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My Reactions to Last Night's "How I Met Your Mother" in GIF Form

By Courtney Enlow | TV Reviews | December 18, 2012 | Comments ()


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The episode started, and I was like this:

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Because this show has burned me all season long, you see. But then, my two favorite things: College Ted...

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...And Peter Gallagher's eyebrows.

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Then I saw Seth Green and I was all "yay!" for obvious reasons.

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Then I saw Alexis Denisof and I was all "yay!" for obvious reasons.

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My two favorite Sandys--Cohen and Rivers--in one episode?

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Yeah, bitch, you heard me.

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And then Patrice showed up, and I was all:

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Because I've seen the press release for the episode. I know they want me to think Barney's going to propose to Patrice. Would the show do that to me? And I just don't know. I DON'T KNOW.

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However, I could watch a whole show of just Robin yelling at Patrice.

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Then Ted sings a song about Peter Gallagher and I'm all...

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Because I think the show might love me again.

But, then, at the end of the first thirty minutes, I'm like this:

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Because, yeah, in hindsight, where this was going should have been obvious. But that is the level of uncertainty this show has caused in me. So instead of being all:

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I was all:

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Then they seem to be pulling the Ted and Robin thing again, and I'm all:

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But then, it's all okay. Ted does the right thing.

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So, here's the thing. I don't hate Ted. Sometimes I hate Ted. But, mostly, I don't hate Ted. He just has a lot of feelings. Tell 'em, Ted.

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Nothing wrong with a little Teddy Westside.

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Then Robin says the top of the WWN building is her favorite place and I'm all:

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Because I KNOW WHERE THIS IS GOING. I KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN.

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AND THEN IT HAPPENS.

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*ahem* Maybe not that last one. But definitely a little bit of this:

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Think I'm kidding?

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Shut up.



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  • Milly

    When they got to Wesleyan, did I imagine it, or was Andrew - he of the troika and then the one who lived because Anyanka did a stupid thing - walking in front of Lily and Marshall?

  • I didn't catch that, but he WAS the coffee shop guy in Swarley which also featured Morena Baccarin--it was a Whedonpallooza!

  • Milly

    Ok, I just watched it again. 9 minutes 50 seconds (or so) in, there is someone on a bicycle riding through the shot in front of Marshall and Lily, and yes, it is Andrew (or Tom Lenk).

  • Katylalala

    Courtney, I just watched it at work and now I am bawling in my office. I HAVE SO MANY FEELINGS.

    I am going to watch it again when I'm home from work tonight and loudly sob. I don't even care how horribly kept the 'secret' was or how awfully telegraphed the ending was, it was SO WORTH IT WAAAAAHHHHHHHHH.

    Patrice better be a fucking bridesmaid, man.

  • InternetMagpie

    Also, I need help understanding why I also LOVE College Ted, even though Grown-Up Ted is basically College Ted with better hair and Grown-Up Ted can often be MADDENING.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    because pretentious & self-absorbed is what you expect of college kids.

  • InternetMagpie

    I can't get to the GIF of that dude's head exploding, but that was my reaction.

    EXPLODING WITH RAGE, ENLOW.

  • apsutter

    I was most definitely in a glass case of emotion last night while watching this. I was super psyched that we got not one but TWO wonderful original songs from the group. I love when Robin was yelling at Patrice in the hole like Buffalo Bill. Best episode of the season so far and I'm hoping this gives them some momentum. Oh and all Barney's antics while he was jinxed was classic Barnstormer.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I gave it a standing O. Well done, people who have been letting us down so consistently this season!

  • Kolby

    I stopped watching seven or eight episodes ago! DAMMIT!

  • As soon as I knew where it was going, the tears started. Fucking hell, I really didn't think I was THAT into their relationship!

  • Other Brian

    Show's shit. Doesn't deserve a post.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Comment's bullshit. Doesn't deserve a post.

  • Rochelle

    This post was better than most of the episodes in the last two seasons. Just saying.

  • BAM

    This is the best GIF post ever. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • Pentadactyl

    Oz!!!!! I haven't seen this show in years but I'm gonna have to catch this episode b/c this was like a complete list of my favorite people that I haven't seen in a while and missed. Also "Yogalates" is my "Serenity now!"

  • John W

    More of these please!

  • John G.

    And Courtney, why do you keep showing us pictures of yourself? I thought bloggers were allergic to the light.

  • Javier

    she is the Blade of bloggers.

    Courtney Blenlow

  • John G.

    are there any shows where characters don't eventually get married?

  • Bert_McGurt

    I think those are called The Bachelor.

  • SabrinaHatesDisqus

    Best possible answer.

  • BierceAmbrose

    That "flogging a dead horse" GIF is possibly the best thing ever.

  • Drake

    Yep, saved that one off for future use

  • tmurf5387

    I welled up a little bit. Perhaps even a manly tear was shed...

  • Tom

    I love the execution through an elaborate play and the result. That was all great and it needed to happen. I seem to be the only person bothered by Robin's instant turn in that final scene. She is angry and hurt because Barney manipulated her for such a long time and acted pretty callously. That all makes alot of sense and I think she would be justified in feeling that way and not wanting to be with him. Then she completely changes her mind merely because he proposed? Should that really make such a difference to her? If she was truly that hurt by Barney's elaborate scheme and didn't feel like she could trust him, how is the difference between "let's be together" and "let's be together forever because I want to marry you" enough to flip her that completely?

    The way I see it, you can have Robin process the "Robin" play, understand what Barney did and be ok with it, therefore agreeing to marrying him. But I can't see how you can have Robin get that upset for that many legitimate reasons only to be fine with it 5 seconds later. I'll never understand or accept that for the character. Anybody else? Just me?

  • Three_nineteen

    I saw it as Robin being upset that Barney would do all that just to go back to where they had been before - she said something like "just to go back to dating again". Then she saw that he was ready to commit to her forever. He put himself at risk, not knowing if she would say yes.

  • exactly! She says to him, "I can't date you again if you are going to treat me like this!" and essentially Barney says in the "Turn it over" jesture, I don't want to date you again. I want the next step and yeah. It worked for me.

  • InternetMagpie

    I know Robin-Barney and Quinn-Barney are so different, but HE JUST BROKE OFF SOMETHING THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE FOREVER EARLIER THIS YEAR. Robin saw Ted's relationship with Stella, which was supposed to be forever, fall apart. She was jaded to begin with, and I didn't take her as the kind of woman to believe that a promise of forever is feasible in a lot of cases.

    Also HE MANIPULATED THE HELL OUT OF HER FOR MONTHS! FOR MONTHS PATRICE!

    I HATE THIS WHOLE THING AND I CAN'T STOP SHOUTING!

  • Had they not fucked the writing, it was supposed to be all "Barney only got with Quinn and proposed because he was so messed up over Robin and vulnerable" but they don't seem to understand that saying things in interviews is not the same thing as actually writing or implying and of these ideas in any way shape or form.

  • pockets full of stones

    And! And! This was his last big legen-WFI-dary play, too. The Playbook is burned, The Robin was played, the ring was presented, and she wanted this all along anyway, Oh yes, her mind could and should be changed in 5 seconds. So well played. I declare this series redeemed, I declare it redeemed with a fistful of disgustingly moist handkerchiefs.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I think it's the same concept behind the surprise party, where you hate everyone because they've been ignoring you or pretending to forget your bday but then, surprise! they were actually loving you extra hard - but in secret - the whole time. The turn didn't bother me so much as the idea that this elaborate plan would actually work.

  • janetfaust

    I'm right there with you. I thought if they were planning to have her accept immediately, then they should have not had her react to the emotional manipulation like she did. It was an honest reaction, but in my eyes, it weakened her character a little to say all that and then just melt because he proposed.

    However, I'm not really sure I am against Barney's scheme. Robin has trouble admitting her feelings to herself and this way she was forced to confront them, both by Barney's manipulations and Ted's admission that Barney was going to propose to Patrice.

  • Tom

    I really liked the idea of Barney using a play on Robin. If Robin hadn't hesitated and found it charming right away I might have thought that was a little odd and she should have been at least a little upset because it was kind of psychotic. But ultimately that's Barney. If you fall in love with Barney you are signing up for crazy shit like that. The only way she wants to marry him and spend the rest of her life with him is if she doesn't mind that psycho aspect of his personality. Not if it upsets her as much as she said it did.

  • BlackRabbit

    LOKI DID IT

  • melissa82

    This was fun, thanks

  • Good to know I wasn't the only one getting emotional over Team Swarkles.

  • Kate at June

    I hate Ted.

  • Blake

    But Ted did give up Robin so he wasn't a total douche.

    Side note: Cobie Smulders looked amazing last night (easily a notch or two above her usual level of gorgeousness).

  • apsutter

    Entertainment Weekly just did a feature on how they're classing up the gang this season and progressively dressing them more adult.

  • Ryan Horan

    I missed the ep at 8, so I stayed up until around 12:30 EST when it came on cbs' website. Needless to say, after seeing this website I was rocking some strong happy feelings around 1:30. SO HAPPY!

  • L.O.V.E.

    Well done!

    Thank you for the gif(t)s.

  • Anna von Beav

    I DIDN'T CRY AT ALL.

    shutupshutupshutup

  • It was all executed well. But I still hate the idea of Robin and Barney together. And just to fuck with me, they have Robin say she can't trust him 5 fucking seconds before she agrees to marry him. Because apparently that's the amount of time it took to forget their history and the fact that he just pulled a ridiculously elaborate and emotionally manipulative stunt on her. Their whole relationship is summed up in the Troy's whole brain is hurting gif.

    On a different note; can someone get me a gif of Alyson Hannigan saying she likes big wieners and wants one in her mouth? That might have been one of the best moments in television history.

  • Anonyphone

    This was impossible to read on my phone, dammit!

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