How I Met Your Mother

Season 6 Episode 13

Bad News

5
Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jan 03, 2011 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Marshall and Lily see a fertility specialist who bears a striking resemblance to Barney. Robin begins her research job at Worldwide News, but is shocked to discover Sandy Rivers works there and mortified when he reveals her embarrassing past.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • 50, 49, 48, 47, 46, 45,44, 43, 42, 41,40

    10
    Wow what and ending. Lilly and Marshall decide to have a baby when they see all five doppelgngers. When Lilly saw what she thought was Barney (but really wasn't) everyone decide to go along with it since they know how much Marshall wants to have a baby. After what Lilly and Marshall decide to see a fertility specialist after what they think is a long time (a week) the Barney doppelgnger is shown. And would've thought that this would be the other storyline.

    39, 38, 37, 36, 35, 34, 33, 32, 31, 30

    I loved how Lilly thought the doctor was actually Barney even when Barney was in the room. I thought it was funny how Barney actually has put a doctor uniform to pick up women. Great reference to a previous episode with what Barney was wearing when Lilly was getting examined.

    29, 28, 27, 26, 25, 24, 23, 22, 21, 20

    It was great seeing Sandy Rivers again. And yes he is still the same guy. I really enjoyed all the past moments in Robin's life whether it's as Robin Sparkles or her broadcast career. It would've been nice to see the owl moment. I also enjoyed how Ted tried to help her.

    19, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10

    I really enjoyed seeing Marshall's parents come by for a visit. Of all of the gang, Marshall has by far the best relationship with his parents and the only one where both parents are still together. I truly loved how happy Marshall's dad is for his son for past big and small moments. I also really liked when Marshall' mom was describing her time on the beach. It was a little bit like with the Robin Sparkles with the dialogue.

    9, 8, 7, 6, 5

    The ending. 4, 3, 2, 1. As you can tell from my review, I have been doing a countdown. If you had been watching closely, you see it in this episode. The first time watching this I didn't see it. I only suspected something when Marshall was calling his dad. Never had an empty garage been so sad. The ending was a punch in the gut. It was one of the most emotional endings to not just this series but in TV history. I think that one of the reasons why this ending was so emotional, was that the actors playing Lilly and Marshall were given total freedom what to do with the scene. Even as I write this, I get a little sad thinking about it. If you are watching this episode, especially for the first time, bring plenty of tissues.moreless
  • Hidden game!

    9.0
    This was by far one of the better episodes of season 6. Not focused on Zoey/Ted but on important moments to the gang, at least Lily and Marshall. Loved the doppelganger part. There is a hidden game in this episode. Random count down of numbers on items throughout the episode. I don't understand why people are giving this episode a low rating because of the sad moment. Good acting does not have to be funny all the time, not even in a comedy. Yes Colbie (Robin) is getting older that's no reason to replace her. Even barney would not be that shallow!moreless
  • Damn...

    10
    Up until the final few moments, this was a very good episode of HIMYM. I was constantly on edge, waiting for the axe to fall on Lily and Marshall's chances at parenthood. The Barney lookalike bit added brilliantly to the whole thing and made the moment when he tells Marshall he can't have kids quickly turn from heart-breaking to hilarious and then, just when you think you're out of the woods, BAM. The show throws an absolute curve-ball. The final few moments turn this otherwise great episode into an absolute heart-wrencher, and I dare anyone not to cry as they realise the truth behind why this episode is called Bad News... I did not notice the countdown, time for a rewatch :Pmoreless
  • I would like to give it -10

    1.0
    Hi all, I watch every eps of himym , and i think the first two Season were great. it is as simple as that, i watch "how i met your mother" because it is funny and it always end with people happy. but when you guys kill someone who we saw and new.. It is not funny!. we saw Friends and few people died in that series but it was like Ross aunt we never saw her or new her. it was funny that monica did not get what she's wanted. but what is funny about next episode. are you guys would like to say that it is funny to kill someonemoreless
  • Lily and Marshall are having trouble having a baby and they go see a specialist.

    10
    "Bad News" is a fantastic How I Met Your Mother episode. I didn't even notice the countdown the first time watching and so the episode was even more amazing when I watched it for the countdown. The ending of the episode was so sad with finding out that Marshall's dad had a heart attack and died. I love Barney's doppelganger. I love how Sandy Rivers works at Robin's new workplace. I love how Sandy had found embarrassing videos of Robin including the Robin Sparkle videos. I give this episode a 10/10.moreless
Josh Radnor

Josh Radnor

Ted Mosby

Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris

Barney Stinson; Dr. John Stangel

Jason Segel

Jason Segel

Marshall Eriksen

Alyson Hannigan

Alyson Hannigan

Lily Aldrin

Cobie Smulders

Cobie Smulders

Robin Scherbatsky

Paul Schackman

Paul Schackman

Dr. Mitchell Friedman

Guest Star

Artemis Pebdani

Artemis Pebdani

Anna

Guest Star

Matt Dwyer

Matt Dwyer

Syd

Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Bill Fagerbakke

Bill Fagerbakke

Marvin Eriksen, Sr.

Recurring Role

Suzie Plakson

Suzie Plakson

Judy Eriksen

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Marshall: Think about it. We've had unprotected sex 203 times in the past four months. (high fives Lily) Obviously, I'm the problem.
      Barney: "Problem?" You can't get a girl pregnant—that's the dream! I'd give my first-born to not be able to have children.

    • Ted: I thought [Sandy] needed to listen to Common Sense and Reasonable Discourse.
      Robin: Oh, God, tell me those aren't the names of your fists?
      Ted: They're my feet. I'm actually more of a kicker.

    • Marshall: I've been with Barney since 9:00 AM. Between the sexual harassment seminar all morning and the secretary beauty pageant all afternoon, he hasn't left my sight.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Airdates: Australia: March 17, 2011 on Channel 7; United Kingdom: May 26, 2011 on E4; Germany: October 19, 2011 on ProSieben; Czech Republic: February 2, 2012 on Prima COOL

    • Neil Patrick Harris' name was actually placed in the guest cast for his dual role.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

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