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February 19, 2007
Robin is upset when she learns how much of Ted's stuff came from his exes. Barney gets revenge on Lily for making him see her bad play by putting on a play of his own.
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Lily forces the whole group to come to her play, despite protestations from Barney. The play is shown to be extremely long and dull, and all four of them hate it, though Barney is the only one to actually tell Lily his honest opinion. Lily argues that friends are supposed to be nice to each other and tells Barney that, if he were in a play, she would watch it and have only good things to say about it. Barney sees this as a challenge and puts on his own one-man show. When the show begins, it is clear the show (titled Suck It, Lily) has been designed to get back at Lily. During in the show, he repeats the word "moist" (a word that Lily was shown to hate earlier in the episode), sprays the audience (in particular Lily) with a water pistol, dresses as a robot, and plays the recorder terribly. Lily eventually gives in and admits she has nothing nice to say about his show, and the group then decide to leave. Barney, however, still wants to perform a second act, which is so bad that Marshall slaps him for the second time, thanks to the Slap Bet.
- In Slap Bet, Barney loses a slap bet to Marshall, allowing Marshall to slap him Five Times at any time. The second slap occurs in this episode. The first slap occurred in Slap Bet, the third in Slapsgiving, and the fourth in Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap. In Disaster Averted, Marshall gets three more slaps, and uses two immediately.
- In Glitter, Marshall reveals that Lily eventually destroyed his Joey Buttafuoco pants.
- Marshall uses Bilson's game from Life Among the Gorillas of giving someone, in this case Barney, two fictional scenarios and asking them to choose by saying "What do you do? Go".
- Ted is wearing a sweater with the coat of arms of the Swiss city of Geneva on it, he wears it again in The Chain of Screaming.
- Barney is a man of revenge, as also evidenced by the events of The Exploding Meatball Sub.
- Robin's dogs are not seen after this episode.
- Barney is visibly displeased when Ted and Robin announce their decision to move in together, and attempts to sabotage them doing so in Moving Day.
- Robin mentions her aunt upstate again in The Autumn of Break-Ups, though there she appears to have just realized that she was a lesbian, despite her being aware of it here.
|Robin:||Do you still have feelings for her?|
|Ted:||(sarcastically) Yeah. I'm madly in love with her, and the only way I can deal with it is by holding on to a three dollar tube of lotion!|
- —Robin questions Ted's reason behind keeping a lotion of an ex-girlfriend
|Future Ted:||New York is famous for its theater, but there's many different levels. There's Broadway, off-Broadway, off-off-Broadway, homeless people screaming in the park, and then, below that, the play aunt Lily was in.|
|Barney:||Moist, moist, moist, moist, moist, moist, moist, moist, moist, moist, moist, moist.|
- —Barney bothering Lily with the word she hates most in the world in his play.
Notes and TriviaEdit
- Barney's play is entitled "Suck It Lily" as seen on a program when the gang sits down.
Goofs and ErrorsEdit
- Robin refers to her aunt as living with her 'lover', but then is unaware that her aunt is a lesbian seconds later when Lily mentions it. She only realizes her aunt is a lesbian in The Autumn of Break-Ups.
Allusions and Outside ReferencesEdit
- In discussing Marshall's preference for parachute pants, Robin refers to Joey Buttafuoco and the shooting of his wife while Ted brings up Bell Biv Devoe.
- When Barney mentions the clutter of Ted's apartment he compares it to the likeness of the restaurant Bennigan's.
- Barney's play features him singing a parody of the song Love of My Life by Queen.
- Paramedics were called during filming because Josh Radnor had a severe allergic reaction to the dogs especially in the scene where he is petting and being licked by the dalmatian. Up until this episode, Radnor was able to get by with "some Claritin and some thorough vacuuming."
- When Lily says "friends make each other feel good, they build each other up and support them. That's what being a good friend is about" Barney replies, "yeah, if you're a smurf". Ironically, four years after the episode aired, Neil Patrick Harris starred in the 2011 Smurf movie.
- The name of Barney´s play is "Suck it Lily". This can be seen in the playbill in the background right before the act starts.
- Terryn Westbrook - Staci Rawnsley
- E. E. Bell - Mystery Man
- Ashli Ford - Lauren Stein
- Diana Gettinger - Alison Moses
- Taylor Hoover - Jeannie Radford
- Jason L. Brandt - Hot Guy
- Rick Malambri - Floppy Haired Guy
- Evan Mann - Zach Grecco
Staci Krause of IGN gave the episode an 8.9 out of 10, stating that the episode was one of the funniest "for How I Met's of recent memory". She stated that she was "shocked, but in a good way" about how the Ted and Robin storyline was dealt with, although she looked forward to seeing how the relationship disintegrated from there, "because clearly, it had to." She also found Barney's one-man play hilarious, but stated that the real scene stealers for this episode were the 'dogs'. 
- ↑ Going to the Dogs, Josh Radnor's Celebrity Blog at TVGuide.com
- ↑ http://ign.com/articles/2007/02/20/how-i-met-your-mother-stuff-review
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