Barney is upset after Robin wins James's wedding ring during the poker game, and Ted argues with Marshall and Lily over whether he gave them a wedding gift.



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James continually badmouthing the institution of marriage leads to a showdown between him and Robin in the form of their respective wedding rings, that showdown which Robin wins. This confrontation leads to Loretta coming to her black son's defense against Robin. As such, Barney is forced to choose between his family and his soon to be wife. Lily learns that Ted is getting Barney and Robin multiple wedding gifts. This act is the last straw in what has been a slow burn for Lily and Marshall since their wedding as Ted never got them a wedding present, despite Marshall having dropped continual hints over the years. But when they eventually confront Ted, Ted flips it around on them, stating that he did get them a wedding gift. They never sent him a thank you note, about which he continually dropped hints to Marshall over the years. They will have to get to the bottom of whether Ted really did get them a wedding present or if he really forgot to. Written by Huggo

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14 October 2013 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


When Marshall dressed up as the wedding gift and went to the bar and asked Lily why Ted wasn't getting it when referring to Marshalls wedding gift, she said " I don't know, why haven't you got the message to dress up as a pregnant teenager, home skillet?" which was a direct reference to the movie Juno (2007) in which Lily was dressed up as Paulie Bleeker played by Michael Cera in the movie. See more »


When Robin bets James her ring, she goes to put it on the medium sized stack of black chips but it falls off. Next time the stacks of chips are shown the ring is on the high pile of red chips. It does not show her making any motions to put it there. See more »


Ted Mosby: [playing poker, smug look on his face] Well, call me Akira Yoshizawa.
[nobody understands the reference]
Ted Mosby: World's most famous origamist? I fold.
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References Juno (2007) See more »


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Horrid, unfunny, rehashed jokes
14 October 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

HIMYM has been declining for some time now, yet 'the poker game' was a new low. Ted's unfunny self deprecating comments, poor acting from supporting cast and a storyline being dragged out of all proportion. Are they gonna drag this wedding out for half a season?! This show used to be great; funny, relatively original at times with a good bit of randomness thrown in. 'Friends' suffered a similar lull, season 7 of that was pretty poor, yet it was never this bad. I think the producers are just getting lazy to be honest. I only watch this now because I have for 8 years, hopefully my patience will be justified! Some more Barney wacky stories please!

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