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The Rehearsal Dinner 

Barney becomes fixated on having his rehearsal dinner at a laser tag arena, much to Robin's dismay. Meanwhile, Ted doesn't come through on a promise, which aggravates Lily.


Pamela Fryman


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Episode complete credited cast:
Josh Radnor ... Ted Mosby
Jason Segel ... Marshall Eriksen
Cobie Smulders ... Robin Scherbatsky
Cristin Milioti ... Tracy McConnell (credit only)
Neil Patrick Harris ... Barney Stinson
Alyson Hannigan ... Lily Aldrin
Wayne Brady ... James
Alan Thicke ... Alan Thicke
Patrick Hancock ... Security Guard
Victoria Boa ... Louise Poirier
Jeff Kueppers ... Norman Breakey
Lawrence Larsen ... Dr. Frederick Banting
Luc Radu ... Guy
Natalie Harlan West ... Woman


During what is supposed to be their rehearsal dinner at the Inn, Barney, handcuffed, and Robin are in the security office of the only laser tag facility in Farhampton, Barney handcuffed for causing a disturbance. Barney and Robin explain how they got to where they currently are, which includes Robin's compromise on the wedding by not having it Canada as she wanted, Barney's want to hold the rehearsal dinner as a game of laser tag, and the two previously agreeing that there would be no more last minute surprises in their relationship. For that rehearsal dinner, Robin and Barney reluctantly agreed to let Ted play the piano, something that he believes he can learn to do in a couple of month's lesson time. What Ted ends up deciding to do on this matter irks Lily. Conversely, Ted is irked that Lily doesn't seem to be able to keep secrets, despite she having been able to keep Ted's secret thus far about moving to Chicago following the wedding. Lily feels the need to unburden herself to Ted ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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English | Italian | French

Release Date:

2 December 2013 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


During the scene in which Ted Mosby is receiving his piano lesson in costume, the piece of music he is asked to play is the Black Key Etude by Chopin. See more »


The security office is situated in the middle of the ice rink meaning Robin would have had to walk over the ice at some point and giving the game away. See more »


Barney Stinson: We'll just have a nice, tasteful rehearsal dinner. Maybe at a French restaurant. I know just the place.
Robin Scherbatsky: [knowing what's coming] What's the name of the restaurant?
Barney Stinson: La... Sertag!
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Maple Leaf Rag
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The most inconsistent season ever continues
5 December 2013 | by hitdoctor24See all my reviews

The Rehearsal Dinner was a great, refreshing episode of How I Met Your Mother. After the last two abysmal episodes, my hope for this show was pretty much gone. Luckily, this episode delivered. So far, this season has had two great episodes, two good episodes, two decent episodes, and six god awful episodes. The Rehearsal Dinner was very funny for once, and at times even hilarious. Barney's plan was genius, and I never saw it coming. This was really the only episode all year where I feel like all 5 main actors were on top of their game. Lily has had some truly horrible dialogue this season (not her fault, largely because Alyson Hanigan's chemistry with Jason Siegel is simply non existent this year due to Marshall being away. However, I liked her in this episode. This episode felt more like an older episode of HIMYM, very much like Platonish did.

Ted falling on the ice, while predictable, was a classic moment. Probably the best laugh the show's given me all season. So overall, this was a very good episode. It wasn't quite up to the standards of Platonish, but it was easily the funniest episode of the season. With Season 9 half way over, I really hope Monday night was a sign of what's to come. They've already bastardized the show, but they may be able to salvage the remains if they deliver a quality second half of episodes.

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