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Weekend at Barney's 

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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Marshall and Strickland discuss the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Abby Elliott who appears as Jeanette in this episode, later appeared in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014). And Taran Killam who portrays Gary Blauman in other episodes, also appeared in that movie. 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 »


Robin Scherbatsky: [Barney tries to explain to Robin why the Playbook still exists] You really think this is just about a book Barney? You lied to me, and if we're gonna be in a marriage and trust each other, you can't lie to me. Ever.
Barney Stinson: Really, well that's just great, because in case you haven't noticed, these last eight years, lying is what I do best.
[Begins pulling out various magic tricks]
Barney Stinson: I'm a magician, Robin. Misdirection and deceit are my stock and trade. You don't want me to lie to you? Lies are the reason ...
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References Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) See more »


Piano Sonata No. 11 In A Major, K. 331: Rondo: Alla Turca
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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At Ladt
18 February 2015 | by 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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