How I Met Your Mother

Season 4 Episode 12


Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jan 12, 2009 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Robin and Ted explore "friends with benefits" while living together. Marshall has trouble with a few reality TV stars.

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  • Sex to solve Fight

    This nice episode of How I Met Your Mother revealed itself once again, and this episode is mainly about sex. Robin appeared to finish Ted's milk, without buying to replace it, caused the great anger on Ted. He did not want the fight between Robin to remain unsolved, so he decided to have sex with her to see if their fight can be solved. It indeed worked, and now they promised to each other that they wont reveal this to others, but being spotted by Marshall, who came back home to read magazine. Ted and Robin realised that and thus took this opportunity to blackmail Marshall, yet Marshall blabbed the casual sex incident, which made Barney who was in love with Robin, felt jealous, to the extent of switching the word "Awesome" with "Awful". I personally believed that any episode with concentrated on Barney will be nice, and audience attracting. I like how Barney reacted on Ted and Robin's casual sex, he left the group conversation and threw television in the garbage bin behind MacLaren's pub. There was one day there are no more television in the garbage, and he decided to buy two new ones just to throw them to release his anger. Moreover, he even helped Ted to but stamps and a whole refrigerator of milk, to that both Robin and Ted wont fight, and they will stop having casual sex. This action is just so hilarious. The overall comment I gave to this episode is "Awfsome", and I would like to give a 10.moreless
  • Read that magazine!

    Nice solid episode. Any Barney-centric episode is great. The Marshall subplot was good too and created an interesting divide. After watching this I discovered many men don't think the Marshall subplot was a big deal, because taking a dump at work is fine for them, while women completely understood where Marshall was coming from. Also, when you're the larger person at work people do tend to be more upset when you "read a magazine" because a poor diet leads to smellier excretions. I loved that Barney thought they were talking about masturbation.moreless
  • Ted and Robin have their fights and slove them

    I think this was a wonderful episode but one thing bothered me about it. The thing with the Marshall and the magazine was too over the top. Why can't he read a magazine at home, in his office or the lunchroom. When he talked about it I thought he was talking about what Barney thought: jacking off.

    Kim Kardashian was well there. She did the best job she could. I liked that Barney told Marshall he had a bathroom in his office.

    Ted and Robin are living together at this time and I think it was because both Ted (getting left at the altar) and Robin (unemployed) is why their fights are so big. I can understand why Ted getting upset with the milk carton. Thanks to advice from Barney earlier, Ted and Robin also decide to become friends with benefits. They also realize that their fights were not this big when they were dating. This is why Robin well you know. (read my previous reviews) This has an effect on Barney. He deals with it by breaking televisions. It was funny when he went to the back and found no TV and bought one to only break. He did it twice. This was a classic sitcom. Lilly tries to help Barney but to no avail. Barney tries to deal with the situation by buying stamps and milk. This throws out a red flag for Ted. When he asks about Robin and whether he loves her, the way Barney says no was great acting by Neil Patrick Harris. Another great scene when Marshall tells Barney about his magazine situation which followed Barney coming to tell that he loves tacos. It was sweet of Ted to do what he did for Barney. Also a great song at the end.moreless
  • Robin and Ted become friends with benefits

    "Benefits" is a great How I Met Your Mother episode. In this episode, whenever Ted and Robin get into a fight, they just stop, and have sex instead. I love how Barney decides to solve all of Ted and Robin's problems and Ted figures out that Barney is in love with Robin. I love how Robin and Ted decide to stop having casual sex and saying "Someone would get hurt", and Robin thinks that Ted will get hurt, but when Ted says he means Barney will get hurt. I love how Barney says "I love you" to Robin and she thinks he's imitating Ted. I love Marshall's subplot of being ashamed of using the bathroom at work. I give this episode a 9/10.moreless
  • One door closes

    Feelings are something that was never meant to be contained, like a wild animal their untamed and were always ment to be free.

    Whats interesting about the episode is that even though Ted and Robin are the esential main characters of the episode, it really a Barney centered episode, he is both at his comical and humaine best. I'll admit I both laughed but at the same time felt sad for him, when he heard Ted and Robin having a physical relationship we can see it's causing him pain and he is just struggling to hold his feelings back, at times when Ted bragged Barney looked as though he wanted to punch him.

    It was funny on the verbal side seeing him struggle to say his trademark work awsome as well as physical as he looks like he is about to explode he goes to the alley and throws down a bunch of outdated TVs.

    But the funnest moment for me was seeing Barney talk to an unseen psychitrist and then smoke only to discover he's actually in Lily's kindergarden class where they to the talk about your feelings game.

    The important lesson is to always tell the other how you feel or the anxiety will eat away at you. There was a turning point just as Lily knows his secret Ted knows it now and accepts it. That's probably not much but still it shows that the door truly is open for Barney and Ted has moved on.

    My only problem with the episode that really held it back for me from giving it a higher score is the subplot with Marchall it's really lame and uninspired. The issue really wasn't a big deal which is why it wasn't that funny; the stunt casting cameo roles of the reality TV stars didn't help, personally I don't even know who the hell they are. May'be if they had actual famous TV/movie actors and actresses in those roles then that talking magazine gag might have been a little funnier instead of falling flat on it's face.

    The ending I'll admit made me feel sad, Barney professed his love for Robin but his confession fell on deaf ears as Robin made a choice not to have any romatic relationships with friends. And we see the sadness in Barney's eyes knowing that a door has closed his future with Robin might be lost but also the first sign that Robin is starting to drift away from everyone.moreless
Heidi Montag

Heidi Montag


Guest Star

Spencer Pratt

Spencer Pratt


Guest Star

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian


Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Bryan Callen

Bryan Callen


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Robin: (about the kiss) It was weird.
      Lily: I told you! When exes get involved, people always get hurt. But no one listens to me. Story of my life. My cuteness interferes with people hearing my message.

    • Lily: Hey, are you okay?
      Barney: Of course, why do you ask?
      Lily: Well for one, you're openly weeping.
      Barney: With joy. (tearily) So happy for those two.

    • Robin: By the way, our little arrangement is off.
      Barney: Oh, that's awes… ful.
      Robin: What?
      Barney: That's awesful.

    • Robin: Last night, we did it while returning a bunch of phone calls.
      Marshall: I knew you didn't get a rowing machine!

    • Ted: That [cereal] looks good. I'll have some of that.
      Robin: Sorry, no milk.
      Ted: But I just saw a carton of milk in the fridge yesterday.
      Robin: It's empty.
      Ted: Then throw it away.
      Robin: Can't. Trashcan's full.
      Ted: So empty the trash.
      Robin: I would, but I'm eating cereal.

    • Barney: So I explain to her, I said, "Madeline, every single international conflict essentially boils down to sexual tension."
      Ted: Every international conflict?
      Barney: Every single one, dude.
      Ted: So the crisis in the Middle East could be solved by...
      Barney: Gaza Strippers! Next!
      Ted: Apartheid.
      Barney: Apart-thighs! What else you got?
      Ted: Cold War.
      Barney: (aping Ronald Reagan) Mrs. Gorbachev, take down those pants!

    • Ted: So, last night Robin left the pizza box out on the floor, so we had sex three times.
      Marshall: Sure.
      Ted: And then this morning, before I left for work, we kissed.
      Marshall: Oh, that's weird. That is weird!

    • Barney: Ted, I have to tell you the truth. I'm in love with... tacos.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The German episode title is "Sex mit der Ex", meaning "Sex with the Ex". The French title is "Petits arrangements entre amis", meaning "Little Arrangements Between Friends". The Italian title is "Amicizia e privilegi", meaning "Friendship and Benefits".

    • International Airdates: Australia: March 23, 2009 on Channel 7; Germany: January 9, 2010 on ProSieben; United Kingdom: February 25, 2010 on E4; Czech Republic: November 10, 2010 on Prima COOL

    • Music: "No More Wishing" by Hayley Taylor


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