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“Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap”: HIMYM (S5: E8)

Posted by CJ Cregg on November 28, 2009

She's slabsolutely sure Ted should get the slap.

Finally got around to watching this.  Puts me in the holiday spirit all over again.

Plot summary: In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Marshall bequeaths his 4th (of 5) slaps from the slap bet to Ted and Robin.  Lily’s estranged dad shows up for Thanksgiving, and she storms out because Marshall invites him in for dinner.  Robin and Ted get into a big fight about who gets to actually use the slap they have been bequeathed.  When Lily’s dad makes Marshall angry, he throws him out and goes to apologize to Lily.  Lily has regrets about not having contact with her dad, so she reinvites him to Thanksgiving.  The gang gathers around Barney tied to the slap throne to dole out the slap.  Ted gives the slap to Robin.  Robin can’t slap Barney, so she gives the slap to Lily’s dad.  He finds he can’t slap Barney either, and Marshall declares this is the point of Slapsgiving–to bring everyone together.  Barney gets all relieved, and just when he stands up, Marshall SLAPS HIM.  THAT’S NUMBER FOUR!

What we learn about the mother: She likes turkey?  Just kidding.  We don’t even learn that.  We do learn that turkey covered in gall bladder bile is gross, though.

Best moment: The slap puns.  When discussing who should get to slap Barney, Ted says to Robin, “You’re a great slapper.  I want to study slapping under your tutelage.  I want to be your slapprentice.”  Robin replies, “Don’t sell yourself short, Ted.  You’re like a slapping rock star.  You’re Eric Slapton.”

Top 3 Quotes:

1) Lily’s dad is a board game designer.  He shows up to Thanksgiving bringing the new game “Diseases.”  He proudly declares that “the fun’s infectious.”

2) As Ted and Robin fight over who gets to slap Barney, they realized they’re spending their holiday fighting.  Robin remarks that “this once pure fruit has turned into a poison slapple.”  She tells Ted to take the slap, and when asked if she’s sure of her decision, she replies, “Slapsolutely.”

3) Lily’s dad gets inspiration from Slapsgiving for a new game.  It’s called “Slap Bet” the game, and it involves doling out slaps.  It comes complete with commercial and snappy jingle patterned after Marshall’s Slap Bet song found in this video.

NB: Barney does not take the slap bet lying down.  Read his letter of protest against the slap bet commissioner here.

Mr. Feeny and I have discussed this season at length.  HIMYM is back at full force.  These last 3 episodes or so have been FANTASTIC.  (Or should I say legen…wait for it…dary!)


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