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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Herself (as Kim Kardashian)


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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Comedy | Romance





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12 January 2009 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


When Lilly corrects Robin on the spelling of the word 'weird' , Robin tells her no one likes a "Ted" which they mention in the "Spoilers" episode means a corrector. See more »


When Marshall is taking the magazine titled "Them Weekly" to the bathroom, the magazine is labeled the same issue number and date all 3 times, even though it has different people on the cover and a different main headline. All 3 times the magazine issue and date says: "ISSUE 735: DEC 15 2008". Also, the headlines down the right side of the cover are the same. See more »


Lily Aldrin: Barney, you have to learn how to express these feelings. Maybe you should talk to a psychiatrist.
Barney Stinson: Please. If I'm gonna pay so woman $200 an hour to make me feel better, we aren't going to be talking. And we're both going to be on that couch. The woman in this scenario is a prostitute. A dirty, skanky, surgically enhanced, Eastern European...
Lily Aldrin: I got it.
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References Mr. Belvedere (1985) See more »


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One Of This Season's Funniest
28 November 2010 | by (Valhalla) – See all my reviews

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. I Love This Episode. The World Peace Thing That Barney Came Up With For World Peace Was Unbelievable & When I First Saw It I Was In Shock & The Second Time I Laughed Like $h!t. I Loved The Episode It Also Would Be Weird If Anyone Was In Lily's Kindergarten Class While Barney Had Feely The Care Share Bear (DON'T ASK). I Also Like How Close Barney Was To Letting Out That He Loved Robin That Relationship Even Though Now Its Ended May Have A Future Unlike Ted & Robin The Reason That I Say That Is "Uncle Barney" "Aunt Robin" It Could Still Happen...I Would Love To See It Become An On Again Off Again Relationship. My Favourite Part Of The Episode Is When They First Became A "Strictly Sexual" Couple & The Make A Deal & Marshall Just Says "Deal" It Would Be Incredibly Awkward.

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