How I Met Your Mother: Season 4, Episode 12

Benefits (12 Jan. 2009)

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Ted and Robin discover that sex with each other solve their fights as roommates, which makes Barney very jealous and angry. Meanwhile, Marshall reveals that he's too embarrassed to use the office bathroom.

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Ted and Robin's new stint as just being roommates isn't going very well. They're constantly fighting, something they didn't do while they were dating and almost seemingly like roommates. They come to the conclusion that it was because they were sleeping with each other when they were dating. So they decide to be just roommates but have sex to circumvent the fights whenever they are about to have a fight. There is no emotional involvement, just sex. It seems to be working. Although they decide not to tell anyone of their roommates with benefits status, the rest of the gang find out. Lily believes that nothing good can come of their arrangement, as someone always gets hurt in the end. Although Lily can see it, the one who seems to be getting hurt by their arrangement is Barney, who still has unresolved feelings for Robin. Meanwhile, Marshall feels totally uncomfortable "reading a magazine" at work, and will do his "magazine reading" anywhere but the office, even once renting a motel ... Written by Huggo

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A brilliant episode, Barney's anger is hilarious.

Plot In A Paragraph: Ted and Robin's new stint as just being roommates isn't going very well. They're constantly fighting, something they didn't do while they were dating and almost seemingly like roommates. They come to the conclusion that it was because they were having sex with each other when they were dating. So they decide to be just roommates but have sex to circumvent the fights whenever they are about to have a fight. It seems to be working. Although they decide not to tell anyone of their new arrangement, the gang soon find out. Lily believes that nothing good can come of their arrangement, as someone always gets hurt in the end. Although Lily can see it, the one who seems to be getting hurt by their arrangement is Barney, who still has unresolved feelings for Robin.

This had a very touching ending to the episode.


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