'HIMYM' Recap: John Lithgow Is Back And Does Not Disappoint

I enjoyed John Lithgow’s performance as Barney’s father, Jerry, and was excited to hear that he would be returning for this week’s episode of HIMYM.  He did not disappoint. 

Last night’s episode, "Hopeless," was the second of five straight weeks of new episodes to close out the season.  It started off with a flashback to Jerry visiting Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) for the last time before disappearing for the rest of his childhood.  Giving some perspective into why Barney is the way he is, Jerry says remember to always to stay awesome and then did a magic trick before leaving.

Jerry tried to reconnect with Barney in the recent episode "Legendaddy," but it did not go real well.  In a second effort, Jerry calls Barney, and he agrees to meet him at McLaren’s. 

Barney prepares to meet his dad and encourages the gang to come along, but not before creating alternate personas for them to make them sound more exciting.  He tells his dad that Marshall (Jason Segel) is a playwright and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) is a fashion designer, and that they have an "open marriage."  Barney says that Ted (Josh Radnor) is going out with Robin (Cobie Smulders), and that they are guitar players in their band.  In one of my favorite moments of the season, it cuts straight from that lie into the five of them playing the theme song as a band.  This is the first time they have ever done this, and the whole thing about them being in a band may be a joke in itself.  The opening theme is about ten seconds of the song "Hey Beautiful" by the co-creators (Carter Bays and Craig Thomas) of HIMYM and their band, The Solids. Read More...



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