Last night's How I Met Your Mother touched upon friendship more than we usually see.
We start off with the morning after Robin and Barney's sexcapades, and it was just as wonderfully awkward as I had hoped:
Barney: "In my experience, the way this normally goes is we lie here for a while and make a little awkward chit-chat."
Barney: "Then I make up some cabinet meeting/heart surgery/rocket test flight that I have to be at, slip out of the apartment and never call you again."
The pair decides that as soon as Robin's feet hit the ground and she gets out of bed, they will go on with life as if it never happened. Easier said than done, apparently.
Barney has a mini-breakdown and loses his cool because he's so distraught over breaking the "Bro Code." (Which he pretty much lives by, and has referenced many times before). He enlists the now gainfully unemployed Marshall as his lawyer to look for loopholes in the official "Bro Code" Bible, to find a place where it says it would be OK for him to sleep with a Bro's ex. Marshall helps the guilt-ridden Barney realize that there is no such loophole, and convinces him to tell Ted.
Meanwhile, Lily has a farmer come to her kindergarten class to teach them about farms. Farmer Frank brings a goat with him, and when one of the kindergarteners ask him if they'll ever see Missy the goat again, Farmer Frank gives them a non sparing lecture on where meat comes from. The class, obviously traumatized, asks Lily to protect the goat from that horrible process, and she obliges. By bringing it home.
Anyway, to make a long story short, Robin ends up telling Ted about her and Barney's sexual encounter, Barney ends up confessing to Ted as well, and Ted pretty much flips out at Barney and tells him that he doesn't think he wants to be friends with him anymore- that this time he's totally crossed the line. I definitely didn't see THAT reaction coming! Despite the fact that Robin and Ted have been broken up for over a year, apparently Robin is still considered Ted's turf, and Ted gets extremely upset that Barney went there.
So, on Ted's 30th birthday, he opts to be with his friends who REALLY matter, who are throwing him a surprise party on his roof.
And as for the goat? Well, we're left with a teaser that apparently Robin is living in Ted's apartment a year from now, since Ted realizes the goat is eating Robin's bathroom towels, and he must have been thinking of his 31st birthday, afterall.
So we're left wondering whether or not Ted and Robin end up back together again. What do you think??