The Wedding (How I Met Your Mother)
|How I Met Your Mother episode|
|Episode no.||Season 1
|Directed by||Pamela Fryman|
|Written by||Kourtney Kang|
|Original air date||January 9, 2006|
|Season 1 episodes|
"The Wedding" is the 12th episode in the first season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired on January 9, 2006.
Ted worries about finding a date for his friends Claudia and Stuart's black-tie wedding. When Robin announces that she and her boyfriend Derek had broken up, Ted decides to invite her to the wedding and she accepts. But when Ted runs into Claudia two days before the wedding and mentions that he is bringing a date, Claudia tells him that he did not check that he was bringing a guest on his RSVP card and she forbids him from bringing a date. Ted tries to tell Robin that he will not be able to take her to the wedding, but he chickens out when he sees Robin in the dress that she bought for the wedding.
When he tells Lily his problem, Lily suggests that Ted ask Stuart if he can bring a date. Stuart says that, of course, Ted can bring a date. Ted is excited that he and Robin will have a romantic evening that might lead to their getting together until Claudia calls to say that the wedding has been canceled. Apparently Stuart telling Claudia that he said that Ted could bring a date led to a huge argument and the couple broke up. Concerned about their friend and not wanting to disappoint Robin, who is really looking forward to the wedding, Marshall and Ted go to talk to Stuart and Lily goes to comfort Claudia at MacLaren's.
Stuart tells Ted and Marshall that he realized that he missed being single. Ted tries to assure Stuart that everyone has doubts about commitment, but those doubts should not keep him from getting married. But when Ted asks Marshall to back him up, Marshall tells Stuart that he should not get married, that if making a commitment to Claudia wasn't easy then she is not the one for Stuart. At MacLaren's Barney finds Claudia who is waiting for Lily and offers her fake sympathy and a lot of alcohol, trying to sleep with her. Lily pulls Barney away from Claudia just as Stuart arrives with Ted and Marshall. Because of Marshall's words, Stuart apologizes to Claudia and the couple gets back together. With a few more drinks, Claudia finally agrees to allow Ted to bring a date.
The night of the wedding Ted arrives at Robin's apartment to pick her up, but just before they leave Robin receives a phone call. Her producer is calling to offer her the opportunity to anchor the news that evening. Though disappointed, Ted tells her to go to work. Ted goes to the wedding alone and Claudia shows him his RSVP on which he did not check that he would be bringing a guest. Thinking that mistake revealed that he really had given up on finding someone, Ted tells Barney that he is ready to just be single when he meets eyes with a pretty woman across the room.
Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily begin planning their wedding, but they disagree about what kind of ceremony to have. Lily wants an outdoor wedding while Marshall wants an indoor wedding with a band. But at Claudia and Stuart's wedding, they finally agree on something: crab puffs.
Victoria (Ashley Williams)'s first appearance on the show occurs at the end of the episode. Ted's first serious girlfriend on the show became popular with fans, defeating Robin Scherbatsky in a 2010 online poll held by the show to determine Ted's most popular ex-girlfriend. Co-creator Carter Bays stated in 2011 that
There have been a lot of girls. But you really could count on one hand the ones that really had this kind of indefinable chemistry with Josh [Radnor], and Ashley’s right at the top of that list. There’s something about that story and those actors together that first season that really was something special. We knew it at the time, and in the six years since then, nothing has quite… Great other ladies have come and gone in Ted’s life, but Victoria was always someone very special. We knew we wanted to see a little more to that story.
- Marshall mentions Gremlins.
- When trying to convince Stuart to marry Claudia, Ted mentions Dr. Phil, a reality/talk television show hosted by Phil McGraw.
- When Claudia and Stewart are fighting, the fight is fast forward and Stewart is seen throwing a blue remote also seen in movie, Click.
- Fuck - Laundry Shop
- Garth Michael McDermott - Records to Your Rivals (DVD version)
- Death Cab for Cutie - Soul Meets Body
- "Victoria has 128 votes! ...". HIMYM Production. Twitter. 2010-08-26. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
- Gelman, Vlada (2011-09-19). "Exclusive: How I Met Your Mother Boss on [Spoiler]'s Return: 'She's Part of the Endgame'". TV|Line. Retrieved May 15, 2012.