|“Mom and Dad”|
| First aired:|
November 18, 2013
When Barney’s father arrives at the hotel, Barney devises a plan that makes Robin very nervous. Meanwhile, Ted is convinced someone framed him by messing up a wedding-related duty.
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On Saturday at 3:00 PM, 27 hours before the wedding, Barney and Robin try to find someone to officiate their wedding in the wake of the previous minister's sudden death. James saves the day when he arrives with his father Sam, who is a minister and has agreed to perform the ceremony. Barney's father Jerome arrives with his wife. Barney, after seeing that Jerome and Loretta still get along well after all these years, gets excited at the possibility of the two getting back together. To that end, he has Ranjit drive his stepmother away and arranges for Jerome and Loretta to be trapped in an elevator together upon which he provides them with a champagne dinner and drenches them with water in an effort to get them to disrobe. They realize what Barney is doing and refuse to go any further, and James quickly rescues the two before revealing to Barney that he wants Loretta to reunite with Sam. Soon the two learn that Loretta and Sam actually have resumed their relationship since the gang found Sam in Long Island, and while Barney is initially upset, Robin convinces him that James needs his parents back together more after all he's lost recently. Barney agrees, and gives Sam and Loretta his blessing. As best man, Ted is entrusted with an autographed Wayne Gretzky photograph Barney plans to give to Robin as a wedding gift. When Ted's calligraphy ink spills on the photo, he has three main suspects which include Billy Zabka who may have done it to try and reclaim the best man position from Ted. However he learns that Zabka was getting a massage at the time, and when the other two suspects are discounted Lily convinces Ted that he is being paranoid and that his own carelessness caused the accident. However, when cleaning the ink off the photograph Lily finds it is actually a photograph of Zabka while Ted discovers that it was actually Jerome getting the massage in Zabka's name. Lily tackles Zabka and they confront him; he confesses that the "bad guy" roles he played in the 1980s led to widespread revilement, and being temporarily promoted as best man was a rare affirmation of his character and he intended to be the 'good guy' by finding a replacement for the photo. However, he realizes that he allowed himself to truly become a bad guy and he apologises. Ted decides to tell Barney Billy's version of events, though Barney does not reassign the best man duties. Daphne and Marshall seem to finally get along well together but Daphne's mood sours after her daughter, hearing that Daphne might miss her Model UN speech, tells her not to come; this reveals that the story Daphne told Marshall in Minneapolis was not really a lie as she had claimed. Daphne explains that her daughter, who lives with Daphne's ex-husband, doesn't understand that Daphne spends time away to support the family. Marshall insists on bringing Daphne to the speech recital, which they reach in time, correctly believing that Daphne's daughter will forgive her as long as she shows up. Daphne is proud when her daughter gives an aggressive speech that praises oil and denounces environmentalism; Marshall, feeling uneasy, says farewell to Daphne and excuses himself and Marvin to continue their journey to Farhampton. In the end tag, Jerome successfully finds Ranjit's limousine and demands his wife back (he reported her missing to the police).
- This episode revisited the longstanding mystery of the pineapple from the The Pineapple Incident.
- Ted tried to be a detective in this episode. In Dowisetrepla, he said that he and his sister were "The Mosby Boys", a 'detective agency' they ran as children.
- Daphne mentioned her daughter's model UN speech in Coming Back.
- Marshall made Daphne listen to 500 miles in The Lighthouse.
- William Zabka said that he was the bad guy in movies. It was mentioned in The Bro Mitzvah that he's the bad guy in The Karate Kid.
- Barney breaks another bottle of Glen McKenna. Not only that, but in the same location as Ted (as seen in the end of Last Time in New York).
- The elderly Rastafarian on the beach is seen eating a sandwich.
- Sam seductively mentions Loretta's name the same way he did in his first appearance in Cleaning House.
- Robin mentioned that James is having a divorce, as revealed in Coming Back.
- Future Ted mentioned Lily tackling someone else at the wedding weekend in The Locket.
- The song the iPod plays for Jerry and Loretta in the elevator is a version of Bang-Bang-Bangity-Bang from Of Course.
- In the scene where Barney, Loretta, and Jerry singing together (this is the way Barney convey his point to James), Loretta calls Barney "Wuv, Wuv." This is the nickname that Loretta gives to Barney that first appear at The Bro Mitzvah.
Future References (Contains Spoilers)
- The picture Barney gives to Ted for him to protect is given to Robin in The Rehearsal Dinner.
- As arranged in this episode, Sam goes on to perform Barney and Robin's wedding ceremony in The End of the Aisle.
|Ted:||I'm tellin' all y'all...it's Zabka-Tage!|
- —Ted calls Zabka out on revenge.
|Barney:||I see what you're doing, you didn't bring your dad here to marry us, you wanna get him back together with mom, which is completely insane, by the way.|
|James:||My dad is single, mom is single, your dad is happily married and with two kids. Which one makes more sense?|
|Barney:||I agree, it's a tie.|
|Loretta:||(singing) We're reunited and we're going so strong.|
|Jerome:||(singing) My wife died para-sailing and I've moved on.|
|Loretta:||And now our Barney-boy will always be near.|
|Barney:||I'll come to live with you and it won't be weird.|
|Loretta:||Of course not, Wuv-Wuv!|
|Altogether:||Back together and forever we'll be.|
|Barney:||And Barney makes three!|
|Jerome:||We love you, champ!|
|Robin:||And I live here, too, since we're married and I'm totally cool with it!|
|Loretta:||(singing) We're reunited and I'm feeling so glad.|
|Sam:||(singing) I'm so much sexier than Barney's dad.|
|James:||Back together, now our life's right on track.|
|Barney:||But she's banging my dad behind your dad's back.|
|Jerome:||When you're at work, I'm all over her rack.|
|James:||That's not true.|
|Barney:||Yes, it is.|
|James:||That's not funny.|
|Barney:||Mom, break the news.|
|Loretta:||Okay, we're screwin' like bunnies.|
|Sam:||I'll kick your ass.|
|Jerome:||I'd like to see you try.|
|James:||Well, my dad would win in a fight.|
|Barney:||No, my dad would win in a fight.|
|Barney:||Yeah My dad would win. Yeah. In a fight. Yeah!|
|James:||No, my dad would win in a fight!|
|Robin:||Don't fight! - I'm marrying into this family.|
|Daphne:||You are not allowed to use that word! Only we're allowed to use that word!|
|Marshall:||I am so sorry. I will never call you or anyone else a Trekkie again.|
Notes and Trivia
Goofs and Errors
Allusions and Outside References
- William Zabka said he was the bad guy in a movie at 1984, which is The Karate Kid.
- William Zabka's line "You're alright Mosby" is a reference to his character Johnny Lawrence's last line in the film The Karate Kid when Johnny willingly hands over the trophy to Daniel LaRusso.
- Marshall apparently refers to Daphne as a "Trekkie", a term used for fans of Star Trek.
- The inner lining of Barney and James' suits in this episode are both matching light blue satin, which can be seen when they are fighting.
- On Ted's board investigating 'The Pineapple incident' the following things can be seen: Trudy; Maury Povich; a penguin; a Chinese dragon; a post-it note saying 'Amelia Earhart'; a beer; a bat; a watermelon; a map of Dubai.
- John Lithgow - Jerome Whittaker
- Wayne Brady - James
- Frances Conroy - Loretta
- Sherri Shepherd - Daphne
- Ben Vereen - Sam Gibbs
- William Zabka - Himself
- Marshall Manesh - Ranjit
- Nancy Lenehan - Cheryl Whittaker
- Robert Belushi - Linus
- Napoleon Ryan - Claude
- Tre Moye - Bellhop
- Kyla-Drew Simmons - Shondra
- Bruno Amato - Cop
- Elizabeth Pan - Spa Attendant
- The initial showing of the episode received 8.11 million viewers.
- Donna Bowman of the A.V. Club gave the episode a B+.
- Max Nicholson of IGN gave the episode a 5 out of 10.
- The St. Petersburg Comic Review gave this episode 8 out of 10 stars. "...Barney and his crazy schemes...this time with Mom and Dad..."
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