Last night’s How I Met Your Mother taught us one thing: friendship means never having to return your friend’s belongings. Also, “The Over-Correction” focused on Robin’s obsession with Barney. Are the writers any closer to giving us what we want?

The Players:

Episode Title: “The Over-Correction”

Robin is suspicious of Barney’s relationship with Patrice, while Marshall realizes a startling truth about his mother.

The Good:

  • Double Duty: For the second week in a row, Alyson Hannigan pulled her weight in the entire episode. Apparently, the gang isn’t the only group that relies on “the wolf” in a pinch. She gave Marshall’s mom a lesson in airing out her Minnesota Twins that was a subtle reminder of Lily’s flair for fashion. (Her style was so notable the writers had to create credit card debt just to legitimize it.) She desecrates Ted’s mini-cooler, got stuck in Barney’s closet and was appropriately grossed out by her father’s new tryst. Lily even had the time to mock Marshall’s Andrew Dice Clay and Chris Rock stand-up comedy impression. 
  • Intervention: Though no one believed Robin, it seemed like Barney was up to something. When has the Barnicle ever been that oblivious to stowaways in his bachelor pad? Burning The Playbook for Patrice means nothing. We’re pretty sure this is leading to their reunion in next week’s special hour long episode.
  • Pulling Them Off: Instead of crafting another subplot, the writers made a Where’s Waldo episode. In place of a bespectacled man in red and white stripes, was everything Ted owns. Everyone has experienced the perils of loaning prized possessions to pals. With friends, the missing article becomes a continued annoyance and a running gag. For minor acquaintances it becomes an excuse to excommunicate the accused. Honestly, the whole thing seemed like a reason to trot out Ted’s red cowboy boots. That’s something we can get behind. It’s tough to say which was more rewarding, watching Robin hold Ted’s boots hostage—with his pocket knife—or watching Ted strut out of Barney’s apartment in the offending articles.

The So-So:

  • House of Horrors: No matter your age, details of your parent’s sex life is always cringe-worthy. Pair that general disgust with the knowledge that they have a casual sex arrangement with your spouse’s parent to really drive that terror home. We could see Mickey and Judy’s eventual coupling coming a mile away. Putting Lily and Marshall into an awkward quasi step-sibling situation saved the story from death by obvious conclusion. Watching the two huddled in bed—shielding themselves from the reality of the wretchedness—and choking back chunks while they’re made aware of the loose terms was worth the mental image.

The Quotable:

  • “Dammit Ted, you get those ornaments all year. I just need them for Christmas.” -Barney
  • “It’s not going to work Mickey. My bladder is as big as your betrayal.” -Marshall
  • “Sometimes you fall for someone you’d never expect but that doesn’t make it wrong. Doesn’t everyone deserve to be happy?”-Barney
  • “Please tell me this is about my drinking.” -Robin
  • “We’re family…with benefits.” -Mickey

Overall:

This was one of the best episodes to date.  Keeping track of Ted’s possessions kept everyone involved in the episode. Not to mention the excitement of getting closer to the Barney and Robin reunion. Something tells us there will be a proposal by Christmas!

Rating: 8/10

How I Met Your Mother airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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