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Aug 29

Real Life

evilandskanky¬†and I are actually in the same room at the moment, which doesn’t happen very often, as we live in different cities. In case anyone was wondering what we’re like in real life, she’s doing her fantasy football draft, and I’m watching Adventure Time and avoiding homework.


Aug 27

The only person who can steal a scene from Tatiana Maslany is Tatiana Maslany.


Home Wreckers

The crippling reality of homework has set in.

Oh Ted. Relentlessly optimistic Ted. Only a fool would by that house. But that’s what Ted is. He’s the opposite of pragmatic. So, on occasion he makes incredibly stupid decisions. Like buying that death trap of a house.

But Ted needs that optimism. It’s who he is. In that light, buying the house was the smartest thing he could have done. He’s not having any luck in the creating a family department, so he takes his fate into his own hands on the one front that he can. He turns that stupid house into a beacon of hope. That’s what’s so great about Ted.

Last Call:

  • I really hope that Barney addresses Ted’s sister as “Ted’s hot sister Heather” every time he sees her. I feel like she’d be flattered.
  • Sausage fest. Sausage party? Burgers.
  • Ted’s mom married the Mayor. At what point should we be concerned?
  • "And my friends didn’t see me for 72 hours." "He was our ride."

Zoo or False

Do you ever just really need fries?

There’s a bit of interesting meta-commentary on the nature of storytelling going on in this episode. It’s relevant only because of the framing device of the show, but in that light, I think it’s important to consider. The central theme of the episode is unreliable narrators. Barney’s always been one, and Marshall is being forced to be one. But then it reminds us of something at the end. Ted is one too.

In fact, Ted is such an unreliable narrator, that who the hell knows what actually happened in his life. He remembers the important things. But he also fudges details. He changes things. Basically, the overall story he’s telling is true, but he’s shaping it in a way to find morals and lessons that just don’t exist when you’re experiencing life real-time. He’s changing the story to fit his purposes, just like Marshall and his damn monkey.

Last Call:

  • I’m inclined to believe that Marshall was not mugged by a monkey.
  • Things Marshall and I have in common: Extravagantly ridiculous love of pizza.
  • Lily and Barney’s 3-way celebration five
  • Robin and Rick Grimes seem to share an appreciation of impractically large guns. Alison Hendrix would not approve.

Aug 26

The new scar on my arm is shaped suspiciously like the crack in a certain Scottish girl’s wall. Should I be concerned?


Say Cheese

It thundered and lightninged earlier, but I don’t think it actually rained, which is a bummer.

I really love the little stories about Ted and Lily’s friendship. This one sort of calls back to How Lily Stole Christmas. I love that their friendship really has nothing to do with their relationships with Marshall. He’s not why they’re friends. It’s really nice to see such well-written stories of platonic friendship.

That story is built in to the larger plot of Ted always bringing dates to group events. There’s not a whole lot there, but I do like any time the entire group is together in an episode. It’s not really a bottle episode because of the way this show uses flashbacks, but it’s pretty much as close as it’ll get. And I love a bottle episode.

Last Call:

  • The entire cast looks so amazing in this episode. I have a weird thing about formalwear.
  • How many times did Ted and Natalie break up exactly?
  • Laura Prepon cameo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Things Barney and I have in common: I look exactly the same in every single picture taken of me. And I look good.

Of Course

Two days in a row. This must be some sort of record for us.

If you follow my posts with any regularity (which I don’t expect you to, don’t worry), you’ll know that I tend to favor character-driven storytelling over plot-driven. I mean, I love a good, well thought out plot, but I really need complex, three-dimensional characters who have to deal with the consequences, good and bad, of the story, in order for it to resonate.

Which is the long way of saying that I love this episode because it reveals that Robin’s been intermittently miserable for the past few months. This show is a comedy, and I get that and appreciate it. It would have been overkill to actually show that in real time. But revealing it retroactively is a really great move in my eyes because it proves that the writers really know their characters. This will happen more with all of the characters as the show enters the back half of its run, and I’m a fan.

Last Call:

  • Jennifer Lopez. She’s the fifth (I think) pop star to guest on the show, but she’s not the last.
  • The surprising answer to which rodents to avoid on the subway: all of them.
  • "You look like the classiest, most expensive prostitute ever." Robin gets called a prostitute part three (again, I think).

Aug 25

Hooked

AKA the episode in which Lily breaks up with a teacup pig repeatedly.

The season has hit stall mode, and has some stand-alone stories to go with it. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. The “hook” concept in particular is fertile ground for this show because of its ability to mix comedy and emotion. It also resonates thematically with Ted’s journey of the season in that he says he’s looking for the One, but continues looking in all the wrong places.

The teacup pig is also around, starting with Barney, hanging out with Ted for a while, and finally ending up with Marshall and Lily. This is notable because it gives us the scenes of Alyson Hannigan repeatedly telling a teacup pig that she can’t be with it right now. Which is always welcome.

Last Call:

  • Why yes that is Carrie Underwood as Tiffany.
  • "Awwwwwww!" "Alright, shut up woman."
  • Um. Robin is totally wearing a Union Jack t-shirt in one of the cut-away scenes. This is significant to me for reasons. Also, I should get one of those. For reasons.

Rabbit or Duck

Back from rewatch hiatus! Sorry about the extended break, but my summer schedule proved difficult to work around. Now that I’ve started classes again, expect posts to once again be pretty much regular.

And we start back up with the beginning of Robin and Don. It’s not the first episode he’s been in, and it’s not the beginning of their relationship, but I think we can all agree that this is where it really starts. She starts to see him as a duck anyway. Plus, he puts on pants.

We’ve also got the running joke of Barney’s ever-ringing phone, which really only works on a story level if we view it at a symptom of Barney’s downward spiral of desperation. This may be going a bit dark with the character, as this is a half-hour comedy, but I always tend to think of Barney as deeply sad and lonely. Which paints his antics in an entirely new light.

Last Call:

  • I just had to double-check to make sure that’s what I call this section.
  • "What would your viewer think?"
  • Ranjit’s increasingly frantic yelling cracks me up.
  • The piano is Lily’s favorite hiding place.

Aug 12

Christmas is to the Doctor as birthdays are to Buffy.


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