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 »


Robin Scherbatsky: When are you going to get rid of your doll?
Barney Stinson: It's not a doll, it's a Stormtrooper.
Robin Scherbatsky: It has a diaper.
Barney Stinson: It's not a diaper, it's protective gear.
Robin Scherbatsky: Stormtrooper? More like Stormpooper.
Barney Stinson: Stop that!
Robin Scherbatsky: [Makes fart noise] Oops! I think your Stormpooper needs to be changed.
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References True Grit (1969) See more »


Peter Gunn Theme
Written by Henry Mancini
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I really think this is one of the best episodes of the season so far. I think the way Robin and Barney's relationship was developed didn't quite fit with what we'd been shown in the previous seasons about these two characters. Yet, their breakup episode is a genuine example of HIMYM writing team talent, and therefore it must be praised. Even including such an absurd subplot such as Lily's plan to break them up, it still manages to deliver a somehow believable plot in a candid and funny way. Moreover, the return of Barney, ladies man, promises that the show is going to be LEGEN- wait for it - DARY once again (it had been a bit off these last episodes, IMHO)

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