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Single Stamina 

Barney's gay black brother is in town, but he doesn't want to tell Barney that he's getting married because he'll be losing his only single sidekick.

Director:

Pamela Fryman

Writers:

Carter Bays (created by), Craig Thomas (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Radnor ... Ted Mosby
Jason Segel ... Marshall Eriksen
Cobie Smulders ... Robin Scherbatsky
Neil Patrick Harris ... Barney Stinson
Alyson Hannigan ... Lily Aldrin
Wayne Brady ... James
Sarah Cahill Sarah Cahill ... Rosa
Michael Cotter ... Flamboyant Guy
Brian T. Delaney ... Drunk Guy (as Brian Delaney)
Steven Engle Steven Engle ... Guy #2
Kvon Harris Kvon Harris ... Young James
Tim Heinrich Tim Heinrich ... Muscular Guy (as Timothy Heinrich)
Dimitri Lekkos ... Charles
Brady Matthews ... Guy #1
Ingrid Raines Ingrid Raines ... Girl
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Storyline

In the cold winter of 2006, Ted and Robin and Marshall and Lily feel more like staying in in their respective coupledoms than venturing out in the cold world outside. So Barney brings in his gay black single brother James Stinson to act as his wingman as they prowl the bars for hook-ups. Besides being black and gay, James is like Barney in most other respects: confident, well dressed, always out to get laid, and always watching out for his wingman. James' arrival in town convinces the four that perhaps they should go out to a bar with James and Barney for the evening. But as Ted, Robin, Marshall and Lily watch James in action, they can't help but think that there is something strange about his behavior, almost like he's part of a couple and would rather be nesting at home with his significant other, much like the four of them wish they were doing. Indeed, they all learn that James is engaged to get married to a man named Tom. An incredulous Barney is angry as he believes this move ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 2006 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Coincidentally, Wayne Brady, who plays Barney's gay brother, is straight while Neil Patrick Harris, who plays (straight) Barney, is gay. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the episode, while at James' wedding, Marshall refers to Lily as his wife and then Ted and Robin go dance together. Ted and Robin reveal that they broke up while at Marshall and Lily's wedding during "Something Blue." Therefore, if Marshall and Lily were already married, Ted and Robin would have been broken up by then. See more »

Quotes

BarneyJames: [Pointing at each other] Haaave you met my brother?
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Connections

References Donny and Marie (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Hey Beautiful
(uncredited)
Written by The Solids
Performed by The Solids
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Neil Patrick Harris Prominent Again In Seasons Best Episode So Far
3 December 2014 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

As is always the case with this show, when one of the best episodes comes along it features Neil Patrick Harris's character Barney Stinson in a prominent role.

Plot In A Paragraph: Since Marshall lily are back together and Ted is loved up with the girl of his dreams Robin, it sadly leaves Barney as the odd one out as they would rather spend their time in the apartment together as couples than hang out with him. Luckily for Barney, his brother James is coming to New York to visit.

Wayne Brady is a lot of fun as James, but this episode is all about Neil Patrick Harris as Barney. He is brilliant.


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