How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
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Purple Giraffe 

Ted throws a party in hopes of seeing Robin again, but when she doesn't show up, he throws another... and another.


Pamela Fryman


Carter Bays (created by), Craig Thomas (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Josh Radnor ... Ted Mosby
Jason Segel ... Marshall Eriksen
Cobie Smulders ... Robin Scherbatsky
Neil Patrick Harris ... Barney Stinson
Alyson Hannigan ... Lily Aldrin
Lyndsy Fonseca ... Daughter
David Henrie ... Son
Beth Riesgraf ... Works with Carlos Girl
Jon Bernthal ... Carlos
Lindsay Schoneweis Lindsay Schoneweis ... Fantasy Girl
Jae Head ... Leroy


After telling Robin that he loves her, things fall apart for she and Ted and he figures that it's all over for the two of them, but not for long as Ted finds out from Lily after she met Robin that she (Robin) likes him and Ted tries once again to win her affections, by throwing a party at his and Marshall's place, but it turns into 3 parties in 3 nights, when Robin was a no show for the first 2. Meanwhile, after Lily said yes to Marshall's marriage proposal, she has become extra affectionate to him in the bedroom and Marshall is worrying about finishing a huge paper to write for law school, that is due soon. Written by goleafs84

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

26 September 2005 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


After the second party, Marshall said: "Alright, we threw two parties. Everybody had fun. Everybody wanged, everybody chunged". This is a reference to the 1986 song "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" by Wang Chung. See more »


When Robin is reporting from "The Razzle Dazzle Supermarket" on 75th and Columbus to cover the child stuck in the prize machine with the purple giraffe, as she's signing off you can hear her director yell "we're clear" and the child stops waving and eases down as if it were scripted for him to do so (giving the indication that it wasn't in fact a genuine accident that Robin/Metro News 1 was covering, but a in fact a scripted one) See more »


Robin: Sorry I missed your party again.
Ted Mosby: Hey, ain't no thing but a chicken wing, mamacita!
[to Marshall and Lily]
Ted Mosby: Who am I?
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An Enjoyable Second Episode
7 November 2014 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

The second episode of "How I Met Your Mother", starts with an opening credits sequence that was missing from the pilot. It shows what appear to be the central characters Ted, Marshal, Lilly, Barney and Robin enjoying a night out (Probably at their favourite hangout 'Maclarens')

Plot In A Paragraph: Ted finds out from Lily that Robin likes him and Ted tries once again to get the girl, by throwing a party at his and Marshall's place, but it turns into 3 parties in 3 nights, when Robin fails to show for the first 2. Meanwhile, Lily has become extra affectionate to Marshall in the bedroom, but he is worrying about finishing a huge paper he has to write for law school, that is due soon.

Ted (Josh Radnor) comes off hopeless (a hopeless romantic, but still hopeless) Marshall (Jason Segel) is the patient best friend, who eventually loses his temper. Robin (Cobie Smulders) is someone I can't decide on. Since her picture is in the opening credits, I'm guessing she is going to be around for the shows duration (or at least for a long time) but I'm not sure I get Ted's obsession with her. The two characters who come off best in this episode are Lily (Alyson Hannigan) and Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) who is again wearing suits for the entire show.

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