How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
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The Poker Game 

Barney is upset after Robin wins James's wedding ring during the poker game, and Ted argues with Marshall and Lily over whether he gave them a wedding gift.


Pamela Fryman


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Episode complete credited cast:
Josh Radnor ... Ted Mosby
Jason Segel ... Marshall Eriksen
Cobie Smulders ... Robin Scherbatsky
Cristin Milioti ... Tracy McConnell (credit only)
Neil Patrick Harris ... Barney Stinson
Alyson Hannigan ... Lily Aldrin
Sherri Shepherd ... Daphne
Frances Conroy ... Loretta Stinson
Wayne Brady ... James
Marshall Manesh ... Ranjit
William Zabka ... Billy Zabka
Matt Boren Matt Boren ... Stuart
Virginia Williams ... Claudia
Jeff Grace ... Delivery Guy


James continually badmouthing the institution of marriage leads to a showdown between him and Robin in the form of their respective wedding rings, that showdown which Robin wins. This confrontation leads to Loretta coming to her son's defense against Robin. As such, Barney is forced to choose between his family and his soon to be wife. Lily learns that Ted is getting Barney and Robin multiple wedding gifts. This act is the last straw in what has been a slow burn for Lily and Marshall since their wedding as Ted never got them a wedding present, despite Marshall having dropped continual hints over the years. But when they eventually confront Ted, Ted flips it around on them, stating that he did get them a wedding gift. They never sent him a thank you note, about which he continually dropped hints to Marshall over the years. They will have to get to the bottom of whether Ted really did get them a wedding present or if he really forgot. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

14 October 2013 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


At the Halloween party when Marshall is dressed as a wedding gift and Ted is dressed as a thank you note, the girl dressed as the "slutty pumpkin" can be seen in the background. See more »


When Robin bets James her ring, she goes to put it on the medium sized stack of black chips but it falls off. Next time the stacks of chips are shown the ring is on the high pile of red chips. It does not show her making any motions to put it there. See more »


Ted Mosby: I just love giving wedding gifts, I love giving wedding gifts so much I wish I could marry giving wedding gifts and then get myself and giving wedding gifts, a wedding gift! Maybe saying things like that, that's why I'm not married...
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References Juno (2007) See more »


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HIMYM back on its track!
14 October 2013 | by sameerpathan0007See all my reviews

Since the start of the season 9, all high expectations seemed to drown a bit with the coming episodes all centered around the wedding making it monotonous but this episode put the HIMYM train back on its track.It is what How I Met Your Mother lovers want- the flashbacks, HIMYM humor and the emotional touch. I'm happy to watch this episode as it has regained my fading interest. The writing was good and overall to say it was original HIMYM Style episode. Though it is not the bestest episode but certainly the best episode of season 9 so far. I hope we all get such episodes more often in the coming future. Overall, I loved it. Rating-9.0/10

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