In the cold winter of 2006, Ted and Robin and Marshall and Lily feel more like staying in in their respective coupledoms than venturing out in the cold world outside. So Barney brings in his gay black single brother James Stinson to act as his wingman as they prowl the bars for hook-ups. Besides being black and gay, James is like Barney in most other respects: confident, well dressed, always out to get laid, and always watching out for his wingman. James' arrival in town convinces the four that perhaps they should go out to a bar with James and Barney for the evening. But as Ted, Robin, Marshall and Lily watch James in action, they can't help but think that there is something strange about his behavior, almost like he's part of a couple and would rather be nesting at home with his significant other, much like the four of them wish they were doing. Indeed, they all learn that James is engaged to get married to a man named Tom. An incredulous Barney is angry as he believes this move ... Written by
Did You Know?
Coincidentally, Wayne Brady, who plays Barney's gay brother, is straight while Neil Patrick Harris, who plays (straight) Barney, is gay. See more
At the end of 2.5 Barney is wearing a purple tie with a flower. In 2.10 Barney's brother, James, is wearing the exact same tie. See more
Barney and his brother aren't exactly alike.
James is gay.
Never in a million years would I picture you with a gay brother; that's awesome!
Yeah, we just wanted you to have a heads-up so you don't act all surprised when he gets here.
[Barney's black brother enters the apartment
Thanks for the heads-up.
Written by Paul Westerberg
Performed by The Replacements
Courtesy of Sire Records See more