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)

Marshall and Ted nailed it as always... I was laughing so hard when I found out only two minutes had passed and they had made it seem like 2 hours had passed!!!!! "It's a sign!!!!! (literally"


Is it me or does Robin need to leave the group?! Ted's ex told him he won't find love with his weird relationship with her and now Barney has lost out on the one woman who had a wonderful loving relationship with n vice versa over Robin. Honestly I always thought Barney & Nora were the real thing as opposed to what Robin had with Kumar. My heart broke for Barney...hope Nora gives him another chance.


This was the first episode of himym that I actually sobbed! Poor Barney! What is Robins problem they have to end up together! But Marshall and Ted Were hilarious I was rolling

Sue ann

Barring insanity on the part of the writers and several characters, part of the question about whom it is that Barney marries has been answered. It will not be Nora....


Good script. Now I wonder how Barney and Robin remain friends in the next few episodes. It must be awkward. And Kevin should be able to observe and figure it out.


come on robin, really?! she's been pining this entire time for barney and now she decides she can't do it? really? kevin's supposed to be a therapist and he couldn't figure out what happened? plus that was such stupid advice: i don't want to know the truth? yeah, that's healthy. it's obvious barney's doesn't actually like her because she's a mess, he loves her because she's robin.

Uncle jackass

Fantastically and Robin/barney written episode. The question is now, who do I feel more sad for: 1.) Barney and his broken heart. or 2.) Peter from Fringe with a reality that doesn't acknowledge his existence?


It takes a really good show, really good writing, and superb acting, to make me hate someone as much as I hated Robin when she shook her head at that moment. The pain on Barney's face made my skin crawl and my heart drop. I actually hurt for him. Neil Patrick's all I can say... Robin has low self-esteem, clearly. She went with the answer that made her sound beautiful, not the honest answer. The age old question, really. Do you want someone that sees you for who you are, or who sees you for who you want to be? But I still think they'll get together. As for the other guys - again, Marshall owned the scenes, but they were both hilarious freaking out at the sign! Marshall reminded me of his days on Freaks and Geeks.


OH MAN!!! Such a good episode!! and its "BRoTP" not "barbin"?!
I loved the montage in barney's head of he and robin (haha a shipper's video dream). The rose petal scene just broke my heart :'( .. but I'm hoping that the shows creators will do right by, not only the fans, but the characters as well, and we will eventually see these two together :)


i think they do end up together....or maybe thats me still hoping they do. at the beginning of the season it was robin keeping her feelings hidden... and now its going to be barney.. they will slowly find their way back to eachother

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