|“A Change of Heart”|
| First aired:|
February 28, 2011
Barney gets confused feelings when Nora reveals she wants to settle down and marry. The gang mock Robin's new boyfriend, Scooby, who acts like a dog.
With Marvin Eriksen Sr.'s recent heart attack, the entire gang (minus Barney) get their hearts checked out by Dr. Kirby, a cardiologist. At MacLaren's Pub, Barney defends his decision not to get checked out, claiming he doesn't need it. Robin interrupts, telling them she plans to get a dog again. Marshall tells her she doesn't need a dog; she needs a man, thinking she must feel like a seventh wheel since he is with Lily, Ted is with Zoey and Barney is with Nora.
Barney quickly tells the gang he and Nora are not together, though he still plans to sleep with her on their date tonight, claiming nothing will get in the way of his plans. At that moment, Barney catches the flu, and arrives at the restaurant sick. Nora calls off their date, and takes him home to take care of him until he falls asleep.
The next day at The apartment, Barney tells the gang how his date went. Robin enters and introduces them all to her new boyfriend: Nate Scooberman, but he tells them to just call him "Scooby". Even though Robin took his advice, Marshall criticizes her for just picking up the first guy she met on the street.
Barney pulls Lily aside, and tells her he did make an appointment with Dr. Kirby to check his heart, but wants Lily to come with him because he's scared. At the doctor's, Barney is hooked up to a heart monitor, and returns twenty-four hours later to check the results. When viewing the results, Dr. Kirby spots a few abnormalities, and asks Barney to explain what he did over those twenty-four hours.
He had another date with Nora the night before, where Nora revealed she wanted to get married and have children. Barney responds by saying he wants the exact same thing, and the two plan out how their future children and house might be.
Meanwhile, the rest of the gang are at MacLaren's with Robin's new boyfriend. Marshall notices Scooby acts exactly like a dog, and they subtly make fun of him for it. Nora and Barney enter, and Barney blackmails the gang into talking him up to her. Nora invites Barney to meet her parents and Barney agrees to, despite previously stating you should never meet a girl's parents.
The two of them leave and go back to Nora's apartment. Nora invites him inside, but Barney tells her he lied about wanting to get married, and Nora slaps him for lying to her. The two of them argue, and she storms upstairs alone.
Meanwhile, the gang have gone upstairs to Ted's apartment and are "eating some sandwiches" that Scooby bought. After a while, Scooby goes missing, and they wander the streets of New York until they find him.
Back in the present at Dr. Kirby's office, Lily realizes that Barney was telling the truth on his date; That he really does want to settle down with Nora. Lily tries to convince him to go back to Nora.
Later, Barney is standing outside the Popover Pantry, watching Nora have brunch with her parents. Barney imagines what it would be like to go inside, apologize and reconcile with Nora, and meet her parents. But in reality, he can't bring himself to do it, turns around and walks away alone.
- Robin plans to get a dog. She previously owned five dogs during Season 1 and 2, until she gave them away to her aunt in Stuff.
- Marshall refers to himself as "Big Fudge", a nickname introduced in Jenkins.
- Barney again uses his "Legen-wait for it-dary" catchphrase.
- Lily says "You son of a bitch!" in the same way as in The Playbook.
- When Barney is falling asleep, he calls Nora "Mommy" just like he called Don "Papa" in Twin Beds.
- Barney starts to sing "bang, bang, bangity bang...", previously sung by the gang in Of Course.
- "Sandwich" is again used to represent marijuana, a running gag throughout the series first introduced in How I Met Everyone Else.
- Barney tells Nora he lied about wanting to get married so she would sleep with him. In We're Not From Here, he tells Ted he has proposed to girls before in order to sleep with them.
- Nora has brunch with her parents at the Popover Pantry. Marshall previously had brunch there with Brad in World's Greatest Couple, and Ted and Stella broke up at the Popover Pantry in Miracles.
- In his imaginary meeting with Nora's parents, Barney uses magic tricks to try and impress them. Barney has used magic tricks to impress people repeatedly, first in The Scorpion and the Toad.
- Lily is Barney's confidante in certain matters. In Do I Know You?, Barney admits to Lily that he has feelings for Robin.
|Dr. Kirby:||I'd like you to wear this heart monitor for the next twenty-four hours,|
|Barney:||Flag on the play, doc, I have a date tonight!|
|Dr. Kirby:||Don't worry, it's totally safe. Unless part of your big date involves connecting yourself to a car battery.|
|Barney:||Well now it doesn't.|
|Marshall:||Now Ted is with Zoey, and Barney is with Nora and Lily is with the Big Fudge.|
|Barney:||Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, Big Fudge. With?! I am not "with" Nora! Wrong preposition! Later tonight I'm hoping to be on Nora. Right? Or under Nora. Am I right? Or, we're all adults, so I'll just say it, behind Nora.|
|Robin:||I don't know, this will be your second date!|
|Lily:||Oooh, Barney's got feelings for a girl.|
|Barney:||Yeah... penis-feelings! Because she's hot!|
Notes and TriviaEdit
Goofs and ErrorsEdit
- In the 2006 flashback at the end of the episode, Barney sees Marshall drop a calzone and then carry on eating it. As this happens Barney is clearly holding an iPhone 4, not released until mid-2010; in fact, the iPhone itself wasn't released until 2007.
- Marshall says that Robin is stronger than him, but in The Fight, Marshall is shown to be extremely strong and it is unlikely that Robin would be stronger than him.
Allusions and Outside ReferencesEdit
- Robin dreams about Mr. T.
- Ted recalls being in the front row at an N*Sync concert in 1998 and catching JC Chasez' shirt.
- Scooby's real life actor, Robbie Amell, also portrayed Fred Jones in Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins and Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster.
- Stones - Barbarossa
- The episode was originally titled "Heart Failure", but was changed before airing.
PodcastEditFeaturing an interview with Josh Radnor.
This episode premiered to 9.239 million viewers.
Donna Bowman at the A.V. Club gave the episode an A-. On the topic of Barney and Nora's romance, she felt "we are led through a storyline we should want, but one that strangely fails to satisfy thanks to its lack of nuance. Then it’s yanked from underneath us, and the real story is revealed, a change that is far less dramatic, far more interior, far less obvious or easy to interpret. We don’t know quite where we’re going, and that, perverse as it may seem, is what we want on this show that supposedly is completely upfront about exactly where it’s going. So we’re right where they want us, and that’s exactly where I, for one, want to be."
Angel Cohn at Television Without Pity gave the episode a B-.
Robert Canning at IGN gave the episode a 7 out of 10. He praised the friendly interactions between the gang, saying "this wasn't one of How I Met Your Mother's over-the-top gimmick episodes where the gang raced through New York or a visual countdown led to some bad news. This was just a great showcase of these characters interacting in silly, poignant and funny ways that reminded you yet again why we keep tuning in every Monday night."
- ↑ http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2011/03/01/monday-final-ratings-the-bachelor-the-cape-adjusted-up/84095
- ↑ http://www.avclub.com/articles/a-change-of-heart,52449/
- ↑ http://www.televisionwithoutpity.com/show/how_i_met_your_mother/a_change_of_heart_1.php
- ↑ http://au.tv.ign.com/articles/115/1152764p1.html
- A Change of Heart at the English Wikipedia
- A Change of Heart at the Internet Movie Database
- A Change of Heart at TV.com
- A Change of Heart at CBS
- A Change of Heart at CBS Press Express
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