Who Wants to Be a Godparent.
For the first time since Baby Marvin was born, Marshall and Lily decide take the night off. The gang makes a big show of changing their plans to hang out with them by doing the same they do every night: hang out at MacLaren's. The gang is excited to hang out with Marshall and Lily because it's been awhile.
Unfortunately for them, Marshall and Lily only hang out for a minute before bailing for some alone time. They go for a romantic, urine scented walk that almost ends with them being murdered by a rogue cab driver. Which brings us to this week's A story - Marshall and Lily suddenly realize they are mortal and have no plan for baby Marvin in the event of their unlikely, simultaneous death!
Lily, who's apparently never considered death in anyway (she won't get mail when she's dead!) sobs and sobs, and sobs some more. Then she argues extensively with Marshall about which of their family members is the logical choice to be godparent. They agree on Marshall's family-man brother only to find out, in a not so shocking twist, that he recently left his wife and kids to pursue his dream of being a Rastafarian bartender. The runner up, Lily's dad is apparently out despite the fact that, as of last week, he's' the one who takes care of Marvin every day.
That leaves Barney, Robin and Ted, who are all so starved for attention that they immediately start angling for the godparent position despite the fact that none of them spend any time with any kids, let alone Marvin. Also, they kind of all resent his existence. This will go well!
Their childish squabbling, however, inspires the ever childish Marshall to decide the best way to choose a suitable godparent is through an at home game show. It goes about as well as expected: Robin has daddy issues, Barney would parent like... Barney, and Ted is a giant pushover. But at the end of the game something amazing happens: a genuine conflict. Marshall and Lily are frustrated the gang doesn't understand what parenthood entails and the gang is chaffing against the 8 or higher rule Marshall and Lily instituted last season. A real divide between the singles and the parents! Could it be the beginning of the end Ted has hinted at over the years?
It should be. The fight is painful because it rings true: there is a substantial difference between being a parent and a single thirty something. And nobody in this scenario is being friendly or considerate.
However, we've still got one (maybe more?) seasons to go, so a bandaid has to be thrown over this festering wound. Marshall and Lily apologize for being kinda mean and come close down McLarens with the gang. Without a babysitter? With a babysitter? Whatever! Ted, Robin and Barney spend the night and take care of baby Marvin in the morning. Compromise! Only, it's maybe, sorta too tidy? Fights like that don't wrap up this cleanly.
Marshall & Lily
Lily can't deal with the idea of dying - something I kinda can't believe given her arty/gothy stage in college - but what do I know. Marshall, however, gets into lawyer mode and decides to sort out the godparent situation ASAP. Something I kinda can't believe he didn't do before but again: whatever, let's go with it. The game show conceit is classic HIMYM and so very Marshall. I loved the subtle callback to Lily's shopping addiction - she self-medicates with things!)
But the whole episode brought something I've been wondering about for awhile to the forefront: where are Marshall and Lily's parent friends? People with babies hang out with people with babies, not exclusively but more than Marshall and Lily do. These two are fun people and this show has spent many years pretending that they wouldn't be able to find couple friends or parent friends or any friends that aren't in the core group. It was hard to believe before, and it's increasingly hard to believe now.
It's almost as unbelievable as the two of them entrusting all three of their incapable single friends with their child's life. Remind me again why Lily's dad - aka the manny - is out?
"Who Wants to Be a Godparent?"
- Barney's smutty nursery rhymes were better than they had any right to be.
- Ditto: Barney's "is she a 6 or an 8+?" predicament.
- Sexy leather Robin. AYO.
- Ted and Robin's oversized teddy bear shtick was not nearly funny enough to come back to it more than once.