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March 21, 2011
Dan Gregor and Doug Mand
When Barney finally meets his father, he's surprised to learn how his life turned out. The gang points out each other's "gaps", things they should know by adulthood but never learned.
Ted shows his house to the gang, pointing out all the ideas he has for it, including a basketball hoop in the backyard for his kids. Barney tells him the house should be his "seduction lounge", with sex swing, vibrating Jell-O pool and an outdoor stripper pole included. Marshall and Lily lead Barney outside, telling him the real reason for their visit wasn't to visit Ted's house, but to host Barney's intervention.
To explain why Barney needed an intervention, Future Ted goes back a few days, to the night when the gang tried watching March Madness in Barney's apartment. Barney's TV is broken, so he calls his building's super to bring a screwdriver and fix it for them. Ted mocks him for never having learned how to use a screwdriver.
Barney answers the door, expecting to see the super. Instead, Jerome Whittaker, Barney's dad, is at the door.
Whilst the two of them are at MacLaren's Bar getting better acquainted, the rest of the gang is upstairs in The apartment, wondering what the two are talking about. Ted starts to feel bad for criticizing Barney, when he realizes it was his dad that taught him how to use tools.
Robin says that everyone has some gaps in their knowledge; something really obvious to everyone else that they themselves never learned or knew. Ted doesn't think he has any gaps, but Robin brings up how he mispronounces the word "chameleon", since Ted only learned that word by reading it, not by hearing it. Ted points out a huge gap Robin never knew: that the North Pole is real.
Barney enters the apartment, and the gang ask about his time with his dad, Jerry. Barney tells them his dad is awesome; They both liked the same drinks, loved suits, has great stories, and is a big womanizer.
The rest of the gang warn him, telling them to be careful of not getting hurt, since Jerry was absent from so much of Barney's childhood and he might just be telling Barney what he wants to hear.
The next night at the bar, Ted points out one of Lily's gaps; she has terrible aim and can't throw properly. Jerry enters the bar and asks the gang for their help, since Barney won't return any of his calls. It turns out Barney lied about last night; he and his dad didn't have anything in common, and Barney found his dad really boring. The night ended badly, with Barney refusing to have dinner with Jerry and meet his family. Jerry asks the gang to convince Barney to give him another chance.
Back to Ted's house, Lily tells Barney the reason for their intervention is to convince Barney to have dinner with Jerry and meet his family. Barney refuses, telling Her he's never going to speak to his dad again. Marshall steps forward, saying that he'll never speak to his dad again, and he should take advantage of the opportunity.
Barney decides to give his dad another chance. He attends dinner with his dad and meet his wife, Cheryl and their son, J.J. Barney and Jerry reminisce on the time they met ZZ Top. Barney starts to rib on J.J., but once he finds out J.J. stands for Jerome Junior, he leaves.
Outside in the car, Marshall tries to bait Robin, Ted and Lily into pointing out his gaps. None of them will. Since the death of Marshall's dad, they've all been deliberately nice to him to make him feel better. Marshall noticed this and so previously tried to goad them into insulting him, such as growing a soul patch and adopting a pet possum.
Marshall tells them he's never going to move on if things don't get back to normal, so asks them to point out his gaps. They tell him all about his gaps:he can't wink or swallow pills, adds too much water to oatmeal and misses belt loops.
Jerome steps outside and finds Barney on the hood of his car, trying to take down their basketball hoop. Barney complains that it's not fair J.J. got a childhood, a dad and a real family, and he at least deserves the basketball hoop. Barney tells Jerry he's boring, and asks why if he's was going to be a lame suburban dad, why couldn't he have been that for him? Jerry admits he made a mistake, and asks what he can do to fix things.
Barney keeps trying to take down the basketball hoop. Jerry leaves and returns with some tools. He hands Barney a screwdriver and teaches him how to use it. Jerry expresses his regret and apologies for what he's done, and tells him he'd love to be a part of Barney's life, whenever Barney's ready. Basketball hoop in hand, Barney leaves.
The entire gang returns to Ted's house, offering Barney their support. He asks Ted if he still wants the hoop for the backyard, and the gang crowd around to comfort the upset Barney.
- Ted's house, first introduced in Home Wreckers, makes its second appearance.
- The Intervention banner makes another reappearance.
- Marshall is driving his father’s station wagon that he and Ted drove back to New York in Desperation Day.
- Ted's inability to pronounce words correctly is first referenced in Intervention and Spoiler Alert.
- This episode completes Barney's search for his real father, which began in Showdown. In Oh Honey, Barney confesses to Honey that he wrote his father a letter, but hadn't gotten a response. In this episode's opening scene, Jerry is seen holding the same letter. Jerry also explains his disappearance, which Barney first notes in Natural History.
|Jerry:||Barney, what is going on?|
|Barney:||This [basketball hoop] is mine.|
|Jerry:||I don't understand!|
|Barney:||J.J. gets a childhood, a dad, a real family, and a basketball hoop? No, no, I at least get the hoop. I'm taking it with me.|
|Jerry:||Please, just come down and talk to me.|
|Barney:||Why, why should I? You're lame, okay? You're just some lame suburban dad.|
|Jerry:||Why does that make you so mad?|
|Barney:||Because if you were going to be some lame suburban dad, why couldn't you have been that for me?!|
|Jerry:||Okay, Barney... I know I screwed up.|
|Barney:||Ohh, screwed up doesn't even begin to describe...|
|Jerry:||I know, I know, I know! I wanna fix this and I don't know how. Please tell me what I can do, I'll do anything!|
|Jerry:||I have no good excuse, Barney. It took me years before I was even able to look myself in the mirror for the way I let you down. It took courage to send me that letter. More courage than I've ever had. I owe you a lifetime of apologies and I... I just... have no idea where to begin...|
|Jerry:||Look, if you ever feel like you're ready, I'd love nothing more than to be a part of your life.|
- —Jerry explains his actions.
|Barney:||Guys, get it through your heads: I am never gonna talk to my dad again.|
|Marshall:||No, Barney. I'm never gonna talk to my dad again. But your dad is alive and he lives just down the road...|
|Barney:||..Fine. I'll go.|
- —Marshall makes Barney realize how lucky he is to have the chance to get to know his father
Notes and TriviaEdit
Allusions and Outside ReferencesEdit
- When making fun of imaginary places, Robin mentions Narnia, Candyland and pretends to use the spell Expelliarmus.
- Barney plans to join his dad on Bon Jovi's tour of Asia.
- Marshall claims the The Phantom Menace is the best Star Wars movie in an effort to get Barney and Ted to insult him.
- Jack Dolgen - I Will Come For You
- The episode title "Legendaddy" is a play on Barney's catchphrase, "Legendary".
- Every scene with Jerry has him drinking milk, with the exception of when he greets Barney at his door.
- John Lithgow - Jerome "Jerry" Whittaker
- Nancy Travis - Cheryl Whittaker
- Will Shadley - J.J. Whittaker
- Michael Rupnow - Scott
- Marieve Herington - Betty
PodcastEditThis is the last episode of the season with a podcast released, this time featuring an interview with Neil Patrick Harris.
This episode premiered to 8.028 million viewers. 
Donna Bowman at the A.V. Club gave the episode a B.  She was disappointed that the episode didn't reach its potential, saying "The lines never intersect to form a figure that lifts off the ground and shows us something new. But they achieve a few quite remarkable minutes, as do Neil Patrick Harris and John Lithgow, in the strange setpiece of Barney trying to tear the basketball hoop off of Jerry’s garage... Barney’s determination to make off with a piece of the normal childhood he never had—angry, as well, that J.J. is getting the best of Jerry—leads to a moment when Jerry does get to act like a father and Barney gets to learn like a son."
Zach Oat at Television Without Pity gave the episode a B+. 
Robert Canning at IGN gave the episode an 8 out of 10.  He praised John Lithgow's performance as Jerry, but felt the childish banter between Barney and J.J. ruined some of the seriousness in the end scenes. He said "there weren't a lot of surprises, plot-wise. It all seemed to go as one would expect, or as one has likely seen in similar moments on other television shows. But casting John Lithgow as the dad elevated everything. Plus the B storyline given to the rest of the group was hilarious. So even though the episode was hitting many familiar beats, it did so expertly while delivering some great secondary laughs."
- ↑ http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2011/03/22/monday-final-ratings-castle-the-chicago-code-adjusted-down-dancing-stars-how-i-met-your-mother-adjusted-up-chuck-stays-low/86722
- ↑ http://www.avclub.com/articles/legendaddy,53383/
- ↑ http://www.televisionwithoutpity.com/show/how_i_met_your_mother/legendaddy.php
- ↑ http://au.tv.ign.com/articles/115/1156895p1.html
- Legendaddy at the English Wikipedia
- Legendaddy at CBS
- Legendaddy at CBS Press Express
- Legendaddy at the Internet Movie Database
- Legendaddy at TV.com
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