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Symphony of Illumination 

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.

Director:

Pamela Fryman

Writers:

Carter Bays (created by), Craig Thomas (created by) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Josh Radnor ... Ted Mosby
Jason Segel ... Marshall Eriksen
Cobie Smulders ... Robin Scherbatsky
Neil Patrick Harris ... Barney Stinson
Alyson Hannigan ... Lily Aldrin
Vicki Lewis ... Dr. Sonya
Chase Ellison ... Scott
Todd Grinnell ... Insane Duane
Danielle Weeks ... Sheila
Andra Nechita ... Robin's Daughter
Noah Schnacky Noah Schnacky ... Robin's Son
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Storyline

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 rollercoaster of emotions about being potential parents based on encounters with other people: Barney's with his pre-Ted wingman Insane Duane, and Robin's with Lily's gynecologist Dr. Sonya, who delivers additional news about her situation. Ted, who can tell that something's 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 fatherhood will be like when he gets help putting up the display from neighborhood teen Scott. Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Marshall says, "This is Richard Holdman's house, in East Meadow." Actually Richard Holdman's house is in Pleasant Grove, Utah. See more »

Quotes

Barney Stinson: I can't believe I haven't seen you around.
Insane Duane: Well after Sheila and I had that... quickie, my life's been playdates, preschool, and poop. I haven't set foot in a bar in years.
Barney Stinson: You stopped drinking?
Insane Duane: Oh, I still drink.
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References Rocky (1976) See more »

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Got It On
Written by Richard Wolf and Gregory Dean Lawson
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Cobie Smulders Best Performance
8 February 2015 | by slightlymad22See 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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