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

Robin Scherbatsky: By the way, our little arrangement is off.
Barney Stinson: Oh, that's awes... ful.
Robin Scherbatsky: What?
Barney Stinson: That's awesful.
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Connections

References The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

No More Wishing
Written & performed by 'Hayley Taylor (I)'
Courtesy of Sun and Water Music
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Beautiful Episode!!
9 July 2017 | by armanivegasSee all my reviews

Barney Stinson's self-sacrificing love for Robin Scherbatsky is one again made manifest when forced to see her and Ted Mosby having casual sex in a foolish attempt at resolving their arguments as room-mates. His anger is hilarious to watch (he constantly smashes TV's and mashes his words together), but the real anguish in his eyes, the contortions of his face and his crushing disappointment when Robin doesn't acknowledge his casual declaration of love speak volumes and are the most touching parts of this episode. This episode basically represents what Ted and Robin never were and never could be. But to give credit to Ted Mosby, when he realises that Barney does actually love Robin truly and deeply, he breaks off their arrangement out of respect to his friend, astonished though he is. And astonished he should be, because Barney demonstrates his willingness to engage in uncharacteristic activities simply to keep Ted away from Robin and thus alleviate his breaking heart. And the ending is so touching as to almost justify tears! Amazing episode. Bravo, Neil Patrick Harris!


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