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Urban HIMYMs: “The Goat” — A New Decade Wednesday, April 30, 2008

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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to my season’s worth of recaps for How I Met Your Mother. Welcome, once more, to Urban HIMYMs.

So here’s the deal:

I’m going to stick with the ten things manner that we had last week.  Certainly, as a starting point for discussion.

And away we go…

1). There has to be a morning after.  Barney and Robin realize that they’re in a difficult spot, a spot which we’ll call Ted.  The duo agree that it never happened.  The ensuing evening at the bar proves far more difficult for Barney than for Robin, as Barney overreacts to everything said, and Robin actually manages to pretend it never happened.  Ted doesn’t make it any easier for the duo.

2). Marshall will not be Barney’s butler, even as he looks for a new job.  But Barney needs a lawyer and Marshall is desperate.  Marshall: “So I’m reading this and I have to say, I think this may be a little bit over my head.  For one thing, I’m fairly certain that if these contracts aren’t executed precisely, we’ll be at war with Portugal.”  Barney says this is a Tuesday for him, before shredding it in his new power shredder, complete with awesome noise.  Barney’s office is full of crap from SkyMall, it’s where he shops when he’s upset.  (The Yostess particularly enjoyed the Successories poster with “AWESOMENESS” on it.)

Not even a toasted hot dog bun can make Marshall feel better upon hearing the secret.  Then again, knowing what they did to the drinking water in Lisbon would do that to anyone.

3). Wait, the hot dog is helping.  But Marshall finding out that he can’t tell anyone because of attorney-client privilege.  I think Marshall just got reverse lawyered there.  But Marshall is confused as to how he can help, unless Barney broke a state or federal law.  But now, for you see, Barney broke a much higher law, he violated “The BroCode.”  (They’re like Ferengi Rules of Acquisition…)

BroCode Article 1: Bros before hos.
BroCode Article 29: A Bro will, in a timely manner, alert his Bro to the existence of a girl fight.
BroCode Article 34: Bros cannot make eye contact during a “Devil’s Threeway”.
BroCode Article 53: A Bro will, whenever possible, provide his bro with protection.
BroCode Article 87: A Bro shall, at all times, say yes.
BroCode Article 89: The mom of a bro is always off limits, BUT the stepmom of a bro is fair game IF she initiates it and/or she is wearing at least two pieces of leopard print clothing.
Unspecificed: No Sex with your Bro’s Ex

4). The glorious history of the BroCode.  The year was 1776, the place, Philadelphia.  Ben Franklin and George Washington are having a drink when Franklin pointed out that he calleth dibs on that wench, but Washington codpiece blocked him.  Washington finds this to be no big thing, there’s no rule against it.  Franklin says that there should be, a set of rules about the way in which bros comport themselves among other bros.  Washington is in agreement, but wonders who will write such a document, since he has to go to Me, DC and pose for the dollar bill.  (Letting it go….letting it go…)  Franklin’s busy with some kite flying or something.  A man, strangely resembling NPH, steps into the void and says he shall write the document, and place it on the back of the Constitution, to save paper…(Letting it go, letting it go…)  Barnabus Stinston was that man, and he was the originator or Article 34, causing a mild look of shame to come over the faces of Washington and Franklin.  I like the pop history there, but the date confusion reminded me all too much of reading essays that do not understand the time line.

5). Marshall wonders what he can do for Barney.  Barney needs him to find a loophole, somewhere.  And the North Koreans will pay Marshall for this.  Barney will just be shredding his paperwork.  Meanwhile, Lily’s kindergarten class welcomes a drunk farmer and his goat.  The goat stays in the picture.  Even if Elder Ted keeps getting ahead of himself.  Robin and Marshall have vast knowledge of goat fecal matter.

6). Marshall comes back with some bad news, the BroCode is iron clad, there’s no loophole.  Barney is getting worried, he can’t keep buying things: He now has six self-cleaning litter boxes, and no children.  OK, if there’s not a loophole, it has to be that Ted has broken it at some point, which Marshall had already thought of.  It turns out, apparently, Ted’s been a pretty strict adherent to the BroCode, even if he didn’t know it.  Double use of the rule of three, and wonderful use of comedy gopher grabber.

7). April 25, 2008: The Day of the Goat (also Ted’s 30th Birthday).  (A side note: This makes Ted exactly one day younger than my college roommate and Michigan football partner in crime Dave.)  Barney is picking up Ted in a limo, Lily’s got a party, complete with a spoken of, but unseen Stella, and a goat in a party hat rocking on the roof.  One gets the feeling that the more this story progresses, we can see why goats are often associated with the Dark Lord.  Barney and Ted leave the city in the limo, they’re heading to Vegas.

8). Barney’s going all out for Ted’s 30th, including two ringside seats to see Floyd Mayweather go ten rounds with a grizzly bear.  Ted just wants to head back to the real party, but Barney has something to tell him and wants him to be in the best possible mood.  Ted says “You slept with Robin”, which brings the limo to a screaming halt as Ranjit rolls down the divider to express his disapproval with Barney.  Turns out Robin spilled earlier in the week.  (Props to Cobie for the emotional outpouring of expression there.  She sells it amazingly well.)  Ted’s not mad.  He’s pretty collected about it.  He’s got a lot of rational reasons for being OK with it.  But, wait, no, no, no…Ted is PISSED!  Back at the party, Lily asks about the coupling.

9). Back in the limo, Ted is unloading on Barney is a way that we’ve never seen, being encouraged to hit him and going for a groin shot for his one free shot.  Ted’s mostly upset that, for all the bad things he’s seen Barney do, he always thought that he was the line.  Ted realizes that maybe Barney belongs in the box of stuff he doesn’t have any use for anymore.  He’s done, they’re done being friends.  Ted heads back to his party on the roof, Barney’s just shocked.

10). So last week was surprising, but somehow you figured it was coming.  This week’s coda, however, finding out that the goat incident was the 31st birthday leaves me with many questions: Was the goat there at any point in this story?  Is the goat there for a whole calendar year?  Why is Robin living at the apartment on the 31st birthday?  Does the 31st birthday signal that we have a renewal?

This was a rough but real episode in my mind.  If they’re a real “urban family”, then Barney’s violation of Ted’s trust is understandable.  Ted can forgive Robin because Robin was in an emotionally vulnerable place, and she owned up to it to Ted first.  But Barney is a different case.  I’m glad that they just didn’t sweep that under the rug, but it will be interesting to see how things play out as we end the season.

So gang, please, take it away in the comments, and enjoy.

Once again, I’d like to thank my pal Geoff (aka The Bad One) for his witty and insightful comments as I worked on this. And Jennifer (aka The Yostess) for putting up with me doing this.

So, that’s all I have for this week’s edition of Urban HIMYMs. With that, this is Yostal reminding you to just chill, ‘til the next episode.



1. Rockabye - Wednesday, April 30, 2008

On a sort-of related note, NPH was on an older episode of Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me that I just got around to listening to last night; he’s one of the better guests they’ve had recently.

2. DougOLis - Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I’m conflicted by this episode. There were some great funny moments and I completely understand Ted being upset, but I ended up feeling bad for Barney in the end because Ted went off like a giant douchebag (see Buzz Bissinger). Who hits another man in the jumblies? Not cool Ted.

Things I loved about the episode:
The very good/best friend line while in bed. So self aware and brutally honest.
Barney saying “guess who nailed the Metro News 1 chick” and giving Robin a high five.
The Dramatic Goat
Barney’s look after Robin says “I’m good” in the bar.
Ted providing the condoms and taking Barney’s credit card
My reaction at the end of the episode: “Fuck you Bob Saget! This isn’t fucking Lost.”

3. The Bad One - Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I don’t understand why Barney has his shell corporation headquartered in Pyongyang. US trade restrictions for dealing with North Korea are a bitch and a half. Vanuatu would be a lot more convenient and almost as fun to say.

4. Ivan - Thursday, May 1, 2008

I thought everyone had brocodes? I just thought it was funny hearing them on the show. I’ve never heard the term brocode before though, mancode or just unwritten rules to life are what i’ve heard.
I have many of the same questions, why is Robin there in a year? Where was Stella? Is it renewed? Is this really the end of Barney (i don’t think it can be, he makes the show)?
Although i agree you never punch another man in the nuts, he did break rule number 1a for me and he needed some horrible retribution.
And i just now got how they fucked up the timeline in the second instance, wow its been a while since AP american. You’d think that they would have someone on the staff that knows that…

5. JB* - Thursday, May 1, 2008

Remember too – it was Barney’s story. Accuracy is not always important in those.

And it does not spell the end of him on the show – “Uncle Barney” has been referred to by Bob Saget in the future.

6. Ameth - Wednesday, May 7, 2008

hey is there anyone knows that on episode 17(the goat) playing music while ted and barney was debating on limo?

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