Remember Don Frank (Bob Koldyke) -- the new co-worker Robin met after Marshall and Ted told her she was going to meet the one? He's back -- or finally here, working with Robin, and driving her to... smoke -- and I ain't talking sandwiches. Ted's kids act like Robin's smoking is news to them (it's not to us). That little surprise is nothing next to their shock in learning that back in 2009, Uncle Marshall shared the habit (we knew he smoked when drinking sometimes). And Aunt Lily (didn't she smoke on her wedding day?). And Barney (I'm thinking yeah). And worst of all? Their dear old dad. Okay, that surprised me. Everyone whines about their reasons, but it comes down to the fact that they're hooked.
Okay, so maybe Marshall has some stress. The McRib has been discontinued and Bob Odenkirk is back as "Artillery" Arthur Hobbs, Marshall's abusive boss from his old firm. GNB has brought him in as the head of Legal -- and he's going to be letting people go. The problem isn't that Arthur remembers Marshall and his emotional exit. Arthur always fires the people he doesn't know, and he can't remember Marshall from one minute to the next -- that is, until they become smoking buddies. After a week of smoking, most of the gang starts finding reasons to kick the habit (the funniest is Lily's voice -- provided by the velvet-throated Harvey Fierstein). Once Arthur has a heart attack while on a smoke break with Marshall, they all decide to quit -- except Robin. Despite Don's overwhelming negativity, Robin's been plugging away at her job and has landed an interview with the Mayor. She uses that as her excuse when she refuses to quit -- until Ted reminds her that Bloomberg is the anti-smoking mayor and it wouldn't do for her to show up reeking of the evil weed.
Don's overwhelming negativity has negatively overwhelmed the whole crew of Come On, Get Up, New York! On the day of Robin's mayoral interview, he's smoking at the news desk and refusing to read that day's copy. When the mayor cancels, Don tries to tempt Robin to join him in an on-air puff -- telling her that nobody will care. To prove his point, he invites offended viewers to call in, certain no one is watching. But... the gang had been feeling badly about never watching Robin's show, so they chose the morning of her big interview to tune in. They phone the show and offer Robin encouragement. Finally, she tosses her butt into Don's cup -- and it bursts into flames. Something tells me that Robin isn't the only thing on set that's a bit fortified.
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Welcome to yet another strong episode of How I Met Your Mother, full of callbacks and fun, so let's get right to it. In 2030, Saget!Ted's kids are still listening to his never-ending story of how he met their mother. Given the kids' appearance, this seems like it might be some of the famed footage that Carter Bays and Craig Thomas stuck in their vault for future use. Anyhow, Saget!Ted starts off by telling them how early Aunt Robin's morning show aired. We cut to...
The Come On, GET UP New York! set: From the news desk, Robin is trying to wake her cameraman, Mike, as Saget!Ted tells his kids, "And then, everything changed." And I'm not sure why he said that, the way he said it, because the time of the show didn't change. But anyhow, Robin arrives back at the apartment, and since Ted didn't see her show (don't these kids have TiVo or a VCR?) she tells him about her new co-host. He's Don Frank (Bob Koldyke), who you'll remember as the coworker Robin met after Marshall and Ted told her she was going to meet the one. Don's been part of 38 local news teams all over the country and is an industry legend. I'm also guessing he's a giant tool, since he looks awfully young to have worked on that many shows prior to arriving at Come On, GET UP New York! Ted tells Robin she's so going to "hit that." Robin denies it through all his teasing then excuses herself to go upstairs and stand on the roof alone for five minutes. Um, is she waiting for the Rapture? Well, that depends on your definition. Saget!Ted says that Robin is actually up on the roof to smoke a cigarette. In 2030, the children recoil in horror. "WHAT?!" Saget!Ted explains that back in 2009, Robin was an occasional smoker. "Occasional" extends to smoking while eating, brushing her teeth, and doing yoga.
And Robin is doing yoga with her butt in the air and a butt hanging out of her mouth when Ted, Marshall and Barney enter the apartment. Barney makes a crack about having just left someone in Robin's yoga position. I think it would have been funnier had he made the crack personal to Robin and their time together. I mean come on -- this is Barney. Whatever. Ted reminds her that she has to smoke on the roof, and chides her for the time she burnt the rug while doing pushups with a cigarette dangling from her lips. Marshall stumbles as he tries to hop on the shame train. "Yeah, Robin. Not only is that a filthy habit, but also... can I bum one?" In 2030, the kids again say, "WHAT?!"