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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The intro to this episode and the title is a reference to the movie Weekend At Bernie's See more »


Marshall tired Egdud Furhaki for most outgoing in his junior year of high school, 1996. When Lily and Marshall get married in season 2, Marshall mentions Lily had got him a shirt that read "Marshall and Lily: Rockin' it since '96", their first year of college. See more »


Barney Stinson: [Ted just announced that he's bringing Jeanette to the wedding] You're bringing a plus one?
Robin Scherbatsky: If you count the voices in her head it's plus five!
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References Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) See more »


When The Sun Goes Down
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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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