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How I Met Your Mother Round Table: "Disaster Averted"

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Disaster might have struck How I Met Your Mother, but the episode was anything but another Shalloween.  If our critic's glowing perfect 5 star review wasn't enough, our usual round table gang has gathered around our electronic McLaren's to discuss "Disaster Averted." 

So please join us and weigh in as we discuss everything from Hurricane Irene to the epic Barney-Robin kiss!

Favorite HIMYM quote?

Chris: I failed to mention it earlier but I loved when Barney asked "why do I have to be Barney Stinson right now," as Marshall pulled back his hand. 

Leigh: Anything SLAP related.

Eric: You may knot.  With a k.  Marshall is so punny.


Indiana Jones adventure: best Barney story yet?

Chris: I think it was his best movie montage parody. We’ve seen Top Gun moments and most recently an Ode to Rocky IV but this one was pretty amazing what with the guy dressed as Sallah and the Short Round character references. I would have liked a few more classic Indiana Jones sound effects like a good whip crack when he lowered the Ducky Tie but all in all it was pretty special. 

Leigh: I loved it, but to say it's the best? Tough call. Barney has one crazy ass imagination.

Eric: I'm not sure how this is even a question.  Of course!  I just wish Barney somehow incorporated the brilliant Indy move of shooting the fancy swashbuckler.  Like Chuck

We were all in NYC for Hurricane Irene.  Were you a Ted or a Robin? Or some other member of the gang in between?

Chris: I drove back from Boston through Irene to get back to NYC, but I was and am a Robin. Shout-out to my mom who stayed put where she lives on the shore, never lost power and threw a "Lights On" party for her friends that did. 

LeighIn real life I was more of a Robin. I thought there was no reason to leave the city and ended up regretting the fact that I did. You try being stranded in your parents' house with no power and kids under the age of 3! I felt like my girl Lily and her need for space.

Eric: I think as a Florida boy visiting NYC during Irene I was clearly more on the Robin side of the spectrum.  But since I come from a place that invented the Hurricane Party, I was clearly more of a Barney and got my drink on.

What's worse: three Marshall slaps or a ducky tie for a year?

ChrisOh man three slaps by far. I wore the same pair of khakis all throughout Catholic School, so a smelly tie wouldn't faze me, but a Marshall Open Faced Handwich? That would leave a mark. 

Leigh: The Ducky Tie. How unoriginal of Barney to just toss it in the trash when there are things like shredders and fireplaces. Hello? Where's his creativity??

Eric: Obviously the slaps.  I'm not convinced HIMYM accurately shows how scary Marshall can be.  Re-watch Dead Man on Campus for Jason Segel to really strike fear into your heart.  Then put yourself in Barney's shoes and tell me you'd take the slaps.

OMG.  Are Barney and Robin getting back together!?

Chris: I don't think they will be back together initially, but I still hold firm in my belief that they end up together. 

Leigh: IDK. Just when I really started to warm up to Kevin, Robin and Barney have to pull a fast one on us. 

Eric: Just like Leigh, Kevin was finally warming up to me.  I mean Kevin.  Not Leigh.  No offense.  On the other hand, I've never felt the Nora thing.  So all the rambling aside?  No.  But man it's great to wish it!  Bring on the Swarkles!

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The quote from Barney is, "Why do I have to be Barney right now?" without the "Stinson".


1. My favourite quote: Watch out for bears! 2. I think the Indy intro was awesome. I can't think of any others at the moment though. 3. Wasn't in NYC, but I grew up in the Caribbean. Saw hurricanes yearly. I'm pretty sure I would have been a cross between Robin and Ted. I'd stock up and be prepared, but definitely wouldn't have run away. 4. Slaps from the giant hands of Marshall Erickson are definitely worse. 5. I'm thinking Barney and Robin get back together. But I did think this was Kumar's best episode, and disappointed he'll have to leave soon...


1. My favourite quote: Watch out for bears! 2. I think the Indy intro was awesome. I can't think of any others at the moment though. 3. Wasn't in NYC, but I grew up in the Caribbean. Saw hurricanes yearly. I'm pretty sure I would have been a cross between Robin and Ted. I'd stock up and be prepared, but definitely wouldn't have run away.


I'm curious as to what some of the more memorable Barney movie montages/storylines have been in people's opinion. I'm not calling anyone out but if the Indiana Jones one wasn't the bees knees give us some examples for the sake of dicussion. HIMYM fans are some of the most devoted and involved fans around. Giddy Up!


1. "He should never let a day go by without calling you, because when I let a day go by without talking to you uh... that day's just no good."
2. Nah, there have been better :)
3. I wasn't anywhere near it! I live in Australia hahah
4. The tie.
5. THEY WILL! But not yet. They now get to have fun trying to hide it from Kevin and Nora. :)


1. Slaps
2. No, but it was legendary
4. Slaps
5. Temporarily and only to break up their current relationships. Robin won't hang out with the gang for a while again.


1. Fav Quote: You may (k)not. He is full of these puns and pulls them off very well. 2. Nope, there were better stories, can't come up with them now, but better ones. 3. I was in South Africa so I would have been watching CNN occasionally seeing the devastation and thanking God I was not in the US then. 4. The Slaps. Wearing the tie means you have character and that you are not afraid of what people think of you. Besides all he had to do was change the tie at the last minute and beg Nora not to mention that he didn't have a tie on. 5. They are def getting back together as the wedding that has been teased so much is clearly Barney and Robins.