Although he vowed to Robin and Marshall that he would never tell them, Ted finally tells his kids that at one time both Robin and Marshall used to smoke. In 2009, they both felt like they had good reason to do so. Marshall, only an occasional smoker, always said that each cigarette was his last. But when his old boss, the meanest man nicknamed Artillery Arthur, became his new boss, he thought he was going to be fired - again. So when Marshall found out that Arthur was a smoker, Marshall used it as a bonding mechanism to keep his job. Robin, at the time anchoring the morning show, had just gotten a new co-anchor named Don Frank. Don was a career morning show host, moving from morning show to morning show across the country. Robin hated Don for what he represented: a person who had given up on his career, stating that they were on a nothing show that nobody watched. Deep down, Robin feared that he was right. So when she managed to get a scheduled on-air interview with then New York City... Written by
Did You Know?
All the major characters are smokers, but based on Ted's monologue, two of them have already quit: Lily when she decided to start getting pregnant, and Marshal when Marvin was born. Ted will quit after his second date with the mother, Robin will quit later in 2014, and Barney will quit in 2017. See more
In a previous episode Robin smoked and Ted's future children didn't act surprised about it. See more
I only smoke on certain occasions: post-coital, when I'm with Germans - sometimes the two overlap - coital, that time of year the Mets are mathematically eliminated, pre-coital, and - wait for it, 'cause I sure have - pregnancy scares.
Why are you smoking now?
I'm always pre-coital, Ted.
Spoofs Bull Durham
Cigarettes & Chocolate Milk
Written by 'Rufus Wainwright'
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