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How I Met Your Mother Episode: "The Wedding Bride"

Season 5, Episode 23
Episode Synopsis: Ted goes on a movie date and realizes the film's loosely based on his relationship with Stella, and it's written by Tony, the man for whom Stella left Ted at the altar.
Original Air Date: May 17, 2010
Guest Cast Jason Lewis: Movie Tony Shira Scott: Jennifer Tom Virtue: Minister Malin Akerman: Movie Stella Chris Kattan: Jed David Henrie: Son Lyndsy Fonseca: Daughter Megan Duffy: Susan Ben Koldyke: Don Judy Greer: Royce Bob Saget
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Season 5, Episode 23
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Length: 20:58
Aired: 5/17/2010
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How I Met Your Mother Episode Recap: "The Wedding Bride" Season 5, Episode 23

The message of this week's episode of How I Met Your Mother: Everyone has baggage — but mostly it's just Ted.  Also, Tony's kind of a tool, Marshall's too nice, and apparently Barney takes pleasure in a good chick flick now and again. 

The episode starts with Papa Ted telling his kids that dating in your 30s is much different than dating in your 20s. Once you're in your 30s, you have to realize everyone has baggage. We see Ted walking with a lovely woman when her phone rings. She self-consciously tells Ted it's her ex; they've been making an effort to stay friends. That seems perfectly reasonable — but oh wait. Once she picks up the phone, she starts blathering on, calling him "pumpkin," and asking him if he got their tickets for Maui. Cue my new favorite Mother visual gag: Ted's lady friend is suddenly lugging around a large black suitcase with the words "In love with ex" emblazoned on the side. Ted rolls his eyes as she hefts it off screen and into the...

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It turns out Ted has been dating a girl named Royce, played by the expert romantic comedy femme friend Judy Greer. Show, I heart you. Anyway, Ted tells the gang that she's smart and funny, but he knows the soon to come "but" will be a problem. That's "but" not "butt," though the group immediately assumes the latter. Robin's assumption is the best: "Is it an issue with access?" Neil Patrick Harris all but collapses into a fit of giggles at that one. 

Ted's point is that everyone, including Royce, has baggage and he refuses to be the figurative bellhop. Barney expresses his disappointment at Ted's narrow-mindedness. After all, without baggage we wouldn't have (all together now) porn. There's a nice bit of continuity with Robin and Ted saluting "Major Baggage." The point, though, is that Ted's still not completely over what happened with Stella and the whole "leaving him at the altar" thing. Oh yeah. That.  

Stella had baggage and issues and look how well that turned out. The gang tries to convince Ted that not "everyone with baggage is undateable," which leads to the group listing off Marshall's suitcases full of troubles: mother issues, grandmother issues, great-grandmother issues ("I just don't like it when she picks me up.") Robin, though, brings out the big guns, saying Marshall is too nice. "Have you ever seen you walk down the street?"

What follows is an incredible montage of Jason Segel being his most goofily cute self while being far too personable and friendly with every person he meets. He says hello to chess players on the street and to a woman outside the dry cleaners, and then he helps a kid fix his bike with two quick turns of a wrench. If it wasn't Marshall, it would be creepy. And then some stunt dancer awesomeness happens. Marshall comes across a group of break dancers getting busy and...he breakdances! I'm officially sold on this episode. Again though, I'm with Barney on this one. "There is only one street where that is normal. Here's a hint: a giant yellow bird lives on it." 

That night, when Ted is relaxing with Royce and a little wine, he talks about making her pancakes. She discusses how her dad used to make multi-grain pancakes and how he got her involved in PORN. Oh, it is so unfair to Barney that he isn't in this scene right now. A big blue rolling suitcase appears next to Royce on the couch inscribed with the words "Worked in Porn." No, not that porn. PORN as in Parents Offering Recreation and Nutrition. Ted breathes a sigh of relief. Then Royce giggles at the memory of killing her brother and takes a sip of wine. As the suitcase with "Killed her Brother" written on it pops onto the couch, she finishes her sentence "...with this joke I told him last night." The joke starts off with "A barber, a stripper and a Ju-(Ted's suitcase instructs him to let her finish her sip)-liard-trained violinist walk into a bar." Ted just can't seem to find any baggage with this girl.

That's not the baggage you should be worried about, Ted.

Ted and Royce are at the movies watching some movie called The Wedding Bride (Yes! Finally!). All seems fine until the words "a film by Tony Grafanello" appear. Oh crap. Run, Ted! Run now! Ted has that exact same realization as we jump to MacLaren's pub.

Robin is sitting at the booth when Lilly and Marshall enter. Lily's a little upset since Marshall's kindness led them to help a couple of strangers on the street loading their moving van. Unfortunately, the items being loaded into the van didn't belong to them. Yep, Lily and Marshall helped thieves rob some poor slob's apartment. And then Marshall gave them their home address. Oh Marshall. Robin tells Lily she should let Marshall know how she feels, but Lily doesn't see much point. "He's from Minnes-oh-ta. His high school mascot was a hug."

Ted walks in, prompting everyone to ask him about his date with Royce.  When he tells them what movie he went to see, Marshall geeks out, surprising no one with his love of chick flicks. Unfortunately, Ted's too shell-shocked to mock him. It turns out that The Wedding Bride is really the story of his and Stella's relationship and subsequent break-up. Tony, though, seems to have changed a few important details, like Ted's personality. 

Ted relays several scenes in which a jerk named Jed Mosley yells at people and mistreats his girlfriend, Stella, who is secretly still in love with her handsome and charitable-to-a-fault ex, Tony. There's a lot of Jed falling out of chairs — and a great bit with Marshall doing the same — and there's an annoying little catchphrase: "No can do-sville, Babydoll." All of Ted's romantic moments with Stella — his proposal in the arcade, the two-minute date — are ruined in the movie. 

To top it all off, Tony's version of Ted being left at the altar involves MovieTony heroically crashing the wedding to tell Stella his true feelings while the score from Love Actually plays in the background. Jed even gets kicked in the groin by one of Tony's underprivileged martial arts students, who yells "Take that, Ted Mosby!" That's when Ted realizes he might have the biggest baggage of all.

Of course, Royce — and everyone else in America — loves the movie. It becomes the fifth-highest grossing movie of all time, and even Ted's friends can't resist seeing it (Barney: "He got every part right. Even the thing with the nunchucks.") Ted ignores his friends' advice and decides not to tell Royce the real story behind the movie. 

He runs into trouble when hanging out with Royce and her friends, who all want to go see the movie again and can't stop talking about what a loser Jed Mosley is (the way he pronounces encyclopedia, how he got beat up by a goat). It's just too much for Ted and he cracks, calling Royce and her friends stupid for liking the movie. He then uses Jed Mosley's signature line while refusing to apologize. Because he's Ted.

Later, Ted retreats to the comfort of his apartment and tries to come up with some solution to the worldwide phenomenon that is The Wedding Bride. It looks pretty grim until Marshall reveals that the reason why he's so nice all the time is because of Ted and his non-cynical nature. The score from Love Actually eases into the scene as Marshall starts his Ted-geared pep talk. In the end, he convinces Ted to find Royce and open up to her about his baggage.

And where should Ted find Royce? Why, at the movie theater watching The Wedding Bride of course. The climactic scene of the movie, in which Tony runs to the church, is intercut with Ted running to the theater. Once there, Ted discovers that not only is Royce in the audience, but Barney is too. In typical Mother fashion, Ted discloses the origins of the film as it plays out behind him. It's sweetly funny how Tony's offer of marriage is replaced with Ted's offer of pancakes. As the priest in the church tells Stella to kiss Tony, Barney tells Royce to kiss Ted. Only he doesn't say kiss. I doubt this is the first time Barney's gotten kicked out of a movie theater. 

Of course, Royce can't resist (who could?), and Ted gets a little help carrying his baggage.

Unfortunately, the tag ruins some of the show's (and Ted's) good vibes. Just as Ted owned up to his baggage, Royce feels the need to come clean about some of her own: Like how she was left at the altar 3 times, how she has a gambling addiction, and how she now lives with her brother and shares a bed with him. "Yeah. You gotta go," says Ted.

I have one question about the way the movie turned out: Why did Tony make Ted such a sniveling jerk? Last season, he seemed to feel bad enough about how things went down to get Ted a teaching job. Are he and Stella on the rocks? Let us know what you think.

 

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The message of this week's episode of How I Met Your Mother: Everyone has baggage — but mostly it's just Ted.  Also, Tony's kind of a tool, Marshall's too nice, and apparently Barney takes pleasure in a good chick flick now and again. 

The episode starts with Papa Ted telling his kids that dating in your 30s is much different than dating in your 20s. Once you're in your 30s, you have to realize everyone has baggage. We see Ted walking with a lovely woman when her phone rings. She self-consciously tells Ted it's her ex; they've been making an effort to stay friends. That seems perfectly reasonable — but oh wait.

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