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In How I Met Your Mother Barney loses the Duckie Tie bet in October 2011 when he cannot perform the Benihana routine satisfactorily. He was to wear it for 1 year, hence October 2012. However, I was catching reruns of the episodes and saw the Broath episode, where he was not wearing it, though it would have been well inside the duckie tie year. There are two possible causes: Broath was one of Ted's memories outside the duckie tie year, and just broadcast here OR the bet was invalidated some time later. Anyone know?

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There's an episode earlier in that season (before the "Broath" episode) where Barney is going to have dinner with Nora's parents, but he doesn't want to wear the tie. He exchanges 3 slaps to get rid of the tie. The episode is called "Disaster Averted".

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And he never goes inside for the dinner, right? Bad exchange. – wbogacz Jan 7 '13 at 16:02
Well, the dinner was in a later episode. Don't wanna give too many spoilers, but he did go to the dinner. – MyCodeSucks Jan 7 '13 at 16:05
I edited to make it a little clearer that the answer refers to an episode prior to The Broath. – user209 Feb 1 '13 at 15:50
Good call. I was in the middle of doing that myself. :D Thanks. – MyCodeSucks Feb 1 '13 at 15:50

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