C’mon How I Met Your Mother. That’s not fair.
This is the second week in a row that an episode tricks me into thinking we’re in for a half hour of pure silliness, and I end up being run over by a truck of emotions in the final minutes. I HAVE TO PREPARE FOR THIS KIND OF THING! Wait. No, no. I blame myself. I should know this by now…
Just like last week, most of the episode was spent in a state of silly. Marshall and Lily launched a search for nannies but failed to find a reasonably priced Poppins. Ted and Robin competed over whose relationship was stronger, faster and more superhuman – maybe just the first two. And Barney was on a mission to bang. But there was, in the end, more to it.
While Marshall and Lily lamented over the lack of affordable (and sane!) child caregivers, Barney was celebrating the single life by observing Bangtoberfest. But he was bummed when he began to feel like his old favorite pick-up schemes lacked creativity. So upon hearing about heynannynanny.com, he decided to use it to his advantage and started “recruiting” nannies to take care of his nonexistent child.
Speaking of which, was anyone else surprised that Barney didn’t have a comment upon Lily’s first mention of the site? Later, when a mini-flashback revealed his true reaction (joy!), it all made sense. But initially, I was downright disappointed by the thought-to-be missed opportunity.
Anyway, after Barney’s time in the nanny business scared away a potential candidate, Marshall and Lily were furious. (Lily’s dad, Mickey, however, was pleased. He wanted to take care of the kiddo!) But Barney later made it up to them by picking up the bill for their initial choice – a perfectly qualified, sane, mom-like old woman. The one problem? Lily couldn’t leave Marvin! So she stayed back and took a long nap with her baby in her arms. And imagine her surprised when she woke up to find Marvin was gone!
Luckily, because this isn’t a fear-inducing procedural, there had been no baby-napping. Mickey had simply taken the baby for the day – fed him, changed him, put him down for a nap, and generally gave the little dude first-rate care. Cue Lily and Marshall’s surprise. “That’s incredible! When did you get so good with kids?” Lily asked. “You know something, honey? You might not remember this but for the first few years of your life, your mom worked and I was a stay-at-home dad,” he told her, before showing her a few photos of their times together – from nap time to preschool. (Of course, it all stopped after that because of that pesky gambling addiction. Oops.)
“Look, honey, I was a jerk who wasn’t there for most of your childhood and I regret that every single day of my life. But I promise you I’m here now for Marvin – if you want.” She did. And as a flashforward showed, Mickey kept his promise.
So, guys, was anyone NOT weeping by the time the last photo showed Mickey and Lily dropping off Marvin at preschool? And what did you think of the episode? (No quotables this week from me – nothing stood out. But feel free to contribute a few below!)