Posted by Pablozky at Wednesday, November 06, 2013 3 Comments
A few weeks ago I mentioned How I Met Your Mother decided to take things lightly and just make us laugh with no emotional stuff in the middle; that is the case for “No question asked” but not for the following episode “The Lighthouse”. Now, in my last review I made a mistake for which I was called for: Daphne didn’t call Lily, she texted her, which makes for the whole plot of the episode.
At first Marshall receives a call from Lily, thinking that she found out about his decision to become a judge, but ultimately it was because they got the 13th room of the inn, “the one with the ghost in it” as it featured in an episode of the Ghost Network original series “True and Real Ghost Stories of the Supernatural” (gotta love those low budget effects). Marshall is really pumped about getting the room with the ghost, but Lily doesn’t share his enthusiasm as she recalls those ghosts don’t exist.
As Lily falls sleep Barney gets into the room via air ducts. It seems Marshall also called him, even before Ted and asked him to do a no question asks as he also owns Marshall for being picked up at a hospital after seemingly swallowing some magic trick props. So he arrives at Lily’s room and she wakes him up to bust him as well. Barney says there is a story there and after preparing a really weird set up he asks Ted to explain how he got there (“uhm…”). Lily gets distracted when she receives some room service she didn’t ask for and she goes to the reception to complain. Turns out Robin was the one who asked for room service so she could sneak in Lily’s room; she was also called by Marshall (also before Ted) who asked her to do the same as the guys.
Anyway, as Ted, Barney and Robin are all in the room while Lily is about to complain they realize that the phone is nowhere to be found in the room, but Lily had it all along. So Ted goes to stop her, while Barney and Robin try to come up with some plan. At this point I must mention the subplot on the whole episode; before being called by Marshall, Barney tells Robin that there are 20 doves ordered so they can fly away as the come out of the church, which isn’t very convenient as some gun enthusiastic relatives of Robin will perform a 21 gun salute (with real ammo), which to Robin is proof of one of their issues: lack of communication. It’s a real issue, as both of them sometimes get so carried away in their thing that they don’t listen to the other just to do stuff. Once Ted leaves to stop Lily, both Barney and Robin talk about how they need to stop doing things alone and learn how to do it together, so they device decide to devise a plan to stop Lily from reading the text, one that is so over the top that (in Robin words) is insane how foolproof it is.
So everything seems to be good, and Ted tells Marshall that everything was taken care of and asks him why he didn’t ask Lily to do a no question ask. Well, Marshall didn’t have a single no questions asked with Lily because he shares everything with her; so he feels guilty and decides to tell her the truth.
To Lily who had a terrible night, as the receptionist refused to help her with any room issue claiming it was all ghost doing, having to face a $400 bill for some room service she didn’t ask for (though she certainly asked for “Prison Slut 9”) receiving the phone from Ted just so she could hear that Marshall took the judge job behind her back is just the cherry on the top of a really crappy night she is not even yelling or anything, just coldly stating that someone is going to die in their room.
It’s an episode that features really broad comedy, there’s some sweet moments in which Barney and Robin talk about their issues and Marshall remembering how he never had to hide something from Lily. However, there is something missing here; laugh? Check. Tender moments? Check. So, what is it that is missing? I think the episode sometimes goes just so over the top sequence after sequence that at times it gets tiring. There are plenty of fun gags there, and I had fun with them all, but everything started going so fast that I eventually felt like the episode needed to pace down a little bit, too many gags coming out of each other can be tiring. Still, it’s a pretty fun episode.
The episode starts picking up the Loretta/Robin feud that was created in “The Poker Game”. I was really happy to see it; I had high hopes on the whole battle between the two, and even though the only bits we get to see of that include Robin showing off Loretta’s blouse (“Oh, hell no!”), and some scrambled egg cooking competition, the payoff is satisfying enough to leave those silly expectations behind.
Lily joins Robin, Barney and Loretta for brunch, and every time she hears something that is judge related she just snaps and breaks her glass, and Linus immediately provides with replacement; it’s great to see that the Linus gag continues and it’s always great to see Lily angry, as she has those fearful demon like eyes when she is furious and is always reliable to make me laugh.
An argument begins about Loretta being the best at making scramble eggs, and Robin surprises saying that, in fact, it’s her mom who makes the best eggs; now Ted tells us about Robin’s mom being terrified of flying and getting stung by jellyfish, I’m pretty sure Robin has said more than that, but my memory is not helping me. Anyway, the thing is that neither we nor the characters know much about her, so it’s really surprising to hear about her. But it was about time, right? After all Robin is getting married, we should know about her (more on that later). And so the egg war starts, with Robin putting some syrup on Loretta’s blouse, which is cue for her to ask for the omelet station so she can prove Robin wrong.
Wonders of wonders, Loretta’s egg become popular in no time and everybody wants them. Robin is bad at losing, so she tries to compete, but it turns out she doesn’t know anything about making eggs at all, to which Loretta asks what kind of breakfast she would make to her children. And then Robin revealed she can’t have kids; it’s a secret she has kept so tight that is really sad to see how she walks away, hurt by the reminder that she can never be a mother.
Loretta is worried that Barney will never have kids as he always wanted one, but for Barney Robin is way more important. He is not marrying the chance of having a family, but the woman who he wants to spend his life with. And that’s poignant.
Meanwhile, Daphne and Marshall made a stop at Ted’s old house in Cleaveland for the night before continuing their trip; there Marshall gets a cup and a picture he can use to mock Ted before he and Daphne continue in their road.
But their road isn’t pretty; Daphne doesn’t want to play zitch dog and she still gets to pick the music, so Marshall gets angry and he stated that maybe they need conflict resolution as Clint suggested back on Ted’s old house. To their surprise, as soon as Marshall states that Clint gets up from the back seat saying “I knew you guys would come around” which is cue to Marshall and Daphne freaking out. And who wouldn’t?! It was so random and unexpected that I couldn’t help but laugh.
Clint tries to help Daphne and Marshall talk out their issues, but it proves ineffective at first, and it’s just when they both start mocking Clint that they start bonding; but an offended Clint loses it as nobody seems to take him seriously and he goes as far as breaking his guitar and saying he has a blood attack, so Marshall pulls over and let the man meditate.
And I left Ted for last; he wants to go to The Lighthouse on Farhampton, but he is denied as it would be too dangerous to let a lonely guy go by himself to such a romantic destination. So Lily suggests that he takes Cassie with him, to which Ted is not really pumped at all, but Lily insists that he should just try to settle with her and go together to the Lighthouse (“well, who thought that was a good idea?”). So a reluctant Ted does just that and everything goes wrong, from Cassie saying that she doesn’t like music at all, falling of the stairs, stating that children shouldn’t have toys, and remaining silent while they are on the lighthouse. I realize it doesn’t sound great on paper, but the execution is almost flawless, as Josh Radnor looks so obviously annoyed that is almost impossible not to warm up to these sequences, even if they don’t look compelling at first.
-Proof that the Ghost Network doesn't have any resources to make a show: Random woman: "Did I see a ghost? Of course *edit cut playing yes!* there are *edit to such* things as ghost!". That just cracked me up as I'm sure there are even worse quality television on the air.
-Every single receptionist on the Farhampton inn seems to be some kind of jackass. Lily had to handle the lazy/con man one: "I got a report here: broken lock, faulty wi-fi, you've taken several items from the mini bar!" Lily: "There is no mini bar!" Receptionist: "Stolen mini bar!".
-Barney losing his dove: "Courtney Love, no! I already lost Kurt Coobain, I can't lose you too!" One of the biggest laugh of the episode, for sure.
-Will this be the end of the Night Falcon? We'll see.
-Poor sweet Robin thinks there is such a thing as an egg opener. Oh, honey...
-Ted's best friend as a kid was a balloon: it would be criminal not to mock him for that.
-And that's it! Let's see what next week brings.
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