How I Met Your Mother

Season 4 Episode 4

Intervention

8
Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 13, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Fan Reviews (10)

8.8
out of 10
Average
412 votes
  • Barney Stinson's Awesomeness

    9.5
    In this episode, it shows the continuation from the previous one, which Ted wanted to move out, sames goes to Lily and Marshall, and Robin gonna go to Japan, everyone are moving out. However, the character which I like the most who is Barney, wait for it ...... Stinson again showed his awesomeness. Again, it was not the main message of this episode, yet Barney's old guy make up, and also the magic trick, as well as being hard of hearing, make Neil Patrick Harris alive. Being a playboy, in this episode, Barney came out with a new trick, which is impersonating an older version of him, who ages 80 years old, hooking up with a bimbo named Cindy. You are always awesomely legendary, Barney Stinson. Next, I have never witnessed someone an played a magic trick, which involved fire, without any items in their hands but Barney did, maybe there is an item in his hands, in the blind spot perhaps. Last but not least, in the old man make up, he feigned deaf after he entered Ted's apartment unit, finding out that he became the target of intervention.
  • Ted moves out again

    8.0
    This episode was a bit of a callback to previous seasons. After Ted and his friends hang out at Stella's place, Ted and Stella decide to move in together. Unlike the previous time Ted moved in with Robin this time the fight was not as big and it seemed mutual on both sides. Ted moving out and everyone telling stories kind of remained me of Lilly officially moved in with Ted and Marshall. All of the stories of the happenings in the apartment were all funny and entertaining. My favorite one was the one with the fire mark. This was classic HIMYM storytelling. A story within a story. The interventions were pretty funny. Robin's remark about Marshall's hat was hilarious. Ted finds out his friends were planning one for him. This leads to Ted freaking out about moving which lead to everyone getting freaked out about their situation. I am glad that they all decide to move on with help of Barney. Speaking of Barney, he was great in this episode. His pickup line was one of the best I have seen so far right next to him trying to pick up a lesbian or give him your number. (see Ted's birthday in season one)

    Robin is a great character and someone I really enjoy. In this episode she was not far from being jerky. I think it's another reason why well you know. Robin being drunk Canadian was pretty funny. This was a fantastic episode but my only complaint about this episode was not seeing Lucy or Stella. I can understand Stella not being in this episode because the women who plays her has role in another series. I would at least like to see Lucy even just a small scene.

    Overall there is lot of good in this episode.
  • The gang has an obsession with interventions.

    10

    "Intervention" is one of my favourite How I Met Your Mother episodes. It actually makes it in my Top 5 How I Met Your Mother episodes. I just find this whole episode entertaining. I love how the gang became obsessed with interventions. I love how they find their old intervention banner and they reminisce about their interventions. I love the one with Robin reenacting the great Vancouver Canucks in full hockey gear. I love the intervention of Stuart being an alcoholic and Barney comes in and offers him a drink. I love the interventions for Marshall's hats, Lily's fake British accent, Robin's tanning addiction, and Barney's magic trick. And I love how they had an intervention for having to many interventions. I love how Barney pretends to be an old man picking up young women and the gang has an intervention at the end of the episode for him. I give this episode a 10/10.

  • Moving day.

    8.0
    Everyone starts packing up to embark a new chapter in their lives. Robin is moving to Japan for her job, Marshall & Lilly are moving in to their own apartment, and Ted is moving to New Jersey with Stella. This was a closing chapter in everybody's lives. But it's time for new beginnings for the gang. I loved the Intervention gag, everyone had their own reason for their intervention, that was hilarious. The Intervention gag develops when Ted finds old Intervention letters addressed to him regarding Stella. Basically, it said not to marry Stella and that Ted was moving too fast. Ted starts to doubt his actions and gets scared, and decides to stay in the apartment, which becomes a chain reaction for everybody else, when they all end up not wanting to move. Sooner or later, when they see Barney in his "old person" suit, they all decide they need to move out, they can't be scared, and they have to do this. Meanwhile Barney proves he will be exactly the same by the time he's 80 years old. By the end, they all decide to embark on the new chapter in their lives. Future Ted lets us know that a year from now, everybody will be living in the same apartment. Kind of a spoiler, but I guess we know things are going to go south with Stella. Robin's not leaving, and Marshall & Lilly will move back in a year from now. I sort of wish I didn't know that was going to happen, but I still enjoyed the episode. Great episode that made me nostalgic on the old HIMYM days.
  • This episode was just gold. Barney as usual was just hilarious. This is definately a MUST SEE!

    9.5
    In packing up the apartment to move out for good, the gang starts to get cold feet. While sorting through old stuff, Ted discovers that at one point Marshall and Lily were going to stage an intervention to tell him not to marry Stella. After admitting they thought Ted and Stella were moving too quickly but now realize they were wrong, Ted then starts to question if maybe his relationship is moving too fast. His hesitation towards change then makes Marshall and Lily question whether they should move into their apartment, and Robin becomes uncertain about taking the job in Japan.
  • Ted!! No!! You never break up a girl fight! NEVER!!!

    9.5
    Neil Patrick Harris made me laugh so hard on the scene qhere he punches the wall that this episode is worth just by that scene.
    The episode is funny in general, Ted is packing to move in with Stella, Robin is going to Japan and Lilly and Marshall are moving out as well, only to realize that no one wants to move out, everybody wants to stay exactly where they are. And, as always, scenes are funny as well, the interventions were awesome, hilarious. It wasn't very moving forward plot wise, but hey, with comedic shows, i really don't care much about the story, i just want to laught as hard as i can.
  • As the group packs the apartment to all move to new places, they look back at times spent there and numerous interventions held to point out some issue all of them has needed pointed out. Wacky times follow when Ted finds out one was planned for him.

    9.5
    I've gotta say that while I wouldn't count this in my all time top ten (a topic I could debate for hours beyond the episode ratings here) I would say it's easily the best of the first four episodes of the year (and leaps and bounds better than the crap sandwich which was last week's "I love New Jersey"). It was a group effort with everyone having multiple moments. Robin finally had a real presence – and her going hard core Canuck was to me the highlight of the season to this point. Lilly was great with the accent. Marshall was, as usual, an integral part of everything. And Barney had a nice episode with a few solids. My biggest complaint would be that Ted continues to become less and less likable. Maybe it's just me but every time Ted has a woman I find myself disliking him. He's best on the prowl or heartbroken.
  • Ted discovers that his friends were planning on having an intervention to pull him out of his marriage.

    7.5
    After two seemingly below-average episode, this one was good turn around. Or at least, it gave an indication that the show is moving toward its original ways. Despite a good show by the cast, it was obvious the spotlight was on NPH. With a top notch performance as Old Barney and Young Barney, his character has set the bar for awesomeness. The story moves around the concept of intervention sessions that the gang used to conduct to tell one amongst themselves to change their ways. When Ted realizes that one such session was in the offing for him and it was about Stella, he totally freaks out. But, on the flip side, he realizes that he had been moving too fast, and decides against moving to NJ. Robin drops her Tokyo plans and Lily and Marshall decide to stay back. But they again realize it's time to move on and they carry on with their plans.

    According to me the first part was hilarious with all the flashback sequences. The latter part was more or less on the lines of the previous two episodes - story sans humor. Nevertheless, an enjoyable installment.
  • MORE BARNEY!!!

    7.5
    This one is called "Interventions" and not "Stella". Sort it out, guys.

    Barney: The life and blood of the show steps it up a level. This was undoubtedly one of his best performances ever. His character was simply outrageous, and his acting superb.

    Interventions: lol. The way they all intervene when things get bad was a nice storyline - especially with Marshall and Lilly.

    The French: like playing tennis with the net down? Meow, puddy-cat.

    Ted: refreshingly less irritating that normal, and showed flashes of emotion. But his face is mostly still just too darn wooden. Please REPLACE him!

    Overall, a hard episode to rate. I was hoping for a quick killing of the Stella angle, and was left with mixed feelings here. Barney "Awesome" Stinson simply carried this one on his own. Don't you DARE change him!
  • Ted finds out that Lily, Marshall, Barney and Robin planned to have an intervention regarding his engagement to Stella.

    6.5
    Okay, they clearly stole the hat intervention from Family Guy down to the "I can take it off whenever I want to," line. That being said, this episode actually had some funny moments including Barney as the old man, and Ted's response to Lily's "weird, fake English accent". Even though a number of them were humorous the show went a little absurd with the plethora of flashback scenes in this episode. Barney was on fire (literally) in this episode, but unfortunately the rest of the cast was their awful selves. Marshall went from being my favorite character on the show to being incredibly annoying.

    Well, things slowed down toward the end and the laughs disappeared. I do not like this new formula and I don't think it's an acquired taste, I just think that it's a big mistake.
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