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Mickey Aldrin
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Struggling board game inventor, Beekeeper[1], Marvin's nanny.
Janice Aldrin (ex-wife)
Judy Eriksen (girlfriend/sexual interest)
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Mickey Aldrin is Lily's father.

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In 1985, he separated from his wife, Janice Aldrin for a long time[2]. Mickey stayed home and worked on his dream of creating the next great American board game while Janice worked two jobs.

In 1988, he frustrated young Lily by missing her ballet recital working on "Tijuana Slumlord", missed her gymnastics meet working on "Car Battery" and failed to comfort her after a bad dream working on "There's a Clown Demon Under the Bed!" He even gave away Lily's braces money to "some guy claiming to be Milton Bradley" at a board game convention in Toledo.

The last straw was in 2006 when Lily learned that Mickey had moved in with his parents and prevented them from moving to Florida like they planned. He even forced his father, Morris, to return to the steel mill because he had an extra mouth to feed. At that point, Lily gave him her "dead to me" look and refused to mention him or speak to him. She didn't even invite him to her wedding.

In Thanksgiving of 2009, Marshall invited him to Thanksgiving dinner at their apartment after learning how hard Mickey was working to change. Mickey showed up with his latest board game, "Diseases!" While Lily stormed out, the gang sat down to play "Diseases!" and a fake gall bladder in the game exploded all over the turkey. Marshall was so angry he gave Mickey his own "dead to me" look and ran off to find Lily tell her that it was okay she didn't want to see her father.

However, after learning that someone else who was "dead to her" had actually died, Lily decided it was time to forgive her father.

After that, Mickey finally found success with the game, "Slap Bet".

In Tailgate​, upon hearing the news that he is going to become a grandfather, he surprises Lily by appearing at the doorstep of her house in East Meadow. He later moves in with Lily and Marshall in 46 Minutes​.

In The Burning Beekeeper, Mickey started keeping bees in the basement, because he was trying to be a beekeeper. Also, he was at Marshall and Lily's housewarming party, that turns into a complete disaster.

In Nannies, Mickey moves in with Lily and Marshall, after he burns down his house. Although they refuse at first, they finally hire him as Marvin's nanny after they see how good he is with him.

In The Over-Correction, Mickey starts hooking up with Judy Eriksen, who is there visiting Marshall, much to Marshall and Lily's disgust. After having a talk with Barney, they tell their parents that they are okay with them dating each other. However, they tell Lily and Marshall that they aren't dating, but are just having fun, which disgusts them even more.

In Daisy​, it is revealed that he lived with the Eriksens as well as Judy in their Italian home.


Some the games Mickey created when trying to get "Aldrin Games Unlimited" off the ground:

  • Tijuana Slumlord - excuse for missing Lily's ballet recital.

    Mickey displaying his games at a Board game convention.

  • Car Battery - How long can you hold on?!; excuse for missing Lily's gymnastics meet.
  • There's a Clown Demon Under the Bed! - excuse for not comforting Lily when she had a nightmare; probably root of Lily's irrational fear of clowns.
  • Dog Fight Promoter - excuse for moving back in with his parents/Lily's paternal grandparents, stopping them from retiring in Florida, and making his father go back to work at the steel mill, which would cause Lily to give him her "You're dead to me!" look.
  • Diseases! - sprays objects with samples of bile, paint etc.
  • Slap Bet - based on Lily and her friends.
  • Tax Evasion - a game he thought about in jail for not paying tax.
  • Shop Lifter - A game, which according to him, doesn't not promote crime but celebrates it.
  • Lites Out! - Marshall's actions in 46 Minutes inspired this game. Future Ted claims that this was Mickey's only successful board game.

He also created some other board games that can be seen laying around: "Landmine Lunge", "Sleepy Tombstone Maze", and "Thirsty Thirsty Hippo".


Episode Appearances

  1. Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap
  2. Last Words​ (voice on phone only)
  3. Noretta
  4. Tailgate
  5. 46 Minutes
  6. The Burning Beekeeper
  7. The Magician's Code - Part One
  8. Nannies
  9. The Over-Correction
  10. The Final Page - Part Two
  11. Daisy


  1. The Burning Beekeeper, Mickey was trying to be a beekeeper.
  2. Say Cheese, Ted explains that Lily first saw the movie Goonies in theaters when her parents separated. The movie came out in 1985.

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Friends & Family Marshall EriksenTed MosbyRobin ScherbatskyBarney StinsonScooterMickey AldrinJanice AldrinRita AldrinMorris AldrinGrandma LoisMarvin W. EriksenDaisy EriksenUnnamed Eriksen Child
Places MacLaren's PubLily's KindergartenWesleyan UniversityMarshall and Lily's apartmentMarshall and Lily's houseThe ApartmentLily's first apartmentLily's second apartment
Phrases Where's the poop?You sonuvabitchThank you, Linus
Others You're dead to me lookMarshpillowLong term betsIntervention bannerLily's bisexualityAldrin Justice (punishment)Lily's frequent urinationThe Kennedy Package