How I Met Your Mother: Season 8, Episode 18

Weekend at Barney's (25 Feb. 2013)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Comedy, Romance
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Barney is forced to break out "The Playbook" one final time to keep Ted from getting back together with Jeanette and taking her to his wedding, and Marshall embarrasses Lily at an art exhibition.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Strickland Stevens (as Chris Smith)
Ashley Michaelsen ...
Beach Babe
Elderly Man (as Weston I. Nathanson)


Ted is desperate to bring a "+1" to Robin and Barney's wedding, and currently has Jeanette as that +1 despite he realizing that she is crazy. Robin and Barney are so adamant that Jeanette not be Ted's +1 that Barney swears Ted to secrecy in how he is helping Ted find an alternate +1: by staging plays from his playbook, which he purportedly burned in front of Robin but in reality burned a fake book instead. If Robin finds out about the playbook, there may be no reason for Ted to have a +1 as there will be nothing for him to bring a +1 to. Meanwhile, Lily, as The Captain's new art buyer, is attending a gallery showing by an up and coming artist named Strickland Stevens. Marshall is confident that he can play the art buyer husband at functions so important to Lily's career which may not be the most obvious fit for Marshall. This gallery showing may test Marshall's actual ability in this role. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance






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25 February 2013 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Ted refuses to pay for stamps, but earlier in the series Barney gave Ted a life time worth of stamps to keep Ted and Robin from fighting. See more »


The wine bottle Ted holds and announces as being some Cotes du Rhône is in a Bordeaux bottle (with shoulders). See more »


Ted Mosby: Jeannette, this is great. We're back together, you're coming to Barney and Robin's wedding. I found two wine glasses you didn't smash. Call me crazy, but I got a feeling that from hereon out it will be blue skies and...
Jeanette Peterson: What THE HELL...
[shows Playbook]
Jeanette Peterson: IS THIS?
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Spoofs Weekend at Bernie's (1989) See more »


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Funny Episode!
17 April 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I don't have a ton to say about this episode. Here is what was good:

1) The jokes were topical and not completely nonsensical. 2) The actors were all top notch this time! 3) The pacing was quick 4) BUT it didn't overlook important moments 5) Lily and Marshal had their first bit of character development in ages 6) More playbook (in context) is amazing! 7) Ted wasn't as annoying as he has been in the last 2 seasons

Here's what I didn't like:

1) Barney and Robin are a terrible couple when they aren't totally dysfunctional. 2) The playbook was destroyed, it just seems wrong! 3) Ted was still annoying, not as bad as usual, but still annoying.

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