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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... 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
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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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18 April 2011 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The shirt that Robin's crush (Nick) is wearing in the flash back of the close out sale is the same shirt that one of the GCWOK's was wearing in Season 3, Episode 19 "Everything Just Go" See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jerry Whitaker: You got to meet the right girl. Who knows? Maybe you'll meet her tomorrow.
Barney Stinson: Maybe I've met her already.
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Crazy Credits

The usual title sequence is replaced with one where the main characters play the theme. See more »

Connections

References Footloose (1984) See more »

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Hey Beautiful
Written by The Solids
Performed by The Solids
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Another Great Episode
29 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

Neil Patrick Harris knocks it out if the park once again as Barney Stinson as How I Met Your Mother gives us another quality episode.

Plot In A Paragraph: When Barney tries to bond with his Dad (John Lithgow) he tells the guts to lie to make their lives more exciting, with mixed results.

Any episode that features the brilliant Neil Patrick Harris's character Barney Stinson in the main storyline is always excellent. I could go on and on about the brilliance of this episode, and in particular Neil Patrick Harris but I won't bore you with it.

This is an unusual episode of "How I Met Your Mother" as the usual title sequence is replaced with one where the main characters play the theme in Ted's living room.


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