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Urban HIMYMs: “The Best Burger in New York”–The Green Door Tuesday, September 30, 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). Barney’s company bought out Goliath National Bank, eerily presaging the events of the actual September 29, 2008.  Marshall’s interview failures lead to a great comedic triple and a solid comedic foreshadow.

2). Robin’s starving and wants a burger from the new cook at McLaren’s.  A very real moment about disagreeing over where to eat in a group ensues.  Barney gets off a great comedic triple about “weird meats, funny music, side of rice” and Chinese, Indian, and Mexican food while Robin continues to starve.

3). I enjoy that it still took an hour to decide to eat there, and yes, they are darn good burgers.  Lily, Ted, and Barney are thrilled, but Marshall doesn’t believe it, for he has had the best burger in New York.  Eight years earlier, on Marshall’s first big venture out into the big city.  A tiny little burger joint behind a green door with a neon sign.  It’s amazing!  And when he comes back, Ted’s bopping on the head with an aluminum bat does not dampen his spirits.  Barney continues to upsell Goliath National Bank.  A helpful stranger tries to assist Marshall in his quest, but Marshall is just not buying it.  He’s dripping with sarcasm which is kind of unwarranted.

4). Marshall then runs down the list of places that aren’t it, with Regis’  picture looking down upon them on each one.  There was that one time when Barney relates that Regis works out at his gym, and it turns out that he’s been looking for that burger to.  Regis nearly strangles Barney, leading to NPH’s Regis impression, and demands that if they ever find it, they call him.  Robin points out that she knows the exact place they’re looking for, which does have the unfortunate consequence of not letting her eat her burger when it finally arrives at the table.

5). The gang piles into the cab, and Barney continues the hard sell on GNB, but Lily is not buying.  The gang remembers they need to call Regis, and he’s in the middle of taping Million Dollar Heads or Tails, which Geoff, Jennifer, and I all agree that we would watch.  Green door, red neon sign, and it looks like the right place.  Once more Robin has been left in the lurch, and yeah, again, the gang waxes rhapsodic about this burger, Barney gets his Terrence Trent D’Arby on, and Marshall says, nope, it’s not it.  Ted counters that maybe that his expectations are off, but Marshall then relates the joy of this burger in the lofty terms usually reserved for a religious experience as the smiling visage of Regis Philbin looks over him. And I REALLY want a burger right now.  Lily’s not happy because Marshall got their wedding vows off the internet.

6). Robin then begins to believe that this about more than just a burger and it turns out that Marshall’s having a disturbing increase in his underpants radius.  It’s just sad, really.  Marshall’s current underpants radius is…vegetarian restaurants.  Ted tries to encourage Lily and Barney does so through song, or in this case…jingle.  Lily recommits to the task at hand.  Robin’s burger arrives but they learn that the place is actually uptown.  Regis calls back and is not happy because he’s not in the right place.

7). They arrive and a slightly off key instrumental version of “Lies” by Arcade Fire (or one not wanting to pay copyright fees) plays in the background.  Marshall knows this is the right place.  There’s the erotic bookstore.  The burger place is waiting for him just around the corner where he discovers its….a Goliath National Bank ATM.  Pity that.

8).  Robin is now losing her mind.  She wants to eat at the ATM, and Lily starts hitting Barney and then begins to loudly and publicly denounce GNB, which is bad news, because Marshall took a job with them the other day.  Marshall tries to explain that he’s going to be working there with Barney, although Barney doesn’t think he’ll have access to the floor he works on.  Robin’s garbage picking food because she really needs something to eat, while Lily tells Marshall she’s sorry he didn’t get it.  Marshall sees that burger as representing closure on his younger days, while Robin licks a GNB envelope for sustinance.  The hype man for the erotic bookstore tells them the place just moved, and he’ll tell them where it is for $100.  Thank goodness for ATMs.

9). Marshall gets to the place, tastes the burger, and yes, this is, indeed, the place.  It closes a chapter on his life, one without pants.  He can move forward now without shame and with pants.

10). The gang once again relates the sheer joy of the burger, but Regis claims this isn’t it.  As he walks away to the protestations of the gang, he decides instead, yes, it is!  This is the burger!

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. DougOLis - Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I found all the Goliath National Bank stuff to be quite awkward right now.

Ted calling Barney “last pick in the draft” was a nice touch, but Mr. Irrelevant would have been a homerun.

Mmmm, meat Christmas. That sounds like something I would enjoy.

Why does Barney want his ass sewn shut after eating the burger? What’s the joke there?

“Name 2 places where things get stuffed” – +1 Swarley

Intense muscle bound Regis = good

Marshall’s burger speech was quite reminiscent of Steve’s many speeches on Coupling (British version).

Do you think Robin was instructed to start licking the envelopes in the background or was it spontaneous by Cobie?

In his speech Marshall said something about a sesame seed covered bun, but the one at the end didn’t have sesame seeds on it.

2. lex - Wednesday, October 1, 2008

“Why does Barney want his ass sewn shut after eating the burger? What’s the joke there?”

it means that the burgers tasted so good that he didnt want to let it out.. =)

“Do you think Robin was instructed to start licking the envelopes in the background or was it spontaneous by Cobie?”

i think its scripted.. shes really hungry that she will “eat your hand!” haha..

nice episode, this is the barney i wanna see! not the lovelorn barney in the last ep.. bah…

3. Rob I. - Wednesday, October 1, 2008


4. Peter Cavan - Wednesday, October 1, 2008

I liked Barney’s quick Regis impression at the gym, when Regis was assaulting him. I also appreciated the rundown of real NY burger joints. While the settings weren’t that close to what the places actually look like (and I’ve been to a few of them) they got the names right. And McHale’s (mentioned in the opening) was not only a great dive bar, but they served one of my favorite burgers in NY. I still miss that place.

Mostly, I felt bad for Robin. The poor girl was starving! Couldn’t someone just let her eat? The comedic tension of making her suffer was great.

5. CoachD - Friday, October 3, 2008

Did anyone notice how short The Reege is next to Jason Segel?
As an aside, maybe a future column idea is how CBS is intent on surrounding HIMYM with sub-par sitcoms. “The Class” just stank…”The Big Bang” isn’t much better but at least made it to a 2nd season…don’t even get me started about how 2.5 men was nominated for best sitcom and HIMYM wasn’t (although my favorite German beer is used in it)…and Worst Week is more like the worst show ever.

6. Nel G. - Wednesday, January 28, 2009

can anyone figure out the name of the song playing at the end, when marshall finally gets to eat the burger he’s been searching for?

7. juliana - Thursday, January 19, 2012

where is the burger place they finally go to at the end???

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