Robin doesn’t want her own kids. Ever.
Being a godparent is different because (for starters) she will hopefully never be in a scenario that she would need to take care of Marvin forever, and not only that he isn’t her kid.
He is already in her life, she loves him and wants to protect and care for him. She also loves Marshall and Lily, and would for sure want to make sure that Marvin got the best life and care without his parents.
It’s why Ted and Barney were in there too. Ted wants kids, yes, but he wants his own kids and that wouldn’t change if he suddenly had Marvin.
I dunno, I just feel like I need to defend this because it didn’t seem weird to me that all of them would want to be a godparent.
HIMYM - Who Wants to Be a Godparent? 8x04
I love how HIMYM can come up with these original things, pull them off and inspire others. I mean,for example, the longterm betbox and the writing-a-letter-to-yourself-in-the-future. These are all great ideas and it proves that How I Met Your Mother is not just a simple TV show, but a lifestyle.
The title of the forth episode of this season summarizes the plot very well. The main question here was simply, who wants to be Marvin’s godparent? The answer is easy, everyone (and they tried hard, the scenes with the teddybears were incredible!). But the attendant however, who is the most suitable? I had some different opinions about that. One the one hand, Ted is the obvious choice because he has been ready for all that family-stuff since season 1. But on the other hand, Robin can’t have children at all, which makes it most fair for her to be Marvin’s godparent. Anyway, the result was predictable, everyone got to honor! But before that, the episode circled around the gameshow that Marshall created, hilarious! We got some fun “if-scenes” with Marvin as a young child (curly hair, where did that come from???????), above all Ted’s rap, genius even though Ted’s getting more lame every minute these days. One cool thing is how they went from cheerful gaming to serious mood when the gang question their friendship to Lily and Marshall. I was not prepared for that! Well written…
Many laughs, good lines but not really anything to build further on, it’s not like Lily and Marshall are ever gonna die (?). But still, it was compensated by all the great moments. I mean, Robin’s disappointment when Nick was driving an eco-friendly scooter? Priceless. I could go on all day. Oh important sidenote, what’s the thing with continually breaking the 4th wall? Could be a good move now and then but it gets tiring when they keep doing it in every episode.
Barney - …Mental self-five!
Barney - It’s gonna be legen… Wait for it… No I won’t wait for it and neither should little baby Marvin so maybe it’s better if you two just die right now… Dary!
Ted - Professor Infosaurus has also a rap about ignoring bullies…
Best Barney Moment:
The Barney we love is back! Legendary, Bro-ing and girls. The punishment when Marvin had stolen another child’s toy was without doubt the best one haha.
8x04 Who Wants To Be A Godparent?
Welcome to play Who Wants To Be A Godparent!
After finally getting a nanny for baby Marvin, Lily and Marshall are excited to spent the first night out after his birth. They meet up with the gang in the bar and immediately they want to know what’s going on with their lives. Robin, Ted, and Barney however find themselves conflicted, because Lily and Marshall have imposed an “eight-or-higher” rule after Marvin’s birth(they’re not allowed to come to them unless their problems are a level eight or higher). Therefore Ted doesn’t bring up the fact that Victoria’s dad wants him to pay for the wedding where Victoria ran away to be with Ted, Robin doesn’t tell about Nick’s very uncool moped and Barney can’t tell the gang about the chick he banged the night before(who was at best six-and-a-half). The three then decide to keep their issues to themselves.
Lily and Marshall then leave to spent time alone. They’re enjoying the free time just the two of us, when a taxi “almost” runs them over(this taxi has the same license plate as the taxi that brought the mother to the Farhampton train station the the premiere btw!). After this they’re forced to think about their possible deaths and designating a guardian for Marvin in case they both pass away. Lily and Marshall have a fight about naming Marshall’s or Lily’s parents to be the guardian. They then come to the collusion that Marshall’s brother Marcus would be a good choice and call him. However they learn that he has left his wife and kids to become a bartender at a beach-side bar and Lily and Marshall are back to where they started. Ted, Robin and Barney then start to compete over being Marvin’s guardian. Ted and Robin keep bringing larger and larger teddies and Barney tries to win then over by singing classic children’s tunes(but making them bro-versions).
Lily and Marshall are struggling to choose a guardian out of the three and decide to make a official game out of it. In “Who Wants to Be a Godparent” game they have to tell how they would handle various hypothetical situations with Marvin.
They answer various question like how they would explain Marvin his parents passing away(Ted wins this round!), how they would disciple Marvin(Robin wins this round, because we love her and she’s in a safe space), how they would tell him “the facts of life”(Robin wins again!), first word, first heartbreak and so on.
Ted, Barney, and Robin continue to play the game until after playing several rounds of the game, a disagreemment begins between the three competitors, causing Lily and Marshall to get angry with them for not appreciating how hard it is to be a parent. The three then get offended and claim that Marshall and Lily don’t know anything that’s going on their lives, because they can’t tell them their issues unless they’re 8 or higher. Lily and Marshall tell that they don’t have time to listen to their dating problems and the only important thing in their life now is Marvin. Robin, Barney and Ted leave the apartment.
Marshall and Lily later realize that the don’t know what is going on in their friends’ lives and haven’t been good friends lately. They then come to the bar to talk to Robin,Ted and Barney and tell them that they are revoking the “Eight or Higher” rule, because they want to know what is going on in their lives. All of them then spend the night together hanging out at MacLaren’s for the first time in months and the gang shares their issues with Lily and Marshall.
They next morning, Robin and Ted and step up to take care of Marvin when he wakes up early in the morning so that Marshall and Lily to go back to sleep(Barney just walk out the door!).
Lily and Marshall then decide to name all three of of their friends as Marvin’s legal guardians.
I think this episode was great (have to admit that it wasn’t as awesome as I thought it might be, but still great!). Loved the “Who Wants To Be A Godparent” game and the scenarios with Marvin! How cute is he btw? <3 Barney was being AWESOME again, loving that too and the ending was sweet(but why didn’t they thought of making them all godparents sooner!?!). What did you think about the episode? Let me know ;)
Next episode is going to air 29th, so we’ll have one week break from the show and this is how I feel about that:
But stay tuned, because there will be a spoiler post coming very soon, because I just found amazing photos of the next two episodes!