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Mom and Dad 

Barney and James fight over which one of their fathers will get back together with their mom, Ted becomes a victim of "Zabkatage," and Daphne becomes inexplicably upset with Marshall.

Director:

Pamela Fryman

Writers:

Carter Bays (created by), Craig Thomas (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Radnor ... Ted Mosby
Jason Segel ... Marshall Eriksen
Cobie Smulders ... Robin Scherbatsky
Cristin Milioti ... Tracy McConnell (credit only)
Neil Patrick Harris ... Barney Stinson
Alyson Hannigan ... Lily Aldrin
John Lithgow ... Jerry
Sherri Shepherd ... Daphne
Frances Conroy ... Loretta Stinson
Wayne Brady ... James
Ben Vereen ... Sam Gibbs
William Zabka ... Billy Zabka
Marshall Manesh ... Ranjit
Nancy Lenehan ... Cheryl
Bruno Amato ... Cop
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Storyline

Barney gives Ted, his best man, a gift for Robin to hold on to. That gift, a signed photograph of Wayne Gretzky, is ruined while in Ted's possession. Ted is certain he was sabotaged, but by who and for what reason he isn't sure. Ted the detective goes on a quest to find the perpetrator, which isn't an easy task as Lily keeps reminding him that he has never been very good at deduction. Meanwhile, both Barney and James' biological fathers, Jerry and Sam, are in attendance for the wedding - Sam who will now be performing the wedding ceremony - which will be the first time in a while that Loretta will have seen these two of her ex-lovers. Both Barney and James have had fantasies of their respective father and Loretta getting back together so that they can be a traditional nuclear family, which adds a strain between the brothers. But Loretta, Jerry, and Sam may have some say in Barney and James' fantasies coming true. And after Marshall and Daphne seem to be getting along, Daphne all of a ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

18 November 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color | Black and White (fantasy sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Sherri Shepard and John Lithglow both star in Trial and Error (2017). See more »

Quotes

Barney Stinson: I see what you're doing, you didn't bring your dad here to marry us, you wanna get him back together with mom, which is completely insane, by the way.
James Stinson: My dad is single, mom is single, your dad is happily married and with two kids. Which one makes more sense?
Barney Stinson: I agree, it's a tie.
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Connections

References Star Trek (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Reunited Song (Version 1)
(uncredited)
Performed by Frances Conroy, John Lithgow, Neil Patrick Harris & Cobie Smulders
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