How I Met Your Mother is probably the funniest thing on TV right now, with Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) as the funniest character on TV too.
Yesterday a new hilarious episode of How I Met Your Mother aired, this one called Mosbius Design. Legen… wait for it… dary!
Complete Recap and Spoilers of How I Met Your Mother 4×20 – Mosbius Design
Barney was itching to tell Lily a joke that Ted and Marshall knew would offend her. Barney hemmed and hawed for a moment, then finally asked her, “What’s the difference between peanut butter and jam?” Lily played along, and asked, “What?”
Old Ted didn’t tell us the punch line, but it upset Lily so much that she walked out of the bar. “And we didn’t see Lily again for four weeks,” Old Ted explained. (Maternity leave joke?)
Ted was running his new private firm, Mosbius Designs, from home and Robin was trying to help keep him on task while she watched “Wheel of Fortune.”
At GNB, Marshall was worried about layoffs, but Barney wasn’t. Barney was convinced that with the things he knew about the company, he’d never be fired. He might one day wash up on shore with no fingerprints, but he’d never be fired. Barney told Marshall he needed a thing, like “food guy” or “toy guy” or “YouTube guy,” the guys at work who’d become known by what special thing they bring to the office.
Back at the apartment, Ted had brought in an assistant/receptionist named P.J. who was at his beck and call and catered to every artistic whim Ted had.
Marshall tried out some “guy” personas on Barney. First, “eco-guy,” because everyone likes a guy who recycles. “Fired,” Barney said.
“Wacky tie guy?”
“Daily Fun Fact guy?”
“I know a good stretch for that guy?”
All of them would get him fired, Barney concluded. Then Marshall remembered he ran a fantasy baseball league in college. He could be sports guy.
At the apartment, Ted got a call from P.J., who was running late. P.J. said he was on the roof of the Empire State Building, but Ted saw the caller ID and noticed the call came from inside the house. Then, he found P.J. and Robin hooking up in her bedroom.
Robin explained to Ted that while he was on his “wisdom walks,” she got time along with P.J. She found it hot that P.J. made her ask for a key to use the bathroom in the apartment.
Ted told Robin that if she distracted P.J. it could ruin Ted’s productivity. She told him there was no such thing and he was totally procrastinating.
Back at work, Marshall realized that running the fantasy baseball league left him handling a lot of cash — to the tune of $18,000. Marshall was so freaked out while walking home with the money on him that he ran screaming from a baby because he thought it could sense money.
Ted told Marshall and Barney that Robin hooked up with his assistant, and Barney got upset and yelled at Ted. Robin told Ted that if he left a big chocolate cake in the house “momma’s gonna cut her off a slice.” In his anger, Barney nearly let it slip that he’s secretly in love with Robin, saying that of course P.J. would want to sleep with Robin, “she’s the greatest woman on the planet.”
Meanwhile, Ted had to deal with his new brochures, which P.J. sent off to get printed. They came back with a photo of him and Robin on the cover. Ted fired P.J.
P.J. called Robin and told her he’d been fired, then he waited for her at her place. He sat on the couch and watched “Wheel of Fortune.” Later, P.J. and Robin made out on the couch and when P.J. got up to use the bathroom, Robin admitted she was over P.J. She awkwardly broke up with P.J.
At work, Marshall was feeling stressed about being sports guy because everyone was on his case about the fantasy baseball league.
With P.J. and Robin broken up, Ted hired P.J. back. “You’ve got to be kidding me,” Robin said.
Then P.J. and Robin hooked up again. “You’ve got to be kidding me,” Ted said.
Marshall told Barney that P.J. and Robin were back together. “You’ve got to be kidding me,” Barney said.
Barney the broke the news to Marshall that he’s in love with Robin, but Marshall already knew. Barney tried to clarify that he’s not actually in love with Robin, “I just miss her when she’s not around, I think about her all the time, and I imagine us one day running towards each other in slow motion and I’m wearing a brown, suede vest.”
Barney said Lily would know what to do get P.J. out of the way. But Marshall wanted to try his hand at it.
P.J. showed up at the apartment and left both Robin and Ted, handing Robin a letter he hoped would make her feel better and handing Ted a bouquet of roses.
Cut to P.J. at his new job, handling the fantasy baseball league at GNB. “Poor evil, Ericksen. Pure evil,” Barney said before thanking Marshall.
Ted told Robin he was worried about starting his own firm, and that he was really just putting it off to maintain the dream of starting his own firm. Once he started trying, he’d face the possibility of failing.
He felt like he was giving up before he’d even started.
“Talk about giving up,” Robin said. “I used to describe my ideal guy as ‘funny, smart, passionate, challenging.’ And now, apparently, I will settle for ‘in my apartment.’”
Robin gave Ted a little pep talk and left the room. Ted picked up the phone, dialed, and said, “Hi, this is Ted Moseby or Mosbius Designs, I’m calling to inquire about any design needs you may have now or in the future.”
“That sounds great, buddy,” Robin said, walking back into the room holding her phone. “Now call an actual client.”
At the office, Marshall and Barney were having lunch when food strolled by carrying cotton candy. “Hey, food guy!” Marshall said.
“Hey, toy guy,” Barney said as toy guy zoomed by on a scooter.
Then a ninja crept by, holding a sword.
“Who’s that guy?” Marshall asked.
“He doesn’t work here,” Barney said. “I think we should leave the building.
“This has happened before,” Barney added as they headed for the exit.