Well, it's late, I'm tired, and this is supposedly a weecap, so I'm not adding too much. I think that was, hands down, the best episode this season. There was great word play. There were silly Marshall songs. The characters remained in character. In short, it was just a joy. Some people have been complaining that surely Lily and Marshall and Ted and Robin must have double-dated. But I think that was different. Ted was already Marshall's best friend (and Lily's too, really). Robin came on the scene as the girl Ted liked. Ted, Marshall and Lily all lived together. There was no having them over. It's a different kind of pressure, playing host. Also, they knew they were keeping Ted, no matter what happened with him and Robin. Your best friend (or your spouse's best friend) fills a different role than couple best-friends do. Also, Marshall and Lily were broken up for some of the time that Ted and Robin were together. And Robin and Ted had broken up by the time Lily and Marshall married. Now, sure, Robin and Barney are already friends with Marshall and Lily -- but they're all friends, so that puts them on different and more equal footing than Ted and Robin were, years ago. Also, Lily's been yearning for some more adult company (even though she fled in terror when last she arranged it) for a while. So, anyhow, I have no problem with this premise. It worked for me. Truthfully though, I've loved Jason Segal since Freaks and Geeks. I can still hear him singing "Lady L" to Lindsey. It would take an awful lot for me not to love an episode so chock full of his singing. The poems and ye olde flash-backs were lovely, too. This was a pleasure to watch and a terror to recap, because I am afraid I can't do it justice. What's done is done, though, so join me next week for "Dual Citizenship." In the meantime, come join the discussion in the forum.
In addition to How I Met Your Mother, Cindy McLennan also covers The Vampire Diaries and Lost. Email her at CynthiaMcLennan[at]gmail.com, or shout out to her onTwitter.