How I Met Your Mother

Season 6 Episode 21


Aired Monday 8:00 PM Apr 18, 2011 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Barney tries to impress Jerry by having the gang pretend to have more exciting jobs to make them seem more interesting. Meanwhile, Robin has a surprise encounter with a crush from years past.

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  • Barney's Dad 2

    When Barney decided to he wanted to see his dad after 30 years, it turned out to be one of the hardest moments of his life. When Barney decided to see him again, he wanted his friends to come along. Jerry agrees and comes to Mclarlens. The scene where everyone was deciding where they should go was entertaing. It helped that some of the places they mentioned were used in previous episodes. Similar to the story he told his friends after he first met his dad, the stories he has for his friends for Jerry were fabricated to say the least. The start was one of my favorties with the cast signing the show's song. It's intresting how Barney can manipulate his friends into doing tasks for him. It's kind of similar to when he first had Nora met his friends. Barney not only makes up the stories for his friends to impress his dad but he hopes to get his dad to his old ways as crazy Jerry. As with the previous episode John Lithgow's work was again brillant. I find it intresting that he had Ted and Robin date. The scenes between them were very good. Making this episode even better, you get to find out the history of Ted's boots. Not only was it great but it would (eventually) lead to another story. Maybe it's because what I know now but why was Robin similing at the end?

    The story that Barney thought happened with his dad and the actual one were pretty good. You get to see how Barney became to be with Jerry doing his magic tricks. The ending was amazing. It left you guessing what women Barney was talking about.moreless
  • Barney tries to get to know his father more.

    "Hopeless" is a disappointing How I Met Your Mother episode. I didn't like Barney's attitude towards his father. I didn't like how Barney didn't like his dad because he wasn't wild. I think Barney trying to get to know his dad should have been dealt more maturely, yet still funny. It just wasn't funny how Jerry pretended to be crazy so Barney would like him. Now, I did love how Jerry revealed he pretended to be drunk. I loved the theme song in this episode. I love the gang is in a band and they did a cover of the theme song. I didn't like Ted ruining Robin's secret crush. I give this episode a 6/10moreless
  • An interesting set of scenes!

    while this episode was pretty pointless and irrelevant in terms of its contecnt, I thought it was pretty great from the comedy aspect!

    The scene isn which the gang is discussing the clubs to go to was hilarious! All of that was just absolutely brilliant to watch, and I really aenjoyed it!

    Another funny scnen was Robin's attempted encounter with her secret crush. Te d was quite funny over there!

    Barney adn whis dad were hilarious, and I really enjoyed some of those scenes! There were quite a few good laughs, and althought this episode was not good with content, this show is a comedy, and it scertainly lived aup to that title!

    Definitely recommend this episode, and I can't wait for the next one! Keep it up, guys!moreless
  • The episode is about Barney and his dad reconnecting on the wild side. We get to hear the story behind the red boots and Robin meets a certain someone.

    This episode was so forced. While the intro was somewhat nice, I usually like the new episodes, I really do, and I love this show but this time the show seemed like it was trying too hard. It just wasn't funny nor emotional. It seemed shallow and given the plot, it seemed like a waste. The dialogue was terrible. Especially the club naming. The Lily/Marshall part was overused, we've already seen how Lily is "The settler" (though not everyone agrees) and this was not done in a creative way at all, as if they just needed something to do. And that leads us to the call-backs. Oh dear, the call backs! It's as if the writers thought, "Hey maybe we should get back to our roots", and then did it literally. Way too many call-backs people, what is this? A special plot reunion?

    The barney/Daddy part was... Well... Personally I got a daja-vu vibe from it. His father tried the "I'm going to pretend I'm a lady-killer Crime Rider to impress my dear son" before and while it was kinda cute, it just wasn't working. Barneys life speculations were out of place, no mood no nothing. And it could be great, it could be legendary, but no. I'm sorry, no cigar for you.

    But we appear to get some progress on finding the mom via Robin. While the Robin part of the episode was the best (IMHO), it still wasn't quite right. I just hope it wasn't there to gain some time, because every time Future Ted says "I'll get back to that" I die a little on the inside.

  • Not so shabby, a bit hard to watch at the beginning, but it picks up at the end, certainly.

    Spoilers Ahead

    I liked how hard Jerry tried... Though, with Robin and Ted pretending to date again.. that was kind of weird and hit a soft spot for me that I've always had for them, especially when Ted and Robin "Break up" after Jerry leaves and Ted summarizes a break-up by saying, "I would've stolen you a whole orchestra" before knocking back his drink.

    I know it was supposed to be funny, but it reminded me of that old wound. It also made me a little sad to see where Ted has come from when we first met him; I miss the starry-eyed architect who believed in love, rather than the douche-y guy they've made him become.

    Still, this is ultimately a story about how he met his future wife, so I suppose they'll have to get back to it. Concerning Barney, I like the way his character is developing; I hope he gets back together with that girl he stood up... I hope that's who he was talking about when he said, "Maybe I've already met her" at the end, rather than Robin, who he seemed to be interested in still earlier in the episode.

    I loved how he and his father got along at the end; I'm glad they bonded through magic; that's the dorky sort of thing they needed between them. Looking forward to the next episode.moreless
Riley Thomas Stewart

Riley Thomas Stewart

Young Barney

Guest Star

Cristina Rosas

Cristina Rosas


Guest Star

Michael Trucco

Michael Trucco


Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • (Barney is telling the group about their new roles they have to play when his father is around)
      Barney: Finally, Robin, you're dating Ted.
      Robin: Awww, man! Why?
      Barney: I can't have any single, female friends lying around. My dad'll be all, "Why don't you marry Robin? You guys are cute together! Deep down you know you were never happier than when you were with her!" Uhhh, no thanks!

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdate: Australia: May 26, 2011 on Channel 7; United Kingdom: July 21, 2011 on E4; Germany: November 23, 2011 on ProSieben; Czech Republic: February 16, 2012 on Prima COOL


    • Jerry comments, "Oh, sorry, small town preacher from the Midwest. Is there a law against dancing?" a sly nod to John Lithgow's role in the 1984 movie Footloose, where he played… a preacher in a small midwestern town where there's a law against dancing.