Symphony of Illumination – Season 7 Episode 12

Jenniac here once again filling in for our usual Master of Ceremonies because he’s moving to this hip new neighborhood called Dowisetrepla or something like that. Anyway enough about me, lets get to the show because there is A LOT to talk about.

The writers wasted NO time. I wasn’t ready for Robin to open the show as the narrator talking to her kids -the boy in a suit who looks like Barney and a girl is a spitting image of Robin. It was hard to pay attention to the smaller details on tonight’s episode because I was too busy trying to mentally process what had just happened in the open and then throughout the episode. For me this was the best episode since “The Naked Truth.”

I’ll get back to Robin and the kids, but let’s briefly talk about the other plotlines in this episode.

Marshall out on Long Island (or Lawnguyland as us who were born and raised there call it) decorating the house for Christmas. Also fun fact, East Meadow is a real town. I actually ran a half marathon there. What up! Marshall and his kid neighbor that took advantage of his naïve Midwestern ways and softness due to impending fatherhood. I would have loved to see Marshall final product including the Symphony of Illumination he was trying to do on the roof.

Lily was registering for items at We B Babies for her shower with the rest of the gang in tow. Nipple butter and vagina numbing cream – makes me want rethink motherhood one day.  YUCK! At We B Babies we meet Insane Dwayne who was Barney’s former bro turned bedraggled father who married his one night stand that he picked up by only saying the word boner. Classic.

So Robin. Robin opens the episode telling her kids about the moment she told their father (Barney) she was pregnant. Typical Barney hijinx ensues along with some legendary lines (see below) and physical comedy. We also find out Robin and Kevin haven’t had sex yet. We very quickly find out that Robin isn’t pregnant which has me confused, but intrigued. Robin then basks in the glow of an empty uterus with alcohol, junk food and watching Teenage Mommies.

Robin gets called back to the doctor where she finds out she can’t have a baby and in true Robin fashion keeps everything to herself, however she imagines the gang’s reactions to the news. However Barney, Lily and Ted know something up. Ted as the roommate tries to cheer Robin up, but they fight which made me uncomfortable just watching.

Robin then goes on to talk as the narrator about how much better her life is since she couldn’t have kids which confuses me. Then she says, “if you want to know the truth of it, I’m glad you guys aren’t real.” AND THEY FADE AWAY. MIND BLOWN.

But wait, there’s more!

After a walk in the snow Robin goes back to the apartment where a Christmas display was set up. For a minute I thought it was Barney who set it up, but Ted appears. Ted’s over the top-ness was the blue orchestra and apartment full of roses all over again for me. It made me wish that Ted and Robin would have worked out, but it’s too late for them in my book. However Ted succeed at cheering Robin up.

We end the episode with Ted back as the narrator telling us about how Robin went on to be a famous journalist, successful businesswoman, a world traveler and even a bullfighter which a story for later (oh narrator Ted – you sir are a tease).

MOMENTS OF AWESOMENESS – This whole episode was a mix of awesomeness and WTFness.

  • Robin’s faint over Barney’s fatherhood excitement.
  • Barney’s pratfall.
  • Scott eating a sandwich while Marshall watches from the roof in horror.
  • Scott taking a picture of his ding dog with Marshall’s phone as blackmail.
  • Marshall’s reference to him and his brothers wresting exhibitions which set the basement on fire due to their theatrics.
  • Barney testing out the vagina numbing spray on his tongue.

The Re-Returns

  • Big Fudge – that nickname never gets old for.
  • The flashback to the day Ted and Barney met. Barney’s suit/tie combo was so tragic, as was Ted’s facial hair.

LEGENDARY LINES – As brilliant as the writing is, the cast just brings these lines so much to life!

  • Barney: Are you sure you’re not just getting fat?
  • Barney: So you’re pregnant, looks like nobody told your boobs.
  • Barney: One iced tea in a rocks glass for MOMMY!
  • Marshall: They rock so hard steam comes out of your brain as it melts.
  • Barney:  But as the baby’s gnawing on your bleeding nips, look what she’ll be wearing.
  • Robin: Vagina numbing spray, apparently after childbirth your who-ha looks like Rocky Balboa’s face.
  • Robin: Sucks to be you braces
  • Lily:  What about the one where you ski and shoot at the same time, that seems like something you’d be good at.
  • Ted : Oh Can-a-dortbale.
  • Ted : I know it’s not Canada, but it starts with a c and it’s cold as balls.

LINGERING QUESTIONS

First Robin was wearing gross silk blouses, but now they had Lily in one. Luckily they each had a great jacket (Robin’s cream blazer and Lily’s mauve coat). What’s up costume department? What are you trying to tell us through these fashion choices?

Back to Robin imaging the reactions the gang would have had if she told them she couldn’t have kids. I’m pretty sure Barney would have been bummed for her and the possibility of him never becoming a father if Robin is indeed his future wife. Do you still think Robin is Barney’s bride?

When are we going to get another Ted-centric story line or episode?

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Jenniac OUT!

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The Rebound Girl – Season 7 Episode 11

Daddy’s home ~Barney

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This week seemed quite funny…but spinning wheels at moments. Well until the end… then we understood why. Let’s get to the talking now…

The house. It is a nice house…but have we totally forgotten that Marshall and Lily’s place is down wind of a sewage treatment plant? Think it will stick? I did love the way the apartment shrunk so much. Great job there.

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Tick, Tick, Tick – Season 7 Episode 10 Discussion

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So what do I get for complaining that How I Met Your Mother had forgot about how they did last season. Well, for that we get the emotional roller coaster that was tonight. At this point I’d love to talk about the Ted, Marshall & Lily part of the show but it was clearly the B story line…so it’s going to have to wait.

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  • You Fooled Around on Your Baby by the dude on the Boat
  • Heavy Hour by Crooked Fingers  Heavy Hours - Breaks in the Armor (episode closing, when I get sad… doesn’t seem to work here)

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Disaster Averted – Season 7 Episode 9

Well, Life is ridiculous Lily! ~Marshall

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  • Hey by the Pixies (closing song during the cab ride and that “thing” that almost and then did happen) Hey - Wave of Mutilation - Best of Pixies

   A Barney Adventure movie needs to happen. True Story. In fact, I wish all of his "stories" were animated like that. Definitely a great opening. And it didn’t stop there! This was definitely one of the strongest episodes of the year, and definitely in a while. But that’s not what you all care about… you came to talk about the final scenes, am I right? Don’t worry, we’ll get to that, but there was a little more to this episode before we dive in to the end.

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the Slutty Pumpkin Returns Discussion – s07e08

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    First off, that is not the slutty pumpkin. I dig the story line and all but didn’t we see a flash of the slutty pumpkin in "the Leap" (see below)? I know it was never really confirmed but that’s definitely what fans were thinking. Why make the change now? Could it be that a very hot star like Katie Holmes could be on HIMYM? Sorry, I thought she was great and all, but I truly believe that the show is strong enough without star casting. And honestly… that pumpkin costume isn’t even that slutty. And given how easily it is to find a "slutty" costume now, you would think they could do better.

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Noretta -s07e07

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    This was easily the creepiest How I Met Your Mother I’ve ever seen. However, it was pretty entertaining. It definitely wasn’t my favorite episode this season, but it wasn’t my least favorite either.

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Mystery vs History – Season 7 Episode 6

If it’s a choice between mystery and history, I want mystery.
—Ted Mosby 

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    I’ve been pretty sick all day…but fortunately for you when I get sick, I stop being sick and be awesome instead. True Story. However, I really am hoping that you all will pick up the the slack for me. You see normally, I mix writing this with alcohol, however tonight I’m already pretty heavily medicated, so I’ll try to keep my thoughts coherent.

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Field Trip – s07e05

Readers I’m going to tell you the story of how your web guru Aaron would be lost without me. Just kidding, kinda. Once again Jenniac here to share my initial thoughts and reactions about tonight’s episode – Field Trip.

Today’s episode had individualized storylines, however it was Robin-centric. I like the focus on Robin, but I still don’t like the lack on focus on Ted (and his awkward facial hair). Robin was back in therapy with Kevin (the fabulous Kal Penn), but spoiler alert he had to lie and say he was moving because he found her attractive. They run into each other at a diner where Kevin is wearing an unfortunately t-shirt/ hoodie/blazer combination and a romance blossoms with it’s fair share of bumps along the way. (more…)

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The Stinson Missile Crisis – s07e04

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    While tonight’s episode of How I Met Your mother was great and funny, I really feel the best part’s had more to do with discoveries off then show than on. What am I talking about? If you haven’t’ seen them yet check out: stinsonbreastreduction.com & linsonbreastlawsuit.com. epic. And what’s more, there seems to be a contact email listed on both.  You should try to email both…the replies are virtually identical, but worth the few seconds it will take. I don’t want to spoil the fun so try and tell me what you think…

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Ducky Tie – s07e03

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Sorry all, I had to work late tonight but my good friend Jenn is going to fill in tonight. I did get to watch “Ducky Tie” just now and loved it. I’m anxious to see what everyone else thinks… I give you the Amazing Jenn:

Hey folks, Jenn here, but some of you may know me from the Lusty Leopard as Jenniac, recapping tonight’s episode of Ducky Tie. Was it just me or was this the longest week ever? I guess maybe I felt spoiled having two new episodes back to back last week and then having to wait ‘til tonight. However the wait was worth it. I spent all week thinking about what having Victoria back meant and how Carter said this was one of his favorite episodes ever (Carter said it on the HIMYM Podcast – I suggest you all check them out).  I knew going in that Victoria wasn’t going to be the mother, I wish she could have actually been in the running – however the writers have told us things about the mother that made it being Victoria impossible.
The two main storylines tonight (well 3 if you count each of Lily’s breast’s individually) are the Duck Breast Bet (clever I know) and the return of Victoria.

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The Naked Truth–s07e02

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If you watched this live then at first glance, you might not know that The Best Man and The Naked Truth were two separate episodes, well except for the HUGE cliffhanger that HIMYM throws in at the end of the Season Premiere… With that said, let’s see what else there is to like.

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The Best Man – s07e01 Season Premiere

I’m not really talking about the tie ~Barney

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It seems our wait for Season 7 is finally over. I’m not sure what everyone thought about the premiere but regardless of like or not, there were plenty of hook for the rest of the season. Let’s get down to it…

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