Showdown (How I Met Your Mother)

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How I Met Your Mother episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 20
Directed by Pamela Fryman
Written by Gloria Calderon Kellet
Production code 2ALH20
Original air date April 30, 2007
Guest appearance(s)

Bob Barker (Himself)
Rich Fields (voice/Himself)
Tanner Maguire (Young Barney)

Season 2 episodes

"Showdown" is the 20th episode in the second season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired on April 30, 2007.


As the date of their wedding approaches, Marshall and Lily suggest spending the two weeks before the wedding living away from each other, but think that their bond might be too strong. They are shown sharing sensations such as a stomach ache and following each other everywhere. Robin suggests Lily come live with her, while Marshall helps Ted with his best man's speech.

While living with Robin, Lily tries on her dress, only to find she has lost so much weight that it no longer fits. Since fixing the dress is too expensive, Robin forces Lily to binge to gain weight. Lily enjoys it at first, but actually loses more weight instead of gaining. Robin increases the pressure until Lily is unable to handle it.

Meanwhile, Ted is having trouble writing a best man's speech which Marshall is happy with, as he wants no mention of sex or drinking. Ted then tries a funny story about how Marshall accidentally first said "I love you" to Lily, but Marshall doesn't want her to hear it. Finally, Ted tries to censor a night out by replacing shots of alcohol with chocolate milk, and sex with holding hands. When Marshall complains this story is boring, Ted states that this is the best he can do with Marshall censoring him. The episode then cuts to Marshall and Lily's wedding, where Ted is making his speech, and is telling them about his difficulties writing the speech, until he found Marshall coming back to the apartment in the middle of the night. It is revealed that Lily and Marshall had been sneaking out every night and meeting at a hotel to spend time together, and also for Lily to eat enough to fit into her dress.

At the same time, Barney is preparing to see a taping of The Price is Right, and is practicing by learning the prices of various items, as well as how to properly spin the Big Wheel so as to land on the dollar. When asked why this matters so much, Barney explains that he wants to impress Bob Barker, who his mother told him is his biological father. After being called on down by TPIR announcer Rich Fields, Barney's knowledge of prices is shown to be excellent to the point where, while playing Clock Game, he spends most of the 30 seconds he is given showing Barker pictures of himself. He tells the price of his prize at the last second, gets a dollar on the Big Wheel in the Showcase Showdown, and bids the exact price of his Showcase, thereby winning both.

However, Barney loses the nerve to tell Barker that he believes the host is his father; and instead, congratulates him for "35 years of hosting The Price is Right". He then gives all of his prizes to Marshall and Lily for their wedding.

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