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HIMYM episode 2x20 (42)

Showdown
First aired:
April 30, 2007
Director:
Pamela Fryman
Writer:
Gloria Calderon Kellet
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Ted plans his best man speech for Marshall and Lily's wedding. Robin helps Lily gain weight to fit into her wedding dress. Meanwhile, Barney trains for an appearance on the Price is Right.


RecapEdit

As the date of their wedding approaches, Marshall and Lily suggest spending the two weeks before the wedding living away from each other, but think that their bond might be too strong. They are shown sharing sensations such as a stomachache and following each other everywhere. Robin suggests Lily come live with her, while Marshall helps Ted with his best man's speech.

While living with Robin, Lily tries on her dress, only to find she has lost so much weight that it no longer fits. Since fixing the dress is too expensive, Robin puts Lily on a diet where she is forced to eat as much as possible before the wedding. Lily enjoys it at first, but finds that she has actually lost weight, causing Robin to put more pressure on her, until she gives up.

Meanwhile, Ted is having trouble writing a best man's speech which Marshall is happy with, as he wants no mention of sex or drinking. Ted then tries a funny story about how Marshall accidentally first said "I love you" to Lily, but Marshall doesn't want her to hear it. Finally, Ted tries to censor a night out by replacing shots of alcohol with chocolate milk, and sex with holding hands. When Marshall complains this story is boring, Ted states that this is the best he can do with Marshall censoring him. The episode then cuts to Marshall and Lily's wedding, where Ted is making his speech, and is telling them about his difficulties writing the speech, until he found Marshall coming back to the apartment in the middle of the night. It is revealed that Lily and Marshall had been sneaking out every night and meeting at a hotel to spend time together, and also for Lily to eat enough to fit into her dress.

At the same time, Barney is preparing to see a taping of The Price is Right, and is practicing by learning the prices of various items, as well as how to properly spin the Big Wheel so as to land on the dollar. When asked why this matters so much, Barney explains that he wants to impress Bob Barker, who his mother told him is his biological father. After being called on down by TPIR announcer Rich Fields, Barney's knowledge of prices is shown to be excellent to the point where, while playing Clock Game, he spends most of the 30 seconds he is given showing Barker pictures of himself. He tells the price of his prize at the last second, gets a dollar on the Big Wheel in the Showcase Showdown, and bids the exact price of his Showcase (thereby winning both), but in the end loses the nerve to tell Barker that he believes the host is his father; instead, Barney congratulates him for "35 years of hosting The Price is Right". He then gives most of his prizes to Marshall and Lily for their wedding.

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GalleryEdit

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Memorable QuotesEdit

Barney: T.P.I.R. is not just an indescribably entertaining hour of television, it's a microcosm of our entire economic system--a capitalist utopia, where consumers are rewarded for their persistence, market acumen, and intrepid spirit. I gaze upon the glory of The Price is Right, and I see the face of America. And it is divine. Plus, you know, hot chicks on sports cars.

Notes and TriviaEdit

Goofs and ErrorsEdit

  • Barney mentions winning The Showcase Showdown which is the Big Wheel. He should have said he wanted to win the Showcase.
  • Marshall worries about Ted telling a story at his wedding because his mother would be disappointed in him eating junk food, specifically a bag of Funyuns. In Belly Full of Turkey, however, Marshall reveals that Funyuns are a key ingredient of one of his mother's signature Thanksgiving dishes, the "Seven-Layer Salad".
  • Lily says that she's lactose intolerant, but in The Sexless Innkeeper, she is seen eating ice cream.
    • Many people who are lactose intolerant can't handle raw milk, but can handle processed foods like cheese and ice cream, so this isn't necessarily a mistake.
    • This could not possibly be the case since in this episode they're referring to ice cream (Marshall had a ton of it), but it's possible that in the intervening years she started to take probiotics to treat her condition (they were not common in 2006, but were being sold by 2009); she's also shown eating milk with Fruit Loops in Spoiler Alert. Other possibility is that she just didn't mind the side-effects all that much when not in such a stressful situation as the wedding arriving.

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ReceptionEdit

  • Staci Krause of IGN gave the episode an 8.6 out of 10. She praised Lily and Marshall's storylines, saying that how they relied upon each other was hilarious, especially when she went to go get eggs with him. Her only criticism of the "cute story and cute storyline" was that "it seemed strange that Lily would have so much trouble gaining weight".  She also praised Barney and Ted's storyline especially that it gave "us a tidbit about Barney's past and how he became the man he is". She concluded the review saying that it was a "good episode and the next two episodes look to add more humor to Marshall and Lily's wedding." [2]
  • The St. Petersburg Comic Review gave this episode 9 out of 10 stars. "It's not a party without steel drums."

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