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HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: “The Ashtray” Episode Recap

“Yay. The Captain from Season 6 was on last night’s How I Met Your Mother! I was waiting for him to come back.”- No one anywhere ever.

Yes, we are once again reminded of the awful stretch of show where Ted and Zoey were an item in Season 6. In last night’s episode, the Captain (Kyle MacLachlan) returned by calling Ted (Josh Radnor) out of the blue asking for Robin’s (Cobie Smulders) number.  When the gang tries to figure out why, they flash back to an art event they were at a year and a half ago.

The episode once again recycles an old story telling theme of theirs. HIMYM loves to tell the same story from a different point of view for an entire episode at a time. Last night, they did the same at an art show, but with a bit of a twist. Everyone thinks they remembered how the night went, but really, only Lily (Alyson Hannigan) does. See Ted had “eaten a sandwich” before the gallery, while Robin had pounded about eight shots at a work event before.

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We also were reminded of Lily’s stealing habits.  In “Aldrin Justice” earlier in the series, we learned that Lily’s form of justice for those who have wronged her in the past was stealing one of their belongings. In this case, Lily snagged a crystal ash tray from the Captain, hence the title of the episode. Alot of shows do this. They like to reference back to previous jokes as a way to thank their loyal fans. In this case, I don’t mind it. But in regards to the repeating theme of story telling in the show, it’s lazy and annoying to me, a long time fan of the show.

As it turns out, there is a big misunderstanding, and the Captain was actually looking for Lily. That is because she picked out a painting during the gallery that she like, and told him to put in his room. Well that painting went on to sell for four million dollars, and as a result, the Captain was interested in her services. Another thing us long time fans know is that Lily wanted to do something in art.  She was ready to quit her job as a kindergarden teacher, and find a way to get back into the art world. Well the Captain came through there, offering her a job as his new art consultant. The episode wraps up on that happy ending.

The final scene once again references the infamous Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) playbook, with one pretty innovative play he pulled at the art gallery. While I am getting tired of the repetative nature of the playbook, I don’t mind it as much, as most of the plays are elaborate and hilarious. I do hope that by the end of the season, the show runners find a way to present their episodes in a different way. It was getting old in Season 6. Come season 8, some of these themes are being repeated ad nauseam.

"The Ashtray" -- When Ted receives an unexpected call from The Captain, the gang reminisced about their last awkward encounter with him, on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, Monday, Feb. 18 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Neil Patrick Harris (right) and Becky Baeling (left) Photo: Richard Cartwright/CBS © 2013 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

What did you think of the episode? Are you also tired of the repetitive story telling? Is this the last we will see of the captain? Let us know what you think in the comments!

 

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I grew up in the south, raised watching TV, Movies, and Sports. Entertainment is my life, and I can't imagine what my life would be like without it. I'm a USC grad, and proud to be a Trojan for life! Some of my favorite shows include South Park, Always Sunny, Dexter, and How I Met Your Mother, which I write a weekly recap of here. I also play and report on poker for a living. Its a hard way to make an easy living!