Marshall's game night leads to some startling and very embarrassing revelations.



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During a game night Robin gets to meet Victoria. What actually was planned to be a funny night turns quite serious when Barney's former love Shannon gives an old tape to Lily which shows the "real" Barney. While watching the tape an embarrassed Barney storms off. When he returns, Barney tells a story from 1998, when he seems to have been a whole different person, and what made him the person he is today. To make Barney feel better, all others also tell their most embarrassing stories. Written by Sab

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Comedy | Romance


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27 February 2006 (USA)  »

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Apart from How I Met Your Mother: Pilot (2005), and until the airing of the sixth season episode How I Met Your Mother: Hopeless (2011), this was the only episode to feature a different title sequence than the rest of the series, using a shorter version of the theme tune presumably to allow for more commercial time. The flying 'How I Met Your Mother' text seen in the pilot is used, accompanied by a shorter rendition of the normal theme music. The first two bars of the theme are shortened from eight to four notes, which then cuts to the ending of the normal theme. See more »


While Ted explains his most embarrassing story, "The Re-Return," there are references and 'flashbacks' to the pilot episode. Ted is explaining that later that night after he told Robin that he loved her, there was a lot of drinking and Ted 're-returned' to Robin's apartment while drunk. Obviously the 're-return' was shot specifically for this episode. However, there was one major and several minor mistakes made during the 'flashback' scenes. The simple things were about how crowded the bar was, the lights and neon signs of the bar, the objects on the gang's table, and the tie choice that Ted wore. The major, and very obvious and easily-fixable mistake was Ranjit's shirt. In the pilot, Ranjit wore a cornflower blue jacket. Then, for the re-shoots, he was wearing a deep red long-sleeve polo shirt. See more »


Barney Stinson: [finishing his story about his ex-girlfriend Shannon] And then she told me about her life. Her and Greg dated for awhile, then split up. Here's the real kicker, Shannon's a mom. She has a little kid named Max. That's crazy. That could've been my kid. But, instead what do I have? My whole life's some money in the bank, some suits in my closet, and a string of one-night stands.
[begins to cry]
Lily Aldrin: Hey, come one. I mean, just because her life went one way, and yours went another doesn't make your life ...
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Instead of the usual opening sequence, only the title is shown in white text on black background with a 3 second version of the theme. See more »


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Nei Patrick Harris Is Again the Star
17 November 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

For some reason this has a much shorter intro, no photos are showed, just the how's title flying to the screen.

Plot In A Paragraph: The gang gets to meet Victoria during a game night. But the night takes a funny turn when Barney's former love Shannon gives an old tape to Lily which shows the "real" Barney. While watching the tape an embarrassed Barney storms out. When he returns, Barney tells a story about what made him the person he is today. To tell the full story, he blackmails all others into telling their most embarrassing stories.

Whilst I enjoyed seeing Victoria (Ashely Williams) again, and I'm really rooting for them as a couple, this episode is all about Barney Stinson. Once again Neil Patrick Harris delivers the goods as Barney. We learn how he got his catchphrase "Suit Up" when he's handed a flier advertising suits. A pattern had emerged on this show that the best episodes feature Neil Patrick Harris's Barney Stinson heavily. Oh how the Emmys have robbed that man.

The transformation scene is hilarious.

One part I didn't like was the montage at the end, showing that despite the awesomeness of Victoria, Ted is still obsessed with doing things for Robin (and he keeps it a secret from Victoria)

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