March 10, 2014

How I Met Your Mother’s Greatest Hits: The Best Moments of Season 3 and 4


There are only four episodes left of How I Met Your Mother! Count that- in one, two, three, and four episodes’ time, we will finally have the answer to how Ted met The Mother.

After recapping Season 1 and 2, it’s time to look at the best moments of the proceeding two seasons. Season 3 and 4 brought us many great memories such as, the best burger in New York, the meaning of “eating a sandwich,” and the front porch test. Join me as I reminisce, then call me out on any omissions you feel deserve to be on this list! It’s How I Met Your Mother’s Greatest Hits – Part 2!


Season 3

1. “No tomorrow” – Ted acquires the yellow umbrella

Sometimes, a character needs to make mistakes to get some sense smacked back into them. This is one of those moments for Ted. He isn’t in a great state emotionally and decides to join Barney for a St. Patrick’s Day party, despite his original aversion to the idea. The night doesn’t go so smoothly when Ted only acts like a drunken douche and gets punched in the face.


The next morning, Ted heads back to the party’s location to look for his lost cellphone, but is unsuccessful in his search. The guy’s heart is as heavy as the rain outside. Before heading back out, Ted picks up the yellow umbrella. Even if Ted doesn’t realize it at the time, his unlucky night is turned lucky after all when we get one of the first facts about The Mother: She was at that party.


2. “We’ll give you so much more money!”


Lily and Marshall take a big step into adulthood by purchasing their first apartment together! However, as first-time home buyers, they mistakenly buy in a neighbourhood they aren’t familiar with – Dowisetrepla, or “Down wind of the sewage treatment plant.” But no strange smells or slanted floors were going to prevent Lily and Marshall from moving onwards and upwards.


3. “You Just Got Slapped” – The first Slapsgiving


The same thanksgiving where Ted and Robin find their friendship strained after breaking up, is also when we get Slap #3 of the original slap bet. Marshall even sets up a website that counts down to the slap to help toy with Barney. A few slap-related puns later, Barney finally gets slapped and Marshall sings a evocative tune called “You Just Got Slapped.”


4. “The last two-minute date I had gave me a daughter, but… okay”


Ted spends the beginning of the season aimlessly dating women but eventually meets Stella, the Doctor who is going to remove his unfortunate butterfly tramp stamp. Stella and Ted’s relationship is off to a slow start when he joins her for girls night and she keeps finding reasons to turn him down. But then Ted uses his impeccable knack for romantic gestures and sets up a sweet two-minute date. This golden piece of writing came just as the show emerged from the brutal 2007 writers strike.


5. “Sandcastles in the Sand” – The beginning of “Swarkles”


It is always a joy to see Robin get a mean case of “Revertigo” and go into all-“oot” Canadian mode. Meanwhile, Barney goes on the hunt for the second Robin Sparkles video after her former Canadian boyfriend (James Van Der Beek) comes into town and mentions it. The episode ends with Robin showing Barney the video, “Sandcastles in the Sand,” leading to the two to spend the night together.


6. “We’re more then friends. We’re brothers.” – Friendships for better and for worse


The power of this group’s friendship is clearly exhibited after Ted is in a taxi that gets in a car accident. Marshall, Lily, and Robin immediately drop whatever they are doing and run to the hospital. Stella also shows up shortly after. Of course, they arrive at the hospital only to find Ted gleefully eating from a jello cup.

Since Barney and Ted are in the midst of a fallout he is the last person to find out but the fastest to react, leaving Lily mid-cellphone conversation to run to the hospital. However, he only ends up getting hit himself and ends up in worse shape than Ted. Regardless, that act of love is going down in the books as absolutely legendary.


Season 4

7. “Dear Marshall: I do not like that stupid hat. I want to beat it with a bat.” – Interventions


After helping stage an intervention for their friend Stuart and his alcohol problem, the gang gets addicted to interventions.  They even stage a group intervention about their interventions. An intervention is staged for Marshall’s Seussian hat-wearing ways, Lily’s bad English accent, Robin’s addiction to spray tan, and Barney’s overuse of explosive magic. One was also planned for Ted’s relationship with Stella.


8. “We should buy a bar!” – Three Days of Snow

When a 3-day snowstorm ravages New York City, Ted and Barney get to try out their fantasy of opening a bar thanks to the barkeep, Carl, entrusting these two with the keys to MacLaren’s. What would be the name of their bar? Puzzles! Why Puzzles? Well, that’s the puzzle.

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Meanwhile, Marshall steps up an old tradition of picking up Lily at the airport by bringing a marching band. See? Ted doesn’t hoard all the big romantic gestures in the show (just most of them). Down with that “As we mature, our relationship matures with us nonsense.


9. “She’s on her way, Ted. And she’s getting here as fast as she can.”


When Ted was left at the altar on Shelter Island, Stella and Tony got their happy ending but Ted and Stella effectively lost any chance at theirs together. However, with bad HIMYM-break ups come the most memorable of lines: Ted’s “You picked the wrong guy” monologue, and Stella’s “She’s getting here as fast as she can” speech in the penultimate episode of the season. Future-Bob Saget-Ted even gets a great little monologue about being in the right place at the right time.

You see, the universe has a plan kids, and that plan is always in motion. A butterfly flaps its wings, and it starts to rain. It’s a scary thought but it’s also kind of wonderful.


10. “The Suit is Robin”

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Throughout the season, Barney continues to sleep with a myriad of women, using various different plays to seduce them. However, a golden thread is Barney’s continued weakness for the host of the Channel 12’s early morning show. Robin also seems to pick up on Barney’s little emotional outbursts, and although it’s never pointed out, they spend much more time together as friends than in previous seasons.


11. “Listen to what the world is telling you to do, and take the leap!”


The season finale goes down as one of the best episodes of the entire series. For years, Marshall has wanted to jump the gap between the roof of Ted’s apartment and the neighbouring one. Marshall would stand atop the ledge, knees bent and gut clenched, but he could never bring himself to make the leap. At the end of the finale, as Robin and Barney contemplate being in a relationship, and Ted is on the precipice of a life-changing career move, the whole group makes the metaphorical and “phorical” leap from one roof to the other.


Next Monday: Season 5 and 6

Which of these listed moments is your ultimate favorite? Is it even listed? Let’s keep the conversation going in the comments below! Stay tuned for another post next week on the best moments of Season 5 and 6.

The next episode titled ‘Daisy’ airs tonight, March 10th, at 8-pm on CBS.

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About the Author

Dulce Rosales
Dulce Rosales
Traversing the galaxy as a fourth-year business student at SFU, Dulce always takes a moment to stop and smell the metaphorical roses (Not real ones as she has a slight pollen allergy). She is a passionate fan of being a passionate fan of things. Feel free to geek out with her any time online and off!

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