How I Met Your Mother

Season 2 Episode 20


Aired Monday 8:00 PM Apr 30, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Thinking that Bob Barker may be his father, Barney is overjoyed to be a contestant on The Price is Right. Marshall and Lily try sleeping apart prior to the wedding.

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  • Barney on TPIR

    This was an episode, one that gets better with time. This show is good for many reasons. Another reason happened in this episode. You see that in this episode with the stain on Ted and Robin's clothes (more on that in a later review) and Lilly and Marshall's wedding (more on that sooner).

    The story of Lilly trying to gain weight for her wedding was a great one. It was done in such a way that didn't make you dislike her. It was funny the call she placed to get her dress fixed. It was also enjoyable how Robin helped out Lilly.

    The potential speeches Ted gave to Marshall to approve were all great. My favorite one may have been the "chocolate milk" story. The eventual story he gave is what makes Lilly and Marshall a great couple is the best one he could've told. After the scene where Ted gives he speech, this is what makes the series great. When you think you are going to hear the story of Lilly's and Marshall's wedding (and why Marshall is wearing a hat), you hear why Barney is on The Price is Right.

    Barney has grown up not knowing who his father was and stories he told his friends, his mother didn't tell him much either until she breaks down and tells Bob Barker is. It's funny how Barney still believes it as an adult. The story of him being on the show is very funny and shows Barney's good side. This also shows he is not only good at picking up women and his job but knowing prices on different products. I thought Bob Barker did a great job on this episode. Since was on CBS, I think this was shoot on the actual studio where The Price is Right is shoot. And if it wasn't bravo set designers. Highlights from Barney include when he says dad after he is called up and when he brings pictures of his youth. I love that Barney never told Bob that he was his "son."

    And yes like I said before this gets better.moreless
  • Marshall and Lily try to stay two weeks apart and Barney prepares to meet his dad.

    This was easily my favorite episode of the season and could possibly my favorite of all time. Ted seeks help with the perfect best man's speech, and Marshall and Lily try to stay two weeks apart. Ted and Marshall relive some funny stories, and Robin force-feeds Lily who has lost enough weight to make her wedding dress too big. However, my favorite storyline was Barney memorizing the prices of certain retail items for his appearance on my favorite gameshow, The Price Is Right. As a kid, Barney's mother told him his real dad was Bob Barker, and his ungullable self believed her. I thought all the times he tried "talking" to his dad as a kid was great. Then I loved seeing him on the show with the great Bob Barker, who I dearly love. I thought how he guessed everything at the exact price was unrealistic, but for once, I'm okay with it. I loved vintage Bob trying to encourage Barney to hurry up with his bid. Even though we all know Barker isn't Barney's dad, it was a little touching to see Barney resist telling Bob he was his dad, but it was great heartwarming him congratulating Bob on his 35 years hosting the show. Of course, Barker retired that year and Drew Carey replaced him. Anyway, that's how Barney got Marshall and Lily their wedding gifts. And I can't stop saying good things and why I liked the episode, so I'll end it here.moreless
  • Marshall and Lily attempt to live apart from each other so their wedding night will be special.

    "Showdown" is a cute How I Met Your Mother episode. It was so cute how Marshall and Lily want to spend the next two weeks apart, so their wedding night is special. I love how Marshall and Lily have been sneaking out to meet each other at a hotel every night. I love how Lily is living with Robin and she finds out she's lost so much weight that she can't fit in her wedding dress. I love how Robin puts her on a diet where she needs to gain weight. I love how Ted was having so much difficulty trying to write his best man speech as he didn't want to make it sound dirty. It was so cute how Barney was preparing himself to be on The Price is Right because he thinks Bob Barker is his dad. I give this episode a 9/10.moreless
  • Lilly & Marshall's wedding, part one.

    Definitely an outstanding hilarious episode, the laughs just kept on coming. After all the buildup from the past 2 seasons, Lilly & Marshall's wedding is only a week away, and we get to see Ted's toast at the wedding, so we sort of get a sneak peak on future episodes. In this episode, Lilly & Marshall have to be apart for their wedding so they can prove they're not co-dependent of each other. Meanwhile Lilly's dress is too small, and now Robin is training her to fill it in, Robin's training is hysterical! Meanwhile Ted practices a toast for Lilly & Marshall's wedding, that's when we see a look back on some Lilly & Marshall moments, which were again: Hilarious. Barney thinks that Bob Barker: The Host of Price is Right is his father so he goes on the game show to make him proud. I wasn't too sure about his plot until the end when everyone is watching, waiting to see if Barney won, the suspense was killing me too. Barney ends up winning everything and he passes them off as wedding presents, which makes the bride to be & Marshall very happy, I didn't think it was going to tie in to the wedding plot, but once again HIMYM has surprised me. An amazing episode, and I can't wait to see how Lilly & Marshall's wedding unfolds.moreless
  • The Price is Right

    This I thought was a really fun episode for both the plot and subplot. The plot of course is as usual Marchall and Lily, their friends felt like they do everything together a bit too much, from the way they move to one small location in sync. So, they make a wager on staying apart for two weeks. In a way that's like trying to seperate a magnet from a metal it's attracted to. It's funny at times just seeing both of them crack a bit without each other, they just can't seem to last a minute. But it's even funnier what happens when their seperated from Lily's pursuit of trying to fit into her wedding dress but most of all Ted who is trying to think up a speach for the wedding but keeps failing miserably but bring up inappoprate memories like for example discovering the time when Marchall says he loves Lily only that comment wasn't to her it was to Ted who was bringing snacks while all three were stoned, comic silver. But it all leads down to both of them getting together at a hotel. And I'm glad they got together in the end because those two have been seperated a very long time, and they did themselves a favore because sometimes distance can bring two people closer, just like a magnet.

    But what really gets the gold is the subplot with Barney who is going on the game show The Price is Right. I'll admit crossovers for me are always not a great bet because they don't always pan out right unless it really plasable and possible. This subplot is both those things and it that's why it works. In a way it provided a little more depth in Barney's character because we see that he's never had a father before, and we see was mistaken to believe that Bob is his father. It's funny and a little touching, because we see a little of Barney's soft side, he has that common need of a father figure in his life that he never had. I really liked moments when Barney mistaked certain things that Bob says as fatherly compassion. Of course Barney doesn't tell Bob, which makes dramatic sense because he would rather live with the myth thinking all the good things about his supposed dad than know the truth, that was a little sad but comically touching I even like that part when Barney hugged Bob. In a way I almost would like to believe Bob Barker could be his father.

    And of course there is a big clue in this episode on Ted and Robin's relationship when you see the spagetti stains on their clothing, trust me it's acts as a plot device for a lot latter.moreless
Tanner Maguire

Tanner Maguire

Young Barney

Guest Star

Sharon Madden

Sharon Madden


Guest Star

Rich Fields

Rich Fields


Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: After Lily and Marshall decide to spend the last two weeks before their wedding apart he gets up to go get a beer but a couple of frames before he took a drink from his beer and you can see that the bottle is almost full.

    • When Barney hits 100 on the Big Wheel, he wins $1,000 and a Bonus Spin (as per the rules), however the bonus spin is not depicted in the episode.

    • Marshall says that his mother wouldn't like him eating junk food; however, in "Belly Full of Turkey" Marshall's mom gives Lily a recipe for a salad that contains, among other things, gummy bears, Funyuns, and potato chips.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Lily: I lost a pound!
      Robin: That's impossible! You ate McDonald's every meal for 3 days.
      Lily: I knew that Super Size Me guy was full of it!
      Robin: Well, it must be the wedding stress! We just got to up the intake. Lily Aldrin, drop and give me
      20 bites of fudge!
      Lily: Okay
      Robin: Don't nibble at it. Attack it! Come on, Lily. You can do better than that!
      Lily: I can't!
      Robin: Well, eat faster, before
      your body figures out it's full.
      Lily: I'm trying
      Robin: Oh, are you gonna cry? You gonna cry? Skinny little baby's gonna cry? Well, eat, damn it, eat!
      Lily: Okay!

    • [Ted comes out of his bedroom for a late-night bathroom trip when he notices Marshall entering the apartment.]
      Ted: Marshall? What're you doing?
      Marshall: (hesitantly) ...Going to the bathroom?
      Ted: In the hall?
      Marshall: ...Sleepwalking?
      Ted: (accusingly) You're wide awake.
      Marshall: ...Robbing us?

    • Barney: I gaze upon the glory of The Price is Right and I see the face of America, and it is divine. Plus, you know, hot chicks on sport cars.

    • Barney: You guys know how it's hard to be friends with me, because I'm so awesome?
      Ted: Yes, it's hard to be friends with you, go on.
      Barney: Well, this isn't going to make it any easier. I'm going to be on The Price is Right.

    • Lily: Damn it! Nobody's bought us anything cool yet off our registry.
      Barney: What's on it?
      Lily: Lots of stuff: kitchen aid artisan series tilt head mixer..
      Barney: Retail price 319.99, what else?

    • Lily: Marshmallow, don't forget to pack my 'Night, Night-tape'.
      Marshall gets up from the sofa
      Barney: 'Night, Night-tape'? You made a tape of you saying night, night to her?
      Marshall: No..
      Lily: He doesn't say it, he sings it.

    • Lily: My mom is driving me cra..
      Ted and Robin walks in the door
      Lily: Oh my God, you guys are covered in sauce. We'll get to that, me first! My mom is driving me crazy about the wedding music!

    • Bob: You're doing splendidly, son.
      Barney: What did you just say?

    • Lily: Why does my stomach hurt?
      Marshall: I'm sorry baby, I ate a bunch of ice-cream earlier today.
      Lily: Aww, baby, you know we're lactose intolerant.

  • NOTES (7)


    • This episode is very much like the episode of Golden Girls, "You Gotta Have Hope" (Episode 17 of Season 4, Episode 93 overall). Bob Hope guest starred. In this episode Rose believed that Bob Hope was her father and she ended up meeting him and he said some jokes for a charity benefit that she, Blanche, and Dorothy were hosting.

    • The episode title is a reference to the finalé to every episode of The Price is Right—the Showcase Showdown.