How I Met Your Mother Review: It's a Dance Off

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This week on How I Met Your Mother, Robin and Marshall battled on the dance floor, while Ted took a long hard look at himself and his future.  

"The Time Travelers." was a mashup of Multiplicity, Shelter Island and A Christmas Carol that at times confused the Dickens out of me. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed the episode, despite doing the dog head tilt a few times. 

The revelation that the Minnesota Tidal Wave night happened five years ago was a sort of Sixth Sense moment, yet I was left a little confounded as to what to make of seeing all the "Ted people" Adding to the evening's twists and turns was guest star Jayma Mays.

Her performance as the two coat check girls was great. I loved the contrast between the smartly dressed version on the left and the one on the right wearing Ted's Wesleyan sweatshirt. I don't think she is the mother, though, do you? 

Facing Their Future

Was the takeaway from that scene supposed to be the need for Ted to break his pattern of dating?

Sure, Ted can be a bit neurotic, but I'm not sure showing up at a stranger's door and telling her about their future together is the answer either. What we were treated to may have all been in Ted's head, but it was hilarious all the same. I also liked seeing how he is really focusing on taking that next step in his love life. I had to laugh, however, when, 20 years from now Ted is teased by present day Ted about still not being married. 

As for Future  Barney, I too am guilty of an occasional scalp check, so he had me laughing at myself and him equally.  

With Barney locked up with Ted in the main storyline, the dance floor was open for someone else to step up and shine in the supporting plot. Robin's "I'm Sparkles bitch!" line was probably my favorite of the night. But start to finish Marshall was my overall winner, delivering several gems in the episode.

The first was him telling Lily she was killing him by not letting him dance his own battles. The second was when he accused  Robin of "Zuckerberging" him. And the last when he scoffed at Robin thinking she could "step up to the streets" and out dance him.  

The only thing keeping this episode from being legendary was how short the actual dance off was. The camera cut away just as Robin was starting to break off her Roger Rabbit. It did leave ample time, however, for Ted and Barney's rendition of "The Longest Time," which did the Billy Joel hit justice.

I wondered if the song is some kind of inside joke among the cast about how long the show has been running or how long they have kept the identity of the mother from fans. 


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Awesome episode! The dance-off part is cool too, i love that music! Sadly, only 15 sec. Anybody knows the title of that music please?


Is really stupid to believe that the mother or Ted are dead/dying. Remember the faces of the children when Ted talks? Sometimes they seem tired or really bored because the story he's telling is REALLY long. Do you think that if he is passing away they would look like that? It just doesn't make sense. It's obvious that the speech meant how lonely he felt in that moment and
how he just couldn't wait to meet her already, because he was happy and never alone again after that.


Am I really the only one that didnt think "the mother is dead!" until now?! Wen Ted gave that speech I just think that this is when he fully realises that he's really alone. And realising on present days that that happed 45 days before he met the mother and so he wished he had her that time. Its really sad actually but not because she's dead, because he's really lonley. Its like when you're in a crappy situation and you tell yourself that thinks will get better in the future and it will be amazing. But you want it now. You want that time between the sucky now and the that time when things are actually better.


Even though it was really brief, I loved Jayma Mays' guest appearance tonight.


Some oft the Theorie mentioned here are a bit extreme. The mother hasn't died, in one Episode you could See her legs when ehe walked behind the children. The children always wear the same cloth because the story is told as if Ted tells it to his children in one piece. His regrets about spending more time with his friends means that he probably just thought thinks he could have used his time in a better way than being depressed sitting alone in the bar.


I hated Robin tonight!!!!


I love how they seem to be doing a shout out to fan theories. IE, there were theories that Ted marries Barneys sister before they did an episode of Ted dating Carly. There were also theories that Ted married the coat check girl at one point too.


"The Fortress" was such a terrible episode it did not warrant a review


I don't think the Mother is dead (??!?!!?!); I just think Ted loves her so much that he wishes he hadn't missed those 45 days. BTW that was such a wonderful scene; Ted's speech left me slightly teary-eyed. Anyway I don't think Ted is talking to his kids (in 2030) after their mother has died (that would be kind of a macabre setup for a show that is already very "high concept"). I do think Ted will finally, finally MEET the Mother in 45 days from the date he was remembering, which he said was "in APRIL of 2013". So that tells me the season finale will be May 13 or 20.


Genius!!! What an episode. It started being funny then went to confusion and ended up with real sadness. I felt for Ted at that moment but was glad that finally the HIMYM crew got their groove back.Writing to acting to special effects was awesome. Nice ending with the song and Barn-man rocked it with Ted. Hey Chris where is the review for last episode "The Fortress"???

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How I Met Your Mother Season 8 Episode 20 Quotes

Robin: Marshall it doesn't matter. Cause you'd lose anyway and you know why? Cause I'm Sparkles bitch!
Marshall: Oh and you think you can to me? You think you could step up to the streets? To me? You think you could step up, over me, to the streets?

Hey Ted, what's this I hear slash remember about you not wanting to see Robots vs. Wrestlers?

20 Years From Now Barney