How I Met Your Mother

Season 6 Episode 14

Last Words

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jan 17, 2011 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The gang heads to Minnesota for Marvin's funeral, helping however they can and each pondering what the last words from their father would be if he died right now. Meanwhile, Marshall is agitated upon discovering his high school bully will be the minister for the service.

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  • Life after Marshall's Father

    There was no way the last episode could be followed. This one was the best way of doing it. It was a great decision by the producers and writers to have this episode all at Marshall's dad funeral. What future said about funerals is very true.

    I thought that Barney and Ted trying to get Marshall to laugh was not over the line or took away from the funeral. If anything it was the person who lead the service but thankfully he wasn't in the episode very long. Ted and Barney trying to get Marshall to laugh remands you that this show is a comedy. The balance of comedy and seriousness was perfectly done. I enjoyed that Robin became vice girl and how Lilly helped by having Judy take her out frustrations on her. The last words that everyone's dad (besides Barney) said to them were all funny. Robin's dad was the best.

    The best part was Marshall. Whether it's trying to remember what his last words his dad said to him or whether to Liston to the last message his dad left him on the phone. The scene where Marshall is outside the church mad at God for taking his dad but also partly mad at his dad and maybe himself for what he thought was a pocket dial was one of the most powerful scenes in the series. The fact that Marshall's dad actual last words didn't take away from that scene at all. I loved that Marshall kept those last words to himself and his friends and told a funny story of his dad's last words at the funeral. It was a very touching way to end the episode with everyone calling their dad (and Barney his mom). You may have missed it the first time seeing but take not his reactions. Also great song to end the show.moreless
  • Predictable. Solemn. Heart-breaking. This episode belongs in the showcase for the top episodes of the series - a show that is able to both make us laugh and evoke our emotion is a rarity these days.moreless

    It was not a funny episode and it was very predictable, but the aim of the show was never surprise. In the pilot, Ted told us that Robin was not the mother. The name of the show itself tells us that there will be a happy ending. No, this show was never about surprises. It was never about throwing a curve-ball. Robin and Ted broke up, like we knew they would and hoped they would not. Ted loses the girl time and time again and we cringe, even though we know the ending. Ted calls Barney, "Uncle Barney," and still we cringe when he tells him their friendship is over. This episode is not for everyone; it is for the people who love the somber and light-hearted moments alike. So, if you smiled when Ted stole the blue french horn, if you smiled when he made it rain, if you cringed when Lily and Marshall broke up, if you frowned when Ted and Robin gave back the blue french horn, if you smiled when Ted told Barney they were brothers, and most importantly, if you love the characters - you will enjoy this episode, I most assuredly have.moreless
  • Didn't find the right balance between comedy and funeral. It had its moments, but it wasn't a brilliant episode. I was a little disappointed.

    I think this episode tried to find the balance between a funeral and a comedy, but it was not too successful. The whole 'last words' thing was overly dramatic - it was emphaisised way too much, and they didn't need to base an entire episode around this.

    The episode's best art, clearly was the Robin scenes, where people kept coming up to her with requests for various things. That was very funny, and I give full marks to that!

    All up, this was my least favorite episode of the season so far, but it was still funny with the Robin scenes. Not aln overall failure, but it could've been better.moreless
  • The only episode of HIMYM that made me cry

    I recently watched this episode again and it is still just as touching. Earlier episodes in the season had been goofy and uneven, but this episode brought everything back that I loved about this show. Recognized or not Marshall is the backbone of the show, and his emotional roller-coaster and everyone being there for him was touching. His expectation that everything is going to be OK even at his fathers funeral. Spoiler*********

    Even the ending where he gets pocket dialed and thinks his father has abandoned him only to find that final voice-mail. A beautiful ending.moreless
  • It's Marshall's father's funeral.

    "Last Words" is an amazing How I Met Your Mother episode. I love everyone's last words to their fathers. It was so sweet how Marshall father's last words were "I love you". I love how Robin had everything in her purse and random people came up to her asking for things. I love Danny Strong. It's so funny how they mentioned that he bullied Marshall, but he's so short. I like the end of the episode with Barney saying that he's ready to meet his dad. I give this episode a 10/10.moreless
Danny Strong

Danny Strong

Trey Platt

Guest Star

Ray Wise

Ray Wise

Robin Scherbatsky, Sr.

Guest Star

Harry S. Murphy

Harry S. Murphy

Reverend Platt

Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Bill Fagerbakke

Bill Fagerbakke

Marvin Eriksen, Sr.

Recurring Role

Suzie Plakson

Suzie Plakson

Judy Eriksen

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Marshall's dad says the Kangs across the hall lent him an umbrella. Kourtney Kang is one of the executive producers of the show.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Marshall: You guys don't get it, okay? None of you do. My dad was my hero. He is my teacher, (pause) and he was my best friend. He was always there for me, and now he's gone. What am I left with? (holds up phone, then looks up at sky) Thanks a lot, God. Thank you. You took my father! The greatest man I have ever known, and you whipped him off this Earth way too young! (to Lily) And he'll never get to meet our kids, Lily. But we got this voice mail, (to God) Thanks for the voice mail. It's such a great comfort, so whenever I feel lonely and sad or, you know what, maybe like I feel I've been cheated, at least I have the sound of his pocket to console me.
      Lily: Marshall…
      Marshall: How is this fair? An entire human life, and it just ends for no reason, and what are we left with? (crackling sound from phone)
      Marvin: Marshall? Looks like I've been calling you for the last five minutes. How's my pocket sound? Sorry about that, buddy. Anyway, your mom and I had such a great time seeing you. I love you.

    • Ted: You're like Mary Poppins, if her magic purse was also filled with drugs.
      Robin: "If?" Ted, the kids in that movie jumped into a painting and spent 15 minutes chasing a cartoon fox. "Spoonful of sugar?" Grow up.

    • Barney: Hi, Mom, I think I'm ready to meet my dad.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Guest Danny Strong and Alyson Hannigan previously worked together on the series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

    • International Airdates: Canada: January 20, 2011 on Citytv; Australia: March 24, 2011 on Channel 7; United Kingdom: June 2, 2011 on E4; Germany: October 19, 2011 on ProSieben; Czech Republic: February 6, 2012 on Prima COOL

    • Eric Braeden was set to reprise his role as Robin's father, but backed out at the last minute, claiming his part was not "substantial" enough. This led to Neil Patrick Harris calling him out over Twitter, and Eric later responding back in the media. The part was recast with Ray Wise.


    • A man at the funeral says to Robin, "I understand you know how to get things," to which she responds, "I'm known to locate certain things from time to time." This is a reference to dialogue between Andy Dufresne and Red in the 1994 movie, The Shawshank Redemption.