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The End of the Aisle 

With only half an hour to go, both Barney and Robin have panic attacks about their upcoming nuptials. Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily rewrite their old wedding vows.

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
Neil Patrick Harris ... Barney Stinson
Alyson Hannigan ... Lily Aldrin
Ben Vereen ... Sam Gibbs
Wayne Brady ... James
Ray Wise ... Robin Sr.
Ellen D. Williams ... Patrice
Tracey Ullman ... Genevieve
Frances Conroy ... Loretta Stinson
Marshall Manesh ... Ranjit
John Lithgow ... Jerry
Nancy Lenehan ... Cheryl
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Storyline

Just before the wedding, Robin is wondering whether she is making a mistake in marrying Barney. She feels that her husband should have come through for her in finding her locket. Ted, who does have her locket, has to decide what to do with it and what to tell her about it. Meanwhile, Barney is having problems writing his wedding vows. Marshall and Lily believe they are the wedding vow experts. However, Barney points out how they have not kept any of their wedding vows. Barney's point makes Marshall and Lily critically examine what they said to each other seven years ago. In turn, their review of their vows help Barney come up with his. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 2014 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

At the beginning of the episode when Ted and Robin are talking and Ted mentions not wanting to hang out with the guy who's wives keep ending up dead at the bottom of his staircase, he is referencing the 2004 documentary series The Staircase (2004) which would later be added to Netflix and garner world-wide attention. See more »

Goofs

The wedding layout is wrong. Unless it is a Jewish Wedding, the Bride's side at a wedding is to the left as you face the alter. See more »

Quotes

Lily Aldrin: [reading Barney's intended weddings vows] I vow to love you forever unconditionally, unless you pudge out, in which case I'm a Barney-shaped hole in the wall.
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Connections

References The Goonies (1985) See more »

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Bridal Chorus
(uncredited)
Written by Richard Wagner
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Chilling
24 March 2014 | by readjacksonporterSee all my reviews

This episode hit all its marks. Possibly one of the most well-written episodes this show has experienced.

With this episode they didn't just portray love, they portrayed love correctly. They were honest with the fact that vows aren't kept, and love and life changes. I adore how they handled Marshall and Lilly in this episode. It was so honest and so bittersweet.

A recurring theme I found during this episode was that the characters would show up at just the right time to hear something or see someone that they needed to hear or see. I don't want to spoil the show. But Barney finally learned it. His character finally became the character he needed to become in order to be married. It was all due to his lessons learned from Marshall and Lilly.

I won't spoil anything, all I have to say is that this episode was extremely touching. All the way from the new vows, to the only vow, to the letting go, to the ring bear, to the twists and turns, to the sealing kiss, to the humor and, of course, to the final slap.

I don't have much else to say in this review. I could rave on and on about this episode. How the creators have handled this season in such a delicate and incredible way. It's amazing. A lot of people gave the first half of this season a lot of crap. I stuck it out. I knew it'd be worth it. And it was. This episode wrapped up so many plot lines. It left me perfectly satisfied.

Ted's speech on love - now that was perfect. "Love is the best thing we do."

I'm a huge romantic. I always have been. I'm emotionally touched by a lot of things - this show is included. I dream of my wedding day all the time and I constantly imagine the outcome of my love life. I'm a writer, and I write romance books. I don't know why I'm such a romantic, but I am. And that's why I connect with this show so well. I relate to Ted. I mean, I hope I don't end up 35 and basically alone, but I relate to him in the hopeless romantic sense.

Love is the best thing we do, my friends. There's a lot of hate in this world, and there's a lot of anger and animosity but it doesn't matter. There's love. Love is all that matters. I don't have to explain this to you. As Ted said, "It doesn't have to make sense to make sense."

Without love, guys, we'd be nothing. Without these quests for the other half of ourselves, without the wedding days and the first kisses and the honeymoons, without the vows and the proposals and the falling in love, our purpose in life would be nothing.

Of course, we aspire to achieve and succeed and chase our dreams, but I think the biggest dream of all is to fall in love with one who reciprocates. There's a Greek myth or something out there that there were these beings too powerful to be one person, so they were separated into two people and placed on separate parts of the earth in order to find each other. These people were called soul mates.

My friends, go looking for that soul mate. It's daunting, it's not promising, but without it we'd be for naught.

Without love, we'd be nothing.

Because love is the best thing we do.


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