HIMYM returned last night with another new episode.  They won the time slot for the second straight week, along with a big win in among 18-49 year olds, the demographic most sought after by advertisers.  However, ratings came up a little short of my prediction of having the most viewed episode of the series last week. 

The episode started off as many HIMYMs do with us seeing what happens at the end of the story.  Ted and the gang are sitting on the curb and there are flames raining down from the building above them.  This is no doubt the result of something Ted’s new girlfriend, Jeanette, had done.  Older Ted tells his kid that Jeanette was the most important girl he dated, because it was her that made him realize he was ready to settle down. 

Going back to an earlier moment, the gang tells Ted that Jeanette is crazy, and that he has to break up with her.  He knows they are right, but is afraid what the consequences will be.  He decides that he’ll take her to a public place where she wouldn’t be able to anything too crazy.  However, when he takes her to a Nets game, the whole public place thing doesn’t seem to be much of a deterrent.  She is threatening the refs and other people at the game.     

The next day Barney and Marshall come over to Ted’s place.  It turns out that the guys have turned Ted’s apartment into a clubhouse of sorts.  Anything that Lily or Robin won’t let them have, they bring over to Ted’s place.  Ted says that he has to step out for a second.  While he is gone, Jeanette shows up unannounced.  When Ted returns, he finds out that Jeanette has locked herself in his bedroom.  Ted confesses to Barney and Marshall that he started to break up with Jeanette, but he began to hesitate halfway through because of how crazy she was being.  Ted goes into the bedroom to finish the job, only to find Jeanette wearing just lingerie and his red cowboy boots. Of course, instead of breaking up with her, they have sex. 

By far the best part of this episode was the side story involving Robin and Lily.  In classic HIMYM fashion, the story is revealed bits and parts at a time.  It turns out that at eight months old, Robin had still never held Marvin, and was afraid to do so.  When Lily and Robin are out with Marvin, Lily forgets Marvin’s favorite pacifier on a bus, and decides to chase after it, leaving Marvin with Robin.  Lily comes back a while later with the pacifier, and asks if Robin had any problems.  She says no and they move on.  They flash forward to a few years later with Robin and Lily chatting over some glasses of wine.  Robin confesses that there was more to that story.  She says that Marvin started crying and that she was still afraid to pick him up, so she let an old lady pick him up and calm him down.  “I’m sorry I let a stranger pick up Marvin,” Robin says.  Lily forgives her.  Later in the episode, it flashes forward to an ever later date, when Robin again confesses to Lily that there was more to the story.  Apparently, at one point the stroller nearly rolled out into the street.  Robin was clearly shook up, and the stranger recommended that they go to a nearby restaurant and settle down.  Flashing forward once again, Robin tells Lily that the place that they went to was a strip club, and for the final twist, the old lady wasn’t actually an old lady… it was Mike Tyson. 

This was another episode written by show co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. The main story with Ted was only ok, but the side plot made the episode.  Their signature style was clearly stamped on the Mike Tyson story.  It was definitely fun to see that one get slowly revealed and have the real Tyson guest star.   Tune in next week to see how Ted and Jeanette’s relationship literally goes down in flames.

The legend continues Mondays at 8/7c on CBS.