How I Met Your Mother

Season 2 Episode 13


Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jan 22, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When Ted is constantly insulted by his former boss, who is now working for him on a project, he is told to fire the man, but he finds that a hard thing to do. Meanwhile, Barney offers Lily a lot of money to paint a nude portrait of him.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Ted and his old boss

    When Ted gets hired to lead the design the building in Spokane, it was advancement in his career. This episode highlights some of his struggles with it. It's interesting to see him as boss. I think that the hours that Ted put into his job might have an effect on what happened at the end of the season. But maybe not. Anyway Ted's biggest struggle was his old boss. It was good to see him again. It was funny anytime he tried to fire him, something got in the way. When he actually fired him, well you have to see it. Also the song at the end of the episode was good.

    I also enjoyed the second part of episode. The picture of Marshall was a sight to see. The jokes that the gang played on him was very funny. It's too bad that we don't get to see it again. Yet. I also liked how Barney tried to get Lilly to paint him. How Lilly and Marshall end up tricking Barney was also very funny.

    While this was not as good as the previous one, it still had a lot of great moments.moreless
  • Ted must fire his former boss and the others find a nude painting of Marshall.

    Hammond Druthers, who angers me so much, has become even more intolerable since Ted became his boss. Ted wants to fire Druthers but it set back when Druthers consoles him about his wife kicking him out and his birthday. Despite Ted's fair treatment of Druthers during these events, he continues to insult Ted and his building ideas. While Barney has agreed to pay for Marshall & Lily's honeymoon if Lily paints him nude, (like the painting of Marshall found in the apartment) Ted finally gets the guts to fire Druthers, but he has a heart attack. The rest of the office then fears and hates Ted, but he smooths it out by establishing Margarita Fridays, which was a random end to the episode but at least things are back to normal. Meanwhile, in a dull episode to me, the funniest part was when Lily has finished the painting but did not do Barney's genitals. Barney then said she left out "Barnana" which was funny. But other than that, the only good thing about the episode was it seems like Druthers has been written out.moreless
  • Ted has to fire Hammond. The gang finds a nude painting of Marshall.

    "Columns" is a pretty good How I Met Your Mother episode. The Lily, Marshall, and Barney plot was awesome. In this episode, the gang finds a nude painting of Marshall. I love how Marshall hates the nude painting and tries to find where Ted, Barney, and Robin put the painting. I love how Barney wants to Lily to paint him nude. I love how Lily and Marshall say Lily won't paint him nude so Barney will raise the price he'll pay them. I love how Lily got the money from Barney and then gave him the painting and he had no genitals in the painting. The Ted plot was alright. I don't like Hammond. He was just really annoying. I thought the heart attack was interesting and I'm glad everyone liked Ted by the end of the episode. I give this episode a 8/10.moreless
  • Great episode

    Out of the two storylines I prefered the nude art one. The whole Ted storyline was kind of boring and annoying. I just wanted him to man up and fire the guy, without almost killing him.

    The nude art storyline however, spoke to my immature side. I loved the mocking of Marshall "New dart- nude art", and how they scampered after him when he ran to McLaren's with Ted declaring, "Field Trip!" I actually laughed out loud when Marshall hurled himself over the bar to "grab himself." The Barnacle was creepy (yet oddly sexy) when he whispered "Paint me!" He has no shame, just a second Awesome gland. True story. Although I'm not sure why Marshall and Lily wanted to come to Scotland for their honeymoon. It rains all the fricking time here! Loved M&L's exploitation of Barnabus Stinson, although how could Barney afford to pay all that money? What does he do for a living? But she left out Barnacle Junior! How could she betray Barney like that?! :Dmoreless
  • funny.

    Ted is now the boss, and his old boss is taunting him. Ted keeps trying to fire him, but doesn't do it because he feels guilty. First, it's because it's his birthday. So, instead, the other workers bring out a cake singing " happy birthday to you ... " Then, Ted is about to fire him when he finds out he's been staying in the office because his wife and him had a huge fight, so again, Ted feels too bad for him to fire him, and lets him crash at his house. The next day, he taunts Ted again. Ted pulls him aside and asks what's going on, since he let him crash at his house AND he ate all the cornflakes. He says something about his dog dying, so Ted doesn't fire him. By now, I was wondering if Ted was ever actually going to fire him at all! Near the end of the episode, Ted pulls him aside for a "quiet word". Ted is just about to fire him, when some people who were away yesterday and missed the birthday celebration walk in with cake singing "happy birthday to you ... " . Ted starts to yell "No!" and insists he has to say what he was about to say. Then, the other guy starts having a heart attack! Ted is so sure that he is faking it, that he fires him as he is fainting. When the ambulance come, everyone else is staring at Ted, shaking their heads. Ted knows that everyone hates him, and he wonders how he will change that. Then it goes to the next scene, where everyone is having margaritas. Yep, that was Ted's "best idea ever": margarita friday. very funny. And while that was all happened, Lily painted a nude picture of Barney, and left out his "little barnacle, my barnarna" for extra cash for her and marshall's honeymoon. one of my favourite episodes so far.moreless
Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston


Guest Star

Preston Bailey

Preston Bailey


Guest Star

William Schallert

William Schallert


Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Joe Nieves

Joe Nieves


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Marshall: We're together, and 'it doesn't seem right' is just gonna drop trou for you.
      Lily: It's just this kid, Hunter, from my arts...
      Marshall: The kid with the frisbee and the soul patch? He's so cool and mysterious. And he's a little bit of a jerk, just enough so you think that maybe you can change him.

    • Barney: Hey, guys! Guess what I got? A new dart!
      Robin: Oh wow, a new dart!
      Ted: Hey, that new dart is great!
      Robin: I did not know you were such a fan of "new dart", Barney!
      Barney: Oh yes, Robyn, I just love "nude art"..."nude art"
      Barney: [after an awkward stare from Marshall] "nude art"!
      Marshall: You found the painting, didn't you?

    • Lily: (trying to paint Barney with a sword in his hand) I don't think your sword will fit.
      Barney: I get that a lot.

    • Barney: (seeing his nude painting) She left out my little Barney! Barney jr., my barnana. Little barnacle....

    • Barney: You have been blessed with a wonderful gift.
      Lily: Thank you.
      Barney: I meant me.

    • Ted: (after watching Marshall steal his nude painting from the bar) One of my worst fears just came true- I saw Marshall grab himself naked.

    • Lily: (about Marshall's nude painting) I knew this day would come.
      Marshall: How did you know that?
      Lily: Because I didn't hide it very well.

    • Ted: (about the naked painting of Marshall) This is awesome times awesome. It's awesome squared.

    • Ted: (about his boss) Did you see what he was wearing today? It was like his pants were being held up by his nipples.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The German episode title is "Säulen der Menschheit", meaning "Pillars of Mankind". The French title is "En cher et en nu", meaning "Expensive and Nude" (which is a play on words because "cher" is pronounced the same as "chair" and the phrase "en chair et en os" is a common idiom meaning "in the flesh (and bone)"). The Italian title is "Il colonnato", meaning "The Colonnade".

    • International Airdates: Czech Republic: January 26, 2010 on Prima COOL

    • Music: Ben Lee "Whatever It Is" (at the beginning of the episode during the flashback)

    • This episode aired on January 22 instead of the episode titled "Monday Night Football" which was scheduled for that evening.


    • When the group asks "Who's the boss?" they all answer with characters from the TV show Who's the Boss?, starring Tony Danza. Tony, Angie, and Mona (Barney's answer) were the main characters.