Hi everyone, I hope you haven’t forgotten me! Today we’re recapping episodse 11-15 of How I Met Your Mother Season 8. As Robin and Barney work out their awkward situation, Ted’s GNB building is finally being revealed! But Ted reflects on Robin one last time and can he really give his blessing to Barney and Robin? Sorry I’ve been gone for so long, but exams are just soo demanding.
Episode 11 & 12 – The Final Page
– A LOT happens in these two episodes… but it begins, with a jinx. Marshall jinxes Barney, who hasn’t been jinxed for a long time but has tortured the rest of the gang with his own jinxes. In the winter of 2012, as Ted’s GNB building is about to revealed, he contemplates his younger days in class and his numerous attempts to prove his talent and creativity to Professor Vinick at Wesleyan university. The gang teases Ted’s obsession with Vinick as Ted’s “Pit Guy” like in the Silence of the Lambs. Likewise, Lily points out that Patrice is Robin’s pit guy and Marshall reveals that he and Lily would be pit people of their creepy university “friend” Daryl. Barney begs Marshall and Lily to unjinx him. Robin is given a chance to fire Patrice at work. Ted drags Marshall, Lily and Barney to Wesleyan in his endeavour to prove himself to Vinick… sadly revenge fantasies never turn out the way you want them to, especially those in red cowboy boots. When Daryl brings Marshall, Lily and Barney to his basement to show them something, paranoia takes over and Marshall finally confesses to Daryl that he and Lily are not his friends. In the end, Daryl realizes that he does not need the validation of others to measure his self-worth. Ted also realizes “emotional clarity” as Robin does in her situation. The gang leaves campus. When Ted and Lily grab snacks at the service station, Ted unjinxes Barney by accident and Barney confides in Ted about his plans to marry Patrice on the roof of the World Wide News building.
In exchange for unjinxing Ted, Barney makes him promise not to tell anyone about his plans or try to dissuade him in his proposal plans. The gang (minus Barney) gets hyped up about Ted’s big skyscraper reveal. Robin agrees to be Ted’s plus one to the ceremony. Mickey gives Marshall and Lily a vacation break Christmas present away from Marvin. Just as Marshall and Lily are about to leave, Ted reveals Barney’s secrets to Marshall, thus breaking the jinx swear as he struggles with the decision to tell Robin about Barney proposal plans. Ted decides that Robin deserves to know, but Marshall advises him not to. Lily has separation anxiety with Marvin. Ted ends up taking Marshall’s advice, to be a little selfish. We get to see Ranjit again! YAY! Ted caves at the end and tells Robin, in case she “wants to do something about it.” Ranjit offers hilarious comic relief as always. Marshall and Lily arrive at Ted’s big event and miss Marvin when they see another cute baby dressed in a suit. Robun reacts in frustration to Ted’s news. Ted brings the limo to the World Wide News building despite Robin’s decision not to intervene with Barney’s plans. Ted tells Robin that sometimes being an ass of yourself for the person you love is worth it, thus giving her and his best bro, his final blessing.
Robin arrives at the roof of the building to find a play titled “The Robin,” describing everything that Barney has done since Robin’s breakup with Nick, all in the pursuit of Robin’s affections. Robin is infuriated with Barney for being lied to and manipulated for weeks. The last step of the play Is Barney’s proposal… and of course, she says, “Yes.” And they kiss over a beautiful snowy rooftop under mistletoe.
The episodes end with a crowd raising a glass to Ted. Marshall and Lily are happily home with Marvin. Robin and Barney are happily in love… but Ted looks out forlornly into the snowy cityscape of New York.
Episode 13 – Band or DJ- Barney and Robin are engaged, FINALLY. Marshall and Lily are stressed over Marvin’s digestive system. Barney and Robin begin to plan the wedding. Lily gets excited about wedding planning to which Ted takes over. Barney is coping with his wedding engagement through panic attacks. Barney meets Robin’s father at a restaurant. At the end of the meal, Robin’s father, the ultimately disapproves of Barney. Ted insists on having a DJ while Lily suggests a band. Barney attempts to bond with Robin’s father where he forces him to kill a bunny… of course Barney chickens out. (No rabbits were harmed in the making of this episode) Robin finds out that her father is remarried from his online status and refuses to invite her father to her wedding because she was never invited to his. Towards the end, Lily pulls Ted onto the roof of their apartment to press him on his displeasure at Barney and Robin’s engagement. Ted can’t bring himself to voice his misery as he would be named the most awful person in the country but Lily gives him an out when she confesses that sometimes she wished she wasn’t a mother. Only after, Ted confesses his true feelings. Coping with her stress as a mother, Lily still feels unfulfilled as an artist and she encourages Ted to accept what he’s been given in his life. At the end, Barney helps Robin reconcile her relationship with her father and she realizes how much Barney loves her. Four months later, Ted bumps into his lesbian ex-girlfriend Cindy and her partner on the subway and rants about the cancellation of the band. Luckily for him, the couple knows a great wedding band available at the last minute. Cindy’s tells him of a band that her ex-roommate is a part of and the episode closes with Ted looking up to the stage at the bass player.
Episode 14 – Ring Up!- Ted is caught wearing a cheesy teenage black leather cuff. He tells the gang that he’s met a girl… but she’s underage so she’s unable to enter the bar. Robin and Barney are in the honeymoon phase of their engagement. Ted later rants to the gang how his teenage girlfriend seems like a completely different species. She turns out to be obsessed with old men. Marshall puts on Ted’s cheesy teenage black leather cuff which turns out to be a turn-on for Lily. Robin finds out that her engagement ring means losing single pretty girl privileges… free coffee, bagels, newspapers, beers, and even houses. Barney’s system is detoxing after years of one-night stands and needs Ted to sleep with the teenager to proxy bang for Barney. Marshall continues to put on a bad-boy image to hype up the romance between him and Lily. Ted shows Barney pictures of the teenager and Barney finds out that Ted has just slept with his half-sister Carly. Marshall and Lily reconcile their romance without the cuff. Lily and Marshall give Robin advice about coping with her loss of single pretty girl privileges. Barney attempts to marry Ted and Carly radically reacting to their one-night stand. Ted points out that Barney’s detox is over. Barney makes Ted and Carly promise to never sleep with each other again, but both wink to their bro and brother as single Barney use to. Robin finally realizes that being in a couple and having that one special person look at you is worth the loss of her single pretty girl status.
Episode 15 – P.S. I Love you- Ted sees a girl on the subway reading the same book as him and obsesses over her with Marshall and Lily at the bar. He later bumps into the anonymous girl when the university where he works has a fire drill. The gang points out that the girl, Jeanette must be a crazy stalker. Ted points out that whether a gesture is charming or alarming depends on whether two people are into each other. Robin ends up telling the gang that there is a fine line between love and obsession. The word stalker slightly bothers Robin as she reveals that she use to be one. The rest of the episode is devoted to Barney’s quest to find out who Robin use to stalk. Barney reads Robin’s old teenage diary with obsessive rants about her mystery man; the entries ending with “P.S. I Love You.” Marshall and Lily hypothesize that Jeanette set a fire so that she could pull the fire drill thus sending Ted and everyone else out the building. Barney flies to Canada to interrogate Robin’s old boyfriends… in Tim Hortons, over doughnuts. Ted ends up finding out that Jeanette really did set a fire. Marshall and Ted dispute over Ted and his new crazy girlfriend. Barney returns with the answer to the question “Who was Robin obsessed with?” Hang on tight cause it’s ROBIN SPARKLES 4 Y’ALL! An old Canadian documentary tells of Robin’s change in music from bubble-gum pop to grunge; a dark and edgy song called P.S. I Love You inspired by her obsession… Barney attacks Alan Thicke, believing that the song is about him and gets beat up. When Robin finds out of Barney’s obsession, he finally admits that anyone can get obsessed. Robin confesses that she was obsessed with Paul Shaffer. Ted is still okay with Jeanette’s crazy antics despite Marshall’s protests and Lily finally tells the gang that she’s been living a lie with the story of her and Marshall. It turns out that she knocked on every single person’s door in her building to find him and create “a little destiny.” Ted finds that Jeanette’s been stalking him for a year and a half since he was on a magazine cover but Ted still goes along with it. Future Ted narrates over the last scene saying, “Before a man meets the woman he’ll marry, he’ll make one final horrible mistake. For me that was Jeanette.”
Okay… that was a really really long recap… the good thing is, events are picking up. Favourite funny moment of this recap was Barney and the cuckoo-clock when Ted first describes his first encounter with Jeanette. Last recap to come soon!
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