How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
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The Pineapple Incident 

After an alcohol-induced blackout, Ted awakens to find a strange woman and a pineapple in his bed.


Pamela Fryman


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Episode cast overview:
Josh Radnor ... Ted Mosby
Jason Segel ... Marshall Eriksen
Cobie Smulders ... Robin Scherbatsky
Neil Patrick Harris ... Barney Stinson
Alyson Hannigan ... Lily Aldrin
Danica McKellar ... Trudy
Joe Nieves ... Carl
Joanna Leeds ... Jane


In 2030, Ted admits to his kids that he doesn't remember all the stories from his past, with what he and Marshall call "the pineapple incident" being one of the more fuzzier ones. In late 2005, in the still short time their group of friends has included Robin, she is onto yet another guy (this time a multi-multi-millionaire) while Ted has barely had any women. Barney thinks it's because Ted over-analyzes every situation. So to lower Ted's inhibitions, Barney, Marshall and Lily think it would do Ted some good if he downed all five shots that Carl the bartender has concocted for them. To prove a point, Ted does down all five believing they will have no effect on him. But the next thing he remembers is the next morning waking up in his bed, with a sprained ankle, next to both a pineapple and a brunette woman whose face he can't see as she is face down on the pillow. Marshall, Lily and Barney are only able to fill in a part of the puzzle. As the four go on a quest to figure out the ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

28 November 2005 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The first time that Ted's room is shown. See more »


When Ted, Marshall and Lily are calling Barney to find out what happened, they hear the phone ringing in the bathroom and go to find Barney in the bathtub. As the viewer sees Lily open the bathroom door from the outside, the doorknob is to the right. Seconds later, when the viewer sees them enter the bathroom, the doorknob is to the left. See more »


Ted: [Ted is drunk] Are you a vampire?
Carl: That's it, I'm cutting you off. Go home, Ted. Get some sleep.
Ted: Yep, the sun's comin' up pretty soon. Wouldn't wanna be around for *that*, now would we?
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Referenced in How I Met Your Mother: Third Wheel (2007) See more »


Performed by Cheap Trick
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Drunk Ted
23 July 2017 | by jamarianaSee all my reviews

Drunk Ted sure seems a blast, or a pain in the ass - you decide. Me, personally, I think he seems like a blast, but that is perhaps because I am very much like Ted when I am drunk... and all it takes is 5 shots too, but I'd hardly be blackout drunk from that. Anyway, this was a wonderful episode showing the whimsical, passionate, and entertaining guy that Ted is. Various members of the gang take care of Ted and bring him to bed, but like the party-animal that he is while drunk he sneaks out and gets into more trouble. In all fairness, he doesn't actually do anything too crazy or regrettable.

We've all drunk-texted or dialed people to embarrassing consequences (there's an archive somewhere out there of all my freshman year antics, I'm sure). We've all made mistakes that we only discover upon our awakening sometime in the middle of the next day (or early in the morning, if you're like me and can't sleep hungover). We've all made absolute fools of ourselves in front of a room full of strangers, surely. The episode is wonderfully relatable and really quite funny. The first season of HIMYM certainly demonstrates the higher end of sitcoms in the early '00s.

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