How I Met Your Mother Preview: Meet Barney's Father

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How I Met Your Mother has been off the air for a few weeks now, but it returns in a major way Monday night.

John Lithgow guest stars in a role that isn't merely legendary... it's legendaddy! The veteran actor will come aboard next week as Barney's never-before-seen father.

The man high fives, orders the same drink as his son and comes across in the following preview like the patriarch Barney has always wanted. Check out a few clips now:

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HIMYM Quotes

Ted [to Stella in his dream encounter]: You picked the wrong guy.
Stella: Ted?
Ted: You picked the wrong guy. You made a really, really, really bad choice. What were you thinking? That guy? Are you kidding me? Have you learned nothing in the last eight years? You're just gonna regret this. You know that, right? You are going to regret this, and now there is nothing you can do about it because it's too late. All you can do now is go up there and start your crappy, disappointing life that will never be nearly as happy as the one you could have had with me. Good-bye.
Stella: Ted, wait.
Ted: Look, Stella, I am not here to win you back. I am here because I need to know that you know you made the biggest mistake of your life.
Stella: I know

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