How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
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Ted and Robin discover that sex with each other solve their fights as roommates, which makes Barney very jealous and angry. Meanwhile, Marshall reveals that he's too embarrassed to use the office bathroom.

Director:

Pamela Fryman

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Radnor ... Ted Mosby
Jason Segel ... Marshall Eriksen
Cobie Smulders ... Robin Scherbatsky
Neil Patrick Harris ... Barney Stinson
Alyson Hannigan ... Lily Aldrin
Heidi Montag ... Herself
Spencer Pratt ... Himself
Kim Kardashian West ... Herself (as Kim Kardashian)
Kendra Wilkinson ... Herself
Bryan Callen ... Bilson
Kevin Kirkpatrick ... Donald
Ambrit Millhouse ... Jill
Jason Rogel ... Clerk
Jack J. Bennett ... Craig Gerard
Greg Collins ... Matt Zinman
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Storyline

Ted and Robin's new stint as just being roommates isn't going very well. They're constantly fighting, something they didn't do while they were dating and almost seemingly like roommates. They come to the conclusion that it was because they were sleeping with each other when they were dating. So they decide to be just roommates but have sex to circumvent the fights whenever they are about to have a fight. There is no emotional involvement, just sex. It seems to be working. Although they decide not to tell anyone of their roommates with benefits status, the rest of the gang find out. Lily believes that nothing good can come of their arrangement, as someone always gets hurt in the end. Although Lily can see it, the one who seems to be getting hurt by their arrangement is Barney, who still has unresolved feelings for Robin. Meanwhile, Marshall feels totally uncomfortable "reading a magazine" at work, and will do his "magazine reading" anywhere but the office, even once renting a motel ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The two "eighth floor" construction workers are named Craig Gerard and Matt Zinman. In reality, Craig Gerard is the name of the script coordinator and Matthew Zinman is the name of one of the assistants to the producers for the show. See more »

Goofs

When Marshall is taking the magazine titled "Them Weekly" to the bathroom, the magazine is labeled the same issue number and date all 3 times, even though it has different people on the cover and a different main headline. All 3 times the magazine issue and date says: "ISSUE 735: DEC 15 2008". Also, the headlines down the right side of the cover are the same. See more »

Quotes

Barney Stinson: So I tell her, Madeline, every international conflict esentially boils down to sexual tension.
Ted Mosby: Every international conflict?
Barney Stinson: Every single one.
Ted Mosby: So, the crisis in the Middle East could be solved by...?
Barney Stinson: Gaza strippers. Next!
Ted Mosby: Apartheid?
Barney Stinson: Apart thighs. What else you got?
Ted Mosby: Cold War?
Barney Stinson: Mrs. Gorbachev, take down those pants!
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Connections

References Happy Days (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

No More Wishing
Written & performed by 'Hayley Taylor (I)'
Courtesy of Sun and Water Music
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Classic How I Met Your Mother
29 December 2014 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

A brilliant episode, Barney's anger is hilarious.

Plot In A Paragraph: Ted and Robin's new stint as just being roommates isn't going very well. They're constantly fighting, something they didn't do while they were dating and almost seemingly like roommates. They come to the conclusion that it was because they were having sex with each other when they were dating. So they decide to be just roommates but have sex to circumvent the fights whenever they are about to have a fight. It seems to be working. Although they decide not to tell anyone of their new arrangement, the gang soon find out. Lily believes that nothing good can come of their arrangement, as someone always gets hurt in the end. Although Lily can see it, the one who seems to be getting hurt by their arrangement is Barney, who still has unresolved feelings for Robin.

This had a very touching ending to the episode.


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