Weekend at Barney’s
Original Air Date: Feb 25, 2013
Caitlin –Senior Staff Writer
If you’re familiar with the movie Weekend at Bernie’s, the title of the episode and its opening scene might make sense. The fact that it’s apparently a play from The Playbook meant to attract women to Barney, on the other hand? Yeah, I don’t get it.
Also still illogical is Ted’s continued relationship with Jeanette, the last woman he’s going to date before he finally meets The Mother. How bad are things going to have to get between them? Let’s just say explosives are involved.
Lily hits the ground running with her new job, heading out to a fancy party to flatter an artist The Captain has his eye on. Marshall comes with her, grabbing himself a bag of Skittles before they get into a taxi. However, Ted ominously warns us that he’ll never eat the fruit candies again. So there’s that. There’s also the fact that Jeanette breaks up with Ted, causing him to need to get back together with her, much to the horror of basically everyone.
Barney tries to intervene with Ted’s efforts, but ends up agreeing to help him, revealing in the process that he never actually burned the Playbook. Apparently, helping means remotely leading Ted through absurd acts that make him look like a jerk who is talking to himself. It does work, though only accidently. Also, Barney’s efforts lead to Robin seeing that the Book still exists. At the gallery, Marshall spills Skittles everywhere during a moment of silence for the artist’s grandmother. Him I feel sorry for. Barney, not so much.
Thankfully, Robin agrees with me, but he manages to convince her to look past it. I’m not entirely sure I like his techniques. Again, I’m giving the upper hand to Marshall, who wins over Lily and The Captain’s future client by bonding with him over Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Ted’s an entirely different story. Jeanette finds The Playbook, thinks it’s his, and destroys everything he owns. She prepares to blow up the Book with fireworks and Barney arrives and tells her to go for it. Now, I might just forgive him.
As we already knew, this is what pushes Ted to try and settle down once and for all. It took a bit of loss (R.I.P red cowboy boots), but it means the only barrier between us and The Mother is a set number of episodes before Barney and Robin’s wedding. As for the Weekend at Barney’s, Robin points out how absurd the whole scheme is, and we never go back to the first scene of Ted and Marshall moving a “dead” Barney with string. Maybe this is all part of why Barney let the Book die. I just hope it really is gone now.Follow @Cait4TTC