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Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap

HIMYM episode 5x09 (97)

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First aired:
November 23, 2009
Pamela Fryman
Jamie Rhonheimer
Barney's Blog

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Thanksgiving 2009: After being granted the 'fourth slap' from Marshall, Ted and Robin Argue over who deserves it most. Meanwhile, Lily struggles to forgive her distant father after he arrives unexpectedly.


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Future Ted describes the Thanksgiving of 2009, when Lily and Marshall invited the gang over to their apartment for dinner. Marshall had picked out a wonderful turkey, but had left it in the cab. Robin and Ted pick it up at the Port Authority, and in gratitude, Marshall bequeaths one of his slap bet slaps to them, on the condition they slap before sundown and decide amongst themselves who gets to slap Barney.

Lily's estranged father, Mickey shows up. Divorced from Lily's mother, Mickey had been living in his parents' (Lily's grandparents) basement, trying to develop his strange board game ideas and taking advantage of his father's generosity. Marshall describes the look he saw in Lily's eyes at that moment, calling it the "you're dead to me" look. She had used the look on other people for trivial reasons, but she had not spoken to or of her father for three years.

Marshall, who is used to a close-knit family (he teleconferences with them for Sunday dinner), tries to convince Lily to allow her father to have dinner with them. She stubbornly refuses, but Marshall invites him in anyway, only to see Lily walk out the door. As they sit and wait for Lily to return, they play one of Mickey's unsuccessful games, "Diseases." After a part of the game sprays lead paint and horse bile all over the turkey, Marshall kicks him out and looks for Lily.

He finds her at Mr. Park's bodega, a man she had given her "you're dead to me" look. While she waited at the counter, hoping to avoid Mr. Park, she found out that he had died, which makes her depressed. Realizing what it would mean if her father died without seeing him again, they return to have Thanksgiving dinner together, inadvertently upsetting Mr. Park's widow.

Meanwhile, Ted and Robin playfully argue about who should slap Barney, begging off the honor to each other, but quickly start arguing seriously. Barney tries to extend the argument (to pass the deadline of sundown), frightened of the prospect of being tied to a chair and slapped. Eventually, Robin gifts the slap to Ted, praising his growth since being left at the altar. Ted gifts the slap to Robin, as closure to her relationship with Barney. Robin gifts the slap to Mickey as a welcome to the gang. Mickey gifts the slap to Lily as an apology for his absentee parenting. Lily can't bring herself to slap Barney, and Marshall explains that he gave out the slap to bring everyone together. A nerve-wracked Barney is released from the chair, but before he can sit down to dinner, Marshall slaps him in the face proclaiming, "That's four!".

As a postscript, a commercial is shown of Mickey's new board game, Slap Bet, recreating the gang's tradition of slaps as a family game.


  • Marshall delivers the fourth slap from his and Barney's Slap Bet, which he won in Slap Bet, where he also used the first slap.
    • The second and third slaps occur in Stuff and Slapsgiving, respectively. Future Ted also mentions that the previous slap occurred two years ago, as Marshall slapped Barney for a third time on Thanksgiving two seasons ago.
  • The song Marshall created for Slapsgiving, "You Just Got Slapped", in Slapsgiving, is used for the "Slap Bet" board game commercial.
  • Lily says "You sonuvabitch" in the same manner as she and Barney did in the The Playbook.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Mickey.

Future References (Contains Spoilers)


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Memorable Quotes

Robin: Last year you got left at the altar, you lost your job, you've come such a long way since then. I'm so proud of you, Ted. You deserve to slap someone in his face as hard as you can.

Notes and Trivia

Goofs and Errors

  • Mickey claims that he wasn't even invited to the wedding. At the time, he was already 'dead to her'. But in Something Borrowed she explains that she had to have the harp player at the wedding because Lily's father owed her a favor.
    • It's possible something happened between Mickey and the harp player before Lily decided that Mickey was dead to her. Mickey made the promise to the harp player that to make it up to her when he daughter got married she could perform and Lily still felt obligated to honor the commitment.
  • After Ted's "Gall Bladder" explodes in "Diseases", virtually no bile goes on the turkey or any of the characters. After the camera changes, it is all over the turkey and most people.
  • In the flashback to her wedding Lily is wearing a veil, but in Something Borrowed the bartender brings her tattered veil into her dressing room saying that he found it in the parking lot. She didn't wear a veil in the private ceremony with their friends beforehand or in the bigger ceremony after that.
  • In the flashback of Lily and her father in 2006, she had bangs. Lily didn't have bangs then, not until 2007

Allusions and Outside References


Other Notes

  • Chris Elliott, who plays Lily's dad, is 13 years older than Alyson Hannigan.
  • An alternate title for this episode was "Lily's Dad", but the title was changed before airing. [1]
  • International Airdate: Australia: April 15, 2010 on Channel 7; United Kingdom: July 22, 2010 on E4.



  • Donna Bowman of the AV Club rated the episode as B, saying the episode set itself up for failure by attempting to be a sequel to Slapsgiving, one of the most popular episodes of the show. [2]
  • Brian Zoromski of IGN gave the episode 8 out of 10. [3]
  • Cindy McLennan of Television Without Pity rated the episode as A. [4]
  • The St. Petersburg Comic Review gave this episode 8.5 out of 10 stars. "...the slapping throne is instituted! ... 'we'll just give him some dark meat' ... "


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