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Who Wants to Be a Godparent 

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When Lily and Marshall can't decide on godparents for Marvin, they put the gang to the test to see who would make the best one.



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Marshall and Lily's entire world for the past five months has been Marvin to the exclusion of all else, including their friends. Now that Mickey has taken some of the child rearing off their plate, a constantly tearful Lily and Marshall now worry about what their mortality means for little Marvin's welfare if they were to depart the world sooner than later. As they complete their will, they run into the obstacle of who they will name as Marvin's guardian. As they exhaust the list of all their living blood relatives, dismissing each for one reason or another, their thoughts turn to their three best friends, who all actively campaign for the position. That campaigning irks Marshall and Lily, who decide to choose between the three using one of Marshall's passions in life. The question becomes how much of the unusual scrutiny Barney, Robin and Ted will endure for the opportunity to be Marvin's godparent and potential guardian. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance






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15 October 2012 (USA)  »

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The suit that Marshall is wearing during the competition is the matching jacket to the pants talked about in the episode "The Magician's Code: Part 1" (7.23), as Robin and Ted recount for Lily the time Marshall had "unlucky" pants. See more »


Robin Scherbatsky: You know where you're headed, chief? The British Columbia Military School for Boys. Of course, you're actually a boy, so at least you won't have to shave all your hair off and burn your girly clothing in an old oil drum while your father stands there and laughs at you through the flames.
Marshall Eriksen: I think Robin wins this round... Because we love her and she's in a safe space. Right guys?
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Performed by Bubba Sparxxx, Mr. Collipark & Ying Yang Twins
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Pity The Show Doesn't Have An Eight Or Over Rule
12 February 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear!! The return to form was only brief, as this was a dire episode, that not even the brilliant Neil Patrick Harris could save with his fun performance as Barney.

Plot In A Paragraph: After a near death experience Marshall and Lily struggle to decide who to have as Marvin godparent in the event of their death. Thought Marshall being Marshall he invents a game 'Who Wants To Be A Godparent' which the gang spend the night playing.

Watching how The three friends would raise Marvin did have its moments, and had some really funny parts. However overall the eight or over rule, has hindered Marshall and Lily and not made them look very good

A generous 7/10 for the three flash forwards!!

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