How I Met Your Mother

Ep.

Title

Air/Pub'l

Grade

Author

9-22
Recaplet

Aisle Seat

The End of the Aisle - Robin and Barney finally get hitched and -- for one brief, shining moment -- this becomes a show about actual human beings again.

03.24.2014
03.25.2014
B

Ethan Alter

9-21
Recaplet

Blah, Man

Gary Blauman - Before we say goodbye to the actual stars of HIMYM, we bid a protracted farewell to nine season's worth of supporting characters. Yes, even Zoey.

03.17.2014
03.18.2014
C

Ethan Alter

9-20
Recaplet

How I Met Your Baby

Daisy - We find out the not-so-surprising big secret that Lily's been keeping.

03.10.2014
03.11.2014
B

Angel Cohn

9-19
Recaplet

This Place About to Blow

Vesuvius - It's only a few hours before their wedding, so Robin is watching movies in a hockey jersey and Barney is just getting around to picking out a suit. Idiots.

03.03.2014
03.04.2014
N/A

Angel Cohn

9-18
Recaplet

The Fifth Element is Love

Rally - Barney gets plastered, but we're the ones left nursing the hangover.

04.16.2014
02.25.2014
D

Ethan Alter

9-17
Recaplet

One Red Balloon Goes By

Sunrise - The digital effects editors get to have some fun with bad green screen and a floating Robin.

02.03.2014
02.04.2014
C

Angel Cohn

9-16
Recaplet

Have You Met Ted?

How Your Mother Met Me - In which we realize that we would have rather spent time with The Mother all along.

01.27.2014
01.28.2014
A-

Angel Cohn

9-15
Recaplet

Before & After Midnight

Unpause - A series of truth bombs rocks the world of HIMYM and results in the season's best episode. Not that that's hard.

01.20.2014
01.21.2014
B

Ethan Alter

9-14
Recaplet

Escape From Slap Mountain

Slapsgiving No. 3: Slappointment in Slapmarra - It takes 22 minutes and years of training for Marshall to deliver the fourth slap. But hey, at least there was Boys II Men.

04.16.2014
01.14.2014
C

Angel Cohn

9-13
Recaplet

The Devil Made Me Do It

Bass Player Wanted - Perhaps what this show needed was a super dose of Satan all along.

12.16.2013
12.17.2013
B+

Angel Cohn

9-12
Recaplet

Lying Liars Who Lie

The Rehearsal Dinner - Barney gets locked up, but the writers forget to throw away the key.

12.02.2013
12.03.2013
D+

Ethan Alter

9-11
Recaplet

Rhyme Time

Bedtime Stories - Marshall channels Dr. Seuss to soothe his baby for some reason, and we're just happy this is the least painful episode of the season.

11.25.2013
11.26.2013
B+

Angel Cohn

9-10
Recaplet

The Parent Trap

Mom & Dad - Barney and James compete to see which of them can get their father to bang their mother first.

11.18.2013
11.19.2013
D

Angel Cohn

9-9
Recaplet

Breaking Bryan

Platonish - Six months ago, Ted got a call from Bryan Cranston and the Mother ruined Robin's life for good.

11.11.2013
11.12.2013
C+

Ethan Alter

9-8
Recaplet

Dropped Drinks and Scrambled Eggs

The Lighthouse - It's finally Saturday, so time for everyone to get really depressed about their sucky lives.

11.04.2013
11.05.2013
C-

Angel Cohn

9-7
Recaplet

Night Falcon

No Questions Asked - Robin's a secret superhero and we're just finding out NOW? And we're not allowed to ask questions?

10.29.2013
10.29.2013
B

Angel Cohn

9-6
Recaplet

Knight Vision

Knight Vision - Just what this show needed, Lily with a disembodied voice and a disparaging knight.

10.21.2013
10.22.2013
C+

Angel Cohn

9-5
Recaplet

No, Thank You

The Poker Game - In a game of strip poker, everyone loses.

10.14.2013
10.15.2013
N/A

Angel Cohn

9-4
Recaplet

Pillow Talk

The Broken Code - Marshall becomes even more annoying via Skype and Ted and Barney have "the talk."

10.07.2013
10.08.2013
C

Angel Cohn

9-3
Recaplet

Mouth Words Memory Times

The Last Time in New York - Lily and Ted go through his New York bucket list while Robin and Barney look for odd places to have sex and Marshall is off in Never Never Land.

09.30.2013
10.01.2013
B

Angel Cohn

9-2
Recaplet

Let Them Eat Cake

Coming Back - Barney worries about the Stinson curse and we learn that Robin loves erotically shaped marzipan.

09.23.2013
09.24.2013
C

Angel Cohn

9-1
Recaplet

The Home Stretch

The Locket - We are finally in the final season! Though we start out 55 hours before the wedding and we've got a feeling it's going to be a long two and a half days. Maybe even slower than Lady Tedwina Slowsby.

09.23.2013
09.24.2013
C

Angel Cohn

8-24
Recaplet

Mom's the Word

Something New - We finally "meet" the mother.

05.13.2013
05.14.2013
B

Angel Cohn

8-23
Recaplet

Hole in the Head

Something Old - Marshall and Lily struggle to let go of an old bag, Barney plays with his new "daddy" and Robin spends a lot of time digging holes. And there's no Karate Kid to make things better this week.

05.06.2013
05.07.2013
D+

Angel Cohn

8-22
Recaplet

The Next Karate Kid

The Bro Mitzvah - When in doubt, add Ralph Macchio to the cast.

04.29.2013
04.30.2013
B-

Angel Cohn

8-21
Recaplet

To Rome With No Love

Romeward Bound - Marshall and Lily's terrible marriage almost costs them a free trip to Italy, while Barney and Ted are mostly just terrible.

04.15.2013
04.16.2013
C-

Ethan Alter

8-20
Recaplet

Drooper

The Time Travelers - Ted and Barney confront their future selves and realize they'll still be massive tools twenty years from now.

03.25.2013
03.25.2013
C-

Ethan Alter

8-19
Recaplet

Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain

The Fortress - There is nothing great or powerful about this episode, which felt longer than the Wizard of Oz and Oz: The Great and Powerful combined.

03.18.2013
03.19.2013
D-

Angel Cohn

8-18
Recaplet

Rinse and Repeat

Weekend at Barney's - Barney's Playbook makes another appearance in an episode that technically isn't a repeat, but sure feels like one.

02.25.2013
02.26.2013
D

Ethan Alter

8-17
Recaplet

No Captain, My Captain

The Ashtray - Lily gets a new job. That is all.

02.18.2013
02.19.2013
D

Angel Cohn

8-16
Recaplet

Bad Crazy

Bad Crazy - This show seems to have confused Ted and Barney and would suddenly like us to believe that Ted's been a player this whole time.

02.11.2013
02.12.2013
C

Angel Cohn

8-15
Recaplet

Canada's Wonderland

P.S. I Love You - Robin Sparkles returns and that's actually a good thing.

02.04.2013
02.04.2013
B-

Ethan Alter

8-14
Recaplet

Ring Up

Ring Up - Ashley Benson guest stars and she's not a murderer or being stalked by someone in a hoodie or ANYTHING. It's all very confusing.

01.21.2013
01.22.2013
B

Angel Cohn

8-13
Recaplet

The Brown Note

Band or DJ? - Robin's dad gets way into Jimmy Buffet, Ted gets obsessed with DJs and baby Marvin takes a crap all over the episode.

01.14.2013
01.15.2013
C

Angel Cohn

8-11-12
Recaplet

Silver Linings Playbook

The Final Page, Part One and Two - Peter Gallagher, Seth Green and the conclusion (we hope) of Barney and Robin's will-they-or-won't-they courtship redeem an hour-long HIMYM otherwise packed with filler.

12.17.2012
12.18.2012
C+

Ethan Alter

8-10
Recaplet

Anything That Moves

The Over-Correction - Everyone except Barney gets trapped in a closet, but R. Kelly and Frank Booth are sadly nowhere in sight.

12.10.2012
12.10.2012
D

Ethan Alter

8-9
Recaplet

The Bibbing War

The Lobster Crawl - Barney got Bro Bibs and Ted got lollipops and what did we get? Nothing. Not even a few laughs.

12.03.2012
12.04.2012
C-

Angel Cohn

8-8
Recaplet

The Rippling Ab Effect

Twelve Horny Women - If we wanted to see Joe Manganiello's abs and a badass Omar Little, we'd just watch HBO Go.

11.26.2012
11.27.2012
C

Angel Cohn

8-7
Recaplet

Barney Tricker and the Stamp Tramper

The Stamp Tramp - Marshall's stamp tramp ways and the return of College Ted just barely give this episode our stamp of approval.

11.19.2012
11.19.2012
C

Ethan Alter

8-6
Recaplet

We All Scream for Ice Cream

Splitsville - Breakups come easier when there's ice cream and a potential threesome to ease the pain.

11.12.2012
11.13.2012
C-

Angel Cohn

8-5
Recaplet

Oprah Wasn't Built In a Day

The Autumn of Break-Ups - Marshall channels his inner goddess, Ted finally gets on with his life and Barney gets a dog.

11.05.2012
11.06.2012
C

Angel Cohn

8-4
Recaplet

One Boy, Boy For Sale

Who Wants to Be a Godparent? - Marvin's future looks bleak as Ted, Robin and Barney compete for the dubious honor of being his guardian in the event of Lily and Marshall's untimely demise. Whoever wins, the kid loses.

10.15.2012
10.16.2012
D-

Ethan Alter

8-3
Recaplet

Marvin's Room

Nannies - In which everyone acts like children, except the actual infant.

10.08.2012
10.09.2012
D

Ethan Alter

8-2
Recaplet

Before He Cheats

The Pre-Nup - Barney and Quinn break up because they don't trust each other, proven by a sky high pre-nup agreement.

10.01.2012
10.02.2012
C-

Angel Cohn

8-1
Recaplet

Not Far Enough Away

Farhampton - There's only one church in all of the New York Metropolitan area, and it's just perfect for ditching your potential spouse on your wedding day.

09.24.2012
09.25.2012
D+

Angel Cohn

7-24
Recaplet

Mawage Is Wot Bwings Us Togeder Tooday

The Magician's Code Part 2 - We always knew Quinn wasn't the marrying kind.

05.14.2012
05.15.2012
C-

Ethan Alter

7-23
Recaplet

Storytime at the Apollo

The Magician's Code Part 1 - TV's longest pregnancy finally results in a birth to forget.

05.14.2012
05.15.2012
C+

Ethan Alter

7-22
Recaplet

Maybe the Dingo Will Eat Her Baby?

Good Crazy - Ted sees Robin everywhere while Barney can't tame Quinn and Lily gets ready to squeeze a new Ericksen into the world.

04.30.2012
05.01.2012
C

Ethan Alter

7-21
Recaplet

How Green Was My Dress

Now We're Even - Clothes may make the man, but not when that man is Ted.

04.16.2011
04.17.2012
D+

Ethan Alter

7-20
Recaplet

See The Future They Will

Trilogy Time - In which Ted, Barney and Marshall discover that while the future is constantly changing, Star Wars is eternal.

04.09.2012
04.10.2012
C+

Ethan Alter

7-19
Recaplet

#FreeQuinn

The Broath - The gang -- and the show -- hits rock bottom this week while trying to split up Barney and Quinn, only one of whom deserves to go free.

03.19.2012
03.20.2012
D

Ethan Alter

7-18
Recaplet

Moving On Up

Karma - For Rent: Sunny, 2-Bedroom Manhattan Walk-Up. No pets, Canadians or whiny architects allowed.

02.27.2012
02.28.2012
B-

Ethan Alter

7-17
Recaplet

Dodging Bullets with Ted and Robin

No Pressure - Ted and Robin save themselves (and us) a world of grief and Conan O'Brien explores his post-TBS career prospects as a background extra.

02.20.2012
02.21.2012
B

Ethan Alter

7-16
Recaplet

Stop This Train, We Want to Get Off

The Drunk Train - Ted and Barney ride the rails, while Robin and Kevin have their last stand as a couple. Oh yeah and something happens at the end that had us in tears, but not in a good way.

02.13.2012
02.14.2012
C-

Ethan Alter

7-15
Recaplet

The Bees Are Alive With the Sound of Gouda

The Burning Beekeeper - It's a farce to forget as Lily and Marshall's housewarming party goes horribly wrong.

02.06.2011
02.07.2012
C

Ethan Alter

7-14
Recaplet

Happy On-Da-Peen-Dance Day

46 Minutes - The show gets funny again with Better Lily and New Marshall, but that is sadly short lived.

01.16.2012
01.17.2012
B

Angel Cohn

7-13
Recaplet

We're Puzzled

Tailgate - Is this show still a comedy? That's much more intriguing than why Ted and Barney named a bar Puzzles.

01.02.2012
01.03.2012
C

Angel Cohn

7-12
Recaplet

Highway to Hell

Symphony of Illumination - In which Robin's Olympic pole-vaulting dreams are shattered.

12.05.2011
12.06.2011
C-

Angel Cohn

7-11
Recaplet

Natural Disaster

The Rebound Girl - It's Thanksgiving, so that means Barney's going to steal a baby.

11.21.2011
11.22.2011
A-

Angel Cohn

7-10
Recaplet

Rock the Boat

Tick Tick Tick - Robin and Barney go back and forth about their relationship statuses and Ted and Marshall get stoned.

11.14.2011
11.15.2011
C

Angel Cohn

7-9
Recaplet

Slap You Like a Hurricane

Disaster Averted - Hurricane Irene hits New York and the mere mention of the rain soaked weekend makes everyone go a little slap happy.

11.07.2011
11.08.2011
B+

Angel Cohn

7-8
Recaplet

Bye Bye Miss Pumpkin Pie

The Slutty Pumpkin Returns - Ted finally meets the girl of his dreams, but she turns out to be more like a nightmare. Also, Barney's a Canadian and Lily thinks living in the suburbs sounds like a good idea.

10.31.2011
11.01.2011
B

Ethan Alter

7-7
Recaplet

Dare to be Stupid

Noretta - Weird Al comes off looking like the only sane one in this episode, somehow.

10.25.2011
10.25.2011
C

Angel Cohn

7-6
Recaplet

Mystery, Schmystery

Mystery vs. History - Ted goes on the world's most boring date, while Marshall and Lily continue to have the world's most boring pregnancy.

10.17.2011
10.18.2011
C+

Ethan Alter

7-5
Recaplet

Party 'Til the World Ends

Field Trip - Garrison Cootes thinks we're all going to die, but it will be OK because of Friday Night Lights. Not a bad theory, actually.

10.10.2011
10.11.2011
N/A

Angel Cohn

7-4
Recaplet

The Stinson Missile Crisis

The Stinson Missile Crisis - Robin gets some much needed therapy while Barney cleans the slutty skeletons out of his closet.

10.03.2011
10.04.2011
B+

Angel Cohn

7-3
Recaplet

#thisshowisstillgoingnowhere

Ducky Tie - Barney shows off his knife skills, Ted briefly reunites with Victoria, but we end up back in the same place we started.

09.26.2011
09.27.2011
B+

Angel Cohn

7-2
Recaplet

We're Going Streaking

The Naked Truth - Marshall's up for his dream job but his obsession with running around naked might hinder his career prospects.

09.19.2011
09.20.2011
C

Angel Cohn

7-1
Recaplet

Punch-Drunk Love

The Best Man - Barney's impending nuptials trigger fond memories of the time that Punchy got married and the affair turned into a brawl.

09.19.2011
09.20.2011
A-

Angel Cohn

6-24
Recaplet

This Place About to Blow

Challenge Accepted - The Arcadian goes up in smoke and Lily spends the entire episode vomiting.

05.16.2011
05.17.2011
C

Angel Cohn

6-23
Recaplet

Not the Mama

Landmarks - Finally, The Arcadian is a storyline no more. Just wish we could say the same for the search for The Mother.

05.09.2011
05.10.2011
B-

Mindy Monez

6-22
Recaplet

Survey Says

The Perfect Cocktail - This episode mostly sucks, as Marshall and Barney fight about basically nothing and Lily and Robin turn into idiots.

05.02.2011
05.03.2011
C-

Angel Cohn

6-21
Recaplet

Never Stop Partying

Hopeless - The gang takes Barney's dad Jerry out for a night on the town, inadvertently unleashing "Crazy Jerry." Also known as "Regular John Lithgow."

04.18.2011
04.19.2011
B-

Zach Oat

6-20
Recaplet

That's a Spicy Meatball

The Exploding Meatball Sub - Some couples are supportive, some are combative… and then there's just Barney.

04.11.2011
04.12.2011
C

Angel Cohn

6-19
Recaplet

How You Met Your Father

Legendaddy - Barney's dad finally shows up, and he's not at all like Barney thought he'd be. For starters, he's John Lithgow. And everyone is still walking on eggshells around Marshall.

03.21.2011
03.22.2011
B+

Zach Oat

6-18
Recaplet

The Heart Wants What the Heart Wants

A Change of Heart - Barney goes on a second date and his heart grew three sizes that day.

03.01.2011
02.28.2011
B-

Angel Cohn

6-17
Weecap

Another One Down

Garbage Island - If you thought they were leading us down a Zoey-is-the-mother path, you would be absolutely incorrect.

02.21.2011
02.24.2011
B

DeAnn Welker

6-16
Weecap

Love -- Or Something Like It

Desperation Day - Ted brings an overnight bag on a first date, Lily's pretending a pillow is Marshall, and Barney's on a hunt for sad, lonely women right before Valentine's Day.

02.14.2011
02.16.2011
B

DeAnn Welker

6-15
Weecap

Dumb and Hot

Oh Honey - Katy Perry guest-stars as Zoey's dumb, hot friend whose name no one can remember, so we just call her "Honey." Oh, and shocker! Zoey and Ted are totally in love.

02.07.2011
02.09.2011
A-

DeAnn Welker

6-14
Weecap

Famous Last Words

Last Words - "Rent Crocodile Dundee III. I caught it on the cable last night. It really holds up."

01.17.2011
01.19.2011
A

DeAnn Welker

6-13
Weecap

The Final Countdown

Bad News - Despite the discovery of Barney's actual doppelganger, this is the saddest episode ever.

01.03.2011
01.05.2011
A

DeAnn Welker

6-12
Weecap

It's A Christmas Miracle

False Positive - We learn to believe in the miraculous as Ted finally grows a pair, convincing his friends to do all the right things before he watches It's A Wonderful Life and agrees to be Robin's best man.

12.13.2010
12.15.2010
A

DeAnn Welker

6-11
Weecap

"I'm Sorry for Wasting Your Time"

The Mermaid Theory - That's an actual line that Saget!Ted says to his kids in the episode. And, as we all know, when he talks to them, he's talking to us. But it'll be awhile before I can forgive the show for this waste of time.

12.06.2010
12.08.2010
D-

DeAnn Welker

6-10
Weecap

Swiper, No Swiping

Blitzgiving - Hurley gets lost on a different island and spreads a smoke monster- like curse throughout the gang.

11.22.2010
11.25.2010
A-

Angel Cohn

6-9
Weecap

Two Beavers Are Better Than One

Glitter - A third Robin Sparkles video surfaces, and the future of Lily and Robin's friendship is called into question as a result. Plus: A wedding date is set, and it's not one you could have ever predicted.

11.16.2010
11.17.2010
B+

Zach Oat

6-8
Weecap

The Captain and Galactic President Superstar McAwesomeville

Natural History - Kyle MacLachlan guest stars as Zoey's husband, who thinks he's a boat captain, and he helps Ted grow a little closer to his wife.

11.08.2010
11.10.2010
N/A

DeAnn Welker

6-7
Weecap

Incompetence and Incontinence

Canning Randy - Marshall doesn't want to fire Randy Wharmpess, but he ultimately lets him go. And Robin lets a little warm piss of her own loose in an adult-diaper commercial.

11.01.2010
11.03.2010
D

DeAnn Welker

6-6
Weecap

Who's Your Daddy?

Baby Talk - Ted's the "daddy" to Robin's new immature co-anchor, Barney wants to find someone to be his "mommy," and Lily and Marshall struggle to be both to some poor future baby.

10.25.2010
10.27.2010
A-

DeAnn Welker

6-5
Weecap

Is That a Snake in Your Pocket ... Or Just Your Small Penis?

Architect of Destruction - Ted thinks he has to choose between a pretty girl and a building, but he doesn't, because only one of them wants him back.

10.18.2010
10.20.2010
A-

DeAnn Welker

6-4
Weecap

Marshall Versus the Machines

Subway Wars - It's a five-way race through Manhattan, with Barney in an ambulance (!), Lily on the subway, Ted on the bus, Robin in a cab and Marshall Forrest Gumping it.

10.11.2010
10.13.2010
B+

DeAnn Welker

6-3
Weecap

"Finished With That"

Unfinished - Ted plays hard to get until Barney brings all his best moves, luring him back to Goliath National Bank. And Robin gets some closure or something.

10.04.2010
10.06.2010
B+

DeAnn Welker

6-2
Weecap

"Not Bad. Not Bad At All."

Cleaning House - Barney finds out his real dad isn't Bob Barker or a black man: It's his mom.

09.27.2010
09.29.2010
C+

DeAnn Welker

6-1
Weecap

This Is Not How I Thought This Night Was Going To Go!

Big Days - After the last boring, meandering season of this show, the season premiere's big shocker is that it's as charming and funny as it used to be back when it was good.

09.20.2010
09.22.2010
B+

DeAnn Welker

5-24
Weecap

This Just In

Doppelgangers - When Lily says, "Marshall Eriksen, put a baby in my belly," the Ghost-Babies of TV-Series-Blunders-Past rise up to stop the horror, or they would, were they not sons of blunders.

05.24.2010
05.26.2010
C+

Cindy McLennan

5-23
Weecap

Everyone's Got Baggage

The Wedding Bride - We learn that everyone and everything -- including this show -- had a lot of baggage to (sometimes literally) carry around. Fortunately for most of us, ours usually isn't on display in movie theaters. That's not so true for Ted.

05.17.2010
05.20.2010
B-

DeAnn Welker

5-22
Weecap

Gong Show...

Robots vs. Wrestlers - ...or Douche-pocalypse? You be the judge, unless you couldn't hear the jokes over the fart noises.

05.10.2010
05.12.2010
C+

Cindy McLennan

5-21
Weecap

How We Pushed 'Em Together

Twin Beds - Will Robin and Don move in, together? Will Barney and Ted make jackasses out of themselves? Will Lily and Marshall really switch to separate beds? Will this season of suck never end?

05.03.2010
05.05.2010
B-

Cindy McLennan

5-20
Weecap

How I Bought Your House

Home Wreckers - Angela Petrelli and Mayor Richard Wilkins get married. Ted freaks out and buys a house. Marshall creates a new game, "Drunk or Kid" -- and there are no freaking monkeys. We all win!

04.19.2010
04.21.2010
B+

Cindy McLennan

5-19
Weecap

Why Can't You Do It? Why Can't You Set Your Monkey Free?

Zoo or False - Marshall was mugged, or mugged by a monkey, or is mugging like a monkey. No one can say for sure, because there's a fine line between a good story and a baldfaced lie. How wide is the line between a good episode and this one?

04.12.2010
04.14.2010
C+

Cindy McLennan

5-18
Weecap

Pictures Or It Didn't Happen!

Say Cheese - It's Lily's 32nd birthday, so Marshall gathers their nearest and dearest to DOWISETREPLA, but when Ted brings his latest, it seems Lily, too, is tired of the mother-waiting wait for the mother-waiting mother.

03.22.2010
03.24.2010
A-

Cindy McLennan

5-17
Weecap

We're Just Dumb Sluts From The Block

Of Course - The one in which the writers tells us we've been dumb sluts for not liking the devolution of Barney. Too bitter? Fine. The one with J.Lo. Plus, Ted sings! And then everyone sings. Except J.Lo, but there is a banjo!

03.08.2010
03.10.2010
B-

Cindy McLennan

5-16
Weecap

Jesus Take The Wheel

Hooked - Bays and Thomas have full plates, and they're not paying attention. They're going way too slow. Before they know it they'll be leading their fans in a tale of woe. I see their whole show flash before my eyes. I don't even have strength to cry. I'm so bored. I bang my head upon the floor...

03.01.2010
03.03.2010
C+

Cindy McLennan

5-15
Weecap

Ducking Wabbits

Rabbit Or Duck - Bunnies aren't just cute like everybody supposes. Ducks are better. Or something. And Robin's co-worker is a duck, except that he turns out to be a rabbit, but then turns into a duck again. Oh, and he starts wearing pants. Meanwhile, Barney's still a snake, and Ted tells Marshall and Lily to find the mother for him.

02.08.2010
02.10.2010
C+

Cindy McLennan

5-14
Weecap

There's No "I" In Team And No "U" in Poo

The Perfect Week - The ups and downs of everyday life are making this an awful week for the gang, but they're determined to back up Barney in his quest for a perfect week. Yeah, that means what you think it means.

02.01.2010
02.03.2010
C+

Cindy McLennan

5-13
Weecap

The Big Fudge

Jenkins - Doogie Take the Wheel! NPH directs his first episode of HIMYM, in which Marshall, concerned that he's the "Reacher" and Lily's the "Settler," tries to prove that his colleague (Amanda Peet) kissed him, but um... the plot thickens when Robin discovers she's the subject of a drinking game. Ted might be in this one, too.

01.18.2010
01.20.2010
B+

Cindy McLennan

5-12
Weecap

Once More Without Feeling

Girls Vs. Suits - It's HIMYM's 100th episode musical extravaganza. Tim Gunn, Rachel Bilson and the yellow umbrella make guest appearances, as does the mother's very yellow apartment. Luckily, NPH -- at his Broadway best -- gets the mustard out.

01.11.2010
01.13.2010
A

Cindy McLennan

5-11
Weecap

How We Quit Those Mothers

Last Cigarette Ever - Working with Don makes Robin tense, and she's taking it out on her lungs. In between (their own!) cigarettes, the gang tries to get her to stop smoking.

12.14.2009
12.16.2009
A-

Cindy McLennan

5-10
Weecap

A Licky Boom Boom Down

The Window - There's something about Mary Maggie, and thank goodness it's not... innovative hair product. She could be the one -- for Ted, and for every other guy she meets. Marshall's not where he thought he'd be half a lifetime ago. Meanwhile, Barney makes an interesting wardrobe change and Robin plies herself with alcohol in a whole new way.

12.07.2009
12.09.2009
A+

Cindy McLennan

5-9
Weecap

Slapsgiving 2: Dark Willow Boogaloo

Slapsgiving 2: Revenge Of The Slap - It's Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap. Need I say more? If so: THAT'S FOUR!

11.23.2009
11.25.2009
A

Cindy McLennan

5-8
Weecap

The Lorenzo Von Matterhorn

The Playbook - Fresh off his breakup with Robin, Barney breaks out his old playbook to get back in the game, and he drags the gang along for fun. Yeah. Even Robin.

11.16.2009
11.18.2009
A

Cindy McLennan

5-7
Weecap

Unleash the Kraken

Rough Patch - When Barney and Robin go through a rough patch, Ted and Marshall turn to Lily to break them up.

11.09.2009
11.11.2009
C+

Cindy McLennan

5-6
Weecap

Marshall The Brave

Bagpipes - While Lily and Marshall's marriage spirals into a never-ending series of arguments, "Ro-Ro" and "Barnstormer" transform into treacle. Except for winning a brief, stealthy Slap Bet, and peering behind Barney and Robin's mask of perfection, Ted matters nary a whit on his own show.

11.02.2009
11.04.2009
B-

Cindy McLennan

5-5
Weecap

Dueling Dualities

Duel Citizenship - When Robin must become a citizen or risk deportation, Barney schools her on what it's like to be a real American. Meanwhile, Lily crashes Marshall and Ted's bromantic getaway.

10.19.2009
10.21.2009
B+

Cindy McLennan

5-4
Weecap

ItWasTheBestNightEver.com

The Sexless Innkeeper - Marshall and Lily try too hard to double-date Barney and Robin and turn them off, but when our smug-marrieds find a newsome twosome, it turns them back on. Meanwhile, Ted's milquetoast brings all the girls to his backyard.

10.12.2009
10.14.2009
A

Cindy McLennan

5-3
Weecap

The Emotional Equivalent Of An English Degree

Robin 101 - When Barney doesn't know how to be a boyfriend, Ted schools him -- in night school. Robin finds outs and wackiness ensues.

10.05.2009
10.07.2009
B+

Cindy McLennan

5-2
Weecap

Doppelgangland

Double Date - While Ted goes on a déjà vu date, Barney and Marshall go to a strip club that features Lily's double.

09.28.2009
09.30.2009
B-

Cindy McLennan

5-1
Weecap

Whipped!

Definitions - Cindy McLennan recaps as we're back with MacLaren's, Saget, hockey, bacon, pancakes, Canadian slang, Duke Ted, tuxedos, and non-pregnant female leads. The premise might be wearing thin, but who cares? We're down with BroTP!

09.21.2009
09.23.2009
A

Cindy McLennan

4-24
Weecap

Jumping To Conclusions

The Leap - Marshall and Lily throw a rooftop party for Ted that is full of surprises -- including Marshall's desire to take a flying leap. Meanwhile, Ted wrestles with The Goat and Robin and Barney Mosby each other.

05.18.2009
05.21.2009
A+

Cindy McLennan

4-23
Weecap

Murder House And The Almost-Spouse

As Fast As She Can - Ted runs into Stella and Tony. So he backs up and runs into them again. Nah. C'mon, this is Ted. When he can't find a gift-quality doormat, he lies down so they can walk all over him.

05.11.2009
05.13.2009
A-

Cindy McLennan

4-22
Weecap

Stella Is Not The Mother, M'Kay?

Right Place, Right Time - All Ted's life has led him to... meeting up with Stella at an intersection? I don't think so. The very idea would make Robin puke and Barney tear up his conquest list. Marshall would need an intervention, and Lily would disappear.

05.04.2009
05.06.2009
B

Cindy McLennan

4-21
Weecap

A/S/L?

The Three Days Rule - Marshall and Barney cyber together -- with Ted. Blame the red cowboy boots. He's still pulling them off.

04.27.2009
04.29.2009
B+

Cindy McLennan

4-20
Weecap

Möbius Knicker Twist

Mosbius Designs - Ted launches his architecture firm, and hires a well-built intern who looks none too flabby, but only Robin knows for sure, and it's killing Barney, who has offended Lily so bad she's stopped hanging with the gang. Also, Marshall needs a gimmick.

04.13.2009
04.16.2009
C

Cindy McLennan

4-19
Weecap

I Won't Grow Up

Murtaugh - Barney won't grow up (he won't grow up). Doesn't want to be a man (doesn't want to be a man). Doesn't want to act his age (doesn't want to act his age). Like we know he can (like we know he can).

03.30.2009
04.01.2009
A-

Cindy McLennan

4-18
Weecap

Canadian Sex Acts

Old King Clancy - When work has Ted in a Newfoundland lobster trap, Marshall and Barney hatch a plan more involved than the reverse Rick Moranis, which makes Ted look like a musty goaltender. Marshall and Barney are caught in a two-handed Zamboni, but Ted's sweeter than a sticky flapjack, so it's right good in the end.

03.23.2009
03.25.2009
C-

Cindy McLennan

4-17
Weecap

When They're Sixty-Four

The Front Porch - When they get older, losing their hair -- many years from now -- will Lily be able to abide Ted's wife? Perhaps she should just get a life. If Ted hooks up with a girl she can't stand, will she lock the door? Will they still be pals, regardless of his gals, when they're 64?

03.16.2009
03.18.2009
A+

Cindy McLennan

4-16
Weecap

The Duke and Duchess Of The Duchy Of Douchay

Sorry Bro - Ted's ex is back and Marshall and Lily's patience is taxed. There's nothing like an old flame to burn the asses of old friends.

03.09.2009
03.11.2009
A

Cindy McLennan

4-15
Weecap

Get Back Home, Loretta

The Stinsons - Barney has a girl who Lil thinks is his lover, but that idea doesn't last. She is just his mom (who once played Dwight Schrute's lover). Huh. I thought that he'd been hatched. Get back…

03.02.2009
03.04.2009
B

Cindy McLennan

4-14
Weecap

Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Green Card

The Possimpible - Robin Needs a J-O-B to stay here in N.Y.C.

02.02.2009
02.04.2009
A-

Cindy McLennan

4-13
Weecap

Snow Job

Three Days Of Snow - Marshall and Lily love each other more today than yesterday, but not as much as tomorrow. The only problem is, it's difficult to tell which day is which.

01.19.2009
01.21.2009
A-

Cindy McLennan

4-12
Weecap

Buddy Booty

Benefits - Ted and Robin are feeling the tension of living together. And easing it. Meanwhile, Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt and Kim Kardashian spend some quality time with Marshall in the Men's Room. Never mind why they're on the show; why do I even know who they are?

01.12.2009
01.14.2009
B

Cindy McLennan

4-11
Weecap

A Prairie Home Companion

Little Minnesota - Can Lily keep a secret? Can Marshall keep Robin in New York? Can Ted keep his sister out of it? Can Barney keep out of her pants? Uff da!

12.15.2008
12.17.2008
A-

Cindy McLennan

4-10
Weecap

Fight Club

The Fight - I am Ted's inflamed sense of rejection.

12.08.2008
12.10.2008
A

Cindy McLennan

4-9
Weecap

Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad

The Naked Man - He wants you (he wants you). He needs you (he needs you). But there ain't no way he'll ever be liked by you. He'll get unclothed (get unclothed), 'cause Naked Man fears not being loathed.

11.24.2008
11.26.2008
A-

Cindy McLennan

4-8
Weecap

You Would Woooo Too, If It Happened To You

Woooo! - So many lines rhyme. Robin needs some girl time. Lily takes her clubbing. Ted's ego needs rubbing. Barney gets Ted a break, then acts like a big snake. Marshall makes him do right. This is such a great night. Woooo!

11.17.2008
11.19.2008
A

Cindy McLennan

4-7
Weecap

Having My Baby

Not A Father's Day - Having my baby. Will our show go there; is that how far it's reaching? Having my baby -- or going back to law and kindergarten teaching? Will you make us watch it? Will you put us through it? I almost used the remote control but I couldn't do it. No I couldn't do it…

11.10.2008
11.12.2008
B-

Cindy McLennan

4-6
Weecap

Hiding Well Is The Best Revenge

Happily Ever After - After Stella strands Ted at the altar, Ted hides from Stella under a table. Er... yeah, that'll show her!

11.03.2008
11.05.2008
B

Cindy McLennan

4-5
Weecap

Who's Holding Your Peace?

Shelter Island - Here comes the ex. You had lots of sex. Invite one to the wedding, and cast an evil hex. Here comes the bride. Here comes the groom. Exes at the wedding make a big KABOOM!

10.20.2008
10.22.2008
A

Cindy McLennan

4-4
Weecap

Change Is Bad!

Intervention - With Robin all packed and ready for Japan, Marshall and Lily pack to move to Dowisetrelpa, and Ted packs for New Jersey. He discovers his friends had planned to confront him about marrying in haste. They've changed their minds now, but will he change his, anyhow?

10.13.2008
10.16.2008
A-

Cindy McLennan

4-3
Weecap

Bite The Big Apple -- The Big Apple Bites

I Heart NJ - Ted loves Stella or at least the idea of getting married, but is any of that enough to entice him to leave the Big Apple for the Big Turnpike?

10.06.2008
10.07.2008
C+

Cindy McLennan

4-2
Weecap

Is That Your Final Answer?

The Best Burger In New York - Trying to find the place where he had his best burger eight years ago, Marshall enlists the help of the Big Apple's biggest ham -- Regis Philbin.

09.29.2008
09.30.2008
D

Cindy McLennan

4-1
Weecap

Hello. I Love You. Won't You Tell Me Your Name?

Do I Know You? - Ted plans to marry Stella, although she's still an unknown. Barney wants to be Robin's fella, but first he must sleep alone.

09.22.2008
09.23.2008
A+

Cindy McLennan

3-20
Weecap

We Got Renewed? Miracle!

Miracles - The gang ponders the mysteries of miracles, fate and love as Ted is involved in a car accident that changes his life. Also, somebody pops the question. Yes, the question.

04.16.2014
05.20.2008
B+

Omar G

3-19
Weecap

G-CWOK-approved

Everything Must Go - Even gay couples without Kids hate Lily's art, which she's trying to sell for money. But they love Ted's hideous red cowboy boots. Fashion is fickle!

05.12.2008
05.13.2008
B

Omar G

3-18
Weecap

After the Bro-keup

Rebound Bro - Barney tries to replace his downed wingman with Will Forte while Ted tries to get his new girlfriend Sarah Chalke over her five-year sexual dry spell.

05.05.2008
05.06.2008
B+

Omar G

3-17
Weecap

Bros Before Shows

The Goat - The Bro Code is invoked and shown to be violated as the gang deals with the aftermath of Barney + Robin (AKA Robney. Or Barbin, if you prefer).

04.28.2008
04.29.2008
B-

Omar G

3-16
Weecap

Beek Man's World

Sandcastles In The Sand - James Van Der Beek breaks Robin's heart, again, as a Canadian loser who isn't aging well. Then something amazing happens with Barney.

04.21.2008
04.22.2008
A-

Omar G

3-15
Recap

The Chain of Screaming

The Chain of Screaming - Bob Odenkirk sublimely screams at Marshall, who freaks out, cries, and almost ruins his life because of it.

04.14.2008
04.15.2008
A-

Omar G

3-14
Recap

The Final Four

The Bracket - Perhaps the best episode of the season with the best ending and the best 20-minute song based on it is unleashed upon an unsuspecting sitcom world. It's all about the brackets. And the youngest-ever TV M.D.

03.31.2008
04.01.2008
A+

Omar G

3-13
Recap

Ten Sessions

Ten Sessions - Britney guest-stars, but it's Sarah Chalke as Dr. Stella who steals Ted's heart.

03.24.2008
03.25.2008
A-

Omar G

3-12
Recap

Slantytown

Slantytown - Lily and Marshall deal with a slanted floor while Ted busts a move on St. Patrick's Day.

03.16.2008
03.18.2008
B-

Omar G

3-11
Recap

The Platinum Rule

The Platinum Rule - Everyone thinks Ted is making a huge mistake going on a date with his doctor.

12.09.2007
12.11.2007
B-

Omar G

3-10
Recap

The Yips

The Yips - Barney learns that his virginity loss was not quite so legendary.

11.25.2007
11.27.2007
C+

Omar G

3-9
Recap

Slapsgiving

Slapsgiving - Robin and Ted go all awkward as exes while Marshall delivers a sweet slappenin' and a song!

11.18.2007
11.20.2007
B

Omar G

3-8
Recap

Spoiler Alert

Spoiler Alert - The gang clears the air about each other's most annoying habits.

11.11.2007
11.13.2007
B+

Omar G

3-7
Recap

Dowisetrepla

Dowisetrepla - Lily and Marshall buy a new apartment, and it's a terrible mistake.

11.04.2007
11.06.2007
B

Omar G

3-6
Recap

I'm Not That Guy

I'm Not That Guy - Ted meets Porno Ted Mosby; Marshall has to take an evil law firm job.

10.28.2007
10.29.2007
B-

Omar G

3-5
Recap

How I Met Everyone Else

How I Met Everyone Else - The gang reveals how they all met each other for Ted's crazy new girlfriend.

10.21.2007
10.23.2007
A

Omar G

3-4
Recap

Little Boys

Little Boys - Ted and Barney try to see who's got more Game.

10.14.2007
10.16.2007
B

Omar G

3-3
Recap

Third Wheel

Third Wheel - Ted is tempted by some tricycle action. By which we mean: threesome.

10.07.2007
10.09.2007
C+

Omar G

3-2
Recap

We're Not From Here

We're Not From Here - Marshall and Lily exchange death letters. Ted and Barney pretend to be tourists. Robin sheds her vacation self.

09.30.2007
10.02.2007
B-

Omar G

3-1
Recap

Wait For It...

Wait For It… - Robin and Ted hook up with rebound partners. Ted gets a tattoo.

09.23.2007
09.24.2007
B+

Omar G

2-9
Recap

Slap Bet

Slap Bet - A little thing known as a slap bet. A lady known as Robin Sparkles. History in the making.

11.19.2006
09.14.2007
A+

Miss Alli

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