I am always pretty wary when season finale time comes around because I feel like most shows try way too hard to wow us into sticking around for the next season's premiere. Murders, explosions, huge cliffhangers, you name it and most shows will use it. Tonight we did get a cliffhanger, but I didn't feel like the writers expect us to really worry about Stella's answer. Mostly I felt like this episode was an amazing end to an up and down season (more up than down toward the end, true, but we ended on a
very high note, I thought). There were hilarious jokes and the strength of the characters' friendships were center stage, which when combined make this show one of the best shows on television. That said, does anyone else have "Reunited" running through their head? No? Just me? On with the recap then.
All plotlines tonight start with one thing Ted freaking out about the future and breaking up with Stella, followed by Ted tying his shoe at the wrong time and ending up in a car accident when his taxi gets hit by another vehicle. Marshall gets a phone call from the hospital and then proceeds to call Lily and Robin, all three of them dropping everything and running flat out to get to their friend who may or may not be critically injuredbut who is actually sitting in bed eating jell-o. Ok, so Ted is fine and we all heave a collective sigh of relief, albeit a slightly saddened sigh due to one very noticeably missing person in our gang. Lily, reading out thoughts, calls Barney to tell him about the accident and Barney, being, well,
Barney, hangs up on Lily and then abandons an office full of Koreans (I am assuming here, based off of previous context clues) so that he can flat out
run to his bro in need. I'm not going to lie, I cheered when he took off sprinting. Barney may have some pretty serious character flaws, but he really does love his friends beyond belief.
Back at the hospital, Marshall and Robin are debating whether or not miracles exist. Unsurprisingly, Robin does not believe they are real and Marshall is out to prove her wrong. His first (and best, in my opinion) example happened March of 2006 Marshall, Barney and Ted are at the bar drunkenly trying to get pencils stuck in the ceiling. They get on to stay, cheer, take a shot and then a pencil suddenly falls and bounces off the table
into Barney's nose. My roommate and I were laughing so hard at this that we may have missed something, but I definitely got Barney's "Am I dead? Am I dead?!" which just sent me off laughing again so please forgive me if I missed anything else. Really, justclassic. Absolutely classic. Either way, Robin isn't buying that this is a miracle and Marshall throws out his next example. This time it is July of 1999 and Marshall is coming home from a trip to Amsterdam (wearing one of the most ridiculous things I have ever seen him wear, by the way). He is about to get stopped by the customs officer (he is, of course, trying to smuggle pot into the country) when suddenly a new guard with the munchies shows up for a shift change and lets Marshall right on through with a big smile. Robin is still totally not buying it.
The debate is put on hold when Stella shows up at the hospital, somehow having heard about Ted's accident (did anyone catch how she found out?) and she almost immediately launches herself into Ted's arms. It appears all has been forgiven and both profess their love for one another. Once it looks like the worst is over, Marshall again tries with Robin by saying that
this is a miracle, but Robin assures him most miracles should not involve dry humping. Marshall tries yet again, this time with Lily's kindergarteners giving him lice (hey, Marshall, maybe if you didn't have so much hair) and stopping him from crawling back to the job he hated, but he just keeps hitting the brick wall that is Robin's opinion of miracles. Stella once again diverts attention from the argument when Lily inadvertently alerts Stella to the fact that Ted thought they had broken up. Stella, it seems, had no idea and storms back into Ted's room to definitively break up with him. That miraculous cab accident seems to have been pretty useless until Ted's cell phone rings and the nurse tells him that he's being called because he is listed as Barney's emergency contact.
Poor Barney has run all the way to the hospital only to get hit by a
bus right outside. The gang finds him in ICU, covered in casts and cuts and it looks extremely painful and sad and then, finally Ted and Barney make up. Ted says that Barney is his brother! There is manly crying! Marshall gets in on the action! I might have made happy noises. Lame, maybe, but the entire group is reunited and even though I expected it to happen, I am still thrilled it did! Marshall, seeing one final shining chance, offers the moment up to Robin as a miraculous event and we get our explanation about why she is so anti-miracle. It turns out that Robin had a dog when she was a little girl (named Sir Scratchewan, which is now the best dog's name I have ever heard). The dog needed to be put to sleep and so Robin's parents let her say goodbye and took the beloved pet off to the vet. Except, when they came home they brought with them a miracle the vet had found a cure and had fixed Sir Scratchewan! Just one problem, however Sir Scratchewan was now a
turtle. Well, it took young Robin awhile to figure out that there really was no miracle (the turtle was no good at fetch) and ever since then she hasn't believed in miracles. I was too busy laughing at this point to feel for her, but man, parents do some misguided (if loving) things to their kids. Maybe this explains why Robin owns so many dogs now.
The miracle talk over, Ted rushes off to find Stella and try to make things right while the other three stay with Barney. Marshall and Lily ask him about the accident and whether or not he saw the things he loved flash before his eyes like Ted did. This is accompanied by lots of talk of boobs that dispense scotch, but Barney only has eyes for Robin. You see? He does love her! I again start making happy noises and start talking myself into calming my glee down for tonight's blog (how many times can I tell you guys that I absolutely adore the two of them together, really. You are all sharp enough to have caught on the first dozen times) and Barney just keeps on gazing. That's right, Barney. You go ahead and stare because next season I am sure there will be a lot of man pain and angst you battle your feelings for Robin. I am looking forward to it immensely!
Ok, final scene (I know this has been a long blog, but it's the season finale cut me some slack!). Ted has tracked Stella and Lucy down to Kiddie Funland. Pulling Stella into the cab of a racing game, Ted hands her a small orange kangaroo andproposes. He has seen the error of his ways, he loves her and wants to commit, yadda yadda yadda. We, of course, get no answer. I could ramble about how I still refuse to believe she is the mother, but how that doesn't necessarily mean she will say no, but there are so many ways this could go. I like Stella and I like the guy Ted is with Stella, so keeping her around awhile longer wouldn't bother me. I am just anxious to see which road the writers take us down. Unfortunately, we will have to wait until next fall to find out.
Final awesome quotes of the season:
" "I love Springsteen he's like the American Bryan Adams!" Robin
" "Please let me go to Kiddie Funland!" Ted trying to go after Stella. The nurse thinking he was trying to get morphine was pretty great too.
" "A drunk jacka** called God and a box of pencils called
Destiny!" Marshall's comeback to Robin's sarcasm about the pencil in Barney's nose being a miracle.
" "Metaphorical relationship muffins." Just rolls right off the tongue, doesn't it?
" Barney being so distraught that they cut him out of his suit. Oh, Barney.
Ok, well I guess that's it for me for the season. Thanks for reading and I promise not to make any jokes about having legendary summers or anything like that!
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I am always pretty wary when season finale time comes around because I feel like most shows try way too hard to wow us into sticking around for the next seasons premiere Murders explosions huge cliffhangers you name it and most shows will use it Tonight we did get a cliffhanger but I didnt feel like the writers expect us to really worry about Stellas answer Mostly I felt like this episode was an amazing end to an up and down season more up than down toward the end true but we ended on a very high note I thought There were hilarious jokes and the strength of the characters friendships were center stage which when combined make this show one of the best shows on television That said does anyone else have Reunited running through their head No Just me On with the recap thenAll plotlines tonight start with one thing Ted freaking out about the future and breaking up with Stella followed by Ted tying his shoe at the wrong tim