How I Met Your Mother

Season 2 Episode 18

Moving Day

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 19, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Barney takes drastic measures to prevent Ted from moving into Robin's apartment. Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily are discovering the ups and downs of having the apartment to themselves. Barney considers moving in with Marshall and Lily.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Ted and Robin move in and then . . . . .

    This is an episode that was follow up from two episodes ago. For me it goes back to what Ted said near the end of season one. Sometimes you do something knowing it's wrong but you do it anyway. Before Ted and Robin moved in together, they had a big fight. I understand all people fight in relationships, but the fight they had was different. The kind of fight they had does should not result in a big decision they had. You also get to see the end result of what would happen with what Robin did with some of the things Ted tried to do. I also understand that when you move in with someone, you make some sacrifices. , but Ted what had to do crossed the line a bit. Even with Robin giving up her dogs.

    The episode itself was funny. When Ted received from a call from a "mysterious" caller, it was a funny scene. It was kind of like crime show but done in a funny way. It was just as funny when Ted did the same thing to Barney. You also get to see why the decision to move in together was not a good one with everything Ted and Barney do together. Like what Barney said, Ted could've left but didn't. Even though Barney hasn't been in a long term realtionship, does know something about them. Also Robin didn't seem to mind too much that Ted was out with Barney on the first night out.

    Another funny part is when Lilly and Marshall tried cope without Ted. A great scene was when Marshall and Lilly were naked. It was not just for the obvious reason. Even though Lilly and Marshall had difficulties without Ted, I don't think that it tested their realtionship.

    This was a great episode that further set up what would happen the season 2 finale.moreless
  • Barney tries to prevent Ted from moving in with Robin.

    Ted is finally moving in with Robin and although Barney originally wants the available room, he then sees Ted's move as a huge mistake, so he does something normal bro would do and steals his moving van with all the furniture in it. It results in Ted and Robin arguing before he can get the van back, and ultimately deciding to move back in with Marshall and Lily, who missed him bunches when they realized most of the things in the apartment - groceries, toilet paper, etc. - were his. So more plans of Ted & Robin's don't follow through so technically nothing happens. It had some good parts but still this was one of Season 2's weakest episodes.moreless
  • Robin and Ted with a moving truck... Marshall and Lily lost wihtout Ted and Barney hiijacks the moving truck... GREAT EPISODE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WARNING: Contains spoilers!!! * * * * * *

    So the episode begins with Ted and Robin moving Ted's stuff in boxes.. into the moving van! Barney desperately tries to convince them no to do it.. while Marshall and Lill\y proudly proclaim how far Ted has come to this point in his life... So since no one will listen to him (Robin and Ted) then Barney "helps" but instead of coming back up for another box.. the last box in fact... he drives off with the van to use it as a hostage to blackmail ted.

    Lily and Marshall end up being helpless without Ted no towels, no groceries, no microwave.. etc. So Ted and Robin end up deciding that it'd be better if eh didnt move in since both of them like their realtionship the way it was. So Ted moves back... to Lily and Marshall's happiness.moreless
  • This episode was one of the weakest so far (Spoilers!).

    Normally, what makes this series so good is that it stays believable. in this case, I believed neither of the three stories. I don`t believe that a couple like Marshall and Lily wouldn`t able to live together for more than a few hours. I don`t believe that Robin and especially Ted would decide against living together with the moving truck in front of the door of the new house, just because they had a fun night without each other. And I really don`t believe that even somebody like Barney would hijack his friend`s moving truck to prevent him from moving together with the woman he loves.

    Also, part of the fun of the series is how they mess with the time line. But they didn`t do that as much in this episode. As this is still my favorite tv series, I give it six points anyway.moreless
  • Ted moves out of Lilly & Marshall's apartment.

    I liked the concept of this episode, it continues on from 216, in which Ted & Robin decide to move in together. When he is moving in, Barney steals Ted's moving van so Ted has to complete a series of tasks before he gets the van back. Meanwhile Marshall & Lilly realize they're lost without Ted. Both hilarious plots, the thing that sort of brought the rating of this episode down a bit was the fact that everything stayed the same by the end, it's like the writers had an idea, and decided to scrap it the last minute. Ted & Robin don't end up moving in together, this episode was Ted & Robin coming in to realization that they liked the things the way they are. looks like Barney was right about that one thing. i definitely think that Marshall & Lilly's plot really stood out in this episode, I definitely laughed the most when their plot was on. Everything else, although funny, seemed like a filler since it stayed the same by the end. Solid episode.moreless
Ella Thomas

Ella Thomas

Girl #1

Guest Star

Necar Zadegan

Necar Zadegan

Girl #2

Guest Star

Ailsa Marshall

Ailsa Marshall

Girl #3

Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • While Barney is in the back of the van with the girl and Ted begins driving, Barney tumbles to the floor as the van apparently drives over a pothole, but the glass of alcohol on the table doesn't slosh or tip over.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Ted: Where's Barney? Where's the truck?
      Robin: Wait for it...
      Ted: Barney stole the truck!
      Robin: There you go.
      Ted: I don't believe this! Everything I own in the world is in that truck. Except this box of pot lids.
      Marshall: And the sword! (Hands Ted the sword)
      Ted: (Dialing the phone) I'm going to kill him! I swear to God, I'm going to kill him!
      Marshall: (taking the sword) Right, then I'll just take this back...

    • Marshall: Aw looks like our little boy is moving out.
      : It seems like only yesterday he was a cute little freshman, discovering reggae and ultimate frisbee.
      Marshall: He did it later than the other kids, but we didn't push him. We knew he'd get there.

    • Robin: (About moving in together) I thought we decided we were ready.
      Ted: And how did we decide that again?
      Robin: I have no idea. I remember the let's-move-in-together-sex was pretty amazing.
      Ted: I know. I did that thing with no hands I normally need both to do.

    • Marshall: Deep in the Amazonian rainforest, there is a tree that only grows around the body of an existing tree. It cannot survive without this tree; it's supported by this tree. Lily, we are that tree.
      Lily: The inside tree or the outside tree?
      Marshall: The outside tree.
      Lily: Shouldn't there be three trees?
      Marshall: You and I are one tree! Look, Lily, the point is we grew around Ted and without him we're slowly dying!

    • Ted: Guys, I know you were looking to having the place to yourselves, and it's a big imposition... (stops talking as Lily and Marshall hug around him)
      Marshall: God, this feels so right.
      Lily: Never leave us again.
      Ted: Guys, Robin's out in the truck, and there's a lot of boxes, so
      Lily and Marshall: Sshhh.

    • Marshall: [giving Ted one of the two swords] I hate to break up the set, but you're going to need it.
      Robin: He's right. My building is infested with dragons.

    • Barney: Question one: Ted, do you want to move in with Robin?
      Ted: Yes.
      Barney: Wrong! The correct answer is: No, I want to stay single and have fun with my awesome friend Barney. Question two: Robin, do you think you can find someone who's hotter than Ted?
      Barney: Correct! The correct answer is awkward silence.

    • Ted: Barney...
      Barney: This isn't Barney. But I hear that guy's awesome.

    • (Ted is packing to leave the apartment)
      Barney: So, we all agree, we'll move Ted's stuff back up here?
      Ted: Ummm, no, we're still moving in together.
      Barney: Why? This is crazy. Ted, you're throwing your life away. This girl is blinding you with her shiny hair and her boob shaped boobs.
      (Barney points at Robin)
      Barney: This is bad for you too you know. How are you going to feel when he sees you without any make-up?
      Robin: I'm not wearing make-up right now.
      Barney: Holy crap, you're beautiful.

    • (Lily and Marshall are lying on the couch making out)
      Marshall: Should we, um, move this to the bedroom?
      Lily: Why? Ted doesn't live here anymore. We can do it wherever we want.
      Marshall: You know what else?
      Lily: Hmm?
      Marshall: We don't have to be quiet anymore. We can be as loud as we want.
      (a few minutes later they're sitting at opposite ends of the couch)
      Lily: Okay, I think we need to lay down some ground rules. Just because we can be loud doesn't mean we have to be loud. And although it might turn you on, you screaming, "I'm the best," doesn't do much for me.
      Marshall: Well, it's a lot better than yelling, "Ted's not here," over and over again.
      Lily: Well, at least what I said is true.
      Marshall: Well, that was unnecessary.

    • Robin: Don't worry, it's Barney. He'll bring the stuff back.
      Ted: No, it's just ... I was really looking forward to settling in, you know? Maybe settin up my TV. Watching a movie in bed.
      (Robin inhales sharply)
      Ted: What?
      Robin: Do we really want a TV in the bedroom?
      Ted: I thought we did.
      Robin: I'm not sure that we do.
      Ted: Well, where else would we put my TV?
      Robin: We could just put it in our storage unit in the basement.
      Ted: But wouldn't we miss my TV?
      Robin: Would we?
      Ted: Yes, we would. We've had that TV for a long time and we would feel more at home if it were setup in our bedroom.
      Robin: We need wine, don't we?
      Ted: Yes, we do.

    • Lily: Marshall, we live alone.
      Marshall: This is so great! We can finally do all the things we always said we wanted to do if we lived alone.
      Lily: Oh, I know what I wanna start with.
      (a few minutes later)
      Marshall: So, here we are, right? Sittin around the apartment, naked. Awesome.
      Lily: Yep.
      Marshall: It's not as awesome as I thought it would be.
      Lily: My butt itches.
      Marshall: I'm cold.
      Lily: I noticed.
      Marshall: Yeah, like you're one to talk, Pointy.

    • Barney: Ladies and gentlemen, I have in my hand a copy of tonight's Top Ten list. The category: top ten things I would've called my truck...
      Ted: It was never your truck.
      Barney: if Ted hadn't been a jerk and given it back.
      Ted: It was a rental.
      Number ten, "The Winne-Bango."
      Number nine, "The Pick-Up Truck."
      Number eight, "The Ford Explore Her."
      Number seven, "The You Scream Truck."
      You Scream. (they all laugh)
      Number six, "Feels on Wheels!" Hello!
      Number five, "The Ride Her Truck."
      Number four, "The 18-Squeeler."
      Number three, "The Esca-Laid."
      Number two, "The Slam-Boney."
      the number one thing I would've called my truck if Ted hadn't been a jerk and given it back...
      (table drumroll)
      "The '69 Chevy."

    • Marshall: I think we can marry each other, but we also have to marry Ted.
      Lily: I'm telling you right now, my dad is not going to pay for that wedding.

    • Barney: (to Ted) Suit and sneakers, a little Ellen DeGeneres, but you pull it off.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The German episode title is "Der Abschlepp-Wagen", meaning "The Moving Van". The French title is "Difficiles concessions", meaning "Difficult Concessions". The Italian title is "Il trasloco", meaning "The Move".

    • International Airdates: Czech Republic: February 3, 2010 on Prima COOL

    • Neil Patrick Harris continued with his own list of names for Ted's truck, making the cast and crew crack up. It was not used in the episode, due to some adult language.

    • In the previous episode, it is revealed that Barney cannot drive a car. However, in this episode, he drives away with Ted's truck.


    • Barney: I'll be at the snack shack eating our onion rings Han style . . . Solo!

      This is a reference to the character Han Solo from the Star Wars franchise.

    • Barney's Top Ten List at the end is taken directly from the segment done on The Late Show and Late Night with David Letterman, complete with Letterman's trademark "hee hee hee!" laugh and the sound of the glass shattering after throwing the card away (in this case, the card causes the waitress to break a glass).

      Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, the creators of How I Met Your Mother, were writers on The Late Show with David Letterman.