Thursday, February 6, 2014

February - HIMYM Season 9 Episodes 14-17

Here's a brief recap of the last few episodes that have aired since the new year.

09.14 Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment in Slapmararra
17 hours before the wedding

We are getting much closer to the wedding. Just a few more episodes left!

Marshall tells Barney that in order to prepare for this next slap, he (Marshall) went to Shang Hai for a year to find slap masters and to master the technique that would make the slap over the top. He tells a story that some have conceived as racist (in articles I've seen on the internet.)
Something about a slap of a thousand exploding suns
"I have much gold"
Three masters of slapistry: Speed (Red Bird aka Robin), strength (White Flower aka Lily), and accuracy (The Calligrapher aka Ted)
Slap of a million exploding suns
Marshall informs Barney that the slap will happen below a willow tree, next to four women, and a tiger
Red Bird tells Marshall to slap a tree: The Fabled Slapping Tree of Gong Xing Forest
White Flower lives atop Slap Mountain which is shaped like a hand.
The Calligrapher lives in....Cleveland
Guest starring Boys 2 Men singing the You Just Got Slapped song

09.15 Unpause

In this episode, we finally find out what Barney's job is. (haha puh-lease)
Also, we see the birth of Ted's second child set in the Farhampton Inn 2017
Marshall attempts to postpone the big fight with Lily by feeding everybody drinks so that they wouldn't have to go back to their rooms.
16 hours before the wedding

Embarrassing souvenirs taken from Ted's childhood home
Barney gets Jabba drunk
Next level of drunkeness = truth serum drunk
Marshall has to "bang your wife for as long as you possibly can"
-Ted: What did you do to my mom? 
 Barney: I got thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double (what does that mean?)
-Robin: You walked into the bar wearing triple xray goggles
 Barney: Goggles didn't work
-Robin: Ring bear vs bearer
 Barney: bearer
-Barney: 6 and 3/64th inches
-Ted: Doves magic trick
 Barney: special dehydrated birds from China Town
-Marshall: Performance enhancement drugs?
 Barney: Here
-Ted: how much a year do you spend on suits
 Barney: one crapload. Also, Robin is massively wealthy. Worth 6 thousand craploads (Canadian craploads)
-Other answers: In one night, four. In one family, three. Yes, but not while she was secretary of state. Yes, but now while SHE was secretary of state. Just once, with a French male model (something about being lonely) only time to split a cab. Had sex in Ted's bed 14 times.
-Ted: What do you do for a living?
Barney: haha puh-lease
Ted: Tell us more about this job
Barney: Provide Legal Exculpation And Sign Everything. P.L.E.A.S.E.
 It means just sign stuff and we'll pay you 16 craploads a year
He also tells them that that he was working with the Fed

Meanwhile, Lily and Marshall fight
Lily: You went behind my back and (something something). That is worse than anything I've ever done to you
Marshall: You broke up with me and moved to San Francisco

Ted asks if Barney is okay with marrying Robin the next day. He says he now feels healed.
Lily runs out and gets into someone's car

Ted tells us that his kids' names are Penny and Luke

09.16 How Your Mother Met Me
In this episode, we look at big parts of Ted's life from the prospective of the Mother

Opening Title Sequence: Pictures of the Mother and her friends
September 2005: Barney says "have you met Ted?" And The Mother's best friend walks by them and gets a cab to go to the MacLaren's Pub on the East Side. Also the night of her 25th birthday. She's dating Max who gives her perfect presents. She picks up a call from him and finds out that he had died. She goes back to her apartment to see a box with a ukulele. "So your breakfast doesn't sing a cappella."

April 2008: St. Patrick's Day. She brings her yellow umbrella and goes to a club. She bumps into Mitch (the "naked-man" guy.) She offers her cello to him for the kids that he's teaching orchestra to. Naked man doesn't work...only works 2/3 times. She tells him that her goal in life is to "end poverty." She runs back to get her umbrella but it had closed and the next day, someone had stolen it.

September 2009: She tells Rachel Bilson's character (I looked it up, her name is Cindy) why she's taking economics. And that each person only gets one and she already got her one. Cindy says after "one" comes the "next one." And Ted walks in. She thinks she's in the wrong class and rushes out. Ted rushes right by her.

January 2010: Ted is in Cindy's room and notice the three things that belong to the mother. He also sees her heel and returns the yellow umbrella. Cindy talks about how Ted loved everything about the mother. And the mother mentions her calligraphy set, her coin collection, her chain mail corset from the Renaissance fair. Cindy kisses her after complimenting her

We see the Mother meet Darren who claims to be a fan of her band Super Freaconomics. Even better than Radio Hedgefund.

April 2012: The Mother meets Louis. He says "last time I was here, I thought this place was called Puzzles." The mother figures out the meaning behind the name. She leaves, Ted shows up wearing a green dress.
 She starts dating Louis and it shows her singing with her breakfast English Muffin.

Day before the wedding: The Mother sees the "Bass Player Wanted" ad. She talks to Lily some more and steals Darren's van. and picks up Marshall. She buys Ted a drink. Louis proposes to her, she goes outside to talk to Max, says good bye, rejects the proposal and gets a room at the Farhampton Inn where the concierge gives her a "perfect" room. Room #6
 She takes out her ukulele then goes out on the balcony and plays La Vie En Rose while Ted listens from the balcony right next door.
"Kids, I've heard your mom's rendition of La Vie En Rose many times over the years but that one will always be my favorite."
Ted goes inside and discovers Barney missing.

That ending makes this one of my favorite episodes of the show

09.17 Sunrise
13 hours before the wedding

Robin and Ted search for Barney and discuss Ted's exes.
Barney pick up two young men and impart his "knowledge" onto them. Giving them a napkin with all the plays from The Playbook before leaving them.
Ted's top 5 best exes:
5. Stella
4. Zoey
3. The Slutty Pumpkin
2. Marshall that one time you guys pretended to be a couple when Barney was trying to sell the apartment
1. Victoria

Ted tells Robin that he and Victoria broke up after she left Klaus because she didn't want Ted to be friends with Robin anymore.

Throughout the episode, we see Barney talking to the two men while writing on yellow napkins with a sharpie.
Barney also teaches them the "have you met Ted" game

Ted tells Robin that he still loves her and that he's moving to Chicago after the wedding.

Ted's Top 5 worst exes:
5. Blah Blah
4. Boats Boats Boats
3. Karen
2. Zoey
1. Jeanette

Ted and Robin watch the sun rise together. They say their good byes and Robin floats away.

Throughout the episode, Marshall has conflict with his internal ghosts and learns to keep his and Lily's relationship, he as to stop using words like "winning" and "losing."

Only 7 episodes left of this great show. And then How I Met Your Father becomes a thing. (I've been seeing news articles about it pop up on my HIMYM feed.) Also, still waiting for Ranjit to show up again. And I'm wondering whose car Lily got into at the end of the previous episode.

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