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'How I Met Your Mother' Recap: Band or DJ?

How I Met Your Mother returned tonight with, “Band or DJ,” and the opening scene was a lovely, fantastic reminder that Barney and Robin are engaged! Barney sent a text to Ted to tell him the good news and then he shared an adorable kiss on the roof with his new fiancée. But of course it’s not going to be all smooth sailing for the happy couple.

Robin was upset when she learned that Barney didn’t ask her dad permission before he proposed and even though Barney (rightfully) mocked the archaic tradition, he loves Robin and agreed to meet with her dad. Things didn’t exactly go as planned though. It turns out Robin’s scary dad has changed a bit…to please his new wife. Too bad Robin had no clue that her dad was married. Barney did what he could to smooth things over because he’s the best and while Robin didn’t end up with everything she wanted, she was happy that Barney loved her enough to do what he could.

Meanwhile, Ted was not handling the engagement news well. Maybe we’re supposed to feel bad for him, but I’m pretty sure no one in the audience does. He threw himself into planning the wedding, which put him at odds with Lily since she wanted to play wedding planner. But Lily is forever wise and knew the real reason Ted was being a douche. In her effort to get him to admit the truth, she told Ted a painful secret of her own: there are times she wishes she wasn’t a mother and just wants to run away. It was sad, but also realistic and it was nice that the show touched on how stressful motherhood is without going overboard or too public service announcement-y.

At the end of the episode, Ted was talking to someone on the subway, explaining the band versus DJ battle that he was having with Robin. The camera panned out and it was Cindy (aka the super adorable Rachel Bilson) and she had her girlfriend with her (who to my surprise is Ivy from Gossip Girl aka Kaylee DeFer). As Ted was talking, Cindy told him that she had a solution that involved her ex-roommate (OMG, the mother….does anyone care at this point though, really?).

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Favorite Moment: Ted, Lily and Marshall warning Robin that accepting her dad’s friend request on Facebook would be a huge mistake and then the three sharing tales of their own parental woes on social media.

Most Cringe-Worthy Moment: Marshall changing Marvin’s diaper, but kudos to the show for tossing in confetti references to attempt to make the moment funny as opposed to super gross (I’m never having kids ever).

Hottest Character Most Adorable Baby on TV: Marvin

Character We Loved This Week: Lily for being hilariously competitive with Ted and also for being the best friend ever (better than he deserves). Also, Cindy because I love seeing Rachel Bilson on my TV unexpectedly.

Character We Wanted to Slap This Week: Ted for being a douche and making his friends’ engagement about him because he refuses to accept that things have been over with Robin for years.

Best One-Liner(s): “I will cut you, bitch.” “I bought you with an ox and some spices from the east.” “Vampire in the daylight, vampire in the daylight!” “Grown men are not blonde.” “Holy confetti.” “If that’s the price for my daughter’s love, I will gladly let Carol pay it.”

What We’re Looking Forward to Next Week: Robin’s musical montage and Ashley Benson’s appearance, although it’s sad she’s stuck on a date with Ted…

Rating: 4.5/5

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Mandy Treccia

Mandy Treccia has served as TVSource Magazine’s Executive Editor since 2016, formerly as Editorial Director from 2012-2016. She is an avid TV watcher and card carrying fan girl prone to sudden bursts of emotion, ranging from extreme excitement to blind rage during her favorite shows and has on more than once occasion considered having a paper bag on hand to get her through some tough TV moments. Her taste in TV tends to rival that of a thirteen-year-old girl, but she’s okay with that. Follow her on Twitter at @SourceMandy.