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Ted angers Lily when he brings a random date to her birthday party, so she is forced to remind him of all the other random women he has brought along to important functions, only to discover that they weren't "the one."

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Pamela Fryman

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Carter Bays (created by), Craig Thomas (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Episode cast overview:
Josh Radnor ... Ted Mosby
Jason Segel ... Marshall Eriksen
Cobie Smulders ... Robin Scherbatsky
Neil Patrick Harris ... Barney Stinson
Alyson Hannigan ... Lily Aldrin
Laura Prepon ... Karen
Brooke Nevin ... Amanda
Anne Dudek ... Natalie
Gina Comparetto ... Strawberry
Asia De Marcos ... Japanese Wife (as Asia Demarcos)
Blake Hogue Blake Hogue ... Neighbor
T. Lynn Eanes T. Lynn Eanes ... Esme (as Tanisha Lynn)
Gaku Space ... Robin's Date
Jessica Vilchis ... Rosalie
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It's Lily's 32nd birthday. The only thing she loves more than birthdays is taking a group photo with all her close friends on such special occasions as a permanent memory she can paste in her scrapbook. On this birthday for which Marshall has planned an intimate black tie dinner for the five of them, Ted brings Amanda, a woman he has just started dating. When Amanda is out of earshot, Lily makes it quite clear to Ted that she doesn't want Amanda in the photo. The reason is that Ted has always brought the woman he is dating to such functions, she who is always in the photo. But each of those women have not only become a forgotten nameless memory which has ruined the shot for Lily, but many have become the nameless "bitch" in the photo in Ted's memory. This discussion leads to an argument between Ted and the rest regarding dating philosophy, and what happens in the aftermath of the inevitable break-up. The photos also bring up the issue that Barney seems never to take a bad photograph, ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

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English | Japanese | Spanish

Release Date:

22 March 2010 (USA) See more »

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Dolby

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

This episode, where they celebrated Lily's 32nd birthday, aired on March 22, 2010, Alyson Hannigan's 36th birthday. See more »

Goofs

At the end when they finally take a group photo, Barney is taking off his jacket when the photo is taken but in the photo his jacket is on. See more »

Quotes

Barney Stinson: It is physically impossible for me to take a bad picture - I don't know why, just ask God.
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References The Goonies (1985) See more »

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Performed by Les Cautionneurs
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Once again, was this necessary to the main story?
13 May 2013 | by axel-kochSee all my reviews

In this episode, Ted angers Lily when he brings a random date to her birthday party, so she is forced to remind him of all the other random women he has brought along to important functions, only to discover that they weren't "the Besides that, the group discovers that there aren't any bad photographs of Barney and Robin tries hard to take one.

This is one of the very few episodes of this season in which I could totally emphasize with Marshall and Lily - especially when Marhsall was outraged by Ted's date. On the other hand, Ted was being a jerk in this episode - I didn't like him in most of this season's episodes. Robin and Barney were fine, the storypart with ridiculously photogenic Barney was pretty funny.

The screenplay of this episode was written not very well and some parts in it were dumb, but most of the time this is one of the funnier episodes of season #5. Most actors were good, but I hated to see Laura Prepon again - I hate her role, but I also think she is a poor actress.

So, all in all, this is quite a nice episode while being below the standards of HIMYM season 1 and 3.


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