How I Met Your Mother recap: Will Ted and Robin repair their friendship?
An evil mastermind plot, a healthy dose of drama and a surprise twist. Ah yes, it must be the How I Met Your Mother time of the week.
After two very long and agonizing weeks of repeats, thank goodness our favorite New Yorkers were back tonight to dish out a heaping of broaths and bromance, with a splash of Quinntervention. Confused? Fear not, let’s recap away!
It’s springtime in the city and love is in the air, so much so that Barney summons Ted over to his apartment to take part in a broath, which, I must confess, I thought to be a pure stroke of genius. While monks chanted “Brooooooo” from surrounding speakers, Barney asks Ted to don a “brobe.” Why all the theatrics? Because Barney is finally ready for the gang to meet Quinn, the fabulous, stripping Becki Newton we were introduced to a few episodes back. But before he can allow the aforementioned meeting to occur, he asks Ted to engage in the sacred broath: “I, Ted Evelyn Mosby,” Barney asks Ted to repeat, “solemnly swear not to tell our friends that Quinn is stripper.” Right, like we ever thought that oath would be upheld seeing as how this crew keeps secrets about as infrequently as they drink at MacLaren’s. Sure enough, cut to Ted bursting into MacLaren’s and screeching, “Barney’s dating a stripper who’s gonna steal all his money!” Exactly.
The gang begins to prep for the dinner party in Lily and Marshall’s apartment. Yes, I said apartment and not house. That’s because last episode Ted gave his stomping grounds back to Lily and Marshall as he opted to make a new start. He’s currently staying in university housing and has befriended three lovable loners named Ned, Martin and Millie. (I love it. I really do.) But lest we forget, Robin is also currently homeless and has taken up with Patrice. Robin and Ted battle for an apartment throughout the episode, but I’ll get to that in a second.
The crew heads over to Quinn’s to finally meet the mystery girl that Barney has been gallivanting around with and there we learn all about Quinn. Like how she won’t let Barney pee (“You peed three hours ago!”), calls him an idiot, and has turned him into her own personal sommelier. I’ll be subtle for those of you who know how this episode ends, but I was totally buying into Quinn’s badgering, and even found myself wrinkling my nose in disgust at Barney’s submissiveness. However, the fact that Barney’s totally whipped is not the only thing that was unearthed during the dinner party: Quinn and Barney are moving in together, hence leaving Quinn’s apartment up for grabs, hence the potential opportunity for either Robin and Ted to vacate their temporary accommodations for a more permanent pasture.
NEXT: Head for the hills! It’s a Quinntervention!
Back at Lily and Marshall’s apartment (sorry, but it still feels weird saying that) the gang realizes that something needs to be done in order to knock some sense into Barney’s lovesick brain. And so they do what they do best: Stage an intervention! Or should I say a Quinntervention (pure brilliance). Barney walks in, and the guys lay it on thick. Hey, they’re just looking out for his best Quinnterests! But just as things are heating up, Quinn walks in and she’s furious that Barney would be ashamed to tell his friends that she’s a stripper. She slaps him, seemingly ends their relationship, and tells him not to call her.
Loyal viewers, I already confessed my gullible nature, so here I confess again: I bought it. Not only did I believe Quinn when she slapped Barney, but I was also confused. How did such a lighthearted episode nosedive so quickly? I guess I should have known at that point that things are never what they seem in HIMYM land…
As the gang is reeling from Quinn’s sudden outburst and Barney’s departure, Robin takes this opportunity to take Ted out in the hall for a quick heart-to-heart. The two have both been trying to woo Quinn into having her choose which one of them gets her apartment (Ted brought her a fruit basket, Robin brought her wine and her credit score) and oddly enough, the competition has been wearing down on Robin. She reminds Ted that in the span of one day, her engagement was broken off, she lost her best friend and her apartment. She also tells him that she thinks she’s about to get fired at her job: She’s got a meeting with her boss on Friday at five (or should I say fire) o’clock.
Like I said before, at this point I started to feel my HIMYM high crashing. It crushed me to see Robin asking Ted if they could go back to normal and hearing him reject her olive branch. Thank goodness we were about to get another big dose of broaths and a little bit of bromance…
Lily, Marshall, Ted and Robin head over to Barney’s to try and make amends for being so heartless and judgmental towards Quinn. Will Barney forgive them? Indeed he will…if they dress up as monks and once more solemnly swear on the Broath, of course! Donning their brobes and swearing on the Broath Bible (Brible?), they recite their penance for interfering with his personal life. Barney will forgive all as soon as Robin and Lily kiss (anyone else sense Lily was getting out some pent-up feelings?), as well as Ted and Marshall, who shared a kiss that was about as cute as they come.
NEXT: Who’s that lurking in the shadows?
Cue the lights! Quinn! Lurking in the shadows! What?! And it’s then that it all comes out: It was all an act. From the disastrous dinner party, to the trip to the Hawaii, to the fight, and the slap…it was all set up just so Barney and Quinn could have a little fun with his meddling friends. The only thing that wasn’t fake? The two really are moving in together. Funny how hearing that after knowing that everything they did was planned made me feel a lot better about this somewhat abrupt decision than when they first announced it at the beginning of the episode. Do you agree?
Readers, I absolutely loved this twist. Not only was I completely shocked by it, but how much fun was it to see Barney collaborating with a female love interest? The road to Quinn has been rocky, no doubt, but this episode was the first time where I actually believed these two could end up together, especially when Barney didn’t freak out when Quinn told him that she would stop stripping if she ever got married. Let the theorizing begin!
Sadly enough, the luvin’ wasn’t reaching all of our HIMYM characters tonight, as the episode came to a close on a truly worrisome note. Ted and Robin, having resolved their apartment issues, went to grab a drink at MacLaren’s where Robin revealed that instead of getting fired like she thought, she actually got promoted with araise tacked on. She’s going to move to an apartment on Central Park West, which means Ted can take over Quinn’s apartment. In the throes of her good news, she and Ted decide to put the past behind them and continue their friendship that we have grown to love so much. They smile, they toast, and…silence. They look at each other blankly, realizing they have nothing to say. “We wouldn’t see each other for a long time,” said future Ted in the voiceover. We don’t know why or how this would happen, yet my heart still broke at the news. It’s true that we never know what’s around the corner for this gang, but can you envision the show and its banter with an on-the-outs Robin and Ted? I know I can’t.
So readers, let’s talk it out. Have any thoughts on the hilarious sexcapades Lily and Marshall so shamelessly revealed? Can I admit I loved hearing Barney say “Ted Evelyn Mosby”? Are you enchanted at the prospect of Quinn and Barney’s progressing relationship? And most importantly, would you watch a spinoff called Attack of the Bromans? Let’s talk HIMYM in the comments below!
Ted: Wait, are they chanting ‘Bro’?
Barney: I got some locals monks to record this. Yeah, I got a monk guy. Cool, right?
Ted: It actually is.
Barney: I’ll burn it for you. Just remind me about it after the broath.
Lily: Marshall, you can’t tell sex stories about this chick because everyone knows it’s me. I’m the only woman you’ve ever been with.
Marshall: It’s not fair the guys are always telling their stories and I can top every one of them. Baby, you’re like 20 slutty chicks all rolled into one.
Lily: Sweet talk is not going to change my mind.
Lily: I was once with a dude who couldn’t even fantasize about a three-way. He was all, “Ew, she’s your best friend.”
Robin: What now?
“I, one of Barney’s best friends, promise never to interfere with his personal life again unless its an issue of health, national security, or he’s about to get up on a fatty.” –Robin, Ted, Lily and Marshall, repeating after Barney
Quinn: I have an idea. Let’s get your friends Ted and Robin fighting over my apartment.
Barney: Wait, what does that have to do with you and me?
Quinn: Nothing, I just worship chaos.
Ted, Robin, Barney, Marshall, and Lilly remind us all of the joy of slap bets