Another very strong episode of How I Met Your Mother this week, as Robin and Barney work out their kinks, Ted goes through his growing pains as a teacher, and Marshall and Lily... mostly listen.
Robin 101 is all about Barney, which means it's legendary right from the start. From Barney's repeated attempts to sneak out the window to his stereotypical "bad student" act in Ted's classroom, we get to see all of our favorite parts of Barney on display, from his shallow and insecure act to the deep-down decency he's tried so hard to hide for over four seasons.
Neil Patrick Harris' performance is - wait for it - legendary in this episode, and his amazing chemistry with Josh Radnor was never more apparent than it was in the classroom scenes. The Dead Poets Society scene had me grinning like a maniac when I saw the setup, and the payoff was incredible. How I Met Your Mother's willingless to mine the '80s for its humor (see: Robin Sparkles, Dirty Dancing) has made it a sentimental favorite for all of us children of the '80s, but it still remains funny for people of all ages.
If there was a drag to this episode, it was the repetition of a couple of jokes that didn't work: Ted saying "bowl" repeatedly to the point of annoyance, and Marshall's strange devotion to a barrel named Mabel. Other than that, though, the episode proved that How I Met Your Mother is running at peak performance right now.
I can't wait for the next episode!