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How I Met Your Mother Episode: "Little Minnesota"

Season 4, Episode 11
Episode Synopsis: Ted's younger sister visits, and he does everything in his power to keep her away from Barney. Meanwhile, Marshall takes Robin to a Minnesota-themed bar.
Original Air Date: Dec 15, 2008
Guest Cast Erin Cahill: Heather Tug Coker: Bud Eric Bruskotter: George Scott Michael Morgan: Glen Bob Saget
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Season 4, Episode 11
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Length: 21:24
Aired: 12/15/2008
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How I Met Your Mother Episode Recap: "Little Minnesota" Season 4, Episode 11

'Tis the season of giving, and was there so much to give and take. Big brother Ted shows his overprotective side when he gets a visit from little sister Heather, to whom he's reluctant to give his trust, while Marshall helps Robin get out of her little rut by introducing her to a Minnesota-themed bar. Did Heather finally earn Ted's trust? Did Robin take advantage of Marshall's generosity? Let's find out!

So how unbelievably short was that teaser? I barely got my left butt cheek on the couch when The Solids started playing. Anyhow, Ted's little sis, "Hurricane Heather," a wild child who took six years to graduate from three different colleges and once lived in a tree, has landed in NYC, and Ted is determined to prevent Barney from ever meeting her. Why? Cue some awesomely awesome dirty Christmas carols from Barney about nailing Heather. Or should I say "holiday carols" since the Barnacle showed he "celebrates" Hanukkah too? Ted's plan goes awry when they're all greeted by Barney in a rented black swivel chair in the apartment. After admitting he doesn't trust Barney or Heather, Ted gives in and invites Barney to dinner with him, Heather and Lily. There, Heather reveals she's found an apartment in the city, but needs a John Hancock on the lease from Ted, who's reluctant to co-sign. A self-professed reformed gal, Heather asserts she's determined to get a job in finance, and Goliath National Bank cog Barney will get her one. Sensing Ted's uneasiness, secret blabber Lily says — literally to everyone — she's gonna spy on Heather's interview.

While they're at dinner, Marshall and Robin do some Northern bonding. The Marshall and Robin dynamic is so ill frequently seen, but is, for a lack of a better word, legendary. Since Robin's been feeling down and out, Marshall takes her to the Walleye Saloon, a Minnesota-themed bar that reminds her a tad bit of home and is the stomping grounds of "real men." The two connect over mini burgers (aka regular burgers), Fisherman's Quest and the unforunate 1999 NFC Championships, in which the Minnesota Vikings shanked a field goal that killed their Super Bowl dreams and made a little part of Marshall's father die. As Robin starts to liken the Vikings passion to hockey night in Canada, Marshall shushes her because you have to be from Minnesota to be a patron of the bar. So where's Robin from? Bemidji, Minn.! Before Marshall knows it, Minnesota Robin becomes the hit of the bar, even relaying Marshall's father's '99 NFC story as her own. Denying she's "stealing" his bar, Robin tells Marshall to "get oot" and learns of some of the Minnesotans' favorite Canadian jokes — of the "afraid of the dark" persuasion...which Robin gets in on.

Meanwhile, Lily blabs to Ted that, yes, indeed, Barney and Heather did knock boots in his office. He lashes out at them after listening to the two's double entendres about, uh, filling the position. "You're immature and irresponsible," Ted tells Heather. But wait! They did not sleep together. Barney and Heather were just in cahoots to turn the tables on Ted so they could give him "exactly what you expected" since he didn't trust them. Does he trust them now? Well, Barney did kiss his mom...but Ted does co-sign the lease for Heather and get her that posh suitcase she had been admiring. What a bro.

Back at the Walleye Saloon, Robin kicks major Fisherman's Quest ass by cunningly using a reeled in fish to catch another. "SHE'S CANADIAN!" Marshall yells. Don't believe him? Robin can't answer the million dollar question: Who was the kicker who missed the field goal in the '99 NFC Championships? "Rashad Tarkenton," she futilely replies. Nope. Gary Anderson, who now lives in Canada. Bummed, Robin heads for the door, but she won't go down with a fight. The proud Canuck sings the praises of her, uh, great country, which has given us Trivial Pursuit, is home to strip clubs where you can order alcohol, where people don't care where you're from and are absolutely not afraid of the dark. Well, they don't love it, but who does? Robin ends up noshing on an ice cream cone on the apartment steps, where Marshall comes to offer his apologies, but Robin takes the blame. She's just homesick and has no reason to stay in New York City this holiday season. Yes, you do, Marshall says — because they all love her. Awww. And my heart grows 10 sizes. And hey, if Robin wants to go to Canada for a bit, Marshall can make that happen — at the Hoser Hut karaoke joint! Where friendly donuts flow, lights are always on (unless Marshall hits them) and Crash Test Dummies are a favorite cover! Home, sweet, home!

Now, the teaser underwhelmed, but the tag, oh, the tag, more than made up for it. Marshall, representing Ontario, takes the mic at the Hoser Hut to belt out — prompter-less — what should really be Canada's national anthem, "Let's Go to the Mall"! Greatest. Scene. Ever.

All in all, a solid episodes to end the calendar year. Ted's storyline paled in comparison to Marshall and Robin's, but the good thing about it was that it restored his — and our — faith in Barney in having Ted's back, especially not only after Robin last season, but almost screwing Ted out of the GNB HQ gig. Robin + Marshall = Amazing. Really, what more needs to be said? They hardly interact with each other, so to see them together is a Christmas miracle!

What did you think? Did you see the "twist" coming with Heather and Barney? Did Ted give in too easily to Heather? Do you want to see more Marshall and Robin one-on-one time? Have you been to Bemidji, Minn.? Did you notice "Fryman" and "Smulders" on the back of some of the Vikings jerseys? Has a Canadian ever given you a donut after you walked into them? Are Canadians really afraid of the dark? Do you want NPH to sing dirty Christmas carols to you?

And last but not least, happy holidays! Eat, drink and be merry. See y'all back here Jan. 12, 2009!

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'Tis the season of giving, and was there so much to give and take. Big brother Ted shows his overprotective side when he gets a visit from little sister Heather, to whom he's reluctant to give his trust, while Marshall helps Robin get out of her little rut by introducing her to a Minnesota-themed bar. Did Heather finally earn Ted's trust? Did Robin take advantage of Marshall's generosity? Let's find out!
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