Tonight reminded me of the old days of How I Met Your Mother. This episode found a perfect way to move the story forward ever so slightly, while finding a random and hilarious way to do it: a game show of course. One of my favorite episodes of the show was “Game Night”, where Marshall dominates games they play, before creating his own game, “Marshgammon.”
Marshall and Lily have a big decision to make: who will be godparents to baby Marvin? After having funny arguments about whether it should be on of their parents, they decide it should be Marshall’s older brother, who already has two kids. However, they find out that he left his wife and kids to live his dream as a mixologist on the beaches of Hawaii. His look of extreme sunburn and braided hair was amazing. Classic HIMYM.
When they can’t decide which one of their three best friends will be the godparent, they decide to make a game show out of it. They play out various parenting situations, and show how each one of the three would handle it. These situations provide some good laugh, and are a much more entertaining way of filling time then most of their recent ideas.
After fighting it out in the lighting round, both in the game and verbally at each other, Marshall stops the game, saying that none of them know how to be a parent. This prompts Ted to rip Marshall and Lily for not being around for the last five months, saying that they don’t feel important because Marshall and Lily don’t ask them about their lives anymore. As it turns out, Ted is figuring out a way to help Victoria’s dad pay for the wedding that never happened, Robin is dealing with Nick’s scooter as a ride, and Barney is, well, sleeping with chicks.
The trio take off, and Marshall and Lily talk about how unfair it is, and to a degree they have a point. I don’t know what it’s like to deal with a baby, but I’d imagine that it’s pretty tough to focus on anything but the baby, even if it’s your best friends. However, when they realize that they literally know NOTHING about what’s going on in the group’s respective lives, they decide to have a night out at McClaren’s, just like the old days.
In the end, they decide to name all three of them godparents, which is an easy way to wrap up the episode, but doesn’t really answer any questions. I think Ted was the first person listed: does that give him priority? I understand why they decided on that for the show’s sake, as it’s an easy way to wrap it up. But in real life, that wouldn’t fly I don’t think.
Well the ground work has been paved for the eventually separation of Ted and Victoria. I’m not sure that the scooter is what breaks Robin and Nick up, but it wouldn’t be the first time Robin has quickly ended a relationship.
What did you think of the episode? Did you also get the feeling like it was one of the older episodes? Let us know in the comments!