How I Met Your Mother: Season 5, Episode 7

The Rough Patch (9 Nov. 2009)

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After Barney and Robin hit a rough patch in their relationship, Lily devises the perfect plan to break them up, calling in help from Robin's famous friend, Alan Thicke.



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Alan Thicke
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Although Robin and Barney are outwardly happy about their relationship, Ted believes that they in fact are miserable. He believes an old message from Barney via an old porn videotape and the fact of both Robin and Barney letting their appearances go (Barney who is overeating and Robin who is looking like an old woman) are cries for help in wanting and needing to break-up. Marshall and Lily however believe that as with any couple, they are just going through a rough patch, one that they can weather. But when Marshall sees what Ted sees, they go into cahoots with each other to break them up. When their plan goes horrible awry, Lily, the master of orchestrating break-ups without the couple knowing what hit them, feels she has to come and fix the mess Ted and Marshall created. Lily's masterpiece as she considers it involves Robin's old friend Alan Thicke, one of Barney's old girlfriends, a stormtrooper and a bunch of dirty dishes. Will Lily's old magic do the trick? Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama | Romance





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When fat Barney and ugly Robin are fighting, the music playing in the background is "Murder Train" by The Foreskins, the song Robin's ex-boyfriend played with his band in the "Sandcastles in the Sand." This song is used often throughout the series after its original appearance for different fighting montages. See more »


Barney Stinson: Daddy's home.
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References Lost in Space (1965) See more »


Murder Train
Performed by The Foreskins
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One of The Worst Episodes Of All Time
14 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I normally love How I Met Your Mother, but this was one of the worst episodes of all time. I'd probably rank it lower than I would the Britney Spears episode. My sister and I actually fast-forwarded through the latter half to see how it ended, simply because the actual episode was so unbearable.

If you are a Robarney fan, this episode was unfortunate enough. But the break-up of this couple was NOT even close to the foremost reason I disliked it. It was, quite simply, bizarre. The off-kilter humor contained in this episode has appeared briefly in others in the past, but in this episode, dominated and detracted from the typical HIMYM humor I've come to enjoy so much.

If you've found the rest of this season enjoyable and believed the show to be stronger than ever prior to this episode, you may not enjoy it. Fortunately, the rest of the season has been so good that I plan on counting this as a fluke and hope to enjoy many more good episodes yet to come.

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