How I Met Your Mother

Season 6 Episode 5

Architect of Destruction

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 18, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Ted is approached by a beautiful girl who's upset about the landmark hotel to be torn down to make way for the new GNB headquarters he's designing. Marshall has trouble concentrating on anything else after finding out his friend Max has a small penis.

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  • too much info

    Earlier in the series Ted is choosen to lead the design the new building for GNB. The plans were scrapped and Ted was fired. However at this time GNB decides to build a new headquarters and has Ted design it but on his terms. However all of a sudden, Ted decides he doesn't want to do it or have GNB choose new place. Yep you guessed it, If you had been watching this long it's because of a girl, Zoey. She is interesting. I won't reveal who Zoey truly is or whether she has a connection but what future Ted said at the end did foreshadow things. I do wonder why Ted is attracted to her. She seems to hippy chick (see Strawberry) for Ted. Why did Ted keep on lieing to her. I also wonder why the plan to include the buildings designed were not used. Don't worry that is not a big spoiler. I did like Barney's new legendary line. I do wonder why there was no "confernce call" with Ted, Barney and Marshall. However this is not a complaint. I did enjoy seeing Ted in the past flashbacks trying to impress the girl. The best one was Ted is the wizzard costume. (she's really hot) Another funny part is Barney saying boobs? whenever somone mentions a women.

    The 2nd storyline with Robin and her new boyfriend was good too. I do side with the guys not knowing on whehter a guy has a small thing. I do admire Robin for sticking with the guy depsite it. One part of this episode I find true is how guys locker rooms are. I work at a gym and it's not different. I thought the scenes between Marshall and Lilly were amusing.

    Overal this was a fine episode that was maybe silghtly down from the last one but did step an important character in Zoey.moreless
  • Ted meets Zoey.

    "Architect of Destruction" is an awesome How I Met Your Mother episode. I like the introduction of Zoey. I love how she's crazy girl. I like how this episode introduces the Arcadian hotel building which becomes the main focus of the season and it makes this season have a purpose. I thought it was funny how Zoey revealed that she was married. I for one thought the small penis jokes were funny in this episode. I give this episode a 9/10.moreless
  • Whats with all this gutter trash reviewing todays episode?

    This is ridiculous. Disregard those other reviews because they're wrong. This episode was funny! I can't say it was as funny as last weeks episode, its definitely not a step backwards. Heard a new Legendary moment (won't spoil it). Its filled with nerdy architecture-ness, wizards, Union soldiers, stoners, sex, and Ted's witty attempts at getting a hot girl. Look, just watch the don't really have an excuse since you stream it through here. Its a funny episode so don't listen to the haters and judge for yourself. Like I said, its not as funny as the race episode but you will laugh and its on track for becoming a successful seasonmoreless
  • HIMYM is back on track!!

    This is the funniest episode in a while! I'm not sure why people gave it such bad reviews. The story was perfect, and had a lot of Mosby-ness that we had hardly seen enough of in the last season and a half. There was definitely a touch of it last week and the week before, but this episode was riddled with his self-absorbed quips! Not only the comedic timing was great, but the script was well written too. Also Marshall's story was beyond funny this time around. The best part is when he imagined Robyn and Lily trash talking his sexual abilities as he tried to make love to Lily. Priceless!and the whole small penis thing was just a riot of a story!!!

    Last but not least, Jennifer Morrison was hilarious!!!I was hoping something would happen between her and Ted, but who knows...she has another episode coming up...I bet its gonna be ridiculously funny!

    All I'm hoping for is for the rest of the season to keep up with this trend! Go HIMYM!moreless
  • new stuff!!

    I liked it. Although it wasn`t especially funny. And the ending of the Ted storyline feeled a bit cheap. when he sees her ring on the finger and it all falls apart.

    And some how the Max story line feeled unstructered, first small penis then the sex live talk, and in the end it didn´t change anything. Max and robin just split and Lily and Robin will always talk about their sex live,

    Marshall doesnt like it. So there s no developement.

    Having all said that. There was, and that s what makes the episode worth watching, plenty of new stuff. You didn t see Marshall fighting against the teamed up Robin and Lily. And Ted´s will to sacrifice all his values for random girl, showed the negative side of his honest search for true love. All this stuff feeled real. I don t know if himym is back on the track. But at least they showed that there still a some stories to tell about Ted and the gang.moreless
Jessica Blair Herman

Jessica Blair Herman


Guest Star

Clinton Leupp

Clinton Leupp

Drag Queen

Guest Star

Ian Wolterstorff

Ian Wolterstorff

Stoner Guy

Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Charlene Amoia

Charlene Amoia


Recurring Role

Geoff Stults

Geoff Stults


Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Zoey: You're back. Hope you don't mind we made some changes to the billboard. (The billboard now reads "For a Good Time Call Ted Mosby")
      Ted: Well that explains a few voicemails.

    • Ted: How the hell could you do that?
      Barney: Simple. I rented the chair. The bunny was here already, that was lucky. I waited to do the dramatic swivel until I heard your key in the door-
      Ted: The billboard.
      Barney: I had to. Once you had no shot with the girl, you'd realize that it wasn't about the building and everything could go back to normal.
      Ted: You're wrong. I do care, and I'm still quitting.
      Barney: Don't you get it? Ted, we're tearing down the Arcadian either way. It's a stupid, old, piece of crap, rundown, snake-infested dump.
      Ted: Okay, are there or aren't there snakes?!
      Barney: WHO MENTIONED SNAKES?! Now stop shouting, you're scaring Cottontail!
      Ted: You named the rabbit?
      Barney: You took longer to get back than I thought. We bonded, I'm keeping her.

    • Marshall: (thinking) Small penis. You have a small penis. Oh, that's super interesting! But you have a small penis. Dammit, Marshall! Okay, okay, think of any two words other than small or penis. Got it! Small penis. Damn it!

    • Lily: Are you suggesting that guys don't talk about sex?
      Marshall: Yes, we do. But you know what we say? "I hit that. I got some. I tapped it. I squeezed those." Discreet and efficient.
      Robin: Not to mention classy.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates: United Kingdom: January 20, 2011 on E4, Australia: February 17, 2011 on Channel 7; Germany: September 21, 2011 on ProSieben;Czech Republic: January 19, 2012 on Prima COOL


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