On tonight’s How I Met Your Mother season 9, episode 20, “Daisy,” we are reassured that Marshall and Lily have one of the strongest television marriages around.

The episode opens with the focus on Robin’s mother. However, it quickly spirals into a different meaning. Perhaps you saw it coming, perhaps HIMYM still keeps you on your toes, but either way it was a heartfelt episode that reminds us some marriages are together till the end.

Is Robin marrying her father?

There are three hours before the ceremony and Robin, her mother, and Lily are discussing Robin’s parents’ failed marriage. However, the more her mom details the red flags that should have tipped her off that Robin’s father was not husband material, the more freaked out Robin becomes. Perfectly reasonable, considering how similar their relationship sounds to Barney and hers – the perennial womanizer and the ‘girl who is a friend’ laughs at his scandalous stories for years before eventually falling in love. Textbook love story!

Not to mention, her dad disappeared for three hours on her parent’s wedding day, claiming he has to teach someone some manners. This means when Lily calls to find out where the men are (more on that in a second) and Barney relays that exact info, Robin’s fears get sent into a tailspin.

When Barney finally reunites with his bride and her mother, he rushes to hug her. Robin’s mom happily claims, “He’s a hugger – nothing like your dad.” We see the relief rush over Robin and all is well. They just have to make it down the aisle.

Sailing into the Captain’s quarters

Marshall, Ted, Barney, Ranjit and Billy Zabka are enjoying a nice brunch when Marshall fixates on figuring out where Lily went during their fight and what changed her mind about staying in New York.

It’s the villain Billy Zabka to the rescue! He saw Lily at the convenience store, miles away from the Inn, exit with a bag and enter a car. It’s when Marshall narrows his eyes and asks what the license plate said – Ahoy – that we realize the Captain has returned! Lily may have been working for him for a couple of seasons now, but without an appearance, we kind of forgot he was a part of these people’s lives.

The men jump to the conclusion that the Captain and Lily had some kind of affair that is ridiculous in its own right, and Marshall is seething with rage.

Marshall is acting irrationally! Surprise! Doesn’t he always when it comes to Lily? Though, because it’s a testament of their marriage, we’ll allow his ridiculous behavior.

Barney asks if Marshall wants to go the Captain’s, punch him, and then return to the Inn for the wedding. Because that’s a perfectly reasonable wedding day activity, they just have to teach someone some manners.

But the Captain assures Marshall that nothing happened between Lily and him. Why? He’s engaged to ‘Boats Boats Boats’ girl! Yet another woman he and Ted have, well, shared.

Marshall may believe the Captain, but he sees the swords hanging on the wall and simply cannot resist challenging him to a duel. Never mind the fact he’s a three-time gold winning Olympian. Does that mean we should refer to him as gold-winning Olympian Captain George Van Smoot? Because that is a mouthful and yet entirely fitting of this lovably pompous character.

But this all leads up to the real plot of ‘Daisy’:

What did Lily buy and why did she only visit the Captain just to use the bathroom for an inordinately long time? Well, she has been separated from Marshall for an extended time. As Ted points out, once she is separated from him long enough, she takes up smoking to calm herself. It also explains her touchy mood this wedding weekend.

Ever since he left with baby Marvin to visit his mom (earlier in the week, we presume) Lily has been sneaking smokes on the fire escape of the apartment, in the bathroom of the train, and tonight, during her fight with Marshall. But where’s the proof? Well, eco-conscious Lily wouldn’t throw the cigarette butt out the window, or in the trash, or in the toilet. She’d put it in the potted daisy flower to allow it to decompose into the dirt.

Or so we think!

If you’re like us, you caught on pretty early that Ted’s story, while plausible, was a bit too suspicious. So when Ted stabs his hand into the plant, expecting to pull out the cigarette, we weren’t that surprised when it was a pregnancy test instead. A positive pregnancy test.

Suddenly, that smoking session in the train’s bathroom becomes evidence of morning (or motion) sickness. She chews gum to hide the smell of vomit, not cigarette. And she runs out on Marshall during their fight to take a test and once and for all see if she’s expecting baby number two.

Also: all the drinks Linus has been providing her throughout the weekend have been non-alcoholic, which was a bit of a red herring throughout the entire season that threw viewers off this potential path.

Marshall declares that they will be going to Rome to fulfill Lily’s dreams, even if their eventual daughter will be born there.

Flash-forward a year, and Marshall, Lily, Marvin, baby Daisy and Lily’s dad and Marshall’s mom are in Italy, impressively fluent in Italian.

What did you think of tonight’s ‘HIMYM’?

Tags: 9x20, daisy, HIMYM, Recap

In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

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In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

Last year, Sony had their pick of three complete scripts for a live-action Barbie movie. Of those three, they chose Hilary Winston’s. Now that Schumer is on board, THR says to expect her and her sister, Kim Caramele, to rewrite Winston’s original idea.

The plot, given that Schumer doesn’t change the major details, “begins in a perfect land of Barbies where one woman slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit it. She is expelled from the idealistic land and journeys to the real world, where she discovers that being unique is an asset.”

The outlet also addresses the fact that Mattel has had to deal with plenty of criticism regarding body image and race when it comes to the Barbie toys. Schumer’s casting is a great way to speak to some of those issues, and will hopefully provide a positive and uplifting message by the movie’s end.

There will be, of course, some hesitation given Schumer’s previous work. One only has to look as far as Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer to see her comedy is often brutally honest and raunchy. Barbie would be shocked.

But Schumer is an actress, after all, and a brilliant comedian. For this “contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity,” she seems like just the right fit.

What do you think of Amy Schumer as Barbie?

It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

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It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

Stream ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’:

Spotify users can easily stream The Hamilton Mixtape below. You can also listen here via Apple Music.:

And you can purchase a physical copy from Amazon here (you know all the Hamilton fans in your life will want a physical copy):

Hamilton Mixtape tracklist

1. No John Trumbull (Intro) – The Roots
2. My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix] – The Roots
3. Wrote My Way Out – Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc
4. Wait For It – Usher
5. An Open Letter (feat. Shockwave) [Interlude] – Watsky
6. Satisfied (feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah) – Sia
7. Dear Theodosia (feat. Ben Folds) – Regina Spektor
8. Valley Forge (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
9. It’s Quiet Uptown – Kelly Clarkson
10. That Would Be Enough – Alicia Keys
11. Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) – K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente
12. You’ll Be Back – Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
13. Helpless (feat. Ja Rule) – Ashanti
14. Take A Break (Interlude) – !llmind
15. Say Yes To This – Jill Scott
16. Congratulations – Dessa
17. Burn – Andra Day
18. Stay Alive (Interlude) – J.PERIOD & Stro Elliot
19. Slavery Battle (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
20. Washington’s By Your Side – Wiz Khalifa
21. History Has Its Eyes On You – John Legend
22. Who Tells Your Story (feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson) – The Roots
23. Dear Theodosia (Reprise) – Chance The Rapper & Francis and The Lights

What are our favorite performances on ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’?

Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

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Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

There’s some real gold in there, but the best part is when he realizes that fans really want to see some pictures of Jennifer Lawrence — who doesn’t have her own social media accounts — and proceeds to very decidedly not include her!

Update: He did it again.


See some of the hilarious posts from Chris Pratt below:

Finally got that selfie with Jen y'all wanted. #passengersmovie

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Just hanging with my bestie Jen. #passengersmovie

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Here Jen and I pose with @elrubiuswtf

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Here's an extremely artistic and meaningful video I made in which Jen is heavily featured. #passengersmovie

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Another day down with me and my best buddy Jen. #London #passengersmovie

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Not going to lie — we’re almost as excited for the press interview videos as we are for the movie itself!

‘Passengers’ hits cinemas on December 21