Tonight's episode focuses on the exhausted Lily and Marshall attempting to find a new nanny. This puts them at odds with Barney, who is banging all nannies in the area in celebration of Bangtoberfest, his newest made up sex holiday. When prospective nannies realize that Lily and Marshall are friends with the duplicitous Barney, they bolt.
Making Up for Lost Time
Barney ultimately makes amends by hiring them a premium, perfect, matronly Englishwoman named Mrs. Buckminster, but Lily is unable to surrender Marvin when the time comes: unwilling to leave her only son with a stranger, Lily opts to care for him herself.
That plan crumbles quickly, as Lily falls asleep with Marvin and wakes up with a stuffed Monkey. It turns out that her seemingly deadbeat father Micky has taken guardianship duties upon himself, and he reveals that he was actually a very attentive father for Lily before he became embroiled in gambling. Lily opts to give Micky a second chance at child-rearing, taking him on as the new nanny -- a flash forward photo album reveals that he rises to the challenge.
Ted and Robin, meanwhile, are competing over who is "clicking" best with their new partner. They both ramp up their affection to the point of caricature, while secretly harboring doubts about their compatibly. They end the episode determined to preserve their relationships, but it's all for naught: Old Ted reveals that both relationships are nearing their end.
I'm a big fan of Chris Elliot as Lily's Father Mickey; his affably goofy performance finds a perfect balance between the character's cartoonishness and his heart, and the concluding photo montage was a heart-warming extension of his redemption story.
I am not, however, such a big fan of Victoria's continued presence. She and Ted have already had their moment, and extending her into Ted's life past the initial, impulsive relapse feels false--good thing it isn't fated to last much longer.
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