How I Met Your Mother-Sunrise-Cobie Smulders and Josh Radnor

The end is near on How I Met Your Mother. “Sunrise” saw the beginnings of Robin and Barney’s wedding day and the conclusion of two major conflicts. There are only six weeks left in this swan song, and after last night it’s going to be hard to say goodbye.

The Players:

  • Director: Pamela Fryman
  • Writers: Carter Bays and Craig Thomas
  • Cast: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, Cristin Milioti, Bob Saget, Sarah Chalke, Ashley Williams, Abby Elliott, Tim Gunn, Bill Fagerbakke, Brian McElhaney, Nick Kocker, Matt Walsh, Cristine Rose, Roger Bart, Alex Staggs, Benjamin Byron Davis, Alexandra Siegel, Amaris Davidson, Sawyer Adiram

Episode Title: “Sunrise”

While out looking for Barney, Ted and Robin reminisce on old relationships.  Meanwhile Lily and Marshall finally have it out as Barney schools two young men on the ways of picking up women.

The Good:

  •  Winning and Losing: Marshall’s callous use of Lily’s mistake from years ago seemed harsh and very out of character, but that was the point. For once Marshall was more focused on winning the argument and than actually doing the right thing. Of course it took a Ghost Lily from seven years ago, a Ghost Dead Dad, and a pointless Ghost Robin to make him realize that. 2006 Lily’s love of MySpace and James Blunt was adorable, and obviously Alyson Hannigan has been perfecting her Borat impression over the years. They were always going to stay in New York, but like 2013 Ghost Lily said, it’s more about how they come to that inevitability. 
  • Are You Jesus?: All of Barney’s issues have been resolved, so the only thing he has left to give up are his teachings.  Enter Justin and Kyle, two young men ignorant of the ways of women. It was a fitting end to Barney’s legacy, especially since Marshall was never single and Ted’s around the corner from finding true love. Taking them to the strip club was job one, though we’re not sure we’d be as quick to give those free buffet meatballs a shot. Of course the guys needed suits so at least Tim Gunn’s appearance makes sense this time, though his boyish humor with Barney was quite unexpected.  His eloquent request for a fist bump was nearly the winning moment, until Barney’s time honored pickup line, “Have you met..,” made his tutee wonder, “Are you Jesus?”  Yes, it was perfect right down to Barney rewriting The Playbook on napkins and giving it away.
  • Letting Go: While sitting on the beach watching the sunrise, Robin and Ted ran through his top five relationships. (In case you’re interested, the top five were Stella, Zoe, Slutty Pumpkin, Marshall that one time and Victoria. The worst were Blah Blah, Boats Boats Boats, Karen Zoe and Jeanette. Though we’d put Robin in the top spot like Ted, the list was an excuse to bring about the conclusion of the locket drama. Stella and Victoria couldn’t convince Ted how crazy it is to still be hung up on Robin. No it took a real insane person to prove it and thanks to Jeanette you never have to look far for one of those. We wish she didn’t have to throw away the locket to make Ted realize the truth but that’s the great thing about crazy. Whatever it takes is never too much for them.

The Quotable:

  • Ted: “Where could Barney be?” Robin: “Oh relax, he always finds his way home.”  Ted: “St. Patrick’s Day 2008, he did not find his way home that night.” Robin: “That dumpster was a block from his apartment, I call that a win. Plus that isn’t the filthiest trash he ever slept with. Oh, my future husband folks!”
  • “Would you be a peach and bump this please?”— Tim Gunn


“Sunrise” was full of absolute truths. Barney will always be able to make a strip club appear out of nowhere. Marshall and Lily will always be the perfect couple with a laundry list of weird fantasies. (Ghost Lily and Past Ghost Lily together could break the space time continuum or just the creepy barometer.) And Ted’s right, anyone who makes it to 30-years-old without seeing Star Wars is weird. Carter Bays and Craig Thomas rehashed the past, imparted wisdom and resolved the loose ends. So now all we have to do is wonder, now what?

Rating: 10/10

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

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