How I Met Your Mother: Moving Day
We knew Robin liked to sneak a ciggie every so often. We also knew she was a gun nut (but the subscription to Guns & Ammo seems to make her extra sexy, doesn't it?), but who knew she was a Felix Unger-y fussbudget? Boy, every time I heard inhale through her teeth at something her new roomie, Ted, did, I knew the episode was going to end the way it did. In fact, the outcome wasn't that big of a surprise from the start, given the way we likely think their relationship is going to end.
But what I didn't expect was how Barney-centric this episode was going to be. And how I haven't seemed to gotten sick of ol' Barn yet. In fact, he was the key to this very funny episode.
We all knew that Barney wasn't going to let his best friend Ted move in with Robin without a fight. But the way he went about it was brilliant. No, not the quiz from "Old Yellow Legal Pad Magazine," as Robin called it. It was the stealing of Ted's stuff. "Put on the suit!" he -- or someone who looks just like him but hears that Barney is awesome -- tells Ted on the phone. That whole phone call was a nice takeoff on ransom-demand calls that we've seen on TV and in movies through the years. He just wants Ted to have single-guy fun before he becomes "henpecked." But here's what I want to know: when was Laser Tag ever awesome? 1984... maybe? I love the fact that Barn lets the 11-year-old nerd in him come out every so often, but is there even a Laser Tag place in New York? Maybe it's in the basement of a comic book store...
But Barney was just full of good lines this week, so I'm just going to give the entire episode my weekly Best Barneyism award. Though Neil Patrick Harris did do a nice conceptual Letterman impression when he did his "Top Ten Names I Would Have Given My Place if Ted Had Let Me Keep the Truck." My favorite was "18 Squealer." Other fun Barneyisms: the 25-minute "Getting Lucky" timer he had to beat when he took a girl from the bar to his place, when anything could go wrong (and did...); how he set up a bachelor pad in the back of the moving van, using all of Ted's crap; how he tossed the number that Ted got for him (the strongman competition looked old because "the TV is old..." smooth) because the girl was going to be in church the next day. But the best part was when he made complete sense, telling Ted what he knew already: that he doesn't want to move and Robin doesn't want him to move in. It was the most sense Barn has made during the entire run of the series, and, for once, Ted listened to him.
So why do I think it's the beginning of the unraveling? Pretty simple; we're finding out more and more that Robin and Ted are two completely different people who seem to have good romantic chemistry but are doomed as anything more serious than boyfriend and girlfriend. So they both felt they weren't ready and acted too soon... so what? What happens when they try to move in again? The same problems are going to crop up. So, as far as I can see, this is the beginning of the end for the two of them. Of course, I'm a cynic, so maybe I'm just biased...
- I love how Marshall and Lily find out pretty quickly -- remember, this episode took place during a single day -- how dependent they were on Ted... for everything. Microwaves. Shopping. Towels (Marshall coming out of the shower covered in wet TP was a sight to see). When Ted came home, the two of them wrapped themselves around them like the tree Marshall talked about, the one that wraps itself around another tree and lives off of it. "This feels so right!" said Marshall lovingly.
- Of course, Marshall forgetting the TP later was a nice call-back to the earlier joke. And, I can't imagine a law student doesn't know the past-tense to "provide" ("provode" is funny, though).
- By the way, what does this say about Marshall and Lily's impending marriage if they can't make it for half a day without Ted around? Of course, Marshall thought of that, saying that the two of them should marry Ted if necessary. "I don't think my father would pay for that ceremony," said Lily, not thinking of any other reason why that wouldn't work.
- I've never seen two people look more unsexy naked. And the fact that one of them was Alyson Hannigan made that even more of a shame. I guess sitting around naked isn't all that much fun.
- The loud sex thing didn't work well either. But wasn't it pretty low when Lily said to Marshall, "at least I was stating the truth?" (He'd keep saying "I'm the best!" while Lily kept saying "Ted's moved out!"