S08xE11- Ted’s GNB building is opening and he’s invited his college professor to the opening. This professor once told Ted that he’s never going to be an architect. So Ted’s out to prove his professor wrong. But when Ted gets his invitation back in the mail with a note that the professor doesn’t know who he is, Ted’s determined to go down to the college and make him remember. So Barney, Lily and Marshall go along for the ride. Barney has been jinxed this entire time after saying something at the exact same time as Marshall. Barney takes jinxes seriously and you’re not supposed to speak until someone releases you from the silence by saying your name. The gang is taking delight in the fact that Barney can’t speak, and proceed to drive him crazy.
Lily and Marshall have an old college acquaintance (Seth Green) that they are totally creeped out about. He was a little obsessed with Lily and Marshall back in the day. Turns out he’s still at the college running a hackey sack store named after the Three Hackmigos. Creepy friend then invites Marshall and Lily to his house, and Marshall and Barney have one of the silent eye movement conversations. Barney is promising to lie their way out of having to go if Marshall releases the jinx. Marshall doesn’t want to so he agrees to go to creepy friend’s house. When they get there they head to the basement which is definitely creepy, but there they find out that this dude is doing really well with his store, and wanted to give Lily and Marshall a $100,000 check for their part in the store, but when they reveal that they thought he was going to kill them, creepy friend tears up the check. Oh well.
Meanwhile Robin has been given the task of having to do employee reviews and firing a few people. Among the reviews she has to do is Patrice’s. She sees this as a perfect opportunity to get her revenge on Patrice by firing her. And she does, but then Patrice makes Robin realize that she’s only firing Patrice because of Barney. So she lets Patrice keep her job.
Ted goes to his professor’s classroom with the intention of showing off his architectural achievement, but ends up admiring the professor all over again, and when he confronts him, and shows him a picture of the GNB building, the professor once again tells Ted he’ll never be an architect. This sparks Ted to try and prove him wrong again by building a 3D model of the building, but Marshall and Lily talk him out of showing it to the professor. Unfortunately he sees it anyway and basically calls Ted pathetic.
So back in the car ready to head home are Ted and Barney. Barney is still jinxed and they are waiting for Lily and Marshall to join them. Barney tries to get Ted to say his name which isn’t working until Barney shows Ted a ring. This gets Ted to say Barney’s name, and then Barney jinxes Ted, so he can say what he needs to say without Ted’s interruption. Here Barney tells Ted that he’s going to propose to Patrice and Ted can’t say a word to anybody about it. Ted agrees because his balls are at stake if he breaks the jinx swear.
Best of the episode: The mini Buffy reunion.
Worst of the episode: Ted trying to impress his professor who is a douche.
Where does this episode leave us: Barney is going to propose to Patrice! Wha??? Stay tuned for Part 2.
What this episode ruined for us: Not jinxing!
– a la Chryshele