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How I Met Your Mother

How I Met Your Mother is a comedy about Ted Mosby, a New York architect who wants to get married and start a family. Future Ted is telling the story of how he met their mother and we see his past story set in the present day and the adventures he has with friends Marshall, Lily, Barney and Robin. CBS 2005-???

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Season 1

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1 Pilot In 2030 Ted Mosby tells his children the story of ...
In 2030 Ted Mosby tells his children the story of how he met their mother. Back in 2005 Marshall and Lily get engaged so Ted heads to the bar to talk to his friend Barney. Barney advises him not to get married young but Ted wants to have what Marshall and Lily have. He then spots a beautiful girl across the bar. He asks her out and goes on a date with her. They have various mishaps and magical moments before we learn that this is not the kids mother but their Aunt Robin.
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2 Purple Giraffe Robin tells Lily that she only wants something cas...
Robin tells Lily that she only wants something casual. So Ted decides to throw a “casual” party in order to spend more time with her. She doesn’t show up on Friday and so Ted throws another party on Saturday. When she doesn’t show up for that he throws another for Sunday night. She does come and he admits that he organised each party just for her. She tells him how she feels and they agree to be friends.
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3 Sweet Taste of Liberty Barney insists that Ted come with him on a night o...
Barney insists that Ted come with him on a night of adventure. First stop, the airport where they hop on a flight to Philadelphia to follow two women. Marshall tires of his law studies, gets in his car and drives to Philadelphia. Lily and Robin are getting to know one another at MacLaren’s. Lily gets frustrated at all the guys hitting on Robin. So she takes off her engagement ring. When Marshall hears about it he drives home out of jealousy. Meanwhile Barney and Ted are arrested for leaving their bags on the carousel at JFK. They are released and end up licking the liberty bell.
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4 Return of the Shirt Ted finds an old shirt that he had discarded but n...
Ted finds an old shirt that he had discarded but now likes again. It makes him wonder whether any of his old girlfriends were discarded before their time. He tracks down Natalie, who he broke up with because he didn’t want a big commitment. He broke up with her on her answering machine on her birthday. They start dating again but he realises that she isn’t the one. He decides to tell the truth and suffers the consequences. Meanwhile Barney bribes Robin to start saying naughty words live on Metro News One.
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5 Okay Awesome Robin meets the owner of “Okay”, an exclusive ...
Robin meets the owner of “Okay”, an exclusive club and gets put on the guest list. Ted and Barney go with her but Marshall and Lily have a wine tasting back at their apartment. Marshall soon tires of the adult behaviour and rushes off to the club. Lily follows him angrily but feels the same as he did. Meanwhile Ted discovers that he doesn’t like clubs, Robin can’t get into the VIP room and Barney grinds against the wrong girl.
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6 Slutty Pumpkin It’s Halloween and Ted heads up to the roof to w...
It’s Halloween and Ted heads up to the roof to wait for a girl he met four years before (she was dressed as a slutty pumpkin). Barney uses three different costumes to try and convinced Ted to abandon the roof and come to a Victoria Secrets party. Down at the bar Marshall and Lily are determined to win the costume contest as a pirate and parrot. Robin brings Mike, a guy she has been seeing, but she doesn’t like him enough to want to be “couply” with him.
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7 Matchmaker Robin does a piece for Metro News One about Love S...
Robin does a piece for Metro News One about Love Solutions, a company who claim to be able to find your soul mate. Barney forces Ted to go but Ellen, the head of Love Solutions says that she can’t find a single match for Ted. The one match he did get has already been set up with another guy. But Ted wants to check her out and so heads down to see Sarah O’Brien at her dermatology office. Meanwhile Lily and Marshall discover a strange creature living in their apartment which they name the Cockamouse.
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8 The Duel Lily’s apartment is turned into a Chinese restau...
Lily’s apartment is turned into a Chinese restaurant. She hasn’t been home in three months and so didn’t know about it. She moves in with Ted and Marshall and some friction develops. Soon they are forced to confront the issue of who will get the apartment when Marshall and Lily get married. Ted and Marshall decide that a sword fight seems like a sensible way to deal with this issue. Meanwhile Barney decides that the world of dating needs a “Lemon Law.” Robin foolishly disagrees with him, so he sets her up with an unsuitable guy at the bar.
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9 Belly Full of Turkey It’s thanksgiving and Marshall and Lily head to ...
It’s thanksgiving and Marshall and Lily head to St Cloud, Minnesota, Marshall’s hometown. Lily feels alienated by their small town views and large physiques. She is also concerned that she might be pregnant. Ted and Robin decide to volunteer and are shocked to find Barney down at a soup kitchen already helping out.
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10 The Pineapple Incident Robin heads off on a date with a millionaire. As T...
Robin heads off on a date with a millionaire. As Ted begins to over think his relationship with her, Barney suggests he does five shots. Ted does them but immediately wants to call Robin. He wakes up the next day with no memory of the night before, a pineapple by the bedside table and a girl asleep next to him. Thanks to Marshall, Lily, Barney, Carl, Robin and finally Trudy he pieces together the previous night.
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11 The Limo It’s New Years Eve and Ted is determined to make...
It’s New Years Eve and Ted is determined to make it a special night for once. He has hired a limo, driven by Ranjit to ferry his friends between five parties. Along the way they pick up some guests, Mary Beth (Ted’s date), Natalya (drunk party girl from Eastern Europe) and Moby (though it’s not Moby). They lose Lily, regain her, lose Marshall, regain Robin and lose Mary Beth. Finally they celebrate New Years in a traffic jam after Robin’s date Derek showed up. But Robin and Ted kiss to bring in the new year anyway.
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12 The Wedding Friends of the gang, Claudia and Stuart are gettin...
Friends of the gang, Claudia and Stuart are getting married. Ted has ticked “plus one” and when Robin becomes single he asks her. But Claudia tells him that he didn’t tick plus one and can’t bring her. Ted goes to Stuart who says that Claudia is stressed and Robin can come. But this leads to Stuart and Claudia breaking up. Despite Barney’s efforts to seduce Claudia, Marshall, Lily and Ted get them back together. Robin is offered the chance to anchor the news and so misses the wedding.
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13 Drumroll, Please Ted meets Victoria at the wedding. She has a sugge...
Ted meets Victoria at the wedding. She has a suggestion, that they never see each other again. That they just have a perfect night together. So they do but of course Ted wants to see her again. Lily, Marshall and Barney help him track her down but in the end it’s Robin who knows who she is. Victoria made the cake for the wedding and Ted finds her at the Buttercup Bakery.
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16 Cupcake Victoria gets offered a fellowship at a culinary i...
Victoria gets offered a fellowship at a culinary institute in Germany. She and Ted agree to take a day to think about how they feel. During that day Ted goes suit shopping with Barney and Marshall while Victoria goes wedding dress shopping with Robin and Lily. Barney suggests that Marshall use his new suit to interview at his firm instead of for the NRDC. When the bill for the suit turns out to be huge, Marshall agrees. Lily ruins an expensive wedding dress while Robin relents in her resentment and encourages Victoria to be with Ted. In the end she goes to Germany and Ted agrees to have a long distance relationship with her.
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14 Zip, Zip, Zip Victoria suggests that she and Ted wait a month be...
Victoria suggests that she and Ted wait a month before sleeping together. As the night approaches Lily and Marshall are heading away for their nine year anniversary. With everyone occupied Robin and Barney decide to hang out together. On the night Lily and Marshall decide not to go away and get stuck in the bathroom as Ted seduces Victoria on the couch. Soon Lily needs to pee just as she wonders whether the romance has gone out of her relationship. Meanwhile Robin and Barney bond as true bro’s until he tries to have sex with her.
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15 Game Night Marshall has invented a new crazy game called Mars...
Marshall has invented a new crazy game called Marshgammon. Victoria joins the group for game night and Marshall and Lily try to quiz her about her past. Lily was also given a video tape for Barney by a woman she met at a party. The gang watch the video of a younger and very different looking Barney weeping over a girl called Shannon. The night moves to the bar where Barney agrees to tell his story. But in exchange he wants the rest of the gang to admit to their most embarrassing incidents.
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17 Life Among the Gorillas Ted is feeling guilty because Victoria has sent hi...
Ted is feeling guilty because Victoria has sent him three care packages and he hasn’t sent her any. Then he falls asleep while on the phone to her. She emails to say they need to talk and he fears the worst. Meanwhile Marshall goes to work for Barney’s corporation and doesn’t like the guys he is working with. They behave in an immature frat boy way and Marshall decides to quit. Barney convinces him to stay and adapt so that he can pay for a nice life for Lily. He wins them over and they offer him a job. Lily is upset and he tries to make it up to her while out at karaoke. It’s gone 2am and Robin calls Ted to ask if he wants to come over.
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18 Nothing Good Happens After 2 A.M. Robin has been nominated for a Local Area Media Aw...
Robin has been nominated for a Local Area Media Award and the whole gang attends to support her. But she and Ted haven’t spoken since he left her apartment in the previous episode. Barney suggests Ted bring a prostitute to make Robin jealous. He rushes off home and returns with a woman from his building, Mary, “the paralegal.” When Robin arrives with Sandy Rivers as her date, Ted agrees to take Mary and they keep it quiet that she is a prostitute. Robin antagonises Ted in her acceptance speech and he decides to spend the night with Mary in the hotel after Barney rents them a room. In the end Ted can’t go through with it and tells Mary. Who reveals that she isn’t a prostitute, Barney set the whole thing up to amuse himself.
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19 Mary the Paralegal Robin has been nominated for a Local Area Media Aw...
Robin has been nominated for a Local Area Media Award and the whole gang attends to support her. But she and Ted haven’t spoken since he left her apartment in the previous episode. Barney suggests Ted bring a prostitute to make Robin jealous. He rushes off home and returns with a woman from his building, Mary, “the paralegal.” When Robin arrives with Sandy Rivers as her date, Ted agrees to take Mary and they keep it quiet that she is a prostitute. Robin antagonises Ted in her acceptance speech and he decides to spend the night with Mary in the hotel after Barney rents them a room. In the end Ted can’t go through with it and tells Mary. Who reveals that she isn’t a prostitute, Barney set the whole thing up to amuse himself.
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20 Best Prom Ever A special wedding venue suddenly becomes available...
A special wedding venue suddenly becomes available and Marshall and Lily snap it up. Their wedding is now only two months away and Lily gets increasingly stressed. Marshall says he knows a good wedding band but she won’t agree to it unless she hears them play. So Barney suggests they sneak into the high school prom where the band are playing that weekend. The girls get in as dates of geeky students while Barney uses less orthodox methods. The band ask for the sheet music to Lily’s song, so Marshall and Ted head out to join them. While at the Prom Lily remembers her own high school experience and all the dreams she once had which have gone unfulfilled.
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21 Milk Ted turns 28. Barney enlists Marshall to wage a pe...
Ted turns 28. Barney enlists Marshall to wage a petty war with a man in another sky scraper. Love Solutions finally calls Ted with a match, a woman who seems perfect for him. While waiting for her at the bar, Lily calls and asks him to come and change her tire way out in Duchess County. He does and Lily admits that she has been having second thoughts about the wedding. She is out there to interview for a position on a painting fellowship in San Francisco. She says she needs to make this “mistake” in order to prove that she can do it before getting married. She leaves Ted by the side of the road and Robin picks him up. As Robin drops Ted off to meet his perfect woman, he realises that Robin is a “mistake” that he needs to make.
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22 Come On Ted hires a string quartet with blue instruments, ...
Ted hires a string quartet with blue instruments, fills Robin’s apartment with roses and chocolates and asks her to be with him. She says she needs to think about it. He wants an answer but she won’t give it and says she is off on her company camping trip over the weekend. Ted refuses to give in and is determined to make it rain in order to stop Robin from going. He calls one of Barney’s old girlfriends and asks her to teach him to do a rain dance. After much effort the sky’s open and he rushes to Robin where they get together. Meanwhile Marshall discovers Lily’s aspirations to go on the painting course in San Francisco. They argue over what it means and break up. quartet
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