Season 4, Episode 19 – Murtaugh
A competitive episode, with Ted versus Barney (and a bored Robin), and Lily versus Marshall.
Lily invites Marhsall to coach her school’s basketball team, and isn’t too happy with his methods. Going with the “carrot or stick” theme, Marshall doesn’t believe in playing if you aren’t playing to win, whereas Lily simply encourages them to play any way they want as long as they’re having fun.
Meanwhile, Barney is unhappy at getting banned from his laser tag hangout and Ted tells him he’s too old to play, adding it to his ‘Murtaugh list’; a list of things he believes they’re too old to do. Barney naturally sees it as a challenge, and sets out to prove Ted wrong and do everything on the list.
Barney then puts together his own list for Ted to complete; a list of things he believes they’re too young to do, and see who can complete their list first….
Season 4, Episode 15 – The Stinsons
Another venture into the mysterious life of Barney. The gang start noticing odd behaviour on Barney’s part, and after leaving the bar early one night, they follow him to try and find out what he’s up to.
We soon learn that he was just going to his mother’s house, and showing his mother that he is living the perfect family life. Of course, the “perfect family” Barney presents to everyone turns out to be a couple of actors hired to play the parts of wife and son….
Season 4, Episode 13 – Three Days of Snow
Strange but sweet, with the episode separated into the titled “three days of snow”. Ted and Barney get handed temporary control of the bar, as they try to defy the incoming blizzard to hook up with college girls.
Meanwhile, Robin gets caught up with Marshall and Lily discussing their quirky daily traditions, like telling each other what they did and had for lunch every day. As their “relationship matures”, they begin debating whether it is worth continuing the traditions, starting with Marshall initially deciding not to pick up Lily from the airport.
We then get to see Barney play out College Bingo, and Marshall’s recruiting a marching band to greet Lily at the airport.
Season 4, Episode 9 – The Naked Man
Considering season 4 wasn’t exactly a happy one for Ted, this episode was an unexpected opportunity for him to get out of his shell. Having recently been left at the altar, Ted works up the nerve to ask out a coworker.
Meanwhile, we learn – through Robin’s blind date – of a move that is almost a sure-fire way to get someone into bed: The Naked Man.
Guaranteed to work 2 out of 3 times (it worked on Robin as well), Barney sets out to attempt it himself, with Ted attempting it as well.
Season 3, Episode 16 – Sandcastles in the Sand
A Robin focus, with a little more of her backstory. All you really need to know is that it’s also part 2 of the Robin Sparkles history.
Season 3, Episode 14 – The Bracket
Another Barney-centric episode, as we see Barney’s attempts to hook up with women being constantly sabotaged by a mysterious former conquest.
Getting fed up of slaps to the face, he takes over Lily’s classroom blackboard (stolen by Ted and Marshall for their short-lived March Madness campaign) narrowing down the top 64 suspects of women who have most reason to hate him.
Season 3, Episode 13 – Ten Sessions
A fantastic example of what lengths Ted is willing to go to in order to “turn a no into a yes”. He undergoes 10 painful laser sessions to get his (trampstamp) butterfly tattoo removed, and uses those sessions to get to know Dr. Stella Zinman.
After being told that doctors aren’t allowed to date patients, Ted tells Stella that he’ll simply wait until the sessions are over before asking her out. She tells him straight up that no matter what, she will say no when asked. Ted sees this as a challenge, culminating in his, to paraphrase Barney, legen – wait 10 sessions before asking her out – dary 2 minute date.