How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
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Ted angers Lily when he brings a random date to her birthday party, so she is forced to remind him of all the other random women he has brought along to important functions, only to discover that they weren't "the one."



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Episode cast overview:
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Robin's Date


It's Lily's 32nd birthday. The only thing she loves more than birthdays is taking a group photo with all her close friends on such special occasions as a permanent memory she can paste in her scrapbook. On this birthday for which Marshall has planned an intimate black tie dinner for the five of them, Ted brings Amanda, a woman he has just started dating. When Amanda is out of earshot, Lily makes it quite clear to Ted that she doesn't want Amanda in the photo. The reason is that Ted has always brought the woman he is dating to such functions, she who is always in the photo. But each of those women have not only become a forgotten nameless memory which has ruined the shot for Lily, but many have become the nameless "bitch" in the photo in Ted's memory. This discussion leads to an argument between Ted and the rest regarding dating philosophy, and what happens in the aftermath of the inevitable break-up. The photos also bring up the issue that Barney seems never to take a bad photograph, ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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22 March 2010 (USA)  »

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Marshall can't have a normal photo taken, but in the opening theme Marshall has several "normal" photos, especially at the end in the group photo. See more »


Marshall Eriksen: [Marshall is livid that Amanda wrote Lily's age and name wrong in her birthday cake] 42nd? Does this
[gestures to Lily]
Marshall Eriksen: hot piece of ass look 42 to you? Or does she look like her name is Lori?
Lily Aldrin: No Marshall, it's okay.
Marshall Eriksen: No Lily it's not okay! Ted, get this stranger out of my house.
Amanda: I'm so sorry...
Marshall Eriksen: OUT!
[points thumb at door]
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References The Goonies (1985) See more »


Performed by Les Cautionneurs
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I Side With Marahall And Lily
15 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

Plot In A Paragraph: Ted upsets Lily when he brings "one of his random skanks" along to her birthday party. Lily argues that Ted and his many random skanks have ruined a lot her treasured group photos, whilst Ted says Lily is just being a birthday snob!! Meanwhile Robin notices, there is not a bad photo of Barney in all of Lily's photos (in fact he pulls the exact same pose in every picture) so she sets about getting a bad photo of Barney, but it proves impossible.

It is hard to argue with Marshall and Lily on this one, as Ted just turned up at their house with his guest, without even asking them. Also instead of Ted bringing Lily's favourite cheesecake, Amanda (a chef) was going to bake a cake instead. What happened with the cake was ridiculous!! Just his stupid was this Woman?? She was certainly no Dinah in the kitchen!! Ted demanding Marahall apologise to Amanda was ridiculous.

That said the Barney plot was once again a lot of fun!!

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