“How I Met Your Mother” season 9 continued Monday, Oct. 28, with episode 7, “No Questions Asked,” and Marshall enlisted the others to try to stop Lily from reading the text Daphne had sent her.
Friday 11:30 p.m., 42.5 hours before the wedding
Calling in favors As this “HIMYM” began, Lily called Marshall, upset about what he had done, and he assumed she had read the text. But no, it was because he had booked them in the “haunted” room, as seen on “True and Real Ghost Stories of the Supernatural,” and the production on that was even worse than you’d expect. Supposedly Captain Dearduff murdered travelers with his sharp hook and then froze to death. Or he was a popular male prostitute who died of syphilis and didn’t kill anyone. The inn manager, Hamish, was all ready to blame everything that was wrong with their room on the ghost—including the bad Wi-Fi, dripping faucet, and broken lock—and she couldn’t get a new room because they were booked full for the wedding.
Lily was startled awake when someone appeared in her window with a hook, but it was just Ted, sneaking into her room after Marshall called in a “no questions asked” to delete the text. (Marshall had come to his aid when Ted had been stuck in a mailbox.) The “hook” was the coat hanger Ted had used to open the window. Lily asked him to stay when the storm scared her, and as he sang her a (disturbing) version of Marvin’s lullaby to put her to sleep, he looked for her phone. And then he heard “cold, so cold, help me, help me,” and panicked. But it was just Barney in the vent.
Marshall had also called him for a “no questions asked” after he had picked him up from the hospital when they refused to let Barney leave on his own after he had swallowed real versions of the Lucky Charms items. He too had ignored Marshall telling him about the broken lock on the door and had decided the air ducts were the perfect way into Lily’s room. Lily awoke and found them both in her room, and while they stumbled over an explanation, room service showed up with a $400 bill for lobster, caviar, and champagne. As she went downstairs to talk to the manager, Robin came out of the cart. Yes, Marshall had also called in a “no questions asked” after he had caught her while she was “Night Falcon,” compete with a purple body suit as people in other colored body suits chased her. But Lily’s phone was in the pocket of her robe, and she was calling Marshall after the manager wanted to charge her for everything wrong with her room.
In the end, it was Ted, the guy Barney said wasn’t great in a crisis, the guy Marshall had called ninth, who solved it all with a “no questions asked”—to Lily. Lily had called him to help her out of a hostage situation with her students, and so he asked her to throw her phone to the floor and smash it with her foot. She did, but when Ted told Marshall and commented he must have had a “no questions asked” he could have called in with his wife, Marshall realized he never had before because he had always told Lily the truth. He had never kept anything from her before—and he wasn’t going to any longer. Fortunately that storyline came to an end as he told her the truth. As for her reaction? Well, no one may have died in their room yet, but it was still early in the weekend.
More wedding problems? Meanwhile, Robin and Barney realized that they never talked to one another before doing things when he had 100 doves set to be released when they left the church—and she had her gun enthusiast family members set to fire a 21-gun salute. While all the craziness involving the text message was going on, Robin and Barney took a moment to discuss their situation. Lone wolves could learn to work together, they agreed. They could build a den together, roam together, hunt together, and find prey and “snap its limbs with our powerful jaws and watch the life drain from its eyes.” If these episodes have done nothing else, they have shown that Robin and Barney are perfect for one another with a very twisted sense of humor since only they could “aww” at something like that.
“How I Met Your Mother” season 9 airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBS. What did you think of episode 7 “No Questions Asked”?
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