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)

I understand why robin picked Kevin (his answer was better), but Barney really loves robin, when he kept imagining robin when Noras dad was talking about soulmates, it was the sweetest and most romantic thing ever!!! The end made me cry, it was heartbreaking to see him have to clean up the rose petals. I know why robin choose Kevin, but after seeing that last scene I was yelling at the tv, and crying all at the same time. This is why I love HIMYM, it makes you cry, laugh, get mad, all at the same time!!!


i just hate those i have to find out what i want in life episodes cause im a mess... i mean what? i love kevin, but robin maybe you should still see a docter if youre such a mess. I just think thats a waste of time. We know that prob. robin is going to leave the group a bit ( victoria already said that) but why? i mean come on get over yourself not that hard. But i REALLY hope they show all the emotions, anger etc. not like those stupid episodes after they broke up first time when it looked like they dont care for ages, then one episode about it and finish - that was crap


oh my god i had to cry in the end ;) i felt sooo sorry for Barney.. aaww he needs a hug. I dont understand whats wrong with Robin ( Im a mess) well yeah didnt she just cried around that she wants Barney back - and ok Kevin is pretty awesome, but come on just cause he has one better answer doesnt change all the feelings?? She said to him ok i will be there.. so i hate her so much for that, cause that means its gonna take another season till they get together, or even worse: never end up together.. its just barney never had this heart breaking moments before ( except when he was young) and no i feel soo sorry for him like he would be a little puppy ;) But respect for beeing so honest to nora, i think robin is lying to her self!!
btw ted and marshall - its a sign, youre sitting in the wrong booth ... haha awesome!


i love any episode that gets me on the verge of tears, or on the floor laughing, and this episode had the ability to make me do both. at the bar scene i felt horrible for barney but i understood/expected why robin didn't break up with kevin. how can you break up with someone that said what kevin said to her, exspecially in her mental state. I wasn't mad at robin... but then i saw barney picking up the rose pedals and totally flipped out!! "that f-ing b**** how dare she do this to barney!!" i really like the narration from bob saget and the relation of time
and i like the song lyric "your scum on the edge of a toilet bowl" lol XD


I do not know where the writers are going with this. HIMYM THE BEST SHOW!!!!

Anna maria

:( poor barney..


I'm a huge Barney/Robin fan but damn I hated Robin at the end. She bascially tells Barney to end his relatinship with Nora and she will end hers with Kevin (Who I hate a great deal) and when he does, she backs out and leaves him hurting. Neil Patrick Harris played it beautifully and I still want Robin and Barney to end up together but I dont think I've ever disliked Robin as much as I did in that second. It just felt heartless to me.


Rose "pedals"? Really?


I hope robin and Barney end up together.this was a great episode.


If Robin doesn´t want Barney I will take care of him.

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