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HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: “The Fortress” Episode Recap

I never thought that writing these recaps of one of my favorite shows of all time, How I Met Your Mother, would seem almost like a chore, but there’s only so many ways I can provide my own spin and thoughts on the episode when the show runners insist on throwing useless episode after useless episode out there. At the very least this season, they are making big strides towards the finale, but along the way it seems like they have forgotten what made the show funny in the first place. A show that used to get at least five or six laugh out loud moments an episode is now getting one out of sheer pity, and it’s sad to see. But, I digress.

Last night’s How I Met Your Mother, “The Fortress”, revolved around the two leading ladies of the show, Lily (Alyson Hannigan), and Robin (Cobie Smulders).  I’ve never been a fan of Lily centric episodes. Nothing against Hannigan she’s great, but Lily is kind of a bitch most of the time. Less so in later seasons as her character has gotten older, but I hated her in earlier seasons because she wasn’t good enough for my boy Marshall (Jason Segal).

In this episode, we see that Lily is constantly busy with her new job as the Captain’s art consultant, leaving Marshall alone most of the time to handle baby Marvin at home.  Understandably, there’s little humor in this story line related to them, until Ted (Josh Radnor), comes in, as Ted and Marshall are later confused for a gay couple at a party. They play it up, and for some reason, Ted develops a British accent, which is of course awesome.


The main setting of the episode is “The Fortress”, which is Barney’s apartment. Long seen as the ultimate bachelors pad, Robin and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), have decided to sell both of their current places and look for one together. Robin holds up her end of the deal, but Barney is slower to see his place. I mean, why would he? Have you seen that awesome crib?

By the end, they find a buyer for the place, but after hearing that the buyers plan to tear the place down, Robin says that they will keep the apartment. Good choice Robin. I mean, the TV literally IS the wall. Why would you want to give that up?

I have mixed feeling about this show now. I miss the old days of the show, where it was much more funny and light hearted. However, How I Met Your Mother also mirrors real life. The show is a true to life sitcom, meaning that they couldn’t stick with the college jokes forever. The characters have to evolve into working adults, and as a result, the humor has faded. While it’s understandable, I hope that the show runners find a way to bring it back, especially with the big mommy reveal supposedly just around the corner at the end of the season.

What did you think of the episode? What are your thoughts on the show as a whole as it winds down to the end of it’s eighth season? Let us know in the comments!

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Kevin Taylor

I grew up in the south, raised watching TV, Movies, and Sports. Entertainment is my life, and I can't imagine what my life would be like without it. I'm a USC grad, and proud to be a Trojan for life! Some of my favorite shows include South Park, Always Sunny, Dexter, and How I Met Your Mother, which I write a weekly recap of here. I also play and report on poker for a living. Its a hard way to make an easy living!