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When the second season of How I Met Your Mother premiered in September 2006, fans were waiting to find out what came next after a big cliffhanger at the end of the series' successful first season. The series was building momentum after introducing the world to a unique sitcom approach: Ted Mosby (voiced by Bob Saget) in the year 2030 narrates the series as he tells his kids about the events that led up to him meeting their mother; each event takes the form of an episode. A few critics have compared the show favorably to Friends and The Wonder Years, describing it as a modern take on a sitcom based on flashbacks and a group of friends living in New York.
ABOUT THE BOOK

When the second season of How I Met Your Mother premiered in September 2006, fans were waiting to find out what came next after a big cliffhanger at the end of the series' successful first season. The series was building momentum after introducing the world to a unique sitcom approach: Ted Mosby (voiced by Bob Saget) in the year 2030 narrates the series as he tells his kids about the events that led up to him meeting their mother; each event takes the form of an episode. A few critics have compared the show favorably to Friends and The Wonder Years, describing it as a modern take on a sitcom based on flashbacks and a group of friends living in New York.

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About How I Met Your Mother Season 2
About Producer and Director Pamela Fryman
Synopsis of How I Met Your Mother Season 2
Episodes 1-4: Marshall Moves On, Ted Hearts Robin
Episodes 5-8: Marshall and Lily Get Back Together
Episodes 9-15: The Gang Discovers Just How Deep Their Relationships Go
Episodes 16-22: As Ted and Robin Drift Apart, Marshall and Lily Tie the Knot
Main Characters in How I Met Your Mother Season 2
Key Terms & Definitions
Major Themes in How I Met Your Mother Season 2
Interesting Facts
Sources and Additional Reading
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“New York is famous for its theater, but there are different levels. There's Broadway; off-
Broadway; off-off-Broadway; homeless people screaming in the park; and below that, the
play your Aunt Lily was in.” – Future Ted
When the second season of How I Met Your Mother premiered in September 2006, fans
were waiting to find out what came next after a big cliffhanger at the end of the series'
successful first season. The series was building momentum after introducing the world to
a unique sitcom approach: Ted Mosby (voiced by Bob Saget) in the year 2030
narrates the series as he tells his kids about the events that led up to him meeting their
mother; each event takes the form of an episode. A few critics have compared the show
favorably to Friends and The Wonder Years, describing it as a modern take on a sitcom
based on flashbacks and a group of friends living in New York.
In the first season, future Ted—the older Ted who acts as the narrator of the
show—talked about when he was a 27-year-old single architect living in New York in 2005
with two of his friends from college, Marshall Eriksen and Lily Aldrin. Marshall ended up
proposing to Lily, causing Ted to think about marriage himself. Womanizing friend Barney
Stinson blows off the idea, but Ted eventually meets Canadian reporter Robin
Scherbatsky, and they have an on-again, off-again relationship throughout the season.
The season ends with with Lily breaking up with Marshall and moving to San Francisco to
study art. Marshall is devastated, and the season ends with him in the rain, clutching the
rejected engagement ring.
Season 2 picks up with Ted and Robin together as a couple, Lily trying to find her way as
an artist thousands of miles from her home, Marshall trying to move on after his breakup
with Lily, and Barney being, well, Barney.
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Since the show's inception, producer and director Pamela Fryman has been the "set
mom" for How I Met Your Mother, as the The Los Angeles Times puts it. Fryman has
"nurtured the series since the pilot," the LA Times noted, and she has been part of a
number of well-known sitcoms in her career, including Frasier, Just Shoot Me!, Two and a
Half Men, and Friends.
She called herself How I Met Your Mother’s "best audience" in her LA Times interview,
revealing that she tears up during touching moments on the show.
Fryman grew up in Philadelphia and did not initially see herself in television, believing she
was destined for the world of merchandising, which was her father’s profession,
according to the Directors Guild of America. That changed in 1980 when Fryman was a
recent college graduate and met up with some friends who had careers in television and
landed a behind-the-scenes role on The John Davidson Show. Thirteen years later,
Fryman got her chance to direct a sitcom episode for Cafe Americain, which proved to be
the start of a long, illustrious career.
Fryman has won two Daytime Emmys, and her work on Frasier and Just Shoot Me! has
been recognized with four Directors Guild of America Awards nominations.
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“Ted, my boy, it’s going to be legen—wait for it—[credits roll].”—Barney Stinson
The season opens with Ted reveling in his renewed relationship with Robin. Marshall,
meanwhile, is still ravaged with despair over his sudden loneliness after Lily left him to
pursue an art career in San Francisco. Marshall's mood starts to improve with some help
from his friends, and Barney tries to help him start dating again. Suddenly, Lily returns
from San Francisco after a miserable experience and begs Marshall to take her back.
Marshall declines, saying he's realized they need some time apart.
Ted brings his parents to his apartment to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary, and
Marshall and Lily have sex in the bathroom during dinner. Instead of prompting them to
get back together, it only sparks an argument over who seduced whom. Ted and Robin's
relationship also goes through some strain when Robin hears that Ted is using his job as
an architect to pick up women, only to find out it’s Barney pretending to be Ted.
Meanwhile, Lily moves into a new apartment. Ted and Robin find out that it's a dump and
try to move her in with Barney, which doesn't work out. Marshall tries to fill the void left
by Lily by renewing his friendship with an old law school chum—a “bromance” that turns
into more of a romance, so he ends it.
Ted gets Lily a job with his architecture firm. She gets into a spat with his boss, forcing
Ted to fire her. Ted gets promoted after impressing a client and offers to get Lily back
into the fold, but she declines in favor of being a teacher. Marshall tries to enter the
dating game by going out with a woman with "crazy eyes.” He ends up falling in love with
Lily again, and the two finally get back together.
Both Marshall and Lily are fearful of facing Marshall’s judgmental family after their
breakup, so they decide to elope in Atlantic City instead of having a big ceremony. After
more thought, they decide they want their families around and call off the arrangement.
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Robin's personal history begins to enter the picture as the gang tries to determine why
Robin is afraid of shopping malls. Barney and Marshall agree to a "slap bet" where the
person who correctly guesses why gets to slap the loser. They eventually find out that she
had a hit song in Canada when she was a teenager titled, "Let's Go to the Mall."
Barney's fear of commitment and relationships is tested when he gets a visit from his gay
brother, who announces—to Barney's chagrin—that he's getting married. Barney initially
tries to break him up by taking him to a gay bar. When he finds out his brother’s plans to
adopt, however, he agrees to be the best man at his wedding.
The show examines Ted's relationship with Lily after she finds out that he left some less-
than-flattering messages for Marshall during their break-up, including calling her a
"grinch"—in reality, a much worse word, according to Future Ted. After a huge fight, Lily
apologizes when she realizes Ted helped Marshall get her a thoughtful gift.
Robin's sister, Katie, flies into New York for a visit, and she brings her immature
boyfriend. This visit sparks a row between Robin and Katie, because Robin doesn't want
Katie to lose her virginity to him. Katie thinks Robin is a hypocrite. Eventually, Ted
convinces her not to sleep with him by telling her about his first time, although it was a
fabricated story.
Ted runs into problems at work, despite being promoted when his old boss (who is now
his underling) constantly ridicules his work. After many unsuccessful attempts, Ted finally
manages to fire him during a heart attack.
Ted and Robin finally decide to move in together. However, they soon sour on the idea,
and Marshall and Lily find they can’t live without Ted. All the while, Marshall and Lily’s
wedding is fast approaching. Ted throws a low-key bachelor party, which is ruined when
Barney hires a stripper. Marshall almost boots him out of the wedding before finding out
he flew all the way to San Francisco to convince Lily to return after they had broken up.
On the day of the wedding, everything seems to go wrong. As a solution, recently
licensed Barney secretly marries Marshall and Lily in front of Ted and Robin in a small
ceremony before they have the big ceremony with family and friends. During the
reception, Ted and Robin reveal they’ve decided to separate. The season ends with
Marshall and Lily married, Robin traveling abroad and Barney acting as Ted’s wingman
again.
More on the episodes via IMDB.
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“Marshall—you up for some super-loud, repetitive music that hasn't changed since the
mid-’90s?”—Ted Mosby
Episode 1, “Where Were We?”: Marshall tries to move on from Lily. While Ted is very
happy after getting back together with Robin, Marshall is feeling just the opposite after
losing Lily to the West Coast. Marshall holes himself up in his apartment for 40 days as
Ted makes sure he doesn't try to reach out to Lily, believing it’s best that he move on and
start over. Ted, Robin, and Barney are concerned that Marshall has become a recluse
and try to figure out what to do about it. Barney opts to take him to a strip club. Ted tries
to cheer him up by bringing him to a Yankees game. Ted’s plan backfires when Marshall
witnesses a couple a few rows in front of him getting engaged, prompting him to throw a
hot dog and consequently get ejected from the game.
Things take a turn for the worse when Marshall gets Lily's credit card bill in the mail,
prompting him to imagine that she has run away with George Clinton. At Barney's urging,
Marshall takes a look at her online credit card statement. He finds that a charge has been
placed for a hotel room in New York. Marshall ignores Ted's pleas to avoid the hotel and
goes to the room, punching the man who opens the door. He later discovers the man had
swiped Lily's credit card and was making fraudulent purchases with it. Ted talks with
Marshall about how the two of them had met before Lily, and tells him not to let the
breakup destroy his life. On Sunday morning, he makes pancakes for Ted and Robin—a
tradition he had shared with Lily and had been unable to enjoy since their breakup.
Episode 2, “The Scorpion and the Toad”: Lily comes home, but Marshall realizes he has to
blaze his own trail. As Marshall's mood improves, Barney seeks to help him take the next
step by getting him to meet women. However, it doesn't exactly go smoothly: Marshall
has been out of the dating game so long he has no idea how to talk to women. As a
result, he has awkward conversations that go nowhere. Barney tries to help out, but ends
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up taking the women home himself. Barney convinces Marshall to go out a few more
times. Although Marshall manages to charm several women, Barney steals them each
time.
Lily suddenly returns from San Francisco and reaches out to Robin to go looking for a new
apartment. Lily talks excessively about how amazing her art program was and how great
it was to live in San Francisco. This annoys Ted, who thinks Lily should feel bad about
dumping Marshall. Ted thinks Lily is actually miserable and only pretending to be happy.
Robin disagrees, so Ted bets that after three tequila shots, Lily will reveal that she is
miserable. Ted loses the bet when Lily still seems happy after downing the drinks.
However, when Lily finds out someone else claimed her apartment, she breaks down and
admits that her teacher actually told her she was no good as an artist and says she needs
to get back with Marshall. Lily finds Marshall and tells him that going to San Francisco was
a terrible mistake. Marshall, however, says he's realized they need time apart to discover
themselves.
Episode 3, “Brunch”: Ted’s parents come to town with a rude surprise. Ted flies his
parents to his apartment to celebrate their 30th anniversary, which sparks three separate
fights: one involving Marshall and Lily, one involving Barney, and one involving Ted and
Robin. Marshall and Lily attempt to seduce each other during dinner. After they have sex
in the bathroom, they argue about who seduced whom. Barney is hurt that Ted hasn't
mentioned him to his parents and goes out of his way to make a good impression. He
takes on Ted’s father, Alfred, as his wingman, until he finds Alfred making out with a
waitress, which shocks Ted. Finally, Ted has coached Robin in advance of the dinner that
his mother Virginia will probably ask about kids. When she doesn't bring it up, Robin asks
her why at brunch the next morning. Virginia replies that Robin is unaware of some
important information.
The arguments come to a head after a waitress drops the dishes, and Ted's father calls
her a "sweetheart." Ted to angrily demands that he reveal what happened between
them. Ted's mom, however, is not at all surprised, and shocks Ted by telling him that the
two are now divorced. Barney suddenly recalls that Alfred had told him about the divorce
the night before. Marshall and Lily, meanwhile, mutually agree to keep a safe distance
from each other.
Episode 4, “Ted Mosby, Architect”: Robin gets jealous of Ted’s alleged dalliances with
other women. Ted's complaints about his job as an architect—more specifically, that a
skyscraper he is working on looks phallic—cause Ted and Robin to have a big fight. Ted is
annoyed that he has to listen to Robin's stories about work, but she's not interested in
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what he does for a living. Barney, however, tells Ted that women are actually turned on
by architects. Ted tests the theory out with a woman at the bar and finds that Barney is
right. Robin seeks out Lily to confide about what happened between her and Ted, and Lily
tells her that she needs to be a good listener even when she's not interested. When Robin
goes to the bar to apologize, the bartender tells her that he left with another woman to
go to Marshall's law school party. Robin is actually happy that Ted has found someone to
talk about work with so she doesn't have to hear it. It is only after she finds out that the
woman is attractive that she gets jealous.
Robin and Lily go to seek out Ted at Marshall's law school party. The host tells Robin that
he left with Marshall and another woman to go to a club. Robin tries calling Ted but he
doesn't answer, so she calls Marshall, who says that Ted is busy working on his project.
This causes Robin to think that Ted is cheating. Robin and Lily head to the club in search
of Ted, but the bouncer says he's gone to the woman’s apartment nearby. They find the
apartment with the door unlocked and sneak in, only to find that Barney is in her bed.
Barney tells Robin that Ted is actually at work, as Marshall had said. Barney had been
passing himself off as Ted the Architect in order to bed women. Robin seeks out Ted at
work and apologizes for fighting, telling him that he can complain about his day to her
anytime and she will happily listen.
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“Do you still wanna? That's like the lamest proposal ever!”—Marshall Eriksen
Episode 5, “World’s Greatest Couple”: Lily moves in with Barney while Marshall strikes up
a “bromance.” Ted and Robin discover Lily's new apartment is actually a dump: it's small,
dirty, and she shares the space with a raccoon. They decide that Lily needs a better place
to live. However, they realize she can't move in with Ted because Marshall lives with him
and she can't move in with Robin because Lily is allergic to Robin's many dogs. Eventually,
Ted and Robin convince Lily to stay with Barney, who isn't keen to the idea. Ted gives Lily
a spare key to Barney's place, however, and Barney arrives home from work to find her
sitting on the couch in his living room. He relents to letting Lily stay for a couple of days
as long as she keeps her hands off the place. He is soon irritated with her buying
groceries and brewing fresh coffee, as it makes him feel like he is in a relationship. He
shows her a number of things in the apartment to deter her from a relationship, such as
a toilet with the seat up and his porn collection. Things progress to the point that they
snuggle together. Barney realizes they are now in a relationship, which prompts Lily to
head back to her own apartment.
Marshall starts hanging out with his law school friend Brad, who is also single. They share
a pair of tickets to an Alanis Morissette concert he had bought for himself and Lily when
the two were still dating. After the concert, they have brunch and attend a Broadway
play. Marshall tries to convince Ted and Robin that they're just “bros” enjoying each
other's company. Brad then starts behaving more strangely: paying for dinner one night,
inviting Marshall to a wedding, and holding flowers when Marshall arrives at his
apartment. But when Marshall tries to end the relationship, Brad says he's already moved
on anyway.
Episode 6, “Aldrin Justice”: Lily begins a short-lived career in architecture, as Barney
seeks to bed Marshall’s uptight professor. Lily tries to find her new role in life after failing
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in her art endeavors, but she has trouble succeeding in New York. Ted decides to have
her work for his architecture firm as an office assistant. She doesn't get along with the
boss, Hammond Druthers, who doesn't treat his employees very well. Lily steals
Druthers’s Pete Rose-signed baseball. Druthers threatens to fire people until the baseball
is returned and the thief confesses. When Lily refuses to give the ball up, Ted fires her.
Ted gets promoted after showing a client his design for the skyscraper, which he only got
up the courage to do after the client threatened to walk out after seeing Druthers' phallic-
shaped design. Ted offers to get Lily her old job back, but she has already decided to
become a kindergarten teacher.
Marshall complains to Barney at the bar that his professor is tough with grades. He says
she needs to get laid since she had recently gotten divorced. Barney views this as a
challenge and tries to get her into bed. Barney succeeds, but the professor grades him a
"C-" afterward. Barney keeps trying and eventually dislocates his hip in his attempts to
win her approval—resulting in a "B+" grade on Marshall's paper. Barney wants to keep
trying, but Marshall talks him out of it.
Episode 7, “Swarley”: Marshall dates “Crazy Eyes” Chloe, which only drives him back into
Lily’s arms. When Marshall finds that a girl named Chloe who works at the coffee shop
has a crush on him, he gives her his number. However, when he introduces her to Ted
and Barney, they inform him that she appears to have "crazy eyes," and that he may be
in for trouble. Ted and Barney tell him about their own experiences with crazy-eyed
women, but Marshall dismisses them. A day later, Chloe calls Marshall to tell him that she
thinks she is being followed by a hunchback. When he later takes her back to his
apartment, he suspects that Chloe smashed a picture of him and Lily together. However,
Lily reveals that she's been hiding in the apartment and then leaves the two of them in
tears. Marshall follows her and leaves Chloe behind. The show later reveals that it was Lily
who was the hunchback following Chloe—due to a bookbag and a bump on her knee—
and that she had tried to move the photo of her and Marshall but had accidentally broken
it. Despite Lily's crazy eyes, Marshall decides he should get back together with her.
Everyone returns to the apartment to find that Chloe has torn it apart looking for her
keys, which are lying in plain sight on the coffee table—confirming the "crazy eyes"
theory. Throughout the episode, everyone calls Barney "Swarley" after Chloe wrote his
name down wrong.
Episode 8, “Atlantic City”: Lily and Marshall decide to elope over their fear of his
judgmental family. Lily proposes to Marshall and the two get back together. Marshall tells
Lily about how badly his family talked about her when she abandoned him for San
Francisco. Afraid of how they will judge her if they have a ceremony, they decide to go to
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Atlantic City to elope. She rallies the gang and they all head to Atlantic City, each of them
participating in the wedding plans. Even Barney takes part by taking Marshall and Ted to
a strip club for the bachelor party. Upon arriving at the wedding chapel, however, they
find that New Jersey law requires a waiting period of two days for a marriage license.
They stake out a judge in order to get the waiting period waived. This nearly works, until
Barney reveals that Marshall and Lily recently broke up. The judge decides against it, so
they try to get a boat captain to take them to international waters to perform the
ceremony. However, he wants them to pay $5,000 first.
The group sees Barney interacting with some Chinese men. He reveals that he used to
visit Atlantic City regularly, but he developed a gambling problem and stopped going.
Barney decides he's going to try to win that $5,000 to get Marshall and Lily married and
enters a Chinese version of "Deal or No Deal." Marshall studies the game and coaches
Barney, who manages to win the necessary money. In the middle of the wedding
ceremony, however, they decide they want to have a ceremony in front of Marshall's
family. Although the captain has already married them, they convince him to undo the
marriage.
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“Almighty TiVo, we thank you for all the gifts you have given us. The power to freeze live
TV to go take a leak is nothing short of god-like, and let's not forget fast-forwarding
through commercials.”—Ted Mosby
Episode 9, “Slap Bet”: The gang tries to figure out why Robin is afraid of malls, and
discovers a secret about her past life. Robin's aversion to going to malls arouses curiosity
in the group to found out why. Marshall guesses that Robin was married in a mall,
whereas Barney thinks it is because Robin did porn while in Canada. They decide on a
"slap bet"—the winner gets to slap the loser. Ted finds out that Robin was married in a
mall, and Robin makes Ted keep it secret. Ted eventually tells Marshall and Lily, allowing
Marshall to slap Barney. Barney isn't satisfied and wants to find out whether she also did
porn. Marshall later discovers through a legal records database that Robin was never
married. Robin admits that she wasn't actually married. Lily, as the slap bet
commissioner, tells Barney he can slap Marshall three times in retribution.
The plot thickens when Barney finds a man in Malaysia who has a video of Robin, whom
he refers to as "Robin Sparkles." Barney loads the video, which reveals Robin dressed as
a schoolgirl and begging a teacher not to place her in detention. Barney pauses the video
to avoid further embarrassing. He slaps Marshall, and when Robin asks why, she finds out
about the bet. She says the video isn’t porn, but rather an 80's music video called "Let's
Go to the Mall." The song was a short-lived hit in Canada. Because Barney did not win the
slap bet after all and had prematurely slapped Marshall, Lily awards Marshall either 10
slaps to be given immediately or five slaps available whenever he wants to use them.
Barney gets to choose his punishment, and decides on the latter. He comes to regret his
decision as he must now live in fear of slaps for as long as Marshall has slaps remaining.
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Episode 10, “Single Stamina”: A visit by his gay brother causes Barney to rethink his
opinions on marriage. Barney has been left to fend for himself in New York after the rest
of the gang go into "couples hibernation." He decides to bring in his brother, James
(Wayne Brady), to act as his wingman. The group finds out that not only is James gay,
he's also black. They come to find that James is exactly like Barney in every respect. The
group joins Barney and James for a night out. As James continually turns down potential
dates, the group decides he's probably in a relationship and tell Barney. He confronts his
brother, who admits that he is getting married soon. This upsets Barney, as he dislikes the
concept of marriage altogether. Barney even refuses to be James' best man. He tries to
makes his brother act single again by taking him to a gay bar and finding a man for him.
The rest of the group enjoys it at first, but soon tire of being around nothing but gay men
the whole time. Meanwhile, Barney isn't having any success in getting James to be
unfaithful. James tells Barney that he will be adopting a son, causing Barney to have
second thoughts. He ends up agreeing to be the best man in the wedding.
Episode 11, “How Lily Stole Christmas”: Lily and Ted fight over old answering machine
messages, but eventually come to realize how much they mean to each other. Things
start to go sour between Lily and Ted shortly before Christmas when they find an old
answering machine. In one of the messages, Ted tells Marshall to stop moping about Lily
because she's "not worth it" and a "grinch"—Future Ted clarified that it was actually a bad
word. This angers Lily, prompting Ted to explain that he was trying anything to get
Marshall out of the doldrums. Ted reveals to Barney and Robin at the bar that he got into
a fight with Lily. He had told her he wouldn't apologize because she had been a "grinch"
that summer.
Barney is in denial about coming down with a cold despite sneezing all over a girl he was
trying to pick up. As the group heads upstairs to the apartment with Barney, they find that
Lily stole all of the Christmas decorations. Meanwhile, Barney continues to deny he is sick.
Robin eventually convinces him to take off his suit and get in bed. Ted is unsuccessful in
convincing Lily over the phone to return the decorations, and later has another argument
with Lily in which he again calls her a "grinch." He tells her he will be leaving the
apartment and going to his cousin's place for Christmas. All of the decorations have been
returned by the time Marshall, who is oblivious to the whole situation, gets back to the
apartment. When Marshall gives her an Easy-Bake Oven for Christmas and tells her the
idea had come from Ted, she is touched and goes with the gang to Staten Island to
apologize to Ted.
Episode 12, “First Time in New York”: Robin’s sister Katie is in town, and her plans to lose
her virginity have Robin seeing red. Ted and Robin decide to take Robin's sister, Katie, to
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the Empire State Building as it is her first time visiting New York. Katie brings her
immature boyfriend Kyle, who spends the time looking at other women. Upon finding out
that Katie plans on losing her virginity to Kyle, Robin enlists the group in trying to stop that
from happening. Katie gets mad at Robin, revealing that she read Robin's diary and
knows she was only 16 when she lost her virginity.
This causes everyone to think back to their first times. Barney's story turns out to be the
plot to Dirty Dancing. Lily and Marshall reveal they did it in college while Ted was in the
top bunk. Robin says her boyfriend said he was gay in the midst of her first time, which
prompts Lily to say that doesn't count. Marshall gets mad at Lily when she says she went
halfway with an old high school boyfriend. After arguing with Robin, Katie asks her if she
loves Ted, and she declines. Robin tells Ted later she just doesn't want to say "I love you"
too soon. Meanwhile, Future Ted tells the kids that Katie lived a terrible life after sleeping
with Kyle. However, Katie actually decided not to go through with it because Ted had told
her about his first time: he told a girl that he loved her, and she abandoned him. Ted later
admits to Robin that in reality the girl wasn't serious when she told Ted she loved him.
Robin tells Ted she loves him. At the end of the episode, Barney admits his first time was
with his mother's 45-year-old friend when he was 23.
Episode 13, “Columns”: Ted tries to fire his old boss, and Barney wants Lily to paint him
nude. Ted wants to fire Hammond Druthers, his old boss, because he frequently puts
down his ideas. But he is continually thwarted—first, by a surprise party, and then, by his
discovery that Druthers has been sleeping in his office because his wife made him leave.
Druthers ends up crashing on Ted's couch, but it doesn't cause him to go easy on Ted's
ideas. His further attempts to fire Druthers again fail until Ted finally fires Druthers during
a heart attack, thinking he is faking it. However, Druthers really was having a heart
attack, so Ted gets a margarita machine for the office to win back the rest of his co-
workers.
Meanwhile, Barney discovers a nude painting that Lily had drawn and shows it to Ted and
Robin. They in turn show it to Marshall and Lily. Barney is so impressed with the painting
that he asks Lily to paint him nude for $5,000. Marshall agrees after being promised a
vacation to Scotland, but changes his mind. Barney offers to double the price, and
Marshall again agrees, leaving quickly with Lily after she finishes the painting. Barney
discovers that she didn't paint his genitalia.
Episode 14, “Monday Night Football”: After being called away to a funeral on Super Bowl
Sunday, the gang tries their best to avoid seeing the score. The group's plans to have
their annual Super Bowl party are interrupted when Wendy, the waitress at McLaren's,
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tells them an old friend the group doesn't really know anymore has died. At first, they
want to just send flowers to avoid missing the Super Bowl. When the bar's owner kicks
someone out for suggesting that, they change their minds. Instead, they pray to the TiVo
gods and go to the funeral, making every effort to avoid hearing about the game. With
the wake lasting for hours, Lily suggests just checking the score. Ted advises them
against it, reminding them of previous Super Bowl parties and the good times they had.
The group makes their own separate efforts to avoid seeing the score. Ted works from
home, and narrowly misses hearing the score after going to the bar to get dipping sauce.
Barney chains himself to the radiator due to his sizable wager on the game. He escapes
from his apartment and searches for someone who can tell him about the game.
However, no one can—not even a bewildered Emmitt Smith. He ends up looking in a
newspaper to learn that he has lost a lot of money. Robin tries to avoid hearing the score
at the news station she works at, but a reporter blurts it out and ruins it for her. Marshall
tries to avoid the score by attending Lily's kindergarten class. They both hear the score
after passing by a janitor listening to the radio. Finally, the group assembles at the
apartment with only Ted not knowing the score. Even he finds out because of Barney's
anguished screams in the next room over finding out the score. Despite this, they enjoy
the game together.
Episode 15, “Lucky Penny”: Ted and Robin miss an important flight, and eventually Ted
traces the blame back to himself. Ted and Robin race to board a flight for an important
job interview for Ted. They are denied entry when the attendant tells them that Ted must
show up in court to answer for jumping a turnstile in the subway. In a flashback, Marshall
breaks his toe before the New York City Marathon. Barney mocks Marshall for moaning,
saying that marathons are easy, and he quickly accepts a bet from Marshall that he could
not compete in a marathon. After Barney runs the marathon easily, Marshall pays up and
tells Barney that marathon runners don't have to pay to ride the subway that day. Barney
later calls Ted and informs him that he can't move his legs. When Ted comes to get him,
he forgets to pay for the subway, and a cop tackles him—leaving Barney stuck on the
train.
Back in the present, the attendant tells Ted that the flight has left but they might be able
to catch the next one. After having just concluded that Barney was at fault for his
predicament, he starts to have another flashback to when Marshall decided to run the
marathon to get into shape. To avoid chafing, he puts petroleum jelly on his body. When
Robin walks in on him, Marshall falls and breaks his toe. This causes Ted to blame Robin
for the situation. Robin disagrees, leading to another flashback which reveals that Robin
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couldn't sleep because Lily wasn't around to shut off her car alarm. While Ted and Robin
search in vain for seats aboard the second flight, Ted has another flashback which
reveals it was actually his fault. He remembers taking Robin to a hot dog stand near a
dress store that Lily went to while her car alarm was going off. The episode ends with
Barney still on the subway and a trio of thugs toying with his marathon medal.
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“I'm beautiful! I'm a fairy princess! [dress falls down when she lifts up her arms] I'm too
skinny for my dress!”—Lily Aldrin
Episode 16, “Stuff”: Ted and Robin have a fight over exes, as Barney tells Lily the brutal
truth about her boring play. Ted tries to play off mixing up memories he shared with past
girlfriends with memories he shared with Robin by telling her that he's thinking of times
he spent with his sister. Robin, however, tells him he doesn't need to hide the fact that he
had exes in the past, assuring him that she can handle it. But when Ted tells her that a lot
of the stuff he has came from exes, Robin becomes furious. She tells Ted to get rid of
anything tainted by an ex-girlfriend. When everyone else agrees with Robin, Ted relents—
until he finds out that Robin's dogs came from exes. The two fight over this revelation,
with Ted accusing her of seeing the dogs as actual boyfriends. Robin sends the dog's to
her aunt's place until things calm down. However, another big argument erupts when
Robin finds out that Ted decided not to get rid of his stuff. In the end, they decide to
move in with each other.
Lily tries to get everyone to come to her play, but everyone finds it boring. Nobody says
anything except Barney, who tells the truth. Lily, upset, says she would support Barney if
he were in a play, so Barney decides to put on a one-man show. Titled, "Suck It, Lily,"
Barney repeatedly utters a word that Lily hates—"moist"—and sprays water on the crowd,
including Lily. She finally admits she can't think of anything nice to say about Barney's
show. Barney, however, continues with the show, prompting Marshall to use the second
slap of five that he had won during the "Slap Bet" episode.
Episode 17, “Arrivederci, Fiero”: Marshall’s formerly reliable car breaks down, prompting
all to reminisce about shared memories. Marshall is getting ready to celebrate now that
Episodes 16-22: As Ted and Robin
Drift Apart, Marshall and Lily Tie
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his Pontiac Fiero is about to hit 100,000 miles. However, he hits a pothole, causing the car
to break down just before it reaches the milestone. This causes the group to recall
memories of the Fiero. Marshall tells everyone about how he ordered 12 cups of coffee in
the drive-thru while driving naked because his brothers dared him (he spilled the coffee
on himself when the brothers startled him). Ted recalls when Marshall was driving
through Ohio to drop Ted off on his way to Minnesota for Christmas. They got lost and
had to huddle together for warmth after being caught in a snowstorm—before finding out
they were trapped right in front of a bed-and-breakfast. Lily and Robin confess to
Marshall that they took the Fiero to get some food, but spilled some in the car. After
cleaning it up, they smoked the cigars Marshall had put in the car for the celebration.
Barney says he doesn't get the fuss for the car. Ted reveals that he had tried to teach
Barney how to drive the car, but he became scared and wouldn't drive again. The group
tries to push the car over the 100,000-mile mark, but eventually give up.
Episode 18, “Moving Day”: Ted and Robin quickly abandon their plans to move in
together. When Ted and Robin decide they want to move in together, Barney at first
decides it's a good idea. He asks Lily and Marshall if he can use the apartment to bring
women home, because his is 23 minutes away. However, he soon changes his mind and
ends up taking the moving truck filled with Ted's stuff. He refuses to give it up until Ted
completes some tasks. Upon returning to Robin's place, he finds out that the truck is
actually right behind the bar—Barney is using it as a second place to crash—so he takes it
back. Ted finds out that Robin smokes and has a subscription to a guns magazine, and
Robin doesn't really care for Ted moving all of his stuff into their place, so they change
their mind. Ted moves back to Marshall and Lily's apartment.
Marshall and Lily had embraced the idea of having the place to themselves at first, but
change their mind after a while the novelty wears off. They find that they needed a lot of
Ted's stuff, like his microwave and towels, to name a few items. Although Marshall tries
his best to fill the void, he keeps forgetting things. Ted's return prompts Marshall and Lily
to give him a big hug and beg him to never leave again.
Episode 19, “Bachelor Party”: Barney ruins Marshall’s bachelor party, but Marshall
forgives him after finding out about Barney’s attempt to bring Lily home. Because he's
been chosen as the best man, Ted starts planning a bachelor party for Marshall.
However, true to form, Barney can't keep himself from interfering. He tries to get Ted to
hire a stripper for the party despite the fact that Marshall has said he doesn't want one.
Instead, Ted plans on having a low-key event involving steaks and boxing match. Barney
still manages to get a stripper to come, but she breaks her ankle. They abandon the
bachelor party and take her to the hospital. The group ends up getting kicked out of the
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hotel, and Ted and Marshall go to McLaren's to seethe over Barney's actions.
Robin takes Barney's advice to get Lily a battery-powered adult item at Lily's bridal
shower. She gives Lily the gift in front of the older family members in attendance. At first,
Robin realizes it was a mistake and tries to swap cards, causing Lily to think the gift is
from her grandmother. Robin eventually confesses it was her gift, and, to her surprise,
the family members don't appear that shocked. Afterward, they drop by the bar to find
Ted and Marshall, still angry at Barney. When they tell Lily and Robin what happened—
and that Marshall is even considering uninviting Barney—Lily tells them about how Barney
flew to San Francisco during their break-up and told her to come home to avoid losing
Marshall. Barney had also been stealing women from Marshall to keep him from falling in
love with someone else. Marshall is so touched he decides to make him co-best man.
Episode 20, “Showdown”: Marshall and Lily try to live for two weeks without each other,
while Barney seeks out his biological father on “The Price is Right.” Marshall and Lily talk
about spending a couple of weeks apart before the wedding, although they find that they
are too strongly tied together.. Lily moves in with Robin and Ted moves in with Marshall.
While trying on the dress, Lily finds she's actually too skinny for the dress, so she starts a
diet that involves cramming as much food into her mouth as possible. However, Lily finds
that she is still losing weight. Robin's constant pressure isn't helping, so she ditches the
effort.
Meanwhile, Ted struggles to write a best man speech that will please Marshall. Marshall is
extremely strict about the content of the speech being squeaky clean. Ted decides to
simply censor his speech by replacing things such as sex and alcohol with holding hands
and chocolate milk. Marshall complains the story isn't very interesting. In a fast-forward
to the wedding, Ted makes his speech and talks about how difficult it was to write, until
he discovered that Marshall had been sneaking out each night to spend time with Lily and
feed her enough so she would gain weight.
All the while, Barney plans to enter as a contestant on The Price is Right and practices
pricing games and the Big Wheel. Barney says he wants to impress the show's host, Bob
Barker, because he believes him to be his biological father. Barney succeeds in getting
called down to play during the taping. However, instead of playing a pricing game, he
spends the time showing Barker his photos. Still, he manages to get the game right at the
last second. He also gets $1.00 on the big wheel and nails the Showcase Showdown with
the exact price. Barney can't bring himself to tell Barker that he is his son, and ends up
giving all the prizes to Marshall and Lily.
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Episode 21, “Something Borrowed”: Everything goes wrong at Marshall and Lily’s
wedding, so they secretly have a small ceremony first. The wedding has arrived, but
everything is going wrong for Marshall and Lily. Lily's high school boyfriend shows up
because her family invited him, and he tries to get her to leave Marshall. Also, no flowers
are available for the ceremony, the harp player is unable to attend, and Lily's veil is
ruined. Marshall isn't doing much better after Lily's family highlights the tips in his hair. He
shaves off a big chunk of hair when he tries to fix it. Marshall and Lily are almost ready to
cancel the wedding when Ted suggests holding a small ceremony, as they had always
wanted to do. Barney, now licensed to wed people, marries Marshall and Lily with only
Ted and Robin watching. Afterward, they have the main wedding ceremony in front of
family and friends, who have no idea they've already done the deed.
Episode 22, “Something Blue”: Marshall and Lily ride off into the sunset together, Ted and
Robin go their separate ways, and Barney anticipates an epic summer. During the
wedding reception, Barney overhears Ted and Robin talking about an important
announcement and demands that they tell him what it is. They explain that a few weeks
before the wedding, Ted and Robin had dinner at a restaurant. Robin found an
engagement ring in her champagne glass. She reacts badly to the proposal before finding
out that it was actually meant for another couple in the restaurant. Robin's reaction,
however, reveals how she really feels about their relationship. Suddenly, the owner of the
restaurant says that Ted stole his blue French horn. Ted bolts and slams into a waiter,
knocking food over him and Robin. The owner, having Ted's credit card and driver's
license, demands that Ted return the horn.
Later, at Robin's place, Robin says she wants to travel abroad rather than get married
and settle down. Ted says he agrees. With a major project finished at work, he says he
plans to travel to Argentina with Robin. This repulses Barney just as much as the idea of
Ted and Robin getting married. This time, however, it’s because he thinks he'll be lonely
in New York. Turning to the subject of kids, Robin says she doesn't want any, but Ted
thinks he might want some with Robin someday. Barney starts getting really nervous
when he sees Robin not having an alcohol at the reception and catching the bouquet.
Ted and Robin admit that after having sex that night at the apartment, they decided they
weren't right for each other at that time and break up after one year together. Barney is
shocked, and a flashback reveals they had come to this decision during the "Showdown"
episode. Barney says he thought they made a good couple, despite always trying to get
them to separate. Ted says it just wasn't the right time. Barney gets excited about the
prospect of being Ted's wingman again.
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The show then cuts to Future Ted. He notes that Robin did end up traveling the world, and
he ended up meeting his future wife now that he was able to move on from Robin. The
show finishes with Marshall and Lily at the wedding reception, unable to eat because of
hovering relatives. As they sit in the limo on the way to their honeymoon, they stop at a
fast-food restaurant. Marshall comes to the realization that he is married to Lily, filling his
heart with joy.`
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“Oh, poor me. I get to order yummy pink drinks with chunks of real fruit that guys
secretly like but can't order because they'll be made fun of.”—Marshall Eriksen
Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor): Everything centers around Ted, the mild-mannered
architect who spends this season struggling to find himself and figure out whether
Robin is "The One."
Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel): Marshall is the kind, compassionate soul of the bunch,
an emotional person who is devastated by Lily's breakup and conflicted by her sudden
return. He is Ted's best friend—the two met at Wesleyan University in 1998, where
Marshall also met Lily. Marshall is originally from Minnesota and has a close
relationship with his parents.
Lily Aldrin (Alyson Hannigan): Lily is Marshall's wife, Robin's best friend, and a close
friend of Ted's. She grew up in New York and spends her time as a kindergarten
teacher and amateur artist.
Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders): Robin is a Canadian television reporter who falls
in love with Ted. She struggles this season with whether she wants to settle down with
the man she admires or first fulfill her dreams of traveling abroad.
Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris): Barney is the womanizing, fun-loving, anti-
committed-relationship type who is often at the center of problems for the group.
While Barney often comes off as self-centered and hedonistic, when push comes to
shove, his friends are the most important parts of his life, and he will go to great
extremes to make sure everyone stays together.
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Pancake Sunday was a time-honored tradition for Marshall and Lily before they
broke up. Eventually, Marshall is able to move on and enjoy the day with his friends.
An architect is someone who designs building, a job that Ted thought was
uninteresting to women until Barney convinces him otherwise.
Bromance refers to an overly fond relationship between two straight men, something
Marshall got involved in before breaking it off.
A cougar is a woman who seeks much younger guys, and Barney tries to bed one in
Episode 6.
Swarley is a nickname for Barney that he hates. His friends started calling him that
after a waitress wrote his name down wrong.
Eloping refers to the practice of getting hitched without making a big deal of it.
Marshall and Lily almost pull it off this season, but change their mind at the last
second.
Robin Sparkles was Robin’s stage name in an ‘80s music video that was a minor hit in
Canada.
A slap bet is a bet where the loser gets slapped by the winner at a time and place of
his choosing.
A grinch is what Ted called Lily in a voice mail message to Marshall during their
breakup. Except, it wasn’t “grinch.”
TiVo gods are deities that failed to keep the gang from finding out the Super Bowl
score in Episode 14.
Moist is a word that Lily hates, so Barney uses it repeatedly to annoy her.
Key Terms & Definitions
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Marshall and Lily's relationship and wedding: This is perhaps the fulcrum of the entire
season, as it begins with Marshall heartbroken over Lily's departure to San Francisco and
ends with their wedding. Much of the season revolves around this relationship, starting
with some of the early episodes as Barney and Ted try to get his mind off Lily so that he
can move on with his life. The drama continues when Lily returns, but Marshall isn't ready
to just jump right back into the relationship. As a result, there's a back-and-forth that
develops that is somewhat similar to the relationship between Ted and Robin. Eventually,
however, the two settle down with each other. The remainder of the season revolves
around the planning of their wedding.
The relationship between Ted and Robin: Ted and Robin once again restart their
relationship after things ended in Season 1. The two actually remain committed to each
other until the very end of the second season, when they decide to go their own separate
ways. Although they continue to have feelings for each other, it doesn't appear to be the
right time in their lives for them to be together. Future Ted even goes as far as to say
explicitly that Robin is not "The One."
Barney the womanizer, and Barney the friend: Barney is the only character from the
group who is completely unattached—except to the group itself. He is committed to not
being committed and to bedding as many women as possible. But just when you start to
think of him as someone who cares only for himself, he reveals a deeply personal side
that seems to suggest a fear of loneliness. In Episode 19, when Barney ruins everything
by bringing an unwanted stripper to Marshall's bachelor party, Lily reveals that Barney
flew all the way out to San Francisco to convince her to return to Marshall. He had also
been stealing Marshall's women repeatedly not for himself—well, perhaps a little bit—but
so that Marshall would eventually get back together with Lily.
The importance of family: The group's families take center stage in a number of episodes
Major Themes in How I Met Your
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this season. Ted brings his parents out for a visit in Episode 3 to celebrate their 30th
wedding anniversary, and things don't go quite as planned when they realize they have
divorced. Marshall reveals in Episode 8 how badly his parents thought of Lily after she left
for the West Coast, causing them to chicken out on a formal wedding ceremony and
opting to elope in Atlantic City instead—plans which are soon abandoned when they
decide they want to face the family. In Episode 12, Robin tries to convince her sister Katie
not to give up her virginity to a man she believes to be immature. And in Episode 20,
even Barney tries to seek out his biological father—who he believes to be Bob Barker—by
going on The Price is Right.
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Robin wears a gun-shaped pendant in the first episode, "Where Were We?" Her views
on guns prove to be a point of contention in her relationship with Ted.
Ted talks about a penny he found on the subway in the second episode, "The Scorpion
and the Toad," foreshadowing the events in the "Lucky Penny" episode.
Cafe L'amour in "World Greatest Couple" is featured in later episodes.
Lily takes a blue saxophone from one of her students in "Aldrin Justice," which alludes
to Ted's theft of a blue French horn in "Something Blue."
At the end of "Swarley," everyone yells out Barney's nickname as he walks into the
bar, a reference to the popular sitcom Cheers.
"Single Stamina" reveals that Barney's full name is Barnabus.
In "How Lily Stole Christmas," Ted mentions that his mom is dating a man named
Clint. Ted had found out his mother and father were divorced in "Brunch."
Ted attempts to use a device known as the "Sensory Deprivator 5000" in the "Monday
Night Football" episode to keep himself from finding out the score to the Super Bowl.
In "Arrivederci, Fiero," Robin tells Lily how to clean the Thai food out of Marshall's
Fiero, which resembles a scene in the film Pulp Fiction where two men clean up the
remains of a person they accidentally shot in a vehicle.
A couple actually got engaged on the set of the show. During a scene in the final
episode, a ring in a champagne glass meant for another couple accidentally got sent
to Ted and Robin's table.
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Amazon.com, How I Met Your Mother: Season 2
Rotten Tomatoes, How I Met Your Mother: Season 2
Asia Pacific Arts, How I Met the Writers of How I Met Your Mother
Los Angeles Times, The set mom on ‘How I Met Your Mother’
Directors Guild of America, Leader of the Pack
The New York Times, The Unmarried and the Befuddled are Still Good for Laughs
The Huffington Post, How I Met Your Mother: Why Season 8 Should Be Its Last
Starpulse, Best TV Shows You Aren’t Watching, Pt 2
Starpulse, In Its Third Season, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Still Delivers
Cinemablend, How I Met Your Mother’s Best Episode: Slap Bet
IMDB, Episode List
TV Guide, A Most Engaging Story
Screenrant, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Renewed for Seasons 7 & 8
The Hollywood Reporter, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Showrunners Address End Date and
Endgame
Examiner.com, Neil Patrick Harris talks ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ ‘American Idol’
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