How I Met Your Mother-Plantonish-Alyson Hannigan, Neil Patrick Harris, and Cobie Smulders

That uneasy feeling How I Met Your Mothers been giving us all season has finally disappeared. In “Platonish” we’re starting to see things with new eyes. Bryan Cranston returns to the show as The Mother gets a chance to win our hearts.  This is one episode no fan should miss.

The Players:

  • Director: Pamela Fryman
  • Writer: George Sloan
  • Cast: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, Cristin Milioti, Bob Saget, Bryan Cranston, Michael Edwin, Christine Donlon, Stephanie Lynn, Angela Sprinkle, Sarah Karges, Sheldon Coolman, Kevin Fabian

Episode Title: “Platonish”

In a flashback, Marshall pushes Ted to make a decision about Robin while Lily and Robin challenge Barney to pick up girls.

The Good:

  •  How Barney Met The Mother: For the first time in a long time, we’re starting to see where the writers are headed. A flashback told the story of a night six months ago where Robin and Lily challenged Barney pick up girls using a dolphin voice. He ask couldn’t use the letter E, while wearing a trash bag, and pretending to be Ryan Gosling. He succeeded right up until he ran into a girl holding diapers and samosas thanks to The Mother. Being impervious to the Barnacle’s charms would have been shocking enough, but that she could see the brokenhearted man underneath was inspired. By making The Mother the one that set Barney on the path to win back Robin’s heart explains why they’ve continued Ted’s affections for Robin. Since Ted loves signs, something tells us he’ll go nuts with this.
  •  What’s The Rush?: Marshall will forever be the friend that pushes those closest to him to seek out their hearts content. Unfortunately, last night taught us and Ted that when you ignore perfectly good advice, you may miss out forever. Instead of acting on his feelings for Robin like Marshall suggested, Ted decided to wait, thinking she would always be available. The most interesting thing about this story is that although Ted is a romantic, he never considered the effort it would take to truly win Robin back. The only moves he could dream up were 20 minute plans. Yet Barney could see the long game immediately. In a not so subtle way, the writers outlined how one man is meant for one woman.  The beauty of watching it unfold was worth the 30 minute wait.
  • Chicago: Ted’s declaration that he’s moving to Chicago after Robin and Barney’s wedding has finally been explained.  Bryan Cranston returned to reprise his role as Hammond Druthers, Ted’s old boss. In case your memory’s foggy, check out season 2’s “Aldrin Justice” for Cranston’s first appearance back in 2006 when he was known as the dad from Malcolm in the Middle. Druthers offers Ted a job at his firm in Chicago, and when Ted refuses he makes the opportunity open ended. Oh and Heisenberg Hammond takes credit for building a tower that can melt cars, which since it’s a real thing, is pretty hilarious.
  • Extra: You had to know it was going to be a good night when Robin called the girl Barney picked up and demanded she be celibate for a year. Because come on, we’re all scared to think some people are allowed to procreate right? The fun didn’t stop there. Ted and Marshall had to be the guys at the Harlem Globetrotters game rooting for the other team.  Take note, Marshall’s still employing his Andrew Dice Clay voice for punch lines and Ted’s joined in perfectly. Also, Marshall’s ditty about the five dollar bet he made with Lily that technically doesn’t matter because they have joint checking accounts is funnier than it sounds.    


“Platonish” proved that the only two people who are truly platinic friends are Marshall and Robin. If a bomb’s ever strapped to your chest and you have to make two people makeout to survive, you know who not to ask. Finally being able to see what the writers are planning lifts our spirits for the future.

Rating: 10/10

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

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