RECAP: The series follows Ted, an architect telling his children the story of how he met their mother. Each season shows Ted and his friends experiencing all of the moments and antics that will eventually/hopefully lead to Ted meeting and falling in love with his future wife. In general, it's probably necessary to have watched the previous seasons before jumping in at Season 5, since there are references to the past and previous character development plays a role. I've come to terms with the fact that IF we ever learn who the mother is, it will be the very last episode. Despite being trailed along all this time, the happenings of Ted and his friends are incredibly funny. To some degree, their regular antics do get a little old, but in the next season the writers begin to change things up and lend a little story-freshening. I do like this show and it's one you can watch several times, though I recommend having the seasons on hand because it is kind of important to be able to watch them in order. This is a well-written and family appropriate show that keeps fans begging for more.
Season 5 kicked off in the fall of 2009 with main characters: Josh Radnor as Ted Mosby, Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson, Cobie Smulders as Robin Scherbatsky, Alyson Hannigan as Lily Aldrin, and Jason Segel as Marshall Eriksen. As the series progresses it is also picking up more and more celebrity cameos [ehem, did you know that the voice of "future Ted" in the precaps is actually Bob Saget?]; Season 5 features cameos from Chris Elliott as Mickey Aldrin, Marshall Manesh as Ranjit, Sarah Wright as Claire, Joe Manganiello as Brad Morris, Charles Chun as Mr. Park, Lindsay Sloane as Jen, Carrie Underwood as Tiffany, Nick Swisher as himself, Stacy Keibler as Krina, Judy Greer as Royce, Chris Kattan as Jed Mosely, Rachel Bilson as Cindy, Amanda Peet as Jenkins, Peter Bogdanovish as himself, and Jennifer Lopez as Anita Appleby.
SEASON 5: The previous season left us all on a cliff-hanger. The finale bombshell was the confession of love between Robin and Barney. Thankfully, Season 5 picks up right where Season 4 left off, and ends with Ted finally letting us know that he had already (at this point in the re-telling) "met" his kids' mother. While we're no closer to knowing who the mother is, we are still dying to find out.
Episode 1: "Definitions"--Ted starts his career as a university professor with an embarrassing blunder; Lily discovers Barney and Robin's secret.
Episode 2: "Double Date"--Barney and Marshall discover Lily's doppelganger; Ted goes on a blind date repeat.
Episode 3: "Robin 101"--As Robin and Barney attempt to strengthen their relationship, Barney is caught making a Robin `cheat sheet.'
Episode 4: "The Sexless Innkeeper"--Marshall and Lily have high expectations of their new couple-friends. Ted discovers that the location of his apartment may be more attractive to a girl than he is; revenge/self-validation is sweet.
Episode 5: "Duel Citizenship"--Robin's vivacious personality leads to an assault charge, forcing her to choose between Canada and the United States. When Marshall and Ted's favorite pizzeria plans to close, they make a trip to Chicago for one last slice and a final frontier of bro-mance.
Episode 6: "Bagpipes"--The "bagpipes" played by Ted's neighbors are disturbing his peace. Barney incites a domestic power-struggle between Lily and Marshall, but Ted figures out that Barney did it intentionally to make his fights with Robin seem less problematic.
Episode 7: "The Rough Patch"--Robin and Barney's relationship becomes hazardous to their personal happiness; the gang decides it's time to break them up. The couple, despite their friends' meddling, makes the decision on their own.
Episode 8: "The Playbook"--Robin and Barney call different post-relationship plays; Robin focuses on her career, though Marshall and Ted insist she's focusing on her coworker. Barney picks up where he left off in the game of picking up chicks.
Episode 9: "Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap"--Much to Lily's dismay, Marshall invites Lily's father to their Thanksgiving feast. Marshall rewards Ted and Barney for their turkey-saving deed by giving them one of his slaps from the remaining slap-bet allowance.
Episode 10: "The Window"--Marshall reunites with the dreams of his younger self and has to reevaluate his mid-life standing. The gang tries to keep Ted's window-of-opportunity with his dream girl open long enough for him to strike before she gets a new boyfriend.
Episode 11: "Last Cigarette Ever"--Due to work conditions, Marshall revives his smoking habit and it spreads to the rest of the group. The tension between Robin and he co-anchor, Don, escalates.
Episode 12: "Girls vs. Suits"--Barney's new "challenge" doesn't care for his favorite go-to-attire. When Ted dates Cindy, we get our first known peek at his future wife (Cindy's roommate).
Episode 13: "Jenkins"--Ted invents a drinking game based on Robin's TV interviews, but Robin gets the last laugh. To prevent feelings of jealousy from Lily, Marshall deliberately fails to divulge that his new friend and coworker, Jenkins, is female.
Episode 14: "The Perfect Week"--Ted fumbles in the classroom by offending a student; Barney, with the support of the gang, goes for the `perfect week' by attempting to pick up a new girl every night for seven straight days.
Episode 15: "Rabbit or Duck"--Ted considers an arranged marriage. Don invites Robin to spend time with him on Valentine's Day; Robin is conflicted in her feelings. Barney acquires an influx of interested women after posting his phone number during the Super Bowl.
Episode 16: "Hooked"--Matters between Ted and his new love interest, Tiffany, bring on the revelation that everyone (even if they're married) keeps an admirer on-the-hook.
Episode 17: "Of Course"--Robin has been secretly holding in her distaste for hearing about Barney's `conquests.' She seeks out an author, Anita, who writes about being a professional rejecter to men's advances in hopes that Anita can successfully put Barney in his place.
Episode 18: "Say Cheese"--Lily becomes frustrated with the succession of group photos, mainly because Ted is never pictured with the same woman twice; she upset that Ted constantly welcomes new dates into their exclusive gang, which creates a rift between Marshall, Lily, and Ted (and Ted's new girlfriend).
Episode 19: "Zoo or False"--When Marshall gets mugged at the zoo, he tells Lily not to worry because the bandit was actually one of the monkeys. Interested in the monkey story, Robin convinces Marshall to be interviewed on her show. Marshall confesses that he made up the thieving monkey to ease Lily's fears, though what REALLY happened remains a mystery.
Episode 20: "Home Wreckers"--Barney drops a bombshell about Ted's mom. As a result of personal crisis, Ted buys a house in the suburbs in hopes that he can turn it into a home.
Episode 21: "Twin Beds"--Sleeplessness leads Marshall and Lily to purchase twin beds. Barney and Ted begin to realize the seriousness of Robin's relationship with Don; the two boys regress in maturity about which of them is best for Robin, but they end up pushing her further away.
Episode 22: "Robots vs. Wrestlers"--The gang crashes a party after Ted intercepts an invitation intended for someone else. Barney wants everyone to join him at the Robots vs. Wrestlers fight, but the initial no-shows leave him feeling as if everyone is drifting apart.
Episode 23: "The Wedding Bride"--Tony releases a film based on the ending of Ted and Stella's engagement which highlights an outsider's opinion of the baggage Ted has been toting around.
Episode 24: "Doppelgangers"--It is revealed that Lily and Marshall made a pact concerning the right time to begin having children, and it hinges on finding each member of the gang's doppelganger. Robin refuses a job in Chicago in order to stay with Don... and offer that he later accepts in her place.