How I Met Your Mother

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"Little Minnesota" is a kid-free, Saget-lite, Mosby-enhanced Christmas extravaganza with a teaser so short you'll miss it if you blink. Robin walks into MacLaren's. Ted notices her lack of coat or even long sleeves and says, "It's freezing out there. Where's your coat?" Silly Ted. Super Canadian doesn't need a coat in New York. In December. The current NYC weather is nothing for her, or for Marshall, who agrees today is similar to a Minnesota spring day. "...If it weren't for all the taxis, and the skyscrapers, and non-white people." Ted asks if there aren't any black people in Minnesota. Marshall deadpans, "Not if Prince is on tour."

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At MacLaren's, Ted tells Robin, Lily, and Marshall that his sister's plane got into NYC an hour ago. "Or as a meteorologist might say, Hurricane Heather has just made landfall." Lily protests that Heather's not that bad, but Ted won't be dissuaded from dumping on his little sister in a barroom, because he's...protective like that? Well, okay then. "Here's the back of Heather's baseball card: it took her six years to graduate from three different colleges, during which time she wrecked two cars, got married for five days, and lived in a tree for nine weeks, only to realize that no one had any intention of cutting it down. And now, Heather says she's moving to New York." Dear Self, these are the people who should not give your eulogy: Saget!Ted; current day Ted.

Lily seems impressed that Heather is taking such a big step, but Ted says she will never follow up on it. A few years back, she talked about transferring to NYU, then flaked out on the day of her interview. And we flashback to an unspecified day of yore, on which Ted calls Heather to inquire about his missing couch and TV. Cut to Heather who is body surfing atop the crowd at a concert. Seems she sold Big Brother's stuff for Nine Inch Nails concert tickets and a plane ticket to said concert -- in Spain.

My ancestors were Puritans from England. They arrived here in 1648 in the hope of finding greater restrictions than were permissible under English law at that time. --Garrison Keillor

Oh crap, it's Barney. Er... I mean, that's what Ted says when his phone rings and he checks the caller ID. He doesn't answer and explains that he's never let Barney meet his sister because... it's Barney, and his sister. As if that weren't enough reason on its face, Ted also recounts Barney's behavior when the Mosby family Christmas card arrives. And we...

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