How I Met Your Mother: Sandcastles in the Sand - VIDEOS
But all of it was a ruse. A week-long ruse to distract us from realizing what was really going to happen in this episode. Since I don't want to spoil it for anyone, come with me to the after-jump portion of our review and then we can talk.
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Holy living crap! Barney and Robin finally hooked up!
We knew this was coming... kinda. There were always signs that the two of them had some sort of attraction to each other. Barney's advances, as you'd expect, were obvious. But you saw Robin briefly consider going with Barn as recently as a couple of weeks ago, when he whispered in her ear and she giggled a 'no' when asked if it affected her (Robin giggles when she lies). And, the two of them had shared that certain alpha-male temperament. So, this was inevitable. But... not this week, and not how it happened.
Yes, we've seen a sympathetic Barney before. And calling Robin the second most awesome person he's ever known (besides the person in the mirror) is one of the most sympathetic things I've ever heard Barney say. But when they go back to Robin's place and he nervously asked if he could "put it in," we all knew he was talking about the video. So even that obvious gag was a diversion, because after they watched "Sandcastles in the Sand" over and over, making jokes about how it could be a tampon commercial if it was recut properly, all of a sudden, they're all over each other. And all seems right with the universe. Nice job, Carter and Craig>
The rest of the episode had its moments, but it was only OK. I get the concept of "Revertigo," even if Ted doesn't accept the catchy name Marshall gave it. I mean, I act like a dopey college kid when I see my college friends, so it's not like the idea isn't universal. The funniest case of revertigo was Lily's; she talks street when she's around her friend Michelle. The funny thing is, Michelle, who's in the middle of her dissertation at Columbia, also has revertigo, as Lily brings the "you go, girlfriend" out of her too. Who knew?
Van Der Beek plays a pretty good loser, doesn't he? Balding, chubby, really into his band and water slide job (which Marshall would have envied if the park had a wave pool). It was odd to see Robin, the gal who seems to have her act together most of the time, melt in the presence of this goober. But it was also pretty funny, especially when she was twirling her hair and acting all silly in his presence. She even lugged all his instruments back to that crappy wood-paneled van, just like she did in the nineties. But she lost out Louise Marsh again... there's no way she can get a "Jacuzze" in that apartment; it's just too small.
More fun stuff:
- Robin playing Simon's song "Murder Train" over the Puppy Corner segment. At least it led to more adoptions...
- M&L taking the role of Robin's parents, complete with Robin threatening to "go all the way" with Simon.
- The series of Canadian jokes, most of which we didn't hear because Old Ted fast-forwarded through most of them. Barney asking "did you give him the 'O, Canada' face?" is the Best Barneyism of the week.
- Though Lily's line that "he's not that Inuit" was probably the best one.
- Simon's band was named The Foreskins... because there are four of them and they play shirtless. It was a very groinal night on CBS, by the way; I heard the word "balls" twice within the span of three minutes as Two and a Half Men ended and Rules of Engagement started.
- "He's red province! He's from the deep North!" God, I love this show's Canada jokes.
- Since Cobie Smulders is from Vancouver, her cartoonish Canadian accent from her youth sounds believable. Van Der Beek, who was born in Connecticut, sounded like a bad version of the McKenzie Brothers.
- "Summer in Canada is like the last week of July," according to Robin. It leads to a lot of short relationships.
Of course, we can go over the video -- Robin Sparkles' "big artistic follow-up" to "Let's Go to the Mall" -- but that might be a whole post by itself, between the reference to traveling the world from "Alberta to Ontario" to the fact that it was the "best week and a half of my life." It was the funniest part of the episode, but in light of what happened at the end, seems pretty insignificant now.
Like I said, it wasn't a great episode, but the story advancement was significant enough that it deserves a pass from HIMYM fans. So, what do you folks think? Do Robin and Barney have a future together? Let me know in the comments.
|Eh. It'll be another one of Barn's one night stands||171 (14.1%)|
|They're great together and they're going to be together for awhile.||719 (59.3%)|
|I don't care, as long as she doesn't get back together with Ted.||323 (26.6%)|
Sandcastles in the Sand