"How I Met Your Mother" season 9 continued Monday, Nov. 4 with episode 8, "The Lighthouse," and Robin and Loretta's battle came to a bittersweet end while a glimpse into the future was the best part of the episode.
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Warring (and bonding) over eggs This "HIMYM" episode brought Robin and Loretta's issues back in focus, as Barney was caught between his wife-to-be and his mother. This time, it was over eggs, as Robin insisted her mother cooked better scrambled eggs than Barney's, and it all led up to a scramble off (to the death, if you asked the waiter, who really wanted everything to be more dramatic than it really was). When Robin gave up, Loretta wondered what kind of breakfast she'd be serving her grandchildren, and that was when Robin told her she wouldn't have to worry about that and walked away.
Barney told his mother Robin couldn't have kids, which he had found out about last fall when he had commented she needed to get a babysitter when she had kids so she could still join him for epic nights. He had hugged her, and it hadn't been weird until it suddenly started raining. "I'm not marrying some future possibility of starting a family. I'm marrying a girl who means more to me than kids. Or my career. Or even the Lambacuzzi, patent pending. So please, be nice to her," Barney told his mother.
To make matters worse, Robin then found out her mother wasn't coming to her wedding, and when Lily told Loretta, Barney's mother hugged her future daughter-in-law and told her to call her "mom." It was a really sweet moment, one that more than made up for the weaker parts of the episode.
The road trip that never ends With this season taking place over the course of the wedding weekend, some things may seem a bit too long, and Marshall and Daphne's road trip fell into that category. This week, they stopped by Ted's childhood home while caught in a storm, and unbeknownst to them, they didn't leave Clint the conflict resolution guy and his guitar behind when they left. In the end, he did serve a purpose. He got the reluctant travelers to agree on something—they couldn't stand him—and it was because of his presence that Marshall finally cracked and left Clint on the side of the road. (Apparently Clint was so into his meditation he didn't hear Marshall drive off, so it took him a while to notice they were gone.) Marshall was in charge, and that meant he picked the music.
Ted and The Mother continue to be perfect together The best part of the episode came in a look forward two years. After Ted's fail when he brought Cassie to the romantic lighthouse near the inn, he returned with the right girl, The Mother, and made the day pretty much perfect by getting down on one knee and taking out a ring. "Will you—" "Yes," she interrupted. "You didn't even let me—" "Yes." "Marry me?" "Yes," she kept repeating. The proposal was romantic, it was wonderful, and it made us fall in love with them just like the other looks into their future have ever since Cristin Milioti joined the cast.
"How I Met Your Mother" season 9 airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBS. What did you think of episode 8 "The Lighthouse"?