I’ve had vacation followed by some very busy days. Luckily, beawesomeinstead.com has some amazing fans who love How I Met Your Mother as much as we do!  Tonight I’ve got bai fan and twitter follower Weilong to recap and start the discussion of Architect of Destruction. Check him out on twitter as @darkspark343. Now lets get to it:

Hey guys, Weilong here with this week’s episode review! Let’s start things off by saying that I absolutely loved Jennifer Morrison in House, and was so glad to see that she was in this episode. This episode, for me at least, was a flashback to the early episodes of seasons 1 and 2. I laughed at literally every joke in this episode, and the storyline felt very natural. At the beginning of the episode, we see Ted and Barney discussing the building. Barney’s "Legen….." followed by the "…dary! Legendary!" a couple scenes later was hilarious, but not overdone. In this episode, we see two alternate storylines unfolding, the Ted, Barney, and Zooey (Jennifer Morrison) storyline, and the Marshall, Lily, Robin, and Max storyline. Let’s first talk about the Ted storyline.

Ted’s storyline centered around him trying to impress a girl by pretending to be something he was not. Zooey (Jennifer Morrison) was trying to save the Arcadian, which GNB was trying to tear down and turn into their new headquarters, and since she was hot, Ted agreed to help her. However, due to Barney (and come on, what’s not because of Barney), Zooey figures out that Ted is the architect for the new GNB building. After he spends a night trying to fix his standing in her eyes by designing a new building that kept some of the old architecture of the Arcadian, he finds out she’s married, and completely scraps the new idea, because, let’s face it, it was about the girl. And what man can say that they haven’t done anything because of a girl?

Marshall’s storyline was about women talking about sex behind their men’s backs. I’ll admit, everytime I heard the phrase "small penis," even I cringed a little. Marshall, knowing about Max’s smaller than average member, tries to boost him up during their dinner, but comes off a little creepy. He also finds out that Lily and Robin discuss Marshall and what he does in the bedroom often. Marshall then freaks out during the middle of sex, imagining Lily and Robin discussing it afterwards. I do feel that this storyline is not that resolved, with Marshall and Lily making up by Lily having an obviously fake conversation with Robin that Marshall made up beforehand.

All in all, it was a great episode that I’ll be watching many more times before the week is up. Anyways, what did you think?

Legendary Lines:

"Working together is gonna be Legen… wait for it…" – Barney
"Dary." "Legendary!" (Ted reading the memo and Barney completing the "wait for it")
"These satin sheets are slippery, and Papa needs traction." – Marshall explaining the need for the slipper socks
"Jumbo Jim’s Grape Scotch… don’t let it touch your skin." – Wendy the Waitress talking about their newest scotch
"Boobs?" – Barney when first hearing about a girl
"Small penis. You have a small penis. Oh, that’s super interesting, but you have a small penis." – Marshall’s thoughts when on a double date with Robin and Max
"Oh, I’ve had that a couple times, just lean into it and let it fuel things." – Lily talking about imagining her and Robin together
"This isn’t about the girl, it’s about the building. … Yeah, it was about the girl." – Ted
And countless more!

Moments of Awesomeness:

  • Wendy the Waitress. Now Carl needs to come back to McLaren’s also and we’d be set.
  • Wizard Ted. I cannot believe we haven’t seen this side of him until now!
    Marijuana legalization supporters. It seems they show up to just about every rally.
  • Snakes. That seems like something that GNB would actually do.