How I Met Your Mother-Knight Vision-Josh Radnor and Anna Camp

How I Met Your Mother still knows how to surprise. “Knight Vision” rested on the laurels of another classic movie saga parody. Don’t worry, you’ll love every minute of it. Here’s a hint: It’s not exactly Weekend at Bernie’s, and it wants to be Star Wars.

The Players:

  • Director: Pamela Fryman
  • Writers: Chris Harris
  • Cast: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, Cristin Milioti, Bob Saget, Marshall Manesh, Sherri Shepherd, Anna Camp, Edward Herrmann, India de Beaufort, Michael Rider, Joe O’Connor, Joshua Hoover, Rob Gleeson, Skyler Vallo

Episode Title: “Knight Vision”

Ted chooses between a bevvy of women for his weekend date while Robin and Barney dupe their minister.

The Good:

  •  You Chose Poorly: Ted’s terrible taste in women has long been lampooned; without it there would be no show. Even though we’re right around the corner from his romantic bliss, Barney and the writers couldn’t help but mock Ted’s pickings once more. But how to do so without making us gag? Why, include an homage of the most sacred Indian Jones and The Last Crusade. Instead of going with the date Barney suggested, Ted went with the first girl he saw, Pitch Perfect’s Anna Camp. The ghostly knight that echoed the words, “You chose poorly,” after every decision he made with Camp’s character Cassie was the glue that held the night together. It makes complete sense that every decision be the wrong one, it’s Ted after all. But the added bonus of making Cassie such a Debbie Downer that even her parents dumped her on Ted.
  • Vows: Having a judgmental, crotchety, old reverend push Robin and Barney into stealing Marshall and Lilly’s meet-cute story, is a HIMYM institution. Side note: Who knew Rory Gilmore’s grandfather could be so mean? He called Lily a whore, like, to her face! He should be somewhere reading a paper giving sound advice in a gruff voice. We’ll miss you forever Gilmore Girls. There were so many good things here. Lily making them come clean by saying Barney slept with over 100 women and Robin let her boss feel her up. It was 250 women and she felt him up. Robin and Barney’s prayer five, and the recital that Robin and Barney’s real story not only wrote their vows for them, it literally killed Rory Gilmore’s grandfather the reverend. And you know what? Barney’s contingency plan to throw a wedding at Bernie’s even sounded like a good idea.

The So-So:

  • What the Damn Hell: On one hand we love the way Marshall and Daphne were worked into the episode rehearsing for Marshall’s judge conversation with Lily.  However, there was nothing compelling about their scenes together.  There were a few funny lines, Marshall trying to compare Lily giving up her dream job in Italy with him abandoning the habit of peeing in the shower for her comes to mind. But when you measure their car conversation against the ghostly knight from Indiana Jones and Rory’ Gilmore’s grandfather, you come up short. We will say the cliff hanger ending was good; one can only imagine the wrath Lily will unleash thanks to Daphne spilling the judicial beans.  However, one glance at the previews and it looks like a ghost in the Erikson’s room will take precedent, which could be awesome, or a total letdown.

The Quotable:

  • Barney: “To help you decide I spent all day yesterday picking your top three prospects.” Robin: “And I helped. It was either that or writing our vows. Ugh, gag.”
  • “I recommend Sofia. I strongly feel that you should strongly feel her.”—Barney

Overall:

“Knight Vision” coasted on one of How I Met Your Mother’s favorite fallbacks. When in doubt, parody the crap out of a classic. It’s a winning philosophy for a reason. Being Ted’s date means Camp might return and hopefully the ghost knight will too. Hope you took note of Ted’s over eager response to the thought that Barney and Robin aren’t having sex. Apparently, they’re going to continue to drag out the Ted-Barney-Robin thing. Now we have to wait and see what they’ll do about the minister. Will the show go the traditional sitcom route and make one of the cast get ordained or will they luck into a funny yet sweet officiate? Only time will tell.

Rating: 9/10

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

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