How I Met Your Mother

Season 8 Episode 17

The Ashtray

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Feb 18, 2013 on CBS

Episode Fan Reviews (5)

Write A Review
out of 10
141 votes
  • No Captain, My Captain

    Perhaps this episode would have been better if we were stoned like Ted or wasted like Robin, because stone-cold sober really didn't make this remarkably unfunny episode at all tolerable. And the entire installment makes us hope that Jason Segel is getting paid a crapload of money for next season, because Marshall could almost be replaced by a robot who shows up for about five lines an episode and it would be nearly unnoticeable.

    This episode remarks the return of Zoey's ex-husband The Captain, but thankfully not Zoey herself as she's busy in Storybrooke. The Captain calls Ted, which makes him flash back to a time about a year and a half ago at an art gallery where Ted thought he was trying to kill him because The Captain was in love with Robin's former co-anchor Becky, a woman with whom Ted had recently been hanging out.

    When Ted finds out that the Captain wants Robin's number, we get Robin's perspective on the same story, which focuses on Ted being entirely high and embarrassing and also involves The Captain trying to get in her pants. Barney is oddly curious and open to this, so long as it means that he may get to bang other women in their marital bed. Yeah, that marriage is really going to last.

    Finally, we discover that The Captain thought Robin was Lily, and he just wanted to talk to Lily about art. See, Robin was totally drunk that night and threw herself at The Captain, but Lily actually gave advice on an undiscovered artist, and The Captain made a boatload of money off the deal. And conveniently, Lily has decided she's disgruntled with being a kindergarten teacher and a mom and wants more from her life, and as such Marshall has told her to quit her job and pursue her dreams. Excellent advice in a terrible economy. Anyway, The Captain offers her a job as his art advisor, which she takes.

    The entire 22 minutes of this episode could have been wrapped up in one easy phone call, or an off-handed bar scene with Lily saying, "You'll never guess who offered me a job" But no, we had to watch all of this, and see Barney desperately try and insert himself into this "crazy" story, as he must be involved in all group outings even though Marshall wasn't there and desperately trying to rewrite history. No, Marshall was too busy trying to weasel a trip on The Captain's boat, and sell sex with his wife for millions of dollars to worry about trivial things.
  • Good... I guess.

    This episode wasn't exactly spectacular but it did have decent moments such as good developments for Lily and a few funny developments. I did enjoy seeing The Captain again. That was nice.

    I just didn't really find the whole episode all that funny. There was a few interesting developments but far from being a very good episode.
  • What up!

    I liked it. Especially the story which has been retold by all of them.

    I mean, the last episode was sort of boring and this cheered me up a lot.
  • Bad turned good

    What was a bad start, a boring episode (with the repeated scenes)

    turned out having good moments (Barney's entrance with the chicks)

    and well, the nice detail on Lily's new job...

    oh and Marshall's words...
  • A Slow Success

    It was about time for Lily to take the spotlight, even if it was in her own quiet way. I liked how this episode wasn't expressly about her, that it managed to combine stories for each of the gang (as this show does so well most of the time) and still be something big for Lily. It didn't have to do with crazy girlfriends or the mother or any of that, but it did progress Lily's story and when we're so invested in all of the characters, that matters more than anything else. Good job, HIMYM. Granted, it was a little slow and they've used that plot of "no, this is how the story goes" a lot of times, but it worked for this episode.