How I Met Your Mother

Season 4 Episode 23

As Fast As She Can

Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 11, 2009 on CBS
out of 10
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Ted continues trying to land a client for Mosbius Designs, and when Tony tries to help nothing goes as planned—for either of them. Barney tries to smooth talk his way out of a ticket.

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  • As Fast As She Can

    I like the analogy which Stella Zinman used, "As Fast as She Can", to actually comfort Ted, that the ideal girl Ted whom Ted has been looking for so long is on her way to meet Ted. In the previous episode, I also thought that Ted has meet his children's mother, as he revealed his yellow umbrella. However, at the end of this season, I bet the mother will still not appear, until few more seasons. In this episode, I found out several things, firstly I could not believe that Tony is so soft-hearted, that Ted can easily changes his mind, it just does not look like Tony. At the beginning, Tony offered Ted several jobs and Ted gave them tries even though he firstly rejected Tony's help. The funny thing was the architecture project that helped the owner to build the murder house. As the episode flowed, I fetl quite satisfied with Ted, who did not fall for Stella again. At least, they went to California together, and Ted still waiting for the mother.moreless
  • Stella is back and Ted acts dumber than ever

    In this episode, Stella and her boyfriend Tony encounter Ted which leads them all to think about what happened. Meanwhile, Barney tries to prove the others that he's able to talk himself out of a speeding ticket, in which he's amusingly unsuccessful. These couple of scenes with Barney (BTW, since when is Barney able to drive a car? Have the screenwriters forgotten how dumbly he acted when Ted tried to teach him how to drive in season 2?) were partly funny, but that was practically it. Alyson Hannigan made her comeback in the final scene which was lame in my eyes, and Cobie Smulders and Jason Segel had really unimportant parts in this episode. And on top of the dunghill: how dumb was the story of Ted, Stella and Tony? I couldn't emphasize with Ted at all because if it was me, I wouldn't have been all nice with Stella like he was in this episode. I mean, she dumped him in front of the altar and he is trying to bring her back together with the love of her life - which isn't him? That was a story part I really hated, especially because I've never liked Sarah Chalke as Stella to begin with. There were clearly some worse episodes in this truly disappointing season of How I Met Your Mother, but this is one also at the lower end. Hopefully, the season finale will be better.moreless
  • Stella comes back

    After a series of random events it leads Ted to Stella. Like I said in my previous review, this could've made you upset or happy. I was happy. Remember for those that were upset about the women being Stella, future Ted says that if it weren't the random series of random events, the kids might have never been born.

    How Ted reacted to seeing was the best way (and also funny). Sorry Robin. Apparently Tony, Stella's husband feels sorry for Ted and tries to get him a job. He declines the first job (professor) but takes the second job (designing a basement) after a big fat check. The scene with Ted, the guy and Tony was pretty funny. How the guy was describing how he wanted the room kind was funny and creepy at the same time. I also liked how Tony couldn't see any problem. Meanwhile Barney has some trouble getting out of a ticket. For those that say Barney was scared of driving, remember Barney will and has done anything to get laid. I find it curious that Barney can talk a stripper to paying him for a lap dance (the stripper not him) but not a ticket. Barney accep (point to Ted) (also one of my favorite Barney quotes) and tries to talk his way out of a ticket. Barney ultimately fails put he tries to put his own spin on it by saying he hooked up with the female cop, The actual story was much funnier. Another amusing scene was when Barney called from the jail. I don't know what is more funny his scream when the cop pointed the gun at him or Barney being scared of the teens. Tony leaves Stella after Ted says why he doesn't want her back. However like in the episode where Ted and Stella are to be married, what Ted says to Tony has an effect on him. In both times you don't hear what Ted says to Tony can't be heard and I like that. I really enjoyed the scene at the end when Stella was talking to Ted about the "one" for him. I also think it's a take on who who are impatient for the mother.moreless
  • Stella returns.

    "As Fast as She Can" is an awesome How I Met Your Mother episode. I love how this episode begins where the last episode left off. I love how it shows Stella with Tony and their daughter. I love how Tony wants to help Ted out. I love how he brings Ted to this creepy guys house and this guy is proposing for Ted to design a "murder room" but he doesn't say it explicitly. It was so sad how Tony reconsider his engagement to Stella and now Stella needs Ted's help to get Tony back. I love how both Marshall and Robin tell their stories of getting out getting a ticket. I love how Barney tries to get out of getting a ticket but he's just put in jail. I love how Ted gets Stella and Tony back together. I love how Lily comes back at the end of this episode. I give this episode a 9/10.moreless
  • Ted gets a visit from Stella and Tony... and Tony tries to give Ted some work, but he refuses the jobs. RObin, Marhall and Barny share boring stories of how get out of speeding tickets.moreless


    It wasn't funny, the plot was stupidstupidstupid and Barny driving??? Are you crazy???

    The previous show was bad to no comparisson with this stupid: ooohhh who might touch Ted at the traffic light when he carries the yellow umbrella from the mother of his children... and it wasn't funny at all to waitwaitwait through stupid stories of why he walked so slow. But Stella??? Give me a break!! Disapointment isn't really enough to say!! And after this bad idea you give us this show??? With no plot at all??? And whats funny about getting out of a speeding ticket? I'm very curious about next week. From the last two shows I would say: They jumped the shark!!moreless
Peter Breitmayer

Peter Breitmayer

Minnesota State Trooper

Guest Star

Amir Talai

Amir Talai

Richard Greenleaf

Guest Star

Joe Thornton Jr.

Joe Thornton Jr.

Highway Cop # 3

Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Sarah Chalke

Sarah Chalke

Stella Zinman

Recurring Role

Jason Jones

Jason Jones


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Barney's car is Mercedes CL-Class chassis W-216.

    • Towards the end of the episode where Ted and Stella are in her car talking about 'The One', it can be seen that the first scene where Stella says, "He's the one", the door lock is down indicating the door is locked. After Ted has spoken and the camera pans back to Stella, the door lock can be seen as up, indicating the door to be unlocked.

    • The website on the bottom of the poster for Tony's movie, The Wedding Bride, is a real website and contains the movie poster shown during the episode.

    • Barney seems to have gotten over his fear of driving from "Arrivederci Fiero" and his lack of interest in cars from "The Chain of Screaming". He's suddenly driving as if he has been all his life.

    • We learn Ted's ringtone is Robin's "Let's Go to the Mall".

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Tony: I think fate put me on that corner to make things right with you. Obviously I can't fill that giant crater Stella left in your heart.
      Ted: I've been dating—a lot.
      Tony: And then I heard you got fired.
      Ted: I've transitioned into small-business ownership. It's the backbone of the economy.
      Tony: No, it's not.

    • Barney: Hey, Ted, how's that super hot French girl you've been dating with the really big boobs?
      Ted: Oh, Claudette. She's good.
      Barney: She's the hottest woman you have ever been with, Ted. Ever. Bye, Stella.

    • Stella: You know I once talked my way out of a speeding ticket?
      Ted: Really?
      Stella: I was heading upstate with my parents, I was doing 90 on the country roads. I got pulled over. So this cop, gets out of his car, swaggers over and he says, 'Lady, I've been waiting for you all day.' And I said, 'Sorry Officer, I got here as fast as I could.'
      Ted: For real?
      Stella: No, it's just a joke. I know that you're tired of waiting. And you may have to wait a little while more but, she's on her way, Ted. And she's getting here as fast as she can.

    • Marshall: Tony's rich? He's rich? Please tell me he wrote you a big, fat check. A check so fat, it doesn't take its shirt off when it goes swimming.
      Barney: That is a big, fat check. A check so fat, after you have sex with it, you don't tell your buddies about it.
      Robin: A check so fat, when it sits next to you on an airplane, you ask yourself if the check should have bought two seats.
      Marshall: That is...
      Barney: A big, fat check!
      Ted: Yeah, he didn't write me a check.

    • Ted:Okay, I'm going to say something out loud that I've been doing a pretty good job of not saying out loud lately. What you and Tony have, what I thought for a second you and I had, what I know that Marshall and Lily have—I want that. I do. I keep waiting for it to happen and waiting for it to happen and I guess I'm just, I'm tired of waiting. And that is all I'm going to say on that subject.

    • Marshall: That's a line from a porno. I've seen that porno. Hell, I've made that porno.
      Barney: When will you guys realize that the only difference between my real life and a porno is my life has better lighting?

    • Stella: Tony broke up with me.
      Ted: Wow... okay. Tony broke up with you?
      Stella: He said it was because of something you said.
      Robin: You got Tony to dump Stella?!? I am very sorry, but I'm going to have to insist that you (holds out her fist) bump this.

    • Barney: You, sir, got Stella thinking: "Gosh, Ted seemed so cool today. Did I choose the wrong guy?" Give it a week, you'll get her back. And her front, oh! Did you feel that? I think we just had a 'what-up?'-quake.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The German episode title is "Hilfe wider Willen", meaning "Unwanted Help". The French title is "La future mariée", meaning "The Future Bride". The Italian title is "Stanco di aspettare", meaning "Tired of Waiting".

    • International Airdates: Australia: June 22, 2009 on Channel 7; Germany: Febraury 20, 2010 on ProSieben; United Kingdom: May 13, 2010 on E4; Czech Republic: November 30, 2010 on Prima COOL

    • Music: Michelle Featherstone's "Careful"