How I Met Your Mother: Season 8, Episode 18

Weekend at Barney's (25 Feb. 2013)

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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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Did You Know?


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


At the art gallery, after Marshall tells the Ninja Turtle joke, he shows his left hand for the guy to give him a 'low-five' while holding the Skittles on his right hand. But in the next shot it is now his right hand asking for the low-five while his left hand is in his pocket. See more »


Barney Stinson: Ted what is my one rule?
Ted Mosby: You can tell how old a girl is by her elbows?
Barney Stinson: My other one rule
Ted Mosby: Flax seed relieves upset stomach?
Barney Stinson: My other one rule
Ted Mosby: Always have a fake pair of concert tickets in your pocket in case Lily invites you to something stupid?
Barney Stinson: My other one rule
Ted Mosby: Lebanese girls sprint to third base and then stay there?
Barney Stinson: My other one rule
Ted Mosby: New is always better?
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Spoofs Weekend at Bernie's (1989) See more »


When The Sun Goes Down
performed by The Jetzons
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At Ladt
18 February 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Yay Marshall and Lily are given their first bit of character development in God knows how long.

Plot In A Paragraph: Barney breaks out "The Playbook" one final time to keep Ted from getting back together with Jeanette and taking her to his and Robins wedding, and Marshall embarrasses Lily at an art exhibition.

Ted was actually a lot of full in this episode for the first time in..... Errrr....

I can't remember the last time I enjoyed his character!! Somewhere over the seasons he has lost me. Marshal and Lily are at last getting something good to do, as I feel Alyson Hannigan and Jason Segel have been pretty wasted of late. Thank god for Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson, or this full season may have been a complete write-off.

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