Know what they call this in the ‘Couv? Barbeque weather!
I have been bagging on How I met Your Mother pretty hard lately, but tonight’s episode finally brought back the Good Stuff! Let me be clear, I bashed HIMYM about their rehashing of various plot lines, episodes and devices. But, tonight’s Disaster Averted managed to rehash in all the right ways, without feeling overdone. It brought back old favorites in a good way and left very little to feel irritated by.
1. Ted and his poor choices in boot-wear. Ted used to insist he could pull off those awful red cowboy boots. By comparison his pink rain boots were pretty funny, as was his reasoning. Pink boots are easier to see from rescue helicopters. Umm, ok. I will let it slide because it was a good sight gag.
2. The Ducky Tie Resolution! I KNEW there would come a time when Barney tried to weasel his way out of the Ducky Tie bet. I loved the superhero story he wove regarding why he had to get rid of the tie (saving a child from falling off a building, naturally) even if I did see the tie gag coming from a mile away. The best part of the gag, though, was….
3. Return of the Slap Bet! I know that we all felt as Marshall did, a little anxious about the fact that we were down to but one slap. Even though I was less than pleased by the last Slap Bet episode where he gives away a slap to either Robin or Ted on Thanksgiving, this Slap Bet storyline had lots going for it, including watching Marshall’s increasing desire to slap the crap out of Barney and Barney’s attempts to needle him into doing it so that he would be out of slaps and have to renegotiate for more slaps. The resolution was good, too, with the return of Lily acting as Slap Bet Commissioner. Additionally, the Slap Bet story brought us…
4. A good way to use Kal Penn’s character. I mean for MOST of the episode, he was there only to ask the questions that kept the ‘A’ Plot, the Hurricane Irene’ story moving forward. But his spot on analysis that Barney’s made up story was really about him not wanting to meet Nora’s parents in the Ducky tie was a nice way to add pressure to the Marshall / Barney standoff and ratchet up the final negotiations.
I also really liked the Hurricane Irene storyline. HIMYM has done a winter storm story before (and for the record, it is one of my favorite HIMYM eps, culminating in Auld Lang Syne played in an airport by a marching band) but this was different. The pace and writing of this episode kept it moving along. Ted being a nerd about weather preparedness was gold owing to all the riffs on the Boy Scout motto of “Be Prepared.” Even the inevitable Canada joke was pretty good (see blog title). Marshall’s Edgar Allen Poe was hilarious combined with the imaginary bear maulings. We even glossed over the parts that easily could have been really annoying, like Ted picking up a random chick in the hall and Robin needing attention from her father.
Anyway, if you TIVO’d it, it’s worth a watch! Now, I am just gonna type my favorite quotes.
Rescued kid: How can I thank you, mister?
Barney: Stay in school!
Robin: Prepared to spend lunch in his locker?
Marshall: Prepared to die a virgin?
Barney: Prepared to paint his sister’s nails?
Robin: This storm is nothin’! I’m from Vancouver. You know what they call this in the Couv? Barbeque weather.
Marshall: The Grim reaper beckons. I feel his icy grip ’round my throat. The breath of his hounds at me heels the unrelenting rat-tat-tat of his scythe on my chamber door. And you? With your blythe request you only hasten his inevitable triumph. Is that what you desire? Is that what you desire, Lily?
Lily: I just wanted you to get us some bagels.
Marshall: Nobody wakes up and says, ‘Today I’m going to star in a Youtube video.
Lily: You’ve said that at least a dozen times!
Barney: Are you gonna seize this slapportunity or are you going to let it slap through your fingers?
Barney: Le joux commence.
Marshall: Je m’appelle Marshall.
Ted: This is Maya. I just met her out in the hall. We have a lot in common, such as our mutual love of country music, NASCAR and Jeff Foxworthy, just go with it.
Ted: Therapisted! Shrinked? Shrunk? We’ll figure it out….
Barney (indicating Lily and Marshall’s baby): Ew! You made that in my bathroom?
Barney: I think I need to go home and reevaluate how I make life decisions.