Thanks to my friend and BAI frequenter Jenn for the recap this week. I’ve talked to Jenn for a while now and she is Legendary! She even got to visit the HIMYM set once! Color me jealous. Check her on on twitter too!Thanks Jenn!
Hey folks Jenn, your subtitute recap bro, here to recap and review Episode 4. – Subway Wars. As someone who was born and raised a New Yorker I really appreciated and loved this episode. Despite the fact that it’s not a “journey to meeting the mother” episode (Carter and Craig we’re waaaaiting) it really highlighted the gang well they had 5 converging and diverging storylines throughout the episode.
Let’s start at the beginning shall we. Marshall gets a call from his law school buddy Max (does anyone else miss Brad – damn that True Blood) that Woody Allen is eating at the restaurant he is at, Robin gets excited and wants to go. The gang gives Robin a hard time because she hasn’t seen Woody Allen in New York nor has she:
1. stolen a cab from someone who needs it
2. cried on the subway and didn’t give a damn
3. killed a cockroach with her bare hand
Which all mean she is not a real New Yorker (I guess I’m not a real New Yorker because the only cockroaches that I’ve killed with my bare hand are here in Alabama).
Robin suggests they all take a cab to see Woody Allen and the gang each say a different mode of transportation would be better: bus (Ted), subway (Lily), run (Marshall), ambulance/towncar/rickshaw (Barney). They challenge each other to see who gets there first.
And they’re off – as illustrated by a hilarious GPS/map with their faces. I also loved the use of split screens throughout the episodes, great use of storytelling.
The gang each tries to make it to the restaurant first – all with various successes, failures and flashbacks.
Many of the great moments of the episode are listed below. This episode had a lot of small moments. In the end Robin got to the restaurant first and in the process stole a cab, cried on the subway and didn’t give a damn, and killed a cockroach with her bare hand. Thus proving that she is a real New Yorker despite the fact that Woody Allen wasn’t at the restaurant after all, it was Maury!
Moments of Awesomeness
Why X needs a win and Olde Tyme music
Pregnancy test Marshall
Marshall’s “Marshall versus the Machines” Folk Song
Ted’s great reviews floating on screen from grademyteacher.net (Ted also got a chili pepper on the screen shot of his page which means he is “hot”)
Barney “choking” at the restaurant
Rangit and him repeated “orders” from the gang
Intro of Laura Beth Bundy as Robin’s new anchor Becky, especially her “eclipsing” Robin
Marshall and Ted pushing over the calculator guy
Marshall and Lily’s sweet “cradle list” moment
Barney letting Robin win
Legendary Lines (Quotes):
“Face. That’s your weirdest nicknames for boobs yet” – Ted
“She’s so sad and defenseless. Anyone have a condom?” – Barney
“Is anyone else craving green eggs and ham?” – Robin
“Suck it Gran-butt” – Marshall
“Turrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrned green” -Marshall’s song
“A boat. (laughs) oh wait that’s how you say it” – Lily (it took me watching it a second time to get this one)
“Carrots and Peas” – Barney
“Machines are over-rated someone needs to take them down a peg” – Marshall
“Stay sad, I’ll be back” – Barney
“I grew up here, I speak conductor” – Lily
“Elizabeth” – Barney
“Brought that jukebox back with his Fonzerelli arm” – Marshall’s song
“If you can’t spot the crazy person on the bus it’s you” – Ted
“The machines have won” – Marshall
Does Max have any real significance?
Are Marshall and Lily now going to get pregnant because the pressure is off?
When are we getting more “mother-centric” episodes?
I know I’m no Aaron, but I hope you enjoyed. I got to live out my Entertainment Weekly writer fantasy. What quotes did I miss? What other lingering questions do you have? Hope to see you on the discussion board! Jenn
You rock Jenn!
I thought this was such a great episode. You covered most of my favorite lines.
And Being a Barney/Robin fan, I loved the ending. I don’t think Max is going to be a factor. My main reason for that is I hope that it’s Barney/Robin’s wedding that we saw in the season opener. I fell like at best Max will be another Don. Serious enough to stick around, but not the real deal. I feel like we are getting a lot of glimpses of a maturing Barney, and I like it.
Did Anyone Else Notice The Blatant Microsoft Product Placement in this episode?!
I loved this episode. It was all round great. When they do episodes as good as this, I’m not as bothered when we don’t get much Mother progression. Mind you, I’ve not been that bothered about The mother progression much until it hits me right in the face during an episode for a while.
Funniest parts of the episode for me were Marshall vs the machines and the bus driver braking the bus, knocking Ted over and that hilarious grin he had after doing it.
Anyone else notice the obvious Microsoft product placements? (Bing search engine all over the place, Xbox’s for sale behind the calculator guy & that one guy walking in front of Marshall, Ted and Calculator guy with – I think – two xbox 360 boxes.)
You should look at the laptop Ted was surfing on in the bar, and the shop behind them also had “Microsoft Laptops” that don’t exist.
You should look at the laptop Ted was surfing on in the bar, and the shop behind them also had “Laptops” that don’t exist.
Awesome, awesome, awesome episode. So, good. So, balanced.
Also, yeah, the MS thing kinda sucked, but hey, it’s everywhere.
BTW, Maurey came out of the store with an XBOX360 Slim + the Kinect add-on, which isn’t out yet.
Ted trying to prove he’s a good professor and talking about every building while on the bus was hilarious. We need a little Douche Ted every now and then.
“Is that the brown one or the gray one?” …
Also, they’re clearly warming up for Barney and Robin round 2.
I didn’t even notice Maury carrying that. Nice.
Did anyone else notice the references to Woody Allen films, such as the use of the little subtitles for (why they needed a win). The split screen, the music in the background!
all nice little nods to a man they didn’t actually end up seeing
Ted and his “Fun Facts” always makes me laugh.
Hi everybody !!
I’m searching for the song that’s played in background when there are running. The song’s like an orchestra song.
please … please …. please ….
Hi everybody !!
I’m searching for the song that’s played in background where there are running from episode 4 (the subway wars) season 6. The song’s like an orchestra song.
please … please …. please ….
Damn I’m also lookin for the song! It sounds sooo cool!
Someone got the title???
I’m sorry to say but from what I can tell it’s all show made music…even Marshall vs the Machine…though I hear Nickelback might cover it.
Hmmm… Doesn’t sound very Nickelback’ish… But thx for the info. Can’t find that score anywhere. But it’s just awsome. They should offer it for a blockbuster-movie a la Inception or Transformers.
I’m glad to see someone enjoyed this episode as much as I did. I love the great lines and moments of awesomeness though I felt bad for the calculator-man and crazy Ted. I’m such a huge fan of the show; I’ve watched every episode in HD thanks to my employee subscription to DISH Network. I am hoping for Robin and Barney to end up together but it’s predictable so I’m not sure the producers will go with it.
hey guys i need this orchestra music in the backraound while they are running ive been searching on a lots of sites nobody knowes the music pls answer
Anyone knows what is the song that sounds while they running?!!!!!!!!!!! It’s amazing but i can’t find it!
The song is ‘Enjoy the ride’ by Lorne Balfe (Oswin Mackintosh). You are welcome! :o)
wow thanks been looking for this for ages