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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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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9 November 2009 (USA)  »

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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 »


When Ted is telling Marshall they don't need Lily's help to sabotage a relationship, there is a microphone visible at the top center of the screen, right along Marshall's hairline. See more »


Pizza Guy: Somebody ordered an extra large sausage?
Ted Mosby: Hey, one of Barney's videos starts off just like that.
Marshall Eriksen: Hey, guys, Barney's ordering... five of something.
Pizza Guy: [about his pizza being too large for the station wagon] I don't know if it's gonna fit in here.
Ted Mosby: Okay, now you're just quoting the video.
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The Rough Patch (#5.7)
23 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I must say at some points I was in a way rooting for Barney and Robin, but yet I am so happy they broke up! I already said I can't stand Robin when she is dating. And they showed in this episode that it was not good for Barney either.

Well fat Barney was a pretty good idea. He actually looked so different with all the weight.

Lily's return as a break upper was also very amusing, but Barney and Robin managed to do it on their own. It was actually a pretty nice scene where they realized they aren't happy.

And the return of the cool Barney was a great moment. Promises us some great future in this show! One thing it looks like we get to see more of Robin's old work!

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