Things got a little aca-awkward for Ted on tonight’s How I Met Your Mother thanks to guest star Anna Camp.
As Cassie, Camp played one of three girls with whom Barney and Robin thought would be good for Ted to have a weekend hookup. Unfortunately, as we know, Ted Mosby doesn’t have a sterling record when it comes to decision-making. And choosing Cassie turned out to be the worst pick he could have made. (Or best, depending on how you look at it in the big picture.)
Cassie was an overly emotional wreck of a human who was mourning the loss of her job, her boyfriend, and apparently some of her sanity. Also, she was kinda germy. After realizing he’d made a terrible choice — and being reminded so by the grail knight, pictured above on the right — Ted had to spend much of the night watching Cassie’s ex charm his initial pick — a girl named Sophia. Aca-bummer.
The night briefly seemed saved when Cassie offered to have meaningless sex, but after Ted realized she was in no shape to make a sound decision, he declined her invitation like a gentleman. That could have been the end of it. In fact, Ted had a chance to get to know his second runner-up, Grace. (After spending so much time with Cassie publicly, Ted was running the risk of being considered by others as “with” Cassie at the wedding — a dangerous label for a guy who was actually on the prowl.) But upon learning that Cassie’s uncle was also the dead reverend, he decided to spend his time comforting Cassie rather than trying his luck with Grace.
Oh, did I not mention the death? Yup, by the end of the half hour, we had a dead reverend on our hands. Here’s how:
Edward Herrmann guest-starred as the man who was set to marry Barney and Robin. The problem was that this rev was an old fashioned guy — in other words, not the kind of man who would find Barney and Robin’s debaucherous courtship as charming as we do. In an attempt to get into the rev’s good graces, Barney and Robin put up a front, claiming to be the average loving couple. (They even stole the story of Marshall and Lily’s meet cute.)
The truth eventually came out, of course, and it was so shocking, it killed Reverend Lowell. I’m convinced that if he’d lived long enough to hear Barney say, “I love our story. Sure it’s messy, but it’s the story that got us here,” he would have let these two crazy kids marry in the church with his blessing. (Maybe he would have even aww‘d like I did.) But I’m guessing Lowell kicked it somewhere around “strip club.”
Barney and Robin are now in a pickle because they need someone to marry them. And Robin’s not keen on the idea of a Wedding at Bernie’s-style improvisation. Nice try, Barn. The “what now?” aspect of Barney and Robin’s current predicament was sort of a solid cliffhanger in itself, but we got ANOTHER cliffhanger courtesy of Marshall and Lily.
You see, Marshall spent the episode rehearsing with Daphne ways to break the news about his judgeship to Lily. But it turns out he’s not going to have a chance to talk to Lily face-to-face about the issue at all. After a fight with Marshall, Daphne retaliated by texting Lily and breaking the news herself. After she told Marshall what she’d done, Marshall’s phone rang…
So, guys, is Marshmallow going to get toasted? Who do you think is going to marry Robin and Barney? And can we please have a scene where Cassie forgets her sorrows and convinces the gang to do some aca-awesome karaoke?