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Apr 20

Single Stamina

The reveal that James is Wayne Brady is fantastic.

Barney is the only single member of the group right now. Since that’s super hard for him to deal with, he’s called in reinforcements in the form of his brother James. Unfortunately for Barney, his reinforcements aren’t quite what he had hoped.

I see this episode as foreshadowing for Barney’s character arc. It’s recognizing that as awesome as certain aspects of Barney’s lifestyle may be, it won’t always be the thing he wants.

Last Call:

  • Barney drinks Red Bull in this episode. I think it’s the second time he’s done that. Keep an eye out for it, as NPH has an obsession with the stuff.
  • Introduced: Barney has commitment issues, but he really loves kids.
  • "You even made Tom’s dad cry. He might have been doing that because he’s a Republican."

Slap Bet

And on this day, a legend was born.

Robin is sort of a badass. She’s also a super private person. As it turns out, there’s a reason for that. Robin of the past was less badass. She was a Canadian teen popstar. Pretty much any time Robin’s past (or Lily’s past, but that’s not the focus here) is brought up it’s going to be hilarious, and this episode is an all-time classic.

Another legend also arises in this episode, and it is from this that the episode takes its name. That’s right. The slap bet. Five (well, not exactly five, but we’ll get to that) slaps for the rest of eternity. Ted was right, Barney should have taken the ten. But from the audience perspective, this is way better.

Last Call:

  • "Found out you were Canadian at a mall?"
  • It makes sense that Barney and Robin, the two most impulsive of the group, would both vote for the five slaps for the rest of eternity. It has to do with temporal discounting. I won’t lecture.
  • Masteress
  • I keep trying to convince my friends that slap bets should be a thing that we do, but they’re oddly resistant to the idea.
  • "Oh my god, Robin’s rapping. Guys, Robin’s rapping!"

Atlantic City

I’m super hungry, but it’s sort of the middle of the night.

It makes sense that Lily would want to elope after everything that happened over the past six months. It’s not like she really fit in with Marshall’s family in the first place, and now they have reason to actually hate her. Can’t be easy.

Of course, that’s exactly why an actual wedding has to happen. The first one got called off because Lily ran away. Eloping here would just be another form of running away. For Lily to put all that behind her, she has to suck it up and face Marshall’s family.

Last Call:

  • Kate Micucci!
  • Introducing: Barney’s gambling problem
  • The scene in which Lily proposes to Marshall is probably the most adorable thing ever.

Swarley

About damn time.

Lily and Marshall are back together. This is very good news for the world as a whole. And all it took was Lily going completely and totally insane. Shockingly, I don’t have a lot to say about it.

I suppose the important thing about it is that Marshall had a choice. He could have returned to his date. Lily had the summer to find herself. Marshall had to do the same before the could get back together. Once they both figured out who they were outside of the relationship it was finally possible for them to reunite. I’m very happy.

Last Call:

  • I’m pretty sure that that coffee shop is an actual place where Joss Whedon’s actors work when they’re not in his shows or movies.
  • You can’t tell me that Carl didn’t know what was going on.
  • Swarley’s list of Roland puns is actually pretty great.
  • "Plan B is called ‘Chloe’s Accident.’"

Apr 17

Aldrin Justice

Robin doesn’t have much to do in this episode, but her reactions in the background are hilarious as always.

The reason that Lily and Marshall broke up was that she needed to figure out who she was outside of their relationship. As of this episode, she has done that. She’s a kindergarten teacher.

There’s also the introduction of Aldrin Justice, which is just fantastic. I love any time they remind us that Lily is……I’m not sure what adjective to use that fully captures goth Lily, stoner Lily, flashing campus tours Lily, and most of all, petty larceny Lily.

Last Call:

  • Things Lily and her father have in common: Failed beekeeper.
  • Bryan Cranston!
  • "That’s a penis!"
  • evilandskanky is a firm believer in Aldrin Justice. Actually, she might just be Lily.
  • "The youngest person to ever design a building over seventy stories. Probably!"

World’s Greatest Couple

Jason Segel and Joe Manganiello are the only people who can make each other look like normal-sized human beings.

Lily and Marshall were in a relationship for nine years. Relationship is their natural state. Breaking up was probably good for them as people, but in this episode they both find themselves still trying to live in relationship world.

Marshall finds a brunch buddy in the form of Brad, which leads to much hilarity. Lily finds herself living as Barney’s pretend wife, which actually leads to character development for Barney more than it does for Lily, but the fact is that in the absence of the real thing, Marshall and Lily both find themselves imitation relationships.

Last Call:

  • Ted and Robin hilariously fill the role of a Greek chorus for Marshall in this episode.
  • Multiple high-fives
  • Lily gets a place to stay, plus she gets breakfast after scaring that girl off.
  • Barney’s comically large TVs.

Apr 16

Ted Mosby: Architect

I survived.

Fun fact: Robin’s bad at relationships. We’ve explored this topic before, back on Halloween in the first season, but in that episode she was casually dating a character we’d never seen before. Now she’s dating Ted, giving those issues way more screen time.

What that means for the show is that this thing that was up to this point a fairly minor character trait used to flesh out some storylines is going to become a defining trait for both this relationship and Robin as a character.

Last Call:

  • The penis building.
  • Brad’s in this episode, but I don’t think he got a name yet.
  • I’ve been trying to not make every season two picture Robin and Ted, but I accidentally caught this screenshot, and it was so good that I couldn’t not use it.
  • "Dancing leads to sex." "Did you grow up in that Footloose town?"

Brunch

The only working lightbulb in my bedroom hardcore flickered while I was watching this episode. If I don’t post for the next episode, assume I was either killed by a monster or kidnapped by a giant eagle.

Remember when I said that Lily and Marshall dealing with their issues would lead to one of my favorite season two episodes? That would be this one. Also another one, but that one’s not today.

The Lily and Marshall storyline in this episode mostly deals with them learning how to be around each other again. So of course they have bathroom sex. It was the only reasonable thing to do. This episode also brings up some important questions about Robin and Ted’s relationship. It’s sort of weird, in a good way, that they would bring this stuff up so early in the season. The audience already knows that there’s got to be an expiration date, so why not just put all the cards on the table.

Last Call:

  • Just kidding, I have replacement bulbs. I am too short to reach the light fixture though.
  • "You know you have a punter’s leg."
  • Things Robin and I have in common: I think I’ve actually told people that I’m a genetic goldmine.
  • The word “floozy" is tragically underused.
  • "Are you wearing a push-up bra?" "Did you Mystic Tan your calves?" "I withdraw my question." 

Apr 15

The Scorpion and the Toad

This episode features Alyson Hannigan funny crying but also sad crying, and why did they think I could handle that?

Lily came back at the end of the last episode, and now it’s time to deal with that. Her leaving was a massive event that not only influences the rest of the season, but also reverberates all the way to the last one. So how do they deal with it?

Robin has it the easiest; she gets to just do the best friend thing. Barney’s course of action hasn’t become clear yet, but it is happening here. Ted is doing his Ohio thing (is this true about Ohio?) where he just represses everything until it ruins Christmas. That leaves Marshall and Lily. Now they have to figure out how to deal with it. It won’t be easy, but it will lead to one of my favorite season two episodes.

Last Call:

  • Things Ted and I have in common: “Ted found a penny on the subway, and it’s old, and that’s interesting.”
  • Lily got a new haircut. Sounds adorable.
  • "There’s no ‘would’ in sex." Okay that joke is way funnier when said than it is when it’s written.
  • Hangover cures: Lily — greasy tuna melt; Ted — gravy; Robin — just stay drunk
  • Seriously though, I get a kick out of just watching Cobie Smulders in the background of the diner scene.

Where Were We?

Marshall’s got a point about ferrets.

The last shot of this episode is really depressing. I mean, I know Lily left and we’re supposed to be mad at her, but she doesn’t even feel like she can go into the bar with her friends. She’s all alone.

It’s an interesting shot, because it sort of shows us the reverse of the episode. Lily has essentially been painted as the villain of this particular piece. She’s a non-presence and the source of all Marshall’s pain. But in that one shot, we see that it’s not that simple. Because things rarely are.

Last Call:

  • Seriously, nothing is more upsetting than Alyson Hannigan looking sad.
  • It’s probably a good thing that Jasmine didn’t work at the Lusty Leopard yet.
  • I also really like that Lily’s got her season one hair every time one of them pictures what she’s up to, and then she shows up and it’s season two hair.
  • "And that’s why Ted’s never gonna find out about this. Whoa! That sounded kinda scary with me holding a gun, didn’t it?"

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