How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
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When Barney tries to bond with his father, he asks the gang to help make his life seem more exciting by lying about their own lives. Meanwhile, Robin runs into a guy she has a crush on.



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Episode cast overview:
... Ted Mosby
... Marshall Eriksen
... Robin Scherbatsky
... Barney Stinson
... Lily Aldrin
... Jerry
... Crush
... Mrs. Perkins
... Mindy
Cristina N. Rose ... Penny (as Cristina Rosas)
... J.J.
... Young Barney


Barney, still dismayed at his father Jerry's straight-laced suburban lifestyle, wants to show him that the old, crazy, "never stop partying" Jerry had a better life. He wants to show his father that his own life as a crazy Jerry clone is awesome. He enlists his friends' help to show Jerry that life in the fast lane is the way to go. Giving them each a new more exciting persona, Barney and his friends take Jerry out for a night of clubbing. How far will Jerry go in order to be the dad that Barney wants? Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily make a bet at the club on who can get five telephone numbers first. And Robin runs into an old secret crush there. Being single now, she wants to start something up with him. But in the Barney-issued persona of being Ted's girlfriend, can Robin get Ted to get out of character to allow her to hook up with her crush? Ted finding a little more about her crush may provide the answer. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

18 April 2011 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


When Barney goes up to Jerry on the dance floor to suggest he stop dancing, Jerry (played by John Lithgow) says "Sorry, small town preacher from the mid-west, is there a law against dancing?". This is an inside joke reference to the movie Footloose (1984), which portrays a small mid-west town where dancing has been outlawed for moral reasons, a movement spearheaded by the town preacher, played by John Lithgow. See more »


When Jerry hands Barney the button in the car, the front of the button is facing Jerry, and Barney is holding it between his thumb and two fingers. When the camera angle changes to over Barney's shoulder, the button is facing Barney and he is holding it between his thumb and one finger. Each time the camera changes angles during this part, the button and the hold change. See more »


Marshall Eriksen: Game on! If I can score five numbers before you can, then we have sex in the bathroom but, if you can score five numbers before me, then we have sex in the bathroom.
Lily Aldrin: So our usual wager. Deal!
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The usual title sequence is replaced with one where the main characters play the theme. See more »


References The Naughty Nineties (1945) See more »


Hey Beautiful
Written by The Solids
Performed by The Solids
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18 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

Mindy is the name of the character who complimented the infamous red boots. The girl with Barney at the bar went unnamed and uncredited, and thusly it took me a while (and a lot of frustration) to place her, but I did; she is Clark Gilmer from season 11 of America's Next Top Model.

I found the episode adequate. I've noticed that HIMYM seems to have hard time mixing melancholy or serious themes into their generally laid- back plots. IMO, generally, if an emotional moment does come it's usually noticeably disjointed from the rest of the episode, or even sometimes at the very end of an episode, during the last few seconds of the very last scene. This results in a somewhat polarizing episode list; most of which ending up either completely serious, or completely silly. That aside, I found this episode to have a decent interweaving of humor and emotion. It wasn't my favorite episode, but it wasn't one of the ones that i'll pass over should it re-air either.


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