The gang celebrates Thanksgiving -- with several surprises

By Sandra Gonzalez
Updated November 22, 2011 at 03:42 AM EST
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In television, there are twists and then there are cover-your-mouth-in-shock-as-you-gasp twists, and tonight’s How I Met Your Mother delivered the latter with a side of “Holy crap.”

So, Robin is pregnant, guys. Has that sunk in yet? Didn’t think so. It might take a bit. While we give it some time, let’s go back to the beginning of the episode.

So, we picked up what one can only assume is not too long after last week’s Barney and Robin drama. (I’ll let you all debate exactly how long — at least a month, right? Bah! Again, all you.) Barney was still struggling with the shock of Robin’s betrayal, and Ted was being Ted, a.k.a. everyone’s best friend in misery. That’s sort of what I love about Ted, even if he has nothing too recent to lament (the pumpkin was weeks ago, Ted!), he’s always there to make sure no one sulks in peace. Call him a downer. I call him a pal.

Anyway, as the drinks flowed like innuendos from Barney’s mouth, Ted and Barney began pondering parenthood…together. Or, bro-parenting, which, to them, sounded like the ideal situation. Madden, pizza, a little happy, some cuddle-free sleep, and the satisfaction of having a little person to call your own. Cool, right? Sorry, wrong word. I meant, crazy. And yes, it was. Hey, they were going through a tough time. Haven’t you ever wanted to adopt a child in a time of emotional dissatisfaction and peril? Ha…ha…heh… Well, some of us have.

Meanwhile, in a saner realm, Lily and Marshall began once again considering moving to the suburbs. But this time, it wasn’t Lily’s pregnancy brain talking — it was her normal one. (Side note: I love how we’ve been slowly seeing Lily belly-up. I found it slightly more noticeable tonight than in recent episodes. Am I crazy?) Soon, she had Marshall convinced, too. They wanted a house their kids could grow up in — and that they could later smash with sledgehammers, as a family.

When they got back to their apartment in New York, it became apparent to them (ironically, by way of delusion) that they had outgrown their current living space and no amount of carb-cutting would remedy it. Robin, however, was not pleased to hear this. In fact, she got downright weird. And I’m not talking Pregnancy Dream Weird, officers. I’m talking completely un-Robin. Of course, as I did not anticipate what was to come, I immediately assumed this was more Robin-evolution.

By the time Lily and Marshall took Robin to the house in the suburbs and she locked herself in their downstairs bathroom, I was utterly perplexed by her behavior. Thankfully, Marshall said something on behalf of all of our brains, telling her that she was not the type to lock herself in a bathroom. “Maybe I just need you guys more than you think,” she said. “Is this about more than us moving?” he asked, to no reply.

It was a short moment, but I really enjoyed seeing Marshall in that light — the supportive friend. We often see him as Marshall the romantic or Marshall the bro or Marshall the aspiring Ghostbuster, but it was nice to see him as Marshall the friend to Robin. It’s nice to see him in a mature light every now and then. The whole thing made me want to give him a big Marshmallow hug.

NEXT: The week’s best lines

That wasn’t the only hug-worth moment in the ep, though. It was hard not to feel for Barney when he and Ted had a heart-to-heart at the house, where he had arrived with baby Hurricane Mosby-Stinson in tow. That’s right, he had somehow procured a baby. Well, it wasn’t just any baby. Hurricane was actually his brother James’ (Wayne Brady) new daughter, Sadie, whom Barney was babysitting. Of course, James talked some sense into Ted, who then talked some sense into Barney. But I’d be lying if I said Barney’s “It gets pretty tough” line didn’t totally destroy the pieces of my soul still scattered from last week’s emotional massacre. That could be considered an overstatement — but it’s also not.

This week was far from a massacre. In fact, it rebuilt a little of what I was afraid we’d lost between Barney and Robin. While Robin was still locked in the bathroom with her cheese plate, Barney went to her window (how Shakespearean) and climbed in. “We still friends?” he asked. “Hope so.” Whew. But once that was out of the way, that’s when Robin dropped the baby bomb — and judging by Barney’s face, he was expecting it as much as I was.

So, readers, there’s a lot to talk about here. Most of all, are we sure Barney’s the father? I’m pretty sure he is, considering Robin took his “Can you imagine me, being someone’s dad?” comment as her lead-in to the news. And that, my friends, would please me to no end.

I’ll just say it: If Kevin turns out to be the dad, I’ll be crushed. For us. For Barney. For humanity. Wait, just the first two.

So, tell me what you thought of the episode. Did you see that final twist coming? Where could we possibly go from here? How awesome was that cameo from Ernie Hudson? And will the baby be named Hurricane? Sound off below.

QUOTABLES

“If you were a girl, you’d have cut bangs and be dating you by now.” –Ted to Barney

“Based on all the stuff you’ve done with them over the years, I’m not sure you ever liked them.” –Ted

Barney: I wish men could have children on their own — like seahorses.

Ted: Are you saying what I think you’re saying?

Barney: They have little pouches! They should be sea kangaroos.

“Kids, I can not stress this enough: We were going through a tough time.” –future Ted

“You know how I have a guy for everything? They’re all in New York. My suit guy, my shoe guy, my ticket guy, my club guy. And if I don’t have something, I have a guy guy to get me a guy, and oddly enough, his name is Guy.” –Barney

“Facts about Long Island: No. 1 It’s Brooklyn’s fart trail.” –Robin

“Ernie Hudson even begged you not to go through with it.” –Lily

“A kid needs a pet cobra, Ted. Don’t be a pill about this.” –Barney

Lily: When’s the last time you fed her?

Ted: She had some root beer on the train.

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