November 19, 2007
It’s Lily and Marshall’s first Thanksgiving as a married couple. Barney has to deal with a looming slap. Robin wants to bring her current boyfriend and Ted and Robin must deal with residual tension since their breakup.
The episode begins with Future Ted telling his kids about a private joke he and Robin used to share while they were going out. They would salute whenever another person used a military rank before another word in a sentence (an example being 'Major Payraise'), but since breaking up simply share awkward looks whenever someone does it. It's the gang's first Thanksgiving with Marshall and Lily as a married couple. Lily is obsessing over making sure it is perfect, Robin has invited her older boyfriend Bob, who is forty-one, to Thanksgiving dinner, and Marshall is terrorizing Barney in the days leading up to Barney's third slap across the face from the Slap Bet to the point where he has set up a countdown on his computer. When Robin and Ted are the only two members of the group to show up to a night of baking pies, they notice how awkward their relationship has become since they broke up; they have nothing to talk about when they are alone together, and are uneasy in each other's presence, creating a nagging feeling that they are no longer really friends. They fight, but end the night by having sex. Meanwhile, Barney begins to get upset at the notion of another slap, and Lily declares as Slap Bet Commissioner that no slap would occur on Thanksgiving much to Barney's delight and Marshall's dismay.
On Thanksgiving, Robin and Lily decide that Robin and Ted need to talk about what happened and Ted, Marshall and Barney have decided they must ignore it. Robin and Ted argue again and Lily forces them to talk it out. After the two discuss how weird it is to be around each other they come to the realization that they're not friends, and sadly agree that after the dinner they shouldn't see each other again.
Later, over the dinner Bob uses the phrase 'major buzzkill', causing Ted and Robin to salute without thinking, making them realize there's still a connection between them and they can still be friends. Future Ted tells his kids that he had a great evening with his friends (and Bob), and that's why he takes them to Marshall and Lily's to spend Thanksgiving every year. Barney begins to taunt a dismayed Marshall as the countdown enters the last ten seconds. Lily warns him not to but when Barney keeps going regardless, she allows the slap to happen with only three seconds to go. Overjoyed, Marshall slaps Barney immediately sending him flying across the room before singing 'You Just Got Slapped' (a song of his own creation).
Later, as everyone tidies up from the dinner Ted notes there's going to be a 'major clean-up' making everyone unknowingly salute and despair.
- The episode follows up to Ted and Robin acknowledging in Dowisetrepla that continuing to hang out together after breaking up is weird.
- Marshall delivers the third of the five slaps he wins in Slap Bet.
- Lily asks that the Thanksgiving pies be made at Robin's because Marshall keeps eating them (which he attributes to his "sleep eating" disorder). His apparently insatiable appetite was first demonstrated in Drumroll, Please when he becomes obsessed with Stuart and Claudia's wedding cake.
- Ted's newfound recklessness, which he mentions aspiring to in Something Blue (claiming to want to "get out there and have fun"), is pointed out by Robin. She adds that it resulted in him getting a butterfly tattoo, as seen in Wait For It.
- Marshall emails the slap countdown website to Barney in Wait For It.
- The "major pay raise" after the first year that Marshall mentions is from the new job in I'm Not That Guy.
- Barney performs a "relapse five."
Future References (Contains Spoilers)
- Ted's recklessness culminates in No Tomorrow.
- Ted and Robin sleeping together over Thanksgiving is referenced again in Rebound Bro and Shelter Island.
- Ted and Robin are seen doing their running joke again in Benefits, The Wedding Bride, Platonish, and Last Forever - Part One.
- Marshall's Slapsgiving song, "You Just Got Slapped", appears again in Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap, in the commercial for Lily's father's "Slap Bet" board game, and in Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment in Slapmarra, performed by Boyz II Men.
- Lily displays her dislike of people outside the gang appearing in photos of major occasions again in Say Cheese, where Robin, despite not appearing very understanding of it here, agrees with her.
- Barney is seen miscalculating the number of days in a month again in Last Forever - Part Two, when he attempts to perform a "Perfect Month."
- Marshall plays the apartment's piano, one of the few times the instrument is used. Other examples include Marshall in Hopeless and Ted in Tailgate.
|Barney:||Please, don't slap me!|
|Marshall:||I'm sorry, what?|
|Barney:||Oh God, don't slap me again! I don't want to get slapped again! The first two times hurt so bad, I don't like, I don't like it one bit!|
|Marshall:||Well, I thought I ruined it by putting a clock on it, Barney?|
|Barney:||Well, you didn't ruin it, you made it so much worse! I can't eat, I can't sleep. I've lost 10 pounds, my suits are wearing me! You know what? I am out of here!|
|Marshall:||What?! No, no, you can't leave!|
|Barney:||Why can't I?! Nowhere in the rules does it say I have to sit through this sort of mental torture! You are allowed to slap my face, sir, but you are not allowed to slap my mind! Good day!|
|Barney:||Hey, check it out! We're in the last 20 seconds of Marshall's countdown to nothing!|
|Lily:||Barney, put it away.|
|Barney:||So, how does it feel Marshall? To just sit there, impotently, your large hand just dangling flaccidly in the wind...?|
|Computer:||The slap will occur in 10, 9, 8, 7...|
|Barney:||Uh, classy touch, dude. Too bad!|
|Lily:||Barney, put it away!|
|Barney:||I will in 5, 4, 3...|
|Lily:||You can slap him!|
|Marshall:||(Slaps Barney) That's three!!!|
|Ted:||Do you think that... do you think that I'm jealous of Bob?|
|Robin:||I don't know. Is it so ridiculous to think that you might be?|
|Ted:||Because he's a thousand years old.|
|Lily:||(flash forward) No, Ted, what are you doing?|
|Robin:||(flash forward) Right?|
|Ted:||The only reason I'm jealous of Bob is that we can only talk about the first Thanksgiving, but he was actually there.|
|Ted:||The only reason I'm jealous of Bob is because I heard Noah gave him shotgun in the ark. The only reason I'm jealous of Bob is that I'm just an architect, but he discovered fire. How do you top that?|
|Robin:||He's 41! Why are you bashing on him so hard?|
|Ted:||I'm not. I'm just joking around. That's what friends do.|
|Bob:||This is rad, a nice, small, simple Thanksgiving. I'm the youngest of ten in my family, so our Thanksgiving is a mess. All the yelling and the screaming......|
|Future Ted:||And then a funny thing happened.|
|Bob:||...... it's really a major buzz-kill.|
|Ted and Robin:||Major Buzz-kill. (both salute)|
|Barney:||I thought we were done with that?|
|Robin:||I guess we're not.|
|Ted:||Guess we're not.|
Notes and Trivia
Goofs and Errors
- In the flashbacks of the first two slaps delivered by Marshall the first slap shown in the flashback is the slap before Marshall won the slap bet. The DVD release shows the real first slap.
- When Marshall shows that they are in the final hour of the countdown there are actually 2 hours and 40 minutes left. In the DVD release it's correct.
- While giving the rules for the Slap Bet, Marshall says you can't wear rings when you slap, but when he slaps Barney, he is wearing his wedding ring on his left hand, the hand he slapped Barney with.
- Marshall says the slap will occur at 3:01 in the afternoon; but when the countdown ends and Barney gets slapped it is night time outside the apartment.
- Green Day did not perform any concerts in the fall of 2007.
Allusions and Outside References
- When Ted goes to make pies with Robin and Bob, Robin mentions that Bob "went to see Green Day."
- In reality, Canada does celebrate Thanksgiving on the second monday in October, but the first Canadian Thanksgiving was in 1872; nearly 300 years after Martin Frobisher's death.
- Ted, commenting on how old Bob looks to him, says that Bob looks like Orville Redenbacher.
- Barney dresses up as Borat Sagdiyev from Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
- You Just Got Slapped - Marshall Eriksen
- Click, Click, Click, Click - Bishop Allen
- Flight of the Bumblebee - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
- Still Alright - Adam Merrin of The 88
- Eben Ham, who played "Younger Bob" in this episode, also appeared as "Pete the Policeman" in Belly Full of Turkey.
- Orson Bean - Bob
- Eben Ham - Younger Bob
- Omar G at Television Without Pity gave the episode a B+.
- Donna Bowman of The AV Club rated the episode B. 
- Eric Goldman of IGN gave the episode 8.5 out of 10. He describes the slap bet as one of the funniest running jokes of the series. Goldman was also impressed by how well Neil Patrick Harris took the slap, describing it as "like Biff Tannen taking a punch from George McFly". 
- Entertainment Weekly put it on its end-of-the-decade, "best-of" list, saying, "After winning permission to slap Barney in a bet, Marshall renames Turkey Day in 2007. Slapstick ensues, setting the stage for "Slapsgiving 2" in 2009. Did we mention it's a real knee-slapper?".
- The St. Petersburg Comic Review gave this episode 8.5 stars out of 10. "Who is Bob, and why is he so old?"
- Slapsgiving at the Internet Movie Database
- Slapsgiving at the English Wikipedia
- Slapsgiving at TV.com