How I Met Your Mother Recap – Nannies

Season 8, Episode 3

Just a spoonful of sugar…does not help the price tag of a good nanny go down. Tonight’s new How I Met Your Mother, “Nannies,” found Lily and Marshall struggling to find a good caretaker for a very adorable baby Marvin (seriously, how cute was that baby?). But it turned out that everyone was in need of a little chaperoning for their problems.

Last week we officially learned from Future Ted that October would be “The Autumn of Break-Ups.” And Barney and Quinn kicked started the season with a pre-nup that put an end to their relationship. This week we were spared another implosion, but the groundwork was ‘banged’ out. Barney was back to his old single tricks to get laid, but was feeling rather uninspired. Rather than admit it was because he had just ended a serious relationship, he claimed to be in need of creative ideas for his newly dubbed Bangtoberfest—T-shirt included. On the one hand, it is always fun to see Barney so overly commit to characters and gimmicks to meet [the world’s dumbest] women. On the other hand, we have seen years of these antics and I am more looking forward to Barney finally going through with an actual commitment.

Meanwhile, the cracks begin to appear in Robin and Ted’s respective “perfect” relationships. I love the natural banter that Robin and Ted continue to share. What began many years ago as a romantic spark ebbed and flowed over the years, but it now seems that these two really can be strong friends who like to push one another. So, it makes perfect sense that the two would try to compete for the title of happiest new couple and they each know what trump card to pull out: whether it is Ted’s declaration that Victoria keeps tampons in his apartment or Robin’s “Aloha-burn” that she plans to spend the New Year in Hawaii with Nick’s family. Because these two competitors know each other inside and out, they also know what is majorly bugging the other about their new relationships. Nick is apparently emotionally needy (big turn off for independent Robin) and Victoria is a bit of a slob (which annoys the orderly Ted, but how on earth did the German Klaus stand it?!). Even though each one plans to fight the flight urge, we know the end is near. But I would assume from bigger troubles than some bad housekeeping habits?

First of all, HeyNannyNanny has to be the best name for a nanny website ever. And leave it to HIMYM to set up an actual webpage alerting all prospective nannies of the ultimate liar, liar pants on fire (a.k.a. Barney Stinson). While Marshall and Lily use the website in a desperate attempt to find a nanny for Marvin before Lily must return to work, Barney uses the website for his own Bangtoberfest gains. He pretends to be a single father—his wife died of too many multiple orgasms, in case you were wondering—and then he conducts a thorough interview of sorts, including bathtub time [baby not included].

Lily and Marshall are at their wits end in finding someone as perfect and loving as Mary Poppins because most of the nannies on the site seem more like Scary Poppins. When they meet such a sweet old lady, Mrs. Buckminster, they are sure she is the one! If only her weekly salary wasn’t supercalifragilisticexpialidocious expensive. Just when they think all is lost, a special wind blows from the north [as in northern Minnesota] and Julie Orgenson appears as a nice, reasonably priced nanny from St. Cloud. She especially clicks with Marshall, as the two share Minnesotan tales that remind me of Rose on The Golden Girls discussing the simple absurdities of life in good-ole St. Olaf. It’s too bad, then, that Barney gets his hands on Julie and ruins that nanny for good.

Barney does attempt to redeem himself to his friends by offering to pay Mrs. Buckminster’s high salary, but in a convenient-turn-of-TV event, no nanny is needed afterall. When Lily has trouble handing over the baby to a stranger, her dad Mickey steps in and turns out to be a great baby caretaker. Remember Mickey? He who was a crappy dad to Lily most of her life? He who created many failed board games? Apparently he also recently burned down Marshall and Lily’s former Long Island house and needs a place to stay. Of course Lily is very reluctant at first, but Mickey did apparently care for a little Lily quite well until she went off to preschool and he thrives on the responsibility. It was a sweet moment to see photos of baby Lily with her dad, but even sweeter to see future photos of little Marvin with his proud parents and grandpa.

And as for Mrs. Buckminster? Well, Barney employed her services to have her tame his undignified schemes to meet women. But even she could not resist Barney’s “bucking” skills.

Which do you think will be the next relationship to hit the fan? Or will it all implode at once? And now that Marshall and Lily have grandpa to look after little Marvin 24-7, do you think the little guy will become more like Emma on Friends (i.e. often referred to but never seen)?

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3 Responses to How I Met Your Mother Recap – Nannies

  1. underthejewfro says:

    The show’s been going downhill for the last few seasons. And I say this as a HUGE fan of the show. It’s one of my all time favorites but that opinion’s mostly based on the first 4-5 seasons. Marshall has become a completely unlikable character. It’s almost like Jason Segal is trying to get written off the show.

    HIMYM use to be one of the most clever shows on TV, and now it couldn’t be farther from that. The entire show has been dumbed down for a wider audience. Last nights episode was a perfect example of that.

    The first two episodes of this season were 25 minutes of awfulness followed by 5 minutes of brilliance. I can’t say the same for last nights. I’m not sure I laughed even once.

    • Jeni says:

      Thanks for reading and your thoughtful comment. I agree that the show isn’t what it used to be. Then again, very few quality comedies (If any? Maybe I Love Lucy?) can maintain such a stellar level throughout a long run. I think you hit the nail on the head: in my opinion most comedies tend to peak right around season 4. At that point, the characters are nicely worn in and we know them well, leading to some great built-in humor, but they are still fresh enough to put them in new situations. After season 4 or 5 of most shows, the “situations” often have a staleness or get too broad. That’s one of the reasons I really liked when HIMYM threw in darker stuff in recent seasons. Of course, HIMYM is in a unique boat for sitcoms since it has a mythology that it needs to work out, so I will watch til the very end. That said, I do think that Bays & Thomas need to negotiate the end date for the series sooner rather than later, so that they can craft it on their terms.

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