How I Met Your Mother

Old King Clancy

Season 4, Ep 18, Aired 3/23/09
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  • Episode Description
  • Marshall and Barney lie to keep Ted from finding out the headquarters he'd been hired to design for GNB has been cancelled. The gang try to decipher the story of a celebrity encounter Robin once had.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Josh Radnor

    Ted Mosby

  • Neil Patrick Harris

    Barney Stinson

  • Jason Segel

    Marshall Eriksen

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Lily Aldrin

  • Cobie Smulders

    Robin Scherbatsky

  • Photos (12)
  • Fan Reviews (12)
  • White Lie

    By KwanHuiYap, Apr 30, 2014

  • Silly story and very few funny moments

    By istbeschissen, Apr 28, 2013

  • Ted has a set back and Robin's past

    By Lostindharma, Jan 17, 2013

  • The gang tries to guess a celebrity Robin slept with.

    By Jon_MW_14, Aug 26, 2011

  • Marshall and Barney try to protect Ted

    By morphius025, Mar 26, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Ted: Is there anything else you want to tell me?
      Marshall: You know how you played third base for the GNB softball team?
      Ted: Yeah.
      Barney: There is no GNB softball team. We just rented a field, rounded up a bunch of guys and told them to make you the hero.
      Ted: So my game-winning walk was a lie?

    • Marshall: I was thinking, we're paying Ted's firm for two more months, can't we just let him keep working? He's had a rough year, he should be happy for once.
      Barney: Marshall, what you're suggesting is a lie that requires a long term commitment. A nice guy like you can't pull that off.
      Marshall: I could too.
      Barney: Lie to me right now.
      Marshall: I have a spaceship.
      Barney: What kind of fuel powers your spaceship?
      Marshall: Okay, I don't have a spaceship.
      Barney: See, that's your mistake! When telling a lie, distract from the original lie with more lies! Like this, I have a pony. Ask me a question.
      Marshall: What color is your pony?
      Barney: Well when I first got Dandelion she was a lovely chestnut brown but her stable is located next to a chemical plant and she's turned a sickly grayish/off white. The vet says there's nothing he can do to fix her.
      Marshall: Oh my god, is Dandelion gonna be okay? (Barney gives him a knowing look) Nice! Dandelion's not even sick, is she?

    • Marshall: How're you doing?
      Ted: I'm frustrated. Anything creative I put into my designs Bilson just hacks out with a machete. I hate having to answer to a guy like that.
      Marshall: You should quit, this job is beneath you!
      Barney: Yes! To a new chapter in Ted Mosby's life, may the wind be at your back-
      Ted: Are you crazy? I can't quit. They laid off another architect at my firm. I mean Bilson's a pain, but without it, I'm probably out of a job.
      Barney: Yeah, it's funny you mentioned the project because-
      Marshall: You're nailing it! Your hair and teeth loo fantastic today, you're shining like a diamond!
      Ted: Thanks! I needed to hear that.

    • Ted: Good morning, lying bastards. Anything you want to lie about before I head off to work to get fired?
      Barney: That's a nice shirt.
      Ted: You're the devil.

    • Ted: I don't believe it. I just got screwed by my two best friends, and I didn't even know it.
      Lily: In Canada, that's called a Sneaky Snowplow.

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    Notes (4)

    • The German episode title is "Old King Clancy". The French title is "Le vieux joueur de Hockey", meaning "The Old Hockey Player". The Italian title is "Giochi erotici canadesi", meaning "Canadian Erotic Games".

    • International Airdates: Australia: May 18, 2009 on Channel 7; Germany on February 6, 2010 on ProSieben; United Kingdom: April 8, 2010 on E4; Czech Republic: November 22, 2010 on Prima COOL

    • A last-minute timeslot change had this episode air at 8:00 rather than its regular 8:30.

    • The website featured in this episode was created by show staff and is available on the Internet.

    Allusions (2)

    • The manner in which the different people that comprise the New HQ task force are introduced (Roy, Louisa, Arthur and Reginald) is similar to the opening credits of Guy Ritchie's 2000 film, Snatch, where all the main characters are freeze-framed in a similar manner. The song playing is similar to one of the movie's songs, as well ("Fuckin' in the Bushes" by Oasis).

    • After Ted learned that the plans for the new GNB HQ had been scrapped, Marshall and Barney put him in charge of designing a room at the office for employees to be fired in. As Ted walks into the bar, Marshall calls him Mr. Mister in reference to their song "Broken Wings" in honor of Ted "learning to fly again" on this new project.

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