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How I Met Your Mother: Moving Day

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 19th 2007 10:54PM
How I Met Your Mother(S02E18) And so the unraveling begins.

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...

More fun:

  • 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!"
Four more episodes left. Wonder if we're going to find out about the four main lovebirds this year or be made to wait until next year? Any guesses on how this season's going to conclude?

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Stevie

jols: i do! it's a tokidoki shirt - they're a really cute line of girly t-shirts (tho some of them are a little too "fan service" for me). they're logo is a heart and crossbones.

was it jimmy who said he liked it better when ted & robin weren't a couple? b/c i feel the exact opposite: when ted was single, the show revolved around him, and i thought he was awful. i also find it hard to believe he likes girls. even tho nph came out, i can watch him as a womanizer and it's funny, but when a show revolves around a guy who looks like a closet case trying to find his 'dream girl,' it annoys me somehow. i've enjoyed this season a lot more b/c being in a relationship takes him off center stage, and i've come to like him a lot more now that he's more off to the side.

March 22 2007 at 11:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
judi

I actually heard that the place on 46th shut down. I have deemed it because of the new Dave n Busters on 42nd, which I suppose more adults would go to.

Every time a friend suggests lazer tagging I roll my eyes, but then find myself enjoying it so much--except for the No Running/Swearing rules. I feel Barney's place wouldn't support such blasphemy.

oooh linkage: http://lazerpark.com/
how very sad. let's go play!!

March 22 2007 at 11:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jols

anybody know what the pink t-shirt that Robin was wearing was?

March 21 2007 at 8:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dorv

Senior: I have to disagree with you 100%. I love those in jokes, as long as they are subtle, and not a main part of the plot. As an example, if there was a flute lying around the appartment as a random prop, I would like that. Bones did an episode where they did an investigation at the Hyperion hotel, where Angel was based out of during the middle of its run. Veronica Mars is another show that puts in the little inside jokes quite well.

March 20 2007 at 11:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SenorWeird

I like that "go watch reality TV is an insult. It really is.

justin was right about it being "not at all" funny. Making obvious references to an actor and/or actress's past roles is never funny. It's not funny at all. It is a bad writer trying to evoke emotion from an audience because he or she is too shitty a writer to actually tell a joke.

I cringe whenever shows do that (unless, and this is almost never EVER the case, it is done in an amazingly witty way).

March 20 2007 at 9:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dorv

Akbar: Just giving you gruff, my friend :)

March 20 2007 at 9:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
justin

okay, i concede, too mean. but still not funny.

March 20 2007 at 8:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ryan

justin, that was pretty harsh. As keepitreal says, it's referencing her memorable role in the American Pie movies. No need to be that hostile. HIMYM stick together!

Anyways, I would've chuckled heartily, Craig.

March 20 2007 at 4:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
keepitreal

dave, the flute is funny because alyson hannigan played the role of a band geek in the american pie movies. you have to see the film to fully appreciate it, but thats the reference.

March 20 2007 at 3:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
justin

"How funny would it have been if Alyson Hannigan had a flute in her hand while sitting around naked?"

How's "not at all" work for you? go watch reality television or something.

March 20 2007 at 3:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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