I, Christopher Forrest O'Hara, solemnly swear that this How I Met Your Mother episode, "The Broath," was one of my favorites of the season!
Absence makes the heart grow fonder, but tonight's installment would have rocked my world at any given point. It had it all. We were treated to a diabolical scheme by Barney with Quinn's help; a fake history flashback; some tumultuous and tender moments between Marshall and Lily; and some plot development mixed into the emotional moments shared by Ted and Robin.
Barney's got a monk guy? Of course he does. I loved the attention to detail there with the original bro chant. Barney was on fire this week and I guess we had Quinn to thank for that. He hasn't been this happy in some time now and it showed with all the Barney-isms and catch phrases to which we were treated. Self-five, Broman Times, sealed with a kiss, even Quinn got in on the action, making Barney painfully "wait for it."
I know there have been a lot of Quinn haters out there, but there was no denying the genuine connection between those two tonight. Their high-five was reminiscent of Marshall and Lily. Even fans pining for Robin and Barney to end up together could not ignore how awesome it was to see our bro so in the mo. His little head knock together with Quinn was so GIF worthy.
While it was good to see one character back to normal, the strain on Ted and Robin's relationship was anything but. The awkwardness was palpable as we watched them in the bar together, not sure what to say next. What did everyone think Ted meant when he noted how they would not see each other for a long time after that night? Was that the beginning of Robin's travels? I'm curious to hear your thoughts.
Marshall and Lily's kiss and tell conversations got a little long in the tooth but they managed to wrap it up in amazing fashion when Marshall produced the photo album from his production of Peter Pan. The before and after growth spurt pictures made me lose my proverbial sh-t. I also appreciated the title of Lily's baby magazine, Small Fry.
There was so much to ramble on forever about this episode, but if you check out my favorite How I Met Your Mother quotes from the half hour you'll get a more complete idea of why I enjoyed it so much. I feel pretty strongly that if you didn't walk away from the television with a smile on your face here, you might need to look for something else to watch because you just aren't getting it.