How I Met Your Mother: Season 1, Episode 4

Return of the Shirt (10 Oct. 2005)

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Ted reconnects with an old flame and soon remembers why he dumped her in the first place. Barney pays Robin to say outrageous things on the air.



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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 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 »


Barney: I can see Robin's nickels.
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Not As Good As Previous Episode
10 November 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Plot In A Paragraph: Ted (Josh Radnor) finds an old shirt that he never used to like but now he love and decides to try again with a girl that he once dated. Robin (Cobie Smulders) decides to make some money on the side by putting on a different show at Metro News One, by saying whatever Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) tells her to.

After the excellent last episode this was a drop in quality. It's not a bad episode, and it still has it's moments. Some of the things Barney gets Robin to say and do are pretty funny, But the last episode set the bar so high it didn't match it.

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

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