How I Met Your Mother: Season 6, Episode 5

Architect of Destruction (18 Oct. 2010)

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Is Ted having second thoughts about designing GNB's new skyscraper because it would tear down a landmark, or because he's trying to impress a woman? Meanwhile, Lily shares a secret about Robin's new boyfriend with Marshall.



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Despite believing it his big break, Ted tells Barney that he is quitting his job designing the new GNB headquarters since he has learned that the site of the building is where the old Arcadian Hotel stands. The Arcadian, a once grand building, has fallen into disrepair of late. The gang believe that Ted's stand is probably not because of a want to save the building but because there is a woman involved. They are correct, the woman being Zoey, an activist, for who saving the Arcadian is only one of many of her causes. But being a beautiful "architecture nerd" is what turns Ted on about her. As Barney does whatever he can to make Ted change his mind or have someone else change his mind for him, some further information about Zoey may really bring into light whether Ted is doing this for the Arcadian or for Zoey. Meanwhile, Robin has started dating Marshall's friend Max. When Lily tells Marshall some news about Max that Robin passed onto her, Marshall may never be able to look at Max the... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance





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Barney: Don't you get it, Ted? We're tearing down the Arcadian either way. It's a stupid old piece of crap, run down, snake infested dump!
Ted Mosby: Ok, are there or aren't there snakes?
Barney: Who mentioned snakes! And stop shouting, you're scaring Cottontail.
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Made me lose faith in Ted
24 October 2010 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

This episode decides to show Ted's true colors when it comes to pursuing women, which is fine if it leads to a moment of self-understanding and growth. But in this episode when he turns his back on what is right just because he's not interested in the girl anymore, he just sickens me. There was no realization that he pretends to be something he's not for each woman he pursues, just a "Well, she's married, f*** her". He's doing exactly what Barney does. Yeah, Barney wants to just have sex instead of marrying, but it doesn't matter. Their attitudes towards women are similar. At least Barney is open about it. I lost all respect for Ted by the end of this episode, and that's pretty important for me in the series.

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