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"How I Met Your Mother" Girls vs. Suits (2010)

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How I Met Your Mother: Season 5: Episode 12 -- While Barney must choose between bedding the bar's hot bartender or his beloved suits, Ted gets one step closer to meeting his future wife.


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Original Air Date:
11 January 2010 (Season 5, Episode 12)
Barney chooses between wearing suits and sleeping with a sexy bartender. Meanwhile, Ted gets ever closer to meeting "the mother". Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
The Best Episode Of How I Met Your Mother Ever See more (4 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Josh Radnor ... Ted Mosby

Jason Segel ... Marshall Eriksen

Cobie Smulders ... Robin Scherbatsky

Neil Patrick Harris ... Barney Stinson

Alyson Hannigan ... Lily Aldrin

Rachel Bilson ... Cindy

Stacy Keibler ... Karina

Tim Gunn ... Tim Gunn

Joe Nieves ... Carl

Lyndsy Fonseca ... Daughter

David Henrie ... Son

Ryan Bailey ... Herb (as Ryan Kyler Bailey)
James Pumphrey ... Frat Dude #1
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Christopher Scott ... Dancer

Kelly Connolly ... Dancer (uncredited)

Marty Dew ... Dancer (uncredited)

Nick Drago ... Dancer (uncredited)

Nadine Ellis ... Lady Cop (uncredited)

Bunny Gibson ... Dancer (uncredited)

Lonnie Henderson ... Business Man (uncredited)

Scott Hislop ... Dancer (uncredited)

Rachael Markarian ... Dancer (uncredited)

Heather Morris ... Suit Dancer (uncredited)

Randi Pareira ... Dancer with dog (uncredited)

Doug Penikas ... Dancer (uncredited)

Bob Saget ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Nicole Sciacca ... Dancer (uncredited)

Beau Casper Smart ... Dancer (uncredited)
Eric Strom ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Pamela Fryman 
Writing credits
Carter Bays (created by) &
Craig Thomas (created by)

Carter Bays (written by) &
Craig Thomas (written by)

Robia Rashid (executive story editor)

Matt Kuhn (story editor)

Produced by
Missy Alexander .... co-producer
Carter Bays .... executive producer
Pamela Fryman .... executive producer
Rob Greenberg .... producer
Stewart Halpern-Fingerhut .... producer
Chris Harris .... executive producer
Kourtney Kang .... co-executive producer
Joe Kelly .... co-producer
Stephen Lloyd .... co-executive producer
Greg Malins .... executive producer
Suzy Mamann-Greenberg .... co-executive producer (as Suzy Mamann Greenberg)
Theresa Mulligan .... supervising producer (as Theresa Mulligan Rosenthal)
Jamie Rhonheimer .... co-executive producer
Chuck Tatham .... co-executive producer
Craig Thomas .... executive producer
Reid Watanabe .... associate producer
Original Music by
John Swihart 
Cinematography by
Chris La Fountaine  (as Christian La Fountaine)
Film Editing by
Susan Federman  (as Sue Federman)
Casting by
Marisa Ross 
Alyson Silverberg 
Production Design by
Steve Olson 
Set Decoration by
Susan Mina Eschelbach  (as Susan Eschelbach)
Costume Design by
Julie Bennett Block 
Makeup Department
Grace Hernandez .... department head hair stylist (as Grace Leider)
Lona Jeffers .... makeup department head
Jennifer Turchi Nigh .... makeup department head
Bret Mardock .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
John Mabry .... post-production supervisor
Suzy Mamann-Greenberg .... unit production manager (as Suzy Mamann Greenberg)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christopher Hyssong .... second second assistant director
Jim Rose .... associate director
Michael J. Shea .... first assistant director (as Michael Shea)
Dorothy A. Steinicke .... second assistant director (as Dorothy Steinicke)
Art Department
David Baker .... property master
David Brennan .... set dresser
Daniel Saks .... set designer
Jessica Samuelson .... assistant property master
Wren Boney .... set dresser (uncredited)
Janine Cavoto .... set dresser (uncredited)
Peter Flynn .... propmaker (uncredited)
Sky Nathan .... set dresser (uncredited)
Ron Shulem .... leadman (uncredited)
William Small .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Bickelhaupt .... sound re-recording mixer
Mike Clark .... production sound (as Michael L. Clark)
Christopher Landers .... additional re-recording mixer
Charlie McDaniel .... sound re-recording mixer
Zeke Richardson .... sound editor
Christopher Landers .... additional sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Ryan Maguire .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Rick Cortes .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Blaich .... gaffer
David Colclasure .... assistant camera
Ron P. Jaffe .... still photographer
George La Fountaine Jr. .... camera operator (uncredited)
Robert G. Lestak .... key grip (as Robert Lestak)
Casting Department
Megan Branman .... original casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Reiko Kurumada .... key costumer
Dana Peterson .... costume supervisor
Nicole Nagy .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Bryan Dych .... post-production coordinator
Chad Cole .... on-line editor (uncredited)
Tamar Feder .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Russell Lynch .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Michael Brake .... music editor
Andrew Gowan .... music supervisor (as Andy Gowan)
Mark Robertson .... orchestra contractor
The Solids .... composer: theme music
The Solids .... performer: theme music
Ted Blaisdell .... music engineer (uncredited)
Ted Blaisdell .... music mixer (uncredited)
Brian H. Kim .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Brian H. Kim .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Brian T. Rice .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Jamie Adamic .... assistant to producers
Matthew Blitz .... production staff
Daniel Esparza .... production staff (as Daniel 'Steely' Esparza)
Tamar Feder .... production staff
Craig Gerard .... script coordinator
Kelly Harris Vaughn .... production secretary (as Kelly Harris)
Jenni Hendriks .... assistant to writers
James Jimenez .... production accountant
Janet Kagan .... script supervisor
Patrick Kang .... production staff
Matt Kuhn .... story editor
Robia Rashid .... executive story editor
Kristin Rejkowski .... production staff
Jessica Ross .... production staff
George Sloan .... assistant to writers
Zachary Woodlee .... choreographer (as Zach Woodlee)
Matthew Zinman .... assistant to producers (as Matt Zinman)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Carter Bays  creator
Craig Thomas  creator

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

This is Neil Patrick Harris's favorite episode of the show.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 backgroundSee 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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofs Pulp Fiction (1994)See more »
Cherry PieSee more »


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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
The Best Episode Of How I Met Your Mother Ever, 14 January 2015
Author: slightlymad22 from United Kingdom

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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