Ted and Zoey's feud continues during a fundraiser at the Museum of Natural History. Meanwhile, Marshall confesses to Lily that he enjoys his job at GNB, and a prank by Barney and Robin may lead Barney to his real father.



(created by), (creator) | 5 more credits »

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video






Episode cast overview:


Zoey has written an op ed piece in the newspaper criticizing Ted by name, calling him and his friends fat cats. Ted is offended by the piece as he knows he and his friends are definitely not fat cats, despite they all attending a black tie fund-raiser at the Natural History Museum courtesy of GNB. There, Lily learns that Marshall has aspirations to be a fat cat, which she has to reconcile against her own feelings of what she wants from her husband. Barney and Robin go on a quest to touch as many "do not touch" objects they can in the museum. Along with a past trip by Barney to the museum, their quest has an unexpected consequence concerning Barney's life. And Ted meets one of the fund-raiser's primary benefactors, George Van Smoot - self nicknamed "The Captain" - who happens to be Zoey's rich, older husband. The interaction between the Captain - who actually likes Ted - Zoey and Ted leads to slightly altered positions in the Ted/Zoey fight, and not just over the Arcadian. Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Romance





Release Date:

8 November 2010 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Arthur introduces the Captain as George Van Smoot. This is the same surname as Michael York's character in How I Met Your Mother: Robots vs. Wrestlers (2010). See more »


At the Natural History Museum, Barney says that the last time he saw his Uncle Jerry was in July 23rd 1981 when he was 6 after he knocked down the Blue Whale Exhibit. In "Hopeless", They say that it is September 1983 when they last saw each other. In a related subject Barney would not have been 6 in 1981. In episode #1.15 "Game Night", Barney tells his story about Shannon and states that it happened in 1998 and that he was 21. This means he was born in 1977. He would have been 4 in 1981. See more »


Robin Scherbatsky: [Barney and Robin have just been summoned to the Natural History Museum security office for pulling off pranks. An unexpected revelation about Barney's uncle actually being his father hits him hard] So, when was the last time you saw him?
Barney Stinson: It was that day, July 23rd, 1981. My mom got pretty upset he let me destroy a New York City landmark.
Robin Scherbatsky: [scoffs] Moms.
Barney Stinson: He never came around anymore after the fact. Think he moved away.
Robin Scherbatsky: Well, maybe the security guy had it wrong, you know...
Barney Stinson: You do know, you do know...
See more »


References The Last Dragon (1985) See more »


La Javanaise
Written by Serge Gainsbourg
Performed by Madeleine Peyroux
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Revelation Is Made
26 January 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

More of the same as Zoe continues her campaign to save The Arcadian, and stop the new GNB building from being made, and ruin Ted's dream in the process.

Plot In A Paragraph: The Gang attend a black tie function at the Museum Of Natural History, Ted runs in to Zoe, who continues to cause him problems, Meanwhile Marshall and Lily are struggling with who they are, and Barney and Robin play a game of seeing who can touch the most things that say "Do Not Touch" which leads to a surprise revelation.

I enjoyed the Barney storyline, and the ensuing revelation but less so everything else. I really dislike the Zoe character, and hope they do not pursue this as a romantic interest for Ted, although all the signs point to it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Josh Radnor is an a-hole hateubad
does the ending reminds you of something? khaled_ali_95
Josh Radnor - Gone Back To Obscurity ephexis-78736
Just Finished the Series xabid_x
Does this show gets repetitious ? eliel77
"How I Met Your Mother"....NOT "How I Met My Wife" beerguy55
Discuss Natural History (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: