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After celebrating New Year's Eve, Marshall visits his father's graveside to carry on their tradition of tailgating. Meanwhile, Barney and Ted open a bar called "Puzzles," and Robin is forced to fill in for an inebriated news anchor.


Pamela Fryman


Carter Bays (created by), Craig Thomas (created by) | 6 more credits »

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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
Kal Penn ... Kevin
Chris Elliott ... Mickey
Will Sasso ... Doug Martin
Alexis Denisof ... Sandy Rivers
Bill Fagerbakke ... Marvin Sr.
Ned Rolsma ... Marcus
Robert Michael Ryan ... Marvin Jr.
Chasty Ballesteros ... Tina
Jeremy Batiste ... Guy in Line
Chris Coppola ... Guy in Black Suit


On January 1, 2012, Marshall heads back to St. Cloud, Minnesota to spend the day alone with his father to keep on with a tradition between the two: hold a tailgate party while watching the Vikings/Bears game. Marshall resists any change to what he sees as that tradition, which may not be easy due to the activity happening around him. Regardless, Marshall has come to tell his father of the exploits of his and Lily's and their friends' New Year's Eve celebrations. Marshall and Lily discussed whether or not they should tell Lily's father about her pregnancy. Lily had up to this point resisted the idea of telling him if only not wanting to be disappointed by him yet again. Kevin tried to convince Robin that she should try and get a job working in front of the camera once again. Their New Year's Eve celebration alone together took an unexpected turn when Robin got a telephone call from an inebriated on-air Sandy Rivers, who needed her help with his New Year's Eve live national broadcast. ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

2 January 2012 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The website for Puzzles Bar, shown in this episode, is real. You can access it at See more »


The Minnesota Vikings have not played on a New Years Day Game since 1978. See more »


Barney Stinson: [with the failure of Puzzles, Ted, Barney, Kevin, and Doug watch the New Year's Eve countdown, and see Robin on the screen] Oh my God...
Robin Scherbatsky: [Speaking on the broadcast] This is Robin Scherbatsky filling in for Sandy Rivers. You know, America, tonight I've been groped, slapped and puked, and until ten minutes ago, I had no idea I'd be on national television...
Kevin: [smiles] That's my girl.
Robin Scherbatsky: ...but that's the magic of New Year's. When that clock strikes midnight, we all get a fresh start. and I don't know ...
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Spoofs Cheers (1982) See more »


Puzzles the Bar Official Theme Song
Written by Carter Bays & Craig Thomas
Performed by Josh Radnor & Neil Patrick Harris with Kal Penn
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Both silly and emotional
3 August 2018 | by mwindahlSee all my reviews

This episode is one of the best. Not all the jokes are as good but some of them land and the silly puzzles bar is played out well. Also this is a heartfelt episode reminding us of Marshall's dad and Lilly's dad.

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