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    The Pineapple Incident

    The Pineapple Incident

    "The Pineapple Incident" is the 10th episode in the first season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired on November 28, 2005. It is the highest viewed episode in season 1 and currently the highest overall episode during the eight seasons of How I Met Your Mother. In this episode, Barney, Marshall, and Lily criticize Ted for overthinking what he's about to do rather than acting by the seat of his pants. They convince Ted to take five shots of 'Red Dragon' (a special blend by Carl the Bartender at MacLaren's); Ted claims that he can still function cognitively even under the influence of the alcohol, but shortly afterwards he blacks out. He wakes up the next morning with a girl he doesn't remember beside him in bed, a pineapple on his nightstand, and a sprained ankle. He also finds out that his coat has been partially burnt. Ted asks Marshall and Lily about the night, and Marshall and Lily tell him that he sang along with the jukebox in the bar while standing on a table. He also was talking on the phone with Robin while he was singing. He fell off the table (explaining the sprained ankle), and Marshall and Lily took him up to his bed. However, they do not
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    Zip, Zip, Zip

    Zip, Zip, Zip

    "Zip, Zip, Zip" is the 14th episode in the first season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired on February 6, 2006. A lot of Ted and Victoria's firsts (first kiss, first night together, first weekend together) all happen in the span of a weekend. After being asked by Marshall and Lily how many times they had sex over the course of the weekend, Ted reveals that they are waiting, as they do not want to rush into things too quickly. He then adds that it was mostly Victoria's idea, and the only reason he's going along with it is that he thinks Victoria might be the one. Ted begins to get anxious after a few weeks and can't stand it. However, Victoria decides to speed things up when she realizes that she will be out of town when their first month together ends. They go back to Ted's (supposedly) deserted apartment, and spend a lot of time just being together before they actually go to the bedroom to have sex together for the first time. At the same time, Marshall and Lily are actually in the apartment. They had planned on going to a small bed and breakfast for their nine-year anniversary, but decided to bail on that plan and stay home and have a much more
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    Return of the Shirt

    "Return of the Shirt" is the 4th episode in the first season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired on October 10, 2005. Ted wears a shirt he owned for six years but had never previously liked. He meets everyone else at the bar, and discovers that he likes Bourbon, which he thought he hated. Realizing that his tastes have changed, he decides to reconsider girls he has previously dated but did not seem right at the time. Barney objects, saying there are only "two reasons" to date a girl you have already dated: breast implants. Ted thinks back to some of the women he dated and thinks fondly of the times he had with Natalie but he hadn't been looking for a serious relationship at the time. Initially Ted isn't sure if she would remember him, but she has not forgotten Ted and hangs up the phone abruptly when he calls. Lily angrily confronts Ted about why Natalie would be so upset with him, especially when he admits that he broke up with her on her birthday, and did so by leaving a message on her answering machine. Ted then visits Natalie's apartment, apologizing for his past behavior, offering a giant sock monkey toy as a belated birthday gift. Natalie
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    The Limo

    The Limo

    "The Limo" is the 11th episode in the first season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired on December 19, 2005. Trying to avoid the usual letdown of New Year's Eve, Ted rents a limo for his friends so that they can party together. Robin has plans with her rich boyfriend, Derek, but Ted, Lily, Marshall, and Barney plan to attend five parties in the three hours before midnight to find the best party to be at to begin the new year. With Ranjit as their limo driver and Barney's "Get Psyched" mix CD to psych them up, the group goes to the first party where they pick up Ted's coworker Marybeth (Kathleen Rose Perkins), who has been flirting with him at the office. Barney also finds a date, a woman with a Russian-like accent named Natalya. Lily complains that her shoes are hurting her feet, but Ted asks that she power through the pain and they head to party number two. Disappointed with party number two, the gang heads to party number three, leaving Natalya behind because no one except Barney really liked her. Robin calls Ted asking if they could pick her up because Derek had to work late and canceled their plans. Even though the extra stop jeopardizes the
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    Life Among the Gorillas

    Life Among the Gorillas

    "Life Among the Gorillas" is the 17th episode in the first season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired on March 20, 2006. Marshall starts his internship at Barney's office and hates his coworkers in the legal department. They tease him about Lily making his lunch and Marshall is uncomfortable with the fictional scenarios that they construct that make Marshall choose between two women. At the end of his first day, Marshall is ready to quit, but Barney manipulates him into staying. Barney convinces Marshall that he would be happier knowing that he could provide a better life for Lily with a bigger income. Marshall asks Barney for advice on how to deal with his coworkers, and Barney suggests behaving more like his coworkers and blending. When Marshall tells Lily about his plan, Lily doesn't think that it's a good idea, but Marshall thinks that he can keep his work persona separate from his real personality. Barney shows Marshall how to act like the guys at work and Marshall gains their acceptance. Marshall's work persona begins to bleed over into his home life to Lily's displeasure. Marshall asks Lily to give his work friends a chance and they go out to
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    Belly Full of Turkey

    Belly Full of Turkey

    "Belly Full of Turkey" is the 9th episode in the first season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired on November 21, 2005. It's Thanksgiving time, and Marshall and Lily are going to visit Marshall's family in Minnesota. While Marshall is enjoying a game of bask-ice-ball (a combination of basketball and ice hockey that the Eriksen family invented, using tennis raquets), Lily is in the kitchen. While helping in the kitchen, she hears how big Marshall's nephews and nieces are, and begins to get scared thinking that she will have a huge baby (at 6'4", Marshall is the shortest of his brothers, and his sisters-in-law are also tall). At Thanksgiving dinner, Lily gets into an argument with Marshall around the dinner table when she reveals she isn't going to change her surname after the wedding and doesn't want to raise their kids in Minnesota causing her to run off and buy a pregnancy test at a convenience store. Later Marshall finds out Lily has been arrested for urinating in public, and goes to the station to get Lily out and talk to her. Lily tells Marshall her concerns about raising a family of "mayonnaise-guzzling giants in Minnesota", but Marshall assures
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    Come On

    "Come On" is the 22nd and final episode in the first season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired on May 15, 2006. Ted, having given up his previous date with his supposedly perfect match, has decided to pursue Robin yet again. Barney (acting on behalf of the Universe) slaps Ted, telling him it's a bad idea. Ted tells them that he will try only one more time, and if it does not work out, he will accept that it is not meant to be. He then surprises her in her apartment with candy, flowers, and a group of musicians with blue instruments (in reference to the Blue French horn he stole for her on their first date). Robin, while surprised, cannot give Ted a definite answer, especially after he learned that Robin's company camping trip is back on and Sandy Rivers is trying to date her now that he is moving on to CNN. Ted finally accuses Robin of ignoring her true feelings and urges her to "touch the ground", but it fails to win her over. Ted walks out frustrated, but breaks his promise by trying to get Robin again by doing a rain dance. After he convinces Penelope (a girl Barney hooked up with twice) to help him (as she has a Ph.D. in Native American
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    Game Night

    "Game Night" is the 15th episode in the first season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired on February 27, 2006. Anytime Marshall, Lily, Ted, Robin, and Barney hold a game night together, Marshall always wins, no matter what the game is, so the others decide that he should always run game nights. Marshall decides to create his own game, "Marshgammon", which few people understand (although a player must drink if they ask "What?"). Ted plans to bring Victoria along, and tells Marshall, Lily, and Barney not to scare her off; all reluctantly promise not to try to ruin things, but they end up trying their hardest. At game night, Marshall uses the game questions to find out more about Victoria, while Lily reveals that someone gave her a videotape to give to Barney, and once Barney figures out who it is, he panics, destroying a tape of Ted's graduation before Lily revealed that she had hidden the real tape. They watch it, and find a longer-haired, hippie-sh Barney, singing and playing a keyboard while crying. Barney ejects the tape and walks out, and no one can find him. Barney meets all of them at the bar, and only tells his story once everyone else agrees
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    Nothing Good Happens After 2 A.M.

    Nothing Good Happens After 2 A.M.

    "Nothing Good Happens After 2 A.M." is the 18th episode in the first season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired on April 10, 2006. Future Ted tells his children of a saying his mother used and which he agrees with: "Nothing good happens after 2 a.m." He proceeds to tell the story of how Robin invited him over to her apartment after 2 a.m. when he should have gone to bed instead. When Robin does a presentation on her career with Lily's class, she feels threatened when the children ask about her romantic life instead. Robin's feelings of loneliness are amplified when her co-anchor, Sandy Rivers (played by Alexis Denisof, who is Alyson Hannigan's real-life husband), tells her that they should have sex, expressing interest in pursuing a relationship with her. When she returns home, she drinks a large glass of wine and calls Ted, who has been waiting for a phone call from Victoria. Ted believes the phone call will be about breaking up, but Victoria does not call when expected and Ted is left feeling anxious. When Robin's phone call comes, he agrees to go to her apartment, but his attempts to rationalize his decision is countered when he begins conversing
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    Sweet Taste of Liberty

    "Sweet Taste of Liberty" is the 3rd episode in the first season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired on October 3, 2005. Barney has decided that it is time for Ted to get out of his routine of going to the same bar. He tells Ted that he wants to do something "legendary." Barney pulls Ted into his cab, and tells him that he needs to pick someone up at the airport. Ted did not realize that Barney meant that he was going to JFK to pick up women. Barney tells Ted that they are posing as international businessman who have just returned from a lucrative trip from Japan. Barney then decides that they should fly to Philadelphia just because two beautiful ladies are also heading there. Barney calls Marshall (who is supposed to be busy studying) to come to Philadelphia in the Fiero, because it is going to be "legendary." Ted and Barney eventually find out that these two girls have boyfriends who are players for the Philadelphia Eagles. Furthermore, Ted and Barney are taken into custody by airport security, since they left luggage on a carousel in JFK. They are held there for a while, but are released when Barney's luggage at JFK is revealed to have only condoms
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    Best Prom Ever

    Best Prom Ever

    "Best Prom Ever" is the 20th episode in the first season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired in the United States on May 1, 2006. It had the lowest recorded viewership for season 1 (7.24 million). At the beginning of the episode, Marshall discovers that the location where he and Lily would like to have their wedding, the Van Smoot House, has an unexpected opening. They hurriedly book the available date, leaving only two months until the wedding. Lily becomes very stressed due to the shortened timeframe and obsesses over the details, becoming somewhat of a bridezilla. Marshall finds a possible band for the wedding, The 88, but Lily will not approve the booking until she hears them play "their" song ("Good Feeling" by Violent Femmes). The only way Lily can hear them is if she sneaks into a high school prom where they are playing. Lily thus decides to sneak in with Robin and Barney. Robin is excited, because she never had the chance to attend her prom in high school, having been too busy with hockey tournaments. When they arrive, they find tight security, so Lily and Robin offer to be the dates of two nerdy high school seniors, while Barney decides to
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    Slutty Pumpkin

    "Slutty Pumpkin" is the 6th episode in the first season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired on October 24, 2005. Marshall and Lily are very excited about Halloween, and have received their costumes in the mail. Marshall has decided to dress up as Jack Sparrow, and Lily as a green parrot. They really hope to win the costume contest at the bar and win the prize of a $50 gift certificate having spent $100 each on their costumes. They invite Robin and her new boyfriend Mike. Although Robin told them neither she nor Mike were dressing up, Mike comes dressed as Hansel, and asks Robin why she isn't dressed as Gretel. They go down to McLaren's, and Lily notices that Robin doesn't appear interested in Mike, even though Mike is obviously interested in her. Lily tells Robin that in order to avoid losing Mike, she is going to have to do "couple things" (such as share food, hold hands, etc.) and not send Mike the wrong signals. Robin tries, but she doesn't succeed, and Mike breaks up with her. Marshall and Lily do indeed win the costume contest. Ted spends his Halloween waiting for the "slutty pumpkin" (which has strategically carved holes) that he met in 2001.
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    Mary the Paralegal

    Mary the Paralegal

    "Mary the Paralegal" is the 19th episode in the first season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired on April 24, 2006. A story that Robin did on her news channel was nominated for a Local Area Media Award (or as Lily calls it, a LAMA - pronounced LAME-a), and Robin has invited everyone to come to the awards banquet. Since she notified everyone three months in advance, Ted told her he would be bringing Victoria. Right before the awards banquet, Ted ended his relationship with Victoria and ruined his chances with Robin at the same time, and is wondering if he should still bring a date. Barney suggests getting Ted a prostitute as a date, which Ted immediately dismisses. Barney shows up a bit later with a stunning blonde-haired woman named Mary for Ted, and Ted again refuses until he sees Robin's date for the banquet: Sandy Rivers, the guy who reads the newspaper on the news show every morning and requests that he always be referred to by his full name. Ted then agrees, and Mary is his date for the evening. At the banquet, Ted finds himself more and more attracted to Mary, who claims to be a paralegal at a law firm downtown. Ted tries to talk to Robin to
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    Matchmaker

    "Matchmaker" is the 7th episode in the first season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired on November 7, 2005. Robin does a story on "Love Solutions", a matchmaking service with a 100% track record, and she and Barney recommend Ted try out the service. He is not interested, but Barney eventually tricks Ted into going anyway. Ellen Pierce, the woman in charge of the matchmaking service, sees right through Barney, knowing full well that he is only seeking a one-night stand with a desperate woman (the alias he wrote on the registration form, "Jack Package," gives him away). She promises she "can work with" a skeptical Ted, however, and convinces him that she can truly help him find a soul mate in three days. After five days, Ted wants to go back to find out what the problem is. Everyone tells him not to "Ted out" about it (explaining that Ted's name is also a verb, which means to over-think). He returns to Love Solutions, only to find that his chances for finding a soul mate are zero. The closest match compatible with Ted has already been matched up. Ted sneaks back in and finds out she is a dermatologist and makes an appointment to see her. He learns
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    The Duel

    The Duel

    "The Duel" is the 8th episode in the first season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired on November 14, 2005. Lily decides to take Robin over to her apartment (which she herself has not been to in three months) while they are out, but when they get to Lily's apartment, they find that it is a Chinese restaurant called Madame Chew's House of Dumplings. They realize that the landlady has died, which caused this to happen. Lily even sees many of her personal belongings still there. Lily and Robin immediately head over to Ted and Marshall's apartment to explain the situation, and Ted tells Lily that she is welcome to live with them now, "since you practically live here anyway." Barney warns Ted that things will change with Lily officially living at the apartment, and that eventually they will force him out of the apartment. Ted does not believe him, but after he finds "Shocky" (his very old coffee pot that always gave him an electrical jolt) in the garbage and replaced by Lily's coffee pot, he begins to think Barney is right. He feels even more threatened when Marshall tells him he wants to hang Lily's painting where the two swords hang. In order to try to
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    Cupcake

    "Cupcake" is the 16th episode in the first season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired on March 6, 2006. Victoria has been offered a fellowship at a culinary institute in Germany, putting her relationship with Ted at a crossroads. Both are unsure, but said early on that long distance relationships never work; according to Ted, it's a lie teenagers use to get laid the summer before college, while Marshall and Lily both say that they are all talk and no sex (both adding "Kill me now" at the end of their statements). While Ted is off with Marshall and Barney, and Victoria is off with Robin and Lily, they make their decisions; Ted thinks she should go, while Victoria thinks she should stay. However, at dinner that night, they both change their minds after Victoria hands Ted a cupcake. They argue a bit and decide to break up. However, Marshall convinces Ted to spend one more awesome day with Victoria, using the analogy of "If you knew your leg was going to be chopped off the next day, would you lie on the couch and cry about it?" The two decide to spend the day together enjoying New York doing all the things they'd wanted to during the relationship, and
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    Pilot

    "Pilot" is the first episode of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired on September 19, 2005. The episode (and series) begins in 2030 with an older Ted Mosby telling his children the story of how he met their mother. The story begins in 2005, with Ted's best friend and roommate Marshall Eriksen proposing to his girlfriend Lily Aldrin, prompting Ted to begin a search to find his own soulmate. At a pub called MacLarens, alongside his friend Barney Stinson, Ted meets budding news anchor Robin Scherbatsky, with whom he is instantly smitten. Ted asks her out on a date, and the date is successful. The date concludes with Robin being called away for a news story. Ted's friends tell him that he was supposed to kiss Robin before she left. Ted goes to Robin's house (“Suited up”, much to Barney's delight), with the company of Marshall, Lily and Barney. He stops at the restaurant of their first date and symbolically steals the blue French horn on the wall and continues on to Robin's apartment with the gang. Things are going great and they are about to kiss when Ted inexplicably tells Robin that he loves her, prematurely destroying his chances with her. After a
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    Drumroll, Please

    Drumroll, Please

    "Drumroll, Please" is the 13th episode in the first season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired on January 23, 2006. At his friends Claudia and Stuart's wedding, Ted is disappointed and alone after Robin is forced to cancel their date because of work. But Ted sees a pretty woman across the room and the next morning he tells Marshall and Lily that he had the most amazing night of his life. He then begins to tell the story of his night. Ted approaches the pretty woman (Victoria), who warns him that she never hooks up with people at weddings because all of the romance of the wedding isn't real. Ted wins her over with some flirting, so she suggests a compromise: they will spend the rest of the wedding together and then will never see each other again. They plan to use fake names — Victoria says her name is Buttercup and Ted gives his as Lando Calrissian — but Barney immediately comes by the table and calls Ted by his name several times. They agree to tell each other only their first names and not to exchange any contact information. Lily and Marshall interrupt the story to tell Ted what a stupid idea that is, but Ted defends his decision, saying that they
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    Okay Awesome

    Okay Awesome

    "Okay Awesome" is the fifth episode in the first season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired on October 17, 2005. Robin has been invited to come to "Okay," a new dance club. Ted and Barney agree to come, but Marshall and Lily are hosting a wine-tasting party so that they can begin to be more mature. Ted and Barney go to the club; Ted has agreed to meet Robin's friend Kelly, while Barney decides to find a "cutlet" and grind with her all night. Marshall becomes very bored at the wine tasting party, and escapes by jumping out the bathroom window (although Ted disputes this). Meanwhile, Robin cannot get in to the VIP area even though she was invited there. She leaves to call the owner to try to get in the VIP area, and lets Marshall in to the club. However, Robin cannot get back in because a different bouncer is now at the door. Ted prepares to leave after ruining his chances with Kelly, but stays for a bit when Marshall arrives. They both get beers, but Marshall's elbow is bumped as he is drinking, and because he had a temporary crown put in earlier that day, Marshall is now in pain. Ted goes down to the coat check area and ends up hanging out with the
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    Milk

    "Milk" is the 21st episode in the first season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired on May 8, 2006. The episode opens with a celebration for Ted's 28th birthday at McLaren's. The waitress warns him that his plate is very hot but Lily has to touch it for herself to know for sure. Barney presents his gift to Ted — the "Greatest Pickup Line of All Time." The next morning, Ted gets a call from Love Solutions, the matchmaker service that Ted had signed up for in "Matchmaker", saying that they have found him a match. Ted finds out Love Solutions has changed hands, and has found him a woman who meets all of the standards on his checklist. He asks them to set it up. Meanwhile, Barney wants Marshall to help him wage a "prank war" against Clark Butterfield, who Barney has been antagonizing for years. Marshall realizes that even though he hates his job, he would not be able to have fun like this with Barney anywhere else. Lily has found out about an art fellowship in San Francisco, and decides to apply, even though it could ruin the wedding plans. She is forced to reveal her plans and call Ted when a tire on Marshall's car goes flat. She tells Ted that she is
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    The Wedding

    The Wedding

    "The Wedding" is the 12th episode in the first season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired on January 9, 2006. Ted worries about finding a date for his friends Claudia and Stuart's black-tie wedding. When Robin announces that she and her boyfriend Derek had broken up, Ted decides to invite her to the wedding and she accepts. But when Ted runs into Claudia two days before the wedding and mentions that he is bringing a date, Claudia tells him that he did not check that he was bringing a guest on his RSVP card and she forbids him from bringing a date. Ted tries to tell Robin that he will not be able to take her to the wedding, but he chickens out when he sees Robin in the dress that she bought for the wedding. When he tells Lily his problem, Lily suggests that Ted ask Stuart if he can bring a date. Stuart says that, of course, Ted can bring a date. Ted is excited that he and Robin will have a romantic evening that might lead to their getting together until Claudia calls to say that the wedding has been canceled. Apparently Stuart telling Claudia that he said that Ted could bring a date led to a huge argument and the couple broke up. Concerned about their
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    Purple Giraffe

    "Purple Giraffe" is the second episode in the first season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired on September 26, 2005. After telling Robin that he loved her, Ted decides to not contact her so his friends will think he is over her. However, he soon falls for her again, and finds out from Marshall that Lily has officially met Robin, having recognized her from the news, and that Robin told Lily that she was still interested in him, but she thinks that he's not casual. Ted decides to try to be "casual" in his relationship with Robin. He runs to meet her at a location where she is reporting (where coincidentally a kid is stuck inside a crane machine trying to get a purple giraffe) and informs her that he is throwing a party. He holds it repeatedly over the course of three nights when she says that she is unable to come and she only manages to come when he holds the party for a third successive night. Robin inadvertently finds out (when Marshall bursts out that Ted should stop waiting for her) that the parties were held for her. Ted covers it up by lying, and saying that he wanted her to meet another guy, which happens to be called Carlos (this happens
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