| First aired:|
November 16, 2009
| Barney's Blog|
Barney's Blog 2
Barney dusts off his playbook filled with strategies on how to pick up women and Lily seeks to put a stop to it. Ted and Marshall insist Robin is about to fall in love.
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Future Ted explains that the key to dating was self-confidence, which Barney had in spades, but usually that confidence was in a character. We turn to see Barney sitting in MacLaren's in a full scuba suit drinking scotch. Lily pulls aside a woman at the bar, warning her of Barney's villainy. The woman (Claire) sits down with the rest of the gang as they explain the events that led up to that night.
After their breakup, Barney and Robin were taking different approaches to coping. Robin said she wanted to throw herself into her career, but Marshall and Ted are convinced she will find the love of her life, citing several friends who gave up on dating to focus on their work, only to be married (or in a civil union) months later. Barney, on the other hand, decided to re-enter the dating scene with a vengeance, using his sacred "Playbook." The book describes a set of con-artist scenarios designed to seduce a woman.
Meanwhile, Lily tries to set up Ted with a fellow teacher. She had originally tried to get them to meet, but she found Ted and Marshall in the middle of a chicken-finger mouth-stuffing attempt, so she convinced her coworker Ted wasn't there. But Ted is stood up, and after confronting the woman, Lily finds out that she was seduced by an exotic man at MacLaren's Pub. Lily realizes it was Barney, and is understandably perturbed.
Barney describes the play he used, the "Lorenzo von Matterhorn", using fake websites, a smartphone, and an exotic name. As revenge, Lily steals the Playbook and threatens to publish it on the Internet if Barney does not stop tricking women into sleeping with him. He blames Al-Qaeda for stealing the book. He promptly shows up at the apartment in the aforementioned scuba suit, saying he will be at the bar. The "Scuba Diver" con is not in the Playbook, so the gang goes downstairs to find out what it is. Claire, the girl Lily had approached at the beginning of the episode, is also curious to find out what the scuba suit is for, so the gang sits with Barney.
He begins to act cocky, but Barney eventually breaks down, admitting that his breakup with Robin was hurting him, and this was how he coped. Touched, the gang strongly advises Claire to go out with Barney for a cup of coffee. After they leave, the gang gets a text from Barney and finds the description of the "Scuba Diver" under their table at MacLaren's. It was actually an elaborate and long con, involving Lily's disgust at the Playbook, revealing Barney's tricks to his prey (Claire), Barney's fake breakdown over his breakup, and his friends encouraging the prey to go with Barney. The gang had been elaborately fooled. Lily says "You son of a bitch!"
Finally, a new co-host, Don, arrives at Robin's pre-morning show. Future Ted then says, "That was the day she met Don". Robin says "Damn it, Marshall" quietly to herself, as if she was suddenly realizing that Ted and Marshall's taunting may have had some truth.
- Lily stares at Robin's breasts in the beginning of the episode. In Robin 101, Lily mentions she's had sexual dreams involving Robin and in Best Prom Ever Robin fulfilled Lily's dream of having a lesbian experience by kissing her.
- The advertisement promoting the episode (seen here) mention examples from Barney's playbook including The Lesbian (used by Barney in I Heart NJ) and The Time Traveler (used by Barney in Intervention).
- Barney uses a technique called The Ted Mosby where he tells a girl how he was left at the altar. This is in reference to how Stella left Ted at the altar in Shelter Island.
- According to Ted and Marshall's predictions throughout the episode, Robin would meet her future husband since she was no longer looking for a relationship. At the end of the episode Future Ted notes it is "ironically" the day Robin meets her new co-host, Don. They went on to date throughout the rest of Season 5.
|Girl:||Really? A genie comes out of it?|
|Barney:||Only if you rub it hard enough.|
- —The My Penis Grants Wishes
|Barney:||I'm the bass player from Cheap Trick.|
- —The Cheap Trick
|Girl:||Wow! You're an astronaut?|
|Barney:||Shhh! I'm actually in a top-secret government space program called Secret NASA, or SNASA.|
|Girl:||Wow. SNASA? Do you go to the moon and stuff?|
|Barney:||Well, not the moon you're familiar with. Though I have been to the smoon.|
|Girl:||Wow, the smoon.|
- —The SNASA
|Barney:||Whoa! Don't drink that! I saw some guy slip something in there.|
|Barney:||(points to Ted) Um, that guy.|
|Girl:||(Ted gets tackled by bartender) Thank you.|
- —The Don't Drink That
|Barney:||I got left at the Altar.|
- —The Ted Mosby
|Barney:||Every woman in New York! Barney Stinson is back on the market. Mothers lock up your daughters, daughters lock up your MILSWANCA.|
|Ted:||Oh I got it, Mothers I Like To Sleep With And Never Call Again|
|Barney:||Correct! Circle gets a square.|
Barney claims to a girl that he's an astronaut from SNASA (Secret NASA), and when the girl ask about outer space, he claims that he knows about SMoon (Secret Moon).
The Ted MosbyEdit
Barney wears Ted's clothes and claims to a girl that he just got left by the altar.
The Mrs. StinsfireEdit
Barney becomes the new cleaning lady at a Sorority.
The Cheap TrickEdit
Barney claims that he's the bass player of the band Cheap Trick.
The "He's Not Coming"Edit
Barney goes to the Empire State Building observation deck and says "He's not coming" to the girls he meets until one of them believes him.
The Lorenzo Von MatterhornEdit
Barney finds a girl that has a good cellphone and claims to be famous, the girl then will web-search Lorenzo and found some made-up website Barney prepared, then Lorenzo comes back and the girl will adore him (Note: Lorenzo tells lies, except one: he said he won 3rd place on laser tag championship, but he said the competition was in Vatican).
The Scuba DiverEdit
Barney waits in the bar with a diving suit, while the gang tells the girl that she's going to be the next victim, but before that, Barney must first do "The Lorenzo Von Matterhorn" with one of the gang's friends (in this case, it's Lily's friend), then Lily will explain all the lies to her friend. Forcing her to hire an actress who will seduce Barney and then steal the Playbook, Barney then will do The Scuba Diver, which can't be found anywhere in the book, making the gang curious about The Scuba Diver, then the gang will ask about The Scuba Diver and Barney will tell his next victim. The gang will tell the girl all about Barney. Then the gang plus the girl will ask Barney about The Scuba Diver, Barney then will give up and then ask the girl out for coffee. After Barney and the girl leave, the gang will find a note under their desk that will explain about "The Scuba Diver".
Notes and TriviaEdit
Goofs and ErrorsEdit
- In the search result for "Lorenzo von Matterhorn" which pops up on the screen just after Barney leaves Shelly at the bar, one of the search results is titled "Lorenzo von Matterhorn is not a jerk", and the page it links to is http://www.tedmosbyisajerk.com.
- Earlier in the series (in The Bracket), this website was created by Anna, with whom Barney had slept early in Season 2 and to whom he lied that he was architect Ted Mosby. The website was her way of paying Barney back.
- Technically speaking, Barney would have had to hack the server hosting the website in order to insert the Lorenzo von Matterhorn article in it (something which Barney would have been more than capable of doing).
- When Lily reveals that she has the Playbook, Robin looks shocked. (Robin wasn't there when Lily told it to Barney.) But when Lily tried to upload the Playbook, Robin was there and must have known that Lily had it. Ergo, she shouldn't have been suprised when Lily showed it at the bar.
Allusions and Outside ReferencesEdit
- When the Playbook is revealed, Marshall jokes about how prolific an author Barney is - referencing the Bro Code - comparing him to prolific author Stephen King.
- Barney describes a play called "Mrs. Stinsfire" where he dresses as a woman, a reference to the Robin Williams film Mrs. Doubtfire.
- In one of his plays, Barney claims that he's the bass player of the band Cheap Trick.
- Marshall describes a set of people who get married after forgoing the dating scene. A couple wearing Star Trek uniforms is shown. One gay co-worker finds the love of his life, but they are an exception, instead of declaring them married, Marshall describes pending legislation on the floor of the New York State Senate, a reference to the debate over same-sex marriage.
- After Ted guesses the meaning of MILSWANCA (Mothers I Would Like To Sleep With And Never Call Again), an alternative acronym for MILF, correctly, Barney says,"Correct! Circle gets the square.", a reference to game show Hollywood Squares.
- Rondo Alla Turca - Mozart accompanies the sequences from Barney's Playbook.
- A piano version of Nino Rota's "What Is A Youth" from the 1968 film version of Romeo and Juliet is used for when Barney finally succeeds with "The He's Not Coming" play.
- In the booth Barney sits at while in his scuba gear there is a sign that says "On this site in 1897... Nothing Happened".
- This sign is visible in several other episodes, such as Double Date, whenever the gang is at the corner booth. It is also visible in the intro sequence.
- After the airing of this episode, "Lorenzo Von Matterhorn" (one of Barney's playbook aliases) became the fastest rising Google search for the day of November 16, 2009. The show created the tie-in websites mentioned in the episode: Balloon Explorers Club, Big Business Journal, Extremities Quarterly. A Wikipedia page for Lorenzo Von Matterhorn was also created October 21, but was deleted when the show revealed it to be a hoax.
- International Airdates: Australia: April 8, 2010 on Channel 7; United Kingdom: July 15, 2010 on E4.
- Benjamin Koldyke - Don Frank (cameo)
- Sarah Wright - Claire
- Alex Parton - Danny Dakota
- Eva Amurri - Shelly
- Raquel Alessi - Roberta
- Katie Malia - Christy
- Jaime Taite - Christina
- Kim Knight - Tricia
- Jannel Diaz - Chris
- Nicole Foster Tomlinson - Girl
Donna Bowman of The A.V. Club graded the episode an "A-" in her review; she cheered the return of the "unredeemed essence" of Barney in the wake of his breakup with Robin. 
Brian Zoromski of IGN gave the episode 9.6 out of 10. 
Cindy McLennan of Television Without Pity graded the episode an A. 
- ↑ http://www.google.com/trends/hottrends?sa=X&date=2009-11-16
- ↑ http://www.tvovermind.com/how-i-met-your-mother/lorenzo-von-matterhorn-dont-ask-wikipedia/13712
- ↑ http://cliqueclack.com/tv/2009/11/16/how-i-met-your-mother-and-barneys-back/
- ↑ http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Lorenzo_von_Matterhorn&oldid=326274846
- ↑ http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-playbook,35449/
- ↑ http://au.tv.ign.com/articles/104/1046302p1.html
- ↑ http://www.televisionwithoutpity.com/show/how_i_met_your_mother/the_playbook_1.php
- The Playbook at the English Wikipedia
- The Playbook at the Internet Movie Database
- The Playbook at TV.com
- The Playbook Tricks at Youtube
- The Playbook at MySpace
- The Playbook 20 second promotional video.
- The Playbook 120 second promotional video.
- Big Business Journal Lorenzo Von Matterhorn Website #1.
- Extremities Quarterly Lorenzo Von Matterhorn Website #2.
- Balloon Explorers Club Lorenzo Von Matterhorn Website #3.
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