How I Met Your Mother: Season 1, Episode 19

Mary the Paralegal (24 Apr. 2006)

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Ted needs a date to take to Robin's awards banquet, so Barney hooks him up with Mary, who may be a call girl.



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Robin invites everybody to a banquet and Ted is insecure about bringing a date or not. Barney offers to hook him up with a prostitute while Robin brings a real date. Ted pretends to be cool with the fact that Robin has moved on, but Robin's date is her sleazy colleague Sandy Rivers whom Ted and Marshall constantly make jokes about when watching him on TV. With all these people in the same room, the evening seems to be getting interesting. Written by Anonymous

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Guest-performer Alexis Denisof is cast-member Alyson Hannigan's real-life husband. See more »


When Ted and Mary are shown exiting the elevator the down arrow is lit up despite the earlier disclosure that Ted and Mary were going upstairs. See more »


[Ted not knowing the real deal]
Ted: Ok, look. Mary. I like you a lot. I'm sort of amazed at how much I like you, but... I can't do this, You're a hooker.
Mary: What?
Ted: Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I'm sorry. That's a deal breaker for me. I'm not going to have sex with a prostitute.
Mary: Ted, I'm a paralegal.
Ted: C'mon Mary. There's no-one else around. You're a hooker.
Mary: No, Ted. I'm a paralegal.
Ted: No... You're a hooker.
Mary: No... I'm a paralegal.
[Ted, pausing, realisation, consternation]
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Neil Patrick Harris Is The Star
19 November 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After a few so so episodes, How I Met Your Mother returns to form thanks to one man. Step forward Neil Patrick Harris.

Plot In A Paragraph: Robin invites everybody to an awards show and Ted is worried about bringing a date or not. Barney offers to hook him up with a prostitute when Robin brings a real date. Ted is horrified Robin's date is her sleazy colleague Sandy Rivers whom Ted and Marshall constantly make jokes about when watching him on TV.

Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan and Cobie Smulders all offer solid support but it's Neil Patrick Harris who really knocks it out of the park in this episode. He has been the shows saviour at times. Whenever their is a great episode, it features Neil Patrick Harris's Barney Stinson heavily.

The guy who plays Sandy Rivers, is Alexis Denisof and he is Alyson Hannigan's real-life husband.

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