How I Met Your Mother

Season 2 Episode 17

Arrivederci, Fiero

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Feb 26, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Marshall is all set to celebrate his beloved Fiero hitting the 200,000 mile mark, but it stops. While the gang sits in the mechanic's garage and waits to hear what will happen to the vehicle they think about times gone by that they have spent together in the car, including the story of how Ted met Marshall.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Marshall says goodbye to his car

    This was great episode to follow up from the last episode. While this show is about how Ted meets his wife, it's nice that every episode has to have some clue how meet his her. It's also good how the producers didn't try to better the previous episode. All the mini stories were entertaining. The best was how Marshall got the car in the first place. I also enjoyed the references in the stories to other past stories. College Ted was funny. ("My parents live in Ohio, I live in the moment.")

    The ending where they all tried to push the car was a little corny but also funny. I liked the part where Marshall says about life and his car and life. It was a sweet moment when he said goodbye to his car and the tape of the song (a great one at that) popped out. Another funny scene was when Barney over acted on his hate for the car. Neil Patrick Harris made it work. Overall an enjoyable episode with many great moments.moreless
  • Marshall must say goodbye to his beloved car right before it hits 200,000 miles.

    Marshall's Pontiac Fiero breaks down a mile or so short of 200,000. When the gang meet up at the auto repair shop, they relive some of their best (and worst) experiences with the car, including how Marshall acquired it from his brothers, how he and Ted became best friends in the car, why the car stinks, and why Barney hates it. They're all enjoyable stories except for how Robin and Lily spilled Thai food in it. That wasn't so funny. But it's a great episode because some may not realize the relationship a man has with his car and how important any guy's "first car" is in his life. Also, the episode got me hooked on "500 Miles" by The Proclaimers. It's such a great song.moreless
  • The gang tells stories of Marshall's car.

    "Arrivederci, Fiero" is a great How I Met Your Mother episode. It's kind of sad how Marshall is exited about hitting 200 00 miles on the odometer and he hits a pothole, just before the 200 000 miles, and he has to bring the car to the shop. I love how everyone shares stories about the Fiero. I love Marshall tells the story of him trying to prove himself worthy to his brothers, so he had to order 12 cups of coffee naked, and he even spilled it on him. I love how after that incident there was the rule of no food or drinks the Fiero. I love when Ted told of the story of Marshall taking Ted's parents house, but then a storm hit them, and they were stuck in the Fiero, and they had to cuddle to stay warm. I love how Lily and Robin reveal that they spilled food in the car. And I love how Barney didn't like the car because Barney was scared to drive it. I give this episode a 9/10.moreless
  • An episode dedicated to a car.

    The only thing i disliked about this episode is how slow paced it was, they spend all their time in the auto shop, and jsut reminisce about their moments in the car, and in they end, they end up destroying it anyway. I thought this episode was just a tad above average due to the jokes, but the plot itself wasn't so entertaining. We learn that Ted had a girlfriend in college named Karen, who he apparently cared a lot about. The funniest story line was Robin & Lilly sneaking food in to the car, and ending up making a ridiculous story once they spill all of it. Anyways as I said before, they have all these memories, and they end up destroying the car. So that's it, wasn't eventful, had some funny scenes but slow paced.moreless
  • What a great episode! Exactly why i watch the show.

    Although i like it more when they do normal episodes compared to flashback episodes like this, i think that this was one of the funniest episodes that have been made. Every story that was told was extremely funny and Marshall was funny as always. The best part was when Marshall told the story of how he first got the Fiero and when after the whole episode of hearing the same song stuck in the cassete player, at the end where it comes straight out was the funniest thing i think ive ever seen. It was such a good episode i could watch it over and over againmoreless
Jonathan Browning

Jonathan Browning


Guest Star

Jack Salvatore, Jr.

Jack Salvatore, Jr.

Drive-Thru Attendant

Guest Star

Frank Clem

Frank Clem


Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Robert Michael Ryan

Robert Michael Ryan

Marvin Eriksen, Jr.

Recurring Role

Ned Rolsma

Ned Rolsma

Marcus Eriksen

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Ted was teaching Barney how to drive the car they were in some parking lot and we could see some grass and bush far away from them, but when Barney was trying to avoid the dog he drove right into some bush and we clearly saw that before he turned the wheel just a little bit so he couldn't reach the bush so quickly.

    • Before finding out about Lily and Robin's accident during the Thai food take out excursion, Marshall mentions that a "homeless guy threw up in the back seat." The Fiero was a 2-seat sports car and did not have a back seat.

    • Even though the Fiero is featured prominently in first-season episodes "Sweet Taste of Liberty" and "Milk", the song "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" cannot be heard in these episodes.

    • In season one's "Milk", when Ted was left by the side of the road, he first calls Barney to "pick him up," indicating Barney had a car and was able to drive in season one.

      Edit: The story was prefaced with the fact that it happened "last year" Since this is season 2, it is possible that he learned to drive during season 1 well enough to have his own car and drive to get Ted during season 1.

    • In the flashback sequences, Marshall's Fiero still has a 2007 New York state registration sticker.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Marshall: Bro, have you heard this new song? I just got the cassingle!

    • Lily: Barney, that's like the third one in a row you've screwed up!
      : Well, I'm trying! But it's-
      : Look, you fold twice in the middle, fold back and forth, pull the ends out, flip over, open the flaps, fold the edges, crease the front, fold in half, fold the wings down, push in the bottom corners and fold the wings back out, or would you like one of my kindergarteners to show you?
      Barney: Wait, I think I got it!
      : Forget it, the paper's too expensive. You're out.
      Barney: Aww, nerts!

    • Ted: You do know how to drive, right?
      Barney: 'Course. I love driving. Except for lady drivers. Don't get me started on lady drivers, right?
      Ted: Which pedal's the gas?
      Barney: That's a trick question.
      Ted: No, it's not.
      Barney: Left. Middle. Right?

    • Marshall: The broken windows?
      : We had to make it look realistic.
      Marshall: But why did you break two of them?
      : It looked like fun when she did it, so I wanted to give it a try.
      Marshall: I can't believe it was you guys. I've been blaming really tan dancing leotard guy.
      : I'm sorry Marshall, but sharing that secret was when Robin and I became best friends.
      : Wow. What a special car. Can I crush it into a cube yet?

    • Robin: Come on, Lily! Thai food—Pag Yung Thao, Bing Yung Su, Thai Si Ran.
      Lily: You're just saying random syllables, and it still sounds delicious!

    • Marshall: We'll get a new car, and we'll fill that one up with new memories. That'll be the car we have when we're first married. When we own our first house. Maybe even the first car our four kids remember.
      Lily: Oh, that's so sweet. The first car our two kids remember.

    • (Fighting in the Fiero, Marshall knocked off Ted's glasses)
      Ted: My spectacles!

    • Marshall: I'm sorry about your spectacles.
      Ted: It's okay. They were decorative.

    • Lily: So you made a life changing decision not to change your life at all.
      Barney: True story.

    • Barney: Hey, why don't you drive me? It'll be like a total road trip.
      Ted: To Queens?
      Barney: Yeah. We'll get beef jerky, Triscuits.

    • Marshall: I'm about to graduate and take some sell out corporate law job, and without that Fiero, I'm just another guy in a suit.
      Barney: How dare you... (Lily restrains him)

    • (freshman year of college)
      Marshall: You live in Ohio, right? I could swing through and pick you up.
      Ted: Alright, first of all, my parents live in Ohio, I live in the moment.

    • Barney: How's the Fiero?
      Marshall: She's still in Triage.
      Ted: She? I thought it was your little boy?
      Lily: Oh, it goes back and forth, it's sort of a tranny car.

    • Ted: That trip was when me and Marshall became best friends.
      Barney: With privileges from the sound of it.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The German episode title is "Arrivederci, Fiero". The French title is "Passer le cap", meaning "Pass the Milestone". The Italian title is "La prima auto non si scorda mai", meaning "You Never Forget Your First Car".

    • International Airdates: Czech Republic: February 2, 2010 on Prima COOL

    • The cassette that is stuck in the tape deck of the Fiero continuously plays "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by The Proclaimers.


    • Robin: Don't go all prisoners' dilemma on me!

      The prisoners' dilemma concerns the choices two criminals have when captured. If one rats out the other, the rat goes free and the other gets the full sentence. But if they both are silent, then they get short prison terms. Finally, if they both rat out the other, they both get half sentences. In effect, it pays to stay silent only if you can be sure the other prisoner will be silent as well, but it is also a gamble to rat out the other person.

    • In the scene after Lily spilled Thai food in Marshall's Fiero, Robin asks Lily to be calm and instructs her how to clean the car, similar to in Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film Pulp Fiction, where Winston Wolfe directs Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield how to clean up the interior of the car after Vincent had shot someone inside the car.

    • When stuck in the snow, Ted tells Marshall that if he dies, he's free to "slice me open like a tauntaun," referring to when Han Solo lightsabered open his dead tauntaun on the ice planet Hoth to prevent Luke Skywalker from freezing to death in The Empire Strikes Back.