After celebrating New Year's Eve, Marshall visits his father's graveside to carry on their tradition of tailgating. Meanwhile, Barney and Ted open a bar called "Puzzles," and Robin is forced to fill in for an inebriated news anchor.

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On January 1, 2012, Marshall heads back to St. Cloud, Minnesota to spend the day alone with his father to keep on with a tradition between the two: hold a tailgate party while watching the Vikings/Bears game. Marshall resists any change to what he sees as that tradition, which may not be easy due to the activity happening around him. Regardless, Marshall has come to tell his father of the exploits of his and Lily's and their friends' New Year's Eve celebrations. Marshall and Lily discussed whether or not they should tell Lily's father about her pregnancy. Lily had up to this point resisted the idea of telling him if only not wanting to be disappointed by him yet again. Kevin tried to convince Robin that she should try and get a job working in front of the camera once again. Their New Year's Eve celebration alone together took an unexpected turn when Robin got a telephone call from an inebriated on-air Sandy Rivers, who needed her help with his New Year's Eve live national broadcast. ... Written by Huggo

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In the flashback scene where Marshall learns that "more is merrier" the young Marshall is wearing a purple jacket that is supposed to be a Minnesota Vikings jacket but says Kamloops [British Columbia] on the back and has a patch on the sleeve that says Chilliwack [British Columbia]. See more »

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The Minnesota Vikings have not played on a New Years Day Game since 1978. See more »

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Marshall Eriksen: [Lily is upset that her father paid little attention over the phone that she was pregnant] Hey baby, I'm sorry. I want our kid to believe that the universe is magical, you know, like my dad taught me.
Lily Aldrin: You know what my dad taught me? Nothing, 'cause he was never there.
[Grabs Marshall's Enigmas of the Mystical book and makes a fake reading]
Lily Aldrin: June 22nd, 1996. Brooklyn, New York: A man misses his daughter's high-school graduation. Later, she discovers that his babysitting money has been spent on a ...
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Spoofs Cheers (1982) See more »

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Puzzles the Bar Official Theme Song
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Written by Carter Bays & Craig Thomas
Performed by Josh Radnor & Neil Patrick Harris with Kal Penn
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A Fun Episode
8 February 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A really fun if slightly silly episode

On January 1, 2012, Marshall heads back to St. Cloud, Minnesota to spend the day alone with his father at the cemetery to keep on with a tradition between the two: hold a tailgate party while watching the Vikings/Bears game. Marshall resists any change to what he sees as that tradition, so he comes to tell his father of the exploits of his and Lily's and their friends' New Year's Eve celebrations. Marshall and Lily discussed whether or not they should tell Lily's father about her pregnancy. Kevin tried to convince Robin that she should try and get a job working in front of the camera once again. Their New Year's Eve celebration alone together took an unexpected turn. And Ted and Barney had troubles trying to get into crowded MacLaren's due to bouncer Doug's strict entrance policy. As such, Ted and Barney, with help from a then dateless for the evening Kevin, decided to open Puzzles, their own bar in Ted and Robin's apartment.

The website for Puzzles Bar, shown in this episode, is real. You can access it at puzzlesthebar.com.

With a great musical number from Ted and Barney, this episode is a lot of fun, whilst the Marshal scenes were touching.


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