Like Barney Stinson and suits, How I Met Your Mother and music fit well. So co-creator and executive producer Carter Bays thought it's appropriate for the CBS sitcom to mark its 100th episode with a big, splashy musical number.
"I don't think we're going to do too often, but now that we've gotten our feet wet, we'd love to do it again," Bays said.
Titled "Girls vs. Suits" and airing Monday at 8/7c, the episode features the musically inclined cast performing Barney's ode to suits, "Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit," backed by 65 dancers and to the strings of a 50-piece orchestra - bigger and badder than any Slap Bet jingle or Robin Sparkles music video before it.
Bays wrote the song with co-creator and executive producer Craig Thomas, with whom he also composed the show's theme song with their band The Solids. The "Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit" number - a showcase for resident song-and-dance man Neil Patrick Harris - plays out in Barney's mind when he's forced to choose between his signature two-piece gear and a hot bartender (guest star Stacy Keibler), who disdains men in suits.
"The whole concept of this was to have an on-air 100th episode celebration party and just [go] nuts and have three minutes of unadulterated, joyful fun and ... just kind of share our joy and pride in 100 episodes and throw a little party for the fans," Thomas said.
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