How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
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Robin and Ted take advantage of Barney when he becomes "truth serum drunk," and Marshall does everything he can to remain in "pause" with Lily and avoid their fight.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Josh Radnor ... Ted Mosby
Jason Segel ... Marshall Eriksen
Cobie Smulders ... Robin Scherbatsky
Cristin Milioti ... Tracy McConnell
Neil Patrick Harris ... Barney Stinson
Alyson Hannigan ... Lily Aldrin
Mark Derwin ... Greg
Robert Belushi ... Linus
Kenzo Lee ... Young Man
David Mattey ... Animal Trainer


Ever since Marshall arrived at the Farhampton Inn the day before the wedding, he and Lily, who were just so happy to see each other, have been on a "pause" on the fight they would have otherwise had concerning Marshall accepting the judgeship without first telling Lily, which affects their planned trip to Italy for Lily's dream job. Marshall does whatever to avoid being alone with Lily when he expects that she will evoke the unpause. He embarks on a new task when he and Lily are eventually alone. But Marshall knows that the pause cannot last forever and that they will eventually have to deal with the issue. Meanwhile, Barney is in a state of inebriation that neither Robin or Ted have ever seen, at a point where he is telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. They figure that this is the perfect opportunity to learn certain things about Barney which he has long not divulged, as well learn the answer to an issue about the wedding that has been haunting Robin ever ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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"Truth Serum Drunk" Barney gives the answer "Yes, but not while she was Secretary of State" and "Yes, but not while SHE was Secretary of State" to two questions we don't hear. The first is a reference to Madeline Albright, the ongoing joke carried on from "The Yips" and "The Bracket", while the second is meant to make you wonder, is he referring to Condoleezza Rice or Hillary Clinton, as they are the only other two women to hold the position. See more »


Marshall references an "unscrambled Spice Channel glitch of '93", but the Spice Channel did not launch until March 1994. See more »


Ted Mosby: Wait, that's your job? You sign sketchy legally-binding documents that could implicate you for god-knows-what?
Barney Stinson: Best job ever, right?
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References Family Feud (1976) See more »


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Will there be a bear?
21 January 2014 | by AustinStarSee all my reviews

"Nothing good happens after 2 am." I don't agree, I watched this one at 2:30 am

But this episode gives us peeks into the future, with Ted and "Your Mother."

We are able to have the unprecedented, opportunity, to glimpse into Barney's inner layers as he is exposed for what and who he has always been.

That being a pleasant surprise shows us that Barney was not the cold calculating, sociopath we always thought he was.

I always wish my relationship was like Lily and Marshall's. I think we all do. A new tool is introduced in this episode, which could be invaluable to ANY relationship. Definitely makes me want to try it.

I loved this one. it was a lot of fun and really held my attention all the way through.

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20 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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