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The Rough Patch 

After Barney and Robin hit a rough patch in their relationship, Lily devises the perfect plan to break them up, calling in help from Robin's famous friend, Alan Thicke.

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... Ted Mosby
... Marshall Eriksen
... Robin Scherbatsky
... Barney Stinson
... Lily Aldrin
... Alan Thicke
... Daughter
... Son
... Meg
... Pizza Guy
... Lost in Space Robot
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Although Robin and Barney are outwardly happy about their relationship, Ted believes that they in fact are miserable. He believes an old message from Barney via an old porn videotape and the fact of both Robin and Barney letting their appearances go (Barney who is overeating and Robin who is looking like an old woman) are cries for help in wanting and needing to break-up. Marshall and Lily however believe that as with any couple, they are just going through a rough patch, one that they can weather. But when Marshall sees what Ted sees, they go into cahoots with each other to break them up. When their plan goes horrible awry, Lily, the master of orchestrating break-ups without the couple knowing what hit them, feels she has to come and fix the mess Ted and Marshall created. Lily's masterpiece as she considers it involves Robin's old friend Alan Thicke, one of Barney's old girlfriends, a stormtrooper and a bunch of dirty dishes. Will Lily's old magic do the trick? Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance

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9 November 2009 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Barney exclaims "Catchphrase" while describing his and Robin's relationship. Neil Patrick Harris was the spokesperson for the game Catchphrase in the early 2010s See more »

Goofs

When Ted is telling Marshall they don't need Lily's help to sabotage a relationship, there is a microphone visible at the top center of the screen, right along Marshall's hairline. See more »

Quotes

Barney Stinson: Daddy's home.
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Connections

References Lost in Space (1965) See more »

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Peter Gunn Theme
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Written by Henry Mancini
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