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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HIMYM Season 4 Episode 13 – Three Days of Snow

HIMYM_ThreeDaysofSnow_Barney_Ted My Thoughts: Despite it being more of a filler episode and leaving out any of the Robin and Barney story line from Benefits (Season 4 Episode 12), this was a really funny episode.  What’s more is that Carl and Ranjit are back!  The three story lines worked well and I loved the way they played together… it almost reminded me of a Seinfeld (another recurring theme?) Also, it seems someone heard or cries and the time sequences were well done this time.

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HIMYM Season 4 – Episode 12 – Benefits

Lily was right, when two exes decide to just be casual, someone always gets hurt. But this time, it was just not one of us. ~Ted

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My Thoughts:

Is How I Met Your Mother taking some cues from Scrubs? The episode was truly funny but threw in enough to make you feel a little emotional about friendship. Past that, I do feel like we have seen similar “relational” story lines in Scrubs and Seinfeld…hello anybody? Despite that as well as my objections and strong feeling about playing the Ted & Robin card again, I liked the way the episode played out as a whole. It left the door completely wide open for a Robin and Barney thing and hopefully closed the door for good on Ted & Robin. what’s more is despite being a “self contained” episode it gives you enough of an ongoing story line to make it seem like the same series.

I wasn’t thought the reality stars guest spots would be pretty lame, they were enough of a sub plot to be entertaining but not annoying. Plus Marshall made fun of Kim Kardashian. Let me also take a moment to request more Carl and especially Wendy!

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Season 4 Episode 11: Little Minnesota

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My Thoughts:

This episode of How I Met Your Mother was done very well. The way the character’s were split was a new twist and I loved the Marshall/Robin story line. always new ground to explore I suppose.

Erin Cahill was a cool choice for Ted’s little sis and played the part well. She and Barney (the rest of the cast too) had some decent chemistry too. I wonder if they will bring her back more this season since she will be in New York (trying not to give too much away until later). Sadly, there was a quick look at Barney’s office posters (though I only saw focus) but no Awesomeness Poster, despite finally getting a shot of his office this season.

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Season 4 Episode 10: The Fight

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My Thoughts:

This episode of How I Met Your Mother had some great moments but overall it just didn’t make me laugh I recant…this episode is hilarious when you watch it again later.. Barney being a little way into guys that fight was excellent.  Marshall had the best lines overall and made the episode descent. Along with that I do hope light sabers will be available for use in 3-5 years. The goat, murder train for Marshall’s fight scene… Great ep.

Despite the ongoing hints at a Barney/Robin story line (they like screwing with our minds don’t they?), the single contained episodes get me a little. I like them and all but I need some carry over here and there, some continuity…something that says wait till next week…but I’m sure like all other shows they will do that during the Season Finale so as to make everyone really mad (Anyone else hate that? and it’s not just HIMYM…must be something in “writing a T.V. Show 101)

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Season 4 Episode 9: The Naked Man

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Just a heads up… I have been doing the “What really happened” first, but decided to move it to the end for those of you who might not like to know up front that the butler killed him in the Library with the Egg beater… With that out of the way, let’s begin.

 

My Thoughts:

Very funny episode. I honestly was afraid it might be a little too edgy but they kept it clean enough.  It’s always nice to see more of the old romantic and not quite sure of himself Ted coming back through. Like in the elevator with Vicky when Ted divulges a bit too much of his emotional state then says “Let’s pretend I said this instead.” The greatest laugh in the entire episode comes when Ted says he has walked in on some very strange things in the apartment, followed by the scenes. If I had to rate the show, I would give it 4.5 out of 5 pineapples. Also, anything that knocks being overly involved in fantasy football is awesome.

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Season 4 Episode 8: Woooo!

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Seeing as my good friend Ben at howimetyourblog.com has decided to stop updating the site (we will miss you dude) and J.D. at have-you-met-ted.com keeps delaying his reviews because of his busy social life (congrats on all the cool stuff you’ve been doing by the way J.D.), I decided to start writing some How I Met Your Mother recaps. Be easy on me… I’m no where as good as those guys. On to the show.

What Really Happened:

Robin is wanting some girl time with Lily because things aren’t going so well for her right now (much like Ted). Problem is, Robin can’t seem to get any time without Marshall. Ted who is similarly down in the dumps get’s a chance to design the new Goliath National Bank building thanks to Barney, but he is up against the Swedish design firm “Sven.”

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