Season 6, Episode 19 – Legendaddy
Not much needs said really, aside from this is when Barney finally meets his father.
Season 6, Episode 14 – Last Words
Last words. This episode got to me on a personal level, knowing exactly what Marshall was going through. It’s the funeral of Marshall’s father, and his friends do everything they can to get him through the day. When it comes to saying something at the memorial, the suggested theme is “last words”, and Marshall’s family ponder their last words with Marvin Eriksen.
This is something that Marshall really struggles with, as he discovers his father left him a voicemail and is afraid to listen to it. Listening to that voicemail is like being forced to say goodbye to someone he idolized, and Marshall is devastated and outraged that his hero was taken away from him just like that.
For the record, my father’s last words to me were “Thank you”.
Season 6, Episode 13 – Bad News
This was quite the episode, with bad news being the theme of the episode. You also notice a countdown during the episode, leading to a shocker at the end.
Robin begins her new job hoping for a fresh start, only to discover one of her coworkers is someone she previously worked with, and reveals her “colourful” past to everyone leading to endless mocking. Lily and Marshall are having no success trying to conceive, and are referred to a fertility expert.
The countdown also builds up to something at the end, something you just don’t see coming (admittedly I also didn’t notice the countdown until midway through the episode).
Season 6, Episode 9 – Glitter
“It’s Robin Sparkles 3, y’all!!”
Season 5, Episode 22 – Robots vs Wrestlers
In this episode we see the gang dealing with a few changes, and Ted unleashes his intellectual side.
Barney gets tickets to go see robots vs wrestlers, but Robin declines, stating she needs to spend time away from them and explore her relationship with Don. Through the flat’s previous tenant, Ted manages to convince the gang to attend a high-society party. Here we get to see Ted become a hit with his intellectual knowledge, lyrical tones and even recites a poem in Italian. On the other hand, none of Barney’s attempts to hit on anyone work as they all call his bluffs, and they (minus Ted) eventually leave to see robots vs wrestlers.
Lily and Marshall start discussing whether or not they are ready to begin trying to have a baby, and Barney’s abandonment issues surface as he feels the gang are drifting apart.
Season 5, Episode 14 – Perfect Week
Another interesting Barney escapade, where the gang notice he’s gunning for a “Perfect Week” – 7 days, 7 chicks, no rejections.
Barney’s “situation” contrasts with the others, who aren’t having a great week. Robin goes on a bad date and becomes amusingly insecure when he doesn’t call back, Ted causes a student to drop out of his class after laughing at her name (thinking it was a bad fake name), and Lily and Marshall put off a couple from going on a double date with them after admitting they share the same toothbrush.
We learn that Barney’s run is just his way to deal with an upcoming meeting where he might get fired at the end of the week. That, and he has an imaginary meeting with sportscaster Jim Nantz.
Season 5, Episode 12 – Girls Versus Suits
A fantastic way to celebrate the show’s 100th episode. Barney trying to hook up with a hot bartender who hates suits, Marshall and Robin jealous of the hot bartender as Lily can’t stop going on about her, and Ted meets (unknown to him at the time) his future wife’s roommate.
And of course, the brilliant musical number at the end, as Barney is made to choose between the bartender and his love of suits.