How I Met Your Mother: Season 6, Episode 13

Bad News (3 Jan. 2011)

TV Episode  -   -  Comedy | Drama | Romance
8.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.7/10 from 1,502 users  
Reviews: 11 user

Marshall suspects that he is the reason Lily can't get pregnant after meeting a fertility doctor who also happens to be Barney's doppelganger. Meanwhile, Robin's embarrassing past is revealed at work by her former co-anchor.

Director:

Writers:

(created by), (creator), 4 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 7776 titles
created 24 Jul 2012
 
a list of 24 titles
created 21 Aug 2012
 
a list of 41 titles
created 16 Nov 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 38 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Bad News" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Bad News (03 Jan 2011)

Bad News (03 Jan 2011) on IMDb 8.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of How I Met Your Mother.
« Previous Episode | 125 of 208 Episodes | Next Episode »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Episode credited cast:
...
...
...
...
Barney Stinson / Dr. John Stangel
...
...
...
...
...
...
Americus Abesamis ...
Matt Dwyer ...
Syd
...
...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Dominatrix (as Elena Melnikova)
Edit

Storyline

Despite only having tried for six days, Marshall and Lily are worried about not yet having conceived a child. So their doctor sends them to Dr. John Stangel, the best reproductive endocrinologist in New York City. He ends up being Barney's doppelgänger, although Lily is convinced that he's actually Barney in disguise. Both Lily and Marshall have problems going through the tests with Dr. Stangel for different reasons. They are both on tender-hooks as they await news from Dr. Stangel if there are any issues in them being able to conceive a child. Other news in their life may overshadow whatever Dr. Stangel might have to say. Meanwhile, Robin has just started her new job at Worldwide News. She hates it primarily because the anchor, her old co-host Sandy Rivers, divulges some facts and not so facts about Robin to the rest of the staff which make her the laughing stock among her colleagues. Ted helps her come up with a way to deal with this new embarrassing situation. Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

3 January 2011 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

There are numbers hidden within scenes throughout the episode that count down to Marshall hearing the news of his father's death. The numbers start at fifty and count down to one. E.g. the taxi cab number, the number on the pregnancy brochure, the apartment number of Marshall and Lily, the date on a calender, the number on Marshall's urine sample container. See more »

Goofs

Just after Barney impersonates Dr. Stengal and is thrown out of the office (after the number in the "8" countdown passes), the painting/poster behind the door of the office door changes. See more »

Quotes

Lily Aldrin: [to their fertility specialist] We're doing it a lot.
Marshall Eriksen: And everywhere. The kitchen, the bathroom, the living room, outside in your waiting-
[Cuts off]
Marshall Eriksen: ... the kitchen.
See more »

Connections

Features How I Met Your Mother: Glitter (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Hey Beautiful
Written by The Solids
Performed by The Solids
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
The Big Dip
18 February 2011 | by (Hungary) – See all my reviews

I have very mixed feelings about this episode. I very rarely comment on IMDb, even more rarely on series and almost never on individual episodes. This is one major exception (*salute* "Major Exception").

I never thought a comedy sitcom can (or should) pull this off, but it happened. The thing I call "The Big Dip", on the emotional roller-coaster. Drama series regularly try to pull this off, and fail, because the audience expects it, but you never expect is from a lighthearted comedy sitcom. The only other series that pulled this off at least commendably is Dexter.

The Big Dip: making the audience feel really good, happy and content, when you least expect it (usually at the very end of the episode), it suddenly breaks it with an earth-shattering revelation that suddenly flips the spectrum and makes you so sad you wanna cry. On a graph, it would look the the "happiness" slowly rising, and reach 10 (max) right before the end, and then outta the blue suddenly drop to not 0, but -10. Like the big dip on the roller-coaster. Drama series can't pull this off, because they start from 0 and drop from there, but funny sitcoms go from 10 to -10 in a heartbeat and that is a shock because you never expect it.

I won't spoil what happens, but from the title of the episode (Bad News) you can guess it's pretty sad. I only give it 9 stars, because I think funny sitcoms shouldn't do this, but it was so well executed I can't help but applaud the writers and actors. It's a unique episode I will never forget.


16 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The ending is the same as... gunwing
I'm just gonna come out and say it... jedi_knight05
What's on Lily's wrist in the intro? NiamhMentiri
Props to Cristin Milioti dhinsd
Hey, if Ted actually ends up marrying Robin... Polak_With_A_Gun
Do you have any stories that were ruined by endings? AnonymousFriend
Discuss Bad News (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?