Posted by Pablozky at Thursday, November 14, 2013 9 Comments
We start the episode with Robin being torn up by the fact that her mother won’t come to her wedding, and so Lily, Ted and Barney try to comfort her. Robin thinks it’s impossible, so of course Barney takes the challenge, but Lily reminds him of a challenge he supposedly never accomplished and we flash back to somewhere in between “The Autumn of break-ups” and “Splitsville” last season. It starts with the cute callback of Ted’s and Robin’s private joke, which Lily is not as excited as me. As Robin leaves for a while, Lily warns Ted that he has to be careful of being so cutesy with Robin, reminding him that he and Robin are platonic.
Ted then leaves and the story divides into two portions: we have Barney taking the challenges the gals out him through and Marshall and Ted conversation at the basketball game. Let’s start with the Barney storyline.
Lily and Robin see Barney take yet another meaningless challenge, so Lily calls him out for just his own challenges, so Barney takes on the challenge. It starts with him picking up a girl while talking like a dolphin. As per usual, Neil Patrick Harris makes a great impression with his facial expressions while the dolphin squeaking are put on the tracks. As Barney says “it was the performance of a life time!”, ok maybe it wasn’t that great, but it’s still pretty great (and like anything NHP does, Golden Globe and Emmy worthy for sure). Barney cheers the girls to keep throwing challenges, as he doesn’t want to win, but to keep playing games (this is key later on the episode). So he picks up girls while wearing a trash bag and not using the letter “e”, hitting on a red headed girl who Robin told Ryan Gosling was coming to get her (and Barney later convinces said girl that he was in fact Ryan) and finally he is tricked into doing an errand.
Barney drops his whole challenge just to talk with the mother about his dating experience with Robin; even though it wasn’t great, he always regretted giving up too fast, and everything after that has just been an act to keep himself distracted from the fact that he screwed up. In Barney’s defense, Robin also screwed up a lot (I remember “Tick, Tick, Tick” where Robin broke Barney’s heart very coldly), but he just needed to try harder. The Mother convinces Barney to give it his all in one last play to get the mother, a play that we all know as “The Robin”. At the beginning of the season I mentioned how “The Final Page” was my favorite episode on the whole series (ironically aired on my least favorite season) and seeing this callback made me cry, like seriously, I was on tears on the last three minutes, while watching how Barney started plotting “The Robin”, and it was even more affecting while hearing how Ted still had some lingering hope of eventually getting Robin.
My annoyance in this matter doesn’t make the episode less enjoyable, it just make it more serious, and the fact that they are cheering the loser team with so much passion hit the right comedy bits when things are getting too dense so one can have a few chuckles in middle of what it is very sad territory; at the beginning of the season I commented on how affecting is seeing Ted hopeless and hurt; last week when we saw him proposing to The Mother I was so happy to see that the happy ending is coming that it made it a little easier to watch how hopeless Ted felt in this episode, but it’s not less affecting.
And talking about rejection, Hammond Druthers comes back after so much time! Apparently he has messed up as an architect and wants to hire Ted. After being such a jerk to Ted in season 2 is sweet that we get to see Ted turning him down so multiple times and in so many ways during the episode; and even in the end Druthers tells Ted that the door is always open if he wants to take the job in Chicago. It’s a funny bit to the episode and now we know how Ted managed to choose Chicago as a place to live in the season 8 finale, because he had already a job secured.
Anyway, Marshall and Ted go back home, heartbroken as their team fared defeat and as Ted is about to tell Lily about Druthers’ call he sees Robin eating olives, which she used to hate; Ted was so convinced that Robin would never change his mind about anything that seeing this small change on Robin’s mind just makes a part of him believe again. So he goes down to the bar and he tells Marshall that there is always going to be something between him and Robin, that they are not platonic (“platon-ish, maybe”), that if it was 8 years ago he would be jumping on the cab to steal the French horn, but he believes that he is not in an urge anymore, if it is going to happen it will happen.
Seriously, this show and the actors on it need to win the emmys next year, because this season they are going out with a bang. They are bringing the big guns and they deliver. But even if the academy ignores this wonderful comedy, it will still shine brightly on our hearts.
-Barney: “And the only survivor was me. Because I was upstairs banging Ted’s mom”.
-Robin over the phone: “Did you give your number to a guy squeaking like a dolphin?”
Random girl: *giggling* “Yeah…”
Robin: “Honey listen to me, I need you to take a year. A full year and just be celibate. Ok? No boy, one years. I think you know I’m right about this”.
Random Girl: “You’re right…”
Scherbastky looking out for bimbos.
-Lily: “You can’t use the letter E”.
Barney: “CHALL-NG! ACC-PTTT-D!”
-Barney to The Mother: “If I just knew someone I could set you up with… No, I can’t think of anyone”.
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