GNB was having a party at the Natural History Museum where Ted met “The Captain” (he named himself that), who turned out to be Zoey’s husband. Ted mockingly introduced himself as Galactic President Superstar McAwesomeville, which isn’t that funny, but The Captain was really nice about it, remembering it after one hearing and inviting Ted onto his boat. At the party, Zoey pretended to cry about being unhappy in her married life, and she got Ted on tape calling his bosses childish names. When she overheard The Captain call her activist causes “temper tantrums” and Ted defend her, Zoey erased the tape. They danced, and she vowed to “beat him fair and square.” If she turns out to be the mother, we are going to be ticked. The cliché activist is not an attractive option.
The much more attractive, awesome, and legendary bros Barney and Robin competed (in a classic Barney Challenge) to see who could touch the most off-limits historical crap in the museum, breaking the “no touching” rule. Barney claimed to have knocked down the blue whale at the age of six, and Robin didn’t believe him until a security guard looked up the file of the incident. Then ... surprise … it turns out that Barney’s real father had signed the papers to release him, which were in the file. Barney told Robin that he had known the man as “Uncle Jerry,” and that day, he and his mom got in a fight over the blue whale incident, and that was the last day Barney ever saw him. Wow, good memory, Barney. We guess it was an epic day, though.
Lily and Marshall were also there, and Marshall revealed to Lily that he had been offered five more years with GNB, and that he was going to take it. Lily freaked out, realizing that Marshall had changed from the idealistic college student with whom she had fallen in love. They made up in the end, and future Ted and a visual let us know that Marshall wouldn’t be a corporate lawyer forever after that. One of us was actually super-happy that Marshall would stop doing the corporate thing. For once, we agreed with Lily and didn’t want to see environmentalist Marshall abandon his dreams and principles for money, even if he DID intend to spend it on a family.
This episode was alright and definitely better than the last one. Barney and Robin’s contest was really funny. We liked their storyline best. We want more focus on the main five rather than Zoey, unless they make her loveable.
Episode Grade: B-
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