How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
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Disaster Averted 

The gang explains to Kevin the origins of the "No Boogie-Boarding" sign in front of MacLaren's, which has to do with Hurricane Irene. Meanwhile, Barney negotiates with Marshall about how to get out of wearing the ducky tie.


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A question by Kevin about the origins of a "No Boogie-Boarding" sign outside MacLaren's makes the gang reminisce about Hurricane Irene, which hit New York in the summer of 2011 and was the impetus to the incident that prompted the sign to be erected. - Safety-conscious Ted wanted to leave the city before the approaching hurricane. While Barney, Lily, and Robin thought that Ted was overreacting, Marshall, who was between jobs and had just lost his medical insurance until his new job started in two weeks, was suffering from hypochondria and wanted to leave. But telephone calls from various parents, news of the strength of the hurricane as it got closer and closer to New York, and interpersonal relationships between the five at that time made them continually change their individual minds about whether to go or stay. Meanwhile, Barney is at the point of doing anything to get out of wearing the ducky tie and thinks he has a way to convince Marshall to let him off. As Marshall ponders ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance







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7 November 2011 (USA)  »

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In the cutaway scene with Lily and Marshall in the bathtub, Lily is reading a book titled "Pamela Was Robbed." This is likely referencing director Pamela Fryman's loss in the Outstanding Directing category at the Prime Time Emmy Awards (for the episode "Subway Wars"). See more »


The girl Ted brings to barneys apartment, disappears after the lights go out and no explanation is given to why she is not there anymore. However, she told Ted she had a boyfriend and that she lives or came from another room in the building. She wasn't trapped in the room so could have left at any time. See more »


Barney Stinson: [after Barney agrees to new arrangements, Barney removes the Ducky tie] I'm free. God, this feels so good! I - I
[Barney notices Marshall stretching and preparing to slap]
Barney Stinson: This was a mistake. I want to put the tie back on. I want to put the tie back on! Why do I have to be Barney Stinson now?
[Marshall slaps Barney]
Lily Aldrin: Three slaps remaining!
Marshall Eriksen: Three slaps. Wow, I like the sound of that. I think I'll save those bad boys. You know, for a rainy day.
Barney Stinson: Okay, the worst is over.
[Marshall slaps Barney again]
Lily Aldrin: ...
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8 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Finally an episode from season 7 that makes me want to continue watching the rest of the season. HIMYM is my favorite TV show but I was starting to lose faith. Season 7 has been moving very slow with the story line and the humor has been only okay at best. This was by far the best episode yet.

Personally I am not a fan of Kal Penn. I mean sure, he makes a great Kumar, but quite frankly I'm getting a little sick of him. Having a therapist as a part of their group does make sense in this episode, however, with Barney's made up story of how he "lost" the ducky tie. I was very impressed with how they incorporated this, but I think it is about time to get rid of Kal Penn.

Hurricane Irene plays a big part in this episode. The writers tend to keep the show as current as possible, which I am sure most people appreciate. I was more intrigued by the character development in this episode more than anything. It was clear from the beginning of the season that Robin was either not completely over Barney or her feelings are resurfacing. I thought it was very clear that this would be the main story for quite some time, but then Robin started dating Kevin. I was a little annoyed when they took the focus off Robin's secret love merely because I knew they would find a way to bring it back. And sure enough, they did.

The end of the episode was a complete shock to me. Barney has finally fallen in love and I was ready for his character to change permanently. Apparently the writers had other plans.

I hope I am not the only one who remembers this next part. It takes place in season 6 episode 21 titled "Hopeless." Robin runs into a her secret crush but Ted ruins it for her. At the end of the episode it shows her crush talking on the phone saying "So that's the end of that" and future Ted says "It wasn't, but more on that later." I really hope the writers stick to this promise, I have been waiting for a sign all season.

Overall I think this was a solid episode and will hopefully lead into another great season of HIMYM.

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