How I Met Your Mother-The Bro Mitzvah-Josh Radnor, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jason Segel

On How I Met Your Mother, it’s time for the most momentous occasion of a guy’s life. But Barney Stinson isn’t any guy. “The Bro Mitzvah” is for the gentleman that lives by a code, and knows how to wear a suit. When The Karate Kid comes to play, you know things are going to get legen—wait for it—dary!

The Players:

  • Director: Pamela Fryman
  • Writer: Chris Harris
  • Cast: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, Bob Saget, Lyndsy Fonseca, David Henrie, Frances Conroy, Ralph Macchio, Calvin Jung, Becki Newton, William Zabka

Episode Title: The Bro Mitzvah”

The gang tries to plan a legendary bachelor party for Barney.

The Good:

  • The Tell: When did you realize the horrific Atlantic City adjacent bachelor party was a rouse? Like us you could have been propelled towards the truth by a blinding rage. That the gang would blatantly ignore the grandiose scale Barney lives by in favor of a pedestrian night should have been a clue. If not that little scuffle between Robin and Quinn should have been a red flag; Robin could hop on the “Murder Train” and take that her down in a second. So the dingy hotel room, the balloon contortionist, Quinn being the stripper, the wrong Karate KidRalph Macchio—the called off engagement and of course Marshall’s kidnapping and subsequent loss of limb was all part of the plan. 
  • The Real Karate Kid: To give Barney what he truly wanted, one man had to be in attendance: William Zabka.  While most remember Macchio as the high-kicking hero from The Karate Kid film, a select few look to Johnny Lawrence (Zabka), leader of the Cobra Kai gang. Any HIMYM devotee knows Barney is a man cut from the Cobra Kai cloth. Some may say they knew all along that Zabka was hiding in that clown costume awaiting his big reveal. Just in case Zabka doesn’t do it for you, Lily spent all night reminding us just how in love some were with Macchio. Sticking her hand in her mouth after shaking his is the kind of overkill we can get behind.
  • Just a Girl: Yes, Barney’s whole bachelor party was a play. He’s probably the only man alive that doesn’t need one last booze-filled, stripper laden night to celebrate singlehood. When Robin bragged that the whole thing was planned, “by a girl,” she misspoke. It was Robin that new how to shock Barney, who knew that a mean prank was not only what he deserved, it’s what he wanted. She’s not just a girl, she’s THE girl. This is the kind of thing we needed to see to reaffirm our faith in the couple. The best men weren’t entirely useless; watching Ted and Marshall fight over who’s more valuable as gambling collateral was a brief snippet of hilarity we wish lasted longer.   

The Quotable:

  • “My average night is like an average guy’s bachelor party, so no offense, but if you two plan it it’s going to be ordi-why wait for it-nary. Ordinary.”—Barney
  • “You’re so funny, what’s gotten into you? Oh that’s right, nothing. Ever.”—Loretta Stinson


“The Bro Mitzvah” was better than we, or Barney, expected. It was the unifying bottle episode we needed before the wedding takes over. Our confidence in the Barnacle and Robin Sparkles was renewed, and everyone got a chance to shine. Now we just need to get down the aisle.

Rating: 10/10

How I Met Your Mother airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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