How I Met Your Mother

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Welcome back from hiatus! Our holidays were lovely; I hope yours were, too, but let's get right to it, because it's so nice to have some new TV again. Okay, so Saget!Ted is telling his kids that in the winter of 2009, he and Aunt Robin were having a rough time adapting to one another as roommates. There's lots of bickering. Robin uses all the milk and leaves the empty bottle in the fridge. Nobody's taking out the trash, washing dishes, changing the toilet paper rolls, blah blah blah slobcakes. Robin harshes on Ted for using dated references when he compares her to Ogre from Revenge of the Nerds and I can't imagine what she's talking about, because that's practically a new film. I was in high school when it came out. Is it even in wide release yet? (Bitch.) Tempers and voices continue to rise until Robin observes that when they were dating and practically living together, they didn't drive each other this crazy. Robin and Ted seem to be forgetting that they tried to live together when they were a couple, and couldn't make it past a few hours. Maybe they blocked it out. Robin finally figures out the problem: "Men and women need sex to live together. It solves all disputes." Ted compares this to Barney's theory of world peace and we flash back to...

MacLaren's: Barney says, "I said, Madeleine, every single international conflict essentially boils down to sexual tension." Ted's not convinced, but Barney is completely sold on his new pet theory. When Ted asks about the crisis in the Middle East, Barney replies with, "Gaza Strippers" and I get the chills. I mean, this was a cute exchange in its entirety, and this episode was certainly in the can before the latest flare up between Hamas and Israel in Gaza but still? Goosebumps. Next, Ted suggests Apartheid, and Barney responds, "Apart thighs -- what else you got?" and I suddenly feel like I opened up the door to the war room at the wrong time. Not like that! It just feels like just like the writers started riffing when they were working on the script, never came up with anything better, and threw that in. Then Ted brings up the Cold War. Barney says, "Mrs. Gorbachev, take down those pants!" (minute 1:52). Okay, that was funny -- you know... to those of us who were in high school when Revenge of the Nerds came out. Returning to the present, Ted laughs and suggests that he and Robin should just start having sex again. Robin scoffs. And...

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How I Met Your Mother




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