How I Met Your Mother: Season 4, Episode 9

The Naked Man (24 Nov. 2008)

TV Episode  -   -  Comedy | Drama | Romance
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When the gang learns that a bold, desperation date move got Robin into bed, Ted and Barney decide to try it out for themselves.



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Ted is relaying to his children the story of how he moved on to the next woman after Stella left him right before the wedding. Her name was Vicky, a woman he saw every day in the elevator. After a week of furtive glances, he asked her out to which she accepted. Based on a ploy by Robin's latest date to sleep with her (the ploy called "the naked man"), the gang discuss the effectiveness of the ploy and the role of sex in their respective lives. Specifically between Marshall and Lily, they debate if love is the only reason to sleep with another person. Robin needs to defend her decision to sleep with Mitch, the naked man guy, with whom she may not have ever seen again after that date. And Barney urges Ted to employ the naked man technique on Vicky, despite Ted believing that he may have a future with her. Written by Huggo

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date | bar | flashback | architect | marriage | See more »


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Barney mentions that Mitch, the Naked Man, is like Superman. Guest star Courtney Ford is married to actor Brandon Routh, who played Superman in Superman Returns (2006). See more »


Ted's underwear is visible in the scene where he is practicing poses for his Naked man. You can clearly see it left of the lamp which is supposed to cover his body. See more »


Robin Scherbatsky: Are you wearing make-up?
Ted Mosby: It's not make-up, ok? It's a sunscreen with a subtle tint...
[Everyone looks at him mockingly]
Ted Mosby: It's made for men!
[They keep looking]
Ted Mosby: Sue me! I want my eyes to pop!
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A good episode but not the best episode
31 January 2011 | by (Valhalla) – See all my reviews

If your looking for a funny episode stand right up here to watch this... BUT if your looking for the best episode I will tell you to look at the series finale "The Leap".

The Naked Man Was Actually The First Episode I Ever Watched Of HIMYM The Whole Way Through, I Was Channel Flicking & I Came Across This & Before This I Only Watched Bits & Pieces Of Any HIMYM Episode & I Outwatched It & I F##king Loved It. The Amount Of Laughs I Got With The First Viewing Made Me A Complete HIMYM Fan & I Even Got The Other 3 Seasons The Next Day(At The Time There Were Only 3 Seasons Available In Stores).

The "Naked Man" Move Is Also Redone In The Series 5 Episode "Rabbit Or Duck". Never Before The First Time I Saw A TV Episode Had I Turned Off The TV Lost For Words I Swear After Two Minutes Of Silence I Burst Into Laughter.

This episode may not be every HIMYM fan's cup of tea for humor but I'm just saying it's mine

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