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Bad News 

Marshall suspects that he is the reason Lily can't get pregnant after meeting a fertility doctor who also happens to be Barney's doppelganger. Meanwhile, Robin's embarrassing past is revealed at work by her former co-anchor.

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Pamela Fryman

Writers:

Carter Bays (created by), Craig Thomas (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Episode credited cast:
Josh Radnor ... Ted Mosby
Jason Segel ... Marshall Eriksen
Cobie Smulders ... Robin Scherbatsky
Neil Patrick Harris ... Barney Stinson
Alyson Hannigan ... Lily Aldrin
Alexis Denisof ... Sandy Rivers
Bill Fagerbakke ... Marvin Sr.
Suzie Plakson ... Judy
Artemis Pebdani ... Anna
Paul Schackman ... Dr. Mitchell Friedman
Americus Abesamis Americus Abesamis ... Chaz
Matt Dwyer Matt Dwyer ... Syd
Bill Suplee Bill Suplee ... Marty
Jay Brian Winnick ... Ronald
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elena Levon ... Dominatrix (as Elena Melnikova)
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Despite only having tried for six days, Marshall and Lily are worried about not yet having conceived a child. So their doctor sends them to Dr. John Stangel, the best reproductive endocrinologist in New York City. He ends up being Barney's doppelgänger, although Lily is convinced that he's actually Barney in disguise. Both Lily and Marshall have problems going through the tests with Dr. Stangel for different reasons. They are both on tender-hooks as they await news from Dr. Stangel if there are any issues in them being able to conceive a child. Other news in their life may overshadow whatever Dr. Stangel might have to say. Meanwhile, Robin has just started her new job at Worldwide News. She hates it primarily because the anchor, her old co-host Sandy Rivers, divulges some facts and not so facts about Robin to the rest of the staff which make her the laughing stock among her colleagues. Ted helps her come up with a way to deal with this new embarrassing situation. Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

3 January 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

In the episode "Bad News," the only number that does not appear onscreen as a numeral is the number 5. Instead, between the numbers 6 and 4, Barney and Marshall share a high five. See more »

Goofs

Just after Barney impersonates Dr. Stengal and is thrown out of the office (after the number in the "8" countdown passes), the painting/poster behind the door of the office door changes. See more »

Quotes

Marshall Eriksen: I'll give my dad a call after Dr. Stengal gives me the thumbs up.
Ted Mosby: Ew! He has to do that?
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Connections

Features How I Met Your Mother: Shelter Island (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Hey Beautiful
Written by The Solids
Performed by The Solids
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Brilliant But Heartbreaking
27 January 2015 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

Neil Patrick Harris is his usual brilliant self, but Alyson Hannigan and Jason Segel totally knock it out of the park as Marshal and Lilly.

Plot In A Paragraph: Despite only having tried for six days, Marshall and Lily are worried about Lily not being pregnant yet. So their doctor sends them to Dr. John Stangel, the best reproduction specialist in New York City. He ends up being Barney's doppelgänger, although Lily is convinced that he's actually Barney in disguise. Meanwhile, Robin has just started her new job at Worldwide News. She hates it because the anchor, her old co-host Sandy Rivers, divulges some facts about Robin to the rest of her co-workers which make her the laughing stock.

I never thought an episode of "How I Met Your Mother" would ever make me cry (except maybe tears of laughter) but the ending to this episode was brutal, and I was distraught, I just didn't see it coming until it was upon me. Both Alyson Hannigan and Jason Segel were superb. In a world where Jennifer Aniston (who I am a fan of) can win awards for her work on "Friends" (which I loved) during a routine season I find it criminal that Segel (who has never been nominated for his work on this show) and Hannigan (who did win it in 2009 for this show) did not even garner a nomination for their work here. It was heartbreaking.


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