How I Met Your Mother

Season 4 Episode 1

Do I Know You?

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Sep 22, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Stella has to give Ted an answer. Barney wants to say something to Robin.

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  • Season 4 starts

    As with the start of season 3, the first episode of season 4 was a cliffhanger this time even more of one. Not having watched this series until season 5 was out (I got caught up watching the previous seasons on DVD) you were left wondering what Stella's answer would be. Before Stella answered, Ted imagined all the possibilities, my favorite was the high school quarterback one. Stella of course said yes when afterwards he realized he didn't know anything with her.

    Another yes made me smile in this episode. Yes indeed Barney was in love with Robin. I really liked that he confessed his secret to Lilly. I also really enjoyed how Barney wanted to start something more with Robin other then a friendship he can't help but get away from his past of hooking up with random women. I think and I may be wrong but Barney wants to date Robin but he wants it just happen with no interruptions. I loved the callback to the pilot with the have you met Barney to the waitress. On a small note I could understand how Marshall was feeling with his unemployment. At this time I was without a job too.

    A great ending to a great season and series with Barney watching Robin on TV.moreless
  • Marshall and Ted make Stella watch Star Wars to see if Ted and Stella are meant to be together.

    "Do I Know You?" is a great season opener. I love the beginning of this episode when Future Ted is telling his kids that possible reactions to Ted asking Stella to marry him. It was cute when Stella said "Yes". I love how Marshall thinks Ted shouldn't marry Stella because they don't know much about her. I love how they get her to watch Star Wars and if she likes it, then they were meant to be together. I love how how Stella hated it, but she said she loved it. I love how she tells Marshall that she can live with pretending to like Star Wars and he gives her his blessing to marry Ted. I love how Barney tells Lily that he's in love with Robin. I love how she tries to go out with Robin and he acts all nice and Robin thinks it's totally weird. I give this episode a 9/10.moreless
  • A Dull Starter

    The point at which the third season ended, it looked liked this season and this particular episode was gonna be a lot more exciting one. But really this episode crashed my expectations. It was a particularly dull one. Ted was boring as usual. He looks pathetic when he is single, but he looks way more pathetic when he is in a relationship.

    But that's not why I didn't rate this episode high. I thought that the real attraction of this episode will be Barney-Robin relationship. But the attitude of Barney even while considering his Daddy role, was way more cavalier. As his character, the casual feelings he has for Robin look artificial. With feelings, its like you have it or not. You don't go around being a Barney and being in love at the same time. That's why the directors are trying to show and it sucks.

    The only part which I enjoyed a bit was with Robin getting over with her job and its ridiculousness.moreless
  • Stella says 'Yes' to the proposal - Marshall copes with unemployment - Ted & Stella spend the summer in love - Barney tells Lily he's in love with Robin - Stella almost dies of peanut allergy - Barney and Robin sort of date - Stella & Ted watch Star Warsmoreless

    HIMYM seems to be starting Season 4 on a high note. Amazingly, this episode mixed two full, complex storylines into a twenty minute episode, exactly why I love this show. Both Ted & Barney's stories had jokes which ran smoothly with the plot and were laugh out loud funny without being gimmicky or just silly. It was nice to see Stella's bittersweet response to Ted's favorite movie. It gave her character & Ted & Stella's relationship more depth & brought back the air of reality that makes HIMYM so great. Lily & Barney's story was also fresh and it made Barney a much more relavent character. Overall, an episode that was hilarious but also had heart. I loved it!moreless
  • Barney reveals he's in love with Robin.

    Ted gets an answer from Stella, after that highly anticipated question from the season 3 finale. Ted asks Stella to marry him, and she says yes! I love all the possible answers Stella could have said. In this epsiode, after Stella almost dies after a peanut allergy, Ted wants to get to know Stella better since they're now engaged. In the process he finds out that Stella has never seen Star Wars. Marshall urges her to watch it. Marshall says that if she doesn't like it, then Ted & her can't be together, which I thought didn't make sense. That concept didn't go through to me much. Ted & Marshall are dying to find out if she liked it, Stella lies to Ted and says that she likes it, she tells Marshall the truth. "Are you willing to pretend you like a movie all those years" - Marshall "Yes" -Stella. Or something like that. I didn't know if that was a good thing or a bad thing. The good thing is that the Stella/Ted arc will continue for a while, even if they get married or not. Meanwhile Barney reveals to Lilly that he is in love with Robin, so Lilly sets Barney up with Robin on a date. On the date, Barney acts like a totally different person for Robin. As soon as everything is going great, Robin plays wing man, and sets her up with a girl. Can Barney continue sleeping with bimbos, and still be in love with Robin? By the end, it sure does seem like it. I'm excited to see how these two arcs unfold. A solid season opener.moreless
Kyles Archer

Kyles Archer

Mark Johnson

Guest Star

Heidi Lynne Herschbach

Heidi Lynne Herschbach


Guest Star

Alonza Maxwell

Alonza Maxwell


Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

David Henrie

David Henrie


Recurring Role

Lyndsy Fonseca

Lyndsy Fonseca


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Lily: Barney, how can you claim to be in love with Robin and still be sleeping with everything that moves?
      Barney: That's like saying 'how can an ant lift fifty times its body weight, but root beer floats are still delicious?'. Are the two even related?

    • Ted: What are you doing down there?
      Marshall: I'm making sure my best friend is marrying the right girl!
      Ted: Why the hell are you hiding behind the couch? You need to get a job.
      Marshall: I really do, don't I?

    • Ted: (about Star Wars) It's just a movie.
      (121 minutes of awesomeness later)
      Ted: Okay, if Stella doesn't like this movie, I can't marry her.
      Marshall: No, you can't.
      Ted: Wanna watch it again?
      Marshall: Yes, I do.

    • Barney: Where are the guys? I thought this was a group thing.
      Lily: Change of plans. They're not coming, and I'm about to leave.
      Barney: Why? Lily: Cause they're not in love with Robin, and neither am I. I mean, she's cute, and sweet. I'm not going to pretend I haven't noticed her body… but this is off topic.

    • Marshall: Dude, you don't know anything about the woman you're marrying!
      Ted: That's ridiculous! I know plenty.
      Marshall: What color are her eyes?
      Ted: The color of the ocean after a storm.
      Marshall: Which is?
      Ted: Beautiful.

    • Lily: Ask her something!
      Barney: (on the phone to Robin) How are you feeling today?
      Robin: Fine.
      Lily: Something personal!
      Barney: At what age did you first get your period?

    • Barney: On a booty call you barely even have to talk. At 9:00PM you say, "Hey, babe, it's Barney. Are you busy tonight?" (girl answers) "Sweet, see you in a half an hour, can't wait." But the later it gets, the fewer words you need. "Barney! Busy? Sweet." And by 3:00 in the morning (Barney texts "?" random girl answers "!")

    • Barney: Bimbos make me happy. Bimbos make me feel alive. Bimbos make me want to pretend to be a better man. This whole thing with Robin was just a fling, but at the end of the day, my heart belongs to bimbos.

    • Lily: A question mark? You got laid off a question mark?
      Barney: (giggles until Lily hits him) OW! It's not worse than your super-obvious codewords.
      (Scene changes to the bar)
      Lily: Rhinoceros!
      Marshall: (with a big smile) We have to go!

    • Barney: It's like a disease. I slept with Robin one time, and I caught feelings—I caught feelings bad. I used protection and everything.

    • Barney: (after calling Robin, leaving a weird sound) She wasn't there. I left a voice-mail.
      Lily: You left a voice, but it wasn't male.

    • Barney: (to Lily) I could tell you knew something was up with me, and you're right. But I can't tell you what it is. I should tell you, but I can't, I have to, I NEVER will, I'm going to, let's just drop it. What's up with you?

  • NOTES (2)

    • The German episode title is "Kennen wir uns?", meaning "Have We Met?". The French title is "On se connait?", meaning "Do We Know Each Other?". The Italian title is "Ti conosco?", an exact translation.

    • International Airdates: Australia: February 2, 2009 on Network 7; United Kingdom: December 17, 2009 on E4/E4 HD; Czech Republic: October 21, 2010 on Prima COOL