How I Met Your Mother Review: "Garbage Island"

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Ted and Marshall may have thought they were the bad guys this week, but there was little anyone could trash about "Garbage Island."

I liked how Marshall confessed the real reasoning behind his new green thumb was because he was upset his father would never get to see him fulfill his dream of becoming an environmental lawyer. The fact that Marshall continued to struggle with his father’s death, now multiple episodes later, is a testament to the character storylines and their continued development.


How great was Lily? Marshall’s fear of getting locked into GNB if he became a father must have been pretty serious to ward off her advances. When he was uploading the rest of the crew on Garbage Island, Lily rubbed him like she thought a genie was going to pop out and grant her three wishes. She was so aggressive, Marshall had to scold her like a bad dog when she tried to get him to cop a feel.

The Captain returned and, despite how he might interpret it, I had to tip my cap and give him a wink of approval for his scenes with Ted. It’s not everyday you see someone wield a mace-ball and chain, let alone two. That Maritime Protocol of his must be some ruthless reading; Hammurabi meets the Spartan code it sounded like. Had to agree with him also when he called out Ted for calling the doorman a rapscallion. A rogue by any other name, but he had to draw the line somewhere.

Not sure what word would have apply to the shirtless, mustached look Ted rocked in the one scenario, but that was some look. I half expected the camera crew from Cops to burst on screen because you know if you’re rocking a pair of jeans and no shirt, there’s a good chance you’re getting busted for something. Either that or Goose will ask you to play one more game of beach volleyball before your date with Charlie.

Shirtless Ted

I’m not too sure where I was going with that, but I am thankful to be a little clearer on where the main plot is headed after 2021 Ted revealed to Wendy the waitress and Meeker that he and Zoë do NOT end up together and any suspicions that Wendy might have been also were put to bed.

Very clever way Carter and Craig got to that revelation and I also enjoyed how they orchestrated Meeker running into Wendy and marrying her thanks to their mutual malevolence for Marshall.

Barney once again was spitting hot fire like Making the Band’s “Dy-lan.” Loved when he told Robin that as soon as a girl says she doesn’t want to grab drinks all he hears is the teacher from the Peanuts cartoons. For all his great quotes this week, I was shocked he didn’t jump all over Wendy when she asked Ted how his meat was. Despite that missed opportunity, I was glad to see him so serious about a girl again. Barney was really jonesing for Nora and Robin truly sparkled, as she told him to “go get her!

Does anyone still think she and Barney end up together i.e. the wedding where Ted and Marshall are sitting on the bench?

I’m interested to hear people’s thoughts. The wedding in question isn’t Punchy’s, I don’t think. Why would Marshall and Lily be there? Could things between Barney and Nora go the distance? Seven episodes remain this season, but the show is also slated to go on for some time after that. Let’s open up the discussion and be sure to check out my favorite quotes from this week as well.


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Rachel Bilson's character is a lesbian, it's already been said that's she's married to the girl she kissed at the bar and has adopted a kid... Ted marries her roomate, which was not Zoe. But hopefully we find out who is sometime next year. That why we finally get to see "Memory" preformed by a waffle. :D

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Another reason I don't think it's Punchy's wedding came from talking to Joe Kelly, one of the writers. He mentioned that Punchy's character was a late night creation when the writers were tired and "punchy." I think Carter and Craig have had an idea of who the mother is and where we will meet her all along. Any episode dealing with the mother story line is handled exclusively by them. Just doesn't seem likely that the wedding of an impromptu character like Punchy would play such a pivotal part to the main storyline. Time will tell of course.


I really do hope that it would be Barney and Robin's. It has been hinted since Season 3 that the only woman Barney truly cares about is Robin; this doesn't change much until the last episodes in Season 6, especially in Eps 4 (I think?) when Barney purposely made Robin win the race. And since we've only been seeing the love from Barney's side, I think Nora would be the one who makes Robin realize her love for Barney. Barney would be head over heels with Nora and Robin would realize that she's actually jealous. And I don't think it's Punchy's wedding... he doesn't seem to be that... significant.


sorry for my very delayed response. im very annoyed with the fact that we now know shes not gonna be the mom. that was stupid of them, as now i have no interest in that character. i hope they break up on the next episode. otherwise i thought the episode was good and funny.
ive always thought that scene of them in tuxedos on the bench was from marshall and lilly's wedding... are we sure its not?


Why would Ted marry Rachel Bilson's character? They clearly state multiple times that the mother is her character's roommate.


I adore Robin and Barney together, and it's made clear that they both still have feelings for each other but I think the writers are going to keep them as just friends. I'm pretty sure the wedding is Punchy's. I don't think Robin get's married anytime soon and Barney still has daddy issues. Im almost certain Ted does say earlier this season that he was at Punchy's wedding when he met the mother. Also why would they set up Ted as his best man if they weren't planning on using it? They like to tease us in this show. I really hope it's not Zoe and Ted's wedding. That's recycling plot lines. Ted goes to get married but someone backs down at the last minute. I knew from the start that Zoe wasn't the mother, first of all they didn't meet at the wedding and second of all she couldn't have been Cindy's roomate because she was married to the Captain. Also, I think the mother is brunette because when he imagined Stella as his wife the kids were blonde, meaning he probably married someone with darker hair.


They're already said that the wedding is Rachel Bilson's character's.


NOT ROBIN AND BARNEY! the two of them will never get back together. How do people not see that they were a terrible couple? Not every show has to have all the characters end 'happily ever after' with another main character. Thats what made Friends so good is that they never thought of pair Joey and Lisa kudrow's character.


it most likely punchy's wedding because the scene is where marshall comes and tells ted that they're asking for the best man and the only wedding that ted is the best man is punchy's wedding.makes alot of sense,doesnt it?


No idea who's wedding it is, but Robin's would make sense, since she and Ted agreed to be each other's best men...
But the show likes to play around, so it could also be another one of Ted's wedding-attempts or something.
I just really hope Barney and Robin get back together at some point!!! And I actually like how the show sometimes gives away the end of of storyline, like announcing Zoe is NOT the mother.
I'm still curious about how it all plays out and what happens along the way. Its like reading a Garcia-Marquez novel. He also likes to start with the end and then tells the story of how it got to that point.

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How I Met Your Mother Season 6 Episode 17 Quotes

She had a nice face, her booty was in place, but Barney don't chase.


She was a really great Lazer Tag partner. She's tiny so she's allowed to push kids.