The Wedding Bride

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"The Wedding Bride"
How I Met Your Mother episode
Episode no.Season 5
Episode 23
Directed byPamela Fryman
Written byStephen Lloyd
Production code5ALH24
Original air dateMay 17, 2010 (2010-05-17)
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"The Wedding Bride" is the 23rd episode of the fifth season of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother and is the 111th episode overall. It originally aired on May 17, 2010. Guest stars include Judy Greer, Jason Lewis, Malin Åkerman, and Chris Kattan.


Future Ted talks to his kids about how everyone in their 30s tends to have "baggage". He talks about dating a girl named Royce who seems to have no baggage, despite several false starts in his apartment. The gang discusses their own baggage; Marshall's, for example, is that he's too nice and trusting. When Ted watches the new movie The Wedding Bride with Royce, he discovers that it is based on his relationship with Stella and was written by Tony, the man she left him for at the altar; the character based on Ted, "Jed Mosley", is portrayed in a negative light. He points out several of the aspects which were initially romantic, but twisted so that he comes off as a jerk. Royce helps Ted realize that he has his own baggage, having been left at the altar. His friends also tell him that he should tell Royce the truth, but Ted believes he can ignore it despite the movie becoming the fifth-highest-grossing movie of all time. When Royce's friends talk about going to see the film again, he becomes upset and walks out on her. Marshall ultimately reminds Ted that he is fundamentally a good person. Ted rushes to the cinema where Royce is again watching the film and admits that the film is based on his life. He kisses Royce in front of the screen displaying a kiss scene from The Wedding Bride (and Barney in the audience) and takes her back to his apartment for pancakes. Royce reveals her "baggage": She was left at the altar three times, has a gambling addiction, and shares a bed with her brother. Ted orders her to leave.

Meanwhile, Lily and Robin try to convince Marshall to be more assertive after he accidentally helps several thieves rob an apartment.

Critical response[edit]

Donna Bowman of The A.V. Club rated the episode grade B−.[1]

Amanda Sloane Murray of IGN gave the episode a grade of 9.3. She stated that the concept of a romantic comedy within a romantic comedy was a challenge for the writers, given the task of creating a fictional movie for the episode and casting actors who have themselves played characters in romantic comedies.[2]

DeAnn Welker of Television Without Pity gave the episode a B- rating.[3]

Steve Marsi of TV Critic gave the episode 4.5 out of 5 and called it "Legendary".[4]

Cultural references[edit]

Part of the soundtrack of the 2003 film Love Actually is used in the episode.


  1. ^ Donna Bowman (May 17, 2010). "How I Met Your Mother "The Wedding Bride"". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  2. ^ Amanda Sloane Murray (May 18, 2010). "How I Met Your Mother "The Wedding Bride" Review". IGN. News Corporation. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  3. ^ DeAnn Welker (May 17, 2010). "How I Met Your Mother: Everyone's Got Baggage". Television Without Pity. NBCUniversal. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  4. ^ Steve Marsi (May 18, 2010). "How I Met Your Mother Review: "The Wedding Bride"". TV Critic. Retrieved August 15, 2017.

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