‘How I Met Your Mother’: The uninvited guest

Posted: March 23, 2010 in episode recaps, how i met your mother, l.a. times show tracker

Photo Credit: Sonja Flemming / CBS

I’d almost forgotten what it was like to have the whole gang together for one storyline, so it was nice to be reminded of that with everyone celebrating Lily’s (Alyson Hannigan) birthday. Almost the entire episode featured the group of five hanging out in just one room with requisite flashbacks and flashforwards. But there was an interloper among the group: Ted’s (Josh Radnor) date, Amanda (Brooke Nevin), also known as the Shedder and Skank. Take your pick.

Marshall (Jason Segel) had planned the perfect black tie birthday dinner at home for Lily, so she was upset when Ted brought a random girl to their intimate evening. It wasn’t the first time either, Lily reminded him as she flipped out her photo album for a walk down Random Skank Lane and a game of Name That Skank. Has the word “skank” ever been uttered more in one half-hour? Lily loves her staged group photo. In a flashback that probably took place shortly after “Duel Citizenship,” she even went so far as to sit Marshall between a kissing Robin (Cobie Smulders) and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) because she knew they weren’t going to last and didn’t want their coupledom preserved in the photo. So you can only imagine how angry she got every time Ted’s random date ended up in their group photo. Someone needs to introduce Lily to PhotoShop. Just cut that skank out with the skank removal tool.

Read the rest of my recap at the Los Angeles Times Show Tracker blog.

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