How I Met Your Mother: Season 5, Episode 17

Of Course (8 Mar. 2010)

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After the guys discover that Robin deliberately got Barney hooked up with an incompatible female writer, they find out that that they didn't realize that Robin hasn't been handling their breakup very well.



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Episode cast overview:
Anita Appleby
Don Frank (as Ben Koldyke)
Ron Nicolosi ...


In the aftermath of Robin and Barney's break-up, Robin isn't yet ready to date again, although her new co-anchor Don seems attracted to her and he seems to be a great guy, especially from Marshall's perspective. So when Don calls to ask Robin for a date, she is about to say no until someone intervenes on her behalf. Conversely, Barney has been back to his womanizing ways. However, the latest woman he meets named Anita has been a conundrum as she appears to want to sleep with him, but at the last minute she turns down his sexual advances. Telling the gang this story, Ted realizes that Anita is using a tactic in a new guidebook for single women in how to empower themselves on the dating scene. When Barney finds out that Anita is not only using the strategies in the book but is the book's author, Barney, on Ted's advice, comes up with a plan to circumvent Anita's strategy. Later, the gang minus Barney learn that Barney meeting Anita was not by accident, and learn the reason for the not ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama | Romance





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During her interview with Anita, Robin says "but um," the infamous phrase that Ted's students listen for in a drinking game. See more »


Anita Appleby: The book says never sleep with a guy on the first date.
Barney Stinson: Totally.
Anita Appleby: Or the second date.
Barney Stinson: Of course.
Anita Appleby: Or the third date.
Barney Stinson: Well...
Anita Appleby: Or the forth date.
Barney Stinson: Will you just tell me how many dates?
Anita Appleby: Seventeen.
Barney Stinson: [Shocked] SEVENTEEN?
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hilarious but boring
10 March 2010 | by (india) – See all my reviews

I've loved the initial seasons of HIMYM and loved the recent episodes such as the playbook etc. But I don't really find a point in prolonging the story with some lame story about barney and one more of his flings. The poor guy has been carrying the entire show on his shoulders the whole 5 th season. The characters of Ted and Marshall is virtually useless other than singing some lame songs!! The show has to change if it has to survive.

This episode is hilarious at times and boring at times too. It may be fun for ones who are watching the series for the first time, but it is kinda boring for all the followers. Turning Robin Sherbotsky into someone emotional may not be counted as a new innovation and the jumping into the river scene is completely non hilarious.. 7/10 on the whole....

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