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Urban HIMYMs: “Do I Know You?”–Whatcha doin? Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Posted by Yostal in Gen X&Y, How I Met Your Mother, Television, TV, TV shows, Urban HIMYMs, Yostal.
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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:

For the entire year, I’m going to stick with the ten things manner that we had last week.  Certainly, as a starting point for discussion.  (Warning, this is going to suck…)

And away we go…

1). Stella said yes!  Well done!  But that means that Ted is engaged, Lily is painting, Robin hates her job, Barney is rehabbed from his bus accident, and Marshall desperately needs gainful employment.

2). Marshall points out that Ted doesn’t really know anything about Stella, from the fact that he doesn’t know if she likes to cook to the surprising knowledge that she is a Mets fan.  Which makes her choking due to a peanut related allergy in the next scene much less surprising, truth be told.

3). Barney calls Lily because he’s caught feelings.  He thinks he loves Robin, and Lily, kindergarten teacher that she is, needs to help the slow kid through this.  Barney does not do well with it however.

4). So while playing “Firsts” Ted learns that Stella has never seen Star Wars, while I ponder how it was the first movie Ted ever saw, unless he was five and it was a rerelease right before Return of the Jedi came out, because Ted wasn’t even born when Star Wars was released.  Marshall is agog.  This cannot be.  Marshall argues that it the single most important test of their compatibility, Ted disagrees until they go back to the apartment and watch it.  That didn’t take long.

5). Lily did a headfake, she’s going to set up Barney on a “date” with Robin.  Barney realizes he’s going to need to be Ted like in his approach, which Lily approves of, since Ted hit that for over a year.

6). So Ted and Stella settle in to watch Episode IV, and she gets up to get a beer during the crawl, and Marshall, hiding behind the couch, disapproves.

5a). Barney and Robin’s date is going poorly, Barney’s trying too hard, he says the night is going to be deee—wait for it—-lightful.  Robin sets Barney up with some classic rejoinders, and Barney doesn’t take the bait.

6a). Stella is getting a little creeped out by the fact that Ted was watching her watch the movie.  Ted throws some Star Wars fun facts out while Stella tries to mack him (forgetting that George Lucas also owes some visual references to the British film The Dam Busters.

7). Barney ignores some truly magnificent cleavage, which is confusing the hell out of Robin.  Barney asks Robin to share something new, and she says that there is a new position opening up at a new cable news channel and she isn’t going to apply because she’s just the scary local newslady, but Barney makes her promise to apply.

6b). Ted and Marshall are not dealing well with the whole waiting it out thing, Stella texting them to tell them to stop watching them jackasses.

8). At last call, Robin and Barney are about to have a moment…and she steps away.

6c). Stella comes in and tells Ted she loves it, which makes Ted very happy, but Marshall knows better, he knows she hates it.  A conversation about some form of bear ensues (Wookies are more intelligent than they appear), but Marshall is most genuinely concerned about the fact that how can Stella lie to Ted about loving his favorite movie too, and she says she can, and Marshall appreciates that.

9). So Robin comes back and she brings with her the magnificently cleaved waitress, having set him up wingwoman style.  Barney, sadly, cannot use his mojo, or at least that’s what he tells Lily the next morning as April comes out in one of his shirts.  Lily tells Barney that he must choose between Robin and bimbos and Barney makes an epic declaratory statement about his love of bimbos, much to Lily’s chargin.  Turns out though, it is a defense mechanism, as we see Barney check out Robin on MetroNews1 one more time before the end of the show.

10). Chimichanga.

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 my fiancee 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, September 24, 2008

The scene early in the episode with Barney spilling everything at the bar about how funny Robin’s unfunny joke is with everyone giving him appropriate looks is great.

And we’re glad to have you back.

2. DougOLis - Thursday, September 25, 2008

The way Ted tells his kids about Stella’s answer has to mean that she’s not the mother right? Wouldn’t he say something like “your mother said?” It all seemed so nonchalant.

I loved Barney’s ant/root beer float delivery with the juggling of the hands.

Everyone says that they love a guy who can cook, but so far it has bagged me no one.

No Star Wars would be a deal breaker for me too.

Marshall popping up and scaring Stella was horribly obvious (I actually counted it down), but I’ll be damned if I didn’t laugh.

Nice to know that Robin herself is a connoisseur of the motorboat.

I heart Barney. That Bimbo speech was glorious.

3. CoachD - Thursday, September 25, 2008

Great to have the show and Urban HIMYMs back. This is season 4 and will we finally find out who said mother is or will they keep dragging this on? And if we find out who the mother is, will the show jump the shark? Lastly, what ever happened with the yellow umbrella?

I was disappointed NPH did not win the Emmy. Barney is such a classic character and this episode got to show-off his acting chops. Especially his whole “being in a relationship/sleeping around with bimbos” conclusion and being totally oblivious to the fact he can’t do both. Robin’s “Have you met Barney?” line was clutch and got me as I thought Barney was going to tell her. Cobie Smulders looked different…lost some weight maybe? longer/different hair?

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