How I Met Your Mother Review: Band of Mothers

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Not only did Marshall finally make it to the wedding, but he did so with some help from the mother.

Was it me, or did anyone else think she was driving a little fast? Either that or it was some pretty reckless parenting by Marshall, walking along the side of a road where cars were traveling that quickly.

Causing Trouble

Well, reality is usually suspended to some degree when it comes to this show and How I Met Your Mother Season 9 Episode 13, was no exception, especially when Lily and Robin began communicating telepathically.

Stuff like that is usually reserved for Barney, but it worked well to depict just how meddlesome Darren and his Disney-themed tales of woe could be.

Andrew Rannells did a nice job issuing those "emotional prostate exams," as the mother called them. His smile really matched the flames in his eyes, didn't it? Darren no doubt stirred the pot, but he also brought about two of the better moments of the episode. The first came as Lily and Robin argued.

I don't need objectivity. You're my best friend, I just need your support.


Robin, of course, never was really on Marshall's side. She just didn't want to lose her best friend, even if only for a year. The other scene came after Barney learned about Ted's plan to move to Chicago. 

Chicago? Is that even a real place?


I loved Barney's reaction to Ted trying to bring up Marshall's name, when he accused Ted of throwing away 10 years of being best friends. With all kidding aside, Barney quickly realized just why Ted needed a fresh start and gave up arguing right away.

Both were the kind of scenes that illustrate the bond these characters have forged, but for me, the best moment of the episode went to Marshall and Lily.

Despite having every reason in the world to come out guns blazing, Lily showed once again why they are one of television's best couples, as she initiated the "pause" to their issues and embraced her family.

The mother's scenes were good. She had me thinking of Large Marge from Pee Wee's Big Adventure with the way she was freaking out Marshall in the van. After revealing how she knew so much about him, I thought their chemistry was great. They had the band thing in common, as well as their tendency to both be too nice.

Marshall gave her some good advice just like he has done on many an occasion with Ted.

At the inn, I loved how she opted for Linus's Kennedy Package like Lily did. I also liked how she wanted to buy whoever punched Darren a drink, even if  it was a little out of character for Ted. Was it clear that Ted knew who Darren really was when he punched him, or was it more because he let slip his Chicago secret to Barney?

I thought there were two missed opportunities for a Barney montage. It would have been funny to see all the times Barney has been cited for urinating in public. The other chance for a series of flashbacks could have shown how liberal Barney has been with the phrase "that's the dream." As an aside, Dump Day sounded like an awful idea if you ask me. 

All in all, I thought it was a good installment. Marshall finally made it to the inn and we got some solid scenes with the mother. What did you think?

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