Disclaimer: I adored this episode and
everything that happened in it. If you disliked parts (you know which part I speak of) then you are probably not going to agree with a lot of what I say tonight. The rest of you? Please join me in celebration - wonderful things happened tonight! Robin Sparkles was back! Robin and Barney finally gave into that burning chemistry that I have been obsessed with since "
Zip, Zip, Zip"!
James Van Der Beek was funny! And now I may have used up my normal allotment of exclamation points, but you know what? I don't care!
We open the episode at MacLaren's, our gang seated at their usual booth. Right away, we are supposed to notice Robin's appearance (especially her breasts). Robin admits that an old friend from Canada is coming to see her, hence the gussied-up look. When pressed by her friends, she also admits that this friend is actually her ex-boyfriend, Simon (Van Der Beek), and that he was very special to her a summer love. Immediately, Canada jokes begin to fly including but not limited to: "Did he take your maple leaf?", "Did he give you your first 'O Canada' face?" and "Did you ride his zamboni?" Yes, the Canada jokes are excessive sometimes,
but that does not stop them from being funny. I know, I am a horrible person, but if you are going to tell me you didn't even chuckle at that volley of bad puns and teasing, then I am going to call you a big fat liar (who probably lives in Canada).
Still talking about Simon, Robin divulges that they only dated for a week and a half (Canada only gets summer for a week at the end of July, you know) and that he dumped her after his band's gig (band name: The Foreskins) because Louise Marsh's parents got a pool. I am too busy laughing at the desperately thick Canadian accents to really care about anything else by this point, but I got the gist. With this new information, the gang correctly guesses that Robin is looking so sexy so she can "win" the reunion, what with her looks and her great job on the news. Simon, we learn, still lives with his parents and works at a water park, so things are looking pretty good for Robin. And then oh, and then Simon walks in and it's James Van Der Beek in a padded suit, balding and dressed like like an aging rock star who still lives at home with his parents and once dumped a pretty girl for access to a pool.
Smug and happy, our fabulous foursome (not including Robin) think their girl can't lose until Robin freaks out, acting as if the hunkiest hunk around just smarmed his way into the bar. Oh boy is she in
trouble. She immediately reverts and is suddenly an insecure teenaged girl sitting at a booth in a bar making goo-goo eyes at her crush. Simon walks over and immediately tells her she got old and then there is an absolutely hilarious exchange between him and Ted about the importance of his job metering the flow of riders on the water slides. Seriously, when did James Van Der Beek get funny? Because even as a 13-year-old watching
Dawson's Creek I thought he was kind of lame, and when my university tried to use him on my college tour as one of their "famous students" (he attended for a short while
and sang a cappella, you know) I was less than impressed. But tonight tonight I was enamored. James, I applaud your ability to play a pathetically mean Canadian nobody. Bravo!
Anyway, Robin has fallen for Simon again and the group is dismayed. Well, everyone except for Barney who, as soon as Simon revealed that he and Robin met on the set of her
second music video, immediately jumped up trying to track down said video. According to Marshall, Robin has "revertigo," which is when you slip back into a former behavioral pattern while around someone from your past. Lily also suffers from revertigo, it would seem, and thus tonight's subplot is introduced. We will touch upon that later, when Michelle actually shows up. For now we are still focusing on Robin, who not only agrees to go on a date with Simon, but then actually plays one of his band's tracks ("Murder Train") over the daily montage of puppies in need of adoption that they air on her newscast. Clearly an intervention is warranted, but when Lily tries to help, Robin staunchly refuses and says Lily is acting like her mom. Which is actually the best way to get someone to act like a parent, really, and now we have Mother Lily and Father Marshall lecturing Robin on how she can't date Simon. This culminates in Robin storming from the table screaming that she and Simon are going to "go all the way." Seriously, I am so happy with this episode at this point, and we haven't even seen the music video yet!
So, OK, quick aside about Lily and Michelle. Michelle and Lily were apparently very "ghetto" in high school. I was less than impressed
Alyson Hannigan is so awkward and small that it actually sort of works. Michelle of course turns out to be very intellectual and eloquent, except when
she is around
Lily. Barney is tickled pink by the entire experience and we also get a quick glimpse of Ted's revertigo around his friend "Punchy" (they greet each other and immediately fake-fight). And that, dear readers, is tonight's unimportant subplot.
Back again to Robin, who is lugging the band's equipment from their gig, just as she used to. Simon sits in the same van as a decade earlier and proceeds to dump Robin exactly as he had a decade earlier.
Exactly as he had a decade earlier. Robin is clearly devastated and returns to the bar defeated. Barney finds her alone and crying and, guys, he immediately comforts her. Arm around her, rubbing her shoulder, telling her she is an amazing woman comforting her! My heart flutters, it really does. And Robin, clearly as fluttery about it as I am, invites Barney back to her apartment. Now, I was in no way fooled by this ploy, but it was still great to watch Barney's face as she whispered in his ear, even if I knew she was whispering about showing him the music video and not taking him to bed.
Back in Robin's apartment we get some double entendres and then the video. Oh, this video is everything I hoped it would be. The bad wig, the cheesy lyrics, the
robot. And, of course, guest stars
Alan Thicke! I am not ashamed to say that I am still singing the song in my head ("
Sandcastles in the saaaaaand"). It is amazingly bad and a
perfect follow-up to "Let's Go to the Mall." Love Ballads of the '80s (well, really the '90s, right?). Absolutely amazing. You know what is coming, though, don't you? I bet you do.
End of the episode is Barney and Robin kissing on her couch after having watched the music video over and over and over. Finally!! I have seriously, seriously been waiting for this since Season 1. And, yes, perhaps they will crash and burn, but nonetheless I am a happy woman tonight. He made her see that she isn't that same lame teenager from Canada that she used to be! She is his bro! Guh, I am beyond thrilled. Now, writers, listen up don't you dare screw this up, you hear?! I'm counting on you!!
And now that I have rambled on and on and on, here are your quotes of the evening:
" "Did you meet him at
Degrassi?" Barney referring to Simon
" "If you reedit this, there's a tampon commercial in there" Barney on the music video
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Disclaimer I adored this episode and everything that happened in it If you disliked parts you know which part I speak of then you are probably not going to agree with a lot of what I say tonight The rest of you Please join me in celebration wonderful things happened tonight Robin Sparkles was back Robin and Barney finally gave into that burning chemistry that I have been obsessed with since Zip Zip Zip James Van Der Beek was funny And now I may have used up my normal allotment of exclamation points but you know what I dont careWe open the episode at MacLarens our gang seated at their usual booth Right away we are supposed to notice Robins appearance especially her breasts Robin admits that an old friend from Canada is coming to see her hence the gussied-up look When pressed by her friends she also admits that this friend is actually her ex-boyfriend Simon Van Der Beek and that he was very special to her a