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How I Met Your Mother Episode: "Intervention"

Season 4, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: Ted learns his friends ditched plans for an intervention for his engagement to Stella, but he insists they go through with it anyway.
Original Air Date: Oct 13, 2008
Guest Cast Matt Boren Virginia Williams
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Season 4, Episode 4
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Length: 21:35
Aired: 10/13/2008
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How I Met Your Mother Episode Recap: "Intervention" Season 4, Episode 4

A change will do you good, they say. But what about abrupt changes? On the verge of tying the knot and moving to (gasp!) New Jersey, Ted discovers this week on How I Met Your Mother that his friends had early concerns about the accelerated pace of his relationship with Stella, almost going as far as to stage an intervention. But Ted is hardly the only one experiencing ch-ch-changes in his life. Is everyone ready for theirs?

We open mid-discussion in MacLaren's. Robin doesn't think it's going to work. Before you can ask "what?", in walks Barney, in all his Benjamin Button glory (as in old man, not man child). Dude creeps up to a chick, Cindy, at the bar and starts spieling about how she must sleep with the present Barney Stinson to ensure he will find the solution to global warming. While FutureBarney leaves to de-age, the quartet reminisce on the "end of an era" (hey, that's from Friends!). Everyone is packing up to move: Marshall and Lily to Dowisetrepla in 14 hours; Ted, New Jersey; and Robin, who packed in 30 minutes, all the way to Tokyo. They want to celebrate with the best in-house scotch, but it costs $2,500. Present-day Barney then returns and scores with Cindy. So no more global warming then?

Back in the apartment, Ted is doing last-minute packing. Unsentimental Robin doesn't see the big deal because things take up space. Lily informs Ted he won't be seeing his stuff for long because Stella's not going to let him keep half of it, including his Renaissance fair flail. Marshall interrupts with a request for Ted's half of the security deposit — half because Ted is responsible a bunch of structural damage: Tearing off wall when he was shelving his encyclop-ae-dia (PretentiousTed rears his ugly head again! My favorite PT line is: "My parents live in Ohio. I live in the moment."), knocking off wall with his flail and being responsible for Robin's damage when she was his girlfriend. Apparently a drunk Robin is a Super-Canadian Robin who takes up her national pastime of hockey — inside the apartment, angering Lily. When Ted breaks up their fight, Barney punched the wall.

Barney is also responsible for the scorch over the fireplace, the origins of which comprises of NPH's penchant for magic and Stuart's intervention. Flashback! After getting through to Stuart's bottle-hitting self, the gang got addicted to interventions, staging them for each other for various debilitating addictions: Wearing a large purple and yellow Seuss-esque hat (Marshall), feigning a British accent (Lily), spray-tanning (Robin) and doing magic tricks (Barney).

[Sidenote: A girl I went to college with tanned twice a month and wasn't afraid of getting skin cancer because "it doesn't run in my family." You can't make this stuff up.]

Anyhow, in the middle of his intervention, Barney pulls yet another trick and burns down the "Intervention" banner. Hold the phone though — Ted just saw the banner intact in a box with cards addressed to him. Barney suddenly pops in to report on his successful conquest and starts reading his letter to Ted when he sees the banner. It turns out, despite their intervention to not hold any more interventions, the gang was planning one for Ted for rushing into his relationship with Stella, but ditched last minute after getting to know her. But, "marriage is stupid," as Barney says and Ted should focus on the new 22-year-olds who walk into bars every year. Marshall is incredulous that Barney would be hitting on 22-year-olds when he's 80, which Barney reads as a challenge to do you know what.

At Ted's urging, everyone reads their letters, sort of. Lily sealed a kindergartener's progress report letter instead. Robin re-used her letter from Ted's pronunciation intervention ("It makes you sound douchey, and that's douchey, not dou-shay") because she figured her status as his ex would render her opinion "catty." So that leaves Marshall, who tells Ted he's not doing himself, Stella or Lucy any favors by moving so fast, but punctuates it with his approval now.

But the damage is done. Regressing, Ted fishes through all his old stuff and decides he's never leaving the apartment because he's not ready for the responsibility and becoming an "old man." Cue Barney trying to pick up chicks as FutureBarney (by the way, 31 is too old for him). Marshall tries to talk Ted out of it, but ends up declaring he's not moving eithier... and neither is Lily. In total disbelief that they are "so afraid of any kind of change," Robin chastises everyone before succumbing to Fear of Change as well.

They decide to do their "usual" and hit up MacLaren's, where they find FutureBarney macking it with a chick. He is still awesome at 80, so arthritis five, right? No. Just like that, Ted decides he's moving to New Jersey (hey, didn't we go through this last week?) because they're all going to age whether they like or not, but they all must decide at some point to move on with their lives instead of desperately clinging to the past (e.g. FutureBarney). Ted proposes they all save $10 a week for the next year so they can come back to purchase the obscenely expensive scotch to toast their life-changing year.

And that they do. Flash forward to 2009: They're back in the booth, $2,500 scotch in hand, toasting "one helluva year." FutureTed tells us a lot of things changed that year, but some things stayed the same — they move the party upstairs to the apartment.

Wait! One more intervention: For Future (and apparently deaf) Barney.

All in all, it was a sweet episode that resonates with many, I'd presume. Change ain't fun, but you can't play it safe and comfortable forever. But enough with life lessons — what about that flash forward?! Those with keen eyes (and multiple re-watchings) will notice there's no bling on Ted's ring finger, Lily didn't drink her scotch and Robin grabbed Barney with both of her hands when they took the group picture. So are they or aren't they?

What do you think? Were Robin and Barney acting couple-y next year? Who's living in the apartment in 2009 besides Robin (which we know from "The Goat")? Did you want to watch Intervention after this? Would you hook up with FutureBarney? Do you have your 1986 encyclop-ae-dias? Did you lose it over Marshall's Robot impression too?

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A change will do you good, they say. But what about abrupt changes? On the verge of tying the knot and moving to (gasp!) New Jersey, Ted discovers this week on How I Met Your Mother that his friends had early concerns about the accelerated pace of his relationship with Stella, almost going as far as to stage an intervention. But Ted is hardly the only one experiencing ch-ch-changes in his life. Is everyone ready for theirs?
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Premiered: September 19, 2005, on CBS
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Premise: A man named Ted tells his kids how he met the love of his life, through flashbacks, years in the future. The bored kids sit on the couch and listen as dad regales them with tales of his pursuit of romance. The sitcom's secondary character, Ted's smarmy friend, Barney, is a real standout, often stealing the show.lauren

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