'How I Met Your Mother' scoop: Victoria isn't the only face returning this season...


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It looks like Victoria and the Slutty Pumpkin aren’t the only blasts from How Met Your Mother‘s past that we’ll be seeing this season…  EW has learned that Chris Elliott, Wayne Brady, Frances Conroy, and Bill Fagerbakke will be returning for the Oct. 24 episode, titled “Noretta.” Elliott will reprise his role as Lily’s estranged father, Mickey, while Conroy and Brady will reprise their roles as Barney’s mother and brother (just as I’d hoped!). Most interestingly, Marshall’s deceased father, played by Fagerbakke, is also scheduled to appear in the episode — although it is not immediately clear in what capacity he will return.

This sounds like quite the family affair, readers! Theories/guesses on what brings them all together?

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  • lee

    isn’t it the anniversary of the death of marshall’s dad

    • Shawn

      I think that episode happened after the new year

  • Karate Pants

    Really? Hasn’t the life already been beaten out of the death of Marshall’s dad? Now we have to deal with recurring ghost dad?

    • bfett

      @Karate Pants: Thank you. If I wanted to cry over a lame character and his dad week after week, I’d watch Party Of Five. Time to pull the plug on How I Met Your Mother.

    • Mike

      With a show that constantly messes with timelines and shows flashbacks and flashforwards both large and small, it amazes me that people wouldn’t just expect Marshall’s father to return in the form of a flashback.

      • Karate Pants

        Shelf your amazement. I’m just in favor of letting Marshall’s dad rest undisturbed for awhile and getting back to the equally interesting and worthy personal story lines of the other characters.

      • Ciara

        THANK you. Lily’s dad returning? Barney’s family MINUS his dad? This show has always been surprisingly heavy on ‘daddy issues’, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Lily nad her father have an arguement and it causes Marshall to reminisce…it’s ridiculous how nagry people are getting about this.

  • webuiltthepyramids

    I’m guessing Marvin will be back in a flashback, like Marshall remembering advice he’d given him. Nora will probably be meeting some of Barney’s family, and I’m guessing that Lily’s dad will be there in some way related to her pregnancy.

  • Em

    I’m sure it is a flash back, the show has had a ton of flashbacks that have dealt with his dad before. Lighten up people.

    • webuiltthepyramids

      Yeah, I think it’s quite realistic that they keep revisiting that. I mean, Marshall and Marvin were very close, and now that Marshall’s to be a father himself, it’s only natural that he is thinking about his own dad a lot.

    • Mike

      Sorry Em, didn’t see your response before commenting! But I totally agree. :-)

  • Mal

    Isn’t Barney’s mom’s name Loretta? So I assume in this episode Nora is meeting the family? That’d be super serious… and it would explain the other parents- having flashbacks to when Marshall and Lily introduced each other to their families…

    • Shawn

      This seems to make the most sense – thanks for thinking logically and not having a mental breakdown like Karate Pants.

      • Karate Pants

        Okay, thanks for the giant LOL…back to my mental breakdown. :)

  • Michael

    Sweet these is so cool

  • saywhat?

    I heard the surprise ending of this show is that ted is talking to a bunch of cabbage patch kid dolls telling them how he met their `mommy`. then his friends come in with a new box of depends for him. the end.

    • puh-leez

      Where did you hear it, from one of the voices in your head?

      If you’re going to attempt to be funny, then at least attempt to be funny.


      • cartman

        You take How I met your mother 2 seriously. Are you going 2 go in the corner and cry because someone made fun of it. You obviously have no sense of humor especially if how I met your mother is your favorite show.

  • Melissa in CA

    Oh, thank goodness. When I read the headline, I assumed the worst and thought Stella or Zoey would be coming back.

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  • Katie

    The episode is about how much the gang’s significant others remind them of their parents, so Marvin will probably be seen in a flashback. I miss him! Can we please get to the Barney/Robin stuff again? Nora needs to go!

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