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"How I Met Your Mother" Episode 19: The Fortress

After a much-too-long hiatus, “How I Met Your Mother” came back on Monday with a much needed filler episode and I personally welcomed the comedic relief that came with it. If you recall the last episode, there were a lot of tears, fears and long-lost dreams.  Needless to say, it was refreshing that the heaviest problem in this episode is Barney’s reluctance to sell his coveted and borderline sociopathic bachelor pad.

Understandably, Robin does not see her future married life in the bachelor pad, but I have to sympathize with Barney a little on this one. There were probably millions of dollars put into that apartment. Some of his innovations might even contradict the laws of physics. I mean seriously, a personal hologram that can be controlled in the comfort of one’s own home? Is that possible nowadays? I need to be enlightened.

Screenshot by Kara Weeks

Screenshot by Kara Weeks/Gavel Media

Regardless, it must be excruciating for Barney to think about relinquishing the blood, sweat and tears he put into that place. Luckily Robin loves him for the creepy, former womanizer that he is and lets him keep the apartment. Awww.

In other happenings, Lily is consumed by her new art job with The Captain. Throughout this episode I was incessantly wondering what exactly Lily’s job entails. The last episode aired too long ago that I don’t even remember her getting a title. As far as I know, The Captain calls her when he wants art, she leaves, and randomly goes to posh art parties and wears pretentious glasses. Maybe I’m missing the bigger picture here and, call me a philistine if you will, but what kind of job is that in the art world? Anyway, this new job is preventing her from watching “Woodworthy Manor,” the show’s version of “Downton Abbey,” with Marshall.  In other words, there is trouble in paradise.

Lily Glasses

Screenshot by Kara Weeks/Gavel Media

The good thing about this little issue is that it results in Ted and Marshall pretending to be a gay couple. Those two things may not seem related but it does not matter how we got from A to B. Let’s be honest, Ted and Marshall are the best gay couple ever. I don’t know why I didn’t think about it before, but they’re perfect together. If the writers went back in time and re-wrote the whole show with those two as a couple, I can guarantee that everyone would be happy with it.

Screenshot by Kara Weeks

Screenshot by Kara Weeks/Gavel Media

That’s all for this week! Tune in Monday at 8 p.m. for episode 20 on CBS!

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