Saget!Ted tells us, "And so ended one of the strangest afternoons of our lives." That's all we get from him this week.
In the cab on the way home, Barney sits in the front seat with the driver while Lily talks on her cell phone: "If I ever seemed cold or unwelcoming, I'm sorry." Robin asks who she's talking to, and Marshall tells her it's his mom. But is it? Not so much. Ted's not in this cab. He's in a separate one with Margaret, who is using Ted's cell to coach Lily on what to say and how to say it, in order to fake Marshall into thinking she's having a loving, air-clearing conversation with his mom. When Marshall hears Lily tell "Judy" she loves her and then call her "Mom," he's moved to tears. Lily almost flubs the thing by repeating Margaret's instruction to "pretend I said something nice," but she covers well enough, and ends the conversation with her "mother-in-law" with a promise to "speak soon." Marshall kisses her hands and we fade to black.
End tag: At MacLaren's, Marshall says, "Let me get this straight. You're really telling me that when you watch The Karate Kid, you don't root for Daniel-san?" Barney says, "Nope." Ted asks who he roots for in Die Hard. Barney says, "Hans Gruber, charming international bandit -- at the end, he died hard. He's the title character." Lily asks about The Breakfast Club. Barney says, "The teacher running detention. He's the only guy in the whole movie wearing a suit." Robin brings up Terminator. Barney says, "What's the name of the movie, Robin? Who among us didn't shed a tear when his little red eye went out at the end, and he didn't get to kill those people?" His friends look at him with alarm, but he's all choked up. "I'm sorry..." He covers his mouth and chokes out his words. Ted swears he'll never watch another movie with Barney, ever again. Barney sobs. "They didn't even try to help him!" And? Scene.
Not my favorite episode, but as I said in the recaplet, it still managed to be funny, despite its shaky premise. The Robin and Barney plot inched forward too, which is interesting to me. I can't figure out how they're going to handle those two in a way that will work. Maybe next week will tell. 'Til next time...