While Marshall and Lily spend their first night in their new home after deciding to permanently move to Long Island, Barney takes over as group leader in Manhattan--both with disastrous results.

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Lily and Marshall have now officially moved to Long Island, which brings about many issues. For Lily and Marshall, they receive an unexpected and somewhat unwanted house guest: Mickey. Mickey, who grew up in that house, believes he is helping Lily and Marshall by pointing out what they can and cannot do with every aspect of the house. Lily/Marshall and Mickey come to a stalemate when they negotiate Mickey's living arrangement versus his help in fixing the broken fuse which has resulted in the house being in total darkness. At MacLaren's, Ted, Barney and Robin are lamenting the empty half a booth where Lily and Marshall generally sat, and which will now be emptier than usual. However, Barney comes to the realization that Lily was generally the boss of their group, and thus now he plans on taking over. That leads to an evening which has them finding unexpected surrogates for Lily and Marshall. And Robin and Kevin are still at the stage in their relationship where they want to prove to ... Written by Huggo

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During the poker game, one of the Russians is eating Oreos out of a poker chip tray. This is a reference to John Malkovich's Russian poker playing character, Teddy KGB, who eats Oreos the same way in Rounders (1998). See more »

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Ted & Barney are chatting in the strip club and in the background a man at the bar is approached by one of the girls and mid shot she is no longer there. See more »

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Ted Mosby: [Drunk] Who needs Marshall and Lily. We have a new gang and we're all gonna hang out together forever.
Stripper Lily: My shift is done. Good-bye.
Barney Stinson: Wait, stop! Technically this song's not over, so we own you. Plus, we're best friends! Where to next?
Arvydas: We go to underground poker game in mostly abandoned insane asylum.
Barney Stinson: Yes! This is going to be AWESOME. And when it is I want you all to remember who lead you there: Barney Stinson; new gang leader.
[Cut to sketchiest poker game ever]
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The intro sequence for this episode is a special one-off revolving around the Barney character, with the show re-titled "How I Met Your Barney", and with revised theme music with lyrics sung by Neil Patrick Harris (Barney) See more »

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Spoofs Rounders (1998) See more »

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We Built Chip Cities
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Sung to the tune of "We Built This City"
Music and original lyrics by Bernie Taupin, Martin Page, Dennis Lambert & Péter Wolf
Performed by Josh Radnor
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Excellent Episode
8 February 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The intro credits for this episode start things off in great fashion as it is a special one-off revolving around Barney, with the show re-titled "How I Met Your Barney", and with revised theme music with lyrics sung by Neil Patrick Harris (Barney) and as usual the man knocks it out of the park.

Plot In A Paragraph: Lily and Marshall have now officially moved to Long Island, which brings about many issues. For Lily and Marshall, they receive an unexpected and somewhat unwanted house guest, Lily's Dad Mickey. At MacLaren's, Ted, Barney and Robin are lamenting the empty half a booth where Lily and Marshall generally sat, however, Barney comes to the realisation that Lily was generally the boss of their group, and thus now he plans on taking over. That leads to an evening which has them finding unexpected surrogates for Lily and Marshall.

Any episode that features the brilliant Neil Patrick Harris's character Barney Stinson in the main storyline is always excellent. 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.

My god Kal Penn is painful to watch, I'm sure he is a nice guy, and I feel awful as I seem to bash him with every episode he is in, but he is awfully out of place in this show. I think he found his niche as a stoner in the 'Harold & Kumar' movies.

And my final plus point is, any episode that features the delightful Alyson Hannigan as stripper Lily gets a big thumbs up from this reviewer.


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