How I Met Your Mother: Season 7, Episode 12

Symphony of Illumination (5 Dec. 2011)

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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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Robin's Daughter
Robin's Son


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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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 »


Lily Aldrin: [Robin told the gang she can never be a "pole vaulter", instead of saying she is infertile] Are you okay?
Robin Scherbatsky: Yeah, yeah. I guess this, erm... this "pole vaulting thing" is finally hitting me.
Lily Aldrin: I don't get it Robin, did you really wanna be a pole vaulter?
Robin Scherbatsky: No. No, I was, eh... I was always adamantly against having erm... a, a "pole vaulting career", even though, it's what most women want.
Lily Aldrin: Most women wanna be a pole vaulter?
Robin Scherbatsky: In Canada, it's very big up there. You know, it's, it's meet a nice guy, get ...
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Cobie Smulders is underrated
6 December 2011 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This episode was the best Robin centric episode yet. I always knew Cobie Smulders could act but damn, she was outstanding in this episode.

I also loved the fact that her response to not being able to have kids wasn't the typical "oh, I didn't want them anyway." She portrayed the true and raw emotion of finding out such news so perfectly. I guess when you know you can't have something, you realise all of the good things about it. Sort of like "Graduation Goggles." Similar anyway.

I really hope things pick up for Robin and get better. This episode truly was a heartbreaking one.

I gave it a 9 out of 10 and not a full 10 because I didn't enjoy Marshall's scenes on the roof. It wasn't that funny considering the main plot of that episode. We needed solid gold comedy to bring us back from the devastation of Robin's news.

The scene at the end with Ted was the sweetest thing ever. He's such a good person. Their friendship really is something special. The best friendship out of the whole gang.

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