How I Met Your Mother: Season 1, Episode 4

Return of the Shirt (10 Oct. 2005)

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Ted dated a girl, Natalie, three years ago and quickly got annoyed by some of her antics. Therefore he broke up with her, leaving a message on her answering machine on her birthday. His ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Trucker Hat Guy #1


Ted dated a girl, Natalie, three years ago and quickly got annoyed by some of her antics. Therefore he broke up with her, leaving a message on her answering machine on her birthday. His blamed his behavior on his immaturity and after being forgiven by Natalie they end up getting back together. Robin meanwhile realizes that no one is interested in her show and plans to do or say crazy things which Barney dares her to. Written by SSSS

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Anne Dudek plays Natalie, a girlfriend that Ted broke up with on her birthday. In Friends: The One After Joey and Rachel Kiss (2003), Anne Dudek plays Precious, a girlfriend of Mike who also split up with her on her birthday. See more »


After Ted gets beaten up by Natalie at the end of the episode, Barney eats the final olive from his martini and it immediately reappears in the next shot. See more »


Robin: [on camera, at the end of her news report] I'm a dirty, dirty girl.
[smacks butt]
Robin: Ow.
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References The Goonies (1985) See more »


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Written by Stuart Murdoch
Performed by Belle and Sebastian
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The Ickey Shuffle
2 February 2014 | by (victoria b.c canada) – See all my reviews

Ted finds an old shirt that he's never cared for, but changes his tune when it makes him ooze confidence. During a discussion with the gang about past girlfriends, Ted brings up his ex Natalie, a girl he broke up with three years ago on her birthday by breaking up with her on an answering machine. Ted manages to persuade her with a giant sock monkey to give him another chance. Robin takes a bribe from Barney to say derogatory things on the air because she thinks nobody watches her show. Who in the world likes breakups? I don't think there is a person alive that enjoys the thought of dumping someone, unless you're a chauvinist. Breakups suck, especially if you're the one that has to say it's over. There is no decent way to say " I don't want to see you anymore" I like how they made light of this difficult situation. Anyway that has dealt with these situations will most likely garner a few laughs from this episode. My favorite moment is when Robin falls into horse crap. The only carp I have with this episode is the lack of storyline for Marshall & Lilly. They are in the background most of the time, offering up advice

Favorite quote. Barney: You dumped a porn star? A PORN STAR?! Friendship over!


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