How I Met Your Mother

Season 2 Episode 19

Bachelor Party

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Apr 09, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Robin attends Lily's bridal shower and finds the gift that she brought is out of place. Barney hires a stripper for Marshall's bachelor party.

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  • Marshall's Bachleor Party and Lilly's bridal shower

    This was the start of the four episode arc of Lilly's and Marshall's wedding. It was a very good start and a great way to end a awesome season. Both parties were interesting and fun. Let's start with Marshall's wedding shower.

    When Barney tried to take control it was not surprising even though he was not the best man at the time. The way he plans it is funny. I really like the back and forth between Ted. I have a theory on why Barney plans the bachelor parties the way he does. It's not just because he's Barney but because the number of women and strip clubs he's been with or to. It's amusing that the stripper still performed her exhibition. Am I the only one who finds it interesting that future Ted didn't stop with the second show as he did with the first. After the bachelor party Marshall makes a decision on Barney. (more on that later and don't read beyond this if you not have seen the episode yet)

    Lilly's bridal shower may have been more funny. I liked the mini stories before some of the events of the story. (And we are back in) It was a party that was awkward but hilarious. Something that happened before and something that will happen again is the telepathic conservations the characters have. This episode shows that Lilly and Robin need to work on theirs. However it was still a funny scene. The best part of the party was after Robin switched her gift with Lilly's grandma and Lilly's grandma gave the story her gift. Lilly's reaction was something to remember. What followed next was more awkward but a little less funny. I like that because it shows that women can be dirty too.

    And we now we are back in. (Sorry I just like that) Marshall decides he might not invite Barney. Lilly's gives a story on why Barney should come and it's a good one. I enjoyed the reference to a previous episode even thought the timing of it was off. It shows Barney's good side and one of the sweeter things he did. I like that not just because it was very nice but Barney didn't want anyone to find out.

    This was a wonderful episode and hard as it to believe it gets better.moreless
  • Barney ruins Marshall's bachelor party, and Robin worries over Lily's bridal shower gift.

    It's that time. Weeks before the wedding, Marshall announces he doesn't want a stripper at his bachelor party, and Ted plans to his wishes as the guys get tickets for a boxing match and large steaks. I really hated Barney in this episode, why can't he just get over his sick obsession of strippers for one episode just for his best friend? He ruins the entire bachelor party by having a stripper prepared. The stripper then breaks her ankle, and when they return, the smoke machine sparks a small fire, and they're kicked out of the resort. Meanwhile, I thought the Robin and Lily storyline was funny when Robin is pressured by Barney into buying Lily a vibrator. Robin thinks it's an okay idea until she sees most of the guests at Lily's bridal shower are elder relatives. Each scene of that plot was funny, especially the two's telepathic messages and Grandma Lois's explanation of the gift she thought was an antique sewing machine. Barney then gets off the hook a little bit when Lily tells Marshall of how Barney came to San Francisco and talked her into coming back to NYC and getting back together with Marshall.moreless
  • Marshall has his bachelor party and Lily has her bridal shower.

    Bachelor Party" is a funny How I Met Your Mother episode. I love how Barney tricks everyone into getting a stripper for Marshall's bachelor party. I love how the stripper breaks her ankle and they have to bring her to the hospital. My favourite part of this episode was Lily's bridal shower. I love how Robin got Lily "battery-powered adult recreational fake penis" but then switched cards. It was so funny how the grandmother was describing the gift she got Lily, and we know that when Lily opens the gift, it's really Robin's gift. The ending was so adorable when Barney revealed that he flew out to see Lily in San Fransisco and convinced her to come back because he thought she was meant to be with Marshall. I give this episode a 10/10.moreless
  • Ted throws a Bachelor Party for Marshall, despite efforts to thwart Barney's plans for a crazy stripper, Barney prevails with a stripper who must be rushed to the er. Robin brings an inappropriate gift to Lily's shower, great mix up with grandma's gift.moreless

    This was a great episode, starting off with the Marshall's Bachelor Party, the whole switcheroo by moving the party to Foxwoods and how Barney was able to get a stripper who needed two power strips, a pot of warm water, and a hippity hop. The car scene where they take her to the hospital and Barney wants to dump her in the desert, I have been to Foxwoods many times, there is no desert, this was priceless as hse is sitting in the car. The stripper performs despite her injury. Then the guys are eating the steak that Ted requested online and Barney is the only one who can eat after what they just saw. This was a classic scene

    Now to the Bridal Shower, Robin brings a vibrator. How great was it that there were grandmas, little girls, and a soon to be nun in attendance? So Robin and Lily's grandma's present was wrapped similary so as Lily is unwrapping Robin's gift but believes it is from her grandma, her grandma is going on abotu how every generation has used it, including her grandfather in secret, and her great-grandmother who had to do it by hand. As Ted said 25 years in the future it is a miniature sewing machine. When Lily and Robin reveal it is a vibrator the reaction from Lily's mother and aunt is priceless, comparing themselves to Sex and the City characters.

    The episode concluded with Brad (the guy Ted says they will not see during the party) getting piked up after losing his shirt and who knows what else at blackjack.

    This was a classic episode.moreless
  • Wow...

    Ok, this wasn't the best episode ever, but it was still solid. Ted, Barney, and Marshall's storyline felt boring and slow moving. But wow! Lily and Robins....that was hilarious. I was laughing more than I had in a while. By far the best part of the whole episode is Lily's grandmother telling her everything she did with the "present". That story made the episode worth watching.
Jamie Rose Hagan

Jamie Rose Hagan


Guest Star

K Callan

K Callan

Grandma Lois

Guest Star

Patricia Place

Patricia Place

Aunt Florence

Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Matt Boren

Matt Boren


Recurring Role

Joe Manganiello

Joe Manganiello


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: In this episode, there's a flashback of Barney flying to San Francisco to convince Lily to get back together with Marshall, remarking that he can't keep stealing Marshall's dates forever. However, at the time Barney was stealing Marshall's dates ("The Scorpion and the Toad"), Lily was back in NYC already.

    • When Robin tries to "communicate" with Lily by attempting to read each others' minds, we see this effort fail completely. However, this isn't the first episode in which such an attempt is made. In the first-season episode Mary the Paralegal, we see the "famous telepathic conversations" between Lily and Marshall, as well as Marshall and Ted.

    • When Barney is in San Francisco asking Lily to go back home he mentions he can't keep stealing girls from Marshall forever. This ties to a previous episode, "The Scorpion and the Toad", in which Barney supposedly teaches Marshall how to hit on women but ends up stealing all candidates from him. Now we know Barney was doing that on purpose to keep Marshall from going on without Lily.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Barney: There's a store on 8th Avenue that specializes in—how to put this delicately—battery... powered... adult... recreational... fake penises.

    • Ted: We just don't like your naked girls.
      Barney: What!? My girls aren't hot enough. I mean, yeah alright fine, the stripper at Stuart's bachelor party was a 15.
      Ted: She was 15!!?
      Barney: No. A 15. Like in blackjack.
      Ted: (pauses to think) ...As in..not sure whether you'd hit it?
      Barney: Exactly!
      Ted: Nice.

    • Ted: We love naked girls. They're one of the best things in the world. It goes: naked girls, democracy, the scene in Every Which Way But Loose where the monkey gives the guy the finger.

    • Robin: Check out what I got Lily for her shower. It's kind of racy, think you can handle it?
      Barney: I've been in a ten-way, so yeah.

    • Marshall: It's my bachelor party—no strippers.
      Barney: Awww, he thinks he has a choice.

    • Stuart: Marriage is like jail, right fellas? Except in jail, you get to have sex.

  • NOTES (3)


    • When Barney mentions that if the stripper died he'd be willing to help Marshall bury her in the desert, he's borrowing from the plot of the 1998 film, Very Bad Things.

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