How I Met Your Mother

Season 6 Episode 19

Legendaddy

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Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 21, 2011 on CBS
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Barney meets his father and is shocked by the differences in their lives. The rest of the gang learn their "gaps", knowledge they should have by now, but don't.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Barney's Dad

    10
    Wow. Yet another great ending. I didn't think an ending to a episode could come close to the Countdown episode at least one this close but in this case it did. Right away you could tell this episode was going to be something when Barney's dad comes to see him at his place. John Lithgow who played Barney's dad did a masterful job. His most known for this work on 3rd Rock From The Sun. (Both him and the show are great) On that show, you never got to see it. In this episode you definitely see it and deserves mentioning again how great he did. Barney was also excellent in this episode. To do two emotional episodes in a such a short time shows how great Neil Patrick Harris is as a actor. That buildup to the final scene. Wow bring out the tissues.

    When the gang is at Ted's house (remember that?) it was not see the progress on his house (which is coming along fine) but an intervention for Barney. Barney telling his side of the story of what happened was your typical over the top storyline that is common with Barney. The actual story was good as well and would set up that final scene.

    Another great part of this episode was everyone's gap in knowledge. It was similar to when everyone find out that each other is not perfect with the glass shattering. I have said this before but the handing the death of Marshall's father was done brilliantly. This episode was another step forward for him. I loved how he tested everyone to see how far he could go.

    When Barney was at his dad's house it was a very good balance of comedy and drama. The ending was one of the best not just in this series but TV as well. The emotion in this episode is not that far from the Fresh Prince episode "Papa's Got a Brand New If you were prone to crying, you would be crying buckets. That final quote by Barney might have been the best from him. (If you were going to be some lame suburban dad why could've you been that for me?!!)moreless
  • Barney meets his father.

    10
    "Legendaddy" is an awesome How I Met Your Mother episode! I love how the gang has an intervention for Barney. I love how we finally get to meet Barney's father and he's John Lithgow who played The Trinity Killer on Dexter. I love how Barney says his father's all cool, but then you see the reality of it and his father's kind of lame. It was really cute how Barney's father was teaching him how to use tools so Barney could steal the basketball net. I give this episode a 10/10.moreless
  • Best laugh of the night, Breaking the Tension division: Barney takes the screwdriver from Jerry and raps the handle of it against the backboard.

    8.0
    Men and their dads. This relationship permeates just about all of the art made by people of my generation. Its ubiquity certainly points to a huge crater left in the male psyche by absent or inadequate fathering. And this season of HIMYM has been singularly father-obsessed, from Marshall losing his dad to Barney wondering if he wants to gain his. We've even gotten glimpses of the female side of the equation, with Robin suffering under her father's desire to have a son instead of a daughter.



    There are two ways Barney finally meeting his father could go. It could be an Event: as a Very Special Episode or as an excuse for crazy guest stars and super wacko hijinks. Or it could be a turning point in quite another sense, an episode that starts setting up the pieces for changes still to come. "Legendaddy" is the latter. It's not the home run the promos have been setting it up to be, hyping John Lithgow's appearance and trading on Barney's breakout character status. No, it's just a moment that Barney would like in some ways to pretend never happened. But he can't. Not a breakthrough. Just a pivot toward the future.



    What Barney is looking for in a father, it turns out, is someone to validate and explain how awesome he is. The legend of Jerry, hard-partyin' roadie, has remained evergreen in Barney's memory. And when Jerry himself shows up on Barney's doorstep clutching his son's letter, Barney feels compelled to invent the daddy he doesn't get. Instead of drinking neat whiskey and scamming girls' numbers like a pro, Jerry drinks skim milk and begs barflies to write down random digits. Instead of tours with the Stones, Jerry has produced two non-fiction books about asparagus. When Barney tells the Barney-ized version of his awesome dad to his friends, Jerry gives a familiar neckroll and shoulder set before heading out to pick up chicks. In reality, Jerry tries to loosen his neck and gets a crick in it, wincing in pain.



    And that's why the gang stages an intervention at Ted's long-neglected dream house so that Barney will go to dinner with Jerry, his wife, and his young son. Barney at first searches for ways to avoid insulting the decor, so conspicuously lacking the modernist, corporatist taste that he espouses. Then he takes to challenging J.J., Jerry's other son, for first place in their father's affections, deriding his lack of a job and wimpy physique. "What gym do you go to?" Barney demands. "Fourth period," J.J. offers. "More like you're having your fourth period, amirite dad?" Barney crows, earning a "Got him again, son!" from a Jerry who seems just as eager to find his way into these strange affections.



    Meanwhile, the gang is poking holes in each other as usual, exposing the flaws-here, gaps in common knowledge-that compromise their public images of competence. Ted learned the word "chameleon" from reading it in books, leading him to pontificate to his clase that Daniel Burnham was "a true architectural Chamma-Leon." Robin thinks the North Pole is fictional, like Narnia. Lily has terrible aim, leading her to fling beer bottles against the wall when trying to toss them to Marshall. And Marshall just wants to be the butt of his friends' jokes again, but he has to beg them for a burn since they've all been walking on eggshells around him after his dad's death.



    I see where the writers are going in their attempt to bring this all together. The house where Ted is already arranging the family he knows he's going to have someday, getting ahead of himself in a typically idealistic fashion. Marshall's determination to re-enter his usual routine after undergoing a shock that is at the same time devastating and completely normal. And Barney pinging wildly back and forth as he tries to calibrate his course forward between an ideal that exists only in memory and imagination and a reality that is distressingly predictable and ordinary.



    They don't quite pull it off, do they? The lines never intersect to form a figure that lifts off the ground and shows us something new. But they achieve a few quite remarkable minutes, as do Neil Patrick Harris and John Lithgow, in the strange setpiece of Barney trying to tear the basketball hoop off of Jerry's garage. Back comes the motif of the screwdriver, briefly introduced in the cold open as Barney calls the super instead of hauling out the toolbox as Ted would have done. Barney's determination to make off with a piece of the normal childhood he never had-angry, as well, that J.J. is getting the best of Jerry-leads to a moment when Jerry does get to act like a father and Barney gets to learn like a son.



    Best, though, not to make too much of this moment, iconic as we all might like it to be. It's not the end of fatherless Barney but the beginning of a new stage of his maturation. We all knew Barney's transformation would end up being the most difficult; he's seemed so comfortable so long being a cartoon, and many of us, frankly, don't want him any other way. The birth of a new Barney will be painful, but if it comes with more images like his leaving with the basketball goal under his arm, it will be a process worth seeing through to the end. Even for those of us without father issues.moreless
  • Legendaddy=legendary (spoilers)

    8.0
    It finally happens, we finally get to meet Barney's dad. The fact that it's John Lithgow is just a bonus, who i;ve been a huge fan of since 3rd rock from the sun. Barney's dad tracks him down and wants to meet him but he's not a ladies man daredevil roadee anymore, he's a regular suburban dad, something Barney never had. And now he has a family and another son named after him. This is a great episode because it has the Barney we're all used to making fun of people and having to be the best and the insecure Barney who breaks down that his dad's other son is named after him and got a basketball hoop and everything Barney never had. This has been a phenomenal season, every episode just keeps getting better and better.



    The subplot was like the gang's annoying habits but it's their gaps in knowledge which is brought up when Ted sees Barney doesn't know how to use tools (which his dad teaches him in this episode). Robin didn't know the North Pole was a real place and Lily has terrible aim and Ted as we know can't pronounce words correctly. Marshall notices the gang not pointing his gaps out and begs them to as they've been trying not to upset him since his dad died. They list his gaps, like he can't wink and he always misses a beltloop, etc.



    This was a great episode because it had the funny and the emotion and Barney finally getting to meet his dad. Another great episode of HIMYM!moreless
  • 619

    9.0
    A fantastic outstanding episode of How I Met Your Mother. Season 6 just may be one of my favorite seasons of this show. How I Met Your Mother may have lost it's groove last season, but this season has just been amazing in every single way, and from what I heard the final episodes are even better, can't wait.



    So I guess we can all agree that Neil Patrick Harris is the best thing about this show, then? He pulls off the emotional scenes so well, and the fact that it ended so abruptly like that was just amazing and emotional.



    The comedic side of things: I think Robin's gap was the funniest. Thinking the North Pole was a fake place, it really reminded me when Joey from Friends though the Netherlands was a fake place, just absolutely hysterical. Overall, superb installment to a superb season.moreless
Nancy Travis

Nancy Travis

Cheryl Whittaker

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Michael Rupnow

Michael Rupnow

Scott

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Will Shadley

Will Shadley

J.J. Whittaker

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Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

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Lyndsy Fonseca

Lyndsy Fonseca

Daughter

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David Henrie

David Henrie

Son

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