How I Met Your Mother Review: The Almost Story Of Us

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Carter Bays and Craig Thomas should have added the word "Boom" to the title of this week's episode "Tick Tick Tick" - because it was dy-no-mite!

The good times started from the opening scene, as Robin and Barney replayed their fade-to-blackout and carried through to the emotional end. What made this episode so special for me, though, was how the great script was equally matched by the acting and how they successfully flip-flopped between two storylines that were at opposite ends of the emotional spectrum. 

An Awkward Dance

I'm not sure how much of a stretch it was for Jason Segel and Josh Radnor to play two stoned guys at a concert, but having just gone to Madison Square Garden last week for a Furthur show, I can honestly say they nailed it. That is, of course, the only reason why, I can attest to that scene's accuracy.

Despite their great sandwich faces, I did fear I was going to end up loathing the repetitive joke about the nacho line, but I burst out laughing after Marshall pointed it out the final time following his argument with Ted. The revelation by Lily that the whole concession recession into oblivion was in reality two minutes long was an amazing twist and was made that much better when we saw the creepy guitar guy was an actual cardboard sign.

Of everything that went down though at Groovapalooza, my favorite moments were when Marshall accidentally leaned over to Lily instead of Ted and later when he screamed at the facial hair fan to fork over some nachos before Lily told him she wanted her own. The latter was another great glimpse at just how scary and aggressive our normally gentle giant Marshall can be when he wants to. He reminded me of Harry from Harry and the Hendersons

We saw multiple sides of Barney Stinson tonight as well. While distracted by his thoughts of Robin, he still was able to fire off the amazing line to Nora's father that all there is to him are suits, laser tag and saying "wait for it" a lot. While his answer to Robin's question was not as romantic as Kevin's, it was honest, which for Barney is romantic.  

If that wasn't enough, later on we saw him cleaning up the rose petals he had put out for he and Robin's return to her bedroom. Nora gave him every opportunity to get out of telling the truth, but he tonight the man made the suit as he was unwavering in his honesty. 

Sadly for Barney and "Barbin" fans alike, though, Kevin's answer to Robin's question was pretty darn romantic and when she walked into MacLaren's you just knew he was going to be a few steps behind her. Old Ted said that Barney endured the second that would never end that night as Robin shook her head no to him. I'm sure this was the absolute best Robin has looked all season, too, which couldn't have helped matter. She was a vision in green aboard the Tainted Love Boat, wasn't she?

So, in that final scene at the bar, were we being told that Robin and Barney do not end up together or, like Ted, was I sitting in the wrong booth on that one? Let me know what you all thought and be sure to weigh in on your favorite quotes. 


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Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 (219 Votes)

my heart broke when i saw barney collecting the rose petals and blowing out the fire.


do they NEVER end up together??


Why should we care for Barney or Robin again? They cheated. Let me repeat that. They cheated, and the reason why that is suppose to be ok is that their relationships wheren't that important anyway. Nora and Kevin wheren't important and therefore it's not important if they are hurt. It just rings so bad. I hope the gang treats this for what it is. They might like Barney and Robin and want them toghether but not like this. What a horrible way for a couple to relaze they are "soulmates". By cheating. Especially Marshall with a strong moral code should not like this. its not ok to hurt people as ong as you get happy. I didn't feel sorry for Barney not a bit. Robin is just a tragedy atm. She will probably be with Barney again and it will suppose to make us belive that all the bad stuff she has been doing is because she wasn't ready for Barney yet. Then she is and all is roses and rainbows again. Perhps the worst episode of HIMYM ever.


I agree that the show have a lot of at the time meaningless one liners that then come back later and mean everything. I think when in episode 3 or something it was saying that it was weird Ted, Barney and Robin all being close friends but slept with each other and that they cound't be that close but didn't realise yet, I think it means that they will either all become distant or Barney and Robin will have a relationship and get married but no longer hang out with Ted as much if at all...?


loved this episode on one hand i was in hysterics watching a stoned Marshall and Ted try to find the nachos and the toilet line joke never got old and then to find out from Lily that it had all happened in the space of two minutes was just comedy gold
on the other my heart broke for Barney when Kevin walked through the door behind Robin. Although i didnt expect them to get back together in this episode it was heartbreaking to watch Barney finally be honest with Nora, Robin and himself and then see Robin bottle it at the last minute
I still think Robin and Barney are endgame (maybe thats just me desperatly hoping) for me Robin and Barney not ending up together would be almost as bad as Marshall and Lily splitting up. Almost.

C f ohara

Thanks for putting my spelling error on blast Robin. I went back and fixed it. Any thoughts on the episode?
•Robin Webster
November 15th, 2011 2:07 PM Rose "pedals"? Really?


Kevin said he doesnt care and he doesnt wanna know.. thats sick - and not normal! if robin just stays with him cause of one answer and cause its easier and cause she thinks he is good for her cause she is a mess and he is a therapiest - then its the wrong reason - totally reason!!!!


I understand Robin's confusion...but didn't the season start with her pining over Barney? So when she actually gets the chance....she should take it! not choose the other......besides KEvin's character os pretty much filling in the rebound space...If I were Robin, I wouldn't have slept well after seeing Barney at the bar


Dude. barney and Robin are not Barbin. you should now the fan community prefers Swarkles. Come on! :)


I'm glad it all went down like this... Now we can have some episodes centered around BArney, since he's the most electryfying character.. maybe we'll see new plays from "The Playbook" .. They opened up a whole new batch of Episodes with BArney being single again...

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