The first time I watched this week’s episode, I was left wanting. But at some point during my second viewing, while writing this recap, I caught a case of - dare I say it?!? - Beaver Fever.
Barney found a video of Robin’s TV show and showed it to the gang. What was supposed to be a kid’s show came off more like a USA Network Up All Night soft-core porno.
Loved the shout-out to the metric system when the Space Teen’s ship was shown “1,000,000 Kilometers from Earth.” Also, amazing cameo by the Omnibot 2000. Where did the creators even find one of those relics? I thought they were all lost or destroyed following the North American video game crash of 1983.I could have watched Robin Sparkles and her sexy Keytar playing sidekick Jessica Glitter “brace for turbulence” all day. Bless you, Wayne the camera guy.
I really appreciated Marshall’s nod to You Can’t Do That On Television. I would have loved to see them work in a references to Moose and Alisdair or at the very least Barth the chef, but all in all a moment.
The casting department could not have picked a Canadian celebrity with a better name than Alan Thicke to be the one who yelled out things like, “to the joystick” and “don’t stop now, almost there!” When he put his hands behind his head while Robin and Jessica did multiplication problems, I just about fell off the couch.
The scene where Ted and Barney tried not to laugh while Alan Thicke asked how much wood he would need to keep both Robin and Jessica’s beavers fed all weekend long was epic. I smell Emmy for Thicke, eh?
Lily did look adorable as she cried, but Marshall stole the moment when he exclaimed, “for crying out loud you broke up with Robin?”
As much as I was left “Punchy” drunk by Ted’s friend from Cleveland, I did find his “Times Square is da bomb” line funny. That and Barney’s reality show, elimination catch phrase montage, made for a solid scene at MacLaren’s. Sashay Away!
Teenage Jessica Glitter, with her teased out hair and eyeglasses, was way hotter than Rangers Organist Jessica. Did it seem weird or just downright crazy how Lily told her that she and Marshall were “about to get pregnant?”
Sadly, a second appearance by Omnibot could not salvage the brutal final scene at the Hoser Hut, but just like “two beavers are better than one,” any How I Met Your Mother episode is better than none. I now present my favorite quotes from the installment:
Robin: Look, I hate most babies, but your baby; I'm going to love that kid so much. I'm going to pick it up and everything. | permalink
Robin Sparkles: Hey Jessica, how's your beaver.
Jessica Glitter: Great! How's your beaver?
Robin Sparkles: Busy as ever! | permalink
Barney: Space? Teens? Is this a porno?!?! | permalink
Marshall: Oh you're wearing a flower.
Barney: Thank You!
Marshall: I didn't compliment, just observed. | permalink
Barney: He has got to go, you need to be like you are the weakest link goodbye! Punchy, the tribe has spoken. Please pack up your knives and go. Your work of art, didn't work for me. You're times up. I have to ask you to leave the mansion. You must leave the chateau. Your tour ends here. You've been chopped! You've been evicted from the Big Brother house. Your desert just didn't measure up. Sashay away! Give me your jacket and leave Hell's kitchen! You did not get a rose. You have been eliminated from the race. You are no longer in the running to be America's Next Top Model. You're fired. Auf Wiedersehen. | permalink