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I Heart NJ 

"I Heart NJ" is an episode of How I Met Your Mother starring Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, and Cobie Smulders. Ted does not want to move in with Stella because he hates New Jersey. Robin prematurely quits her TV job because she incorrectly thinks that she already has a new job.



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Episode cast overview:
... Ted Mosby
... Marshall Eriksen
... Robin Scherbatsky
... Barney Stinson
... Lily Aldrin
... Stella Zinman
Michael Kagan ... Joel Adams
... Lucy
... Matisse
... Girl From Couple
... Brian
... Guy From Couple


Ted has been commuting by train from Manhattan to New Jersey to be with Stella. Problem is, Ted despises New Jersey and he does not care for the train commute, but figures when he and Stella get married, she and her daughter Lucy will move to New York, but Stella has no plans to move to New York however. Ted, Marshall, Lily and Barney go to Stella's house. They cannot go out because Stella can't get a babysitter. While there, they start "beating up" on New Jersey and an argument ensues over which is better; New York or New Jersey. In addition, Stella tells Ted she has no plans to move to New York when they get married, because she doesn't want to uproot her life, as well as Lucy's and there's an argument about where they should live. Now Ted has to decide if he will live in New York, without Stella and Lucy or be with them in New Jersey. Meanwhile, Robin is miserable at Metro News One, because of the "fluff" pieces she has to report and the puns she has to say, even if it is in bad ... Written by goleafs84

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

6 October 2008 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


In the DVD version of this season there was a commentary on this episode, recorded by Ellis Duncan and Evan Rock, who were two actors who had filmed a scene for the show, which for some reason was not in the episode. They did not know this prior to the commentary and found out while recording when the characters they spoke to left the setting their scene was at. They even waited until the very end of the episode, hoping for some sort of tagline possibly explaining what happened or whether or not it was a joke. See more »


When Ted carries in the beer box and sets it on the table, it's obvious that it is empty. See more »


Barney Stinson: [after Lily returns his fist bump] Thank you, Lily. My arm hasn't been this sore since I was thirteen and first learned to lock my bathroom door. Up top!
[Raises his hand for a high five; Lily just shakes her head no]
Barney Stinson: Oh, no.
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Featured in How I Met Your Mother: The Wedding Bride (2010) See more »


Jersey Girl
Written by Tom Waits
Performed by Bruce Springsteen
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Interesting Episode
22 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

Plot In A Paragraph: Ted does not want to move in with Stella because he hates New Jersey where she lives, and she refuses to move to New York. Robin prematurely quits her TV job because she incorrectly thinks that she already has a new job.

An interesting episode, just not a very funny one. The debate certainly was an interesting one, although New York is one of my favourite Cities in the world, I like New Jersey because on Bon Jovi.

I loved the look Barney gave to Robin when she said she is moving to Japan. I think he really does love her, and is hiding his feelings.

I also loved him keeping his hand up the full episode.

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