How I Met Your Mother: Season 8, Episode 4

Who Wants to Be a Godparent (15 Oct. 2012)

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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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Items on Lily and Marshall's "Who Wants to Be a Godparent" wheel: "Diaper Daily Double", "Birds and Bees", "Tooth Fairy Santa Bigfoot", "Bedtime Story", "Learning to Drive", "Discipline", "Potty Training", and "Our Demise". See more »


Barney Stinson: [Dressed up as a sailor, singing at Marshall and Lily's door] Bro bro bro your broat, gently to the bar. Hit on some sluts then do 10 shots...
[Marshall shuts the door on him]
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Performed by Bubba Sparxxx, Mr. Collipark & Ying Yang Twins
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28 July 2013 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Marshall and lily argue over who gets to be the guardian after Marshall and Lily's death. this leads to fiery competition between Ted, barney and robin. in the end it results in a game show called who wants to be a god parent.

this is a classic himym episode and is full of laughs and it celebrates what himym is about laughs and hysterical romance not seriousness and tragedy. i love this episode and i love little Marvin's entry to the himym family. in the end himym is a funny hysterical family adult romantic comedy. the above summary title is a secret which can only be revealed when you see the episode yourself

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