How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
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The Best Man 

While Barney prepares for his wedding to a mystery bride, he and Ted reminisce about Punchy's wedding, including when Marshall and Lily announced they were having a baby. Meanwhile, Robin considers telling Barney she has feelings for him.


Pamela Fryman


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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
Chris Romano ... Punchy (as Chris Romanski)
Joe Nieves ... Carl
Lyndsy Fonseca ... Daughter
David Henrie ... Son
Stefanie Black ... Kelly
Shelli Boone ... Bridesmaid
Vince Cefalu ... Punchy's Dad
Gerrit Goossen ... Finnish Guy
Lauren Halperin ... Parent #2
Luka Jones ... Nick


It's moments before Barney's wedding. He's got the jitters over whether he picked the right woman for his bride, and as a result whether the wedding will be a disaster. Ted and Barney reminisce about Ted's friend Punchy's recent wedding, which they declare was the worst wedding ever. There were several possible lead ups to the disaster of Punchy's wedding. One possible cause might have been Ted feeling insecure both about his non-married status compared to all his high school friends in attendance, and them waiting for the screw-up that was supposed to be Ted's toast. His past toasts were now legendary because of video posts by Punchy on the Internet. Another possible cause of the disaster might have been Barney trying to test his pick-up plays on unsuspecting women at the reception, while he lied about a series of telephone calls he made. And yet another possible cause might have been what Robin decided about telling or not telling Barney that she still had feelings for him. But Ted ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

19 September 2011 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Former Big Brother 8 houseguest, Jen Johnson, can be seen during Ted's speech during the wedding flashback scene, as well as at the reception. See more »


Ted and Robin's scene smoking cigars at Punchy's wedding in Cleveland is on the same balcony that Ted and Barney smoked cigars at the end of Season 2 at Lily and Marshall's wedding, which took place in New York. See more »


Narrator: We all headed to my hometown where we planned to celebrate Punchy's big day. Uncle Barney had different plans.
Barney Stinson: Get ready Cleveland. The last man to screw you this hard and then disappear was LeBron James.
Robin Scherbatsky: You're trying to get laid *here*? Oh Barney, tonight's a magical night between Ted's annoying friend and What's-her-face. have some respect.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #33.14 (2016) See more »


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great episode!
16 June 2014 | by p-nash-17-201905See all my reviews

(Warning may contain SPOILERS) How I met your mother's 7th season start's as it means to go on as this is one of the best seasons openers I've seen in a long time. Ted has a bad history of making bad wedding toasts in the past and is determined to make this one good but this time it would not be Ted who ruined the reception. Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily try to keep Lily's pregnancy a secret from the rest of the gang. The episode is a laugh riot from beginning to end with the highlight being either the auto-tuned toast or the ending which I won't spoil. Overall it's a great episode with great performances from beginning to end. If your a HIMYM fan I highly recommend this episode.

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