When you have an episode of
How I Met Your Mother where the main plot revolves around one Barney Stinson, you know to expect a few things: women, sex, and those catch phrases that we all know and love. Tonight's episode did indeed contain all mentioned items; however, we also got to enjoy the rare opportunity of watching Before Barney (as I like to call him), the granola loving, hemp wearing, goateed version of Barney. And oh, how I do love me some Before Barney.
We start with Ted convincing the gang to join a gym. Hey, Ted, don't feel so bad, I think we've all had
that moment with the pizza delivery man where you hope they don't judge you. At least
you were fully dressed. My encounters always seem to happen in my pajamas. Anyway, no one cares about my pjs, so moving on. Everyone having been coerced into joining, we then spend a good portion of the episode in said gym. Marshall gets a trainer to whip him into shapea trainer that Lily feels is way too hot. Marshall then spends the entire episode being horrifically tortured by said trainer. This storyline is pretty much just fluff filler, in my opinion - amusing to an extent, but not really integral to the plot. It does, however, give us the gem, "Do you smell that? It smells like there's a little B*TCH in my gym!" This line is made even funnier by the fact that Marshall's trainer is a good six inches shorter than he is. Heh. Lily also gets a hot trainer, who spends all of his time "stretching her out." Her trainer then turns out to have just been a sleazy guy who frequents the gym, not an actual certified trainer. See? Amusing, but justnot important.
Also not important are Robin and Ted's storylines. Robin, like all sane people, decides that spending her hours in a gym sweating and exercising means she doesn't need to wear fancy workout clothes or put on makeup. Sing it, sister! Of course, the rest of the group teases her mercilessly about it, calling her everything from a "lesbian prison guard" to referring to her as manly as much as they can. I am going to open such a large can of worms with this subplot if I comment on it any further, so instead of doing
that I will just say that Robin's plotline had its good and bad moments and I cheered when she got back at Ted for making fun of her for grunting while she bench pressed. "Gooooone." Nicely played, Robin. Nicely played.
A "nicely played" also goes out to the group as a whole for forcing Marshall's sadistic trainer on Ted when the realize that he has been the only one
not working out at the gym he forced them to join. Oh, Ted. You earned those tears of pain, my friend.
And now, finally, we get to Barney. Barney, who only goes to the gym to check on his "investments" (fat women who he showers with affection in the hopes that, when the gym makes them hot, they will come to him first with their hot love). So disturbing and so very Barney. Barney runs into Rhonda (
Stephanie Faracy), who took his virginity. Now, I wasn't a HIMYM fan until last season (I know, I
know), but my roommate assures me that this is continuity. So, hurrah for that! Rhonda doesn't remember him, though, which sends Barney into a downward spiral of self doubt, something only complicated by his finding out that his brother James (
Wayne Brady) - more continuity! - slept with Rhonda so that she, in turn, would sleep with Barney and tell him what a great lover he is.
Devastated by his discovery, Barney is now suffering from The Yips, which is when you worry about something so much that it debilitates you. For Barney this means he has lost his mojo. Barney losing his mojo means (for us, anyway) a very awkward encounter with Victoria's Secret models. Barney unable to say anything to
Heidi Klum but "goobety goobety goobety" will forever be burned in my memory. He couldn't even successfully utter his legendary "legendary!" So classic! Heidi convinces Barney that he will find his mojo again once he sleeps with Rhonda and knows for certain that he has rocked her world. Barney, still depressed, even forgoes his suit ( I
know!), but of course, in the end, he manages to rock Rhonda's world after her very boring suggestion of playing Go Fish instead of having sex. Barney ties everything up with a very nice "Daddy's back!" And we are glad for it, Barney, we really are. Not seeing you in a tie was beginning to creep me out a little.
Because I never seem to be able to shut up about these episodes (although I happen to think a lot happened tonight, in my defense) I am just going to end with my top five quotes of the episode:
all punch Barney in the face!" Lily was
so excited, you guys. It was adorable and very realistic for group friendships. Especially when said friendships involve Barney.
2."I rose like a phoenix from her mentholated bosom and emerged, Armani clad and fully
3."It's not like I'm a
Backstreet Boy!" Oh, Before Barney! You were so young and amusing.
4."I see little hamburgers!" Love you, Heidi! Too bad you didn't bring Tim Gunn, though.
5."Having lovemaking sexpenis vagina?" Ok, so it's juvenile and stupid, I admit. I still laughed.
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When you have an episode of How I Met Your Mother where the main plot revolves around one Barney Stinson you know to expect a few things women sex and those catch phrases that we all know and love Tonights episode did indeed contain all mentioned items however we also got to enjoy the rare opportunity of watching Before Barney as I like to call him the granola loving hemp wearing goateed version of Barney And oh how I do love me some Before BarneyWe start with Ted convincing the gang to join a gym Hey Ted dont feel so bad I think weve all had that moment with the pizza delivery man where you hope they dont judge you At least you were fully dressed My encounters always seem to happen in my pajamas Anyway no one cares about my pjs so moving on Everyone having been coerced into joining we then spend a good portion of the episode in said gym Marshall gets a trainer to whip him into shapea trainer that Lily feels is way too hot Ma