Josh Radnor (Mercy Street)
Jason Segel (The Muppets)
Cobie Smulders (Agents of SHIELD)
Neil Patrick Harris (Starship Troopers)
Alyson Hannigan (Date Movie)
Bob Saget (Full House)
Chris Elliott (The Abyss)
Suzie Plakson (Red Eye)
Ellen D. Williams (Bskets)
Robin, Marshall, Lily, and Ted are trapped in different closets. Future Ted narrates how things came to be. A week earlier at MacLaren’s, Marshall and Lily tell Ted and Robin that Marshall’s mother Judy is staying at their apartment. Judy tells Lily that having gotten over the death of her husband, she is ready to date again and she hooks up with Lily’s father Mickey, so Marshall seeks refuge in a closet. Noting Robin’s frustrations over Patrice and Barney dating, the gang claims that Barney has “over-corrected”. Robin says that Barney is just using Patrice to compensate for not trying to pursue her. Still in love with Barney, she tries to convince Patrice of his real intentions, but when it fails, she breaks into his apartment to steal a copy of the Playbook and show it to her. While trying to find it, she scrambles to hide in Barney’s bedroom closet as he arrives home. She calls Ted and asks him to distract Barney for her to escape.
Ted, who is angry at the gang for failing to return anything they borrowed from him over the years, helps out as Robin finally uncovers the Playbook. When Barney returns to the apartment to wait for Patrice in setting up a Christmas tree, Robin and Ted hide. Robin calls up Lily for help only to discover she is in a nearby closet; Lily needed a place to safely use her breast pumps after discovering that her father tried it out on himself. Robin leaves the Playbook on the bed for Patrice to see. While Patrice and Barney argue at the terrace, Robin, Lily, and Ted hide in another closet – just in time to see Barney confess to Patrice that he wants to change, starting by burning the Playbook. When they leave, Ted gets back his red cowboy boots and a label maker. He declares to never again lend the gang anything. Lily returns to the apartment, only to vomit after learning their parents hooked up. Barney consoles them at the bar, saying people can change. Robin asks Marshall, Lily, and Ted to hold an intervention for Barney – but the three hold it instead for her. Lily and Marshall tell Mickey and Judy that it’s okay for them to date, but when the parents admit just wanting to have sex.
There are a lot of laughs to be had here, its a great festive episode and is the rpecurser to the events of the next episode.