How I Met Your Mother: Season 7, Episode 12

Symphony of Illumination (5 Dec. 2011)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Comedy, Romance
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After Robin tells Barney that she's pregnant with his child, she receives some shocking news from her doctor. Meanwhile, a neighborhood teen plays a trick on Marshall while he decorates his house with Christmas lights.



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Child-hating Robin is dismayed at being pregnant, but is mildly surprised at Barney's reaction when she tells him that he's the father. Beyond how this situation will affect Robin's relationship with Kevin, they both go through a roller coaster of emotions about being potential parents based on encounters with other people, Barney's with his old pre-Ted wing man, Insane Duane, and Robin's with Lily's gynecologist Dr. Sonya, who provides her with some additional news about her situation. Ted, who can tell that something is bothering Robin, tries, against her wishes, to cheer her up without knowing the entire situation. Meanwhile, Marshall is determined to have the best Christmas light display ever in the tri-state area. He gets a taste of what it's going to be like to be a father when he gets help putting up the display from a neighborhood teenager named Scott. Written by Huggo

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Scott takes out a sandwich and begins to eat it. As in previous episodes, it can be inferred that he is actually smoking marijuana., since that is a running gag. See more »


When Marshall drops his cell phone from the roof, it only slides into the gutter, and can be seen there when the ladder is moved. See more »


Robin Scherbatsky: I am pregnant.
Barney Stinson: Are you sure you are not just getting fat?
[Gets punched in the face by Robin]
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References Rocky (1976) See more »


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Written by The Solids
Performed by The Solids
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Cobie Smulders Best Performance
8 February 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a really touching episode, that reveals depth to Robin we had not previously seen, and is easily Cobie Smulders best performance as Robin.

Plot In A Paragraph: After Robin tells Barney that she's pregnant with his child, she receives some shocking news from her doctor. Meanwhile, a neighbourhood teen plays a trick on Marshall while he decorates his new house with Christmas lights.

The episode plays it for laughs to start with, with a lot of fun between Robin and Barney, both Cobie Smulders and Neil Patrick Harris are great at the physical comedy in the opening scene, and throughout the rest of the episode.

In the subplot Jason Segel is his usual fun self, and I did laugh at Lily (Alyson Hannigan) sending rude photos to Marshal unaware somebody else had his phone, but it seemed out of place in the episode.

As for Ted at the end, he always goes big for Robin, and I don't care what he says, but he clearly is still in love with her

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