While Barney celebrates a pregnancy false alarm, Marshall and Lily try to figure out if it's time to have a baby.



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Barney is told by one of his sexual conquests that she may be pregnant with his baby. When Barney learns that she isn't pregnant, he celebrates by creating what he hopes will be a new national holiday: Not a Father's Day. Ted and Robin try to open Barney's eyes to who are not fathers. Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily are contemplating having a baby. When Marshall has to skip a planned baby making session due to a work meeting, Lily begins to wonder if she and Marshall really are ready to be parents. She calls in Robin and Ted for their advice, they who are on opposing sides of the issue. As Robin and Ted debate the general issues of parenthood, Lily, with the assistance of a bottle of wine, goes to Marshall's office invading his meeting to tell him her decision in only the way a drunken wannabe mom can. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance





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10 November 2008 (USA)  »

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The degree on the wall in Marshall's office is from Ohio Wesleyan University. Marshall, however, attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut. See more »


Robin states "I have a permit for that" for the handgun in her purse. Private citizens in New York City cannot get "carry permits" for handguns. See more »


Robin Scherbatsky: What's that?
Lily Aldrin: One of Jeremy's socks. I'm having a baby!
Robin Scherbatsky: But what about all the things we talked about?
Lily Aldrin: But... but sock!
Robin Scherbatsky: What about Marshall working all the time?
Lily Aldrin: But sock!
Robin Scherbatsky: What about Project Lily?
Lily Aldrin: It's got little fishies on it!
Robin Scherbatsky: All this discussion, and a sock makes your decision for you?
Ted Mosby: I guess that's what you call a sock-er punch.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


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Classic Barney Stinson
14 April 2016 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson is the star of an extremely fun episode about the pros and cons of having kids.

Marshall and Lily think about having a baby and have to decide if they are ready for it. Whereas Marshall is excited about the idea but swamped with work at GNB, Lily is unassured and reverts to Ted, Robin and a lot of wine to help with the decision. Meanwhile, Barney creates a new holiday for single guys without kids and inducts us into the theory of the 'cheerleader effect'. While Barney's theories are usually insane, I find this particular one to actually be a real thing.

Some of the jokes may cast a slur at childless single life, but Neil Patrick Harris' performance makes more than up for it. Besides all the fun, it is good to see some Ted and Robin interaction again.

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