How I Met Your Mother Review: Hello Sailor

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Kyle MacLachlan sailed under a lucky star to make his return as The Captain this week on How I Met your Mother.

Overall, "The Ashtray" was one of the best episodes of the season, hopefully putting the wind back in the sails of fans everywhere. 

Barney's "Ted bubala" was a far cry from Harry Ellis's "Hans bubbie" in Die Hard, but his speech about his need to be involved in every epic story was one of the best How I Met Your Mother quotes of the week. Barney is usually at the center of this show, which takes ordinary life and turns it into a series of crazy stories, but tonight belonged to the trio of Ted, Robin and Lily. 

Ted Fears the Captain

From Boats-Boats-Boats Becky, to his arrogant reminiscing about sticking it to Zoey, Ted's account of the evening was a great start to the half hour. After seeing The Captain through Ted's eyes, if anyone was to have a private island on which they would hunt the most dangerous game, it would be George Van Smoot.

When Robin revealed that Ted's recollection was slightly off due to the huge "sandwich" he and Becky had shared, prior to the art show, things got even better. Ted's inner dialogue about The Captain was actually spoken out loud and his high-induced hilarity culminated in his high-fiving the waiters tray of hors-dourves. The use of the ashtray as a snorkel mask was also pretty great. 

Of course, we then learned that Robin should not have been casting stones at the stoned, as Lily reminded her of how long that "business meeting" of hers ran earlier that evening. She was all, "Barney who," as she drunkenly threw herself at The Captain. While there was no "hands stuff," Barney surely would not have approved of the kiss on the bed. I do love seeing Robin tie one on, though, so he won't hear about it from me. 

In the end, it was Lily that The Captain was calling Ted about. Not because she lifted the ashtray, but because of her art acumen. Amidst all the comedy tonight, we got a classic Marshall and Lily moment when she confessed to him that she felt like she had missed her chance to pursue her passion. Being a teacher on any level certainly is no shortcoming, but still, you could really feel the regret in Lily's voice. Even Marshall offering to punch a girl in the face for her did little to cheer her up. 

This type of interaction between Marshall and Lily has been missing from How I Met Your Mother Season 8. I was thrilled to see its return tonight, as it's one of the best aspects of the show. Marshall and Lily always do well to keep the show grounded, while Barney does well to push the limits of reality. I don't know about you, but I think I may have found my Halloween costume for next year in the Royal Archduke of Grand Fenwick. What did you think? 


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I agree with you Chris - this was by far the best episode of the season, thus far. And I agree too that this was Lilly's moment to shine. Alyson Hannigan pretty much rocked that scene. The chemistry between the two was amazing and sweet. If you do decide to go out on Halloween as Royal Archduke, remember the age-old truism: pics or it didn't happen. ;)


I thought the episode was okay. What really made it for me is Alyson Hannigan - when that girl has acting to do, she really delivers. Her interaction with Marshall was easily the best scene of the night.


Best episode in a very long time....honestly this is the format HIMYM should stick to and hopefully they do! Awesome episode, I haven't laughed that much during a HIMYM episode in years.


The Robin kiss shouldn't have bothered Barney since it happened a year and a half before.


I really liked this episode a lot! It had me laughing out loud at some points. But the best scene was indeed the one with Marshall and Lily.


that was a great episode :D loved it


We need more interaction between Marshall and Lilly. We also need more the weddinf planning with Barney and Robin. Where was Ted's girlfriend?

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How I Met Your Mother Season 8 Episode 17 Quotes

Ted: That's weird, I have a message.
Marshall: That's weird, you still have an answering machine.

Ted: Oh boy that was a crazy story.
Barney: Oh boy, yeah I remember.
Ted: You weren't there.
Barney: Ted, bubala, if you have a crazy story, I was there. It's just the law of the universe.