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Architect of Destruction 

Is Ted having second thoughts about designing GNB's new skyscraper because it would tear down a landmark, or because he's trying to impress a woman? Meanwhile, Lily shares a secret about Robin's new boyfriend with Marshall.


Pamela Fryman


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Episode cast overview:
Josh Radnor ... Ted Mosby
Jason Segel ... Marshall Eriksen
Cobie Smulders ... Robin Scherbatsky
Neil Patrick Harris ... Barney Stinson
Alyson Hannigan ... Lily Aldrin
Jennifer Morrison ... Zoey
Geoff Stults ... Max
Charlene Amoia ... Wendy
Lyndsy Fonseca ... Daughter
David Henrie ... Son
Jessica Blair Herman ... Trish
Clinton Leupp ... Drag Queen
Ian Wolterstorff ... Stoner Guy


Despite believing it his big break, Ted tells Barney that he is quitting his job designing the new GNB headquarters since he has learned that the site of the building is where the old Arcadian Hotel stands. The Arcadian, a once grand building, has fallen into disrepair of late. The gang believe that Ted's stand is probably not because of a want to save the building but because there is a woman involved. They are correct, the woman being Zoey, an activist, for who saving the Arcadian is only one of many of her causes. But being a beautiful "architecture nerd" is what turns Ted on about her. As Barney does whatever he can to make Ted change his mind or have someone else change his mind for him, some further information about Zoey may really bring into light whether Ted is doing this for the Arcadian or for Zoey. Meanwhile, Robin has started dating Marshall's friend Max. When Lily tells Marshall some news about Max that Robin passed onto her, Marshall may never be able to look at Max the... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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Did You Know?


In this episode, Barney and Ted talk about old Guns n Roses vs the new Guns n Roses. The title is a word play on the Guns 'n Roses album "Appetite for Destruction" See more »


When Lily is reading the description of hers and Marshall's night together to Robin on the phone, the words "I can't read that baby" can be seen on the legal pad. See more »


Ted Mosby: I can't do this if it means tearing down the Arcadian. It's an architectural landmark. Plus, people live there. How does GNB plan to get hundreds of residents to just up and leave?
Barney: Snakes.
Ted Mosby: Did you just say snakes?
Barney: I don't recall saying snakes.
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References Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) See more »


Hey Beautiful
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Worst episode and made me not watch anymore
20 August 2016 | by EmDee-427-469344See all my reviews

I didn't watch any more of this series after this episode where Ted turned sleaze bag to help Barney keep his job. Barney who lies to everyone and uses women and throws them away. None of them know what Barney does at that company yet they all planned to have a building torn down to save his job there. Ted couldn't be honest with Zoey about why he was supporting her protest to keep the building (he just wanted to get in her pants and had convinced himself he loved her when he didn't). Ted is just as slutty as Barney with his going from one woman to another yet it's made to appear romantic because he's looking for "the one". Ted was a juvenile and selfish throughout this episode and I really don't care who he married after the way he was in this episode.

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18 October 2010 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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