How I Met Your Mother: Why Lily Disappeared In Season 4 Lily Aldrin disappeared for a few episodes during How I Met Your Mother season 4, and the sitcom came up with a funny way to explain her absence.

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Alyson Hannigan portrayed Lily Aldrin for all nine seasons of How I Met Your Mother, but the character briefly disappeared in season 4 of the sitcom. Lily served as a primary figure on the series, having met central character Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) while in college. It was there that she also befriended her future husband, Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel), with whom she started a family during the events of the show. However, Lily was noticeably absent for a short while in season 4. This is how it was written into the show"s plot.

After Lily và Marshall tied the knot, they encountered problems typical of a married couple at their age. In season 4, Marshall struggled to attain his life-long dream of becoming an environmental lawyer. Although he tried applying in different firms, he eventually settled for a corporate position at Goliath National Bank, where Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) also worked. Meanwhile, Lily và Marshall realized they have opposing views on starting & raising a family. Ironically, at that time, Hannigan was already expanding her own family.

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Lily disappeared from the series from the season"s 20th episode, "Mobius Designs," until episode 23, "As Fast as She Can." Following the birth of her daughter in 2009, Hannigan had lớn take maternity leave và step away from the series for a while. This led to lớn her character missing a few episodes before finally returning for season 4"s last two episodes. Instead of simply removing Lily from the storyline, the show provided a clever explanation by expanding on a cold xuất hiện joke.

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At the start of "Mobius Designs," Barney decided to lớn tell Lily a dirty joke despite Ted and Marshall"s warning that the content was "guy funny." Future Ted claimed that it was the dirtiest joke he ever heard, so he never really told his kids and, consequently, the audience what it was. However, Lily"s reaction only reiterated that fact, since she immediately walked away & avoided the group for the next month. This, of course, was an added line lớn cleverly explain the character"s disappearance in the series. Before that, the sitcom came up with hilarious ways to lớn cover up Hannigan"s pregnancy throughout season 4. In fact, co-star Cobie Smulders, who played Robin Scherbatsky, was also pregnant with her first child around the same time.

When Lily returned a few episodes later, she did not appear until the final sequence, also referred to lớn as the tag scene. When she reunited with her friends, Lily claimed that she had time lớn think about the dirty joke & realized that it was actually funny. That was until Barney said something else offensive, forcing her khổng lồ walk away again. This time, however, she did not disappear from How I Met Your Mother. The actress also did not take an extended leave when she was pregnant for the second time in 2012. Instead, her pregnancy was written into the show to pave the way for the birth of Marvin Eriksen, the first child of Lily và Marshall.