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How I Met Your Mother Episode: "Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap"

Season 5, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: Marshall gives Ted and Robin one of his "Slap Bet" slaps to be used on Barney; and Lily's estranged father (Chris Elliot) visits her for Thanksgiving.
Original Air Date: Nov 23, 2009
Guest Cast Jonathan Morgan Heit: Boy #1 Jack Walsh: Morris Dennis W. Hall: Leopold Greg Lewis: Mr. Ossias Christina Pickles: Rita Charles Chun: Mr. Park Chris Elliott: Mickey Bill Fagerbakke: Marvin Sr. Robert Michael Ryan: Marvin Jr. Suzie Plakson: Judy Piper Mackenzie Harris: 11-Year-Old Lily Bob Saget
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Season 5, Episode 9
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Length: 21:34
Aired: 11/23/2009
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How I Met Your Mother Episode Recap: "Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap" Season 5, Episode 9

We've got so much going on in this week's episode! First, Marshall bequeaths the fourth slap (!) to Ted and Robin. They're psyched about it...until it's time to decide who actually gets to do the slapping. Meanwhile, Lily has daddy issues and Marshall acts completely inappropriately, which leads to Lily's estranged father (Chris Elliott) to show up at their door on Thanksgiving Day. There's a lot to talk about here, so let's get to it!

First of all, my apologies for the lack of a recap last week. I was in sunny Florida all week and didn't get a chance to watch the episode until Saturday. (Which also meant that I missed all of the Internet craziness sparked by "Lorenzo von Matterhorn." Wikipedia, you're no fun anymore.) It was a great episode, though, and I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did.

Moving on to this week...

Future Ted lets us know that 2009 was the first year that Lily and Marshall hosted Thanksgiving in their very own apartment. Marshall exits a taxi, talking on his cell phone. He's telling Lily all about the perfect turkey he found—not realizing that he left it in the taxi. But Ted and Robin save the day by rescuing the turkey from the Port Authority lost and found. Marshall is beside himself with happiness, and as a reward, he offers the fourth slap from 2006's slap bet to be shared between Ted and Robin. (Cue a quick reminder from Future Ted about the rules of Slap Bet, how Marshall and Barney are involved, and a rundown of the slaps that have already taken place.) He has a few rules though: they have to use it before sundown on Slapsgiving; the two of them must decide among themselves who will get to slap Barney; and Barney will have to be tied to a chair that has been deemed the Slap Throne. This pleases everyone—except Barney, of course.

Future Ted voiceovers that Slapsgiving 2009 should have been the best Thanksgiving ever. But then Lily's dad Mickey shows up...apparently uninvited. Lily hasn't spoken to him in three years. Awkward. (Also, for those of you playing the "Hey, it's that guy!" game, Lily's dad is played by Chris Elliott, who was a regular on Saturday Night Live for one season back in the '90s and has made a career out of playing side characters in comedies like Groundhog Day and There's Something About Mary.)

Future Ted gives us some back-story about Lily and Mickey's relationship. Basically, for Lily's entire childhood, Mickey had been working on creating the world's next hit board game. The problem was, his ideas weren't that great (we're treated to a montage of horrible game ideas like "Tijuana Slumlord," "Car Battery," and the truly frightening "There's a Clown Demon Under My Bed") while neglecting Lily in the process. But things don't go really south until a few years before 2009, when Lily learned that Mickey was mooching off of his parents, essentially forcing his father back into the workforce and delaying his parents' retirement in Florida. Lily finally realized that her father was pathetic and declared that he was dead to her.

But now, Mickey is standing on Lily's doorstep hoping for some turkey and a few rounds of his newest game, "Diseases." Pissed, Lily slams the door in his face.

Marshall suggests to a distraught Lily that maybe they should let Mickey in. "No, I don't want to see him! Get rid of him!" she cries. While Ted, Robin and Barney uncomfortably sip their wine, Marshall goes to the door and tells Mickey that they need a few minutes. Um, no, Marshall—this is Lily's issue; if she says "Get rid of him," then you GET RID OF HIM, not tell him to "hang on a sec." She needs to deal with this on her own terms, not in front of her friends, on Thanksgiving Day, which she is hosting. Who needs that kind of stress and humiliation? 

Lily tells Marshall that having her father in her life causes her way too much stress and grief, and that it's just easier for her to pretend that he's dead. Marshall brings up past instances of Lily's "You're dead to me" gaze, which include:

  1. Mr. Osias, a neighbor who stole their newspaper just long enough for a trip to the bathroom (ew!)
  2. Lily's bridesmaid Whitney, who criticized Lily's wedding dress
  3. Mr. Park, the owner of the downstairs bodega, who gave her regular coffee after she asked for decaf

Marshall argues that this situation is different, because Mickey is family and not some random stranger, and he can't ask him to leave on Thanksgiving. Lily snarks that you don't have to ask him; just tell him that it's really important that he be there, and before you know it he'll be at some board game convention in Toledo. Marshall says that Mickey was just trying to support his family. "No," Lily retorts, "That's what my mother did by working two jobs." She explains that Mickey repeatedly broke her heart for 20 years. "Maybe we should just offer him some dark meat?" says Marshall.

In the living room, Barney begs Ted and Robin to tell him which one of them is going to slap him, because the suspense is unbearable. Both Ted and Robin offer the slap to the other person to be nice, but things get ugly when it becomes apparent that they both really want to be the one to slap Barney. "This is interesting," Barney says, as he sits back to watch the drama unfold.

Meanwhile, the real drama is still unfolding between Lily and Marshall. "He's family," argues Marshall. "You don't just cut off family." Lily points out that it's easy for Marshall to say that, because his family is so close. And she has a point. Marshall argues back that he wants their future family to include Lily's dad. "Let me be clear on this," Lily spits. "This man will never cross that threshold into this home. Ever."

Marshall ignores this and tells Mickey that they need five more minutes. Sigh. Meanwhile, Ted and Robin are still arguing over who gets to slap Barney. Since they were both equally responsible for finding Marshall's turkey, the fight turns to more personal matters. "You slept with one of my best friends!" Ted shouts. Robin's confused—why should that bother Ted? "Because I'm still in love with you!" Ted blurts out. (Say it with me: WHAAAAAT???) Robin lets this new information sink in, and then asks, "Do you want to slap Barney so badly that you would lie about being in love with me?" Ted immediately responds: "I really want to slap him, okay?" Ha! Well played, show. You had me fooled for a second.

As Lily takes the (overly brown and fake-looking) turkey out of the oven, Marshall tells her that Mickey is a different person now. Lily wonders how Marshall could possibly know that. Turns out that Marshall ran into Mickey a few days earlier and had a beer with him...and, feeling sorry for him, invited him to Thanksgiving dinner.

WHOA.

Hold the phone.

I get what Marshall's trying to do here, sort of. He thinks they all need to be one big happy family. But the problem is, Lily's got 20 years worth of baggage to work through with her dad, and as of right now, she doesn't want to have anything to do with him. And yeah, maybe Marshall doesn't understand what he's putting Lily through, since his family is remarkably baggage-free. But after all these years, he should know Lily well enough to know that he should at least have run this by her before inviting her dad over. Inviting Mickey without Lily's consent was out of line and extremely uncool. Fail, Marshall. He puts the final nail in his own grave when he tells Lily that Mickey is now part of his family, too, and allows Mickey inside. Lily storms out.

Roughly 30 minutes later, Marshall, Mickey, Ted and Robin are sitting at the Thanksgiving table playing "Diseases." It's Ted's roll, and Mickey warns him that he'd better hurry up because his gallbladder's about to burst. Marshall is worried about Lily and thinks they should go out after her, but Mickey insists that she just needs some time to herself. (Um, Marshall? This would be a good time to start redeeming yourself by telling Mickey to shove it. You know Lily better than he does and you know you should go out and check on her.) Meanwhile, Ted and Robin are still fighting over who gets to slap Barney. But Ted realizes that the slap gift isn't fun anymore. Robin agrees that it's turned into a "poisoned slapple." (Heh.) They both agree that Ted should be the one to slap Barney. They get Barney into the Slap Throne, but before Barney even sits down, he starts manipulating Robin. By the time he's done, Robin wants to slap the hell out of him, and we're back to Square One.

At that moment, the gallbladder on the game board explodes, spewing thick yellow liquid everywhere, including on the turkey. Marshall is livid that Lily's Thanksgiving dinner is ruined, but Mickey brushes it off by explaining that the goop isn't real bile—it's "just" lead-based paint from China. And horse bile. Marshall (FINALLY) tells Mickey to get out of his house and goes off in search of Lily.

He finds her in Mr. Park's bodega, crying. Marshall apologizes profusely and explains to her that he realizes now that the title of "family" needs to be earned. Then Lily tells him that she just found out that Mr. Park passed away before she could forgive him, and she's devastated. She figures if she feels this bad about a random stranger, how much worse will it be if her father dies before they can reconcile? So she goes back and hugs her dad, and Future Ted tells us that 2009 was the year that Lily performed a miracle by bringing a man back from the dead.

Later, over Thanksgiving dinner (are they really still planning to eat that turkey?), Marshall announces that it's time for the fourth slap. He ties Barney to the Slap Throne, Robin selflessly gives up the slap to Ted, and Ted gets ready to slap Barney as hard as he can. But he can't do it—he feels like it's really Robin's slap. So he gives it to her. And she gives it to Mickey. Who gives it to Lily. But she can't do it, either. Marshall has warm fuzzies because the slap brought them all closer together. Marshall tells Barney that he gets a free pass on the slap—there will be no slapping today. But of course, it's all a big lie. As soon as Barney gets up from the Slap Throne, Marshall slaps him as hard as he can and excitedly shouts, "That's four!"

In the tag, we see a fake commercial indicating that Mickey has finally created a marketable game: "Slap Bet." The ad uses an upbeat version of "You Just Got Slapped" (Marshall's song from the first Slapsgiving) and is generally awesome and hilarious.

Thoughts? For the most part, I thought this episode had the combination of the humor, sadness and heart that the best episodes of How I Met Your Mother contain. But I did feel like the Lily/Mickey storyline was wrapped up a little too cleanly for my tastes. I realize it's a sitcom, but I thought Alyson Hannigan's performance in this episode was really great and I would have liked to see this played out a bit more. Oh well. What did you all think? Was anyone else having Dark Willow flashbacks when Lily was trotting out her "You're dead to me" look? Talk all about it in the comments—and happy Slapsgiving!

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We've got so much going on in this week's episode! First, Marshall bequeaths the fourth slap (!) to Ted and Robin. They're psyched about it...until it's time to decide who actually gets to do the slapping. Meanwhile, Lily has daddy issues and Marshall acts completely inappropriately, which leads to Lily's estranged father (Chris Elliott) to show up at their door on Thanksgiving Day. There's a lot to talk about here, so let's get to it!

First of all, my apologies for the lack of a recap last week. I was in sunny Florida all week and didn't get a chance to watch the episode until Saturday. (Which also meant that I missed all of the Internet craziness sparked by "Lorenzo von Matterhorn." Wikipedia, you're no fun anymore.) It was a great episode, though, and I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did.

Moving on to this week...

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