Barney and Marshall don't tell Ted that the plans for the building he has been working on have been scrapped, and the guys try to figure out which Canadian celebrity Robin slept with.

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Ted enjoys the process of designing GNB's new headquarters, except for the negative comments Bilson is always hurling toward him. So Ted is relieved when a new executive committee without Bilson is overseeing the project for GNB. That relief turns to incredulity when Ted learns that in reality, the project in its entirety had been scrapped a month earlier. Ted eventually finds out that Marshall and Barney set up the charade of the new committee (with its fake GNB employees) to keep Ted happy for the couple of months that he was getting paid for work on the project anyway as per the contract. As this project was the only one he was working on for his architectural firm, Ted is afraid that he will be fired if they find out. Barney and Marshall think they've come up with a short term solution to Ted's problem, unless Bilson has his say. Meanwhile, Robin let's it slip that she once had the opportunity to have sex with a Canadian born celebrity with an unusual collection of memorabilia. ... Written by Huggo

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Narrator: In the spring of 2009 I'd been hired to design a new headquarters for Goliath National Bank. And I was eager to add as much of my voices as an architect into the plan as possible.
Ted Mosby: Woodbeams bathed in natural light in the atrium. They're gonna love it!
Narrator: There was only one problem and his name was Bilson.
Bilson: Wood? Natural light? Oh, no! Natural light reminds employees that there is an outside world where they have family and friends. We want to crush that! You arrive in the dark, you come home in the...
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A drop in quality
5 May 2016 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

The string of excellent episodes through season 4 inevitably had to end, and so it does with 'Old King Clancy'. There are two story lines, of which none is truly great. Ted's story is the stronger one, as it leads to a major turn in the path of his career. The execution is quite solid, there are a few good laughs and some funny supporting characters. But it is also somewhat depressing without reaching the level of emotionality other influential events in the main characters' lives are usually hallmarked by in this series.

Robin's story is a harmless filler piece played for the laughs. It's funny and original if you watch the episode for the first time, but upon repeated viewing it doesn't really hold up.

The highlights of this episode are the recruitment of Marshall and Barney's "task force" at GNB and the introduction of Marshall's infamous fish-themed stand-up comedy.


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