How I Met Your Mother recap: Sympathy Slaps and Labor Pains

Lily's in labor, Barney got Marshall drunk, and Ted is having Robin double vision 
Ep. 22 | Aired Apr 30, 2012

Barney gets a call, Marshall wins all, and Lily tries to stall

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I could start off by talking about how poor Ted is up to his eyeballs in Robin baggage, or Marshall’s watermelon baby, or the umpteenth time Barney and Quinn have fought about her stripper status, or even the glorious return of the Ducky Tie, but why on earth would I do that when our first How I Met Your Mother baby has booked its one way ticket into this world?! Yes folks, the moment has come, Lily is in labor!

We've known that Lily and Marshall’s bundle of joy would be making its debut before the season’s end, but we didn’t know that it would happen while Lily was planted on the couch, stuffing her face with cookies (God bless her) and Marshall was….in Atlantic City? These two can’t go longer than 10 seconds apart, so obviously in one of very few times there’s some real distance between them, baby Larshall decides to come a-knockin'! But just how did Marshall get to Atlantic City? Let’s start at the beginning….

Lily and Marshall are throwing their baby shower and in a painstaking attempt to avoid Robin, Ted shows up three hours after the shower ended. We’ve all been there when we have to go to an event where we really don’t want to see someone, but I thought it was a little cold for Ted to blow it off because he’s that concerned about seeing Robin. Continuing Lily and Marshall’s streak of fair-weathered friendships, Robin had the same idea, only her avoidance came at the crack of dawn. That’s just cold, guys. Suck it up. Try and put on a brave face for the one consistent couple in New York.

A friend who did manage to attend was Barney, who fell into a hysterical miscommunication with Grandma Lois when he overheard Grandma gasp that Quinn can do 50 laps a day. “I accept her,” he said, getting all up in G-ma Lo's face. “And if you can’t do the same, well then shame on you.” Smooth, Barns, since Grandma Lois was talking about swimming, not stripping. (I admit it, I was heartily laughing.) Leave it to Barney to stir up drama when there is absolutely none to begin with.

Speaking of Barney, he seemed to be speaking for the rest of us (or just me?) when he served Ted a heaping dose of reality: Get over Robin and find yourself another woman. Readers, is Ted's hang-up on Robin is driving you insane? Whether these two end up together or not, it’s time for another woman in Ted’s life, and that’s exactly what Barney is hoping to accomplish when he urges Ted to cleanse his palette by going out on a string of random dates, found online by Barney. Rest assured that none of the dates consisted of Barney’s fake online persona, though that would have been pretty darn funny.

NEXT: Barney can't wrap his mind around the stripper pole...

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