'How I Met Your Mother' recap: Choosing sides

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It’s 48 hours before the wedding and Barney and Robin are still going at it. No, not in the fun way. I mean in a bad way.

This week’s issue? Barney felt that Robin was making him choose between her and his family. To be fair, she was. But it was more complicated than that.

The trouble started at the poker table. (How many times have we all started a story that way?) Throughout what began as a friendly game, James (Wayne Brady) started badmouthing marriage in a way that extended beyond gentle ribbing. In fact, it started to get underneath Robin’s skin. Yes, she took into account the fact that James revealed his divorce only hours ago (in HIMYM time). But even with that latitude, James was being pretty obnoxious. When Robin confronted Barney about it, he asked her to drop the issue — something Robin doesn’t do well. She ended up doing the complete opposite, actually, and gave James a run for his money…that ended with James giving her all his money AND his wedding ring.

The situation didn’t improve when Barney’s mother got involved and tried to win James’ ring back. Once again, Robin dominated what was supposed to be the Stinson Family comeback game and, literally, took the shirt off Barney’s mother’s back. (Side note: If ever given the opportunity, always play poker with Stinsons, as they seem physically incapable of bluffing.)

Barney was angry that Robin approached the situation so aggressively and Robin was angry that Barney didn’t back her up and confront James about his comments. So what happened at the end? They made up, of course, but only because Barney stood up to James and his mother. The problem? He took it a bit too far, and told them that Robin was his No. 1 from now on and forever. Bye, bye, family.

Robin was pretty horrified when she learned he’d taken it so far and attempted to confront his mother with a peace offering of sequins. (She was going to give her the shirt back.) But Barney’s mother rejected it. “You won the battle, but I’ll win the war,” she told Robin. “Game on, bitch,” Robin responded.

…and that’s how the world ended.

Just kidding. But it’s totally possible, right? Anyway, more to come on that front, I’m sure.

Meanwhile, Ted, Lily and Marshall’s storyline this week was a complicated situation involving a wedding gift and a terrible human being. The wedding gift was a coffeemaker that Ted bought for Lily and Marshall and the horrible human was Stuart, who took credit for the gift all those years ago, leaving Marshall and Lily thinking Ted had never given them a wedding present. (Ted, meanwhile, spent all those years thinking Lily and Marshall never sent him a Thank You card.)

In the end, it was all sorted, and Ted made a huge gesture of love by having pizza delivered to Marshall WHILE ON THE ROAD with Daphne. Ted Mosby, you stand-up guy, you. (Also, can someone please make this a thing? Pizza Hut, I’m looking at you.) I found this storyline to be the best part of the episode that otherwise left me a little colder than usual. (What can I say? I love me some HIMYM feels.)

I welcome your thoughts on the episode!

Quote of the night:  “What’s the difference between a Journey song and a husband? A Journey song has a climax.” — James

Moment of note: Marshall describing the pizza à la “The Best Burger in New York City.” I squealed with delight!

Moment of note No. 2: Slutty Pumpkin sighting…sorta.


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