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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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 »


When Marshall tells the man a joke at the art show, he goes for a high-five with his left hand and a bag of skittles in his right hand. When the camera shows the man walking away, Marshall has no skittles and has his right hand out. See more »


Lily Aldrin: So, there's this big gallery opening tonight...
Robin Scherbatsky: Oh, we'd love to, but we've got this, hum...
Barney Stinson: Genesis reunion. Madison Square Garden. Front row. It's gonna be legen...
Lily Aldrin: I wasn't inviting you guys.
Barney Stinson: Oh, thank God! There is no concert.
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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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