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.



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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

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8 November 2010 (USA)  »

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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 »


The Captain: I hear my wife got you pretty good.
Ted Mosby: She caught me on tape trashing GNB.
The Captain: Ohh that damn recorder... Try being married to that. You're a good guy Galactic President Superstar McAwesomeville. Tell you what, when Zoey goes to sleep, I'll find that tape and erase it for you, no hard feelings.
Ted Mosby: Really? You'd do that to your own wife?
The Captain: Sure, why not? I mean, I'm glad she has these little causes, they keep her out of trouble, but... When she throws a temper tantrum and it gets in the way of someone doing ...
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References The Last Dragon (1985) See more »


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Unfunny, uninteresting and just plain boring
19 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

The plot synopsis for this episode says that Barney makes a stunning discovery as to the identity of his father. Of course, this is in no way a plot point of the episode. Rather, it is just a cliffhanger that occurs after a series of lame and boring interactions between Robin and Barney.

We do get a sense of Lily and Marshall's relationship at a potentially risky zone, as Marshall is further corrupted by the power of GNB. This plot reminds me of Season 5 of Joss Whedon's "Angel", where our group of heroes move into Wolfram & Hart. This is perhaps a point of influence, but everything to do with the occupations and complications of all characters is really beginning to feel flat.

At just the standard 22 minutes, this episode was a chore to sit through. Downright unfunny, depressing (although some of it was intentional) and awkwardly slow, "How I Met Your Mother" really no longer is about 'The Mother' - who knows when it will be

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