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Weekend at Barney's 

Barney is forced to break out "The Playbook" one final time to keep Ted from getting back together with Jeanette and taking her to his wedding, and Marshall embarrasses Lily at an art exhibition.


Pamela Fryman


Carter Bays (created by), Craig Thomas (created by) | 5 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Josh Radnor ... Ted Mosby
Jason Segel ... Marshall Eriksen
Cobie Smulders ... Robin Scherbatsky
Neil Patrick Harris ... Barney Stinson
Alyson Hannigan ... Lily Aldrin
Abby Elliott ... Jeanette
Christopher Nicholas Smith ... Strickland Stevens (as Chris Smith)
Irene Choi ... Mia
Maliabeth Johnson ... Emma
Ashley Michaelsen Ashley Michaelsen ... Beach Babe
Weston Nathanson ... Elderly Man (as Weston I. Nathanson)


Ted is desperate to bring a "+1" to Robin and Barney's wedding, and currently has Jeanette as that +1 despite he realizing that she is crazy. Robin and Barney are so adamant that Jeanette not be Ted's +1 that Barney swears Ted to secrecy in how he is helping Ted find an alternate +1: by staging plays from his playbook, which he purportedly burned in front of Robin but in reality burned a fake book instead. If Robin finds out about the playbook, there may be no reason for Ted to have a +1 as there will be nothing for him to bring a +1 to. Meanwhile, Lily, as The Captain's new art buyer, is attending a gallery showing by an up and coming artist named Strickland Stevens. Marshall is confident that he can play the art buyer husband at functions so important to Lily's career which may not be the most obvious fit for Marshall. This gallery showing may test Marshall's actual ability in this role. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

25 February 2013 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Ted refuses to pay for stamps, but earlier in the series Barney gave Ted a lifetime supply of stamps to keep Ted and Robin from fighting. See more »


The blonde Ted meets at the bar is called "Emma" in the closing credits even though she says her name is "Lisa". More than once. See more »


Barney Stinson: [Ted just announced that he's bringing Jeanette to the wedding] You're bringing a plus one?
Robin Scherbatsky: If you count the voices in her head it's plus five!
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Spoofs Weekend at Bernie's (1989) See more »


Long As I Can See The Light
Written by John Fogerty (uncredited)
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
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At Ladt
18 February 2015 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

Yay Marshall and Lily are given their first bit of character development in God knows how long.

Plot In A Paragraph: Barney breaks out "The Playbook" one final time to keep Ted from getting back together with Jeanette and taking her to his and Robins wedding, and Marshall embarrasses Lily at an art exhibition.

Ted was actually a lot of full in this episode for the first time in..... Errrr....

I can't remember the last time I enjoyed his character!! Somewhere over the seasons he has lost me. Marshal and Lily are at last getting something good to do, as I feel Alyson Hannigan and Jason Segel have been pretty wasted of late. Thank god for Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson, or this full season may have been a complete write-off.

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