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how i met your mother recapping: the fortress/the time travelers

Previously on How I Met Your Mother: Weekend at Barney’s
The Fortress
Marshall, Ted and Lily are obsessed with a new show called Woodworthy Manor, which sounds a lot like Downton Abbey. Unfortunately for Marshall, Lily is also so obsessed with her new job that Marshall is way behind on episodes and spending no time with Lily. Ted is spending most of his time with Marshall though and the two end up acting like a couple. Until Lily sees the problem with spending too much time working and stops answering to The Captain’s every call.

Ted and Barney

I am the great and powerful Barney!

Barney and Robin are discussing where to live after they get married. Robin wants Barney to sell his place so they can get something together. He’s reluctant but Robin moves forward with a plan and a realtor. Barney tried to dissuade everyone from buying his apartment by discussing all the creepy additions he’s put into place. Finally a couple agrees to buy but during the negotiation process they are so mean about Barney’s innovative ideas that Robin tells them to get lost.
Best/Funniest Moments

  • The great and powerful Barney (and Robin) head
  • Train tracks under the bed
  • Marshall and Ted acting like a couple

Barney(to Ted): Oh my god, can you just be cool? Once. Please. Just once. Can you just be cool once? Please?
Ted: No, I said dressing the dummy up was a waste of time.

The Time Travelers

Ted and Barney

How many of me are you seeing?

I know I should recap this episode, but since at the end of the episode they basically say that it was all in Ted’s head or it happened in the future or something confusing like that I don’t really know what to say. Ted was debating going to Robots vs. Wrestlers with Barney, but actually he was going to go by himself and he was seeing into the future when Barney would ask him to go (I think, I don’t know). But basically there were future Teds and Barneys trying to convince present Ted to do something that would happen five years from now (I think, I don’t know). But then there was a moment where Ted ran to his future wife’s door and told her they were gonna meet in 45 days but he couldn’t wait and then he got punched. Basically I’m very confused about what actually happened in this episode, but in reality nothing happened. Except we learned that 45 days from now Ted will meet the mother of his children. Also, Ted is lonely.
Best/Funniest Moments

  • 20 hours from now Ted
  • Robin and Marshall’s dance off

Ted: Hi— I’m Ted Mosby. And exactly 45 days from now you and I are going to meet and we’re going to fall in love and we’re going to get married and we’re going to have 2 kids and we’re going to love them and each other so much. All that is 45 days away, but I’m here now I guess because… I want those extra 45 days with you. I want each one of them. Look and if I can’t have them I’ll take the 45 seconds before your boyfriend shows up and punches me in the face, because… I love you. I’m always gonna love you, til the end of my days and beyond. You’ll see (I still don’t get it, but its nice.)

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game of thrones recapping: the old gods and the new

Previously on Game of Thrones: The Ghost of Harrenhal

Theon continues his season-long quest to distinguish himself from the other brooding, dark-haired  young men of Westeros. Along with his small band of loyal(ish) ironborn, he attacks and captures Winterfell. Ser Rodrik Cassel gets his head unprofessionally chopped off in the process, but Osha, the mysterious wildling slave, seems eager to switch allegiances as she literally jumps into bed with the enemy. It’s all just part of the plan though—she and Hodor (“Hodor, Hodor, Hodor!”) sneak Bran and Rickon away from Winterfell before any more of Theon’s arrogant stupidity can harm the Stark boys.

Up north, Quorin and Jon attempt to wipe out a wildling scouting party. Every wildling is killed except for the pretty red-headed girl Jon attacks. As a child, Jon presumably was taught that it’s not nice to hit or behead girls, but this is beyond the Wall, and Quorin insists that a female wildling is just as worthy of death as a male one—about as close to a feminist argument as you can expect in Westeros. Quorin leaves Jon to kill Ygritte (pronounced kind of like egret), which turns out to be an awful idea. Ygritte escapes and leads Jon on a merry chase before eventually getting caught. Now Jon is stuck with a headstrong (and surprisingly flirtatious) wildling captive, far away from Quorin and the rest of his Night’s Watch brothers.

The Stark girls each have close encounters with danger in this episode. During a brutal King’s Landing riot, Sansa gets pulled away and nearly raped before a heroic Sandor Clegane rescues her (by bashing heads and pulling out guts). Over at Harrenhal, Petyr Littlefinger makes a surprise visit, but if he recognizes Arya, he doesn’t say anything. Arya attempts to steal battle plans from Tywin Lannister, but she is discovered by Amory Lorch, a Lannister soldier. Desperate, Arya tells Jaqen she wants to use her second death on Lorch, and a poison dart finds the soldier mere seconds before Arya’s duplicity is revealed.

In Qarth, Dany prepares to return to Westeros. She demands that the richest men and women of the city give her ships and soldiers because it is her birthright – an argument that turns out to be rather unconvincing. Dany is upset and threatens to eventually take what is hers with fire and blood, but no one in Qarth really seems to take her seriously. Someone must really despise her though because Dany returns home to find her guards murdered and the three dragons taken. Uh oh! Someone just made Dany angry, and they’re about to realize that you really, really won’t like the mother of dragons when she’s angry.


  • Theon’s botched attempt to gracefully detach Ser Rodrik’s head from his body made me appreciate and miss our dearly departed Ned Stark even more. Now there was a guy who knew how to behead someone. (See Season 1, Episode 1.)
  • I’m excited we finally get to meet Ygritte! Jon’s storyline has been dragging a bit this season, and the girl kissed by fire (wildling slang for red-haired) should be just the catalyst to heat up the north. Rose Leslie, last seen carrying dishes as a maid over at Downton Abbey, makes quite an appealing Ygritte, and she almost makes me forget how much I miss listening to Sam ramble on about girls, books, and food.
  • Good for you, people of King’s Landing! Usually just an unhappy cast of extras to pepper the background, the peasants finally make their frustrations apparent. Sure, there’s lots of violence, but it’s about time Joffrey sees what his people really think of him.
  • Is it just me or is Dany getting a bit annoying? I know there’s a growing number of people who are not fans of the khaleesi, but I never thought I would include myself among them. Merchant, the fat man unwilling to reveal his name, brought up several good points—Dany has no experience, no money, no proven support in Westeros, and only a tentative claim to the Iron Throne at best. Maybe she should just settle down for awhile and wait for her dragons to actually become intimidating. Dany, mother of dragons the size of kitchen rats, is not really getting anything done. 
Missing in action: Stannis, Melisandre, Davos, Margaery, Loras, Yara

Body count: Too many to count (this will, in all likelihood, be the norm for the rest of the season) – large numbers of men killed at Winterfell, King’s Landing, and Qarth. Notable deaths include Ser Rodrick Cassel and Irri, Dany’s faithful Dothraki handmaiden.



Tyrion: “You blind, bloody fool! We’ve had vicious kings, and we’ve had idiot kings, but I don’t know that we’ve ever been cursed with a vicious idiot for a king!”

Theon: “It grieves me that we meet as foes.
Rodrik: “It grieves me you’ve less honor than a back alley whore.”

Dany: “Do you understand? I am no ordinary woman. My dreams come true.”

Merchant: “She has a talent for drama, this one.”

Cersei: “One day I pray you love someone. I pray you love her so much when you close your eyes you can see her face. I want that for you. I want you to know what it’s like to love someone, to truly love someone, before I take her from you.”

Ygritte: “You’re brave—stupid, but brave.“


Hayley has other interests besides just nerdy TV shows. She also is a big fan of thinking. She ponders the great mysteries of life, like how more of her time can be devoted to watching those nerdy TV shows.

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