The guys find out that Barney is pretending to have a wife and son to make his mother happy, but the charade is blown when Ted makes a move on Barney's "wife."



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Barney's recent behavior makes the gang believe he is hiding a girlfriend from them. When they follow him to what they think is a rendezvous with her, they end up at the home of Loretta Stinson, Barney's mother, where they meet Barney's wife and son, Betty and Tyler. In reality, "Betty" and "Tyler" are both actors who Barney hired. Margaret has been playing the role of Betty for seven years. To grant Loretta her dying wish of her sons being with someone they loved - Loretta who was on her deathbed at the time (and who obviously survived that ordeal) - Barney hired Margaret to play his fiancée to fulfill that wish. When Margaret, going off script, stated that she was pregnant, Barney eventually had to produce a son Tyler, who in his current incarnation is played by Grant. The already convoluted plot is made even more so when everyone catches Ted making out with "Betty". Ted has to use some of the improvisation skills he learned from actress Margaret to get them all out of this mess. ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance






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2 March 2009 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Zachary Gordon, who plays Barney's "son" Tyler, made an appearance in a season two episode entitled "How Lily Stole Christmas". Gordon played Ted's very relgious cousin's son. See more »


In this episode Barney's mother's name is said to be Loretta but in episode #3.10 - The Yips, his mother's name is Patty. See more »


Barney Stinson: Oh, I am so relieved because the truth is I am as far from married as a human being can possibly be. My history with women would shock and appall you.
Loretta Stinson: Doesn't matter. I still love you.
Barney Stinson: Seriously, you can't imagine the things I've done.
Loretta Stinson: Barney, when you were three, I left you with a babysitter and spent three weeks with Grand Funk Railroad being passed around like a bong.
Barney Stinson: Mommy?
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Another 10/10 episode
31 December 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Another great episode of "How I Met Your Mother" with Barney Stinson front and centre.

Plot In A Paragraph: When Barney starts acting strangely (he didn't hit on some drunk blondes in Maclarens and Marshall over heard him saying he loves someone on the phone) the gang suspect he has a secret girlfriend and follow him, however they are surprised to find him with his mother, and even more surprised to meet his wife and son.

It was fun seeing Barney say that when he is watching the Karate Kid, he roots for the bully Johnny. I also cracked up when he said "call me crazy, but child actors were a lot better in the 80's"

Whenever Neil Patrick Harris is prominent in an episode it always makes the episode that bit better and raises the overall quality of the episode.

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