How I Met Your Mother

Season 5 Episode 9

Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap

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Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 23, 2009 on CBS
8.0
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On Thanksgiving, Barney's on high alert after a slap that must be used by sundown is bequeathed to Ted and Robin by Marshall. Meanwhile, Lily's estranged father suddenly arrives.

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  • Another very disappointing episode in this awful season

    2.5
    As you could already read out from this episode's title, it's about the Slap Bet again. Marshall offers his fourth slap to Barney to either Ted and Robin and those two can't decide who should slap Barney. Meanwhile, Lily's estranged dad Mickey shows up, but Lily has a huge hatred against him and thus comes to an argument with her husband since he is the one who invited him.



    I just expected that the last episode, "The Playbook" was the first episode of the 5th season to have a change in style and get back to what I liked in the first or in the third season of this show. But as it turns out, this episode is another one that is completely unnecessary to the overall pilot and not at all funny. I absolutely disliked Chris Elliott in this episode and all the other cast members weren't good either. The plot parts were dumb and the screenplay was really stupid, so I'll give this episode a pretty bad rating, one that it deserves in my eyes.moreless
  • The 2nd Slapsgiving (4)

    8.0
    Another Thanksgiving hosted by Marshall and Lilly brings a surprise. Lilly's dad comes for a visit. There was also another surprise. More on that later.

    The choice to play Lilly's dad was a good one. He has been in numerous roles most notably in There's something about Mary and Groundhog Day. You find out that he has not been much of a dad to Lilly. The neglect that he did didn't go too far where you would cast him off. He visits Lilly on behalf of Marshall. He is trying to change but Lilly doesn't believe that he did. Al of the misdeeds that Lilly's dad did eventually did something that is "you're dead to me look" It was a nice choice of music and at the same time not too scary. How Lilly does that look to other people is also amusing. Lilly's dad is let in the house but he shows that he has not changed that much like 15 % (Modern Family) and is kicked out of the house. Marshall's look even funnier. Things do get settled and the ending was kind of sweet.

    Yes the fourth slap happens. It was out of nowhere and the buildup to it was exciting. You didn't know who was going to deliver it after Marshall offered either Ted or Robin to chance to slap Barney. I loved Barney's reaction before each attempted slap. I won't reveal who did it. (You would have to watch) but all I can say that's four. One more to go.moreless
  • Slap # 4.

    9.0
    "Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap" is an awesome How I Met Your Mother episode. In this episode the whole gang decides to have Thanksgiving dinner together. In this episode, Lily's father shows up. And I love how we get background on Lily's family, but it was just boring. I thought he was a jerk father. What I love about this episode is the slap. I love how Barney's scared to get the slap. And I love how Marshall decides to lets Ted and Robin give the slap. I love how Ted and Robin argue over who gets to slap Barney. I love how Marshall slaps Barney in the end. I give this episode a 9/10.moreless
  • OMG another boring episode

    4.5
    I'm a fan of this show right from the first season. I'm thrilled that it got another season this year but now I'm getting disappointed already. I definitely agree that last episode was legendary but from the first episode til now all were disappointment. About this episode, there were no development to the very shallow plot. The plot about the dad was boring and the slapping was also got boring. And where is the story about "how I met your mother"? The show supernatural is a fantastic show, and must set an example in making filler episodes. When making filler episodes it must be funny and interesting and somehow at each episode have a bit of about what is the show is all about or what is the season is all about.moreless
  • Disappointing.

    6.0
    After last week`s return to form, I personally had big expectations for this episode, specially given that it is a slap bet related episode. Slap bet storyline is my favorite and have produced some of the most memorable moments of the show.But was this episode memorable? No and it fails in every aspect when compared to the original slapsgiving episode.

    It all started great and everything was set up perfectly for slapsgiving until Lily`s dad showed up. Right there it was pretty clear to me that this will be a disappointment. Everything with the whole Lily and her had thingy bored the hell out of me. The "you`re dead to me" look was way over-used and the dad a non-factor. Meanwhile, most slap related moments were good. The jokes, the slap words, the slaps expression...but it was too short. Barney had way too little screen time here. I understand the writers don`t want to over use Barney but hell, it`s slaps giving...he is a must. The slap itself didn`t deliver, it was fairly predictable that it would go to Marshall. Ted/Robin failed to be funny. The episode did had its moments, pretty much everything Barney said/did was funny..even Marshall managed to be quite funny. But big disappointment overall and the show remains as inconsistent as ever. I actually wished they didn`t use the slap cause it was a waste. A 6 is generous.moreless
Christina Pickles

Christina Pickles

Rita Aldrin

Guest Star

Jack Walsh

Jack Walsh

Morris

Guest Star

Piper Mackenzie Harris

Piper Mackenzie Harris

Eleven-Year-Old Lily

Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Bill Fagerbakke

Bill Fagerbakke

Marvin Eriksen, Sr.

Recurring Role

Chris Elliott

Chris Elliott

Mickey Aldrin

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In the flashback to Lily's wedding when her bridesmaid is "Dead to her," Lily is wearing a nice white veil.  But Lily's veil was thrashed in the parking lot before her wedding.

    • In this episode we learned that Lily's dad was not invited to her wedding. However, on "Something Borrowed" Lily claims that the reason why she had to give up the acoustic guitar player for a harp was that her father, knew a guy, whose daughter played the harp. Also, on "Moving Day",when Marshall suggest that they need to marry Ted as well as each other, Lily says "I can tell you right now, my father is not paying for that wedding", which suggests her father payed for their wedding.

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (3)

    • The Italian episode title is "La vendetta della sberla", meaning "Revenge of the Slap".

    • International Airdates: Australia: April 15, 2010 on Channel 7; United Kingdom: July 22, 2010 on E4; India: October 12, 2010 on Star World; Czech Republic: December 16, 2010 on Prima COOL; Germany: January 26, 2011 on ProSieben; Slovakia: November 22, 2011 on JOJ Plus

    • Alternate Title: "Lily's Dad" (the title was changed before airing)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Lily's "You're Dead To Me" Look, complete with her hair flying in the air and her eyes glowing, is a nod to Alyson Hannigan's previous role of Willow on Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. In Season 6, Willow had become quite adept at magic, and when her lover was murdered and she couldn't use her powers to bring the girl back to life, she went on a rampage, going after the man who shot her; As she wreaked havoc, her eyes and hair turned black.

    • The Lily Dead to Me sound is the start of the theme to the movie Halloween.

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