How I Met Your Mother – Recap & Review – The Ashtray

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How I Met Your Mother
The Ashtray

Original Air Date: Feb 18, 2013

Caitlin –Senior Staff Writer
caitlin@thetwocentscorp.com

There have been several episodes of HIMYM based largely around flashbacks. Some are just for fun, but some end up having a significant part in the show’s overall storyline. This is one of the latter, though we don’t learn why until the last couple minutes.

It’s been a while since we last saw Zoey, one of Ted’s many ex-girlfriends. It’s been even longer since we saw her former husband, better known as The Captain. As such, his calling Ted out of the blue comes as a surprise.

It turns out that Ted and the gang actually ran into The Captain once after the break up with Zoey. Despite having a harpoon gun close at hand, he was happy to forgive and forget what happened between them. Why? He’d found a new lady to love in Becky (“Boats! Boats! Boats!”), who Ted says he recently slept with. This is clearly a matter of some alarm. However, The Captain only wants a favor- Robin’s number.

See, Robin remembers the last visit with The Captain a little differently than Ted does. Apparently, Becky was never actually in the picture. Instead, The Captain invited her up to his room for the night. When she told him she wasn’t interested, he said he’d call her later, and did. And yet he doesn’t actually know who Robin is. As you might expect, this version of events isn’t necessarily the truth either. Time for Lily’s POV!

Lily quickly explains that Robin was drunk and that she was the one who came onto The Captain. Thankfully, he’s forgotten that part of the night, but Lily still has a good idea of why he’s really calling. When they last met, he insulted her artistic skills and she responded by stealing his fancy ashtray. As she and Marshall fight, she admits her fears that she’ll never make anything of her true passions.

Barney might be able to relate a bit. All through the episode, he tried to tie himself in to the visit with The Captain. (And may have actually been there. It’s not altogether clear.) He feels like he’s losing a part of himself when his friends have adventures without him. Ted and Robin cheer him up, and Lily gets good news of her own. The Captain changed his mind about a painting she liked, and said painting just sold for $4 million. He hires her as an art consultant.

Two good things about this: first, of course, Lily gets to follow her dreams and prove the worth of her art degree. Second, there’s a good chance we’ll see more of The Captain, who’s an odd but fun character to have around. Still, I hope she’ll be able to do this alongside being a kindergarten teacher. It might not have been the career she originally wanted, but it’s still one she’s great at.

Next Week: Weekend at Barney’s

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One Response to How I Met Your Mother – Recap & Review – The Ashtray

  1. I really liked how they played with the POV, using the same dialogue, but three entirely different meanings depending on perspective. which does happen in real life. they did it so smoothly. it was a great effect.

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