Marshall and Lily had their housewarming party on "How I Met Your Mother" (Mon., 8 p.m. EST on CBS), and the producers and writers took full advantage of the layout of their house to get creative with their storytelling technique. "HIMYM" has long done some clever things with time in their storytelling, so they decided to show how things got out of hand at this party in five short minutes.
Each act was the story told from the vantage point of one of the three main rooms in the house. From the living room to the kitchen to the dining room, the story unfolded piece by piece. It wasn't until the closing moments that everything came together and everything made sense, but one common thread ran through all rooms. And it did so quite literally.
In the first two rooms explored, it was unknown who suddenly ran through the house on fire in a beekeeping suit. At first, it was assumed that it must be Lily's father, since he was the one who was suddenly keeping bees in the basement. Finally, though, it was revealed that it was Marshall's high strung boss. After Marshall stood up to him and told him he needed to learn to relax, he decided to jump on board Lily's dad's new hobby.
Only a chance comment Barney made about bees not liking kerosene -- Barney just makes up things -- led to the boss inadvertently igniting the recently doused beekeeping suit shortly after he put it on. But the run through the house and out into the snow was a euphoric rush he'd not felt in years.
Catch "How I Met Your Mother" on Mondays at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.
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