Even though co-creator and writer Carter Bays promised a big story arc in season six of â€œHow I Met Your Mother,â€ Subway Wars felt more like a stand-alone episode. In HIMYM's episode four, each of the gang members tried to prove they knew New York the best.
It started at McLarenâ€™s when Marshall (Jason Segel) got a call from lawyer friend Max (Geoff Stults) who saw Woody Allen in Gregorâ€™s restaurant. Even though Robin was the only one who wanted to go see the famed writer, the group decided to race there. Why? To prove they knew the best mode of transportation around New York. Everyone on HIMYM also had a reason to win the race. And everyone spotted Maury Povich along with the way.
Lily (Alyson Hannigan) wanted to win, because she still wasnâ€™t pregnant after two months of trying in HIMYM land. Her mode of transport: the subway.
Marshall wanted to win for the same reason as Lily. Yet, he ran most of the seven miles, proving his body could beat the machines. He ran to the tune of a folk song.
Ted (Josh Radnor) wanted to beat everyone because someone rated him as â€˜boringâ€™ on GradeMyTeacher.net. He didnâ€™t care that 64 other students considered him â€˜majestic.â€™ He rode the bus and learned: if you canâ€™t spot the crazy person on the bus, itâ€™s you.
Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) had no need to win - after all, he smelled incredible.Yet, he still faked a heart attack and took an ambulance. When that failed, he called Ranjit (Marshall Manesh). After Robin made him feel bad, and Marshall passed him, he opted for a pedicab instead.
Last but not least was Robin (Cobie Smulders). She had a lot to prove, especially considering her new morning show co-host is a perky Becky who had already eclipsed Robin. Robin feels like the city has rejected her.
After she steals a cab from someone - the first sign sheâ€™s a â€˜real New Yorkerâ€™ - she hitches a ride from Barney. Barney has been refusing to listen to Robinâ€™s frustrations, talking of â€˜carrots and peasâ€™ instead. So, Robin then tries the subway, where sheâ€™s taunted by a poster of Becky, and then of her and Don. So she cries and doesnâ€™t care what people think, the second sign sheâ€™s a real New Yorker.
Yet, itâ€™s down to her, Ted, and Barney at the end. Lily and Marshall found each other, realizing they have lots to do while they â€˜tryâ€™ for a baby. So they start their bucket list with a visit to Coney Island instead.
As the three HIMYM friends rush to the finish line, Barney tackles Ted, and Robin wins, running right into Max. Barney wonâ€™t admit to the tackle, or smiling at Robin winning, but Ted noticed.
And Robin has hope again, especially after she kills a cockroach with her bare hand - another sign of being a real New Yorker. Then again, it wasnâ€™t Woody Allen in Gregorâ€™s. It was Maury Povich, again.
Expect to see more of Geoff Stults, and not just in Gregorâ€™s restaurant with Robin, in the weeks to come.
What did you think of HIMYMâ€™s Subway Wars? Ted didnâ€™t have much of a story line, but a little something something is still going on with Robin and Barney, even if Robin might have a new beau. Plus, Marshall and Lily seem to be on the right track toward baby making. So, maybe this episode of â€œHow I Met Your Motherâ€ was just stand-alone for Ted after all.
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