‘How I Met Your Mother’ Recap: Barney Tries To Set Up His Parents; Billy Zabka Returns
How I Met Your Mother picked up on Monday with 48 hours to go before the Stinson/ Scherbatsky nuptials. Thankfully they’ve managed to replace their late pastor with James’s father, but there are still a number of other concerns for the soon-to-be-married pair.
Barney & James Play 'Parent Trap'
Robyn (Cobie Smulders) is still devastated that her mother won’t be coming down from Canada for her wedding to Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), even though Barney’s mom Loretta (Frances Conroy) has vowed to be a mother to her. Barney, meanwhile, isn’t satisfied that his estranged parents – Loretta and Jerry (John Lithgow) – are present; he wants them to get back together. One of the many hiccups in his Parent Trap plan is that his half-brother James (Wayne Brady) wants Loretta back with his dad (Ben Vereen).
The two grown children fantasize Broadway style about getting their desired nuclear family. In the end, it’s the newly divorced James who gets his familial wish. His biological dad and Loretta have rekindled their romance, and are happily sleeping with one another. Though Barney’s upset, Robin assures him that his brother needed his parents back together more than he did.
Lily, Ted & 'Zabka-tage'
This week, Lily (Alyson Hannigan) and Ted (Josh Radnor) found themselves in yet another predicament. This time, it’s the result of some spilled ink. When Ted’s spilled calligraphy ink ruins an autographed Wayne Gretzky photo, the duo sets to the task of determining the culprit behind the costly accident. Detective Mosby is back in action and soon discovers that it was the work of ‘80s movie villain Billy Zabka, who unleashed his personal brand of “zabka-tage” in an effort to take over as Barney’s best man.
Marshall & Daphne Part Ways
Meanwhile, Marshall (Jason Segal) and Daphne’s (Sherri Shepherd) protracted road trip comes to a close as the two engage in yet another philosophical argument revolving around big oil and being “green.” Marshall drops Daphne off at her daughter’s Model UN conference and continues on his way to Fairhampton, where he’ll hopefully arrive for next week’s How I Met Your Mother episode.
How I Met Your Mother airs Mondays on CBS at 8/7c.
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