Ahh, that was a decent episode. It was back to classical form: cross-cutting, multiple points of view of the same story, and natural character development. It was actually pretty incredible, considering the nothing we’ve been getting for the last couple seasons. Let’s jump right in.
Let’s jump right in to…
So Ted has a phone message from the Captain(Zoey’s ex-husband), and he immediately starts freaking out, worried that the Captain wants to kill him. Turns out, Ted, Robin, and Lily went to an art gallery opening, where Lily is worried about embarrassing herself in such a fancy place. Suddenly, in walks the Captain and his ‘art advisor.’ He asks what Ted and co are doing there, and very rudely interrupts Ted’s explanation to finish Ted’s sentences at every turn. Ted head-monologues about his rudeness, and then Robin asks what an art consultant does, and Lily explains, while pointing out a painting she likes. Ted and the Captain make eyes at each other, with the Captain basically threatening to kill Ted, but then he invites them up to his apartment to see a new painting he got.
While in the apartment, Ted plays with an expensive ashtray before the Captain comes in, extolling his love to a mysterious photo. Ted calls him on the Zoey thing, and the Captain pulls a harpoon gun(!) on him. Ted calms him down, and then waits until everyone left to look at the picture on the Captain’s desk: turns out it’s someone Ted has been ‘hanging out’ with. Just then, back in the present, the Captain calls back, and asks Ted for Robin’s number.
This leads us to…
Robin reminds Ted that he was COMPLETELY toasted the entire time, and is mis-remembering several things, such as…
-Lily wasn’t embarrassed for herself, she was worried Ted was going to make a fool of himself at the hors d’oeuvres table
-The Captain wasn’t rude and threatening, he was helping Ted find words and jovial
-Ted didn’t so much head monologue as say everything he was thinking in an incredibly loud voice
-The Captain hardcore hitting on, and flirting with, Robin
-Ted nearly dropping the very expensive ashtray
-The harpoon gun, which was actually a remote control
We also learn that Robin turned the Captain down gently when he invited her to his room to ‘see’ his new painting. Robin then calls the Captain, but it turns out he actually thought Robin was Lily, so Robin give him Lily’s number, leading to…
Turns out, not only was Ted toasted, Robin was smashed on scotch shots. Lily reminds her that she is ALSO mis-remembering things, like…
-Robin was hitting on the Captain, not the other way around
-The Art consultant being a complete and utter bitch
-Lily saving the ashtray from a clumsy Robin, who really had saved it from Ted
-The picture being of a yacht(with the girl Ted was haning out with as a small ad on the bottom of the yacht picture
-Robin throwing herself at the Captain again in his bedroom
We also learn a couple more things, namely that the Captain disrespected Lily’s enjoyment of art, and she performed some ‘Aldrin Justice’ to teach him a lesson: she took that fancy ashtray. Lily won’t take it back, but she does break down because she’s despondent that the best days of her life are behind her. Marshall tells her to follow her dreams, and bring that ashtray back, dammit.
Lily does, the next day, and the Captain didn’t even realize it was gone. What he did do, though, was buy that painting Lily liked, and surprise surprise, it appreciated in value immensely. The Captain asks Lily to be his new art adviser, and she agrees. Hooray!
This episode wasn’t terribly funny, though it was true to HIMYM form. I enjoyed it, but didn’t laugh very often.
I did get one funny line for you, though:
Marshal, after Lily confesses to stealing the ashtray, and Barney asks if they are gonna do it: “No, we’re gonna fight…and then maybe do it.”