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Who Wants to Be a Godparent 

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When Lily and Marshall can't decide on godparents for Marvin, they put the gang to the test to see who would make the best one.


Pamela Fryman


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Episode complete credited cast:
Josh Radnor ... Ted Mosby
Jason Segel ... Marshall Eriksen
Cobie Smulders ... Robin Scherbatsky
Neil Patrick Harris ... Barney Stinson
Alyson Hannigan ... Lily Aldrin
Ashley Williams ... Victoria
Michael Trucco ... Nick
Ned Rolsma ... Marcus
Lyndsy Fonseca ... Daughter
David Henrie ... Son
Jake Elliott ... 12 / 14 Year Old Marvin
Nikki Limo ... Christie
August Maturo ... 6 Year Old Marvin


Marshall and Lily's entire world for the past five months has been Marvin to the exclusion of all else, including their friends. Now that Mickey has taken some of the child rearing off their plate, a constantly tearful Lily and Marshall now worry about what their mortality means for little Marvin's welfare if they were to depart the world sooner than later. As they complete their will, they run into the obstacle of who they will name as Marvin's guardian. As they exhaust the list of all their living blood relatives, dismissing each for one reason or another, their thoughts turn to their three best friends, who all actively campaign for the position. That campaigning irks Marshall and Lily, who decide to choose between the three using one of Marshall's passions in life. The question becomes how much of the unusual scrutiny Barney, Robin and Ted will endure for the opportunity to be Marvin's godparent and potential guardian. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

15 October 2012 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Items on Lily and Marshall's "Who Wants to Be a Godparent" wheel: "Diaper Daily Double", "Birds and Bees", "Tooth Fairy Santa Bigfoot", "Bedtime Story", "Learning to Drive", "Discipline", "Potty Training", and "Our Demise". See more »


Ted Mosby: If called upon, I'd be honored to raise Marvin.
Robin Scherbatsky: If you want him to be raised by his underwear on a flagpole, Teds your guy. If you want him pulling the cord on some other nerds panties, I'm your guy.
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Pity The Show Doesn't Have An Eight Or Over Rule
12 February 2015 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear!! The return to form was only brief, as this was a dire episode, that not even the brilliant Neil Patrick Harris could save with his fun performance as Barney.

Plot In A Paragraph: After a near death experience Marshall and Lily struggle to decide who to have as Marvin godparent in the event of their death. Thought Marshall being Marshall he invents a game 'Who Wants To Be A Godparent' which the gang spend the night playing.

Watching how The three friends would raise Marvin did have its moments, and had some really funny parts. However overall the eight or over rule, has hindered Marshall and Lily and not made them look very good

A generous 7/10 for the three flash forwards!!

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