Platonish – Season 9, Episode 9

Hello! I’m Star, friend of Jenn, and HIMYM enthusiast! Let’s get into the episode:

First, it was nice to see Robin behaving like a normal human being and having an authentic reaction to her mom not being able to come to the wedding. I honestly thought they wouldn’t acknowledge this plot point beyond the last episode. Back to the recap: After Barney accepts the challenge to cheer up Robin, we flash back to the Fall of 2012 where Lily and Robin present Barney with a series of challenges, leading to some great interactions between the three of them. Meanwhile, Ted and Marshall are at a Harlem Globetrotters game but of course they’re rooting for the Washington Generals. Throughout the game/episode Marshall and Ted debate Ted’s future with Robin, while Barney met The Mother and accepted the best challenge to date. The other twist in the episode was Hammond Druthers, Ted’s old boss/nemesis calling Ted offering him a job in Chicago. Ted eventually turns him down once he sees Robin eating olives. Once again, we see Ted caught up in the belief that he can get Robin to love/marry him, so he chose that hope over the job in Chicago.

Legendary Lines:

  • Robin: Does anyone know how to turn this off? Is there like a button or something?
  • Robin: I need you to take a year A full year and just be celibate. No boys, one year. Think you know I’m right about this.
  • Marshall: Oh my God, do you know who you are? You’re Nicholas Sparks.
  • Barney: More challenges, more challenges!
  • Hammond: The door’s always open Ted
  • Barney: Drawing a blank
  • The Mother: Do you want to keep playing, or do you want to win?

Moments of awesomeness:

  • Lily trying to scare Robin out of being sad and making her get hiccups
  • How nice was it to see Marshall back with the group – I’ve really missed him being around everyone this season.
  • Love the use of the Globetrotter’s music
  • Ted and Marshall heckling the refs and coach at the game
  • Marshall and Robin not being able to make out even if lives were depending on it. Am I the only one that really enjoys story lines with Marshall and Robin?
  • Lily and Robing giving up and getting Barney to run errands for them
  • Barney thinking that Zabka would be a dream date for the redhead
  • The scene outside the drugstore with Barney and The Mother was phenomenal. Can I be best friends with The Mother?
  • Every scene with Hammond Druthers
  • Marshall’s reaction to the Generals losing the game
  • The song playing during the last scene- anyone know what this was? I thought it was perfect.
  • Not seeing Marshall in that SUV on the way to the wedding.


  • Ted and Robin saluting
  • Marshall making up a song about what he’s doing at the moment
  • Blue french horn
  • The Robin


  • Hammond Druthers- I love that he is so terrible at being an architect

Lingering Questions/Thoughts

  • How invested are Lily and Marshall in their bet? How far are they willing to go to win?
  • Is there a reason that this season is focusing on Ted chasing after Robin AGAIN?
  • Now that we’ve seen how Lily and Barney met The Mother, which non-Ted meeting are you most looking forward to seeing?
  • Will Barney remember meeting The Mother when she shows up to play at their reception?
  • Is Barney’s calligraphy pen actually Property of Ted Mosby?
  • Can George write every episode for the rest of the season?
  • I love how Barney always responds to smart , ballsy women who call him on his crap (Lily, Quinn, Robin, and now The Mother)


Thanks for letting me share a my perspective with you for this episode. Hopefully the professionals will be back for next week.

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Possible HIMYM Spin Off

According to multiple sites like Entertainment Weekly

EW has confirmed that HIMYM creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas and former Up All Night EP Emily Spivey have pitched a female-led half-hour comedy called How I Met Your Father. Like HIMYM, it would feature a group of friends, be set in New York and chronicle the main character’s quest to meet her future husband. There’s a chance the proposed project might also feature HIMYM icon MacLaren’s Pub.

If the idea is given the greenlight — talks are extremely preliminary — the new slate of characters would likely be introduced in the How I Met Your Mother series finale, according to reports.

Earlier this year, Thomas, speaking to EW for our How I Met Your Mother cover story, admitted that a spin-off possibility was something he and Bays were “thinking about.” “There’s a world where the universe of the show can keep existing in a way that feels coherent to what’s come before, but new enough to be worth watching.”


When I first heard this idea a while ago I thought they we going to do it from The Mother’s perspective which I liked, but it seems like it will be a whole new cast. I’m not sure how I feel. What about you guys?

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Sumbitches Recipe

“Sumbitches” Peanut Butter, Chocolate & Caramel Cookies

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 cup creamy peanut butter

2 large eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. salt

36 bite-size chocolate-covered caramel candy bars

1. Beat first 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat until blended.

2. Stir together flour and next 2 ingredients in a small bowl. Add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Cover and chill 30 minutes.

3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Shape a 2 tbsp. dough around each mini candy bar, using lightly floured hands, and roll into balls. Place 3 inches apart on ungreased or parchment paper-lined baking sheets.

4. Bake for 13 to 14 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks.


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Confirmed Season 9 Concept

Something NewThere was a brief moment Monday night whenHow I Met Your Mother was maybe solving all of its problems by introducing us to the mother. She’s played by Cristin Milioti! We actually saw her! Maybe now the show can go back to its more-pleasant roots and tell us a delightful love story! Alas, it is not to be. CBS president Nina Tassler cleared up some of the speculation about what would happen in the show’s ninth and final season. She tells TVLine that the whole season will indeed span just the 56 hours before Barney and Robin’s wedding, as some had feared, and will be about “how each character, before Ted, meets the mother. So, they each meet her independently before he does.” So if you were tired of seeing Ted Mosby be such a weenie, tough tacos for you.


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Something New – Season 8 Episode 24

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Let’s start off by jumping past the obvious if that’s even possible. I loved Robin & Barney tonight. They were so good together though I truly believe that NPH can pull off a more maniacal laugh…I mean Dr. Horrible. come on. Seriously, they looked in marital harmony tonight and that was good after last week’s breakdown in the park. Which leads us to Ted…

I know, I know… what the hell Ted, right? First off, did finishing the house seem to come out of somewhere? I digress, but when Ted says (this may be a paraphrase), “The locket is in the pencil box. This is awesome. It’s going to blow her mind!”  I can directly see this leading to the bandage on Ted’s hand we saw in Farhampton. How will it happen? Will it have nothing to do with that? Also, will Ted go to Chicago? We already assume he doesn’t sell the house since he is tilling the story in it, but is it ever really that simple? We have to wait till next season, when we will also find out…

If Marshall will remain a judge for now or Lily will go to Rome… or both. I do like the ring of the Honorable Marshal Erikson. My gut says there will be an episode devoted to this next year and I would almost bet they find a way to do both…but HIMYM approaches some tough choices that aren’t always happy so if it’s one I would, say hello to the Honorable Marshal Erikson.

On to the event seemed to break twitter, or maybe the tweets were moving so fast that I couldn’t read them all. The actress is Cristin Milioti… we’ll be taking guess on her show name 😉 Shhort and to the point, that was such a cool moment. Shoes. Bass. Umbrella. “Ticket to Farhampton Please” and face. Great pick for the mother, I love it that she is not a name…and seems like the prefect mix of Lily & Robin. I’m saying this with only one line, many clues and several glimpses of her feet so that may be worth nothing.

My mind is still a buzz so I want to know what you think! Talk away!



  • Simple Song by The Shins amazon– lots of action at the end and seeing the Mother buying a ticket.

Legendary Lines

Barney: You’re unappetizing to look at

Ted: It was pretty manly until I mentioned Ryan Gosling in the Notebook…

Robin: Hey Lily, help me put this locket in my butt…


Moments of Awesomeness

  • Teddy West-chester is not a cool as Teddy Westside
  • Casey Wilson (Krirsten) from the recently departed “Happy Endings”
  • Love it that Robin used the way she & Ted broke up at an attack strategy.
  • Legen…married… still waiting for it.
  • Where’s the poop. Goog callback by Lily
  • Ranjit
  • the moment we see (and I quote from the credits) “The Girls with the Yellow Umbrella”… I checked it’s not a sequel to “The Girls with the Dragon Tattoo”

Lingering Questions

  • Are those boots the same shoe size as Lily?
  • Any guesses on a name for the girl with the yellow umbrella? My money is on a T name but I’ve been told there is another theory about a C name.
  • Judge Marshall or Rome bound?
  • What do you expect from next season?
  • What did you think tonight?

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Something Old – Season 8 Episode 23

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I haven’t gotten to watch yet but comment away! I’m anxious to watch!


  • How to Fight Loneliness by Wilco (amazon) – Ted & Robin argue about signes from the universe in the rain, closing 

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The Bro Mitzvah Season 8 Episode 22

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Will here, standing in for your regularly scheduled bloggers.

The time has come for Barney’s bachelor party. Expecting a lame party, Barney instructs Ted and Marshall on proper bachelor party procedure (to include a naked fire show or a naked magic show). Barney’s expectations are seemingly met when he is transported to just outside Atlantic City to enjoy a clown, the “wrong” karate kid and the only stripper Barney didn’t want to see- Quinn. Barney’s bachelor party ends after he loses Marshall in a game of Xing Hai Shi Bu Xing, Ted abandons him for being selfish, and Robin leaves Barney after discovering that Quinn was the stripper.

This was of course an elaborate ruse planned by Robin- which Barney loves in a twisted way. As an added bonus, the clown is actually the “real karate kid” – William Zabka.

Legendary Lines

“What’s got into you, oh that’s right- nothing ever.”

“My bachelor party was incr, wait for it, and I hope you’re hungry cause the second half of this word is edible!”

“Barney is suicidal!”/”I know, it’s awesome!”

Moments of Awesomeness

Quinn foretelling: “There’s a good chance our engagement probably isn’t gonna work out.”

Barney’s mom calling out Robin for the dirty hoebag that she is. 

Lily’s continued sluttines, in this case directed towards Ralph Macchio.

Re Return 

Barney’s addiction to Xing Hai Shi Bu Xing.

QUINN (kind of surprising that she was ok with the hoax).

“The Barney” as a foil to “The Robin”

Barney’s “backwards” affinity for William Zabka.

Lingering Questions

Is Robin “Leaving” Barney foreshadowing a future break-up?

Can we get back to the Mother please?


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Romeward Bound Season 8 Episode 21

The Captain asks Lily to move with home to Rome for a year. Lily envisions what moving to Rome would really be like with Marshall at home. Meanwhile Marshall has a different vision and channels his inner Godfather.

LiDDY with the hot body, who is their wedding planner. With a REDONKULOUS body and a giant coat. Barney successfully got her to take off her coat since he is a happily engaged man to the love of his life.

Ted opens his big mouth about how to he knows Robin better than Barney which lead Barney to remind Ted that he’s getting married in 3 weeks, not Ted. Cold Harsh Reality Five right there and Ted just took it. I feel something is a-brewin’.


Legendary Lines

Ted: This girl has the Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol of bodies.

Ted: He took a week of Italian in college and the only reason he dropped it was because he had a conflict…with not being stoned.

Barney: I’m fighting hotness with hotness.

Barney: Robin understands there is one set of balls she cannot tie up with a necktie and lightly hit with a ping pong paddle.

Marshall: Bernard, not a good time read the room.

Barney: I want to see the coat on the rack so I can see the rack under the coat

Robin: I bet she has WBD – weapons of bra destruction.

Ted: It’s like trying to describe a rainbow to a blind person.

Barney: Robin, thanks you I can now walk up to any girl and say whatever creepy, disgusting thing I want and totally get away with it.

Lily: I’m small town, Marshall.  I’m a hick from Brooklyn who’s terrified to live more than 10 subway stops from where she grow up.


Moments of Awesomeness

Getting reamed and seeing a ream of paper sail by

Ted & Barney both say “coat rack”

Marshall’s very “green” office

Marshall and Marvin in their matching track suits on a moped

The STINK – loved Marshall’s midwest charm and lack of stink

Marshall and Lily’s conversation in Italian. He was so convincing, it wasn’t until a few sentences in that I realized he kept repeating his same phrase in different inflections.

Robin in the big jacket



Misuse of Literally  – callback to Spoiler Alert

Murder Train during a fight scene…classic


Lingering Questions

I’d totally watch a spin off featuring Bernard from Marshall’s office…anyone else?

Could Liddy be the mother, or is she just a red herring?

Is Robin really the coolest fiance ever? Or is Ted right about her?

I’m glad to see Robin dressing well again. Post Barney breakup and pre get together she was looking homely for a while.

What’s with Lily’s lack of confidence in herself, I don’t get it and I don’t like it. You’d think with a BFF like Robin she could take a few cues from her.

I really want to know what Liddy’s body looks like, I’m picturing a non-cartoon Jessica Rabbit bod.

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The Time Travelers – Season 8 Episode 20




  • Dance Song (Derriere?)   (Marshall and Sparkles dance off)
  • For the Longest Time by Billy Joel amazon (future and Present Ted’s sing together)
  • Piano piece when Ted imagines meeting the Mother early is Swihart. I tell you this because I know you will ask. 😉

Sorry I’ve been away friends, too much life to discuss sometimes though. Still it’s nice to sit down, grab a beer and enjoy a laugh (and a cry) with Ted and friends. Since that moment I’ve rewatched this episod twice to really get a handle on what happened. The beging is a little out there with future Ted and Barney’s and seriously, how cool would that be to have your future self for advice? By the end of the episode you find out Ted was sitting there all alone and the whole thing had happened 5 years ago… which is a little confusing too. My guess is the dance off for drink title happened five years ago and this is NOT 5 years in the future which would really be screwing with the timeline which may be important since we are 45 Ted days away. Then you have Ted having an imaginary conversation with someone he doesn’t know existed. Overall a lot of symbology and then a laugh till they gut punch you moment.

I love the fact that the writers are slowly crossing theories and loose ends of the bucket list.  I was ecstatic when the theory about Barney’s sister being the mother got debunked (ref. The Carly Theory debunk  s08e14 “Ring Up”). I also know there are those of you that might have even considered coat check girl from Season 1 since he never saw her again … but it looks like he did (5 years ago) and never followed through.  I hope they keep it up, we might even se where that pineapple came from.

Finally, I’ve seen a lot of chatter about thinking the Mother is dead in the future …especially because of Ted’s gut misty eyed 45 day speech his imagines giving to the future Mrs. Mosby at the end. Is it possible? Sure and I can read into how some might read a lot into the details. I don’t buy it though. You should also keep in mind that this is coming from someone who still is pretty fond of the Tracy Theory. Things like that seem to make sense to me…and keep in mind what the writers have done so far this season (mentioned above)… with that said, the dead mother theory still seems like a stretch at this point. I’ve been wrong before though so what are your thoughts?

Legendary Lines

Barney: It’s gonna be Legen… wait 20 years for it…
20 year later Barney: Dairy.

Ted: Do I hurl?

Ted: No one is saying you need alcohol to have an exciting and memorable night… but in this case.

Marshall: Lily, I know I have the sexual karasima of a bad boy but I don’t have the manners of one.

Future Coat Check Girl: You’ve been dating for a long time Ted…has it ever gone any other way?

Robin: I’m Sparkles bitch!

Imaginary Barney: Look around Ted, you’re all alone.

“If He Could” Ted: In exactly 45 days, I will meet you. But I’m here now, I guess because, I want this extra 45 days.. With you.


Moments of Awesomeness

  • Minnesota Title Wave…by Marshall. wait I mean the Robin Scherbatsky
  • I loved 20 year from now Ted screwing with present day Ted about not being married yet.
  • coat check girl! Damn I love call backs.
  • Sparkles vs Big Fudge. And I love that Robin is finally embracing the Sparkles history.
  • 45 Days.
  • Sad ending…but seriously good stuff.



Future & Present sing “For the Longest Time” in 6 part harmony.


Lingering Questions

  • I honestly wish I had a 20 hours from now me to get advice from. You?
  • Since Carl own’s the bar wouldn’t his last name be MacLaren?
  • I know 45 days isn’t literal…but does it mean we will see some magic before the end of Season 8?
  • What did you guys think?


The Fortress Season 8 Episode 19

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Tonight episode was chock full of laughs for me and it actually somewhat pushed the plot along?!

Robin wants Barney to sell his apartment so they can move into a new place together. We learn about additional crazy custom bells and whistles Barney added to the apartment while they try to sell it, but in the end Robin realize marriage means in sickness and in health and Barney’s apartment is part of his sickness.

Lily’s busy with new job working for the Captain and her over the top outfits, including gigantic glasses (I have the sunglass version of those, True Story). I have to say it’s refreshing to see Lily’s career take on a storyline and give her some direction.

Marshall and Ted’s addiction to watching Woodworthy Manor complete with spoilers, fancy tea pots and finger sandwiches. Ted as Emsbery complete with a British accent was lovely.

Legendary Lines

Marshall: You nailed all of Lily’s parts, it’s been 3 weeks since I have.

Ted: Barney I wouldn’t live here even if you scrubbed every inch of this place in Purell, amoxicillin and holy water.

Barney: I am way too upset to point out how many women have seen some beautiful woodwork in there.

Robin: Barney I’m getting wet.  //  Barney: And that turns it off.

Marshall: We have a child together (cue sprinklers – PERFECTION)

Robin: Turns out I accept and appreciate even the grossest, creepiest, most sociopathic parts of you.   //   Barney: Sounds like somebody just wrote her vows.


Moments of Awesomeness

Barney’s Patent Pending Inventions

  • Ho Be Gone sleep system by Stinson
  • The Room with a Screw by Stinson
  • The Escape from Bitch Mountain by Stinson
  • The Heavy set go by Stinson

Marshall’s figgy putting Woodworthy Manor game, I miss Marshell’s game

Ridiculous art descriptions by the captain.

Barney’s floating head – Superman / Wizard of Oz style

Oh snap Barney used the Ho-Be-Gone on Robin

Ted putting the moves on Marshall to get him to watch Woodworthy Manor

Ted and Marshall GCWKing it up (except they have a kid)

Mushroom cloud five

Superman references that I’m sure many of you got, but I didn’t

Re Return

Barney and Robin escape watching Woodworthy Manor and high five despite a broken wrist – that’s love

Lingering Questions

So did Barney really bang Ted’s mom?

Did you see the property of Ted Mosby on the map in Barney’s closet?

I don’t know how guys can switch gears from wanting to be in a loving committed to relationship to banging some rando.





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Weekend at Barney’s Season 8 Episode 18


  • When the Sun Goes Down by The Jetzons Amazon (opening track from episode)
  • Long As I Can See The Light  Creedence Clearwater Revival  Amazon (closing episode)

Hola everyone! I’m Will, a friend of Jenn’s. Much like Barney- I’m full of awesome. I’m guest blogging while everyone else is apparently off doing something more fun. So you’re stuck with me, this is my first time- so no making fun.

So here it is ladies and gentlemen, the foretold inglorious end of Ted’s dating life. We got to take our last peek at crazy pants Jeanette as she rampaged and defecated all over Ted’s apartment, finally convincing the ever needy Ted that it’s time to settle down. After being dumped by LT Peterson, Ted agrees to test drive a few plays from Barney’s not-so-destroyed playbook; surprisingly, Ted has difficulty winning ladies over with promises of his penis.

While coaching Ted, Robin walks in on Barney and finds the playbook. Really? I felt the setup for that argument to be a little too artificial. Why does Robin randomly show up at Ted’s house looking for Barney? If Barney told Robin where he was, why would he leave the playbook just sitting on the couch? And does everyone have a key to Ted’s apt? After more deception, I mean magic, they “make up.” I’m not sure Robin is buying Barney’s liar speech- she did mention earlier in the episode that the destruction of the playbook was a key factor in her being willing to marry Barney.

Oh, Lily and Marshall were in this episode as well- the continued focus on Lily’s career is refreshing. Marshall’s deadpan expression carried what is probably  funniest scene thus far this season- “I don’t know if you heard, but I dropped some skittles.”


Legendary Lines

Barney: “So you’re bringing a plus one?” // Robin: “If you count the voices in her head, it’s plus five!”

Jeanette: “Here’s your key back” //Ted: “I never gave you a key”// Jeanette: “And here’s your grandmother’s ring.”// Ted: “She was buried wearing this.”

Ted: “My penis! My penis! My penis!!!”

Marshall: “Just look at her so professional, she hasn’t sat on single piece of art.”


Moments of Awesomeness

Episode writer George Sloan! Shout out to all those QU alums.

What’s better than Weekend at Bernie’s? Weekend at Barney’s!

Barney’s awesome ability to unhook Robin’s bra under any circumstance.

Barneys 1 rule(s).

Silent skittles.

Lily’s nip slips (we need more of this in future episodes!)


The Re-Return

The Playbook (one last time)

Ted’s red cowboy boots(one last time)

Ted making poor relationship choices (one last time?)


Lingering Questions

Will Robin ever really trust Barney?

The “Mother” is on deck, how long till we get to meet her?

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The Ashtray Season 8 Episode 17

"The Ashtray" -- When Ted receives an unexpected call from The Captain, the gang reminisced about their last awkward encounter with him, on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, Monday, Feb. 18 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Neil Patrick Harris Photo: Richard Cartwright/CBS © 2013 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Ahoy, Jenn here steering this ship tonight!

This episode felt very out of sequence for me despite portions of it supposedly happening a year and a half ago. Hello where’s any mention of Jeannette?

The episode boiled down to how one evening at an Art show went. The version Ted recalls after eating a sandwich. The version Robin recall after getting drunk at a “meeting.” The version Barney recalls…oh wait. And the way the night actually went as told by Lily.

We learn that Lily served up her Aldrin Justice by stealing the Captain’s ashtray after he told her she was just an art teacher with no real taste or appreciation for art. The Captain’s comments about Lily just “just being an art teacher” sting hard and causes Lily to nearly meltdown like she did at the end of Season One when she broke off her engagement to Marshall to go to San Francisco. In the end Lily got offered a job by the Captain to be  his new art consultant. For such a long built up, I found it to be a let down.

The good news is my friend George is the lead writer of next week’s episode. He had a great episode last season, so I’m excited about next week. Too bad I’ll be in Orlando so won’ be able to watch it until I get back.

Legendary Lines

Ted: That’s weird I have a message // Marshall: That’s weird you still have an answering machine.

Barney: An Art Garfunkle gallery concert

Ted: Anyone with this kind of ashtray money, probably has an island where he hunts people, probably in the Caribbean. I bet there’s good snorkeling.

Marshall She’s Boats, Boats, Boats and he’s the Captain. That’s sweet I’m happy for those two. Ted you suck.

Robin: Nothing Happened //  Barney: Uhhhh that means hand stuff

Marshall: Just some one of them could say Iceberg straight ahead

Robin: Can you please hold a minute  // Captain: Dropping anchor

Barney: Because crazy stories are my thing. You have architecture. Marshall has the law. Lily has art. Robin has pleasing me sexually. You have a passion that drives you. Well I have a passion it’s taking life and turning it into a series of crazy stories, if you can do that me then I don’t even know who I am anymore.

Marshall: I know that we role play conjugal visits a lot, but I can’t do that for realsies.


Moments of Awesomeness

I’ve missed the Captain’s red pants

Ted’s high pitch screams upon seeing the Captain

Barney’s “Daddy’s home” entrances at the art show

Ted “snorkeling” with the ashtray

NPH’s delivery of “me neither”

Marshall and Lily’s agreement of an “Indecent Proposal” for sex with Lily

Robin’s make out into a pass out


The Re-Return

The Captain

Boats, Boats, Boats Becky



The Playbook play


The Royal Archduke of Grand Fenwick


Lingering Questions

What’s with Ted’s old technology? VCR, answering machines…yeesh.

Just seeing Zoey made me mad. Anyone else?

Did everyone notice all of Marshall and Barney’s “contraband”  in Ted’s apartment?  arcade game, popcorn machine.

Where’d I leave my Prussian military costume? I thought it was just laying around the house.

Where are your best and most exciting days? Ahead of you or behind you?

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