the fun one for Ted, I mean she is great, but Ted would have to settle in ways to make it work with her. I like seeing her on screen, but I hope this episode closes the door on all the “look Stella’s the mom” people. (btw. if you want to join a mother discussion try this about the mother.) Either way, her talk with Ted was really good and her words of encouragement. Plus we get another glimpse of the yellow umbrella. I really thought some chick was gonna walk by and say, where did you get that?

    Barney’s side story was fairly funny. Especially that eh got arrested, and swore on his suits…wow. I can’t decide which was funnier, seeing Barney in two thumbs up pose, crying at gunpoint pose, or scared and behind bars pose. I think everyone had speeding ticket stories, unless you can’t drive. Which brings to mind, when did Barney learn to drive? I thought in Arrivederci Fiero he never wanted to drive again. I’ll easily err on the side of it’s just not mentioned or I missed it before I gripe about continuity.

   Tony was really funny. Really, nothing but love for Jason Jones. The murder house scene was great. I’ve also been trying to find his movie site (weddingbridemovie.com) …I know it’s one of those “more about that later” like the goat. But the HIMYM spoof websites are always funny. Maybe it will be up once it’s talked about. Still, chances that it is about Ted’s marriage and meeting the mother? Thoughts?

  So I still laughed, but I was left wanting a little more. The ending was redeeming in a way, but definitely not in a funny way.

What did everyone else think?

How I Met Your Mother Music:

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HIMYM s4e22 – Right Place Right Time

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Good Episode. While I hate not seeing Lily, the reference to her help. I’m really glad they didn’t go down the “Robin’s pregnant” road like they were playing out on the promo video.  Anyways, onto what I thought.

While I wasn’t for sure who he was running into, I could have almost guessed. I know a lot of fans had hoped it would be Victoria but no cigar.  I still hope they bring back Victoria at some point, I never felt like they truly resolved that relationship well. The segways into why Ted went that way were played well. The call backs were so very funny. And while we say the mysterious yellow umbrella that makes it’s  appearance on the cover of the How I Met Your Mother Season 4 DVD, was a constant, I have a feeling that it’s not leading the direction we think.  Think about it, Stella’s appearance could have a few meaning but I think the main options are 1) she is the mother and it’s her umbrella 2) she says something to Ted that helps him along his way to finding the mother and it’s not her umbrella.  Well Stella is not the mom.  Despite Sarah Chalk having more time with the most likely end of Scrubs, I think enough evidence has been given to back me up, including words from Ted’s own mouth. So that leads me to believe that the Stella encounter will play a part in Ted meeting his future wife (yes, I know there are other theories but I’m writing here). And to add even more, I loved the homeless guy with the headphones coming out of an orange. =)

Also the re-return provided even more ammunition for a Robin/Barney relationship that should be dealt with in the Season finale. It also provides a great explanation for a final change like the one we have been seeing this season in Barney.  I also assume that his date with Petra didn’t go so well.

Lots of possibilities I suppose. What did everyone else think? About the possibilities or the episode?

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How I Met Your Mother Music:

-Glad Girls by Guided by Voices (what Ted would have done. Lots of Hugs)

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Pre-order How I Met Your Mother Season 4 DVD

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So I was looking around at Amazon trying to find all the songs for the new How I Met Your Mother music page and discovered that How I Met Your Mother: Season Four is already available for pre-order on DVD.  No word on the actual release date but I’ll update this when it’s for sure.

If you can’t wait that long you can get the digital downloads on Amazon Digital Video on Demand or iTunes How I Met Your Mother - How I Met Your Mother, Season 4 anytime you like.

Also, probably since it’s so early there is no information on special features and such or if there will be any specials like when a small version of the Awesomeness Poster came with the DVD if you bought from Target. More info when it is available. Until then if you haven’t bought Seasons 1-3 on DVD now might be a good time!

ps…anyone want to wager on why on the season 4 cover Ted looks sad and we see the yellow umbrella? I only ask this now seeing as the Season 4 Finale is a a few eps off and title of the show (and possibly the yellow umbrella?) is supposed to be addressed in the finale.

HIMYM s4e21 – Three Days Rule

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This was a great episode.  I didn’t get to watch last night because there is currently 1 TV in the room my wife and I are staying in and Chuck was on. Thus my being a nice husband is cause for a late viewing , recap and review. On the bright side, Chuck was pretty awesome last night, so there is that.

Despite the severely sacrilegious nature of it, Barney’s attribution of the 3 day rule to Jesus was hilarious. BTW, CBS posted the whole thing to youtube.  Marshall’s discomfort with the whole thing made it even funnier. I felt almost as bad watching it as I do when I watch Dogma. Whether it was scripted or adlib, NPH does such a great job of delivering those speeches. Wow everytime.

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HIMYM s4e20 – Mosbius Designs

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So I have always been a Seinfeld fan and due to that particular addiction, a large part or tonight seems Seinfeld-isk. How I Met Your Mother, however took a completely different path than Kramerica Inustries…though there still may or may not have been a chicken somewhere. Most people are expecting a goat sometime soon though. The whole episode was very good I thought, other than the fact the bloody weather people kept cutting in to tell me about some tornado or something, what a bother! Still Ted’s struggle with side business, while comical, echoes a little too close to home.

On a different note, personally, I’ve always wanted to be a “that guy” in the office. Maybe toy guy would be a good choice. This episode also made the intentions of the writers clear. There will be a Barney/Robin story line for the end of the season. The fine fold at CBS (who hate our blog much more than have-you-met-ted.com, who get’s all the cool stuff) confirm that in several ways. So yea, funny episode. Not much Lily but when they can’t even hide Robin’s baby bump that well it’s probably just easier. Still lost of laughs…maybe once I get to re-watch the entire episode I’ll notice more. What did every one else think, feel free to fill me in.

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HIMYM s4e19 – Murtaug

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How I Met  Your Mother was nothing short of gold tonight. It seemed at first like a Barney centric episode, and the bulk of the story was, but the secondary from Marshall & Lily was excellent. It’s always amusing to me to see how they will try to hide Alyson Hannigan’s baby bump…a guitar, orange slices, basketballs? it’s like a magic show.  Angry Marshall was hilarious. When Marshall threw the basketball at the kid and yelled at him falling down I was rolling. Plus the Teen Wolf reference was classic. Who doesn’t love 80’s cult movies. Speaking of which, did I read the opening sequence as a reference to Top Gun?

Robin helping Barney with the list was so funny. They really to work well together. The whole thing brought back memories of Zip, Zip, Zip and why Robin and Barney would be a great couple. The two person answering marching message was well thought out, and Ted look of disgust is priceless.

As far as Danny Glover goes, I’m not sure that really counts as a guest appearence though who would ever think of doing an entire eposide aroung his Sgt. Murtaugh character…those guys that write for HIMYM…that’s who. And it worked well.

All and all the story didn’t really advance anywhere… not career choices, relationship news whatever, but lots of laughs were had by all and when you come away your time really doesn’t feel wasted.

That’s my 2 cents… what did the rest of you think?

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HIMYM Season 4 Episode 18 – Old King Clancy

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How I Met  Your Mother’s time shift tonight threw me a bit, though it was cool to get to watch “The Bracket” again after the new episode. There seems to be a theme going of people looking out for Ted. Almost like he is a little kid who still needs that in a lot of ways. Last week Lily played the mom role to Ted in The Front Porch, looking out for his bad relationship choices and this week Marshall and Barney do it with his job. Both time Ted ends up being completely cool with it and actually being grateful. Not sure how “real world” that would be but it was at least entertaining. Either way, the whole elaborate lie that comes out to be a good thing is a slightly overdone plot, even if HIMYM does it well.

This ep was decent but not that memorable, a lot of Canadian comedy for sure. In fact, the who sub plotline with sexual euphemisms was funnier than the main plotline of Ted’s job. I do with they would have made the guessing more like a game of clue, plus since Marshall is so awesome at games he should have guesses it. The Snatch-style name cards for the headquarters task force was funny and the security footage of Barney had me laughing pretty hard. Then again, Classic Barney is always funny, no matter how much I think he and Robin should be together. I just like episodes that have moments that seem to stick out…like when we first saw the Awesomeness Poster, the hot crazy scale, the blue horn, or even the Bracket… things like that. This episode was funny but too forgettable. Was I alone on this? What did everyone else think?

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HIMYM Season 4 Episode 17 – The Front Porch

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When a show is so entertaining that you can’t even stop to write notes then you know it’s good. This was possibly one of the strongest episodes this season.  So many funny gags, it was actually hard to focus on the story with Robin’s show going on in the background. Barney being swayed to Marshall’s way of thinking about sleepwear was excellent, also the call out to the flying sequence form The Big Lebowski was cool. Barney’s jokes about the nightshirt were excellent ( Scrooge!, Willy Wonka, accessorizing…) and it was so sweet to see his how his fantasy played out in the re-return.

Despite Lily’s actions in Ted’s relationships, I think she was doing it for the right reasons. Watching her and Ted do the “A Few Good Men” scene was funny. Lily could totally play Colonel Nathan R. Jessup if they ever do a remake. The only think I didn’t like was the Ted/Robin pact at the end, because I know it’s just gonna set off the Ted & Robin will be together crowd. You think some of my theories are out there, wait till they get going. I have to diagram things just to follow. Plus I’m not wild about the possibility of playing that story line again before we see anything come of a possible Barney/Robin thing. Anyone else wonder why Barney isn’t in any of Lily’s front porch scenes?

What did you all think?

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HIMYM Season 4 Episode 16 – Sorry Bro

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My Thoughts:

Lily & Marshall did a great job of making me hate Karen (Laura Prepon from That ‘70s show). Hope that is the point long term but rumor has it she will be back for a few more eps. Sorry Bro was good overall. The way that it kept going back and forth between the Ted/Karen story and Marshall’s no pants story was pretty cool each using the other to try and avoid more details. Nothing more on the Robin/Barney story line but we will get more on that according to an open Q&A with Carter Bays (possible spoilers). Overall the whole show was kinds of misdirection. I mean, we start off with learning more about Robin’s new morning show (4am wow!) and then they brush right past it to not be mentioned again. Also while Marashall’s story wasn’t quite as interesting as Ted’s, his scenes carried the episode. Especially when he was dressed up for wrestling. Legendary. Also cool to see some past guest and I always love it when Wendy the Waitress (Charlene Amoia) is on the show. Everyone loves Wendy. So many great laughs in this episode. Classic How I Met Your Mother. What did everyone else think?

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HIMYM Season 4 Episode 15 – The Stinsons

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My Thoughts:

The first time I watched this episode I was really not that impressed, but once I started listing my favorite moments and quoted I realized it was a pretty funny episode. It didn’t seem to rushed and that was nice, I hate it when sitcoms try to pack in too much and have to gloss over good material. Barney was awesome, and typical Barney. It was hilarious to see the other side of him though. We already knew Marshall was a momma’s boy, but to think that Barney is one was cool. I do think that his mother’ advice will play a big part in coming episodes, if only for a back story reason. The writers hinted a bit at it with the looks he exchanged with Robin.

Good episode honestly. While Ted calls it “One of the strangest nights of their life”, it was a good one. Not your typical HIMYM episode, but lots of back story and connections from past and possibly for the future. And also, Barney always roots for the bad guy. Legendary.

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HIMYM Season 4 Episode 14 – The Possimpible

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My Thoughts:

Barney’s video resume was hilarious…I think I need to make one, he should probably get a job just for his mad editing skills. Plus there are two sites that you might want to be aware of and should definitely check out I’ll mention them in my recap or you can visit the post liked above. The think I hate about HIMYM is that since it’s only a 30 minute show, everything always seems rushed, not bad mind you…rushed. And despite knowing they had planned on showing Lily’s baby bump it was still funny to see how, makes you wonder if they will have to show Robin’s once she starts to show. Marshall’s dancing issue was a nice gag. And Dr.X made me embarrassed for poor ted…Lame, not awesome, but very funny. Past that, I would love to see the video resume Barney made for Robin, think they will ever show it?
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