Although he vowed to Robin and Marshall that he would never tell them, Ted finally tells his kids that at one time both Robin and Marshall used to smoke. In 2009, they both felt like they had good reason to do so. Marshall, only an occasional smoker, always said that each cigarette was his last. But when his old boss, the meanest man nicknamed Artillery Arthur, became his new boss, he thought he was going to be fired - again. So when Marshall found out that Arthur was a smoker, Marshall used it as a bonding mechanism to keep his job. Robin, at the time anchoring the morning show, had just gotten a new co-anchor named Don Frank. Don was a career morning show host, moving from morning show to morning show across the country. Robin hated Don for what he represented: a person who had given up on his career, stating that they were on a nothing show that nobody watched. Deep down, Robin feared that he was right. So when she managed to get a scheduled on-air interview with then New York City...
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Ted's kids act shocked that the gang all smoke but in season 2, at Lily and Marshall's wedding, Robin and Lily go outside to smoke. See more
The scenes showing Ted's children are from the original pilot where they are wearing different clothes and the set is slightly different. The reason for this is the need to use the reaction they give in the pilot when Ted tells Robin that he loves her on their first date. The same reaction is used in "Last Cigarette Ever" when the kids find out about the cigarette smoking. By Season 5, no new scenes of the kids' reactions were being shot because they were getting too old to look the same as the first 2 seasons. Thus, the need to use the old footage from the pilot. See more
Oh, God. You're not gonna jump, are you? I've fired a lot of people, I don't need another jumper in my resumé.
Spoofs Bull Durham
Cigarettes & Chocolate Milk
Written by Rufus Wainwright
Performed by Rufus Wainwright See more