Even though How I Met Your Mother is technically the story of Ted Mosby and how he first encountered the woman who bore his children, without Marshall, Lily, Barney, and Robin as supporting players, the series would simply be a collection of Ted's most pretentious moments, interspersed with sweet romantic gestures toward all the wrong women. Without Robin to tell him when he's being a douche, or without Barney roping him into harebrained schemes, who knows how Ted's life might've turned out. Each of How I Met Your Mother's core characters has played a pivotal role not only in Ted's life, but in the series overall. So as the end of the show inches closer, we've decided to relive some their funniest and most memorable moments—and we're started today with Marshall!
Jason Segel's Marshall Eriksen is a sweet, mostly innocent, soft and lovable man-child with dreams of saving the world and a fear of Sasquatch, and if there was ever a question of how much of an impact he's had on the overall chemistry of the series, we need only look to the first half of Season 9 to understand that Marshall is the glue that holds the gang together. Because of Segel's personal schedule, Marshall was separated from the rest of the wedding shenanigans for several episodes while taking the worst road trip story in recent memory. The more time Marshall spent away from the group, the more obvious it became that his presence (or lack thereof) greatly affected the group dynamic, as well as the quality of the stories the show was telling. Marshall's role as a loyal best friend, a loving husband, and an expert board game creator is a necessary piece of the show's overall puzzle. Here are some of my favorite Marshall moments from How I Met Your Mother's nine seasons, in honor of the mark he's left on our heart.
The Slap Bet is the gift that keeps on giving
We all love the Slap Bet and every hilarious moment it's produced over the years, but the song that Marshall composed for "Slapsgiving" might be the best gift it's ever given us. Although the version used in the episode is funnier than the "studio" version above—Neil Patrick Harris's background vocals really elevate it to the next level—the song itself is easily one of, if not the finest things to come out of Marshall's time on the show.
We heart charts!
Marshall really understands our love of visual learning. And pies. And bars.
Lily is a very lucky lady.
Most of us think of Barney when when asked to recall a How I Met Your Mother catchphrase, but Marshall's "Lawyered!" is probably one of the show's greatest legacies.
Karaoke at the Hoser Hut
A good friend always remembers the important things.
Believing in the unknown
Some people might think Marshall's worldview is naive, but I like to think of it as a simple "appreciation of the unknown." And he's totally not afraid of Sasquatch, he just thinks we should all be on alert.
Unparalleled Halloween costumes
There are very few things Marshall, and by extension Lily, are better at than costumes.
Legendary video montages
I remember the first time I used iMovie, too.
But really, Marshall is just like the rest of us
What's on YOUR list of favorite Marshall moments?
AIRED ON 3/31/2014
Season 9 : Episode 24