TV: The Proclaimers and The Mother are finally back on ‘How I Met Your Mother’

By Meryl Gottlieb| mg986611@ohiou.edu| @buzzlightmeryl
How I Met Your Mother airs Mondays on CBS at 8 p.m.
Rating: 3/5

The Lighthouse

It’s hard to say how I feel about tonight’s How I Met Your Mother. On the one hand, there was an incredibly significant flash-forward that made the episode, titled “The Lighthouse,” worthwhile, and on the other, it was mostly comprised of filler stories that were not that entertaining nor that important.

Lily (Alyson Hannigan) goes into her death glare mode any time anyone says anything related to “judges,” “courts,” etc because she’s furious about Marshall’s (Jason Segel) decision to take the job as a judge in New York despite their plans to go to Rome for her job. The best part about this smaller storyline was how she would crush a glass in her hand as she heard the word and then Linus would rush over with a new glass, as he should. Yes!! I love Linus and I want him to be with us for the entire season!! I don’t know why, but I think it’s the funniest gag.

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I mean come on. This is hilarious every time it happens! Don’t lie to yourself!

Robin (Cobie Smulders) and Loretta (Frances Conroy) feud over the blouse Robin won in the poker game and over who makes the best scrambled eggs — Mrs. Stinson or Mrs. Scherbatsky? Yes, we finally have acknowledgment of Robin’s mother, and it was great! This gag was hilarious. As Robin continued to say random facts about her mom, like she drives a truck, a tally was kept. I was hoping they would discuss her mom during this season. Of everyone in the gang, she’s really the only relative not mentioned.

This debate about scrambled eggs seemed pointless until it lead to something worthwhile. Robin tries to make the dish but can’t, which prompts Loretta to worry about what Robin will make for her grandkids. Oh no. Amidst the nonsense of a scrambled egg cook-off and the other silly storylines, this was a hard hit back to reality.

Probably one of the saddest moments from the entirety of the series is when Robin’s flash-forward to her “future kids” is really just her imagination at work as we learn that Robin can’t have kids.

On top of this bad news, Robin receives word from her mother that she’s not going to come to the wedding. This is really just a terrible hour for Robin. (By the way we are in day two of the wedding weekend – only 30 something hours to go!)

tumblr_mvrs4jpmBt1r5nd69o7_250Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) learned that Robin can’t have kids last fall after the two came out a very secret club — so secret the door is actually a trap door in the sidewalk — and he embraced her even though they weren’t together at the time. When Loretta hears about Robin’s mother’s absence, she embraces her in the same way and urges her to call her “mom” now. Robin embraces back.

I thoroughly enjoyed those moments. Robin is always seen as the tough girl who’s a badass, and while that may be true, it’s nice to see these more vulnerable moments, especially when they are as sweet as they were tonight.

In the end, it’s a very nice moment that shows us that Robin is accepted into the Stinson family wholeheartedly now. I would have preferred less of the scrambled egg storyline and more focus on the growing bonds between Robin and Loretta or more about Robin’s mother. While it was funny how they addressed Robin’s mother, I think it was a bit of a wasted opportunity. They could have done a little more.

Due to a bad storm, Marshall and Daphne (Sherri Shepherd) must stay the night at Ted’s (Josh Radnor) home in Cleveland. After picking up a mug in which he can mock Ted with, Marshall and Daphne continue their journey, but Clint (Harry Groener) — Ted’s hippie stepfather, if you recall — has stowed away in the car so he can help settle the feud between the travelers.

Eventually, the two do reconcile, but only because they both think Clint is a loser and his therapy is stupid. Clint freaks and makes them stop the car so he can meditate to recompose himself. Yes, this is something we actually had to waste time to watch.

After a lecture from Daphne, Marshall realizes he needs to be more assertive or he will continue to be pushed around. He leaves Clint meditating in the middle of nowhere and says he’s now in charge of the music, which Daphne has been running the entire time. Guess what song he chose? 500 MILES BY THE PROCLAIMERS!! This was the best throwback and the saving grace for this terrible side storyline. Seriously though.

Ted wants to go to the top of the lighthouse nearby, but pesky hotel desk clerk Curtis (Roger Bart) won’t let him for fear that he’ll jump off of it since he’s alone. After bad advice from Lily to just be with Cassie (Anna Camp) and stop trying to find the “perfect” girl, Ted decides to take Cassie up to the lighthouse. Of course, it turns out terribly as the two are completely incompatible.

Ted now believes the romantic atmosphere and beauty of the lighthouse is ruined for him, but he’s mistaken. Two years later, we flash to Ted bringing The Mother (Cristin Milioti) to the same lighthouse!!! Just when I thought I couldn’t be more excited about the mere fact that Milioti was back on my screen, it becomes a PROPOSAL scene!!! This is the flash-forward in which Ted proposes to the Mother!!!!!!!!!!

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There was an absolute necessity to include all of those gifs. It was a beautiful scene that makes me emotional every time I just think about it. I’m not kidding. I have teared up a few times just looking at this gif set. Ask my roommate. I tell no lies.

But this emotion is warranted. Think of how much time and energy we have invested in Ted’s search for this perfect girl. Seeing their love blossom in even these small, minute segments is enough to bring me to tears.

I have been waiting so many weeks for The Mother’s return — let alone years for her sheer presence — and this was a perfect way to tie her back into the story. I think it’s a little weird that there is so much importance to Ted and the Mother in Farhampton while it is also the place where Barney and Robin wed, but I’ll overlook it.

I really just need more interactions between Ted and The Mother. Radnor and Milioti have great, instant chemistry with one another and I want to see more! Based on released episode titles, I know more of Milioti is in store because episode 10 is titled, “Bass Player Wanted” and we all know The Mother plays bass. Also well known is that the 200th episode of the series — the 16th of the season — is titled “How Your Mother Met Me” and is supposed to focus on the Mother and is essentially guaranteed for a good cry or two.

Did you squeal from happiness at the proposal? How much did you love that throwback to Marshall and Ted’s old traveling days? Did this episode make you want scrambled eggs? Let me know @buzzlightmeryl

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