'How I Met Your Mother' Recap: Barney Surprises Robin In 'Rehearsal Dinner'
How I Met Your Mother got closer to Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin’s (Cobie Smulders) exchange of wedding vows in “The Rehearsal Dinner,” which saw the soon-to-be wed couple and the long married Marshall (Jason Segal) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) tackling some trust issues.
How I Met Your Mother Recap
Barney likes to lie. With Robin, he likes to lie to her to make smile with the truth. Even his proposal began with a lie about dating Patrice. In a flashback, it’s revealed that that he pretended to break up with Robin and kicked her out of the house only to surprise her with a suitcase full of puppies. Although she loved the puppies, Robin told Barney that he had to quit with the traumatic surprises.
After hearing Robin’s tough talk, Barney seems to convince himself that his fiancé has a surprise up her sleeve for him in the form of a laser tag-themed rehearsal dinner. He takes off to the local laser tag establishment where he apparently finds himself carted off the laser tag facility’s security office.
Robin's Canadian Wedding Rehearsal
Another flashback brings the group back to the early days of planning the Stinson and Sherbatsky wedding. With a handful of Canada jokes, they each shutdown Robin’s hope of tying the knot in her native country. Although Barney wouldn’t trek up to Canada for the wedding, he brought Canada to Robin for their rehearsal dinner – complete with her crush Alan Thicke, an autographed Wayne Gretsky picture and an ice skating rink.
Lily, meanwhile, is trying to find a way to forgive Marshall for having kept his judgeship from her. She opened up to both Ted (Josh Radnor) and Robin about Marshall’s career plans, and wondered what it means for her and Italy. Marshall’s road trip will soon come to an end, and the married pair will soon have to deal head-on with their conflicting paths.
How I Met Your Mother airs Sundays on CBS at 8/7c.
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