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Bachelor Party 

Ted changes Barney's bachelor party plans for Marshall at the last minute, so that it won't just consist of gambling and cheap strippers. And Robin gets Lily an inappropriate shower party gift.


Pamela Fryman


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Episode cast overview:
Josh Radnor ... Ted Mosby
Jason Segel ... Marshall Eriksen
Cobie Smulders ... Robin Scherbatsky
Neil Patrick Harris ... Barney Stinson
Alyson Hannigan ... Lily Aldrin
K Callan ... Grandma Lois
Meagen Fay ... Janice
Matt Boren Matt Boren ... Stuart
Joe Manganiello ... Brad
Erin Cardillo ... Treasure
Patricia Place Patricia Place ... Aunt Florence
Jamie Hagan ... Stripper (as Jamie Rose Hagan)
Corie Vickers ... Cousin Margaret


Ted and Marshall have agreed that there will be no strippers at Marshall's bachelor party which they plan on holding in Atlantic City with their friends Stuart and Brad also invited. Barney plans on hiring a stripper anyway. But when Ted tells Barney on the way that they are not going to Atlantic City but to Foxwoods instead (since Ted knew Barney would have a stripper waiting in Atlantic City), Ted thinks he's pulled one over on Barney. In turn, Barney pulls a maneuver which he thinks has outfoxed the fox, although Barney's new plan doesn't come off quite the way he or anyone else quite expects. Meanwhile, Lily is having her bridal shower. Barney talks Robin into buying Lily a vibrator as a gift. When Robin arrives at the shower, she sees that it is not the vibrator type crowd. Feeling embarrassed if anyone at the shower sees what she's bought, Robin does whatever she can throughout the evening to retrieve her gift from the gift table without anyone seeing what she's done or worse ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

9 April 2007 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the scene where Barney, Ted, Marshall and Stuart are eating steaks after the strip, at the wall of the restaurant there are caricatures of celebrities. Among them, there are caricatures of HIMYM's creators and writers. See more »


In the scene where Barney goes to meet Lily who is still in San Francisco (around the 20 minute mark), he buys a ticket for her and says "I can't keep stealing chicks from Marshall". In the second episode of the season where he does the referred stealing, he does so 'after' Marshall "checks out Robin's ass" and that's when Lily is back in NY. See more »


Barney: Okay, Ted, you won.
Ted: [sees a stripper, even though they didn't hire one]
Barney: You are one pathetic loser.
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References Sex and the City (1998) See more »


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Funny and charming, but somewhat forgettable
22 November 2015 | by SLionsCricketreviewsSee all my reviews

In a very strong season, "Bachelor Party" manages to stick out as one of the weaker episodes, yet is a mostly charming and entertaining episode.

Marshall's attempts at having a 'stripper-free' bachelor party go awry when Barney has to have a say in it, while Robin finds herself in awkward territory at Lily's wedding shower due to a gift she bought.

Surprisingly enough for me, the titular plot in this episode turned out to be the weaker part, often slowing down the episode. There didn't seem to be as many laughs as usual regarding Barney and Marshall, but rather, Robin's plot featured plenty of amusement. The scene that features the good ol' 'switcheroo' is one of the funniest moments in this episode.

"Bachelor Party" is funny, entertaining, stays true to its characters, but is one of the more forgettable episodes from the very strong and very consistent second season.

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