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"Who Wants To Be A Godparent?"/S8E4

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 1:55 PM

By Dhruv Rao

It's been a long time since time since HIMYM premiered: they're in their eighth season now. They have shown us one of the most natural developments of the characters, from wedding jitters to babies and frustration. However, in these seven years, I have only seldom felt the show being unnatural or pretencious. Well, I would add the game as an element that should never be repeated, unless it's like "Game Night", when Marshgammon's each step brought problems for everyone and fixed the puzzle pieces to Barney's saga. So, here's how the latest entry goes:

1) Plot: 

It was simple but definitely not elegant. It all started with Marshall and Lily spending their first night free in 5 months thinking about what will happen after their demise. It's a concept that can be a boon for a sitcom if it is well-expanded, but HIMYM said that they didn't want to do that. Moreover, when they get to the godparent, they have fights to decide, but then they decide on Barney, Robin, and Ted. The last two minutes was one of the best bonding scenes HIMYM has ever shown.

2) Problems:

Do you remember Marshall's line in "Disaster Averted"? Well, if you don't, it was ' all around us." It was silly when Lily did the childish move of covering her pants because she had to go to the loo. The silliest part of the episode was its main part, the game. Really, Marshall and Lily have no free time to hang out with their friends but have time to get Lily a fancy dress, a watch, build a spin wheel and get a rocker, diaper station and a baby-chair? I don't seem to see any logic.

3) Elements that I rather liked:

Leapfrogging into the future has always been one of HIMYM's aspects. It was used very well in this scenario although it was embedded into a weak gimmick. Barney used all of his lines with the ladies and modified them just a little bit. Robin was cold-hearted, repeating her dad's mistake. And Ted was trying to be a good Godfather and failing. Also, the continuination of problems in the relationships, HIMYM has never let me down in continuity. And Cobie, you look smoking on a motorbike with that outfit ;).  And thank you for including Marshall and Lily's convo saying that "We were about to list them as Marvin's godparents and we don't even know what's going on in their lives. which led to a bonding moment which sweetly closed the Mediocre episode. Moreover, the argument of Mickey as the godparent lasting only a second was LOL-ish...

On the whole, the episode was pulled to extremities on its principal weak and strong characteristics. As a grade, 

The story (free after five months, godparents and the 8 or higher rule): B+

The game (in the apartment): C-

The imaginary situations described: A

Since the main point of the episode was the game, let's settle the grade as...

Grade: B-

Categories: How I Met Your Mother

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