Robin Scherbatsky and Barney Stinson are working slowly toward getting married. And this week's episode gave us the vision of what the wedding would like if it was set in Canada.
Well, jokes about what a wedding in Canada would envision.
-- walk down the aisle to the music of Crash Test Dummies
-- registering at Tim Hortons
-- choosing elk or moose for the wedding dinner
-- regular dog sled or a stretch
-- organist wearing mittens
-- walk down the aisle wearing snowshoes
-- access to universal health care
The last one was funny because it's true. My favorite was registering at Tim Hortons. The cold jokes were amusing, but even funnier when you realize that Robin (and her alter ego, Colby Smulders) are both from Vancouver, a warmer winter climate than New York City.
Barney even made a bilingual joke about saying something and then saying it again in French.
The premise of the episode involves the rehearsal dinner. Laser tag is involved. Essentially, Barney surprises Robin by bringing a bit of Canada to the rehearsal dinner.
Sure enough, we hear the music of Crash Test Dummies, first sung by Alan Thicke — Canadian who has been on the show before — and then Wayne Brady (not Canadian).
Robin is given an autographed picture of Wayne Gretzky, and finds out that she thought she was in a laser tag facility, but turns out it was a skating rink.
At the end as Barney and Robin are on the rinkside with cans of Labatt's alongside, Barney runs through a list of Canadian accomplishments, such as inventing insulin, the paint roller, and the Wonderbra.
Barney also notes that Canada has helped win 2 world wars and brought us Neil Young, William Shatner, Leonard Cohen, Pamela Anderson, ¼ of Barney Stinson, and instant mashed potatoes but mostly Robin.
Ironically, the idea of Canada as a destination for a wedding became very popular when gays and lesbians could legally get married in Canada but still couldn't in the United States. In real life, Neil Patrick Harris is engaged to marry David Burtka, but that will likely be in California now that gays and lesbians can get married in the state. Though if Neil Patrick and David do get married in Canada, we'll let you know.
We knew there would be more Canadian content as "How I Met Your Mother" finished up the last season. Let's hope this isn't the end of its take on Canada, mitten jokes included.
"How I Met Your Mother" airs Monday nights on CBS in the United States and City TV in Canada.
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