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Bedtime Stories 

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On the bus to Farhampton, Marshall tells Marvin bedtime stories about Ted, Robin and Barney in rhyme.


Pamela Fryman


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Episode complete credited cast:
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
Lin-Manuel Miranda ... Gus
James Van Der Beek ... Simon
Camille Guaty ... Lisa
Christopher Darga ... Bus Driver
Lyndsy Fonseca ... Daughter
David Henrie ... Son
Marcia Ann Burrs ... Old Lady
Michael C. Mahon ... Grumpy Man
Alfred Rubin Thompson ... Thug


Having dropped Daphne and the Hummer off, Marshall and Marvin are now on a bus to the Farhampton Inn. Marvin, however, is cranky, so Marshall does the only thing that will get him to sleep - something that Lily discovered worked recently - which is to read him poems in rhyme. But Marshall left Marvin's rhyming book in the Hummer, leaving Marshall to come up with rhyming stories of his own, with the help and often exasperation of his fellow passengers. As one rhyme works, something happens on the bus to awaken Marvin again crying. The stories that Marshall tells Marvin, however inappropriate, are: "Mosby at the Bat", where Ted tries to figure out if a dinner he is having with a Physics professor named Lisa is a business dinner or a date; "Robin Takes the Cake", where Robin steals and eats a wedding cake and the reason why; and "Barney Stinson: Player King of New York City", where Barney, while contemplating hitting on a woman in the bar, explains why, against Lily's assertions to the ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

25 November 2013 (USA) See more »

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In the second bedtime story Robin runs into Simon who is clean cut and lives in New York. However, in season 8 episode 15, Barney obsesses over finding out who Robin stalked. He travelled to Canada to interrogate her exes where Simon was displayed as still living in Canada, still sloppy, and balding. If this is a flashback to one of Robin's breakups BS (Before Stinson), then Simon must have only briefly cleaned up and then moved back to Canada and regained weight after running into Robin. Maybe just a plot hole. See more »


When Barney looks at the street sign, he says "twenty-second street" but the sign reads "22st." See more »


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After a series of thrashing, this one felt refreshing!
26 November 2013 | by PlaybahnoshSee all my reviews

I don't usually write reviews on episodes of series, but on this one I felt the need to get serious. Not every series can pull of a trick like this, since a gimmick like rhyming is mostly a hit-and-miss. The episodes in this season felt lackluster so far, the acting and the stories sure won't win an Oscar. But this one is at least something new, if a bit gimmicky, and was worth to watch, unlike the rest, which were rickety. I know my rhymes are a little forced, but so were the ones on the screen. Some of them were so bad and coarse, they almost made me scream.

I like, that they brought in the rapper dude from Dr. House. He busted some mad lines and rhymes that really brought down the house. But the short stories, too, were visions of past seasons, and I think they included them for all the wrong reasons. The episodes back then were really fun, charming and witty, but these later ones feel like they were designed by a committee. It seems the writers finally ran out of good ideas, so they chew on stripped bones like a bunch of starved hyenas. Using tropes like rhyming will only fly once, but including more of them won't help an ounce. I hope they soon come up with some better stories, or the audience will up go watch some other series...

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