How I Met Your Mother

Season 1 Episode 15

Game Night

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Feb 27, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A mysterious tape arrives for Barney from one of his numerous ex-girlfriends, and the entire gang watches it. But, in order for them all to find out how she broke Barney's heart and made him into a suit-wearing bachelor, everyone must share their most embarrassing moment.

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  • The origin of everything!

    This is by far the best episode of the show.

    My review is late, but i am sorry.

    Everything that happens in the show is related to this one.

    If it was Friends, this episode would be named THE ONE THAT IS THE ONE.

  • i love it

    this is awesome
  • Felt more Family Guy than How I Met Your Mother

    The technical details of this episode were very fine tuned and top notch. The use of everyone telling their story to advance Barney's was almost like a dungeon crawling video game; everyone needed to spill their own dirt in order to get Barney to tell his. After the glimpse of the video they saw of him being a hippie, well, of course everyone was desperate to know the secret to his past.

    Plus Barney going through his metamorphosis of becoming the Barney we know now, that was hilarious. It was like when Darth Vader first became Darth Vader.

    However there were some parts that didn't excel so much. It felt kind of forced, in particular the whole Barney and the Shannon thing. Lilly got a random tape that exposed Barney's past? That felt pigeon holed.

    And overall there wasn't that much character development other than revealing Barney's past. Not that every episode needs to have a sentimental ending, but it's hard to deny those kinds of episodes have a lot more punch and are of a higher quality of storytelling. Here it's just a mere flashback of Barney's past. Which was helpful, and portrayed in a hilarious way, but still.moreless
  • Very good episode

    A great story about embarrassing moments in the lives of the lead characters (minus Robin, plus Victoria). Neil Patrick Harris makes a great turn and Marshall's game is also awesome.
  • Awesome episode

    I think this was one of the 5 best episodes in all How I Met Your Mother. This is one of the episodes, why I love HIMYM so much.
Katie Walder

Katie Walder


Guest Star

Michael McNeely

Michael McNeely

Screaming Boy

Guest Star

Mark Derwin

Mark Derwin


Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams


Recurring Role

Marshall Manesh

Marshall Manesh


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In this episode, Barney says that after finding out that Shannon and Greg were dating, he decides to "Suit up". But in the third season episode "The Yips" he said he went straight to his brother James who told him to go to the Manmaker.

    • In the Re-Return flashback featuring Ranjit, there are some minor continuity errors with the costuming, including Ted's tie being different, but more noticable is that Ranjit's blue jacket in the original version is replaced by a red sweater.

    • In "Drumroll, Please" Barney lies to a bridesmaid about joining the Peace Corps, and this episode reveals that at one time Barney did, in fact, plan to join the Peace Corps.

    • In the flashback from his past, Barney takes an order from Greg for a non-fat latté. However, the whole time they are talking, Barney never puts milk in the cup and Greg walks away with a simple shot of espresso without saying a word about it.

    • Close to the end of the episode, Barney and Shannon are talking in front of a bookcase. One of the books is Shadow Puppets by Orson Scott Card. The book was published in 2002, yet the flashback takes place in 1998.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • (while the gang and Victoria play "Marshgammon")
      Marshall: (reading an 'Autobiography' question flash card for Victoria, much to Ted's disgust) Victoria, how many boyfriends did you have before you started dating Ted?
      Ted: The card actually says "Ted"?!

    • Marshall: (Winning various games) Mousetrap!
      Marshall: Yahtzee!
      Marshall: Poker!
      Ted: You don't have to shout out poker when you win.
      Marshall: I know, it's just fun to say.

    • Barney: Ladies, gentlemen, Ted. This has been a wonderful evening. I got great dirt on all you guys. I got Ted to tell the Re-return. I finally nailed Shannon. Told her I'd call her tomorrow...ayeah, right! And I rediscovered how awesomely awesome my life is. Peace out, hombres! (the rest of the group is silent)
      Marshall: I think Barney just won game night.

    • Marshall: Backgammon sucks. I took the only good part of backgammon, the gammon, and I left the rest of it in the trash where it belongs.

    • Older Ted: We spend so much effort trying to keep parts of our lives hidden, even from our closest friends, that those rare times when we do open up, it's amazing how minor those secrets all end up being.

    • Marshall: Well, we have the whole place to ourselves...
      Lily: I'm thinking...floor sex!
      Marshall: Sounds reasonable.

    • Victoria: I will tell you my most humiliating story.
      Marshall: Yeah, Victoria! Way to step up.
      Victoria: OK, it involves a game of Truth or Dare, a squeeze bottle of marshmallow ice cream topping, and the hot tub at my grandparent's retirement community.
      (action pauses)
      Older Ted: Kids, I tell you a lot of inappropriate stories, but there's no way I'm telling you this one. Don't worry, it wasn't that great.
      [unpauses after she's told them all the story]
      Marshall: That is the greatest story ever!

    • Marshall: Victoria, that was an honest and mature answer. You may advance to the Gumdrop Mountains.

    • Barney: My life rocks! Money, suits, and sex? These are tears of joy! I could be cooped up in an apartment, changing some brat's poopy diaper but instead I'm out in the world being awesome 24/7/365! You let me dodge a bullet, big guy. (kisses fingers & raises them in the air)

    • Barney: Plus, here's the mini-cherry on top of the regular cherry on top of the sundae of awesomeness that is my life.

    • Barney: (making a fake phone call) Hi, leg warehouse? Yeah, my friend Ted needs something to stand on. (pause) So, nothing for him to stand on? Ok, thanks so much. (hangs up phone)

    • Barney: After Shannon and I talked, I nailed her.

    • Lily: You ralphed and ran?
      Marshall: I thought you were vomit free since 93. So that was a lie.
      Robin: You re-returned for me. That's really sweet, though you kinda ruined my customized Scherbatsky doormat.

    • Barney: (mocking) Heh, suits

    • Suited Guy: High five.
      Hippie Barney: Sorry, I only give high twos. (gives peace sign)

    • Shannon: (to her hippie boyfriend, Barney) Joining the peace corps with you is going to be legendary.

    • Barney: Believe it or not, I was not always as awesome as I am today.

    • Victoria: Well boyfriends, I've only had two.
      Robin: Prude alert!
      Victoria: Well, that's serious boyfriends, I've dated other guys in between.
      Robin: Slut alert!

  • NOTES (4)


    • After Barney finds out Shannon dumped him for the guy in the suit, we see Barney being transformed. He is laying on a table that raises up as he dons a dark suit, a homage to Star Wars: Episode III and the creation of Darth Vader.