How I Met Your Mother

Season 5 Episode 23

The Wedding Bride

Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 17, 2010 on CBS
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Ted, while awaiting the inevitable discovery of what emotional baggage his new girlfriend surely carries, discovers the movie he's taken her to see is based on his relationship with Stella—but with him as the bad guy.

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  • Funnier than the last couple of episodes, but suffers from dumb parts like the movie about Ted

    This episode is about the baggage that everyone has and that Ted realizes he has too in this episode. Reason for that is that Tony Grafanello, the reason why Ted got left at the altar by Stella a while ago, has made a movie about this story, called "The Wedding Bride". But this movie is entirely different from the events that happened in season 3 and 4 of How I Met Your Mother. In the movie version, Ted - under the name of Jed Moseley - is pictured as the biggest imaginable jerk and Tony is the endearing and good-looking guy. After Ted has seen this movie with his new date Royce (Judy Greer who is obviously appearing in every single sitcom on air currently), he is outraged and unsure how to react to this. Contrary to what I expected, he doesn't confront Stella and Tony about this, but tries to live with this baggage. Surrealistically, this unfunny romantic comedy turns out to be the 5th-highest-grossing movie of all time in the show and Ted is confronted by it everywhere he goes. To the movie: of course they exaggerated everything, but it was totally unfunny. Actually I really hated the scenes of this movie because I didn't remember Tony as such as a jackass as he proves to be with writing this movie.

    But besides that, this episode delivers some hilarious gags and actually does without any unnecessary sub-plots most of the time.

    Neil Patrick Harris does one of the best performances of his lifetime in this episode! He has little screentime, but everytime he's awfully funny and made me laugh out loud more than once (especially the final scene in the cinema with him using "kiss" as an euphemism for a way ruder word, supposably starting with an 'f'). The other cast members have nice moments as well, although the screenplay tries to hard with the characters of Marshall and Robin, in my opinion. Another great idea of the crew was to show the baggage of people by putting a suitcase in their hands on which we have hilarious one-liners, just as "Still likes Oasis", "Pacific Islander fetish" and "Slept with Barney" - 3 times.

    But this episode still suffers from the usual issues that this show has developed in seasons 4 and 5. I was often unable to agree with the writers' sort of humor and, as I said, the movie was utterly dumb. Maybe I'm being a little too harsh with it, but when I compared it to all other movies and TV shows existing, I can't possibly give it more than 5/10 points.moreless
  • The "real" story of how Ted got married

    At this time of the series Ted realizes that women he hates have baggage. It's something that he doesn't like but he deals with it. He is dating a girl and she doesn't seem to have any baggage. He tries to look for it but can't seem to find it. This shows how much Ted has grown. In the past a women with baggage or someone who is not perfect (Blah Blah, Strawberry) Ted either doesn't realize it or doesn't want to see it. Things are going good until he sees a movie with Royce until they see The Wedding Bride. He reailzes that is "based" his marriage and breakup to Stella.

    I realize that this episode like many others is done in a short time but the movie could've at least done better since this was considedred a alltime classic. It's not that the movie was bad it's just that I find it hard to beleive that Chirs Kattan could star in a blockbuster. That being said I enjoyed all the past references and how Jed Moosely was turned into a bad guy and Tony as this perfect guy. I also like how all of Ted's friends like the movie but try to say they don't like it around him. Just a small complaint here but when Robin kind of dismissed the romantic things (kind of cheesy) for Stella, not cool. While the song used at the end was good, I think it made the scene more then it was supposed to be. However my favorite part happened when future Ted said Barney still did not say kiss. It got even funnier when the word kept on being said. Other funny moments include when Ted imagines the baggage that Royce has. My favorite was the bag that said Wait for her to finsh her drink.

    So in the end Royce was not the mother but Ted's way of breaking up could've been better. Overall a good episode.moreless
  • Ted finds out there's a movie called "The Wedding Bride" about his relationship with Stella.

    "The Wedding Bride" is surprisingly a fun How I Met Your Mother episode. I actually love how Tony made a movie called "The Wedding Bride" and it portrays Ted to be a jerk. I love how this episode was about baggage. And part of Ted's baggage is this movie. I love how he meets Royce and she seems to be perfect. I love the end of this episode when she reveals all her baggage. I give this episode a 8.5/10.moreless
  • The Wedding Bride

    Finally, an episode of How I Met Your Mother that I did not absolutely hate; it has been years since I have been able to say that. The show is still not funny, and when you are on the same night as Rules of Engagement, Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory people are going to notice it, but at least I chuckled a couple of times here (mainly when Ted noticed they used his real name in the movie a couple of times.)

    I have zero interest in the season finale which, judging from the title, will most likely land us the final doppleganger. That's at the top of my stupid story arcs list.moreless
  • This episode should have made Ted rich, but didn't.

    This episode was primarily about how after a certain age, everyone has emotional baggage. Ted was so worried about what his new girlfriend's baggage was that he forgot that he is carrying some himself, and that doesn't include that in the future he tells long boring stories to his kids that are supposed to be how he met their mother, but never gets to the point.

    So, Ted and his girlfriend go to a movie, "The Wedding Bride", which turns out to be about Stella dumping Ted at the alter, except the movie is written to make Ted the bad guy in the whole incident. The movie is very popular, and just days after its release is the 5th highest grossing movie of all time.

    What the writers completely ignore is that in real life, Ted would have been able to sue the writer and studio for major bucks. Not only was his name barely changed ("Ted" became "Jed"), but at least twice the Ted character is actually called Ted Moseby. IANAL, but it seems to me that Ted would be able to sue for invasion of privacy, libel, and being held up to public ridicule. At a trial, if the defendants were stupid enough to let it go that far, a jury would be likely to award Ted a major percentage of the movie's gross, and he would be a very rich man.

    The fact that the writers did not even address the issue of Ted suing is a fatal flaw in this episode for me.moreless
Judy Greer

Judy Greer


Guest Star

Gloria Calderon Kellett

Gloria Calderon Kellett


Guest Star

Jeremy Glazer

Jeremy Glazer


Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof : While Ted was at the bar with Royce on a double date , Royce mentioned that part of the movie when Jed Mosley got hit by a goat although that happened to Ted after he broke up with Stella .

    • In this episode Robin complains about Marshall being "too nice" because he helped some people rob an apartment, mistakenly thinking he was helping them move. However, in "Murtaugh" she herself did the same thing with Barney.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Marshall: What? That's normal.
      Barney: There's only one street where that is normal. Hint: a giant yellow bird lives on it.

    • Ted: Royce!
      Movie Tony: Stella!
      Royce: Ted?
      Movie Stella: Tony?
      Barney: Ted?
      Ted: Barney?

    • Marshall: Well, I'm stumped.
      Ted: Right?
      Marshall: That's what passes for comedy these days? Oh, I'm falling back in my chair! (leans backward) I'm falling back in my chair!...I'm really falling back in my chair! (hits the floor)
      Lily: Baby!
      Marshall: Okay, that was pretty funny.

    • Ted: I'll be happy if Royce's only baggage is that she's too nice.
      Barney: "Too nice?" That's the worst kind of baggage. Best baggage; hates her dad, thinks she's fat but isn't. Sex on the first date, and she's gone when you mention breakfast. Why do you guys hang out with me?

    • Robin: He gave the robbers money?
      Lily: No, he lent it to them! They said they'd send us a check, so Marshall gave them our address! I mean, what's to stop those guys from coming back and tying me up? Sometimes Marshall and I like to pretend, but the reality is scary.

    • Marshall: Ted is not screwed. You want to know why I'm nice to everyone? It's because I don't care about baggage. Most people see a person walking down the street with a big heavy bag they're carrying and they just walk on by. But not me. I look at them and say, "Howdy, stranger. Can I give you a hand with that?" And you know who taught me to be that way? A guy called Ted Mosby. A guy who's uncynical, and sincere, and believed in things. And you know Ted, I believe, deep down, you're still that guy.
      Ted:I am still that guy!
      Marshall: I think you wanna go out there and get that girl!
      Ted: I do wanna go out there and get that girl!
      Marshall: Because she's the love of your life!
      Ted: Because she's...we're three days in. She seems nice.
      Marshall:Because she seems nice!
      Ted: She DOES seem nice!

    • Robin: Why don't you say something to him?
      Lily: What's the point? He's from Minnesota. His high school mascot was a hug.

    • Robin: See, Marshall? This is what I mean. You can't treat New York City like it's the small, friendly, crime-free, inbred, backwoods, po-dunk, cow-tipping Minnesota hickville where you grew up!
      Marshall: Crime free? Crime free? In 1994, the cashier from the feed store was held up at hoepoint. And besides, I like being friendly, okay? I'm not gonna change that about myself.
      Lily: No, don't change baby. I think it's sweet. Sweet, sweet, (Marshall gets up) Sweet mother of God, he's an idiot sometimes!

    • Robin: Hey, what took you guys so long?
      Marshall: Forget about it.
      Lily: We were on our way here and Marshall wanted to stop and help some guys load their moving van.
      Marshall: To be nice, didn't cost nothing!
      Lily: And when the moving van drove away, who should show up but the owner of the apartment we had just helped some guys rob! And that one was hard to explain to the police.

    • Marshall: I'm glad we met young enough so I don't have any baggage.
      Lily: Mother issues.
      Marshall: I do not!
      Ted: Grandmother issues.
      Marshall: I definitely do not.
      Barney: Great-grandmother issues.
      Marshall: I just don't like it when she picks me up.

    • Barney: Ted, please tell me you are not impuning emotional baggage. Ted: Baggage is a good thing? Barney: Emotional baggage is the bedrock of America's most important cultural export. Everybody: Porn.
      Barney: Actually, it's porn. No one goes into porn without major baggage.
      Ted: (Saluting) Major baggage.
      (Saluting) Major baggage.

    • Old Ted: That spring I had started dating a girl named Royce. She was smart, beautiful...
      Ted: Blah blah blah, we're very happy together.
      Lily: But?
      Ted: Exactly. That's the problem.
      Barney: Her butt?
      Marshall: What is it? Too much?
      Lily: Too little?
      Robin: Or is it an issue of access?

    • Marshall: Hey, if you know what you're doing, two minutes is all you need.
      Lily: Run and tell that! (Lily and Marshall high-five)

    • Robin: Your biggest baggage is that you're too nice.
      Marshall: How is being nice, "baggage"?
      Robin: Have you ever seen you walk down the street?
      Marshall: I don't even know how to answer that.

    • Ted: Royce, this doofus in the red cowboy boots, this isn't me.
      Barney: Just to be clear, are you saying you don't have a pair of red cowboy boots in your closet?
      Ted: Barney... what?
      Barney: Everyone wants to know!
      Ted: They're actually more of a burgundy.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The Italian episode title is "Piantati all'altare", meaning "Left at the Altar".

    • International Airdates: United Kingdom: November 4, 2010 on E4; India: November 4, 2010 on Star World; Czech Republic: January 11, 2011 on Prima COOL; Germany: February 23, 2011 on ProSieben; Slovakia: December 1, 2011 on JOJ Plus

    • Guest Malin Akerman can also be seen with Josh Radnor in his 2010 directorial debut, Happythankyoumoreplease.