HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: The Empire State Building

The mark of a sitcom firing on all cylinders is when the cast can stay in what is essentially the same room for an entire episode and still manage to be funny. SEINFELD had its parking garage and FRIENDS had the episode where the gang prepares for Ross’ boring dinosaur speech. And now, courtesy of last night’s episode, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER has the Empire State Building.

Last night we met Robin’s 16-year old sister, who’s arrived in New York to get some time away from her parents and ‘do it’ for the first time with her “douche with a faux-hawk” boyfriend. Needless to say, Robin is worried and gets the gang to help convince Robin to wait — leading to some very funny reminiscing about their first times.

Naturally, while in line to go to the top of the Empire State Building, hilarity ensues. Lily and Marshall squabble over whether Lily was actually Marshall’s first. Barney makes up stories about his first time by stealing scenes from movies and Ted saves the day by telling Robin’s sister his first time story. Oh yeah, and Robin finally musters the courage to tell Ted she loves him.

Folks, if you’re looking for your FRIENDS replacement, now’s the time to jump on the bandwagon. You can check out last night’s episode for free on CBS Innertube.

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  • Until we found out that Robin’s sister was 16, I thought this may have been an explanation to the “Aunt Robin” phenomenon. I doubt Ted will end up marrying a girl 12-14 years younger than him though.

  • While I didn’t think that, I did spend the entire episode thinking of how the writer’s painted themselves in the corner with episode 1. How can Ted and Robin break up? They’re seemingly perfect for eachother. The Ross & Rachel of the show.

  • Tonya

    I was totally thinking along the same lines as Tim. All I can say is that anyone not watching this show is completely missing out! The cast plays off of each other so well and the writing is great.

  • i agree with Dan. Ted and Robin just work together… I think it would do the series (and the writers) a lot of good had it been entitled something else. But they had to have a reason for giving it HIMYM as its name, so we’ll just have to wait and see… for now, i’m just enjoying the ride.

  • James

    I think women like this show a lot more than men do. And I also think that to compare this episode to Seinfeld’s “Chinese Restaurant” episode is outrageous. That episode did not rely on flashbacks like the HIMYM ep did. Not to mention, the HIMYM ep wasn’t even completely set in the Empire State Building. The writing is too forced on this show and only Barney (NPH) is able to pull off the humor effortlessly. A flawed show but certainly better than the rest of the comedies out there.

  • I’m trying to think, if not Robin, then who? WHO? I think they just trying all they can to make CBS keep the show on for a long time.

    I actually went to Wal-Mart yesterday and bought Season 1, henceforth redeeming myself for ignoring the show last year.