How I Met Your Mother

Season 1 Episode 16

Cupcake

14
Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 06, 2006 on CBS
8.8
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Things are going great with Ted and Victoria's relationship, but when Victoria is offered her dream job, the couple have to make serious relationship decisions. Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily set out to purchase their wedding outfits and find out that neither can afford what they bought.

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  • Good time watching, but the ending wasn't really good

    7.0
    Jason Segel is the outstanding cast member of this episode and the rest is really nice as well. The teleplay is full with great quotes, albeit I didn't like the abrupt ending of Ted's and Victoria's relationship.
  • The ups and downs of a relationship

    8.5
    Yes this was another good episode. It sounds like I am a mark but I am not. It's amazing how many episodes in this season can be appreciated when you watch Season 7. This is one of them again. Relationships and making career decisions are big part of the show. I like that this episode was told in two parts. Both parts were equally good. I also enjoyed the start of Marshall working with Barney. I also liked that both Barney and Lilly get in money trouble by mistake. (also won't be the first time Lilly has money troubles, more on that later in later review) I think that Lilly looked great in her dress and Marshall sharp in his suit. Robin's treatment of Victoria but it worked was borderline mean but it worked in that you didn't dislike her. I also like that the two good stories blended together with Ted's phone call. I liked the ending. If you are watching this from the start and not watched anything else, it may make you sad. But remember the whole story may not be told. At least I think so. Overall a very good episode yet again.moreless
  • Ted and Victoria have decisions to make when Victoria is offered admission to a culinary institute in Germany.

    8.5
    This was a good episode, but bittersweet in how Victoria ultimately leaves for Germany. It's unfortunate that my favorite TV couples are often short-lived including this one. Victoria was so "the one" for Ted and now even though they maintain a long-distance relationship once she leaves, it's pretty obvious for viewers that Ted and Robin will soon get together. Anyway, Ted is originally given the decision of whether Victoria will go or stay. And thanks to every time this kind of thing is dealt with in television, Ted will look like a jerk if he tells her not to technically fulfill her dreams. That's his original choice, but when Victoria hands him a cupcake at dinner, he changes his mind and wants her to stay. That was Victoria's original choice, too, but once he said that, she realized that she needed to go and live her dream. So after some arguing, forgiving, and great sex, Victoria sadly leaves. Other things that go on include Lily shopping for wedding dresses and ruining an $8,000 one, Robin complaining about Victoria behind her back, and Marshall getting fitted for a new suit for a job interview. It eventually ends in Marshall coming to work for Barney to pay for his suit and the ruined dress quicker.moreless
  • Victoria leaves for Germany.

    8.5
    "Cupcake" is good How I Met Your Mother episode. It's actually pretty sad episode for people who like the character Victoria. I loved Victoria. She was least annoying out of all Ted's girlfriends besides Robin. It's so sad that Victoria leaves for Germany. But it's funny at last minute that Ted and Victoria decide to have a long-distance relationship. Marshall plot was funny with having holes in the pants and Barney not letting him go to his interview until he buys Marshall a suit. I love how Lily is looking for wedding dresses and she sits on a cake. I give this episode a 8.5/10.moreless
  • Victoria has to leave to Germany.

    7.0
    A good plot, and I definitely enjoyed the episode. It just seemed that once Victoria started become likable, and becoming a great great character, the writers just break Ted & Victoria up when everything is so perfect. Robin's jealousy was hysterical. My favorite plot was definitely Lilly & Marshall's. Lilly goes to look at wedding dresses with Robin & Victoria. She tires on the most expensive and beautiful one just for fun, only to destroy it by accident. So now she has to pay 8000 dollars. So does Marshall when Barney sets him up with his tailor and ends up buying a 4000 dollar suit unknowingly. Turns out Barney set him up just so Marshall can work for him. I'm excited to see on how the plot expands, how will the work place be? I guess we will have to find out. Robin still having feelings for Ted was promising at first, but at the end of the day, we all know that Robin is not the mother so it's like whatever if they get together or not. Bob Saget, the narrator seems to be a bit of a spoiler alert. Once Victoria has to leave for Germany for culinary school, she has to make a choice between her work & Ted. She chooses work, the last scene gave us hope for their relationship to continue but unfortunately Bob Saget had to jump in and say, "It didn't work out." The promising line was, "More of that later" Will Victoria be shown again on HIMYM? Let's hope so. Great relationship while it lasted. Good episode.moreless
Sergey Brusilovsky

Sergey Brusilovsky

Tailor

Guest Star

Caroline Lagerfelt

Caroline Lagerfelt

Bridal Shop Lady

Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams

Victoria

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • After Barney translates Sergey's demand not to bother him while he's working, Marshall is surprised to learn Barney speaks "Ukrainian". The language Sergey spoke in is, in fact, Russian.

    • At the beginning of the episode, Ted opens the "hot" oven using an oven mit, but when he is getting the cupcakes out of the oven the door starts to close and Ted uses the bare part of his arm to nudge the door back open.

      Victoria also uses a bare finger to dip into the under-baked cupcake to show that its still liquid inside. Even with "baker's hands," real bakers would never test baked goods that way.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Marshall: Remember when Lily and I tried long distance junior year? She was in Paris and always talked about this guy, "Gabriel". So when I went to visit her, I found Gabriel at a party. He was a tiny little dude with the thinnest mustache. I'm not much of a fighter, but I knew I could take this guy. I went up to him and said, "Hey Gabriel, you ever talk to Lily Aldrin again, I will eat that mustache right off your face." He heard that and ran away. I think he was crying. I never told Lily about it because I'm not that proud of it to be honest. To be even more honest, I am.
      Ted: Okay, other than proving a lot of European stereotypes about Americans, does that little story have a point?

    • Marshall: (on the phone) How's the bridal shop?
      Lily: Everything's so big and fluffy and white. It's like shopping in a marshmallow. How's Barney's tailor place?
      Marshall: Everything's dark and sketchy and seems illegal. It's like shopping in Barney's mind.

    • Ted: "Long distance" is a lie teenagers tell each other to get laid the summer before college.

    • Lily: (upon the perfect wedding dress she just found) Okay, okay, how much is it on a scale from "never" to "never ever"?
      Robin: Never ever, ever ever ever times infinity.

    • Lily: (Trying on wedding dresses) Oh, this dress is totally going to get me laid on my wedding night.

    • Robin: Short in the front, long in the back, that is the mullet of wedding dresses.

    • Barney: Hey look, do you want a quality suit and a free rabbit or not?

    • Victoria: I'm going to meet Ted for our 2 month-iversary.
      Robin: Oh great that answers all of the questions I didn't ask.

    • Victoria: Here's a professional tip, if it's still runny, it's not a cupcake, it's a beverage.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The German episode title is "Maßgeschneidert", meaning "Custom-Made". The French title is "Amour et pâtisserie", meaning "Love and Pastry". The Italian title is "Chi cerca trova", meaning "Who Seeks Shall Find".

    • International Airdates: Czech Republic: December 23, 2009 on Prima COOL

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