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HIMYM – Is Barney’s dad really Legendaddy?

'How I Met Your Mother' finally reveals the identity of that mystery family member we've been waiting to find.

- Season 6, Episode 19 - "Legendaddy"

The moment that How I Met Your Mother has been building to for so long has finally come to pass. The identity of that mystery character we’ve all been waiting to meet has finally been revealed. With all of this pontificating, you know I’m not talking about Ted’s future wife. (If that were the case, there would probably have been quite a few exclamation points involved by now.) No, it wasn’t the Mother, but instead Barney’s Father. It was obvious, though, that the reunion wasn’t everything Barney himself had built up in his own head.

That Barney had incredibly high expectations for his long lost father was far from surprising. The “fake” first meeting Barney told the gang about was exactly as I’d imagined the perfect reunion to look like. From the same scotch order, to Jerry getting a girl’s number in record time, Dream-Jerry was just a little too perfect (in Barney’s eyes, not mine). When Barney’s emotions finally crashed, Neil Patrick Harris proved that he’s good for more than just a quick punch line. HIMYM has gone for the gut again and again this season, and Harris’ performance owned the day.

I know I cover this show week in and week out, but I feel like I missed a significant twist in the origin story of Barney’s dad. That, or HIMYM has dropped the continuity ball in a way that I’m not sure it ever has. How did we go from Barney thinking that Bob Barker was his father to having gone and met ZZ Top with him? Was Jerry some kind of “friend” when Barney was growing up, and I completely forgot?

As funny as all of Marshall’s attempts to get the gang to make fun of him were, the best part of his arc (specifically relating to his father) was his convincing Barney that he was going to Jerry’s for dinner. The look on Barney’s face when he reacted to Marshall’s “no Barney, I’m never going to talk to my dad again” was heartbreaking; right up there with Alyson Hannigan’s moment in “Bad News.” As important as our blood families are to us, our chosen families are just as much so. Tonight, Marshall prevented his friend from making an incredibly bad decision.

I am not one of those HIMYM fans that thinks the show has done a disservice by not finally revealing the identity of the mother. I’m a little frustrated with the posturing of Carter Bays and Craig Thomas about this season, with the implication that Zoey could possibly be the mother, only to switch again. I do think, though, that these two writers are talented enough to continue telling the story after the big “meet” occurs. All of that being said, there was a throwaway line in this episode that could potentially be a big clue as to a potential mom candidate … or could just be another dead end. This show doesn’t often create a character and leave them off screen without the intention of bringing that character in at a later date. If this wedding where Ted finally meets the titular mother is in fact Barney’s, then meeting Swarley‘s half-sister Carly there isn’t too much of a reach. And, she’s a college student. Stranger things have happened.

Notes & Quotes

  • Who doesn’t love a good Intervention?
  • “Guys, my dad’s awesome. He’s mother of all fathers!” – Barney
  • “So all of these years there’s just one question I’ve been dying to ask him.” – Barney
    “Why did you abandon me?“ – Lily
    “Why did you wait so long to contact me?” – Marshall
    “You’ve hurt me before, why should I trust you now?” – Robin
    [Cut to Barney and Dad at MacLerans] Do you … get laid a lot?” – Barney
    “Big time.” – Jerry
  • “I’m going to Sydney tomorrow with Bon Jovi … I’ll be on the road the rest of the year.” – Jerry
    “Oh that’s cool.” – Barney
    “You want to join me for the tour’s Asian leg?” – Barney’s Dad
    “This is going to be the second most fun I’ve ever had on an Asian leg!” – Barney
  • I’m not sure I want to know what a Rotating Vietnamese Shame Wheel is.
  • No, seriously … I really don’t want to know what a Rotating Vietnamese Shame Wheel is.
  • OK, I don’t care how nice you’re trying to be to your best friend who’s dad ust died, The Phantom Menace does not age well.
  • Loved NPH’s inflections when arguing with his brother; he’s got the whiney kid thing down pat.
  • “Because if you’re going to be some lame suburban dad, why couldn’t you have been that for me!!” – Barney
  • “A kid needs a hoop….” – Barney

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6 Responses to “HIMYM – Is Barney’s dad really Legendaddy?”

March 21, 2011 at 10:37 PM

I believe the reason why they saw zz top was because in an older episode this season, the one in the museum, Barney mentions how when he was younger his “uncle jerry” use to hang out with him but then stopped when he destroyed the dinosaur.

March 21, 2011 at 11:08 PM

Makes sense… Thanks!!

March 22, 2011 at 3:31 AM

are you ruling out that the wedding we see ted as the best man at is not his childhood friend “punchy”?

March 22, 2011 at 9:36 AM

I mean, with HIMYM, you never rule anything completely out, but I just think that it will be someone’s wedding other than Punchy’s.

Or, if it is Punchy’s, maybe Barney brings Carly along.

March 26, 2011 at 12:03 AM

It could be Punchy’s… but that just feels… too easy. There’s almost always a red herring in HIMYM, starting in the very first episode with ‘Aunt Robin’ and continuing with meeting the mother’s roommate, or the whole setup in “Big Days”.

Let’s just combine every theory here: The reason that Carly wasn’t shown is because we’d recognize her from the St. Patrick’s Day party in “No Tomorrow” :P

EDIT: Also, as someone pointed out somewhere else, at the wedding where Ted meets the mom, Marshall is wearing a tux, rather than just a suit, implying he’s in the wedding party (and he would not likely be in Punchy’s). We also don’t see Robin or Barney in that scene, so it could be either of their weddings (as I thought at first).

April 7, 2011 at 1:53 AM

First of all, What is the Vietnamese Shame wheel?????
Tis Is Top Secret Information hot from SWAT (Stinson’s Way Awesome Team) that all these conversations are being taken into consideration and they would rule out the possible facts……. even before you know it….. so DO NOT try to figure out HIMYM it’s way beyond any of our minds ……. that is why we all loveit and we watch it…….
PLS NOTE.. it might seem that this is a note from some jackass bullshitting you …… but i have tried figuring the show out and i do not like the idea of knowing the end…… its horrifying i want it to smoulder into me……