How I Met Your Mother

Season 4 Episode 7

Not a Father's Day

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 10, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Barney creates a holiday to celebrate not being a father. Meanwhile, Lily and Marshall are considering having a baby, but Lily first wants advice from Ted and Robin.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Baby !

    This episode was not as prominent as the previous ones, however it still has several funny plots, such as the theory came out from Barney Stinson, which was the Cheerleading Effect which stated that people might look awesome and attractive when they are in group, however they might looked really bad or flaw if they were viewed individually. Later on, it was mostly about baby. In the first instance, Barney received from a girl whom he hooked up with, that she might be pregnant, which made Barney really anxious. Then, Barney created "No a Father's day" once he got notified that he was not a dad. Additionally, Marshall and Lily wanted to have their own baby after seeing baby around them whenever they went. Ted Mosby and Robin Scherbatsky were even invited to be moderators to convince Lily if to have a baby. Then, there was a scene Robin hid Jeremy's sock in side her bag, this was being noticed by Ted, who got confused as the Robin whom he knew was afraid of babies. Lastly, at the end of the episode, Barney used his right to hold a sock, and walked away from the stage. This shows the way this episode brings about Baby, and I would like to give this episode an 7.moreless
  • Barney makes up a holiday

    After two serious episodes it was nice to have a funny one. At the start of the episode Barney receives some news that he might be a father. What quickly at first is thought to be a serious episode, turns funny when you find out that Barney is not a dad. Barney takes this situation and makes a holiday of it. Not a father's day is enjoyable. What is also is enjoyable is his cheerleader theory. I think there might be some truth in it.

    Maybe it's due to Barney's situation or the fact that they had been together for a while but Lilly and Marshall begins talks about having a baby. They use Robin and Ted as a moderators. Both had different viewpoints and both were funny. If you had been watching you will know who is pro baby and who is in this case afraid of babies. Robin's scenes with the babies were pretty funny. When Lilly and Marshall decide to try to have a baby, Marshall quickly realizes that he won't be able to be with the child due to his job and tries to change Lilly's mind. When Marshall is at his job Lily comes to the office but is drunk. Lilly being drunk was hilarious. I think this Lily at her most drunk. On a small note I liked that Dan Lauria was one of the employees at GNB.

    While this episode was not as good as other episodes this season, it still had some laughs.moreless
  • Barney gets a call from a girl who thinks she's pregnant.

    "Not a Father's Day" is a great How I Met Your Mother episode. I love the beginning of this episode where Barney explains The Cheerleader Effect, where a group of people look hot, but as individuals, each one has a flaw. I love how a girl calls thinking she's pregnant with Barney's baby. I love how Barney is excited once he finds out that she's not pregnant. The only thing I didn't care for was "Not a Father's Day". It was just stupid and not funny. I love the Lily and Marshall plot of wanting to have a baby. I love how Lily gets so drunk that she acts like a baby and Marshall has to take care of her.moreless
  • Worst How I Met Your Mother episode ever

    First of all I have to say I absolutely LOVE How I Met Your Mother: The writing along with the acting is incredible in my opinion. But this might really be the worst episode of this show I've ever seen. Lily and Marshall see themselves confronted with the decision whether to have a baby or not. Barney cracks some mediocre jokes and Ted continues to be whiney and cheesy. The writing of this episode is comparable with Two And A Half Men : Overacting and unfunny slapstick included.

    I can not understand the people here giving it good grades. It was awful.moreless
  • Lily decides she wants to have a baby.

    Okay, I will attempt to come up with some positives for this episode. Barney in church talking to God, Barney's shirts and Dan Lauria from The Wonder Years as Nolan. The bad? Just about everything else.

    Robin with her unbearable attempt to be Tina Fey and the even worse Lily being the centerpiece of this episode. Remember last season's debacle with the Lily's painting? The same episode where Ted had the red boots?

    Not only was it bad but this episode officially jumped the shark for How I Met Your Mother, if it had not already. Lily running around drunk during the business meeting and Marshall dressing up in wigs pretty much sent Fonzy on his jet ski over the water.moreless
Lindsey Stoddart

Lindsey Stoddart


Guest Star

Daniele Watts

Daniele Watts


Guest Star

Dan Lauria

Dan Lauria


Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (12)

    • Ted: Parenthood will come naturally.
      Robin: Of course you think it comes naturally, you're basically a dad already!
      Lily: You're a total dad!
      Ted: What are you talking about?
      Robin: Come on, Ted. Think about it. You tell super corny dad jokes...
      Ted: (Flashback) Shredded tweet. (Laughing) Oh, man! Shredded tweet!
      Robin: You lecture us, like when we broke your stupid ship-in-a-bottle...
      Ted: (Flashback) I'm not angry, I'm just disappointed.
      Barney: She did it.
      Robin : Shut up!
      Robin: And you do that thing all dads do with waitresses...
      Waitress: Hi I'm Laurie, I'll be your waitress this evening...
      Ted: Hi Lori, I'm Ted, I'll be your customer this evening. Before you go, can you tell what you get when you cross a canary and a lawn mower? (To the gang) No hints.

    • Robin: (to Lily) We made all these arguments, and a sock makes the decision for you?
      Ted: I guess that was the sock-out punch, huh, Robin?
      Robin: Shut up, Dad!
      Ted: You shut up, baby hater!
      Robin: Babies are scary, okay? They have giant eyes! And the soft spot? If there's going to be a self destruct button, put it somewhere it won't accidentally get pressed!

    • Marshall: Baby, it's breakfast time in China.
      Lily: Yeah, it is!
      Marshall: Not a euphenism... wait, what would that even mean?
      Lily: I don't know, hot buns, sour pork, there's something there.

    • Barney: Why can't there be a day for people who are single and like it that way?
      Marshall: Well, now you just sound like a chubby girl on Valentine's Day.

    • Ted: After I got off the phone with Marshall, I was putting your phone back in your purse, and I found something.
      Robin: I have a permit for that! And the other thing is a gift.

    • Lily: Marshall and I were going to have "dinner", and I thought I was ready to have "dinner". But now I'm not sure. Am I ready to have "dinner"?
      Ted: Well, I had a late lunch, so I could wait on dinner.
      Lily: "Dinner" is a baby.
      Robin: Lily, that's horrible!

    • Lily: Ted, you may be single and childless, but you're totally a dorky dad.
      Ted: I don't think I like your tone, young lady.

    • Barney: Lily, no part of Barney Stinson does less than 110%. If one of my Michael Phelpses got loose, he's goin' for the gold!

    • Robin: Anytime you even hear the word kids you get two little lactation stains on your shirt.
      Ted: Thank God you're not a mom. You are such an ice queen, any baby nursing from you would get brain freeze!

    • Marshall: (looking inside Barney's 'Not a Fathers Day' card') It appears to be some sort of Asian hooker.
      Barney: Yes, because on Not a Fathers Day, you get a Thai you'd actually wear! Wordplay five!

    • Barney: Latest 'Not a fathers day' brainstorm—a pregnancy test, but instead of a little blue line, there's a little blue Barney going like this. (puts his thumbs up)

    • Barney: God, it's me, Barney. What up? I know we don't talk much, but I know a lot of girls call out your name because of me. Awesome.

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