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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

How I Met Your Mother - Legendaddy review

We met Barney’s dad! And he was sweet! Even though he was played by the usually creepy John Lithgow! (That’s not a diss. We love him, creepy or not.) Barney was concerned that his dad wasn’t the “Legendaddy” of his dreams, because he was a regular guy and not a ladies’ man or roadie.

But then Barney broke down after seeing his dad at dinner with his “real” son, and he said, “If you were going to just be a regular suburban dad, why couldn’t you have been mine?” He and his dad left it on a hopeful, positive note. Barney stole his dad’s basketball hoop from his house, and his dad helped him. Barney gave it to Ted to put in his new house that he intended to raise a family in.

We liked the subplot too. The gang was discussing “gaps.” They were pointing out the things that their friends should have learned in childhood, but missed. Ted pronounced “chameleon” phonetically. The same thing happened with Ern and the world “cerulean.” And “lien,” as she found out one day in law school (oops). One of us doesn't think Ted's "gap" is in character. This is the guy who got annoyed when people mispronounced "encyclopedia", there's no way he doesn't know how to pronounce "chameleon".

Marshall was upset that the gang didn’t point out his gap, because they were still tiptoeing around him after his father’s death. This led to the laugh-out-loud moment of the night for us. Marshall started doing crazy things to get the gang to rag on him. He brought a possum to Lily and said, “This is a possum. I found it in the trash. He lives with us now.” Cue us laughing.

Bring on more Barney’s dad! And possums.

Episode grade: A-

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