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How I Met Your Mother

Season 2 Episode 21

Something Borrowed

Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 07, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

With everything going wrong on Lily and Marshall's wedding day, to everyone's surprise it's confirmed bachelor Barney who tries to fix it all.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Lilly and Marshall are married

    This was a brilliant awesome and amazing episode. Lilly and Marshall's day is finally here. I think that with what Marshall and Lilly gone through, it was made even more special. It made even more special with what happened at the end. (more on that later)

    I think it's funny that Barney finds a "power" with helping Lilly. I enjoyed how Lilly kept things together despite everything going wrong. That is until the end. It came off as reasonable. One of my favorite parts is when Lilly's old boy friend came. I think it was funny when he came to see Lilly and Barney just casually lets him by. It shows that Barney knows more about relationships then we think.

    Marshall's part might have been even more funnier. It was great when he came in with frosted tips. If this was any other time, I would have loved to see the jokes the guys would've done on him. Barney did have a funny comment. (Good Backstreet Boys?) In what is an iconic moment Marshall shaved his head. The wig he put on was pretty funny. He remained me of one of the three stooges. And that's when the ending happened. (Don't read the next paragraph if you haven't seen the episode)

    The ending might have been one of the most sweetest moments in HIMYM history. It also rivaled other TV shows weddings. IT was sweet and funny when Barney officiated the wedding of Lilly and Marshall. It was perfect that it was just close friends with a guitar in the background, exactly the one that Lilly wanted.moreless
  • Marshall and Lily endure their third attempt to get married.

    We all know you can't have a wedding of the major characters in a TV sitcom or film without major problems beforehand. Lily's infamous high school boyfriend Scooter arrives trying to win her back, the flowers for the ceremony are late, the harp player goes into labor, the bride's veil was discovered ruined, and Marshall is talked into letting one of Lily's family members style his hair for the wedding. She gives him dark tips and upset with himself, Marshall shaves a large portion of his hair off. The bride and groom talk about cancelling, but we know that won't happen. The gang meets outside and Barney marries the two in private, then they come back for the reception, but that's a later story. The couple of a decade finally are married. It was a long and exhausting route for them and supportive viewers, but I'm glad to see it official. And with the reception still to go, there's obviously some sort of twist going to occur in the season finale.moreless
  • It's Lily and Marshall's wedding day.

    "Something Borrowed" is an awesome How I Met Your Mother episode. In this episode, Lily and Marshall get married. I love how all these tiny things go wrong, like Scooter showing up trying to win her back, no flowers at the ceremony, harp player is in labour to deliver her baby, and Lily's veil is ruined, and everything's just falling apart. I love how Marshall shaves a patch of his hair and his hair looks totally disasterous, so he has tow ear a fedora. I love how Lily and Marshall decide to get married by Barney in a park because that's their perfect wedding and it wouldn't matter if they were already married if they made a mistake at the wedding with their family and other friends. I give this episode a 10/10.moreless
  • Lilly & Marshall's wedding, part two.

    The wedding is here, and everything goes wrong. Basically the whole episode is about Marshall & Lilly freaking out about everything going wrong. Scooter, Lilly's old boyfriend makes an appearance at the wedding. They have a harp player that's pregnant, that was probably the funniest problem since she continued to play while she was pregnant! Marshall has hair troubles when Lilly's cousin dyes Marshall's hair blond, so Marshall shaves part of it off making him look like a complete idiot. The point of this episode, which was said in the beginning, is that weddings never go as planned, but in this case, it did. They got to have an outside wedding like they wanted with close friends, then they get married again, the wedding that had all the problems. But they finally did it! They got married, we got to see Barney & Robin cry so you can call that development. A good episode, which is a setting stone in Marshall & Lilly's relationship.moreless
  • 30 minutes later and I'm still laughing

    what a great episode! thank god i recorded it, i was laughing so much i missed half the episode.

    absolutely loved the "it's for the bride" thing. let's face it, barney is a genius, borderline sociopath, but a genius. i also loved the shawshank redemption gag. the guy trying to bounce scooter, without a shirt for tackling the caterer, was also hilarious. last but not least, they've used the "-please don't- -sorry ted-" gag a lot, but it just keeps getting better.

    this is definetly the best episode since slap bet. this show is simply the best, hope it stays for the long run.moreless
Shulie Cowen

Shulie Cowen


Guest Star

Meagen Fay

Meagen Fay


Guest Star

P.J. Marino

P.J. Marino


Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

David Burtka

David Burtka


Recurring Role

Joe Manganiello

Joe Manganiello


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In the beginning of this episode we see the gang talking about Marshall and Lily's wedding eight months ago. Then they were actually broken up, getting back together in November in the episode "Swarley" and getting married in May. That's only a total of six months.

    • When Marshall and Lily are contemplating where to have sex for the first time as a married couple (the reception hall bathroom), it is once again a place where Ted is present. This is similar to the episode "First Time in New York," in which there is a recap to Ted being awake for Marshall and Lily losing their virginity.

    • Ted: (to Barney) Unless you actually have one in your car, stop suggesting Native American headdress.

      In season 2's "Arrivederci, Fiero," Barney does not have a license let alone a car since he has taken subways and taxis his whole life.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Barney: You all dropped something. It's your jaws, because Barney Stinson is about to aid and abet a marriage!

    • Marshall: Oh, no. I don't have my vows.
      Lily: Me, either.
      Ted: You don't need your vows. Just say why you love each other.
      Marshall: I'll go first. Lily, there are a million reasons why I love you. You make me laugh, you take care of me when I'm sick, you're sweet, caring and you even created an egg dish and named it after me. She puts a little Italian dressing on the eggs before she cooks em, it's called Eggs Marshall and it's awesome. But the main reason is you're my best friend, Lily. You're the best friend I've ever had. (to Ted) Sorry, buddy.
      Ted: No problem.
      Barney: Totally okay.
      Lily: My turn. Marshall, I love you because you're funny and you make me feel loved and you make me feel safe and for our anniversary, you gave me a sweatshirt that says "Lily and Marshall: Rocking it since '96." I kinda wish I was wearing it right now cause it smells like you. But the main reason I love you, Marshall Eriksen, is you make me happy. You make me happy all the time.

    • Barney: It would cover up the problem, it's festive, and it celebrates the heritage of this great nation.
      Ted: Okay, unless you actually have one in your car, stop suggesting authentic Native American headdress.

    • Marshall: Lily's never gonna marry me like this!
      Ted: Come on, of course she will!
      Marshall: Would you marry me?
      Ted: No. But not because of the hair, because I have a rule. Never marry someone you've had a farting contest with.
      Marshall: Oh, great. So now you're saying Lily and I shouldn't even get married?

    • Marshall I look like one of the Backstreet Boys!
      Barney: You totally do. And not even the good Backstreet Boys, the older, lame dance move comeback Backstreet Boys.
      Ted: "Good Backstreet Boys"?

    • Lily: I'm marrying Marshall today. So it doesn't even matter that I'm gonna walk down the aisle without a veil in a room that has no flowers to the music of half a harp played by a woman who's crowning while my high school boyfriend reads Guns 'n' Roses lyrics, but that's okay because there's no photographer to take any pictures of it anyway!
      Robin: Lily, are you okay?
      Lily: What do you think? Of course I'm not okay! Everything that could possibly go wrong at my wedding has! It's ruined!
      Robin: What happened to 'I don't want a perfect wedding?'
      Lily: Oh, grow up, Robin! Of course I want a perfect wedding!

    • Lily: How's Marshall?
      Barney: He's fine. He's about to get his hair cut.
      Lily: Oh, I'm worried my cousin's gonna cut it too short.
      Barney: Me, too. I was up all night.

    • Lily: Did he look like a guy who tried to become an umpire and failed?
      Barney: He kind of did.
      Lily: That's Scooter.
      Robin: Your high school boyfriend Scooter?
      Lily: His real name is Bill. My mom must've invited him.
      Robin: Why? Why would she do that?
      Lily: Our families are really close. But my ex-boyfriend? But come on, Mom. I didn't invite that professional squash player Dad busted you with!

    • Barney: Can I grab a scotch and soda real quick?
      Bartender: Nope. I'm not allowed to serve anything until the reception.
      Barney: Wow, you just cost yourself a big tip, buddy.
      Bartender: I'm not allowed to accept tips. Buddy.
      Barney: You allowed to accept criticism? You, sir, are an ASS. Buddy.

    • Robin: How do you play the harp with your belly so...
      Andrea: I don't, really. I can only reach half the strings.
      Robin: You can only play half the harp? This is okay. I'll just pluck the other half. Is it hard to learn?
      Andrea: I've been studying the harp for twelve years.
      Robin: Yeah, but I'm a fast learner. Ever hear of Guitar Hero? Learned that in a day. Is there a Harp Hero?

    • Lily: My dad owes a guy, and that guy's daughter plays the harp.
      Barney: Is she hot? I'd love to be able to cross harp player off the list.
      Marshall: How long is this list?
      Barney: Dude, I'm not gonna count how many pages the list is. I'm not crass.
      Lily: Well, it doesn't matter anyway. She's pregnant.
      Barney: Sweet! I can cross off two things.

    • Lily: Great, my mom is making me invite the Lessner's. (To Marshall) This will put our numbers in the triple digits!
      Robin: Well, I guess sometimes Lessner is more... ner. (Everyone stares at her) You know, like less is more?
      Ted: This is one of those times, sweetie.

    • Robin: But you hate marriage. Why do you want to perform the ceremony?
      Barney: Because it subtly implants in the mind of every woman there that when I ask a question, you say "I do."

    • Marshall: Hat. You thought of authentic Native American head-dress, before hat.

    • Lily: My makeup is perfect, and I'm about to cry. Do something.
      Robin: Uh, I have hairy nipples.
      Lily: Really?
      Robin: No, but it worked.

    • Barney: You wanna know what line doesn't work on a harp player? "Hey, baby, wanna pluck?"

  • NOTES (5)


    • When Scooter is talking to Lily he tries to quote a 1992 Guns n' Roses song, "November Rain", in order to win her back.

    • Marshall panics, referencing taking money under a tree and going to Mexico to meet people. Ted comments they're criminals, to which Marshall replies, "only Red, Andy was falsely accused," referring to characters from Steven King's 1982 novella Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, adapted into Frank Darabont's 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption.