Oh, How I Met Your Mother. You confuse us with your flashbacks and flash forwards; you torment us with your will-they-or-won’t-they plot twists, and tonight, as ever, you bombard us with a doozy of an episode only you could pull off. Why must you put us through this? Spare us the mind-numbing confusion on this fateful Monday night!
But I digress. Let’s start from the beginning of this all too complicated episode with an all too easy premise: Five minutes, three rooms, two mice, one gouda and a whole lot of problems. Also known as: Lily and Marshall’s housewarming party.
Confused? Let me clear it up. The episode took place over the course of five TV minutes broken into three segments: The living room, the dining room, and the kitchen. In each segment, we learn how Lily and Marshall’s housewarming party started going downhill… and never really stopped. Let’s dive right in.
The Living Room
Robin and Ted arrive, toting a kugel from Zabar’s and already yelling at each other. But before we learn the nature of their fight, they head to the kitchen to heat the tasty treat up.
Nearby, Mr. Cootes (played by scene stealing Martin Short) saunters over to Marshall, not to tell him how much he is enjoying the party, but to let Marshall know he will be expected back in the office in 45 minutes. Lily senses mounting tension and steps in to let Mr. Cootes, a vegan, know that she has specially prepared spring rolls for him to munch on. She then asks her dad to go get the wine in the basement, so he dons his beekeeper suit (because he’s breeding bees down there, duh) and heads below.
Back in the middle of the room, Mr. Cootes marches up to Ted and begins accosting him for eating his specialized vegan spring rolls. Ted is confused…and so are we. Why does Mr. Cootes think Ted ate his spring rolls?! Answers to come.
On the other side of the room, Barney is telling Robin he loves his manly parts…but he seems scared. Huh? Just then Marshall brings in a big hunk of gouda, but Lily immediately runs over and throws it on the floor, proceeding to stomp all over it. We don’t have time to be ponder this because a man wearing a bee suit, ablaze with flames, runs through the room. Are you so confused right now? So was I, but stay with me — we’re going to find out all the answers to these mysterious plot points soon because next we head to….
NEXT: Spring roll stealer revealed!