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Kevin Olsta is a grauduate of the University of Illinois. Although not a writer by trade, Kevin has always been a bit of a renaissance man. A love for television and comedy has led Kevin to do a lot of amateur journalism and writing in his spare time. He is currently a regular in the Chicago comedy scene and is working on a sitcom pilot.

'How I Met Your Mother': The Legend Is Complete

April 1st, 2014 3:15pm EDT
How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother aired for a final time Monday night. I have said many times that HIMYM was in many ways a victim of its own success. The first two seasons of the show are amongst the best in sitcom history. The show thrived in a traditionally tough timeslot, and became the mainstay of the CBS comedy Monday lineup. Creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays realized that they were basically going to have the slot as long as they wanted. They had written a story that had a clearly defined beginning and end, but they now needed a ton of filler to bridge the gap. When CBS lured the cast a...

HIMYM: Bass Player Wanted

December 17th, 2013 6:35pm EST
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How I Met Your Mother returned last night with the latest installment of run-ins with the mother.  This time it would be Marshall that would meet Ted’s future wife, the third of the gang to meet her before Ted ever has.  After the bus he was riding broke down, Marshall started walking to Farhampton for the wedding.  He suddenly is offered a ride by a woman in a van, the mother.  She begins to freak Marshall out by somehow knowing everything about him.  Of course, she knew these things because she had already met Lily. 

It turns out Cristin Milioti’s character had stolen Darren the lead ...

Another Classic 'HIMYM' Twist On 'The Rehearsal Dinner'

December 3rd, 2013 8:21pm EST
How I Met Your Mother returned Monday for another piece of Barney and Robin’s wedding weekend.  In typical HIMYM fashion, we got a look at near the end of the story and then found out how we got to that point.  Barney is being held in the back of a laser tag place by a security guard, and Robin is furious at him that he is ruining their rehearsal dinner. 

For a little back story, we go back a few months at the bar with the gang talking about the planning for the wedding.  Barney says he would love to have a laser tag rehearsal dinner, and Robin says that she would love to have the ceremony...

Recap: 'How I Met Your Mother' Mixes It Up With 'Bedtime Stories'

November 26th, 2013 9:19am EST
How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother returned last night with the fun and creative episode, “Bedtime Stories.”  With the weekend of Barney and Robin’s wedding encompassing the entirety of the ninth and final season, show creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas were obviously going to have to come up with some ways to toss in other stories for a change of pace.  Last night’s episode was comprised of three stories that Marshall told to his son Marvin to try to get him to fall asleep on their bus ride out to Long Island.

Story one: “Mosby at the Bat.”

A new physics professor named Lisa had asked Ted for ad...

'How I Met Your Mother' Recap: John Lithgow Returns In Episode 'Mom And Dad'

November 19th, 2013 9:08am EST
How I Met Your Mother
Last week Robin was dealing with the fact that her mother was not going to make it to her wedding, but one family member that was making the trip out was Barney’s dad.  Jerry, played by the incomparable John Lithgow, was reunited with Barney a couple of seasons ago after being absent for most of Barney’s childhood. 

When Barney sees Jerry run into his mom, Loretta, he gets the childish notion that maybe his parents could get back together.  He decides to put together one of his patented elaborate schemes, but this one may have been a bit over the top.  Barney sends Jerry’s wife Sheryl on a...

Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston Returns To 'HIMYM'

November 12th, 2013 8:13pm EST
How I Met Your Mother
Sweeps month continued on CBS with the new HIMYM episode “Platonish.”  It picks back up Saturday morning, 31 hours until Barney and Robin’s wedding.  Robin is inconsolable after finding out her mother will not be attending the ceremony.  Barney accepts the challenge of getting her to stop crying.  When nothing works, Robin tells everyone to just let her deal with it on her own.  Barney proclaims that once he accepts a challenge, he will not rest until the task is completed.  “Where are our diapers and samosas then?” Lily asks. 

Diapers and samosas?  It turns out this story goes back to abo...

'How I Met Your Mother' Review: Cristin Milioti Returns In 'The Lighthouse'

November 5th, 2013 9:08am EST
Sweeps month kicked off at CBS with How I Met Your Mother’s eighth episode of their final season.  “The Lighthouse” picked up Saturday morning of the weekend of Barney and Robin’s wedding.  At brunch, there is still some hostility between Robin and Barney’s mother Loretta.  It is important to Barney that they bury the hatchet, but he doesn’t know how to get them to make up.  They continue to fight through breakfast, resulting in a ridiculous fight about who makes better scrambled eggs.

Lily was still dealing with the bomb that Marshall had dropped on her.  Marshall had accepted a judgeship...

'How I Met Your Mother' Recap: No Questions Asked Favors Called In

October 29th, 2013 9:00am EDT
How I Met Your Mother returned last night with “No Questions Asked.”  It isn’t Halloween time on HIMYM, but they managed to do a ghost themed episode anyways.   You may remember that in last season’s finale Marshall accepted a judgeship in New York without discussing it with Lily.  At the end of last week’s episode, Daphne texted Lily this news using Marshall’s phone. 

Marshall calls in a favor, no questions asked, and asks Ted to delete the text from Lily’s phone.  Ted apparently owes Ted a “no questions asked” to Marshall for a time he unscrewed a mailbox that Ted was trapped inside.  Te...

'HIMYM' Recap: The Longest Weekend In History Continues With 'Knight Vision'

October 22nd, 2013 12:02pm EDT
How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother returned last night with “Knight Vision.”  The longest weekend in history picked back up at 9pm on Friday night.  Barney and Ted are at the bar at the inn discussing which girl Ted should go after.  Barney says that at a weekend wedding, who you talk to on Friday night sets the tone for the whole trip.  Barney picks out Ted’s top three prospects:  Sophia, Robin’s college roommate Cassie, daughter of Barney’s mom’s best friend, and Grace, one of Barney’s co-workers.  Barney says that he should choose Sophia, but Ted instead chooses Cassie.  In an Indiana Jones reference...

'How I Met Your Mother' Recap: 'The Poker Game' Was Full Of Fun Call Backs

October 15th, 2013 8:21am EDT
How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother returned last night with “The Poker Game.”  The episode began with 48 hours to go before Barney and Robin’s wedding.  Last week left off with Ted throwing a “best man poker game” for Barney, and the game continued into this week’s show.

The poker game quickly devolved into a match between Robin and Barney’s immediate family.  Robin gets tired of hearing James trash marriage.  James and his husband were in the middle of a divorce, so he wasn’t real keen on the idea of his brother getting married at the moment.  James ends up losing his ring in a hand against Robin.  Wh...