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Bedtime Stories 

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On the bus to Farhampton, Marshall tells Marvin bedtime stories about Ted, Robin and Barney in rhyme.



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Having dropped Daphne and the Hummer off, Marshall and Marvin are now on a bus to the Farhampton Inn. Marvin, however, is cranky, so Marshall does the only thing that will get him to sleep - something that Lily discovered worked recently - which is to read him poems in rhyme. But Marshall left Marvin's rhyming book in the Hummer, leaving Marshall to come up with rhyming stories of his own, with the help and often exasperation of his fellow passengers. As one rhyme works, something happens on the bus to awaken Marvin again crying. The stories that Marshall tells Marvin, however inappropriate, are: "Mosby at the Bat", where Ted tries to figure out if a dinner he is having with a Physics professor named Lisa is a business dinner or a date; "Robin Takes the Cake", where Robin steals and eats a wedding cake and the reason why; and "Barney Stinson: Player King of New York City", where Barney, while contemplating hitting on a woman in the bar, explains why, against Lily's assertions to the ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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25 November 2013 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The man who plays Gus, the rapper on the bus, is played by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Lin actually attended Wesleyan University, the university that Lily, Ted, and Marshall attend in the show. See more »


When Barney looks at the street sign, he says "twenty-second street" but the sign reads "22st." See more »


Marshall Eriksen: [voiceover narration] He rose to go approach this girl who commanded such intrigue, when Mommy interrupted...
Lily Aldrin: Dude, she's way out of your league! She's not in Daisy Dukes nor squeezed into a Hooters tee, and I don't see a Curves membership dangling from her key. She has no glaring spray tan, no unicorn tattoos. She's sipping chardonnay, not pounding cherry-flavored booze. She's not playing with her hair. There's very little chance she'll let you put it anywhere.
Barney Stinson: Your challenge is accepted, Lil. ...
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After a series of thrashing, this one felt refreshing!
26 November 2013 | by (Hungary) – See all my reviews

I don't usually write reviews on episodes of series, but on this one I felt the need to get serious. Not every series can pull of a trick like this, since a gimmick like rhyming is mostly a hit-and-miss. The episodes in this season felt lackluster so far, the acting and the stories sure won't win an Oscar. But this one is at least something new, if a bit gimmicky, and was worth to watch, unlike the rest, which were rickety. I know my rhymes are a little forced, but so were the ones on the screen. Some of them were so bad and coarse, they almost made me scream.

I like, that they brought in the rapper dude from Dr. House. He busted some mad lines and rhymes that really brought down the house. But the short stories, too, were visions of past seasons, and I think they included them for all the wrong reasons. The episodes back then were really fun, charming and witty, but these later ones feel like they were designed by a committee. It seems the writers finally ran out of good ideas, so they chew on stripped bones like a bunch of starved hyenas. Using tropes like rhyming will only fly once, but including more of them won't help an ounce. I hope they soon come up with some better stories, or the audience will up go watch some other series...

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