How I Met Your Mother


Season 4, Ep 4, Aired 10/13/08
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  • Episode Description
  • When Ted is packing his stuff for his move to New Jersey, he discovers that the gang was going to hold an intervention for his engagement to Stella and demands they hold it anyway.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Neil Patrick Harris

    Barney Stinson

  • Jason Segel

    Marshall Eriksen

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Lily Aldrin

  • Cobie Smulders

    Robin Scherbatsky

  • Josh Radnor

    Ted Mosby

  • Fan Reviews (10)
  • Barney Stinson's Awesomeness

    By KwanHuiYap, Jan 26, 2014

  • Ted moves out again

    By Lostindharma, Nov 25, 2012

  • The gang has an obsession with interventions.

    By Jon_MW_14, Aug 22, 2011

  • Moving day.

    By Canogaparkcindy, May 02, 2010

  • This episode was just gold. Barney as usual was just hilarious. This is definately a MUST SEE!

    By Hornets3, Aug 19, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (18)

    • (flashback, Ted setting up his 1986 World Book Encyclopædia series)
      Marshall: What's that?
      Ted: A 1986 World Book Encyclopædia. (pronounces "æ" as \ā\) Exactly the one I grew up with...
      Marshall: Encyclopædia? (questioning his "uncommon" pronunciation)
      Ted: Oh, you think it should be pronounced as "encyclopædia". (pronounces "æ" as \ē\) It's a common mistake. But, if you look at that squish together--"æ" symbol in this here: "encyclopædia" (pointing the cover of a volume of the series and, then, placing it on the shelf), you'll learn that it's ligature derived from the Anglo-Saxon rune, æsc--
      (Ted and Marshall startle to see the shelves fall down from the wall, tearing the plaster.)
      Marshall: You know? You gonna have to "pædia" for that. (pronounces "æ" as \ā\)

    • Ted: You guys don't think I should marry Stella.
      Marshall: No, we do. We're all really happy for you.
      Lily: Like I said, it was stupid.
      Ted: Well, obviously it wasn't. Because we agreed to not have anymore stupid interventions at our intervention intervention. (Flashback) We're having too many interventions.

    • Robin: You sound like that fat dweeby kid at camp. "Mom, Dad, I wanna come home, the cool kid are playing keep away with my inhalor."
      Marshall: I can't believe my dad read that letter at our wedding.

    • Robin: I know your new place has had some problems with the slanted floor and the sewage treatment plant nearby, but you're going to turn it into a great home. Tell him, Lily. Lily: It's a black hole where dreams go to die. I'm not moving, either!

    • Ted: My James Bond movies. Remember we watched them all in order and Lily spoke in that weird British accent for, like, a month? Lily: (British accent) It was sophisticated.

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    Notes (4)

    • Originally (and subsequently) played by Victoria Williams, for this episode the role of Claudia is portrayed by Michelle Gunn.

    • The German episode title is "Der alte Mann und drei Umzüge", meaning "The Old Man and Three Moves". The French title is "L'intervention", and the Italian title is "L'intervento".

    • International Airdates: Australia: February 16, 2009 on Network 7; Germany: December 5, 2009 on ProSieben; United Kingdom: January 7, 2010 on E4/E4 HD; Czech Republic: October 27, 2010 on Prima COOL

    • Music: "Coming Home" by The 88 (the gang toasts with $2500 Scotch)

    Trivia (4)

    • The last time that the wall that broke because of the encyclopedia was seen was during "Do I know you?", in this episode the wall doesn't show any damage (and there is no damage in any previous episode). This places the encyclopedia accident at some point between Ted's engagement with Stella and this episode. Later in the episode, there is a flashback to when Robin and Ted were dating, and you can clearly see the wall being already damaged.

    • When the encyclopedias and the shelf start to fall and crumble, you can actually see the brick wall push outward and shake.

    • When Ted scares the couple out of the booth the woman clearly takes her cell phone with her, only for it to reappear on the table when she asks for it.

    • At the beginning of Barney's magic trick intervention, the scorch mark is clearly seen underneath the intervention banner, before he burns it.

    Allusions (1)

    • Marshall mentions John Bonham from the band Led Zeppelin and the fact that he died from an overdose. In the second episode of Freaks and Geeks, Jason Segel's character, Nick, was still distraught over his death.

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    • gideonbernstein May 08, 2013

      I think that the gang needs an intervterventions.ention for their addiction to in