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How I Met Your Mother Episode: "Slapsgiving"

Season 3, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: Marshall and Lily host their first Thanksgiving as a married couple, but things don't go smoothly. Meanwhile, Barney becomes preoccupied with the “Slap Bet” and the anxiety of not knowing when the next blow will arrive. Bob: Orson Bean. Younger Bob: Eben Ham.
Original Air Date: Nov 19, 2007
Guest Cast Eben Ham: Younger Bob Orson Bean: Bob Bob Saget
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Season 3, Episode 9
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Length: 21:38
Aired: 11/19/2007
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"Slapsgiving" Season 3, Episode 9

Happy Slapsgiving! Forget the turkey, stuffing and pies. How I Met Your Mother served up what we all really wanted - Barney getting slapped. I know that none of you really believed that Lily's edict about no slapping being allowed would actually hold, but I hope you all still enjoyed the moment when it actually happened as much as I did. Of course, there was more going on tonight than just watching Barney grow twitchier and twitchier as the countdown ticked closer and closer to zero. Robin had a new boyfriend, Bob, who was one of my favorite aspects of the episode. Bob, age 41, spent the entire episode being shown to us through Ted's jealous ex-boyfriend gaze, which saw him as a very elderly man. Seeing a man old enough to be my grandfather spout phrases like, "We's gonna get silly, bitches!" as he hands over the Jell-O shots he brought to Thanksgiving dinner was just surreally hysterical. Despite thinking to myself that Robin would never date a guy like Bob, I found myself very fond of him, even the false, warped image of himself that he was. I hope everyone noticed that, while Ted and Robin were waving lighters during Marshall's song, Bob was waving his cell phone. Ha. We also had a lot going on with Ted and Robin, who, it seems, finally realized that it wasn't exactly easy trying to be friends right after the breakup of a yearlong relationship. I really did appreciate the show finally acknowledging this fact instead of dancing around it, even if we did need to suffer through a slightly obnoxious running joke of Ted and Robin's where they saluted while repeating anything that was said relating to the armed forces. It was slightly amusing at the beginning of the episode, but I can just imagine the toll a joke like that would take when repeated a few times a week for a year. Anyway, Ted and Robin got stuck baking pies together and this led to post-breakup sex (sorry, Bob!). Uncomfortable and regretful, both Ted and Robin tried to make things better on Thanksgiving, but then failed, which led to a huge amount of awkwardness and Lily forcing them into Ted's room declaring that they better work things out and threatening to take away dessert if they had sex again. (Poor Lily. No one helping her, her husband running around trying to slap people, and a huge dinner to cook. I would have snapped much sooner, honestly.) Ted and Robin actually came to the sad decision that they didn't think they could be friends and headed out to dinner thinking it would be their last time eating together. However, unsurprisingly, dinner ended up with them subconsciously pulling out their old military play on words and they were suddenly back on the road to recovery and friendship, which is fine by me because I am really hoping they can keep the group dynamic working as well as it has been these past two weeks. Of course, the writers' strike might come into play, but let's not worry ourselves yet, shall we? As always, though, the brilliance of this week's episode was in single quotes, small details and specific line deliveries so, without further ado: " Ted (trying to get them to help him trash Bob): "Barney, what've you got?" Barney: "Nothing but respect for that man." " Marshall exercising his hand in the living room and making hand turkeys to psych Barney out " Robin, having just made a pecan pie, despite being allergic and not wanting to tell Ted that it's for Bob: "I made it to smell it's like eating with your nose!" " Ted calling Barney's slew of girls "skanktrons" " Barney on hearing about the Ted/Robin sex: "Relapse five! That's where we high-five, are awkward about it for a few minutes, and then high-five again!" " "Did you know that mushrooms are carnivorous?" Ted really does just say the first thing that comes to mind, doesn't he? " "Lily, would you like to say something?" "Nope, this sucks. Eat up and leave!" " The Time Slap Continuum " Barney: "I've lost 10 pounds! My suits are wearing me!!" " Barney (again freaking out about the impending slap): "You are allowed to slap my face, sir, but you are not allowed to slap my mind!" " Marshall's song. Marshall's song and the fact that Barney, cradling his face, still chimed in with some harmony. As well as how the entire group gathered round to enjoy that very special moment. Well, I think that is all I have for this very special episode of HIMYM. I hope you guys were as pleased with it as I was! Make sure to check out Marshall's music video for "You Just Got Slapped," too (clicking on the link for the slap countdown will bring you there). You won't regret it. Check out video of HIMYM in our Online Video Guide . show less
Happy Slapsgiving Forget the turkey stuffing and pies How I Met Your Mother served up what we all really wanted Barney getting slapped I know that none of you really believed that Lilys edict about no slapping being allowed would actually hold but I hope you all still enjoyed the moment when it actually happened as much as I did Of course there was more going on tonight than just watching Barney grow twitchier and twitchier as the countdown ticked closer and closer to zero Robin had a new boyfriend Bob who was one of my favorite aspects of the episode Bob age 41 spent the entire episode being shown to us through Teds jealous ex-boyfriend gaze which saw him as a very elderly man Seeing a man old enough to be my grandfather spout phrases like Wes gonna get silly bitches as he hands over the Jell-O shots he brought to Thanksgiving dinner was just surreally hysterical Despite thinking to myself that Robin would never date a guy like Bob I read more

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