How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
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Band or DJ? 

Robin's dad denies Barney permission to marry his daughter, Marshall and Lily deal with Marvin's constipation, and why is Ted so dead-set against hiring a band for Barney and Robin's wedding?



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Ted Mosby
... Marshall Eriksen
... Robin Scherbatsky
... Barney Stinson
... Lily Aldrin
... Cindy
... Robin Sr.
... Casey (as Kaylee Defer)
... Waiter


Now that Robin and Barney have announced their engagement to their friends, Ted and Lily fight to be their primary wedding planner, the two who have very differing views of what Robin and Barney should do for the big day. During their battle, they eventually admit to the other why they want to focus their attention on this task. Despite the less than the traditional loving relationship she has with her father, Robin still wants Barney to go through the ritual of asking him for her hand in marriage, which Barney is afraid to do because of Mr. Scherbatsky's cold and unfriendly demeanor. But Robin learns that her father has gone through a transformation - at least in his own mind - the reason for such which could affect his role in the wedding. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

14 January 2013 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


In the episode where Ted and Lily argue about if there should be a band or a DJ at Barney and Robin's wedding, ted votes for a DJ. However, at the very first episode before Ted meets Robin and talks to Carl's Lebanese girlfriend, he points out that in his opinion, a band is better. See more »


Robin's dad claims he did wetwork for the CIA in the 1980s. He's Canadian. The CIA wouldn't use him for wetwork. See more »


Robin Scherbatsky, Sr: This is Barney? This man is blonde. Grown men are not blonde!
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References The Departed (2006) See more »


Guiding Light
Written by Tom Verlaine (uncredited) and Richard Lloyd (uncredited)
(Attributed to Television)
Performed by Television
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Neil Patrick Harris Keeps The Laughs Coming
17 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

This episode of "How I Met Your Mother" gets the blend of humour (Barry and Robin's dad) and touching (Ted and Lily's rooftop conversation) perfectly right.

Plot In A Paragraph: Ted and Lily fight to be Robin and Barney's wedding planner, and Robin still wants Barney to go through the ritual of asking him for her hand in marriage, which Barney is reluctant to do.

One one of the highlights of the entire show Lily and Ted's confessions was very touching, but thankfully Neil Patrick Harris was on hand to lighten the mood (although darkening his hair) and keep the laughs coming.

Not a classic, but still a very good episode.

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