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Urban HIMYMs: “Intervention”– We Need to Talk Tuesday, October 14, 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 at the end of last year.  Certainly, as a starting point for discussion.  (Warning, this is going to suck relative to my efforts at the start of this…)

Apologies for a lack of entry last week.  I <3 NJ was a fantastic episode, but with Parent-Teacher Conferences, I could not find time to do it.  If you’d like to make notes about it, please feel free to do so in the comments for this episode.

And away we go…

1). We get a cold open with the gang at McLaren’s discussing whether Barney’s latest effort to pick up a floozy will work.  Robin is skeptical, Marshall’s a believer, and Lily just hopes it doesn’t work.  Barney dressed in full old man makeup (really well done effort) pretends to be from the future and tries to convince Cindy at the bar that she needs to sleep with the younger him.  It’s really well done.  We find out that the gang is having trouble packing up the apartment, well, except Robin who could have packed in 20 minutes if Marshall hadn’t called her sobbing.  Ted proposes a toast to the end of an era.  Meanwhile, “young” Barney walks in and Cindy KNOWS its him.  The gang is disgusted that it worked, well, except for Marshall, he’s proud of Barney’s game.

2). Ted finds a photo from the first day they moved in, but Robin’s lack of sentimentality is still present.  The girls explain to Ted that Stella’s not going to let him keep his stuff, because it’s stupid.  (I hope this isn’t true, I have awesome stuff.)  Marshall asks Ted for his half of the security deposit back since most of the problems, like the missing drywall from the Encyclopedia incident, or Ted’s accidental slamming into the cross beam with his Renassiance flail, or, any damage that Robin did when she was his girlfriend.

3). This next sequence deserves its own number.  Robin apparently one night downed a twelver of Molson, and got “Super Canadian”.  We see Robin, wearing an era-appropriate home Vancouver Canucks Roberto Luongo jersey, reliving Game 6 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals, a 4-1 victory by the Canucks over the Rangers, a reference to Tim Horton’s, and summerteeth, and Lily and Robin dropping the gloves, which Ted breaks up to Barney’s drywall punching dismay.  It was probably one of my favorite moments in the history of ther show.

4). To learn the story of Barney causing the scorchmark over the fireplace, we need to understand that the gang decided that interventions are a good thing.  They intervene about Marshall’s ridiculous Cat in the Hat chapeau (the music is perfect for it, as is Robin’s Seussian poem), Lily’s British accent (which is really terrible, I mean, even mine is better, and mine is horrible), Robin’s addiction to spray tanning, and in the rare comedic quad, Barney’s magic tricks, particularly the ones involving fire, which caused the scorchmark over the fireplace, when the INTERVENTION banner burned up.

5). But Ted discovered a new intervention banner, and sealed letters and realizes that it was slated for him.  After running through the Crocs, or his product, Marshall lets it slip, it was about Stella.  The gang (sans Barney) points out that they don’t feel that way anymore, but Ted says it clearly was serious, since they agreed to scale back their interventions at their intervention intervention.  As they’re about to break it down, a gloating Barney comes in reveling in his success, and pointing out that none of them thought it would work, even his shrink.  When Barney finds out that the Stella intervention is back on, and he revels a letter he’s been carrying around with him, and though he accidentally put the flame cue too early, Barney feels that the world of new 22 year olds out there getting dumber by the year.

6). Marshall points out to Barney that even he will not be hooking up with 22 year olds when he’s 80, which Barney intreprets as a challenge by Marshall to hook up with a 22 year old while in his old man makeup.  Marshall claims he said no such thing, but he does want to see it.  But back to the intervention, Ted wants to hear the rest of the letters, to the gang’s protestation.  Lily finds out that she accidentally sent the intervention letter home with Gilbert, one of her kindergarteners.  Robin’s is a rerun of her letter from Ted’s pronunciation intervention, since anything she would say as his ex-girlfriend would just be catty, plus, she’s hotter than Stella.  (Which is like the difference between being rated #1 and #2 in the BCS standings.  It doesn’t matter which one is which, you’re both in the final game.  Sarah and Cobie are both beautiful, and that’s all that really matters in this case.)  Marshall’s letter is on point, concerned about the speed with which his relationship with Stella has moved, particularly given that she has a seven year old.  (I mean, she’s going to be the deputy mayor starting in June, how could you not like her?!?)

7). Ted takes the advice to heart, he realizes that Stella may not like his stuff, including his signed Bernie Kosar cleats (Ted’s a Browns fan, which is again, a nice reset) and he made his choice, he’s not moving to Jersey!  He’s staying in the apartment, forever!.

8).  Lily asks Ted to stop unpacking, but Ted theorizes that if he moves to the suburbs, he immediately becomes an old man…cut to montage of Barney in the old man makeup trying to pick up 22 year olds with limited success.  The gang tries to stage an intervention on their intervention.  Marshall tries to talk Ted down, he asks for the knife from Ted…because he’s going to use it to unpack the other boxes.  Marshall makes a case that their lives have been good here, they don’t need to move!  Robin scorns Marshall for not wanting to move on, and lists the problems of the new apartment, but in doing so talks Lily into staying, going to bake cookies for R2-Sweet tooth.  Robin then snaps, she doesn’t want to leave for a place where she doesn’t know anyone and doesn’t have any good pictures of the gang.

9). The gang gets down to McLarens to see “old” Barney sucking face with a 22 year old, which causes an epiphany in Ted.  We’re going to get older no matter what, so the question is whether or not to get on with their lives or cling to the past.  We learn that Barney’s 22 year old is French, which Marshall and Lily claim doesn’t count.  Ted is ready to move on, but he has a plan.  They’ll put away $10 a week for the next year and they will come back to their booth (which Ted hilariously shoos away a couple from) to buy the $2500 bottle of scotch and celebrates one hell of a year, which is exactly what they do, except they realize that $2500 scotch tastes like $10 scotch.

10). The gang holds one last intervention for Barney’s new love of the old man makeup.

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. KeiferNandez - Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Worth noting that the sharing of the scotch was a reveal – since as they are drinking it they talked about moving the party back up to the apartment, most likely indicating that they never left, and that Stella is not “your mother”.

2. DougOLis - Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Previous episode:
Loved the triple at the beginning with Ted “having to make a New Jersey.” I might use that one from now on.

Stella using “Boom goes the dynamite” gets a huge +1

I’ve started noticing quite a few similarities between HIMYM and the British version of Coupling. Marshall and Steve both seem to have frequent epic speech/rants, Barney and Jeff often have some sort of word of the episode, both Barney and Patrick took a challenge on trying to sleep with a lesbian (and others), and the Barney/Robin dynamic is quite similar to Patrick/Sally. Maybe it’s all just a coincidence but I wonder if the writers are fans of Coupling.

This episode:
Barney from the future was awesome. No way it actually works in real life but it was still awesome.

Is it actually “pay”dia like Ted thinks or is it “peedia?”

Robin’s “Cat in the Hat” rhyme was pretty funny

It’s good that finally got to find out what the group thinks of Stella (even if it was pretty short). And I agree with Cobie, she is hotter (not that Sarah Chalke is ugly or anything).

I was relieved to see that Wendy was still there a year later, but as KeiferNandez pointed out, you forgot about the big telling point at the end. Some of them are living back up above the bar again. What happened? I guess it wasn’t a huge tell since we knew Ted would be back there again because he still had the Goat story to tell on his next birthday, but why?

3. Yostal - Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Well, we need to look at the fact that we know that Robin is living at the apartment on Ted’s 31st birthday, so it wasn’t that big a reveal, but yes, there is more.

I also thought that there was something to the fact that Barney and Robin looked a little chummy in that last scene, but that could be me projecting.

4. JB* - Saturday, October 18, 2008

Agreed – Robin/Barney seemed close but not obviously close.

Lily did not drink, though… and Ted did not have a ring on which they kept fairly clearly covered but for two quick shots, since he had his hand behind the little desktop card.

I would be crushed to discover that $2,500 scotch tasted like $10 scotch.

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