How I Met Your Mother season 9 episode 17, “Sunrise,” was about learning to let go of the red balloon, whether that be a girlfriend or a legacy.

Whatever you do in this life, it’s not legendary if your friends aren’t there to see it.

In a direct continuation from last week’s episode, Barney is still drunk and stumbling the roads beyond the Farhamton Inn when he runs into two 20-something guys, Justin and Kyle, who fear both girls and Barney’s current inebriated state. Barney assesses them and spends the entire episode giving them a makeover and passing on his womanizing, wild ways.

We know Barney and we know his antics, like how going to a strip club is just another Tuesday afternoon for him, but for two strangers who just ran into him stumbling alongside a deserted road, we can see how they’d hesitate to follow him to a second location. But against their better judgment, they enter the strip club.

After taking them to his tailor, Tim Gunn!, and making them ditch the Ted-esque wardrobe in favor of tailored suits, Barney brings them to a party for a rousing game of “Haveeee you met…?” It worked for Ted nine seasons ago and it works now for Justin. Barney certainly does have a way with words. Sometimes.

This is one of those times. As the sun rises, he hands the boys fistfuls of napkins and leaves with these parting words: “Whatever you do in this life, it’s not legendary if your friends aren’t there to see it.” Menial words in the context of “Sunrise,” heartwarming in the broader HIMYM universe. We can see the night he coerced Ted to go on the Drunk Train in season 7, or the night they all jumped from roof to roof in “The Leap,” the season 4 finale, flash in front of him.

On those napkins, we see “The Playbook” in scrawled handwriting. Barney might have burned the playbook to show his devotion to Robin, but this was the symbolic burning: he has officially passed the baton to the new generation. Perhaps this was a subtle nod to the upcoming How I Met Your Dad.

If you love something, you can never let it go or it’ll be lost forever.

Ted once had a red balloon for a best friend. But little Ted apparently didn’t know how helium worked because he let go of the balloon and watched it disappear up into the sky, to be lost forever. Nearly 30 years later, that lesson still resonates with him.

In ascending order, Ted’s best relationships were with Stella, Zoe, The Slutty Pumpkin, Marshall under special circumstances and Victoria. Too bad Ted doesn’t see it that way. Side note: we know a lot about these people’s lives, but Robin revealing the running email chain about Ted’s many, many girlfriends brings a smile to our face.

There is no top five for him, there’s a top one, and it is Robin. Ted tells Robin that he’s moving to Chicago to avoid any awkward interaction with her as Mrs. Robin Stinson, giving the same excuse he gave Lily: a lot of good things happened to him in New York City, but a lot of bad things happened too.

Will Ted ever be able to let Robin go? Even after he falls in love with the Mother, he will always have that time between meeting Robin and the Mother where he could not hold a relationship because of Robin (and, okay, maybe he would’ve gone through with the Stella wedding, but he always has the Robin Conversation with his girlfriends).

He may have physically/metaphorically let go of Robin tonight in “Sunrise” a la his best friend, the red balloon, but when “Eternal Flame” is playing to underscore it, we have our doubts.

Throughout all this, we learn Ted has talked to Stella, Victoria, and Jeanette within the past week to find Robin’s locket and give it to her as a friend. Victoria had it and seemed to take pity on him, overnighting it from her bakery in Germany, but Jeanette ends up signing for it. They meet on a bridge and – you probably can see this coming – she cannot believe he is still hung up on Robin and throws the locket into the water below.

Ted gives the typical “I love her so much that I have to let her go” speech that reinforces our trepidation above about him really letting go of Robin. In the end, the locket is gone.

For the record, Ted’s worst relationships: Blah Blah, Boats Boats Boats, Karen, Zoe (she made both lists), and Jeanette.

Ghost of Lily past, present, and future

Meanwhile, Marshall tries to get a peaceful night’s sleep, but instead dreams of his father, 2007-Lily, and 2014-Lily to try to sort through his emotions. 2014-Lily points out that their relationship will begin to dissolve, little by little, if he continues to lie and make the Big Decisions without her.

We don’t know who picked Lily up last week, nor do we know where she went. All we know is that she came back. And after what future-Ted calls the worst fight of their marriage, that is what’s important.

She concedes that they’ll stay in New York, and Marshall seems so relieved about both the fact she came back to make up, and that they’re not moving to Rome.

In other ‘HIMYM’ news:

Creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays hosted an IAmA Q&A session on Reddit today. you can read the whole thread here.

Some highlights include:

  • They first approached Jennifer Love Hewitt for the role of Robin, then Cobie Smulders once Hewitt backed out.
  • The Robin and Barney wedding was decided between season 5 and season 6 once they “locked in on what the endgame would be.”
  • And, on the topic of another Robin Sparkles appearance, Thomas teases, “stay tuned…people do tend to sing at weddings…”
  • ‘How I Met Your Mother’ will return on February 24 with ‘Rally.’

    It’s the final seven episodes, folks.

    With Donald Trump’s presidency looking less and less like a joke, these high-profile authors and writers believe the time for silence is over.

    Over 400 authors have signed a petition to keep Donald Trump out of the White House.

    The petition, titled “An open letter to the American people,” was written by Andrew Altschul and Mark Slouka. It unequivocally states that Trump must not become President of the United States, and explains why writers in particular are worried about the power of his empty words and fear-mongering rhetoric.

    Signed by the likes of Stephen King, Junot Diaz, Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), Cheryl Strayed, Colm Tóibín and Jennifer Egan, the open letter lays out reasons for openly opposing Trump’s candidacy, which they believe “appeals to the basest and most violent elements in society.”

    The letter states:

    “Because, as writers, we are particularly aware of the many ways that language can be abused in the name of power;

    Because we believe that any democracy worthy of the name rests on pluralism, welcomes principled disagreement, and achieves consensus through reasoned debate;

    Because American history, despite periods of nativism and bigotry, has from the first been a grand experiment in bringing people of different backgrounds together, not pitting them against one another;

    Because the history of dictatorship is the history of manipulation and division, demagoguery and lies;

    Because the search for justice is predicated on a respect for the truth;

    Because we believe that knowledge, experience, flexibility, and historical awareness are indispensable in a leader;

    Because neither wealth nor celebrity qualifies anyone to speak for the United States, to lead its military, to maintain its alliances, or to represent its people;

    Because the rise of a political candidate who deliberately appeals to the basest and most violent elements in society, who encourages aggression among his followers, shouts down opponents, intimidates dissenters, and denigrates women and minorities, demands, from each of us, an immediate and forceful response;

    For all these reasons, we, the undersigned, as a matter of conscience, oppose, unequivocally, the candidacy of Donald J. Trump for the Presidency of the United States.”

    While there are plenty of arguments for why Trump should not receive as much media coverage as he gets, we have to acknowledge the seriousness of the situation when some of the country’s most respected artists take such a powerful stance as this.

    The petition has been signed by over 7,000 people so far, and you can add your name to the list right here.

    You can find out more about the group of writers who oppose Trump on Twitter, at @WritersOnTrump.

    Official pictures from the Gilmore Girls revival hint that Stars Hollow’s pride and joy went on to become a teacher. Tanc Sade’s Instagram suggests otherwise.

    Rory Gilmore — high school English teacher or staff writer on The Stars Hollow Gazette? When the first official photos of the Gilmore Girls revival were released by TV Line, Rory Gilmore was shown standing at the front of a classroom with some chalkboard notes that seemed to indicate she was teaching high school English. And she wasn’t just any high school teacher, but a Chilton high school teacher.

    Source: TV Line

    However, while promoting an upcoming charity fundraiser, Tanc Sade, everyone’s favorite Life and Death Brigade member, Finn, gave away that Rory Gilmore is an above the fold writer of the Stars Hollow Gazette. Sure it’s a long cry from covering the parking lot pavement of Chilton, but it does not strike us as the type of hard-hitting journalism that would satisfy a girl who hit the road to cover the Obama campaign at the close of the series. This issue, dated July 19, 2016, will appear sometime in the “Summer” installment of the four-part series.

    Whose to say that Rory Gilmore can’t juggle two careers at once? She was, after all, the Editor in Chief of The Yale Daily News and a star student who graduated on time after taking a semester off to have a breakdown. Maybe her staff writing position is just a hobby.

    This is not the first inside look into the Gilmore Girls reunion that Sade has provided. One quick browse through his Instagram and you will be treated to tons of behind the scenes goodies! Here are some of our favorites.

    A Gilmore and her LDB boys


    They’ve come a long way from moving Rory out

    Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life arrives on Netflix soon.

    Twitter announces slew of changes to give you more room to tweet, get noticed

    You'll also be allowed to retweet yourself. Umm...

    11:15 am EDT, May 24, 2016

    Twitter has confirmed that they’ll be making a few changes to let you fit more in a single tweet. Changes to retweeting and chatting with a user are also in the pipeline.

    Earlier this month we told you Twitter would stop counting photos and links as part of the 140 character limit, but it looks like the social network is taking things a step further. Not only will URLs and photos no longer be a part of the character count, but they will also stop counting usernames.

    Here’s Twitter’s full breakdown of the upcoming changes:

    – Replies: When replying to a Tweet, @names will no longer count toward the 140-character count. This will make having conversations on Twitter easier and more straightforward, no more penny-pinching your words to ensure they reach the whole group.

    – Media attachments: When you add attachments like photos, GIFs, videos, polls, or Quote Tweets, that media will no longer count as characters within your Tweet. More room for words!

    – Retweet and Quote Tweet yourself: We’ll be enabling the Retweet button on your own Tweets, so you can easily Retweet or Quote Tweet yourself when you want to share a new reflection or feel like a really good one went unnoticed.

    – Goodbye, .@: These changes will help simplify the rules around Tweets that start with a username. New Tweets that begin with a username will reach all your followers. (That means you’ll no longer have to use the ”.@” convention, which people currently use to broadcast Tweets broadly.) If you want a reply to be seen by all your followers, you will be able to Retweet it to signal that you intend for it to be viewed more broadly.

    One or two of these additions may be controversial. For example, giving people the option to retweet themselves if “a really good one went unnoticed” sounds like a cheap solution to fix the issue of tweets not getting noticed. Why should it be upon the user to do something to get the tweet noticed? It’ll look obnoxious if we’re retweeting ourselves — it’s the equivalent of asking aloud, “Hey, did anyone just hear my excellent thought?” even when everyone heard it but purposely ignored it.

    Twitter isn’t ready to launch these changes today because they want to give developers time to prepare. This way, third party apps like Tweetbot (It’s great — there are no ads in it!) will be ready to support Twitter’s new rules right at the start of the official launch. Expect to see these features in a few months.

    Sadly, we’re still waiting for Twitter to launch an “edit” button. It sucks to be unable to fx a mistake.