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Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap

HIMYM episode 5x09 (97)

Slapsgiving 2 - mickey slaps
First aired:
November 23, 2009
Director:
Pamela Fryman
Writer:
Jamie Rhonheimer
Barney's Blog

Images (18)

Thanksgiving 2009: Marshall bequeaths the fourth slap to Ted and Robin. Lily is reunited with her father.


RecapEdit

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Future Ted describes the Thanksgiving of 2009, when Lily and Marshall invited the gang over to their apartment for dinner. Marshall had picked out a wonderful turkey, but had left it in the cab. Robin and Ted pick it up at the Port Authority, and in gratitude, Marshall bequeaths one of his slap bet slaps to them, on the condition they slap before sundown and decide amongst themselves who gets to slap Barney.

Lily's estranged father, Mickey shows up. Divorced from Lily's mother, Mickey had been living in his parents' (Lily's grandparents) basement, trying to develop his strange board game ideas and taking advantage of his father's generosity. Marshall describes the look he saw in Lily's eyes at that moment, calling it the "you're dead to me" look. She had used the look on other people for trivial reasons, but she had not spoken to or of her father for three years.

Marshall, who is used to a close-knit family (he teleconferences with them for Sunday dinner), tries to convince Lily to allow her father to have dinner with them. She stubbornly refuses, but Marshall invites him in anyway, only to see Lily walk out the door. As they sit and wait for Lily to return, they play one of Mickey's unsuccessful games, "Diseases." After a part of the game sprays lead paint and horse bile all over the turkey, Marshall kicks him out and looks for Lily.

He finds her at Mr. Park's bodega, a man she had given her "you're dead to me" look. While she waited at the counter, hoping to avoid Mr. Park, she found out that he had died, which makes her depressed. Realizing what it would mean if her father died without seeing him again, they return to have Thanksgiving dinner together, inadvertently upsetting Mr. Park's widow.

Meanwhile, Ted and Robin playfully argue about who should slap Barney, begging off the honor to each other, but quickly start arguing seriously. Barney tries to extend the argument (to pass the deadline of sundown), frightened of the prospect of being tied to a chair and slapped. Eventually, Robin gifts the slap to Ted, praising his growth since being left at the altar. Ted gifts the slap to Robin, as closure to her relationship with Barney. Robin gifts the slap to Mickey as a welcome to the gang. Mickey gifts the slap to Lily as an apology for his absentee parenting. Lily can't bring herself to slap Barney, and Marshall explains that he gave out the slap to bring everyone together. A nerve-wracked Barney is released from the chair, but before he can sit down to dinner, Marshall slaps him in the face proclaiming, "That's four!".

As a postscript, a commercial is shown of Mickey's new board game, Slap Bet, recreating the gang's tradition of slaps as a family game.

ContinuityEdit

GalleryEdit

  • Marshall kisses the Thanksgiving turkey
  • Lily's Dad arrives unannounced
  • The "You're Dead to Me" look
  • Marshall uses his fourth slap
  • Aldrin Games' only successful game
  • Aldrin Games' newest game
  • Ted and Robin have to decide who gets to slap Barney.
  • Barney talking smack before getting slapped.
  • To slap or not to slap?
  • Does Lily (the slap bet commissioner) get to slap Barney?
For a listing of all images on the wiki tagged as being from this episode, see Category:Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap images.

Memorable QuotesEdit

Robin: Last year you got left at the altar, you lost your job, you've come such a long way since then. I'm so proud of you, Ted. You deserve to slap someone in his face as hard as you can.

Notes and TriviaEdit

Goofs and ErrorsEdit

  • Mickey claims that he wasn't even invited to the wedding. At the time, he was already 'dead to her'. But in Something Borrowed she explains that she had to have the harp player at the wedding because Lily's father owed her a favor.
    • It's possible something happened between Mickey and the harp player before Lily decided that Mickey was dead to her. Mickey made the promise to the harp player that to make it up to her when he daughter got married she could perform and Lily still felt obligated to honor the commitment.
  • After Ted's "Gall Bladder" explodes in "Diseases", virtually no bile goes on the turkey or any of the characters. After the camera changes, it is all over the turkey and most people.
  • In the flashback to her wedding Lily is wearing a veil but her veil was ruined in the parking lot she never actually wore a veil in either of her weddings the one outside nor the one inside.
  • In the flashback of Lily and her father in 2006, she had bangs. Lily didn't have bangs then, not until 2007

Allusions and Outside ReferencesEdit

MusicEdit

Other NotesEdit

  • Chris Elliott, who plays Lily's dad, is 13 years older than Alyson Hannigan.
  • An alternate title for this episode was "Lily's Dad", but the title was changed before airing. [1]
  • International Airdate: Australia: April 15, 2010 on Channel 7; United Kingdom: July 22, 2010 on E4.

GuestsEdit


ReceptionEdit

Donna Bowman of the AV Club rated the episode as B, saying the episode set itself up for failure by attempting to be a sequel to Slapsgiving, one of the most popular episodes of the show. [2]
Brian Zoromski of IGN gave the episode 8 out of 10. [3]
Cindy McLennan of Television Without Pity rated the episode as A. [4]

References Edit

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