Daisy (How I Met Your Mother)

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How I Met Your Mother episode
Episode no. Season 9
Episode 20
Directed by Pamela Fryman
Written by Carter Bays, Craig Thomas
Original air date March 10, 2014 (2014-03-10)
Guest appearance(s)

Tracey Ullman (Genevieve)
Billy Zabka (himself)
Marshall Manesh (Ranjit)
Kyle MacLachlan (The Captain)
Chris Elliott (Mickey Aldrin)
Suzie Plakson (Judy Eriksen)
Laura Bell Bundy (Becky)

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"Daisy" is the twentieth episode of the ninth season of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, and the 204th episode overall. It starred Josh Radnor as Ted Mosby, Jason Segel as Marshall Eriksen, Cobie Smulders as Robin Scherbatsky, Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson, Alyson Hannigan as Lily Aldrin, Tracey Ullman as Genevieve, Chris Elliott as Mickey, Kyle MacLachlan as The Captain, Laura Bell Bundy as Becky, Marshall Manesh as Ranjit, Suzie Plakson as Judy, William Zabka as Billy Zabka, and Robert Belushi as Linus. The episode centers around the guys searching for Lily (Alyson Hannigan) who went missing after her fight with husband Marshall (Jason Segel) and trying to figure out why she disappeared. At the same time, Robin (Cobie Smulders), is worried she is marrying her father after a talk she had with her mother. Robin is in line to marry Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) during this episode.


Four hours before the wedding, Robin asks her mother how she made it despite a fear of flying. Genevieve says she somehow got over the fear despite panicking on board and accidentally opening the exit door, resulting in her being restrained to her seat by duct tape. Genevieve asks Robin more about Barney and immediately makes comparisons to Robin Sr. Genevieve's various descriptions of Robin Sr. rankle Robin and Lily because the similarities with Barney make Robin think she's about to marry someone like him.

Marshall discusses his upcoming judgeship with Ted, Barney, Ranjit and Billy Zabka, he admits he feels guilty due to Lily's desire to move to Italy and confused at her changing her mind while she was gone. Zabka claims he saw Lily leaving a nearby convenience store in a car owned by the Captain. The men go to the Captain's estate to confront him and discover he's engaged to Robin's old colleague Becky. The Captain insists that nothing happened between him and Lily, who came to use the powder room. When the Captain brings Ted a daisy from the powder room, Ted analyzes Lily's actions over the past several days.

Ted believes that Marshall's recent absence prompted Lily to smoke. Her fight with Marshall made her smoke one last cigarette in the powder room, deducing that the cigarette may be in the daisy's vase and searches for it. The gang finds a positive pregnancy test. Lily paid Linus to serve her non-alcoholic drinks because she threw up on the train to Farhampton and feared she might be pregnant, later buying the test kit at the store.

The men return to the Farhampton Inn, where Marshall reconciles with Lily over her pregnancy and tells her they are moving to Italy to let her pursue her dream. Barney is introduced to his soon-to-be mother-in-law, whom he embraces. Noting that Barney is a hugger unlike Robin Sr., Genevieve brings Robin to the balcony and tries to ease her wedding jitters. A year later in Rome, it is revealed that Marshall and Lily's second child is a girl named Daisy.

Deleted scene[edit]

A scene cut from this episode explains where the pineapple, one of the show's running gags from "The Pineapple Incident", came from. The scene was released online by Buzzfeed.[1] In the clip, The Captain has a pineapple on his porch, and explains to the gang that he practices the tradition of putting one outside as a "symbol of hospitality". This leads Ted to remember stealing an identical pineapple from The Captain's house in New York when he was very drunk.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Bill Kuchman of Popculturology raised the theory that based on the reveal that Lily and Marshall had a daughter, the ending of Vesuvius could be foreshadowing something happening to Lily, saying, "Maybe Ted isn't broken up in 2024 over the thought of his wife missing the future wedding of his daughter, Penny — maybe Ted is broken up over the thought of Lily missing the future wedding of her daughter, Daisy. ... We won’t know for sure what the ending of 'Vesuvius' really meant, but if this theory is right, HIMYM once again outwitted one of the biggest fan theories surrounding the show."[3] Donna Bowman of The A.V. Club graded the episode a B+.[4] Max Nicholson of IGN gave the episode 7.3/10, saying it was saved by an interesting shake-up for Marshall and Lily.[5] Kaitlin Thomas of TV.com said the Marshall and Lily plot did not hit all of the "right emotional beats." [6]


  1. ^ "The How I Met Your Mother pineapple thing has been solved". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved August 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ Schaefer, Megan (September 19, 2014). "'How I Met Your Mother' Pineapple Incident Mystery Explained By Ted In New Video". International Business Times. Retrieved August 13, 2017. 
  3. ^ Bill Kuchman (March 10, 2014). "'How I Met Your Mother' 'Daisy' Recap: Lily's Big Secret Revealed ... and a New 'Vesuvius' Theory". Popculturology. Retrieved August 13, 2017. 
  4. ^ Bowman, Donna (March 10, 2014). "Daisy". The A.V. Club. The Onion. 
  5. ^ Max Nicholson (March 10, 2014). "How I Met Your Mother: "Daisy" Review". IGN. Retrieved August 13, 2017. 
  6. ^ Kaitlin Thomas (March 11, 2014). "How I Met Your Mother "Daisy" Review: Everything's Coming Up Roses - How I Met Your Mother Community". TV.com. Retrieved August 13, 2017. 

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