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"How I Met Your Mother" Old King Clancy (2009)

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How I Met Your Mother: Season 4: Episode 18 -- After Goliath National Bank cancels plans to build their headquarters Ted was hired to design, Marshall and Barney come up with a lie to protect Ted from finding out that he is out of a job.


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Original Air Date:
23 March 2009 (Season 4, Episode 18)
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Pamela Fryman 
Writing credits
Carter Bays  created by &
Carter Bays  creator &
Craig Thomas  created by &
Craig Thomas  creator

Jamie Rhonheimer (written by)

Joe Kelly (executive story editor)

Robia Rashid (story editor)

Produced by
Missy Alexander .... associate producer
Carter Bays .... executive producer
Pamela Fryman .... executive producer
Rob Greenberg .... consulting producer
Jonathan Groff .... consulting producer
Stewart Halpern-Fingerhut .... co-producer
Chris Harris .... co-executive producer
Kourtney Kang .... supervising producer
Stephen Lloyd .... co-executive producer
Carl MacLaren .... associate producer: web content
Greg Malins .... executive producer
Suzy Mamann-Greenberg .... co-executive producer (as Suzy Mamann Greenberg)
Theresa Mulligan .... producer (as Theresa Mulligan Rosenthal)
Jamie Rhonheimer .... supervising producer
Chuck Tatham .... co-executive producer
Craig Thomas .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Swihart 
Cinematography by
Chris La Fountaine  (as Christian La Fountaine)
Film Editing by
Susan Federman  (as Sue Federman)
Casting by
Marisa Ross 
Alyson Silverberg 
Production Design by
Steve Olson 
Set Decoration by
Susan Mina Eschelbach  (as Susan Eschelbach)
Costume Design by
Julie Bennett Block 
Makeup Department
Lona Jeffers .... makeup department head
Tena Parker .... department head hairstylist (as Tena Parker Baker)
Jennifer Turchi Nigh .... key makeup artist (uncredited)
Grace Hernandez .... key hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Suzy Mamann-Greenberg .... unit production manager (as Suzy Mamann Greenberg)
Jim Sodini .... post-production supervisor (as James Sodini)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jody Margolin Hahn .... associate director
Michael J. Shea .... first assistant director (as Michael Shea)
Dorothy A. Steinicke .... second assistant director (as Dorothy Steinicke)
Christopher Hyssong .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
David Baker .... property master
Daniel Saks .... set designer
Jessica Samuelson .... assistant property master
Janine Cavoto .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sky Nathan .... set dresser (uncredited)
Ron Shulem .... leadman (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Bickelhaupt .... re-recording mixer
Mike Clark .... production sound (as Michael L. Clark)
Christopher Landers .... additional re-recording mixer
Charlie McDaniel .... re-recording mixer
Zeke Richardson .... sound editor
Christopher Landers .... additional sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Ryan Maguire .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Greg Orrante .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Anna Mercedes Morris .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Blaich .... gaffer
David Colclasure .... assistant camera
George La Fountaine Jr. .... camera operator (uncredited)
Robert G. Lestak .... key grip (as Robert Lestak)
Casting Department
Megan Branman .... original casting
Jessica Ross .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Reiko Kurumada .... key costumer
Dana Peterson .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Bryan Dych .... post-production coordinator
Shaley Brooks .... colorist (uncredited)
Chad Cole .... on-line editor (uncredited)
Greg Faluszczak .... on-line editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Michael Brake .... music editor
Andrew Gowan .... music supervisor (as Andy Gowan)
The Solids .... composer: title theme
The Solids .... performer: title theme
Brian H. Kim .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Jamie Adamic .... assistant to producers
Matthew Blitz .... production staff
Aaron Drake .... web site designer
Daniel Esparza .... production staff (as Daniel 'Steely' Esparza)
Craig Gerard .... script coordinator
Kelly Harris Vaughn .... production staff (as Kelly Harris)
Jenni Hendriks .... assistant to writers
James Jimenez .... production accountant
Janet Kagan .... script supervisor
Patrick Kang .... production staff
Todd Linden .... assistant to producers
Dennis R. McElroy .... production staff (as Dennis McElroy)
Kristin Rejkowski .... production staff
Jessica Ross .... production staff
Sean Russell .... assistant to producers
George Sloan .... assistant to writers
Reid Watanabe .... production coordinator
Matthew Zinman .... assistant to producers (as Matt Zinman)
Kim Barofsky-Thorpe .... craft service (uncredited)
Eric Leblanc .... Translator French Subtitles (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Carter Bays  creator
Craig Thomas  creator

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Netherlands:30 min (including commercials)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

This episode introduces the running gag of Marshall telling fish jokes.See more »
Lily Aldrin:How do you know all these?
Barney It's bookmarked on the top right.
Marshall Eriksen:Dot org?
Barney Stinson:Yeah, it's not for profit. They really just want to get the information out there.
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A drop in quality, 5 May 2016
Author: S. B. from Germany

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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