How I Met Your Mother

Season 3 Episode 6

I'm Not That Guy

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 29, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Marshall has to contemplate giving up his plan of using his law degree to help the planet when he's courted by a major firm; Lily reveals a secret to Robin that not even Marshall knows; Ted discovers a porn actor is using his name

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Ted Mosby the "porn" star

    This episode was not as good the last one but that last one would be hard to follow. Even though Marshall, has choose a profession that a lot of people don't like, his choice in law career is endearing. When he went to intern for the company that Barney worked at, he did with reluctance. I admire him for that. Now he has a chance to work his dram job at the NRDC until a potential employer came along for a possible job. John Cho did a great job in this episode. I liked how he recruited Marshall without actually recruiting him. Marshall's walk of same was pretty funny.

    In this episode, you find out what Lilly has a problem with money. This was done very good even though she hid her secret from Marshall. If you watched this slow very closely, there were small subtle hints that Lilly had problem with money. I really liked that Lilly supported Marshall on his dream job even though it paid less money.

    The C Story was not as good but had it's moments. A former classmate of Ted using his name to be famous was pretty funny. The convention was pretty good too. Ted awkwardly waving at his fellow employee was memorable. The best part was the interview he did with what he thought was an Architect magazine. Too bad you didn't get to see the whole interview.

    Overall this episode was good but not as good as the last one.moreless
  • Marshall chooses between his dream job or a higher paying one, while Ted shares the same name with a porn star.

    I thought this was a great episode and feel that the show has made a decent comeback after the first three episodes were a little dull. Both storylines were great. Lily secretly wants Marshall to take the high-paying corporate job because she's buried in credit card debt but after the interviewer "seduces" Marshall with dinner, Lily tells Marshall to pursue his dream job. However, when Jefferson Coatsworth says the only client he would serve would be an amusement park, Marshall doesn't hesitate and accepts. Can't wait until he finds out about Lily's debts, her shopping sprees need to be stopped. Meanwhile, Ted's plot was great as well as Barney discovers a porn star with the same name. Ted meets him and gets the explanation for why the guy is using his name and it was a nice short story. Really a great episode and I'm pleased with how the show has responded after three straight "ehh" episodes to kick off Season 3.moreless
  • Ted gets his dream job, but also gets offer a job with higher pay.

    "I'm Not That Guy" is a funny How I Met Your Mother episode. In this episode, Marshall gets the Natural Resources Defense Council job, but also gets an offer for a higher paying job. I love how Barney thinks this guy is trying to seduce Marshall with asking him to dinner. I love how Lily encourages Marshall to take the higher paying job. I love how she reveals her shopping addiction. I love how Barney finds a porn movie that has a porn star with the name Ted Mosby. I love how this guy thinks Ted stood up to a bully for him, when it was really another guy. I love how Barney help makes this guys next porn movie and let's Ted's apartment be the filming location. I give this episode a 9/10.moreless
  • john cho!

    John Cho, I did not really like his performance on the show the first time I watched this episode, but rewatching it syndication showed me that it was actually a pretty good appearance by the Harold and Kumar star. He worked well and gave this show a much needed "jerk" character, something Bays and Thomas have been reluctant to write in.

    It was not that funny, but if you compare it to episodes in the past few seasons, it just trumps them in quality. We not only need John Cho to return at some point but we need porn star Ted Mosby to also come back. That was definitely a good gag.moreless
  • Ted Mosby: Sex Architect.

    HIMYM seems to be coming back to it's norm, this show is really picking up, it's about time. Ted's plot was a bit ridiculous, but I will give it funny. Ted finds out that there is a porn star that has the same name as him. So he goes to meet him, it turns out that he does know him, and the porn star was using his name in honor of Ted. Since Ted helped him from a bunch of bullies in grade school. Like I said, it's ridiculous. The funniest part of that plot would definitely have to be when Ted is doing the porn interview and he thinks it's for being an architect. Hilarious. A more serious plot: Barney gets offered a job at a place he's been wanting to work for, for a long time. NRDC: The Environmentally Friendly Job. Then he gets offered a job from an "evil" corporation that offers him a lot of money. He doesn't know what to pick. Then Lilly confesses a secret to Robin. She's thousands of dollars in debt, she needs Marshall to take the job, that he doesn't want to take. Robin pushes her in to telling Marshall. She doesn't have to when he is finally convinced to take the evil corporation job, he is now going to make a lot of money. I think Lilly should have at least told Marshall what was going on. Debt is serious, and I think you should tell your husband that, and when she looks at how much money Marshall will make, she thinks about more boots? Instead of paying off the bills? Lilly is unlikable in this episode, but the plot overall was good. Great episode.moreless
Jim Jansen

Jim Jansen


Guest Star

Bill J. Stevens

Bill J. Stevens

Fantasy Jefferson Coatsworth

Guest Star

John Cho

John Cho

Jeff Coatsworth

Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Charlene Amoia

Charlene Amoia


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • As Ted, Marshall and Barney are sitting watching the DVD and the girls come in, we see the TV they are viewing from behind, and it only has one cable connected to it. Even the most modern TV's need at least two (power cable and A/V feed from the DVD player) in order to watch a DVD.

    • In this episode, when Marshall leaves McLaren's to step outside to call Jefferson Coatsworth and tell him he is turning down the job, in the background you can see the Royal Diner, used frequently in the television show Bones.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Ted: You know what I like to do in situations like this?
      Marshall: Ted, if you say 'make a list of pros and cons', I'm going to smack you!
      Ted: I wasn't going to suggest that.
      Wendy: Two beers, and Ted, here's that legal pad you asked for.
      Ted: I ordered fries. Maybe you should use that to take down people's orders!

    • Jeff: You know what Kobe Beef is?
      Marshall: The most expensive beef in the world.
      Jeff: The place that I'm taking you has Kobe Lobster. That is lobster fed with Kobe Beef.

    • Ted: (hugging Marshall) Congrats, buddy.
      Marshall: Thanks. It's kind of weird hugging you with porn on.

    • Barney: Let's meet your new doppelgänger, or should I say doppelbänger?

    • Lily: Are you telling me they actually have conventions for porn?
      Barney: Affirmative. Or to put it another way, God bless America.

    • Robin: You're the couple that tells each other everything. For God's sake, Lily, you text him while he's on the can.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The German episode title is "Das bin nicht ich", and the Italian title is "Quello non sono io", both meaning "That's Not Me". The French episode title is "Porno star".

    • International Airdates: Australia: April 17, 2008 on Network 7; Czech Republic: September 27, 2010 on Prima COOL

    • John Cho, who guest stars as Jefferson Coatesworth, starred in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, which featured Neil Patrick Harris (Barney) as himself. He also had a role in American Pie which stars Alyson Hainnigan (Lily).


    • Lily says, "I once shot a man just to watch him die," paraphrasing a line from Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues"—"I shot a man in Reno just, to watch him die."

    • At the porn convention, Ted says he wants to "find Bizarro me," comparing the same-named porn actor with Superman's opposite double, Bizarro Superman.