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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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 »

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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 »

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Robin Scherbatsky: Haven't you tried not reading a magazine while "reading a magazine"?
Marshall Eriksen: You have to read a magazine! That's why there are magazines!
Ted Mosby: Otherwise, it's just a waste of our time.
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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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