By Meryl Gottlieb| firstname.lastname@example.org| @buzzlightmeryl
How I Met Your Mother airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBS
I laughed. I cried. I loved.
The latest episode from How I Met Your Mother, “The Time Travelers,” demonstrated some of the best writing I’ve seen from the show in a long time. Again, they played on the idea of time and it blew my mind. Initially, the side story seemed pointless, though very well performed. However, everything tied together in such an emotional way.
Tonight’s episode will go on my list of favorites from all the seasons. If you are a HIMYM fan, you have to go watch it right now. CBS already has it uploaded; you have no excuses.
Right from the beginning, I knew the episode was going to be great when narrator Bob Saget paralleled Ted’s (Josh Radnor) life at that point in time to the Mother’s life. It was such a captivating beginning. For eight years, fans have pondered over any mere detail about the Mother, which is why I think moments like that should have happened more often.
In MacLaren’s, Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) rushes to Ted, who is sitting by himself looking miserable because he is alone, and tells him that they have to go to “Robots vs. Wrestlers: Legends.”
When Ted initially declines, Barney tells him how he usually makes decisions – by asking what would make a great memory in 20 years. So, he tells Ted to ask his 20-year-later self.
What is better than one Neil Patrick Harris? Three Neil Patrick Harris-es!! It was legen- wait for it… -dary!
20 years from now Barney and Ted join present Barney and Ted. They are all then visited by 20 minutes from now Barney and Ted. Seems confusing, but it was hilarious. They are all trying to get Ted to go to “Robots vs. Wrestlers” until 20 minutes from now Barney points out what’s more important: the coat check girl from season one – played by Glee’s Jayma Mays – just walked into the bar.
No, that is not the beginning of some joke.
We’ll take a break from the oncoming awesomeness to introduce the side story.
Also in MacLaren’s, Marshall (Jason Segel) is furious that Carl (Joe Nieves) named his drink, the Minnesota Tidal Wave, after Robin (Cobie Smulders) because she had been ordering it a lot. What ensues is a silly battle that was made hilarious because of the acting talents from Smulders and Segel.
The two battle each other for the name of the drink by pushing the other’s boundaries. After entering a stall-in-use to erase what Marshall wrote on the men’s bathroom wall – yes you read that correctly – Robin writes on the walls of the women’s bathroom.
When Marshall goes in, he reads Robin’s long message, citing her issues with her father as a probable cause for taking credit for the drink. Or, it’s just a ploy to keep Marshall in the bathroom too long, forcing him to hide in a bathroom stall when women enter. Fantastic. I love Robin’s character and how brilliantly Smulders portrays her.
Before Ted can approach the coat-check girl, two versions of the 20 years from now coat-check girl grab him. One is what will happen when Ted dumps her and the other is a version of when she dumps him. Either way, that relationship is doomed. “You’ve been dating for awhile, has it ever ended any other way,” she asks Ted. He lets the present coat-check girl walk out of the bar.
Don’t mind me, I’ll be over here crying in a corner. This scene was just so real and so interesting. Seriously, the writers did a fantastic job.
Ted goes back over to the booth. Present Barney tells him that none of this is actually happening. The Minnesota Tidal Wave incident happened five years ago, Marshall and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) are upstairs with Marvin and he and Robin are choosing caterers for their wedding. Ted imagined it all as he sat by himself in the booth, staring at the “Robots vs. Wrestlers” tickets he had but no one to go with.
Before going home, Ted imagines running to his future wife’s apartment and delivers one of the best moments in HIMYM history. Here’s his monologue for all of your enjoyment:
“Hi, I’m Ted Mosby, and exactly 45 days from now, you and I are gonna meet. And we’re gonna fall in love, and we’re gonna get married and we’re gonna have two kids, and we’re gonna love them and each other so much. All that is 45 days away, but I’m here now, I guess, because I want those extra 45 days with you. I want each one of them. If I can’t have them, I’ll take the 45 seconds before your boyfriend shows up and punches me in the face because I love you. I am always going to love you ‘til the end of my days and beyond… You’ll see.”
If your heart hasn’t melted from that, then you probably didn’t have a heart to begin with.
Honestly, Ted has annoyed me for quite some time, but when he said those words, I remembered why I initially loved him and why we all root for him: he truly believes in love. All he has ever wanted was someone to spend the rest of his life; don’t we all want that?
Tonight’s episode was beautifully written and should have reminded us all as to why we invested eight years into this series.
Not to mention the six-part harmony between the three Teds and Barneys at the end was so incredibly amazing. Neil Patrick Harris just needs to sing all of the time.