The season finale of How I Met Your Mother nears! What’s going on with Barney/Robin? How are Marshall and Lily handling impending parenthood?Read a special reaction piece from H&H blogger Anna Bowling on last night’s memorable HIMYM Season 7, episode 22, “Good Crazy”:
Marshall is in daddy mode, even though baby isn’t due to arrive for a few weeks yet, and Lily needs a break. Marshall has taken to swaddling her in her sleep, diapering a watermelon and setting an ear-splitting horn to go off at random intervals to simulate the irregular sleep patterns of a newborn. Marshall wants to be prepared, while Lily thinks they can learn on the job.
Barney doth protest a bit too much about how okay he is that his girlfriend, Quinn, is a stripper. Vociferously defending Quinn’s choice of career to Lily’s Grandma Lois, when the two women were talking the swimming kind of laps rather than the dancing king, might be a clue here. He tries to distract himself by finding a series of palate cleanser dates for Ted, who can’t get Robin out of his head.
Ted may not be the only one with this particular affliction, since all three women Barney has picked remind him strongly of “their” (oh yeah, Barney said “their” – he is sooo not over her) Robin. First date is a scotch-drinking, gun-loving Canadian woman named Robyn. Second date, though heavily tattooed, still transforms to Robin in Ted’s mind, and when the third date speaks of her ill-mannered ex, Wayne, Ted goes through a convoluted series of associations until she, too, becomes Robin. Adult events transpire, and now Ted sees Robin everywhere, even in the burly bartender.
Meanwhile, Barney becomes ever more desperate to get Quinn to quit stripping, even creating a position for her at his bank. No dice. Quinn would rather be a stripper than Executive Strategy Coordinator, because she has standards. Is she really that passionate about her job or is this all part of her long con? She’s already said she would quit stripping if she got married, and we know there’s a Barney wedding in the near future.
Not today, though, as Barney falls in with Lily’s scheme. Lily tells a tired Marshall he should let her drive to baby bootcamp, and Marshall accepts…only to wake up with Barney in the driver’s seat. They’re on their way to Atlantic City, and Lily has sent along Marshall’s “mad at Lily” shirt, emblazoned with the name of his high school girlfriend. Barney challenges Marshall that they will both shut off their cell phones for one hour and get Marshall so drunk he will require subtitles when he speaks. Challenge accepted when Barney sweetens the deal and promises to wear the ducky tie if Marshall complies. Yes, Barney did get rid of it, but it –shudder- came back.
In the bar, Imaginary Robin tells Ted she knows why he’s seeing her everywhere. Ted feels bad for letting Robin go. She may not love him the way he loves her but that doesn’t mean they can’t be in each other’s lives. He should go get her back. Ted races out of the bar to do just that, running into actual Robin, who says this isn’t a good time.
Back in the ATL, the hour is up, Marshall has subtitles, and the cell phones go back on, to an avalanche of messages. Lily is in labor and needs her husband now. Said husband demands to be hailed as Beercules, and HIMYM fans wait impatiently for the next episode.
Will Barney and Marshall make it back in time for the birth? Will Ted and Robin reach resolution? How did the ducky tie come back? What’s Quinn planning? More importantly, why have Barney and Robin been kept so studiously apart for the bulk of this season? Signs may be pointing toward Quinn, but the savvy viewer suspects there may be a Canadian surprise behind that bridal veil. What do you think, romance fans?
Anna C. Bowling considers writing historical romance the best way to travel through time and make the voices in her head pay rent. She welcomes visitors to her blog, Typing with Wet Nails and to follow her at Twitter.