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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Episode cast overview:
Alan Thicke
Pizza Guy


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 | Romance





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Barney exclaims "Catchphrase" while describing his and Robin's relationship. Neil Patrick Harris was the spokesperson for the game Catchphrase in the early 2010s See more »


Barney Stinson: You have a girlfriend? A girl, who's also your friend?
Barney Stinson: Do not humanize the enemy!
[Shakes hands with Ted's date]
Barney Stinson: I'm Barney Stinson, by the way. Nice to meet you.
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References Weekend at Bernie's (1989) See more »


Murder Train
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10 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is not one of the best ever episodes of How I Met Your Mother, but definitely the top of the list of season 5. It wasn't the storyline, creative dialog, or a fantastic episode all together, but the ending is the best ending to an episode this season, by far.

The storyline is decent and there are good lines in this episode, but Barney becoming the Barnacle again and prowling on every female in Manhatten again is so relieving. Marshall, Lily, and Ted were all good, but the most important characters in this episode were Robin and Barney and its fantastic to see the show back to its legen- wait for it...-dary self!!

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