While Barney prepares for his wedding to a mystery bride, he and Ted reminisce about Punchy's wedding, including when Marshall and Lily announced they were having a baby. Meanwhile, Robin considers telling Barney she has feelings for him.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Punchy (as Chris Romanski)
Punchy's Dad
Finnish Guy
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It's moments before Barney's wedding. He's got the jitters over whether he picked the right woman for his bride, and as a result whether the wedding will be a disaster. Ted and Barney reminisce about Ted's friend Punchy's recent wedding, which they declare was the worst wedding ever. There were several possible lead ups to the disaster of Punchy's wedding. One possible cause might have been Ted feeling insecure both about his non-married status compared to all his high school friends in attendance, and them waiting for the screw-up that was supposed to be Ted's toast. His past toasts were now legendary because of video posts by Punchy on the Internet. Another possible cause of the disaster might have been Barney trying to test his pick-up plays on unsuspecting women at the reception, while he lied about a series of telephone calls he made. And yet another possible cause might have been what Robin decided about telling or not telling Barney that she still had feelings for him. But Ted ... Written by Huggo

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19 September 2011 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Former big brother 8 houseguest Jen Johnson can be seen during Ted's speech during the wedding flashback scene. See more »


Ted and Robin's scene smoking cigars at Punchy's wedding in Cleveland is on the same balcony that Ted and Barney smoked cigars at the end of Season 2 at Lily and Marshall's wedding, which took place in New York. See more »


Barney Stinson: What do you think of this tie?
Ted Mosby: Ohh, thank God. Barney needs you right before his wedding, you assume there's at least one dead hooker in the closet.
[laughs and discretely checks the closet]
Barney Stinson: [Holds up another tie] Is this one better?
Ted Mosby: Look, the tie is great, and it's perfectly normal to have some pre-wedding jitters.
Barney Stinson: I'm not having jitters. It just occurs to me that once I put this tie on I can never take it off. I have to wear this tie forever, and ever. And sure, this tie is skinny now, but what...
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Brilliant Season Opener
3 February 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As "How I Met Your Mother" kicks off it's seventh season, Neil Patrick Harris knocks it out if the park once again showing all of the many sides to Barney Stinson.

Plot In A Paragraph: Ted and Barney reminisce about Punchy's wedding, which they dubbed "The worst wedding ever" At the wedding, Robin contemplates telling Barney she still has feelings for him, and Marshall and Lilly try and hide the fact that Lilly is pregnant.

Any episode that features the brilliant Neil Patrick Harris's character Barney Stinson in the main storyline is always excellent. The dance routine with Robin (Cobie Smulders) was brilliant. I could go on and on about the brilliance of this episode, and in particular Neil Patrick Harris but I won't bore you with it.

Who is Barney's bride?? Is it Robin (I was a fan of them as a couple, more so than her and Ted) or is it Nora (Who I really liked in her small role so far!!) and what is the ducky tie?? So much to be revealed.

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