How I Met Your Mother-No Questions Asked-Jason Segel and Cobie Smulders

This week on How I Met Your Mother the less you ask the better. “No Questions Asked” introduces us to the Night Falcon, and one very common clause. The truth is something your friends can blindly ignore, but how long will that work on the love of your life?

The Players:

  • Director: Pamela Fryman
  • Writers: Stephen Lloyd
  • Cast: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, Cristin Milioti, Bob Saget, Marshall Manesh, Sherri Shepherd, Rhys Darby, David Grammer, Tre Moye, Lindsey Alley, Donna Pieroni

Episode Title: “No Questions Asked”

The gang helps Marshall keep Lily from learning the truth.

The Good:

  •  Ask Me No Questions I’ll Tell You No Lies: Last week we couldn’t imagine how Marshall would get out of Daphne’s meddling text message; now we’re marveling at the introduction the gang’s No Questions Asked clause. The laundry list of creepy/weird things you know about each other is one of the reasons you’re friends. We know how Ted got himself locked into that mailbox but we’d like to know who those shiny-suited weirdos chasing Robin were. It’s easy to imagine Robin has an alter ego as the Night Falcon—she’s an Agent of S.H.E.I.L.D. after all—but what was she up to? Ted’s idea to use No Question’s Asked to get Lily to break her phone was as inspired as Marshall’s realization that as a married couple the Erikson’s don’t keep secrets. Let’s hope they’re just as creative with Lily’s rage now that she knows Marshall’s judicial truth.

The So-So:

  • Lone Wolves: The tedium of the wedding weekend is starting to wear on us. Barney and Robin’s struggle to stop operating as lone wolves had its high points. The accidentally arranged dove shootout was priceless: Robin’s planned 21 gun salute could have collided with Barney’s dove release for a touching post-wedding display of avian murder. Still, this isn’t the betrothed’s first learn-how-to-be-a-couple moment. Unfortunately, the entire season is built around them.  It’s not that Barney and Robin’s lesson was all bad, it’s that it feels like we just did this. Yes, watching them bond while imagining their wolf credo in unison (“Snap its limbs with our powerful jaws and watch the life drain from his eyes.”) was hilarious. But if this is the only thing Barney and Robin get to do all season, we’re not the only ones that will take notice.

Best Lines:

  • Robin: “Bro, it’s my wedding weekend. Just because you didn’t know better than to take a naked selfie while you were in the coldest part of the country…” Marshall: “First, I’m an Erikson. Cold has a plumping effect. Second, you owe me a no questions asked.”

Overall:

“No Questions Asked” was another in a string of surprising victories. If you’re still wondering how Barney survived swallowing real life trinkets like those in Lucky Charms, this episode did its job. However, there is no escaping the boredom of the repetitive bonding of Robin and Barney. This is one of the reasons trapping the cast in a wedding weekend for the entire season might have been a bad idea. But hey, maybe they’ll continue to surprise us.

Rating: 8/10

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

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