|“Best Prom Ever”|
| First aired:|
May 1, 2006
The gang crashes a prom to see a band Lily and Marshall want to book for their wedding.
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In the opening of the episode, Marshall finds out that Van Smoot, the dream place where Marshall and Lily would like to have their wedding, is suddenly available. They rush over and take the opening, but that sets the date of Marshall and Lily's wedding, which would be in 2 months. Lily is stressed out about everything, even to the point of almost being a bridezilla, and all she can think about is her wedding.
Marshall finds a possible band for the wedding, The 88, but Lily will not sign off on them until she hears them play Marshall and Lily's song ("Good Feeling" by The Violent Femmes), and the only way she can hear them is if she sneaks into a high school prom. Thus, Lily goes along with an idea of Barney's, and decides to sneak in with Robin and Barney (Barney suggests the idea because he thinks there will be no issues for them sneaking in, since he tells Lily, "I'm ageless, Scherbatsky just needs a good night's sleep, and you have statutory written all over you."). Robin is excited, because she never got to go to prom in high school due to hockey tournaments. When they arrive, they find tight security, so Lily and Robin offer to be the dates of two nerdy high school seniors, while Barney decides to find another way in.
Meanwhile, Ted and Marshall are stuffing wedding invitations on their "Guys Night Out" until Robin calls Marshall and asks him to bring the sheet music of "Good Feeling" to Lily. Lily remembers her senior prom and all she had thought she'd experience but never did, and begins to have doubts about getting married, since she never achieved a lot of what she wanted to do in life. She tells this to Robin, who convinces her that she is marrying her best friend in the world, and that she could possibly be an artist and live an artist's lifestyle later in life, and then kisses her on the lips to give Lily the "lesbian experience" she never had.
Ted and Marshall sneak in the back, and find Barney dressed as a turtle mascot. Marshall asks the senior who is Lily's date for the night where she is, and he pulls out a pair of Nunchaku and hits Marshall with them. Ted then tackles the senior to show Marshall that he will always have his back in a fight. The two seniors, Marshall, Ted, and Barney are taken outside, but Marshall and Ted sneak back in when Barney grabs the head of the turtle mascot suit and runs off. Marshall and Lily dance together, and agree to have The 88 play at the wedding, while Ted dances with Robin, who now wants to try to restore their friendship.
- While Robin and Lily are trying on dresses for prom, the painting that Lily painted in The Duel can be seen on the wall.
- This episode establishes that Lily feels that she has missed out on a lot of life, leading to her applying for the art fellowship in San Francisco in Milk, and her and Marshall breaking up in Come On.
- Robin says "But...umm" when talking to Lily in the womens room.
|Barney:||Now ladies... SLUT UP!|
|Lily:||I can't believe I just unloaded like that on a high school senior.|
|Robin:||I can't believe a high school senior just unloaded like that on me.|
Notes and TriviaEdit
Goofs and ErrorsEdit
- Robin claims she missed her prom due to field hockey tournaments. However, she previously stated that she never played any team sports in Slutty Pumpkin. In Happily Ever After, she confirmed that she also played hockey on a team when she was younger.
Allusions and Outside ReferencesEdit
- Barney makes a reference to the movie Thelma & Louise.
- When Barney is dressed as a turtle, Ted says to him "Slow and steady won the race", in a reference to the famous fable The Tortoise and the Hare.
- One of the kids Robin asks to be her date is playing a Sony PSP.
- Marshall references The Wiggles.
- Lily mistakes Ted's cousin "Bonzo" for John Bonham, who is the deceased drummer of Led Zeppelin, which Ted points out died in 1980. This may be a reference to the second episode of Freaks and Geeks where Jason Segel's character is upset about John Bonham's death.
- The Freshmen - The Verve Pipe
- Hide Another Mistake - The 88
- Head Cut Off - The 88
- Good Feeling - The 88
- Good Feeling - The Violent Femmes
- Lily saying that she might want to have a lesbian relationship is a reference to her character on Buffy, who develops a lesbian relationship in college.
- The chaperone who refuses to let Lily, Robin, and Barney into the prom is played by the episode's writer Ira Ungerleider.
- When Marshall and Ted talk to Barney about how they snuck into the prom, Scooter can be seen walking by in the background.
- This is the first episode where the name "Van Smoot" is referenced. It is also the last name of The Captain and the name of the party they visit in Robots Versus Wrestlers.
- David Burtka - Scooter
- Ira Ungerleider - Mr. Corker
- Alek Friedman - Todd Epstein
- Keith Slettedahl - Keith
- John Reha - Sean
- Brent Tarnol - Andrew
- Brett Jones - Security Guard #1
- Michael Owen - Security Guard #2
- Joanne Brooks - Valerie (uncredited)
Ryan Budke of TV Squad wrote how the flashbacks in the episode lent some real credibility to Lily's doubts about getting married, going on to say how he loved the line about how her doubts weren't in him, they were in her. The truth of this line he says shows "why this show isn't just a Friends clone". 
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