TV: Be a fan of ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ “no questions asked!”

By Meryl Gottlieb| mg986611@ohiou.edu| @buzzlightmeryl
How I Met Your Mother airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBS
Rating: 4/5

No Questions Asked

Tonight’s episode of How I Met Your Mother, “No Questions Asked,” follows the mayhem Marshall (Jason Segel) puts the gang through in order to stop Lily (Alyson Hannigan) from seeing the text Daphne (Sherri Shepherd) sent that reveals Marshall accepted the judgeship position. Zany antics ensue, and they are actually quite funny.

I am actually impressed with how the writers have managed to make the season-in-a-wedding-weekend work. Tonight’s episode was essentially within a time frame of a half-hour, and yet it was still worthwhile. It may not seem like this worked toward the overall plot, but don’t forget about the fact that it dealt heavily with a decision that is going to affect Marshall and Lily’s future. So, yes, it was full of antics but it got to a point that needed to be made and it did so in a funny fashion.

Lily first calls Marshall not to argue about the judgeship but instead about the fact that Marshall booked them in the haunted Room 13 of the Farhampton Inn. The spirit of Captain Dearduff, a killer who froze to death after he got his hook caught in the wall, is said to haunt the room. There’s a parody of supernatural shows, and it’s so simplistically wonderful. It’s the little things the writers do that please me the most.

Marshall then enlists the gang to get the text deleted from Lily’s phone. His tactic involves asking them to do him a favor “no questions asked” since they all owe him a “no questions asked” favor.

ted mailboxTed (Josh Radnor) somehow got himself stuck inside a mailbox after attempting to receive a creepy love letter to a woman he barely knew and needed Marshall’s help to get him out “no questions asked.” Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) had Marshall check him out of the hospital after supposedly swallowing real life Lucky Charms pieces for a bet. And Robin (Cobie Smulders) had Marshall help her escape from what appeared to be a cult fighting organization in which she dresses in a purple morph suit and calls herself “Night Falcon.”

Ted scales the drainpipe; Barney tries to go through the air ducts, and Robin comes in via a room service cart. All the while, the door had been unlocked.

I may have cackled out loud when Robin rolled out from the cart. Genius. I love Cobie Smulders. Also, what on earth is the deal with the whole “Night Falcon” thing? I love the random things the writers have the characters do. It can be frustrating that there’s no continuation, but they are hilarious singular moments.

Underneath this larger storyline is the smaller but still important storyline between Barney and Robin. The two realize they rely too much on themselves and need to learn how to work as a team, which Robin says may have been the reason they broke up the first time. However, the two promise to start practicing working together and begin by planning on how they can work together to delete the text.

The plan is elaborate. Robin, purple morph suit and all, will cause a distraction, Barney will use the doves he wanted for the wedding to get the phone to Robin then she will delete the text. Seems perfect, right? Well it would have worked had Lily not gone upstairs 20 minutes ago and if Ted hadn’t already completed the mission.

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He called in a “no questions asked” favor Lily owed him after she needed him to bring cupcakes to her kindergarten classroom since the kids were holding her hostage. Ted instructs her to throw her phone to the ground and smash it, which she did. Ted told Marshall of the accomplishment and asked why Marshall hadn’t just called in one of his “no questions asked” favors. That’s because Marshall never kept anything from Lily because he loves her and tells her everything.

This realization prompts Marshall to tell Lily the truth about the judgeship debacle. “I don’t know if someone actually died in Room 13, but someone’s going to,” Lily replied in almost full death glare mode. Oh, snap. I am worried for my favorite TV couple.

I am actually incredibly interested to see what happens to them. They cannot take a year apart and I just don’t know how they’ll decide between Marshall or Lily’s career.

Also, I seriously can’t say it enough: Bring the Mother (Cristin Milioti) back into the picture! We’ve waited nine years to meet her. We met her for one hour in the premiere and have not seen her since. Milioti is such a strong actress and I can’t help but to think how much the show would be elevated if they somehow wove her into the story a bit more. I don’t want them to do it nonsensically but having a five-episode gap of nonexistence is a little too much off screen time.

I think I enjoyed this episode as much as I did because it played so much on the friendships between the gang. That’s what I love about the show: the character and their chemistry. Having a “no questions asked” obligation is so relatable to real relationships between friends and simply having a show that relies on the relationships between a group of best friends is wonderful to watch. I love this show and am going to miss seeing Ted, Marshall, Lily, Barney and Robin on my screen each week.

Start preparing for the end now, guys. I just realized I probably should.

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