Monday, October 1, 2007

Recap - We're not from here (0302)

Hope everyone enjoyed my attempt at a recap of the first episode. And by everyone, I mean my girlfriend. Lets keep up the pace with the second episode of season 3, "We're not from here".

We jump right to the cold open as Ted and Barney are asking the newlyweds if anything is different now that they are married. Evidently not, except that Marshall's having hand cramps. Barney points out the sexual innuendo there and Marshall only mostly denies it. He's mostly talking about all of the post wedding writing that's going on with thank you notes, forms, death folders. Not surprisingly, Barney calls a time out and wants an explanation of "death folders". Lily and Marshall set up the on-coming joke by saying that its something you prepare in case you die unexpectedly so all important info is in one convenient location. Lily helpfully catalogs such info as account information, important addresses, and a letter to the other. Marshall immediately looks stricken when she suggests this last thing and as Lily goes off to the bar, we learn that Marshall hasn't actually written a letter for the death folder. Though, he does include a list of funny things to do with his ashes. (#6, Marshall brownies) Marshall beats himself up some more and promises to write the letter when they get home. Barney and Ted, however, see an opening here and set out to jinx Marshall by proclaiming that he couldn't possibly die before writing that letter. Of course, they don't want Marshall to die. They just know Marshall will be upset that they are jinxing him. After valiantly pretending he is unmoved (and merely a *little* superstitious), Marshall knocks on wood, throws salt over his shoulder, and twirls in a circle before racing out of MacLaren's to go write his letter. And theme song!

And show! Saget busts in before a commercial can start to introduce us to the Robin story for this week and we flashback to see Argentinian Robin. Let's call her Petirrojo (and lets call that a Babelfish joke). Petirrojo is all amazed at the oneness of everything and super excited about drum circles. Everything Robin isn't and also everything completely insufferable. Oh, and she's got dorky vacation braids. Flashforward to Robin showing the gang (minus a letter writing Marshall) her vacation photos which much to Barney's delight include topless Petirrojo at a drum circle. Topless and bottomless lots of other people, too, as Lily remarks that its like Where's Waldo with exposed genitalia but really easy. Robin tries to assert that she is still Petirrojo, but Barney is having none of it and is also helpfully recapping Robin's character for our new viewers. (Hi guys!) He also repeatedly goes to Ted for some back-up who is adult about things and mantras that he's happy that Robin's happy. Barney keeps at it, though, and insists that evolved Robin will disappear as soon as Guy-L's expiration date comes due. There is a good side bit where Ted quietly snickers at Barney's "best if banged by date" condemnation of Guy-L. Speaking of, the Kryptonian lover enters in the middle of this as Lily warns everyone to switch to big words. Hilariously, the rest of the conversation takes place using mildly obscure words that we gather aren't in Guy-L's ESL vocabulary. He hopefully thinks that the discussion is about baseball and Ted is just jubilant that his former paramour is jubilant.

We return from our delayed commercial break to find Marshall writing his letter to Lily. Throughout this scene, we see the letter read by "Marshall from the beyond" residing in a little cloud filled oval over Marhsall's shoulder. At first I thought we were seeing angel Marshall and devil Marshall, but I guess that will have to wait. We skip through the letter as Marshall gets all cutesy (his lover runs deeper than a Scottish loch), paranoid (trust no one), and back to cutesy. Best bit was Marshall telling her not to trust Ted if he dies in suspicious circumstances. Marshall considers this and returns to add, "especially not Ted". Many pages and kleenex later and Marshall slides his letter into his death folder. Overcome from bearing his heart, his curiosity gets the better of him and he opens Lily's letter to him. Alas, Lily didn't actually do the letter writing herself and its just account info and a reminder to cancel Vogue and Elle subscriptions. Or, maybe she was just signing her name "L". Works either way.

We find ourselves back at the bar as Guy-L recounts a harrowing tale of his efforts to talk peacefully to a brother shark. Didn't seem to work as the story ends, "and that's the last thing I remember before going to the hospital". While a crowd of women are enraptured, Ted and Barney are busy being jealous that Guy-L has it so easy just because he's better looking and from out of town. This leads Barney to a scheme to pretend to be tourists visiting New York City. You know, I'm sure if the series is on for a few years, "Barney has a scheme" episodes are the kind of thing that could get tiresome, but we aren't there yet so this should be fun.

We pick of the boys as Barney has Suited Down to stay in character and Ted lays out their back story as French tourists. Barney immediately throws Ted's fantasy away, opting instead for a bad Southernish accent and proclaiming himself from Missoureh. He asks two amenable looking women what street the Statue of Liberty is on, and she patiently tells him its on an island. Barney introduces himself with the totally real name of Ignatius Peabody Nobel. (So, he's a Swedish Jesuit from Missouri?) After his good job on his own name, he opts not to tempt fate and introduces Ted as his friend "Ted". Ted goes to seal the deal and adopts just a hint of an accent as he by-gosh-and-gollies their way into an invite to be shown the city the next day. Ted is bothered, though, when the girls brand MacLaren's a lame bar.

Back at the pub, Lily asks Robin how things are with Guy-L and Robin tips her hand by being overly positive in response. It seems
Petirrojo was way more into "experiencing" her food and having tables swept off for impromptu moments of passion than Robin is. Of course, given that Guy-L is now hand feeding her spaghetti and knocking off laptops, its hard to blame her. Oh, and Robin is still tracking sand around which is really troubling her. But she is committed to keeping Petirrojo alive so she commits herself to not being bothered by all this and remaining "evolved". We move on to Robin's shower as she tries to put this in action by not being bothered when Guy-L uses the toilet while she's in the shower. After talking herself through this, though, she learns that its actually some Aussie bloke in the bathroom with her. Seems Guy-L has invited a bunch of "traveling friends" to stay with Robin indefinitely. The Aussies are more excited by this than Robin.

We return from commercial to find Lily giving Marshall a thank you note to sign. Marshall passive aggressively notes that she wrote on both sides of a thank you note to his third cousin for a blender they haven't even opened. (Dude, your 3rd cousin is giving you a blender? Score!) Lily, obviously, recognizes that its an awesome blender and Marshall sheds some of the passive to suggest that she marry the blender if she likes it so much. Lily helpfully reminds Marshal that she can't, since she married him already which netted them this awesome blender. Am I the only one who wants to see this blender play an important role in an upcoming episode?

Lily does pick up on Marshall's increasingly obvious pissiness and Marshall finally gives away that he's read her parting letter. Lily is not amused by this but Marshall holds his ground and goes to storm out. Lily stops him to cutely point out that this is their first fight as a married couple. Being the romantic that he is, Marshall can't help but recognize this relationship milestone with a hug, but he's still not over it and resumes the storming out.

Future Ted steps in to Sagat on about how great New York is as we see stock footage of some NYC landmarks. There is just so much to see and do, but it seems the girls that Ted and Barney picked up brought them to their favorite restaurant: Tater Skins, a thinly veiled rendition of TGI Applebees with everything but a blue french horn on the wall. (Good thing, or Ted would end up telling one of the girls he loved her) Ted is even less amused, but Barney is committed to getting laid and is thrilled with how easy this is all going. He even ventures to try a knock-knock joke next which does quite well with the ladies after they return from the bathroom and invite the boys to a party at a friends.

Robin is back with the Aussies as she tries to very patiently give them some house rules. So patient, she corrects herself and calls them "guidelines for harmonious living". G.F.H.L. #1 is don't pee in the sink. #2 is no pot muffins as Robin got herself high before going on the air that morning. It seems there was not a lead story about how weird her hand was. She tries to go to #3 and ask them be quiet but they erupt in cheers at the unidentified sporting event they are watching (probably soccer) and clearly were ignoring her all along.

Meanwhile, Ted and Barney are with their tour guides in a cab to this party. Barney remains in character, though he and Ted have both shed their accents by this point. The girls don't seem like they'd have noticed. Ted keeps trying to blow their cover, though, as he grumbles about the route they are taking and the neighborhood they are going to, leaving Barney to cover for him. (Seems Missouri Ted has been watching too many "Steinfeld" reruns) Ted's apprehension is soon proven right as they get mugged when they end up in the South Bronx. Wasn't so bad for Barney, though, as his dedication to the role meant he only had traveler's checks.

We find ourselves back at Apartment Central and Marshall can't believe Lily hasn't apologized and Lily can't believe that Marshall betrayed her trust and opened the letter. She explains that she can't write the letter because she can't bare to think about not being with Marshall. Besides, at this point she knows Marshall will just read the letter right away anyway. Marshall promises that he won't look at it, though, and Lily relents. Marshall presses his luck and asks for a little dirty stuff with the letter. Good call, as Lily promises to write all dirty stuff with just a little clean stuff. She even agrees to toss in some Polaroids.

Back to the scene of the crime in the South Bronx as Ted wants to call it a night, but is tempted back in when Barney suggests that the mugging will lead to "Thank God We're Alive" Sex. On cue, the ladies invite the boys back to their place to "recover". Ted guesses that live in the West Village but is corrected that they actually live in West Orange. New Jersey. Home to
Ian Ziering, Scott Wolf, and Thomas Edison. Ted seems to have no appreciation for this history, though and is speechless at this news until one of the ladies pushes him over the edge by calling New Jersey, "pretty much New York". Ted blows his cover to express his indignation at two Jersey Girlies playing themselves off as New Yorkers. Because the only thing worse than pretending to be tourists to score with New Yorkers is pretending your New Yorkers to impress tourists. He closes his rant by inviting them to crawl back to the "open sewer pipe they call the Holland Tunnel" and flush themselves back to "pretty much New York". Ted will do a lot for sex, it seems, but going to New Jersey is out of the question. Barney brings back the accent for one last attempt to cover for Ted, but the ladies leave with the Newark born cops and the boys are stuck in the South Bronx. Good thing they are New Yorkers, though.

Back at Robin's, she's woken up by a drum circle and storms out to find none other than Petirrojo at the bongos. Seems Petirrojo thinks Robin is a total buzz kill and rips into her for her lack of a tan, beaded braids, and armpit hair and the whole working thing. Its just so American to have a job. Robin defends herself by noting that she's actually Canadian. (Hi, new viewers!) Petirrojo implores Robin to dedicate herself to the important things. Like thinking about peace. Robin has a moment of realization, though, and now sees that Petirrojo is actually boring, lame, and sandy and not the real Robin. Petirrojo doesn't want to take no for an answer and goes all in and she starts to come on to Robin. There is a hilarious shot of vacation Robin inching closer to real Robin as they are about to kiss before Robin wakes up to actual drumming in the living room and goes to kick out the Aussies. They ignore her until Robin returns packing heat. The take the hint and head out with a "Michael Moore was so right about Americans" which Robin responds with an "I'm Canadian!". Good thing they just reminded us about her gun-loving and her Canadianness earlier in the episode. Robin wraps everything up by breaking up with Guy-L. Thankfully, after putting down the gun. FTed Sagets that after this she went back to being Robin. We're reminded of the special bond she has with Barney as they hang-out at MacLaren's. She especially gets his attention by relating a return visit from Petirrojo in her dreams, this time going all the way. She may be sandy, but she knows what Robin likes.

Finally, we comic back Lily giving Marshall her letter and getting him to swear not to open it. Marshall does, and Future Ted tells us that he kept that promise for 22 beautiful years of marriage until one sad day, November 1, 2029. We see future Marshall (played by Jason Segal with a bald cap) sitting behind an ornate desk and looking pensive. He slowly takes out the letter from Lily, kisses it and solemnly opens it. "Lily from the beyond" pops up in her own cloud-filled oval to read it for us: "Busted! I knew you'd read this. You suck Marshall. You totally suck!" Dismayed, future Marshall looks around the otherside to confirm that this is, indeed, the parting message of his beloved wife. "That's it?" he exclaims, calling out to Lily. Ah, but it was all a ruse and in walks Future Lily (again, its just Alyson in age make-up) who notes that she was right and he didn't keep his promise. Marshall reminds her that she didn't include her promised dirty pictures, either. She offers to add some now, but Marshall feels this misses the point as it was 29 year old Lily he wanted dirty pictures from. Future Lily is understandably not amused, leaving future Marshall to cover and for us to learn that as Mandy Moore got to plug her album last episode, its Enrique's turn this time.

So, for the few doubters, Lily is not the mother. She remains happily married to Marshall until at least 2029. I was actually really amused by that flash-forward, even with the fake-out. I do think they made future Marshall and Lily a bit too old, but you got the feeling that Marshall's done quite well for themselves and they are society types who might just be that prim and proper at 51. Plenty are, I guess. At least this still leaves hope for future Barney being played by Steven Weber.


Brian said...

Over at TVSquad, commentator TW notes that in the 2029 scene, there is framed newspaper article behind Marshall that reads: New York Laywer Captures "Nessie". Hard to make out without HD, but its a funny little sight gag.

TV Genie said...

Hey thanks for the link in the post last week. Great recap and great blog.

How did you create the banner by the way? I've been looking into it myself but I'm new at web site stuff so I'm not sure what to do.

Brian said...

Thanks for the feedback.

I got the image from the HIMYM MySpace page, cropped it in Photoshop and added the title. Once you get a banner, they are pretty easy to add in Blogger.

MusicManiac said...

Guys, can someone temme where I can start downloading season 3 episodes? Tripping on the series. Not getting S03 episodes. :( Help?