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How I Met Your Mother Episode: "Home Wreckers"

Season 5, Episode 20
Episode Synopsis: Ted attends his mom's wedding and is troubled by her affectionate relationship with the groom, which prompts Ted to make an impulsive decision regarding his life.
Original Air Date: Apr 19, 2010
Guest Cast Harry Groener: Clint Lyndsy Fonseca: Daughter Kathleen M. Darcy: Wedding Guest #2 Gary Anthony Williams: Inspector Cindy Adams: Wedding Guest #3 Christine Rose: Virginia Thomas Crawford: Wedding Guest #1 David Henrie: Son Linda Porter: Muriel Marianne Muellerleile: Meredith Jim Grollman: Uncle Larry Bob Saget
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Season 5, Episode 20
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Length: 21:33
Aired: 4/19/2010
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How I Met Your Mother Episode Recap: "Home Wreckers" Season 5, Episode 20

Ted's mother gets married to Clint (last seen in Season 2's "How Lily Stole Christmas") and the pair immediately start skeeving out Ted with their completely inappropriate behavior. Unable to handle the fact that his mom is on her second marriage before he's on his first, Ted rushes out and impulsively buys a house. Is it truly the house of his dreams ... or a total nightmare?

Future Ted tells his kids that everyone has one impulsive moment that changes their lives forever. We're about to hear the story of his. It all starts with a visit from Ted's mom (Heroes' Cristine Rose) and her boyfriend, Clint (Harry Groener, recognizable to Buffy fans everywhere as the Mayor of Sunnydale). Clint seems to be very fond of saying inappropriate things, like telling Ted about his sexual adventures with Ted's mom. Even though Ted thinks Clint is a total loon, his mother is head over heels for the guy and they're getting married.

Ted isn't thrilled about the news, especially since it means that his mother is "lapping" him by being on her second marriage before he's even on his first. (There's so much wrong with that train of thought, but I'll just say: It's not a race, Ted.) Things get even worse at the wedding itself, when Clint first surprises Ted with a nude painting of himself and Ted's mom (did Lily paint that? Because it totally looks like her style) and then starts to sing a sexy song. Ted blacks out for the majority of it, so all we get are the first few lines and the big finale: "Mahatma Gandhi...and the pancakes...and the dragons...and you."

As the song finishes, Barney runs over to the gang's table, gloating that stone-hearted Robin actually cried a little during Clint's song. "I know it's stupid," she says, "but they're happy, you know?"

Ted thinks about how awful it is to be single at his own mother's wedding. All of his relatives insist on asking him when his wedding is going to be. Overwhelmed, he tells Marshall to give his mom an excuse, and he leaves. Future Ted tells us that his friends didn't see him again for 72 hours.

Three days later, Ted bursts into MacLaren's, very excited. He tells the gang that he has a surprise. He takes them a house that — to put it lightly — is in need of some work. The surprise? He bought the house at an online auction. As Ted ushers his friends in, an unidentified creature (a cockamouse, perhaps?) scurries across the floor.

Obviously, Ted's friends think this is a horrible idea, because the house is in terrible shape. Barney wants to know if the Blair Witch was easy to haggle with. Ted starts to describe the room they're standing in as "Dad's" study. Lily says that he's being crazy; it'll take years and a small fortune to fix up the place. Ted retorts that he's an architect, and the time frame is perfect — the house will be in great shape by the time he's ready to move in with his wife. None of the friends know quite how to respond to that, except for Barney, who carefully asks, "Is she in here with us now, Ted?" Heh.

Lily tells Ted that he can't just skip ahead like this. Barney and Robin agree that this was a stupid move. Marshall sticks up for Ted by saying that they've all done stupid things, like the time Marshall dropped some bottle rockets in the toilet and tried to dry them off in the microwave. Robin laughs and muses that Marshall must have been completely drunk to do that. Barney disagrees, saying that it's something only a kid would do. Marshall invents a new game on the spot: Drunk or Kid? The verdict: Drunk.

Barney says he's glad Robin guessed right, because she's very fragile. Robin snaps and reveals the truth: Barney was actually the one who cried at the song, but he offered Robin $500 to pretend it was her. Barney is mercifully spared a brutal mocking by the arrival of the house inspector. Barney speaks for pretty much every viewer when he says, "Wait, you're just getting the house inspected now?" Marshall takes the opportunity to throw another situation into the Drunk or Kid game: He once rode his bike down an extension ladder from the roof of a house. The verdict? Kid, and he scared the living bejeezus out of his mother.

Ted suggests checking out the patio, enthusiastically suggesting an idea for Sunday barbecues. "It's going to be a total sausage fest," he says. Then, realizing how wrong that sounds: "Sausage party? Burgers, we'll do burgers." Lily continues insisting that he's made a huge mistake. Ted tells her that he had a plan: Wife, house, kids. (So apparently he's learned nothing since last season's finale. Way to go, Ted.) Since the universe isn't doing much on the wife and kids front, he figured he might as well at least go and buy the house. So the house wasn't a huge mistake. But Marshall highlights yet another huge mistake: Driving his brothers' car the wrong way down I-94. Drunk or Kid? Verdict: Kid. (Good thing, too...drunk driving is not funny.)

The group goes back inside, just in time for the inspector to tell them that the house has leaky pipes, but that the pond in the basement is drowning the larger, slower rats. Lily sees this as proof that Ted should have gotten the house inspected before buying it. Ted counters that Marshall knew he wanted to marry Lily when they were first dating in college — what if someone had second-guessed that decision?

The inspector returns and presents Ted with a laundry list of problems in the downstairs and exterior of the house. He recommends that Ted not buy "this godforsaken Guantanamo Bay of a house." Ted sheepishly admits that he already did. The inspector bursts out laughing and goes upstairs to continue the inspection on the second floor.

Ted still insists that he only sees the house's potential. But as he waxes poetic about the house's future, the inspector falls through the ceiling, thanks to termite damage. "I see a lawsuit," Barney says.

Finally, Ted's able to admit that he made a mistake. He's just freaked out because everyone else is moving on. (It's not a race, Ted!) And he's ready for the life that fits into this house. Barney tells Ted that sometimes people make the wrong choices in life. Like Ted's mom. Barney tells Ted that he had a "very special moment" with his mom back in 2006. (It's not entirely clear whether Barney's making this up or not, but either way, it's kind of a weird segue.)

Ted whines that now he's either stuck with the place or forced to sell it at a loss. Lily suggests taking a sledgehammer to the wall, because that'll help, somehow. (Okay, show.) After bashing up a wall with his friends, Ted finally realizes that he was kind of a jerk for skipping out on his mom's wedding. So he heads to her house to read his toast to her and Clint. Both his mom and Clint are high, but they seem to appreciate it. And Future Ted tells us that marrying Clint was one of the best decisions his mother ever made, even though there was no logical reason for her to be with him. In fact, sometimes the best decisions are the ones that make no sense.

Ted heads back to his new house to find Marshall grilling sausages on the patio. Marshall tells him that he knows darn well that Ted has no intention of selling the place, since Ted never listens to Marshall when he tells him to slow down. "Your heart is both drunk and a kid," Marshall says affectionately. Aww. Ted thanks Marshall for sticking up for him. And as he tells Marshall about some of his design ideas, Future Ted tells us (and we see) that the house is the very home that Future Ted lives in with his kids.

So what are your thoughts this week? Although I think the episode had some weird moments (Barney's thing with Ted's mom, for instance), it was nice to see the overall plot moving forward a bit. And it was definitely a treat to have Cristine Rose and Harry Groener on the show again. What did you think? Chat it up in the comments!

 

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Ted's mother gets married to Clint (last seen in Season 2's "How Lily Stole Christmas") and the pair immediately start skeeving out Ted with their completely inappropriate behavior. Unable to handle the fact that his mom is on her second marriage before he's on his first, Ted rushes out and impulsively buys a house. Is it truly the house of his dreams ... or a total nightmare?

Future Ted tells his kids that everyone has one impulsive moment that changes their lives forever. We're about to hear the story of his. It all starts with a visit from Ted's mom (Heroes' Cristine Rose) and her boyfriend, Clint (Harry Groener, recognizable to Buffy fans everywhere as the Mayor of Sunnydale). read more

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