"How I Met Your Mother" season 9 continued Monday, Oct. 21, with episode 6, "Knight Vision," and Ted had a choice to make for the wedding weekend. Meanwhile, Robin and Barney faced problems with their minister and Marshall talked through his own problem with Daphne as their road trip continued.
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About Marshall's secret… Unfortunately, this is one storyline that is not getting better as "HIMYM's" final season goes on, as Daphne tried to talk Marshall through telling Lily about the job offer. Sure, it was a little amusing—the first time—to have Daphne's voice coming out of Lily's mouth during the practice scenarios, but Marshall clearly needed more help than he would get on one road trip. And it just got worse for him once Daphne found out he took the job already and he then found out she was a lobbyist for a big oil company. Sure, in the end, they apologized to one another, but the damage was done: Daphne had texted Lily with the news, and his phone was ringing. That was pretty much the only good thing about this because they could only stretch that out for so long—unless Marshal finds a way to get out of that mess.
Why lying is bad In order to get married in the church that had "cute coming out the wazoo," Robin and Barney had lied to their minister, Reverend Lowell, about pretty much everything. He hated "boozy promiscuous Manhattanites," so instead, they took Marshall and Lily's meet-cute and made it their own. However, the truth came out when Lily tried to talk to the Reverend, who actually told her she was dressed like a whore less than a minute after they met. They even tried to tell him that Lily was "drinking drugs," but the truth did come out, and they needed to find a new officiant and a new church. He wasn't even willing to reconsider because they were "terrible people," and it wasn't like their "sweet in their way" speech about how they found one another was going to change his mind. The last thing he needed to hear about was all the women Barney slept with and all the places they had sex, including that room. In fact, the shock killed him. (Or he wanted to get away before Marshall's storyline joined the others at the inn.) But they were left with only two days to find a new officiant. So who's already placing bets on who's going to get ordained on the Internet?
Ted's mess has a very happy ending Every hookup during a weekend wedding was decided at Friday night drinks, as Barney explained to Ted, and if he chose the wrong girl, he'd be left getting the not-cool kind of self-five. Cue weird "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" clip that was then part of the rest of the episode as Ted was told whether he had chosen "wisely" or "poorly." Ted's three choices, as Barney had chosen were: Sophia, Robin's college roommate and a screamer; Cassie, the daughter of Barney's mother's best friend, whose breasts were to big to be a gymnast; and Grace, a new coworker who had six different positions at the firm just at the Christmas party. Barney chose Sophia, but after Cassie introduced herself to Ted, he picked her. Bad choice. Or was it? Sure, Cassie was pretty much insane, from being ready for meaningless sex one minute to then talking for 40 minutes after she got fired about everything else that went wrong in her life—her car was stolen and her boyfriend just broke up with her. (So you would think Future Ted would have taken pity on his children by now after sitting through that.)
Ted was ready to move on to Sophia only to accidentally put himself right in the middle of a meal with Cassie's parents, who were very happy to escape and leave their handful-of-a-daughter with him. Ted even tried hitting on Sophia in front of Cassie when the other woman walked in with Cassie's ex, but he was stuck with the crying and sick woman. But meaningless sex with Cassie just wasn't in the cards, and she agreed she wasn't in the right place. She would've just let him do all sorts of crazy things to her. (How much did you love Anna Camp in this episode? She was dazzlingly insane.) Yes, Ted could not win. Or could he? He ran into Grace at the bar before anyone could clue her in to Ted and Cassie being the "couple of the weekend," but as he gave a toast for Reverend Lowell, Cassie revealed he was he uncle. However, it was a good thing Ted didn't get together with anyone that weekend, because if he had, he and The Mother may not have met. So in a way, he did choose wisely.
"How I Met Your Mother" season 9 airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBS. What did you think of episode 6, "Knight Vision"?