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.

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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

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In the episode "Bad News," the only number that does not appear onscreen as a numeral is the number 5. Instead, between the numbers 6 and 4, Barney and Marshall share a high five. See more »

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Robin uses the term Hydro pole when discussing Ted's car skid metaphor, then says it's a "Canadian telephone pole". Hydro is a colloquialism for hydroelectricity, not telephones. See more »

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Lily Aldrin: [Lily tries to talk to Marshall about him not being fertile] Okay, now you're being ridiculous. An hour ago, you didn't even think there was a problem.
Marshall Eriksen: I was just putting on a brave face. Think about it - we've had unprotected sex 203 times in the past four months.
[high-fives Lily]
Marshall Eriksen: Obviously, I'm the problem.
Barney Stinson: Problem? You can't get a girl pregnant - that's the dream! I'd give my first-born to not be able to have children.
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Was that a shark?
5 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

I have loved this show since the beginning. I have seen every episode. However, THIS episode was the worst ever. This is supposed to be comedy folks. We watch this stuff to ESCAPE reality. This episode completely let's us down. When it is over, and you are over the anger of what the writers have done, you realize this was little more than one of those old "Special Episode of Blossom's" where the haughty writers felt compelled to send us a message or teach us how hard life can be. Well I say, yuck. Keep it. No thank you.

On a side note, think how inconsiderate this was from a timing perspective. Everyone loses loved ones all of the time. But there are people out there who get a double whammy and lose someone during the holidays. So, what does this show decide to do? Just as these folks may be recovering from their shock and grief and are finally ready to sit down for a good bit of escapism with one of their favorite shows, they air a show that throws that reality back in their face. If they were going to air this schlock, they could have had the decency to wait until later in the season. Geesh. (For the record, I did not lose a loved one this holiday season. My rage against this episode is purely subjective.) If this is where the show is headed, we will look back on this episode of the moment when Fonzie jumped the shark. Let's get back to comedy folks and leave the tragedy for real life.


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