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How I Met Your Mother

Season 2 Episode 12

First Time In New York

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jan 08, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Robin wants to tell Ted that she loves him, but she can't tell him. Meanwhile, her sister visits and brings her boyfriend, and Robin doesn't know how to react when her sister says she's ready to lose her virginity.

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  • Your first time

    Ted and Robin's relationship was going great at this point of the series and was able to overcome snags and became stronger. This time another snag came up: saying I love you. Ted said it on the first night he Robin. However Robin has been reluctant to say it to Ted, even though he has been a great boyfriend. While I can understand Robin's reluctance to say it, shouldn't it be easier to say someone if you are in a committed relationship? (More on this later)

    I really enjoyed hearing everyone's first time's stories. The best one was Robin's. Barney was funny in this episode, whether it was changing the story of his first time or him putting minimal effort in trying to convince Katie to wait. I like that the argument that Marshall and Lilly had about her time was enjoyable in that in was not hostile at all. It shows that even though they just got back together, they are meant to be together. The first time Lilly and Marshall's first time was hilarious.(please don't) Another theme of this series is future Ted stretching the truth to his kids. I like that the kids called their dad on it. Another theme was hearing the same story but told in a different ways. This time it was Ted's first time. If you had been watching the series at this point, you would have hard time believing the first story of his first time. I also have a theory on why Ted says I love you easily. When you hear the real story of his first time, he said I love you to his girlfriend not just get her into bed, but because he wants love. This would happen to Ted in future relationships.

    The ending was your typical sappy sitcom ending, but with a twist. For one unlike other sitcom sappy endings, this did not make you gag. I like that Robin says to Ted, what he first said to her when he first met her. Maybe I missed it but when Robin said it to Ted, I don't remember him saying it back. Still this was amazing episode.moreless
  • While trying to discourage Robin's sister from having sex, the gang share their first times.

    Robin's younger sister is visiting New York for the first time and Ted takes the entire gang to the Empire State Building. Beforehand, Ted tells Robin "I love you" for the first time since they've been dating and she can only manage "Falafel." She does love him, but doesn't know how to say it. So any who, while in line to board the elevator of the Empire State Building, Katie (Robin's sister) tells Robin about her plans with her boyfriend, Kyle. That part I'm okay with, but in this episode, she also smokes. What the hell? Why do so many teenagers think it's cool to smoke? But back to the episode, Ted, Marshall and Lily try discouraging Katie away from having sex young, but end up sharing their first times. There were a few funny parts, but none of the gang's, including Barney's, first times were anything special. But later that day, Ted gives Katie some advice that deters her away from having sex. Kyle does dump her, but Robin's happy and tells Ted she loves him in a nice moment between the couple.moreless
  • Robin's sister comes to town.

    "First Time In New York" is an awesome How I Met Your Mother episode. In this episode, Robin's sister comes to town and the gang talks about their "firsts" to talk Katie out of having sex with her boyfriend. I love how Robin thinks her first time was with a gay guy which really doesn't count because they "barely" had sex. I love Lily said she fooled around with Scooter before she slept with Marshall, and I love how Marshall gets really upset and realizes that fooling around doesn't mean going "all the way". I love how Barney's story is really from the movie Dirty Dancing. It was cute how Ted talks to Katie about a story, which happened the other way around, and she decided not have sex with her boyfriend. I give this episode a 8.5/10.moreless
  • Lost in the bedroom!

    Robin's got a sister who wants to lose her virginity. That's the only good thing about this episode. As people recall their adventure in bed. I like the performance of Lucy Hale, I hope she comes back to the show.We need some new blood in the show. I didn't care about this epiosde. So far, I didn't care much for the series. But I watch because of Alyson Hannigan and thnere isn't much on. You people love the show, but there's very little to recommend. I had to call it as I see it. I love the theme song and ther's little to go with it.moreless
  • First times.

    This episode reminded me a lot of "Game Night" A look at everyone's past. This is a subject of conversation when Robin's sister, Katie comes to town to shake things up with the group. She reveals she wants to lose her virginity with her boyfriend, Kyle. Robin completely freaks out about it. Ted decides to take everyone to the empire state building where the stories come pouring in. Marshall finds out that Lilly almost did it, which he thinks counts as going all the way. Lilly begs to differ. It is revealed Robin lost her virginity to a gay guy. Ted loses it to a girl who never called him back, and we learn Barney's sad story: He lost it when he was 23 to a 40 year old woman in a bathroom who was calling him Barry. Ted shares his experience with Katie, just switches around the story a bit, and Katie doesn't end up having sex. Robin says "I love you" for the first time, which is definitely eventful since Ted said he loved her in the very first episode. I'm happy that Robin lost her love-ginity to Ted. All plots tied together perfectly, and they all finally make it to the top of the building. Great episode.moreless
Lucy Hale

Lucy Hale

Katie Scherbatsky

Guest Star

Ryan Pinkston

Ryan Pinkston


Guest Star

Misti Traya

Misti Traya

Molly, Ted's First

Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Lyndsy Fonseca

Lyndsy Fonseca


Recurring Role

David Henrie

David Henrie


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Barney says that when he lost his virginity to Rhonda, his comforter smelled like menthols for a week, however, in the episode "The Yips", it is revealed that Barney and Rhonda had sex at her place, not his.

    • When Ted's first time girl is getting out of bed you can see she is wearing jeans, It then cuts to her standing in her underwear and putting on her pants.

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Ted: I'm so excited we're here!
      Barney: Dude, we were here yesterday.
      Marshall: Yeah, but that didn't count.
      Lily: Exactly! Yesterday didn't count as going to the Empire State building. So I lost it to you, Marshall. That's our story.
      Marshall: Yeah. That's our story. We've only had sex with each other.
      Lily: We've only had sex with each other.
      Barney: (Despondently) They've only had sex with each other!

    • Lily: Why is this such a big deal?
      Marshall: Why is this such a big deal? Oh, I'm sorry Christopher Columbus, the world was actually discovered by some dude named Scooter. Hey Neil Armstrong, it actually goes one small step for man, and one giant leap for SCOOTER. Hey Adam, guess who got with Eve before you did!

    • Ted: (About Barney's "first time") That's Dirty Dancing. It was on last night.
      Marshall: No, it was two nights ago. "She's Like the Wind" has been stuck in my head forty-eight hours, I got it out and now it's back in. Damn you, Swayze!

    • Marshall: A month ago, you told me relationships were like a traveling circus.
      Barney: No this is new, this trumps that. Freeways have exits, so do relationships. The first exit, my personal favorite, is six hours in. You meet, you talk, you have sex, you exit when she's in the shower.
      Robin: So every girl you have sex feels the immediate need to shower? Actually yeah, I get that.
      Barney: The next exit are four days, three weeks, seven months, (To Ted and Robin) That's when you two are gonna break up, mark your calendars.
      Ted: Hey!
      Robin: Hey!
      Barney: Then a year and a half, eighteen years, and the last exit: death, which if you've been with the same woman for your entire life, it's like "Are we there yet?"

    • (After having sex)
      Marshall: That was amazing.
      Lily: Yeah. Wanna do it again?
      Ted: Please don't.

    • Ted: Did anybody put baby in the corner?
      Barney: Oh, God, no.

    • Katie: Kyle is a really nice guy. He could have cheated on me with my lab partner Gretchen Gwynn, but he didn't, because he said he'd knew I'd find out.
      Ted: That's very gallant.

    • Marshall: Speaking of waiting, I signed an abstinence pledge in high school. It's totally cool to wait. And stay away from drugs, other than pot. (Winks)

    • Barney: Watch your step when you get up kids, because I'm about to drop some knowledge.

    • Robin: Wanna watch The Little Mermaid and drink some Yoo-hoo?
      Katie: Only if you put a bucketload of Kahlua in it.
      Robin: Don't tell Ma.

    • Ted:(About saying "I love you" to Robin on their first date) Oh, come on! It shows I'm brave and bold like a knight!
      Robin: No, it shows that you're an "I love you" slut.
      Ted: Well, then you're an "I love you" prude.

    • Robin: Usually, by now I find out the guy has some weird personality thing that makes me want to take the next exit.
      Lily: Yeah, I've been there. I once dated a guy who could only go to the bathroom when classical music was playing...Okay, it was Marshall.

    • Ted and Robin are hugging at the apartment
      Robin: I love you. I said it, it feels right, I love you.
      Ted: I'm gay.
      Robin: Oh God..
      Ted: I'm kidding!

    • Ted: Come on, you were only 16 when you had sex, I was 17..
      Marshall: You were 18.
      Ted: ..Barney was probably 12.
      Barney: Good one Ted. I was six..ff..four..how old were you again?
      Ted: 17
      Barney: Dude, me too!

    • Talking about virginity, again.
      Robin's Sister: You were only 16 when you lost yours.
      Robin: How do you know that?
      Robin's Sister: Because you left your diary in your old room slash my new room.
      Barney: I'll pay you $10 000 for that diary!

    • (About losing your virginity)
      Robin: Everyone thinks you should wait. Right guys?
      Lily, Marshall and Ted: You should wait.
      Barney: Sex is fun!

    • Ted: You guys are lucky you came here with an architect. Empire state building fun fact number one: When construction began, on March 17th 1930, the framework rose at a rate of four and a half stories per week.
      Everyone gives Ted a uninterested look..
      Ted: Four and a half stories per week...
      Everyone gives Ted the same uninterested look, though Marshall and Lily tries to add a nod to it.
      Ted: Four and a half stories per week!
      Chorus: Woow..
      Ted: There it is!

    • Robin: I'm her older sister. I'm suppose to teach her how to make good and responsible decisions.
      Lily: It's 2 o'clock and you've already had three scotch and sodas.

    • (Robin's sister is planning to lose her virginity, tonight.)
      Robin: This can't happen, you guys have to help me talk her out of it!
      Marshall: A speech to talk a girl out of having sex..
      Ted: Yea, I don't have any of those.
      Barney: Discouraging premarital sex is against my religion.

    • Robin and Lily has just spotted Robin's sister at the airport
      Robin: This reminds me of when I used to see her coming up the drive-way from school, with her little pigtails and her Hello Kitty-backpack.
      Robin's sister starts making out with a guy.
      Lily: Oh! Hello kitty..

    • Barney: Freeways have exits, so do relationships. The first exit, my personal favorite is 6 hours in, you meet, you talk, you have sex and you exit when she's in the shower.
      Robin: So every girl you have sex with feels the immediate need to shower? Actually yea, I get that..

    • Ted is telling his kids about the different stages leading to the actual part where you say "I love you"
      Old Ted: And then there's the moment when you know you know it and you can't keep it in any longer.
      Robin: Ted!
      Ted: Yea?
      Robin: Falafel!

    • Barney: Oh, why Lily Aldrin you saucy little Harlot. Could it be that before Marshall took a swim, somebody else tested the water?
      Marshall: Noooo. Nobody else tested the water, right?
      (Lily starts adjusting her hair)

    • Katie: Robin, this is happening. I already put it up on my Myspace page. I need a clove.
      Robin: What? You smoke now, too?

    • Robin: (to Kyle) This is my friend Lily.
      Kyle: Hot!
      Robin: You say things!

    • Lily: Falafel?
      Robin: Falafel.
      Lily: Instead of telling Ted you love him, you said falafel?
      Robin: I totally choked.
      Lily: I just don't get. Why can't you tell Ted you love him?
      Robin: Well come on, this is a big deal for me.
      Lily: Awww, God, you'd think you'd never said it to a guy before.
      Robin looks away

    • Robin: I can't believe my baby sister is planning to lose her virginity to a douche with a fauxhawk.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The German episode title is "Erste Male", meaning "First Times". The French title is "Mémorables premières fois", meaning "Memorable First Times". The Italian title is "Prima volta a New York", an exact translation.

    • International Airdates: Czech Republic: January 25, 2010 on Prima COOL

    • Music:
      The Weepies - "Gotta Have You" (at the beginning of the episode)
      Mickey & Sylvia - "Love Is Strange"
      Nada Surf - "Always Love"


    • Barney talks about the first time he had sex, and the way he tells the story, it is just like out of Dirty Dancing...

      and then it flashes to the scene from Dirty Dancing, with Jennifer Grey and Neil Patrick Harris superimposed over Patrick Swazye.