"How I Met Your Mother" Episode 18: Weekend at Barney's

The whole love story featuring crazy Jeanette from the previous “How I Met Your Mother” episode continued for approximately 0.2 seconds. In reality, I think any longer than that would have been overkill, but I enjoyed watching her psychosis increasingly unravel throughout the episode. But seriously, Jeanette and Ted broke up, they made up, she broke up with him and then bam, fire. Done.

In other happenings, Barney’s notorious playbook still exists! How can this be so? You may remember that he burned it during his debacle with Patrice, which was part of his scheme to propose to Robin. Turns out, Barney has two copies and it is legend--oh wait this only lasted about 0.2 seconds also. As soon as Barney reveals that thing, the next thing we know Jeanette has her crazy, unstable hands on it. The logical (or maybe not so logical) conclusion to this would be Jeanette blowing it up and this, my friends, is the cause of the flash-forward I previously mentioned.

Screenshot by Kara Weeks/Gavel Media

Screenshot by Kara Weeks/Gavel Media

So, that relationship literally goes up in flames just as Barney and Robin heat up in a different way. And I mean tempers are flaring (Robin’s temper is flaring). Obviously she is furious about the reincarnation of The Playbook but, honey, what did you expect? You’re marrying a guy who lived a nice piece of his life off of a playbook. Let’s think about that. Need I say more? Regardless, they are over it in about 0.2 seconds as well.

Screenshot by Kara Weeks/Gavel Media

Screenshot by Kara Weeks/Gavel Media

In more joyous news, Marshall stole the show. Yes, he literally stole the show in terms of the episode, but he also stole the art show Lily dragged him to. Leave it to Marshall to continue to be awesome as a 30-something, married father and lawyer by bringing a jumbo bag of Skittles to a classy art show. That’s a killer move and no doubt any of us would have done the same thing.

However, he really went above and beyond when he spilled the entire bag of Skittles during a moment of silence. I think we can all relate to that cringe-inducing moment when you spill something that 1) is small, round and in copious amounts, 2) actually explodes everywhere and 3) causes damage beyond repair when you drop it. It truly is a special kind of heartbreak/humiliation.

Screenshot by Kara Weeks/Gavel Media

Screenshot by Kara Weeks/Gavel Media

Worst of all? He never got to eat his Skittles and I really feel for him.

On that note, I think I should add that Ted finally says he’s ready to settle down and “this time he means it.” Okay, cool. I really have nothing to say to that because I am stumped as to what the next episode will entail unless we meet the mother. As always, fingers crossed.

 

Tune in Monday at 8 p.m. on CBS for episode 18!

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