Last night How I Met Your Mother rebounded after last week’s less than impressive episode. “Who Wants To Be a Godparent” toyed with the age old adage, if you can’t join them, beat them. Or something like that. How exactly were the writers able to appease the viewers? 

The Players:

Episode Title: “Who Wants to Be a Godparent?”

Lily and Marshall test their friends to pick Godparents.

The Good:

  • Let’s Ride: There can’t be a single person that saw Robin in that leather catsuit without thinking of The Avengers.  Kudos to the writers for reminding fans just how badass Cobie Smulders is without totally straying from Robin. It was a great moment, even if she had to put all that hotness on a scooter.
  • Brotastic: In true HIMYM fashion, Barney took the opportunity to double down on his usual bro-filled antics. Fans got a taste of three new songs: Bro MacDonald, Bro Bro Bro Your Broat, and The Boobs on the Bus. Not to mention the Broller, a nifty invention for any Peeping Tom recently made a parent.
  • Lightening Round: Every parent has to make the uncomfortable decision of who will raise their child in the event of an unexpected travesty. Maybe now, thanks to Lily and Marshall, some will make a game out of it. This kind of hilarity and innovation is the what viewers need as the gang embarks on the challenges of adulthood and real responsibility. The contest brought out the best in everyone; Marshall got to show off his panache for gaming. Ted played the overly sensitive pushover to a tee, Robin rocked as the scarred tough love parent, and Barney stuck to what he knows best — suits and sex. Relying on their characters knee-jerk personalities helped bring back the old school hijinks that built HIMYM into what it is today.
  • The End of an Era: True, nothing about this week’s episode advanced the shows overarching storyline. How could we move on without revoking that ridiculous eight or higher rule of Lily and Marshall’s?  How could we advance without making the gang feeling part of Marvin’s life?  The writers were able to craft a plot that was not only amusing and creative but tugged on our heartstrings.

The So-So:

  • The Baby Question: The showrunners have made it a point to stick with Robin’s desire to not have a child. They even went as far as dedicating an entire episode to (“Symphony of Illumination”) to validating her decision. So now how is she competing for the responsibility of raising Marvin? Maybe she was just wrapped up in competing against Ted and Barney?  The plot worked either way, but that kind of disparity isn’t the norm from this seasoned crew.

The Quotable:

  • “Barney Stinson, how may I direct my penis?”
  • “If you want him to be raised by his underwear on a flagpole, Ted’s your guy. If you want him pulling the cord on some other nerd’s panties, I’m your guy.”
  • “Bro MacDonald had a farm, EE-I-EE-I bro, and on that farm he had some chicks, EE-I-EE-I bro. With a hot chick here and a dumb chick there…”
  • “Bro bro bro your broat, gently to the bar. Hit on some sluts then do 10 shots…”
  • “The boobs on the bus go up and down, up and down, up and down. The boobs on the bus go up and down all through the town.”
  • “I just wanted to make the idea of me and Lily dying… fun.”
  • “Ted, neither you nor Cleveland knows how to get over someone leaving them.”
  • “As the only one packing a vag I got a natural instinct for nurturing and crap like that. Plus, I could teach him how to bow hunt.”

Overall:

It’s amazing how fast the HIMYM team was able to turn things around in one week. Our biggest request was filled; if we’re not going to advance the plot, at least make it hilarious. There was a tiny bit of advancement, but the writers relied heavily on the characters predictable personalities to carry the episode.

Rating: 8/10

How I Met Your Mother airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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