Barney is finally 100% awesome (HIMYM 9.13 review)

How I met your mother keeps making its way to the big finale (only 16 hours left until the wedding now!) by revealing more and more about its characters and their relationships. Unpause, the 15th episode of the season, is full of surprises, revelations and emotional moments about the characters that we have learned to love along the last 9 years. WARNING: This review contains SPOILERS!

The episode starts with a flashforward of Ted and The Mother in bed. The Mother is pregnant and Ted reminds us of his mother’s rule: “nothing good can happen after 2 A.M.”

Back in the present, we see Barney, Robin, Ted, Marshall and Lily (in what we could call the MacLarens’ of this season) embarrassing Ted with some of his childhood memories that Marshall has collected when suddenly Barney stalks talking like Jabba the Hutt from Return of the Jedi. Ted explains us that Barney has different levels of drunkeness, and this is one of them. But little did they know that they’d discover a new level that night: the level of not being able to lie. While Lily and Marshall decide to go their room to “unpause”, Ted and Robin stay and try to take this opportunity to find out everything they always wanted to know about Barney. The most important question was “what do you do for a living?“, and Barney replies, as always: “… Please“.

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“What do you do for a living?” “Please”

And this is how we learn the nature of Barney’s job. Going back to the early days of Barney, when he was a hippy who worked at a coffee shop and got his girlfriend stolen by a businessman, we learn that Barney applied to a job where that man worked. What did he have to do? “Please”, akka “provide legal exculpation and sign everything”. So Barney was telling us the truth all along! Actually, Barney has planned to actually get that man arrested after he gets married so he can get actual revenge for having stolen his girlfriend.

Lily tells Marshall that they’re gonna have long overdue sex before they unpause. Marshall, who tries to soothe things, challenges himself to have the best sex night ever. This leads to some really funny musical sequences in which Marshall tries to, let’s say, “accomplish his mission in bed”.

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Lily and Marshall have a big fight.

But when Lily wakes up and actually says “unpause”, it all goes to hell. And this time we can say that it was pretty much due to the fact that Marshall said some things that I’m sure he regret as soon as they left his mouth. It was already bad enough that he qualified Lily’s dream of “clearly just a hobby”, but bringing San Francisco (which happened 7 years ago) was a low blow. But probably the worst thing that Marshall said was “what if you had found success in San Francisco? How do I know you would’ve come back to me? Are Marvin and I and any other future children we may have just some consolation prize?”. Not cool, Marshall, not cool.

The second thing that Robin has wanted to know for all season was wether there would be a “ring bear” or a “ring bearer” at the wedding. Barney assures Robin that there’ll be a ring bearer in fact (Trevor Hudson, an adorable guy according to him), and Robin happily goes to sleep. But last scene of the episode is someone dragging a chain from what seems to be a dark cell saying “come on, Trevor Hudson. It’s feeding time”. Which indeed fuels the idea that the ring bearer will be, in fact, a ring bear.

Ted: OK I’ve got one last question for you and I can’t believe I haven’t asked it yet: dude, you’re getting married tomorrow, how are you doing?
Barney: Good. I mean, I’m a little nervous, but I love Robin more than I’ve ever loved anyone and I want to do everything I can to make her happy. For a long time, deep down, I felt sort of broken but I don’t feel that way anymore. Robin, along with the idea that vengance will soon be mine, has made me 100% awesome.

And so, Barney’s story is complete (or looks like it is). I was actually quite surprised that they already concluded his character development when there’s still 9 episodes left. But, nevertheless, it’s a sign that HIMYM is getting to an end and that all the threads have to be slowly but surely tied together.

In the last minutes of the episode, we see Lily making a phone-call to a mysterious person asking him/her to pick her up because she’s had a huge fight with Marshall. I’m pretty sure that person was The Mother.

And that theory is reinforced when, after that, we see future Ted and The Mother leaving the place because she is in labor. That’s when we realise that The Mother is actually pregnant with their second child, as Ted is holding their daughter Penny.

Ted: “2 A.M. It’s a good rule. But every rule has an exception. And for us, that exception was you, Luke”.

So we’ve finally learned the names of the children: Penny and Luke. Could the next step be learning the name of The Mother?

Rating of the episode: 8/10

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