Ted runs into ex-girlfriend Victoria and vows to make amends for the way their relationship ended. Barney makes a wager with Marshall and Lily which they quickly come to regret.
Spoilers after the jump.
1 - The Ducky Tie was of course mentioned in the premiere.
A recap of Ted and Victoria's season 1 affair for new viewers - unnecessary for me because I must've watched those ones five or six times apiece.
2 - Noodle Incident coming out of the title sequence
3 - Robin's account (of Ted and Victoria's meeting at the ball) sounds much more accurate than Ted's...
4 - (Robin injects herself into Ted and Victoria's chat) Gosh that is awkward - difficult situation to explain!
(Ted talks about his groups dynamic still being intact) Now that he lays it out like that, it really is a Tangled Web (eh)
5 - They have mugs that look like those Lucky Cats at this shinjitsu restaurant, strange.
7 - This bargaining feels exceedingly sleazy.
8 - (Ted follows Victoria to the bakery) It's still awkward
(Victoria announces she's about to get engaged) Sad faces all round, hah
9 - Barney is the master of hustle, have they never seen him with women?
11 - Hah, I love the dramatic music as it slowly dawns on them the depths of Barney's foresight.
12 - But he has to be bluffing, right?
13 - Huh. German guy, huh? Hey, weren't you in Germany while you were with Ted?
14 - It sounds a little like We were on a break?
15 - Pressing your faces so close together and speaking in breathy voices never harms anyone, guys. (Sure enough, Ted and Victoria kiss)
16 - (Ted is not allowed to see Lily's boobs with Barney) It IS unfair
17 - (Barney's claimed shinjitsu skills are in fact, not a bluff) Hustled!
18 - (Lily exposes herself, causing Barney to fumble the shrimp) That's clearly cheating!
20 - (Victoria explains that she and Ted never would have worked out because he is still too close to Robin) She's right y'know
I'm in the Ted/Robin camp even though it's obviously doomed from all the indications we've been given. At least some sort of resolution is promised. I know I seem to be in the minority but I still don't see it between Barney and Robin which is why I foresee a dissatisfactory ending to the series for me in the future.
This was a great episode - a bit crude and outside my taste in parts but that I'll excuse because it's just the way friends in a group like that would behave to one another. I thought the Ted/Victoria scenes had a decent emotional heft. A lot of people don't like Ted but as with a lot of these other everyman central characters like Jack, etc. he anchors the show for me. If it was just the adventures of Barney, it would turn into a crap show very quickly such as, oh say, Two and a Half Men. Victoria is right too - Ted and Robin are a good looking couple.
"How I Met Your Mother" airs Mondays on CBS at 8:00 pm EST.