How I Met Your Mother

Season 3 Episode 19

Everything Must Go

Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 12, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Marshall and Lily need money to fix their apartment's crooked floor. Meanwhile, Barney and Abby go to the bar to flaunt their relationship in Ted's face.

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  • Lilly and Marshall sell their stuff

    Another great episode that recalled two past events on the series. One is the women screwing up Barney's hooking up with other women and the money problems of Lilly. I liked that you find out that the women screwing over Barney was Abby. I also liked that this wasn't dragged out either. Brittney Spears does another good job playing Abby. It was just as good the first time. Barney trying to show Ted how "bad" he is when him and Abby are a "couple' was pretty amusing. I enjoyed that Barney thinks that Abby thinks it's a joke too. I also like how Barney dismisses Abby thinking it's real.

    The second story of Lilly and Marshall finding out that their apartment repair is expensive was good but not as good as the Barney/Abby story. Marshall has a split of the tongue when he comments on Lilly's paintings. Her reaction to it was good in that it didn't turn out to be in a big fight. I like that Lilly continues with her paintings even if it wasn't she originally. Other good moments are Ted's red boots. Yes you see them again. (pulling them off) I also enjoyed how the gay couple was into both Ted and Marshall, a callback to a season 2 episode.

    This episode was good but not as good as the other episodes of the seasons. That's not a knock on this episode just shows how great this show is.moreless
  • birtney and barney just dont cut it

    in my opinion....wors HIMYM episode of all time. sure it tied up some loose ends but it just wasnt that funny. i think britney is doing an ok job on the show but at the same time shes kinda stupid...the episode didnt really focus on anything other than barney and britney which isnt a good thing because most people want to see more ted and marshall and lily...the best scene was probably the only ted scene with the "ji quock" approved red boots...still laughing about that...the next episode has to amazing to cancel out how bad this episode was....ted and barney need to get back together soon!moreless
  • A sucking so fierce that it actually stunned me.

    I love this show. Live for it, if you will...that just makes it harder for me to hate this episode...but jesus guys-THAT SUCKED. Britney Spears casts a dark shadow. Her acting is so weak and her voice is annoying. Barney wouldn't spend two minutes with that girl. Good job, HIMYM--you may have just successfully JUMPED THE SHARK. Kudos. Rather, BOOdos. Shame.

    That was pretty much all I had to say about, but these lovely people demand 100 words. I can filibuster but that was all I had to say about that show. Britney sucked. They sucked writing it. Suckfest. I'm done now.moreless
  • Abby returns

    "Everything Must Go" is a great How I Met Your Mother episode. In this episode, Barney finds out who has been warning women about him, and it turns out to be Abby. I love how they bond over hating Ted. I love how Abby says she hates Ted, but she's really in love with him. I love how they have a fake relationship to show that Ted is terrible when he's in a relationship. I love how Barney proposes and Abby thinks his proposal is real, so she thinks they're getting married. I loved the Lily and Marshall plot of selling Lily's paintings and it turns out that dogs love her paintings. I give this episode a 9/10.moreless
  • Brittney Spears is back, in her award winning turn as Abbey the clueless secretary, to help Barney make Ted feel bad for no longer wanting to be his Bro. And Lily finds out the art she worked so hard on has gone to the dogs.moreless

    Worst HIMYM episode ever.

    They really couldn't have come up with a crappier premise to bring back a stunt casting that was worse than Brittney's return. She looks so awkward in front of the camera that it almost...almost makes her acting look balanced and her jokes well delivered...but she fails miserably. Her first appearance on the show was only barely acceptable due to the superb performance of Sarah Chalke.

    And Lily re-discovering that actual people, who have any artistic knowledge, just aren't interested in her work was a little stale the first time they trotted it out at the beginning of season 2.

    This was far and away a waste of what could have been a kind of okay episode had they only re-written it completely and told Brittney, thanks but once was enough.moreless
Larry Wilmore

Larry Wilmore

Dr. Greer

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Todd Sherry

Todd Sherry


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Matt Besser

Matt Besser


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Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Lily is approached by Abby, she "has no idea who she is." But before Ted started dating Stella Lily goes in her office for an appointment and thus must have met the receptionist Abby and should've recognized her.

    • When Lily is talking about how the dress Robin just bought had gotten her a "two-syllable 'damn'", she says it took place in 2004, yet she has dark hair. If that had really taken place in 2004, Lily would have still had her red hair.

    • At the beginning of this episode, when we flash back to when Lily was approached by Abby (when we didn't know who it was), the girl has straight hair. In the episode where that originally happened, the girl had wavy curls in her hair.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Marshall: To get some more money, I was thinking we could sell your stuff.
      Lily: Hey, that's just a game we play in the bedroom.
      Marshall: No, I mean all your designer pieces.
      Lily: Wait, why just mine? Why can't we sell your stuff?
      Marshall: We can try, but I think your Marc Jacobs cocktail dress is gonna bring in a little more than my "Split Happens" bowling shirt.

    • Abby: Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
      Barney: I think so.
      Abby: You're thinking about having sex with Ted?

    • Barney: Why are you trying to ruin my life?
      Abby: You slept with me, and you never called me again.
      Barney: And?
      Abby: That's it!
      Barney: That's it?! As far as I'm concerned, if I leave you safe on dry land with adequate transportation home you got nothing to complain about!

    • Abby: (after having sex with Barney) I'm sorry I called you "Ted".
      Barney: I'm sorry I called you "Abby".
      Abby: I am Abby!

    • Marshall: Okay, today's category, Classic Westerns that Involve Red Cowboy Boots. Robin.
      Robin: The Good, the Bad and the Fabulous.
      Lily: The Magnificent Kevin.
      Marshall: No Country for Straight Men.

    • Marshall: I'm here about the painting my wife, Lily, sold you—the one in the nice frame.
      Lawrence: (looking Marshall up and down) Talk about a nice frame. My, you are a big one, aren't you? And you're married to that little bit of a thing, how does that work? (leans closer) I'd like to find out.

    • Ted: You're obviously a man of exquisite taste. Let me ask you something. What do you think of these boots?
      Lawrence: Walter! Boots.
      Walter: Pulling. Them. Off.

    • Robin: I really like this painting. It's neat. The colors are neat, the shapes are neat, the overall painting is... neat.
      Ted: Clarify something about your critique. Do you think the colors are neat or neato-burrito?
      Robin: At least I'm not wearing red cowboy boots.
      Ted: I'm pulling them off!

    • Robin: Everyone has something in their closet they don't wear.
      Ted: I don't.
      Robin: Really, red cowboy boots?
      Ted: I pull those off.
      Marshall: Hey, Lil, if I said, "Ted cannot pull these off" what would I be talking about?
      Lily: His red cowboy boots.

    • Marshall: I already made a website.
      Lily: No, you know what would be a better name? (Types it in) It already exists.
      Ted: That woman is really wearing a garbage bag.
      Lily: But honey, you cannot pull off a tall kitchen.

    • Barney: Abby and I are in love. Not hot, passionate love. Couple love! You know, movie night with my girlfriend then waiting for her to go to bed so I can steal one pitiful moment of hollow ecstasy by the cold blue light of my computer monitor.

    • Ted: Hey, how was your day?
      Lilly: Today I yelled at a little girl for painting a rainbow.
      Ted: A rainbow?! Sounds like that bitch had it coming.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The German episode title is "Alles muss raus", an exact translation. The French title is "La grande braderie", meaning "The Big Clearance". The Italian title is "Tutto in vendita", meaning "Everything for Sale".

    • Music: "The Painter" by I'm Not From Barcelona (Lily is displaying her art at her friend's gallery)

    • International Airdates: Australia: July 10, 2008 on Network 7; Czech Republic: October 19, 2010 on Prima COOL

    • Websites mentioned in this episode are and


    • Barney's monologue at the beginning of the episode has him as the Chief Brody character from Steven Spielberg's 1975 film, Jaws. He even refers to the Hooper character from the scene as "Mr. Holland", as both Hooper from Jaws and Holland (from Stephen Herek's 1995 film, Mr. Holland's Opus) were played by Richard Dreyfuss.

    • Robin: The good, the bad and the fabulous.

      This is a play of words as reference to a 1966 famous western The Good, The Bad and The Ugly starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef.

    • Lilly: The magnificent Kevin.

      This is a play of words as reference to a 1960 famous western The Magnificent Seven

    • Marshall: No country for straight man.

      This is a play of words as reference to a 2007 film No Country for Old Men starring Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin. The film is shot in a style of western but modern one.