How I Met Your Mother

Season 1 Episode 21


Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 08, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When a matchmaking company calls Ted claiming they have found his soul mate, he is forced to postpone his date when Lily asks for his help.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Ted has something big happen.

    This was an excellent episode that set up the Season 1 Finale. Careers and relationships and decisions were two major parts in this episode The funniest part was the smallest part with Barney and Marshal.. The jokes they play were pretty funny. Also funny was Robin's hair. The decision that Lilly made might have been a bad one, but remember what she said in the Prom episode. One of my favorite parts is when Ted got a call that his "perfect" mate. I think it has a connection to the mother. Why else would this women's face be covered? I think this might have been one of the top 5 if not three episodes of Season 1.moreless
  • Lily is out to do more than get milk.

    As Lily made public of her second thoughts of getting married in the last episode, she's taking it to a whole new level by secretly taking Marshall's car while he's out with Barney performing pranks against a worker from a neighboring building. She goes to interview for an art fellowship in San Francisco. Things go bad when she gets a flat and interrupts Ted who was supposed to be on a date with the perfect match that Love Solutions found for him. Ted tries to talk her out of it but ends up getting left in Dutchess County while Lily still goes to New Haven, despite saying that she "won't" take the opportunity. (Sure...) Robin finally comes to rescue him and Ted realizes he's fallen back in love. Good Lord Ted.. make up your freaking mind. Robin's okay, but enough with this! (Still a good episode, though, but I'm tired of Lily's attitude lately)moreless
  • Love Solutions finds a match for Ted.

    "Milk" is a great How I Met Your Mother episode. In this episode, Ted gets a match from the matchmaking place he signed up for and makes a date to meet her. I love Lily and Marshall together and the fact that Lily has doubts about marrying Marshall makes me sad. But I do like that she wants to do something with her life. I love how Ted realizes that he doesn't want to meet the perfect woman, that he's in love with Robin. I give this episode a 8.5/10.moreless
  • the girl in the photo is the mum

    the woman he was meant to meet is the mum because how else would he get that photo of the kids and also why would they have blocked the face and how would he of got any of them photo's unless they meet again plus the kids in the photo look like his future kids she is the mum that is what i think plus she is perfect for him he would of seen that if he went on the date and met her they will proberly meet again later in a different season my guess is season 5 or 6 i bet anything she is the mum he showed the picture of her with dogs kids and more he just proberly wanted the story to keep goingmoreless
  • The day after Ted turns 28, he learns that the dating service he visited months ago has finally found his perfect match. He arranges to meet her, but before she arrives Lily calls and asks him for help during a life crisis. -TitanTv.commoreless

    Not the best in the series, but still a classic episode. Barney convinces Marshall to become his Executive Mischief Consultant, and they begin their office hours of "awesomeness". Though we do not see much of Robin in this episode, it seems like she may finally be getting over Ted; if only he could get over her as well...
America Olivo

America Olivo

Beautiful Woman

Guest Star

Nate Torrence

Nate Torrence

Clark Butterfield

Guest Star

Eric Allan Kramer

Eric Allan Kramer

Bob Rorschach

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)

    • This is the first time we get a glimpse of the potential mother. The perfect woman Ted stands up is described as liking dogs, playing bass, did the Times crossword, favorite book was Love in the Time Of Cholera, favorite singer Odis Redding, and wants a boy and a girl.

      We know Ted has a boy and a girl and wants to have a dog (or five) "episode 101", the mother plays bass "episode 512", Ted's perfect woman listens to Otis Redding "episode 119", Ted wants someone to do the Times crossword with "episode 522", and Ted's favorite book is Love in the Time Of Cholera.

    • Show creators Craig Thomas and Carter L. Bays play the fake paramedics that show up to help Barney's fallen angel.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Robin: You know, I've been thinking about this. I don't think I want kids.
      Ted: You don't want to have kids?
      Robin: You know, Ted, not everyone is as much as a woman as you are.

    • Ted: You know, it's very rude to wear a hat indoors.
      Robin: We're not indoors, we're in a van.
      Ted: Van have doors. Let me see your hair.

    • Lily: Look, Ted, it's dark, and I don't know how to change a tire, and I've stumbled into the beginning of a very scary campfire story.
      Ted: I can't, I'm...
      Lily: What's that? A drifter, with a hook for a hand? No, drifter, no!
      Ted: Lily, come on.
      Lily: Fine. But you see my point.

    • Marshall: (when Lily makes pancakes) Best girl ever! Forget these pancakes, I should cover you in syrup and gobble you up!
      Ted: Please don't!

    • Older Ted: Here's the thing about mistakes. Sometimes, even when you know something's a mistake, you gotta make it anyway.

    • Lily: There are certain things in life where you know it's a mistake but you don't really know it's a mistake because the only way to know that it really is a mistake is to make that mistake and go, "Yup, that was a mistake". So really, the bigger mistake would be to not make the mistake because then you'll go about your whole life not knowing whether it was a mistake or not.

    • Robin: Need a ride, cowboy?
      Ted: Sorry, I don't get in vans with strangers.
      Robin: Hmmm, too bad. I've got candy.
      Ted: Candy!

    • Robin: I thought it might look cool. Of course, my colorist took "highlights" to mean I want to look like a tiger. Hence the hat.
      Ted: Oh, I got to see this!
      Robin: No way!
      Ted: Please? I bet it doesn't look that bad. I bet it looks grrrrrrrrrrrreat!

    • Waitress: Be careful, the plate is very hot!
      Ted: Oh, go on, touch it.
      Lily: Ahh! Sweet damn, that's a hot plate!

    • Marshall: Executive mischief consultant Marshall Eriksen reporting for duty.
      Barney: Let's make that bastard pay.
      Marshall: Do you think that we should brush our teeth first?
      Barney: Yea, that's probably a good idea.

    • Barney: This feud goes so far back, I don't even remember who fired the first shot.
      Marshall: You?
      Barney: Totally!

  • NOTES (3)


    • When Lily is about to admit to Ted why she was upstate, she makes him swear not to tell Marshall. She asks him to, "Swear on [your] unborn son and daughter", to which Ted replies, "Okay, I swear on Luke and Leia". Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia are two of the main characters in the original Star Wars trilogy.

    • When Robin tells Ted she got highlights, Ted asks "For your dental practice?," which refers to the magazine Highlights, which is typically seen in family-oriented waiting rooms.

    • After Robin complains that a hairdresser took adding highlights to mean, "look like a tiger," one of Ted's follow-up puns includes the use of "grrrreat!" He does so in a manner imitative of Kellogg's Frosted Flakes' animated mascot Tony the Tiger, who uses the phrase "they're grrrreat!" to describe the cereal.

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