How I Met Your Mother: Season 5, Episode 12

Girls vs. Suits (11 Jan. 2010)

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Barney chooses between wearing suits and sleeping with a sexy bartender. Meanwhile, Ted gets ever closer to meeting "the mother".



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When Barney debates giving up wearing suits in order to land a hot bartender, his conflicted feelings lead to an amazingly awesome musical number. Meanwhile, Ted gets one step closer to meeting the future mother of his kids, on the 100th episode. Written by CBS Publicity

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Comedy | Romance





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This is the show's 100th episode. See more »


During the musical sequence "Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit" when Barney climbs on top of the Taxicab, a crew trailer and small buildings that would not be located in Manhattan can be seen in the background See more »


Barney Stinson: [about picking world peace over his suits] I'm gonna stop you right there. It's the suits. Come on, Lily, get your head out of your ass.
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Spoofs Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »


Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit
Written by Carter Bays and Craig Thomas
Performed by Neil Patrick Harris with Jason Segel, Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders, and Alyson Hannigan
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The Best Episode Of How I Met Your Mother Ever
14 January 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is the show's 100th episode. And by far my favourite episode. It is hilarious, and the musical number at the end just makes it even better.

Plot In A Paragraph: When he becomes obsessed with a new female bartender (Stacey Keibler) at Maclarens, who hates men who wear suits, Barney finds himself in the strange position of having to choose between girls or suits. Meanwhile Ted gets one step closer to the mother (which is actually what the show is supposed to be about, because let's be honest, sometimes we forget) when he starts dating a student (Rachel Bilson), Back at Maclarens, Lily is amazed that Marshall does not find the new bartender hot, whilst Robin is upset at no longer being viewed as the hottest girl in the bar.

Any episode that features the brilliant Neil Patrick Harris's character Barney Stinson in the main storyline is always excellent, and this one is no exception, in fact I consider this my favourite episode of HIMYM. The musical number in Barney's mind is TV gold, and Alyson Hannigan looks great in a suit.

I could go on and on about the brilliance of this episode, and in particular Neil Patrick Harris but I won't bore you with it.

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