Two Guys, a Girl and a TV Set

Three college friends out in the world, filling the void with television…and loving it.

“The Window”: HIMYM (S5: E10)

Posted by CJ Cregg on December 13, 2009

Teenage Marshall with overalls and rattail

Plot Summary: Marshall gets a box of his old stuff from his mom.  In it he finds a letter from fifteen-year-old Marshall to future Marshall and a pair of old overalls.  Barney decides to try to laid wearing overalls (which he puts on over his suit).  Ted learns that Maggie, his perfect girl, is finally single, so the window is open for him to date her.  He forgets he has to teach a class, though, so he instructs Marshall and Lily to keep her single while he’s gone.  Marshall and Lily leave her with Robin, who leaves her with Barney.  While Ted, Barney, and another random guy who loves Maggie argue about it, she finds a new boyfriend and the window is closed.

What we Learn about the Mother: She isn’t Maggie.  That’s it.  And that’s a stretch.  Come on, CBS!  Give me something to go on here!

Best Moment: Ted forgets he has to go teach a class the night of his date with Maggie.  When discussing building bridges with his architecture students, he accidentally writes ‘MAGGIE’ on the board.  The class asks what that means, so he makes up an acronym on the spot.  He says, “Make Adjustments. Go…Get…It Energized.  That’s good advice for life.”  Finally, he admits to the class that he was supposed to be on a date.  The class turns into a relationship counseling session where Ted admits he’s nervous because he’s seeking a serious relationship.  As he leaves, the class chants, “Make Adjustments! Go get it energized!”

Top 3 Quotes:

1) Ted is very concerned Maggie will end up with a new boyfriend before he gets back from class.  He tells Marshall that while he is gone, she is to have no contact with male busboys, servers, or bartenders.  If she is on fire, he instructs, only a firewoman should put her out.  Marshall replies, “Umm, I don’t think 911 takes requests.”

2) Barney, declares to the bar upon picking up Marshall’s old overalls, “No one could get laid wearing these…challenge accepted!”

3) Barney calls Ted during class to tell him he thinks Maggie will sleep with him despite the overalls, so Ted has ten minutes to get back to the bar to stop him.  While Ted runs through Manhattan, he yells, to no one in particular, “I hate Barney Stinson!”  A random female voice offscreen yells back, “Me too!”


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