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The Playbook 

When Barney hooks up with a woman Lily had been saving for Ted, she gets revenge by stealing his "playbook," which contains all the moves he uses to pick up women. But will Barney have the last laugh?

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Pamela Fryman

Writers:

Carter Bays (created by), Craig Thomas (created by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Josh Radnor ... Ted Mosby
Jason Segel ... Marshall Eriksen
Cobie Smulders ... Robin Scherbatsky
Neil Patrick Harris ... Barney Stinson
Alyson Hannigan ... Lily Aldrin
Benjamin Koldyke ... Don (as Ben Koldyke)
Raquel Alessi ... Roberta
Eva Amurri Martino ... Shelly (as Eva Amurri)
Sarah Wright ... Claire
Jannel-Marie Diaz Jannel-Marie Diaz ... Chris (as Jannel Diaz)
Kim Knight Kim Knight ... Tricia
Katie Malia ... Christy
Jaime Taite Jaime Taite ... Christina
Nicole Foster Callahan Nicole Foster Callahan ... Girl (as Nicole Foster Tomlinson)
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Storyline

In the aftermath of Robin and Barney's break-up, Robin states that she wants to take a break from being in a relationship. Ted and Marshall are certain by this statement that she'll soon find her next long term boyfriend. Barney, on the other hand, is all set to go back to his womanizing ways, and turns to his "playbook", where he's written all the scams he's used to pick up women in the past. When he uses the scam he calls 'the Lorenzo Von Matterhorn' to pick up Shelly, a friend of Lily's, who Lily has been "saving" for Ted for three years, an angered Lily takes her revenge by staging her own elaborate scam to steal Barney's playbook. She vows to post the playbook on the Internet. But curiosity may get the better of Lily, and Marshall, Ted and Robin when Barney starts to stage the scam he calls 'the scuba diver', the scam that was on the last page of the playbook before he tore it out prior to the book being stolen. Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 2009 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The music featured at the end of "The He's Not Coming" is Mancini's theme from "Romeo and Juliet." See more »

Quotes

Barney Stinson: Guys, code red, emergency, lockdown! Nobody's leaving.
Robin Scherbatsky: What happened?
Barney Stinson: I tried the "He's Not Coming", and it worked, gangbusters. You should have seen this girl. Bang! Ping! Padow! Gadonk!
Robin Scherbatsky: Okay, I'm leaving.
Barney Stinson: So, we get up to my place, and I go into my room to set up the camera... to light the candles. And when I come out, she's gone, and so is The Playbook. I think we all know who is responsible for this.
Lily Aldrin: Yeah, we do.
Barney Stinson: Yeah. Al-Qaeda.
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Connections

References Romeo and Juliet (1968) See more »

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A Time for Us
(uncredited)
Written by Nino Rota
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Possibly My Favourite Ever Episode
13 January 2015 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

I don't believe it.... In my last review of this show, "The Bagpipes" I said I liked Barney and Robin as a couple, much more than Ted and Robin, due to the chemistry between Neil Patrick Harris and Cobie Smulders. Then the TV channel I'm watching the reruns on, skips the next episode, and goes straight to this one, with Barney and Robin broke up!! What the hell??

That said this episode is hilarious, and not surprising as it focuses on Barney and Neil Patrick Harris is brilliant.

Plot In A Paragraph: Following Robin and Barney's break-up, Robin states that she wants to take a break from men and focus on her career Ted and Marshall are certain by this statement that she'll soon find her next long term boyfriend. Meanwhile Barneybis all set to go back to his womanizing ways, and turns to his "playbook", where he's written all the scams he's used to pick up women in the past. When he uses the scam he calls 'the Lorenzo Von Matterhorn' to pick up Shelly, a friend of Lily's, who Lily has been "saving" for Ted for three years, an angered Lily takes her revenge by staging her own elaborate scam to steal Barney's playbook.


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