How I Met Your Mother

Season 4 Episode 20

Mosbius Designs

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Apr 13, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Ted goes out on his own as an architect and hires an intern to help get things started, but all he helps himself to is Robin. Meanwhile, news of impending layoffs at GNB has Marshall looking for a schtick to make him indispensible.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Barney Got Jeolous

    I would say that this episode is the best episode among all, as it is revealed that Barney Stinson was in love with Robin Scherbatsky. At the beginning of this episode, those three guys talked and giggled about the boys-joke. Lily came, and asked about the joke. Marshall and Ted stopped Barney from telling Lily about the joke, but Barney insisted to tell her after that. The joke was "What is the difference between Peanut Butter and Jam?" I got the answer from Goggle, which was "I cant peanut butter my dick up your I could understand what is so funny about this joke, and I could not even understand why Lily turn so angry and be away from the group for 4 weeks, it is a month time, until finally the reason was revealed. The reason for Lily went MIA (missing in action) is that Alyson Hannigan went for her maternity lift during that period of time.

    Besides, Ted opened up his own business, Mosbius Design, which he hired a personal assistant called PJ. He basically did office work at Ted's office, his apartment apparently. Being an assistant, make Robin felt in love in PJ, she did admit that her standard for guy drops. One day, Ted received a call from his intern that he is currently at the Empire State Building, however from the call ID he received, he realised that PJ is in his apartment, so he found out that Robin slept with him. When Barney knew about this, his reaction promptly told me that he loved Robin and he loves Robin. His jealousy was made obvious through his action. The fact between Barney and Robin, made me felt that the essence of this episode.moreless
  • One of the worst episodes of the series

    In this episode, Ted enforces to start his own business by designing various stuff for it and hiring a personal assistance, who soon starts a liaison with Ted's roommate Robin. Marshall and Barney only have a minor story part with Marshall trying to distinguish himself from his co-workers. Alyson Hannigan only appears in the opening scene and is then away for the rest of the episode due to her real-life pregnancy at that time. Well, there are some amusing scenes in this episode like when Barney shows Marshall all the different types of stuff you can do to make yourself important for your colleagues, but most of this episode is plainly stupid. There was absolutely no meaning behind the plot and the screenplay had only very few good moments. I didn't enjoy this episode and since there aren't any important things happening in the plot, I'd say you could easily skip this episode.moreless
  • Ted starts his own business

    After Ted gets fired from the project at GNB, he gets let go at his own firm. Whether it was because of this or other bad things that happen to him previously, he decides to start his own business. He does everything but actually help build the business. How he does it is kind of funny. He hires an assistant who ends up hooking up with Robin. This angers Barney. This part of the story is actually the best part of the episode. Even though Barney has been hooking with random women, he does want to be with Robin. He just wants to do it in his own way. He wants to confide in someone but Lilly is not there. She is not there because of a joke that Barney told. The joke which you can Google it, is an actual joke. Yes it is The character who played Lilly was pregnant in real life. It was a clever way when future Ted said that we would not see Lilly in four weeks. Barney can't confide in Ted (even though he knows) so he reluctantly confides in Marshall. It's wait for it funny.

    While this was not a episode that was up to the other great standards, this was a very decent episode.moreless
  • Ted decides to make his own business.

    "Mosbius Designs" is a great How I Met Your Mother episode. I love the beginning of this episode with Barney telling Lily a joke and she just leaves for 4 weeks. But that's because Alsyon Hannigan was having her baby. It was so cute how Ted wanted to create his own business and hires this guy named PJ. I love how Robin has thing for PJ because he has some authority, but once PJ gets fired, Robin shows no interest in him until he gets hired again. I love how Marshall created a fantasy football league at work. My favourite scene is when his carrying all this money in his briefcase and he's all paranoid. I give this episode a 8/10.moreless
  • How a good sitcom became a stupid show with pathetic characters.

    I stopped watching the show during season 2 but decided to watch this episode because of its entrepreneurship topic. In fact its summary reminded me of the "Ted Mosby : Architect" episode even if I wasn't expecting it to be as funny. The only thing I was afraid of was the usual Marshall dumb arc. To sum things up the episode confirmed I was right in the first place to give up on the show. First the whole Marshall story was as stupid as most of his lines. There's nothing interesting nor funny about him. Second the Ted arc was really disappointing and only a fifteen seconds long scene between him and Robin deserved our attention. At the beginning she said something about procrastination then Ted mentionned how hard it was to actually work freelance and was wondering if he would ever managed to realize his dream. The rest was dead boring and most of the scenes even pathetic. Last but not least I was amazed that the writers managed to turn the beautiful and smart Robin from season 1 into an empty shell. And what about Lily ? We saw her like two seconds and then she just vanished.

    Considering how bad this episode was I really wonder why the show hasn't already jumped the shark. It's even sadder when you think of great episodes like "Mary the Paralegal". A few years ago I also remember posting on a forum about how watching it could be seen as a personal development therapy. It used to be so interesting and funny, even creative at times. It seems the writers just gave up on it probably like so many viewers. Enduring its twenty minutes was so painful that I think I will never go back to it, even if the story seems inspiring.

    So I strongly recommend newcomers not to waste their time and long time fans to move on because there're far better series out there. What about Being Erica for example ? Its protagonist should help you remember how great our favorite Canadian reporter used to be !moreless
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Edward Flores

Food Guy

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Joel Spence

Joel Spence

Toy Guy

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Ryan Sypek

Ryan Sypek


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Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Marshall: (sees a guy dressed as a ninja) Who's that guy?
      Barney: He doesn't work here. I think we should leave the building.
      Marshall: Really?
      Barney: This has happened before.

    • Barney: You need that thing that makes you a guy.
      Marshall: Oh, I have that thing that makes me a guy. Maybe even a guy and a half.

    • Ted: It's like I'm giving up before I even get started. Robin: You wanna talk about giving up? I used to describe my ideal guy as funny, smart, passionate, challenging. Apparently, now I will settle for in my apartment. Do you ever think you'd have it all figured out by now? Ted: Are you kidding? By thirty, I was supposed to be annoyingly successful, married to the perfect woman, maybe a kid on the way. Instead I'm just a guy sitting in his apartment having a staring contest with his phone—and losing. Robin: Hey. You can take that thing.

    • Ted: What if I don't think of the books?
      Robin: Excuse me?
      Ted: There's this famous architecture story about this architect who designed this library. It was perfect. But every year, it would sink a couple inches into the ground. Eventually the building was condemned. He forgot to account for the weight of the books. This company, it's just me. What if I don't think of the books?

    • Barney: Okay, since Lily's not talking to me there's something that I have to tell you, and it isn't easy to say, alright? I'm... wait for it... in... wait for it... love... wait for it... with... wait for it... (sighs) a... wait for it... certain... wait for it—
      Marshall: (shouting) I know that you're in love with Robin! Lily told me.

    • Barney: Marshall, you're no Lily. Lily is a diabolical puppet-master, surreptitiously manipulating every situation to get exactly what she wants. She is pure evil, Marshall. (pause) You've got a good one; hang onto her.

    • Barney: Let's be clear: I don't love [Robin], okay? I just... miss her when she's not around, think about her all the time, and I imagine us one day running towards each other in slow motion and I'm wearing a brown suede vest.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Alyson Hannigan only appears in the opening scene for this episode. The story plot of the gang not seeing her for four weeks because of a dirty joke is to convenience her temporary absence from the show due to maternity leave.

    • The German episode title is "Mosbius Designs". The French title is "L'architecte". The Italian title is "La paura del futuro", meaning "Fear of the Future".

    • International Airdates: Australia: June 1, 2009 on Channel 7; Germany: February 6, 2010 on ProSieben; United Kingdom: April 22, 2010 on E4; Czech Republic: November 24, 2010 on Prima COOL


    • Ted: "Oh, my God, the call is coming from inside the house!"

      This is a reference to the 1979 horror movie When A Stranger Calls, in which a babysitter notifies the police about several creepy phone calls she receives, only to find out when the police trace the call, "it's coming from inside the house."

    • Fantasy Guy was wearing black robes with blue lining, the same as the Game Masters from the MMORPG World of Warcraft.

    • One of Marshall's proposed ways to be indispensible in the office is to become "Monty Python Guy," which Barney nixes with, "We are the Knights Who Say You're Fired!" referring to the Knights Who Say Ni, encountered by King Arthur and Sir Bedevere the Wise in Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones' 1975 film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.