Barney lays out some rules for his "bro mitzvah": there must be booze, cigars, strippers, they should genuinely fear for their lives, and there should be some sort of mind blowing (nude) entertainment.
It seems as if the two-week hiatus did not help "HIMYM" regain its comedic solid ground, nor its emotional one. This week, Robin is adamant about getting rid of Barney's germy skank pad, something he is quite reluctant to do.
When you've been a player for as long as Barney has, it's not easy to let go. Which would account for Barney's playbook dreams, particularly the "Weekend at Barney's" one that (obviously) riffs off of "Weekend at Bernie's."
The Captain is back, and leaves a message on Ted's archaic answering machine to call him back at his earliest convenience. Ted, freaked out, recounts the story of the last time he saw The Captain, a year and a half earlier.
The once bubbly pop star announced the death of Robin Sparkles and the rise of Robin Daggers. "To this day, you ask any Canadian where they were when Robin Sparkles lost it -- not only can they tell you which Tim Hortons they were in, but what donut they were eating."
The creators seriously don't want us to know how Ted meets the mother. We came so close in the last episode, yet this episode was all about Ted's regression/awkward way of dealing with the pending nuptials of his beloved Robin and his best bro Barney.