How I Met Your Mother

Season 5 Episode 11

Last Cigarette Ever

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Dec 14, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The gang tries to kick the smoking habit. Meanwhile, Robin deals with her new co-anchor at Channel 1, who's clearly given up on the job.

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  • Stupid plot, but there is some fun at times

    So, this episode is basically only about smoking. Many people didn't like that and called it the worst episode of the series, which is a pretty hard award to achieve since "Duel Citizenship" and "Slapsgiving 2" already set a negative record some episodes ago. I don't think this episode was as bad as those, but was it actually good or at least entertaining? God, no.

    The plot is absolutely idiotic since the explanation why those 5 are now smoking isn't good. Additionally, it's totally wrong how they depict their "addiction" so that they're not in a position to stop smoking anymore after only one week. I think, Bob Odenkirk was a fine supporting character, however Benjamin Koldyke, another guest star in this episode, was absolutely unnecessary and boring. Contrary to some of the former episodes of this show, there are some funny things to find in this episode, for example Lily's smoking voice by Harvey Fierstein. But most of this episode wasn't really good.moreless
  • it's smoking

    Season 5 has been called the "worst" of the seasons of this show. This episode is an example of that. Like with the other episodes of this season, something was lacking. This time it was a little more.

    The biggest problem of this episode was the main story. I thought the cigarette was thrown out of left field. Besides Robin no one has mentioned smoking or seen doing it. When Robin and Ted were about to move in together they had an argument about smoking. There some good moments. I liked Lilly's smoking voice. Barney freaking out about the stain was also funny. Marshall trying to cover the smoke smell was good for a laugh. The biggest problem of the cigarette storyline was that is shouldn't have been the main story.

    What saved this episode was the other storylines. It was nice to see Marshall's old boss. It was enjoyable to see him again and how he can't remember Marshall. I do find it surprising that Marshall is not secure at his job since he is sports guy. The guy that Robin met in an earlier episode is introduced, His name is Don. He makes quite an impression. He is someone who has been a numerous amount of news cast shows across various states. Thanks to that, getting fired from a big time job at national newscast, and going through a divorce he doesn't try at the job. It spreads to the other people. The no pants thing was funny. You have to admire Robin for doing a good job despite being a low rung show.

    I think this episode doesn't deserve the hate. Like I said before this show is a great show and the standards were set high. It was a nice song at the end.moreless
  • The worst episode ever of all TV series from America!

    I can't believe in such a bad episode!

    For seasons I hadn't seen the people in there so sold and lost! This episode falls in the storyline without any parachute to support it, there is no way in the past for they being smoking at all. Season after season they have lost the main idea and soul of the show. I couldn't even laught, couldn't seen any funny with that thing, and for sure we had a bad created character to work with Robin. Too many spots to work on it, but, we receive this.

    What can we expect for now? I can't imagine what can be done to fix such a horrible idea.

    They earn lots of money doing this, and they do bad! Let's believe that with this episode they have earned some money to pay best writers!moreless
  • The gang becomes addicted to smoking.

    "Last Cigarette Ever" is a fun How I Met Your Mother episode. I love how the gang gets addicted to smoking and they all try to quit. First of all, it's no surprise that Robin smokes. I think it was mentioned before this episode that she smokes. It's not realistic how the whole gang smokes, but it doesn't matter as I love how this episode is trying to prove a point. I love how Marshall gives into the peer pressure to smoke at work. I love how Lily can still smell the smoke on him even after he showers. I love how you think she'll get mad at him for smoking, but she just starts smoking too. I love how Ted and Barney feel left out, so they smoke too. I love how Marshall's boss has a heart attack and that's when they all decide to quit smoking. I give this episode a 8.5/10.moreless
  • Sm0oking, really?

    This episode had yet another very awful storyline. The smoking is turning into a real cliche on many shows, and I am not enjoying episodes about it, in any TV show.

    The episode did have some decent moments, but unlike the previous episode, it was not full of great laughs, and I didn't enjoy it nearly as much.

    Marshall and his job were interesting to see, and that evil boss was interesting, but overall, storyline needs a whole lotta work if it wants to reach a decent level.

    I wouldn't reommend this one, as it is one of the worst episodes of the show, in my opinion. Decent, but not creative.moreless
Tyler Peterson

Tyler Peterson

Thirteen-Year-Old Marshall

Guest Star

Trent Peltz

Trent Peltz


Guest Star

Harvey Fierstein

Harvey Fierstein

Lily's Smoking Voice

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)

    • The stock footage of Ted's kids saying "What?" is from the Pilot episode, shot in a different room and with different costumes than all other stock footage of Ted's kids.

    • The gang uses a Tim Horton's coffee can as an ashtray about halfway through the episode, and the Tim Horton's name is clearly shown in the trademark gold oval on the front of the can. Near the end of the episode, the gang is back on the roof, and the "Tim Horton's" has been removed from the gold oval.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Marshall: Robin don't smoke that cigarette!
      Robin: Marshall?
      Marshall: We're all watching, and we're very impressionable, and I swear to God, if you smoke, we're all gonna smoke!
      Robin: You guys are watching?
      Lily: (Raspy-voiced) We sure are, honey. And you look fabulous!

    • Lily: That Don guy, what a tool.
      Robin: No, he actually apologized after.
      Lily: No, when he stood up those briefs were pretty revealing. You should date that guy.
      Robin: Yeah, not in this lifetime.
      Old Ted: They were dating within three months.

    • Ted: Dude, if you don't stop tapping your foot, it's coming off!
      Marshall: Oh, Ted, I'm so sorry. Maybe I should move it closer to your ass!

    • Marshall: Hey!
      Lily: You smoked.
      Marshall: Yes, I smoked! And it was my third of the day! You know what that means? I'm a smoker now! It's all over! I even bought a pack on the way home, and a lighter, and a Vikings lamp which has nothing to do with anything but I saw it in the window and I liked it.
      Lily: Damn it, Marshall! We already have four Vikings lamps, and smoking kills!

    • Robin: If I can't get my best friends to watch my show, who's gonna watch?
      Marshall: Lots of people. You got bed ridden insomniacs, bums waiting outside of department stores, people waiting in ERs where you can't change the channel because the TV's in a little cage.
      Lily: Oh! Do you have any stalkers?
      Robin: Yeah. But even Leonard won't watch my show.

    • Barney: Arthur Hobbs hating Marshall, that's no big deal, he hates everybody. It's the people he doesn't know are the ones he cuts loose, like what's-his-face.
      Marshall: He fired what's-his-face, Ted! And what's-his-face was invaluble!
      Ted: Look, I understand why you're upset, but it's not worth killing yourself over.
      Barney: Yeah. Wait until you get laid off, then kill yourself. Like what's-his-face. Although I guess now it's more like where's-his-face.

    • Lily: Barney, could you not bite your nails so loud?!
      Barney: I'm not biting my nails, I'm trying to suck the leftover nicotine out of my fingertips!

    • Lily: (trying to get Robin to quit smoking) You can sleep with Marshall.
      Marshall: Oh, baby, no!
      Lily: Gotta take one for the team, baby.
      Robin: I don't want to sleep with Marshall.
      Marshall: Sure.
      Lily: Right.

    • Barney: (while smoking) I'm proud of you guys! I have heard how difficult it is for smokers like yourself to quit, and on behalf of non-smokers everywhere, I salute you, and I am here to help. So hand in your cigarettes, and I will get rid of them one at a time.
      Lily: (raspy-voiced) You're quitting, dollface. I know I don't normally call you dollface, but it kinda works in this voice. Dollface.

    • Barney: I am not a smoker. I only smoke in certain situations: post-coital, when I'm with Germans—sometimes those two overlap—coital, birthdays, to annoy my mom, pre-coital, on a sailboat, the day The Mets are mathematically eliminated every year, and, of course—wait for it 'cause Lord knows I have—pregnancy scares.
      Ted: Why are you smoking right now?
      Barney: I'm always pre-coital, Ted.

    • Robin: I can't quit right now, not before the biggest interview of my life. It's too stressful.
      Barney: It's too stressful!

  • NOTES (3)

    • The Italian title is "L'ultima sigaretta", meaning "Last Cigarette".

    • International Airdates: Australia: April 22, 2010 on Channel 7; United Kingdom: August 5, 2010 on E4; India: October 14, 2010 on Star World; Czech Republic: December 21, 2010 on Prima COOL; Germany: February 2, 2011 on ProSieben; Slovakia: November 23, 2011 on JOJ Plus

    • Music: "Cigarettes And Chocolate Milk" by Rufus Wainwright (played when Future Ted was talking about when the gang had their last cigarette)