Air Date: December 17, 2012
Before the opening of the new GNB building, Ted deliberates on whether to tell Robin about Barney's engagement. Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily intend to make the best of their night away from Marvin.
The episode provides examples of:
- Batman Gambit: Barney's elaborate plan to propose, "The Robin", relies on everybody acting exactly as he expects them to.
- Catchphrase: Ted recites some of Barneys catch phrases to make the lie sound more like him.
- Code Name: The Robins in the nest.
- Gilligan Cut: Marshall assures Lily that theres nothing huge. Cut to the bar and he says: Thats huge.
- Hypocritical Humor:
Marshall: Are we gonna have fun or are we gonna wallow in the corner like idiots?
- Marshall says he isnt worried about Marvin, and immediately freaks out when his phone rings. Later, Lily does the same thing.
- Later at the party, guess that what they do after this line:
- Ironic Echo: Because deep down, some crazy part of you still thinks youre gonna wind up with her.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: The reason why Ted encourages Robin to go after Barney.
- Lonely at the Top: Almost literally as Ted stands alone at the top of the GNB building after letting go of Robin.
- The Matchmaker: Marshall is on team Tedward.
- Meaningful Echo: Its just a building.
- Metaphorgotten: Mickey thinks he knows Marvin like the back of his hand, then freaks out when he sees something strange on the back of his hand.
- Mood Whiplash: The scenes in the limo keep switching from Ted and Robins serious conversation about chasing after your love to Ranjits absurd text messages.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Ranjit keeps interrupting Ted and Robins private conversation, to the point Ted asks him to communicate via text messages.
- Once More, with Clarity!: The explanation of The Robin.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Teds advice for Robin.Ted: So as your friend, and an expert in the field of making an ass of yourself, I say to you, from the heart: Get the hell out of this car.
- That Reminds Me of a Song: Ranjits excuse to sing.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Pilates, bitch!
- Under the Mistletoe: Invoked by Barney, but Robin turns him down.
- Wacky Marriage Proposal: The Robin is Barneys overly complicated, highly risky plan to propose.
- Wanting Is Better Than Having: When finally having a night away from their son, Marshall and Lily realize they miss him and spend the night crying and singing Marvins lullaby to a picture of him.