How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
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The Burning Beekeeper 

Lily and Marshall throw a housewarming party where Ted nearly comes to blows with Marshall's boss; Barney hits on a crazy divorcee.


Pamela Fryman


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Episode complete credited cast:
Josh Radnor ... Ted Mosby
Jason Segel ... Marshall Eriksen
Cobie Smulders ... Robin Scherbatsky
Neil Patrick Harris ... Barney Stinson
Alyson Hannigan ... Lily Aldrin
Martin Short ... Garrison Cootes
Chris Elliott ... Mickey
Rebecca Creskoff ... Geraldine


Since Marshall had been busy with work, a stressed Lily singlehandedly planned their housewarming party, and was worried that it was going to be a disaster. Her premonition came true. Over a five minute period during the party, a series of events that took place simultaneously in the living room, dining room and kitchen resulted in what to the untrained eye looked like a confusing mess if knowledge of only what was happening in one of those three rooms was known, but made total sense when viewed from all three rooms combined. Some of the issues and topics of conversation that led to the disaster included Robin's confrontational nature versus Ted's non-confrontational nature, Marshall pondering whether he should refuse boss Garrison Cootes' demand that they return to work in the middle of the party, Mickey's new beekeeping hobby, what happened to a plate of vegan spring rolls, why Lily didn't want anyone to eat the block of Gouda that Marshall served, and Barney's even more than usual ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

6 February 2012 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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The piano music heard between the scenes in the living room, dining room and kitchen is "Flight of the Bumblebee" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. See more »


Robin asks to borrow the oven to heat up the dish she and Ted brought to the housewarming party, but neither Robin or Ted turns the oven on. It's possible the oven was already on, but that's unlikely since the oven is empty when Ted opens it. See more »


Robin Scherbatsky: Sometimes in life you have to be assertive and stand up for yourself.
Ted Mosby: You called her a whore!
Robin Scherbatsky: Who wears that much make up?
Ted Mosby: Old ladies!
Robin Scherbatsky: Robin: Who take money for sex, exactly!
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Burnin' For You
Written by Donald Roeser (as Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser) and Richard Meltzer
Performed by Blue Öyster Cult
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Probably The Worst Episode So Far ...
19 March 2012 | by rebecky14See all my reviews

I, like many other people on IMDb, am a huge fan of How I Met Your Mother. I've been a fan ever since the show started, back in 2005, when I was just eight. I've always loved the blend of humour and sarcasm as well as the amazing characters. Barney has pretty much become close to my favourite character in any TV series or movie. The show's always been consistently great as well.

So it was a mega disappointment to see this episode. I'm not sure what went wrong, but it was very disjointed, like someone had done a bad editing job. The plot was all over the place and pretty bad. And I barely laughed at all, which is a rare thing for me.

It's not just this episode though. How I Met Your Mother has been decreasing in quality as of late, and my guess is that it's because the show has now reached it's seventh season. It's started to become less about the actual story of how Ted met their mother and more about random things that don't tie into the plot at all!

The show is slowly but steadily running out of laughs and good plot points as well. In the first couple of seasons, the humour was brilliant, the stories great and even the slightly corny sentimental sum-up at the end of each episode was still nice. Now, everything feels rushed and stale, and this episode is a perfect example of that.

How I Met Your Mother is getting old fast. As a loyal fan, I'll keep watching, but I really hope it gets better soon.

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