How I Met Your Mother-The Lighthouse-Josh Radnor and Anna Camp

There’s a lot to love in this week’s How I Met Your Mother. “The Lighthouse” is the scene for two very different realizations for Ted. Sweet as one may be, the writers may be rushing things just a bit.

The Players:

  • Director: Pamela Fryman
  • Writer: Rachel Axler
  • Cast: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, Cristin Milioti, Bob Saget, Sherri Shepherd, Anna Camp, Frances Conroy, Harry Groener, Cristine Rose, Roger Bart, Robert Belushi, Rob Gleeson

Episode Title: “The Lighthouse”

Barney attempts to make peace between Robin and his mother while Marshall and Daphne bond.

The Good:

  •  Drunch: Lily simply can do no wrong. From start to finish Alyson Hannigan owns the screen. Lily should never be allowed to give anyone advice when she’s drunk and upset. How Ted could think the woman who has retold her kismet first meet story with Marshall believes he should just end up with a regular girl is unfathomable. That took nothing away from Lily’s superb solo run as the drunken angry woman at brunch. Breaking her glass every time a judicial word was uttered punctuated Lily’s anger with Marshall and gave Linus a chance to resurface. Lily had to play drunk off and on this season. It’s a testament to her skill that it’s yet to get old. Marshall and Lily’s reunion is hanging over our heads and we’re sure everyone’s ready to see him tangle with his wife.
  • The Stinson Hug: We were onboard with Robin and Barney’s mom’s fight from the start. Seeing Robin say, “Game on bitch,” was enough. Everyone works hard to get the laugh in this plot. Barney reveals as a kid he had an accident in front of hundreds at the Pinewood Derby Regionals. Mrs. Stinson and Robin wage an egg war that Robin was always going to lose. The two bat insults around with the same ferocity. Robin wore the shirt she won from Loretta like a trophy and staining it purposefully while Loretta insults Canada like only Barney’s mother could. It’s the hugs that make this story though. Watching Loretta hold Robin at the news her mom was a no show had the same effect as Barney’s consoling hug when he learned she couldn’t have kids: heartwarming. Plus, hearing Barney proclaim his love for her to his mother so strongly was one of his most touching moments.
  • Robin’s Mom: Okay so we know Robin’s mom is so terrified of flying that she missed the flight to her daughter’s wedding. She was also stung by jellyfish once, and she makes the second best scrambled eggs. It’s obvious Loretta has won that battle. Robin’s mom drives a pickup truck and likes to take hot baths. Get ready to learn more though. After eight seasons of nothing we can’t finally learn a few tid-bits about Robin’s mother only for her to not show up to the wedding. She’ll appear somehow in some form, or we’ll learn something shocking or illuminating about their relationship. Considering this is the final season, it would be ill-advised to leave such a loose end out in the Motherverse.

The So-So:

  • Marshall’s Mistress: At this point it might be better if Daphne was Marshall’s mistress; we’d be forced to care then.  As it stands, last night proved you can’t make anyone take notice of this ridiculous road trip even if you stash Ted’s stoner step-dad in the trunk and make Marvin cry. Yet again, there were a few nuggets of charm buried in the mediocrity. Why does it seem like mothers are always ready to give your friend’s blackmail? The “Totally Awesome Ted” mug Marshall asked for was nowhere near as good as the Ted plus BFF photo from Geauga Lake, especially considering Ted’s best friend was a balloon. Side note: R.I.P. Geauga Lake.  You used to be fun. Sadly, embarrassing Ted was the best thing to come out of their scenes, and Ted’s own admission to going to CoinCon was better than both of those.  There’s precious little keeping this trip afloat.
  • The Big Moment: The question we have to ask is, “Can you get worked up over a proposal of a couple you barely know?”  Ted reused his wasted trip to the lighthouse, as well he should because there was absolutely nothing compelling about any of he and Cassie’s adventure. Still, what began as a touching flash forward between Ted and the long missed Mother quickly turned into an awkward moment. We’re happy that it finally happens for Ted, that’s the whole point of the show. The scene was touching enough, but part of the appeal of a fictional proposal is that one is so invested in the characters, the moment feels special. We’d rather these flash forwards be used to show Ted and the Mother bonding and engaging in some shenanigans. We want to fall in love with them the same way we did with everyone else on the show. 

The Quotable:

  • “Yes I’m in a rotten mood; no I don’t want to talk about it. Yes, this has booze in it; no it’s not my first.”—Lily
  • “I’m marrying a girl that means more to me than kids… or my career… or even the Lamborcuzzi, patent pending.”—Barney


“The Lighthouse” serves as a reminder for everyone: When anyone’s mom says they make the best anything, prepare to be blown away 7 out of 10 times. The two different though equally satisfying notes the episode ended on—Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness” and The Proclaimers “I Would Walk 5000 Miles” reflected the notes the series ended on. On one hand, Barney, Robin, and Lily, kept us happy while Marshall, Ted, and the Mother made us wonder if things will ever be so.

Rating: 8/10

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

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