Despite their best efforts to be the perfect couple, Barney's know-it-all attitude gets him in trouble with Robin and they are forced to ask Marshall and Lily for relationship advice.



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Barney believes that Marshall and Lily's relationship is in major trouble solely because Lily makes Marshall wash his dishes immediately instead of letting them sit in the sink. He sees it as a sign that Marshall is panty-whipped, and that he should stand up for himself. Marshall follows Barney's advice which leads to Marshall and Lily having the biggest fight of their lives. Conversely, Barney says that he and Robin never fight, with each having a technique to avoid fights. Ted doesn't believe it as Barney and Robin are the two worst people when it comes to being in a relationship. But because of the noisy neighbors Ted and Robin have - Ted and Robin using the euphemism of "playing the bagpipes" for what the neighbors are doing - Ted believes he's come up with a way to find out for sure if Barney and Robin are telling the truth. The actions of one of the couples allows the other couple to overcome their short term situation. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance





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2 November 2009 (USA)  »

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Robin Scherbatsky: Are they still bagpiping? How long has it been?
Ted Mosby: They've been at it for six hours It must be that tantric bagpiping Sting is into.
Robin Scherbatsky: And she keeps telling him to bagpipe her harder. It seems to me he's bagpiping her pretty hard. There's a glass of water in my bedroom, and it's like Jurassic Park in there.
Ted Mosby: Hey, up there! You have neighbor! Shut the bagpipe up!
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The Flanderization continues
31 May 2016 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

This episode has lots of funny moments, starting with Narrator Ted's obvious censorship and euphemisms and including a reference to the concept of the slap bet (this time with Marshall as the victim). Yet it's sad to watch the characters be more and more reduced to some silly traits in the name of comedy.

In this episode, Barney is pure evil while Marshall is acting irrationally and plain stupid. This sets off a huge fight between Marshall and Lily for no reason. Even worse, at the end of the episode, just when the fight is finally over, Marshall breaks character. Disposable plastic glasses? Seriously? Isn't Marshall supposed to be "eco-guy"? What about garbage island (okay, that's a little ways down the road, but it's not like Marshall hasn't always been very environmentally aware)?

And what about the soundtrack to the fighting scene between Barney and Robin? No "Murder Train"? I'd call that a missed opportunity.

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