How I Met Your Mother

Season 1 Episode 5

Okay Awesome

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 17, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Ted and Barney start checking out the club scene with their friend Robin, whereas Lily and Marshall try to participate in some more "grown-up" activities, as they draw slowly nearer to their wedding.

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  • Barney, Robin and Ted go to Okay; Lilly and Marshall try to grow up

    I think this episode was good and something you would appreciate if you watch more of this series (Season 6) The one bad part was the music in the club, but club music sucks anyway. I like that the women that Ted ended up with in this episode was not someone you expected. Too bad future Ted said he didn't end up the coat check girl. However, I have a theory (I have many on this show). Ted has been to a lot of clubs and why mention this one? Maybe the future wife worked as a coat check girl. Also good from the club scene was the nerdy guys.

    The second part with Lilly and Marshall was also good. When they realize they think they need to grow up, I think it's funny how they struggle with it. One part of this episode, that I really like and something you will see more of from this show is how the truth gets stretch. I like that future Lilly and Marshall leave their party on the way they said it happened.moreless
  • Robin gets Ted and Barney into a club, and Lily drags Marshall through more grown-up activities.

    This wasn't my favorite episode of the series so far, but it's one of my highest ratings because Ted and the coat-check girl established this idea that I have been saying forever: "Things that people say are supposed to be fun really aren't fun." And this includes clubs, which I also believe are overrated. So anyway, Robin gets Ted and Barney into an "exclusive" club while Lily makes Marshall stay home with a group of people for some wine-tasting "party" because the two are trying to do more grown-up things as their wedding approaches. The wine tasting proves to be boring, and Marshall sneaks out to the club for some fun. When Lily finds out where he's at, she meets Robin, who's been denied re-entrance into the club. So how do the two get back in? They flash the bouncer who rewards them by opening the red velvet rope. Inside, many events go down. Ted connects with the coat check girl, like I said. Barney realizes the girl he's been dancing with is his cousin. Marshall starts acting like a fool, but Lily begins to laugh when she discovers him and she's not mad. She honestly doesn't like the grown-up stuff, either, but who can blame either of them?moreless
  • Ted and Barney go to a new dance club. Lily and Marshall decide to hold a wine-tasting party.

    "Okay Awesome" is an awesome How I Met Your Mother episode.I love how Lily and Marshall try to act grown up and hold a wine-tasting party, but they are so bored, they escape to go to the new dance club. I love how Marshall had work done on his teeth, so now his mouth is in pain, and takes something, and then all the pain goes away, and he's sort of crazy. I love how Lily convinces Robin to flash her breast to get into the dance club. This episode had one of my favourite Ted scenes which is when he realizes he can say whatever he wants because the music is too loud and so he shouts out something really embarrassing, but at the same moment the music stops. I give this episode a 9/10.moreless
  • Clubbing, wine tasting, and cousins.

    As always, How I Met Your Mother is able to construct an episode full of its own gags in just the span of a half hour. It starts off a bit rough with none of the punchlines and gags hitting that hard, though it does set up the table nicely; a night out at the club for Ted, Barney, and Robyn, and doing formal and grown up things for Marshall and Lily. Using two vary different scenarios, wine tasting and clubbing, and bringing out the worst in both of them, just generated its own jokes automatically. Such as using closed caption whenever a character is talking, having annoying guests that are waiting for the wine to be ripe, and then some unlikely situations, like Barney dancing with a girl for the entire night who happens to be his cousin, and leaving your own house and party unattended while the guests play a board game. Although the first half wasn't as strong as the second half where all the jokes and gags were hitting hard, it did a great job of establishing the episode nonetheless.moreless
  • What stands out in the episode is its better use of voice-over narration.

    It’s okay. It’s awesome. What stands out in the episode is its better use of voice-over narration. It seems refreshing in the pilot, but it became stuck as a gimmick ever since. This time the narration is given some sense of character, particularly when adult Ted recounts Marshall’s and Lily’s escape from the wine-tasting party.

    “Now our apartment was on the third floor. So I’m not sure if this part is actually true. But Uncle Marshall swears it happened.”

    It’s not the all-knowing voice-over that we usually tend to hear. We are reminded that this is being told as a first-person recollection. Therefore, it will have some plot holes, inconsistencies, exaggerations, and last minute additions. I hope the writers play around with this more. Maybe one day, one of Ted’s kids will say, “Hey, wait a minute…” And wouldn’t it be fun if Uncle Barney would narrate one of the stories? The possibilities are endless; the sitcom has room to grow. It no longer feels like a gimmick.moreless
Vanessa Lee Evigan

Vanessa Lee Evigan


Guest Star

Samm Levine

Samm Levine


Guest Star

Rob Evors

Rob Evors


Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

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Lyndsy Fonseca

Lyndsy Fonseca


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David Henrie

David Henrie


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When the gang was in the cab after they left club, they are yelling to each other like they are deaf because of loud club music. But this is impossible because Ted spent almost whole evening with Coat Check Girl and when Barney and Ted were talking in the club before they left they were talking normally.

    • When Barney is explaining to Ted that 'Okay' is a hot new bar, Ted places his left hand on his stomach, in the next scene, it's his right hand and in the next, it's gone.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Future Ted: So, kids, would you like to hear the story of the time I went deaf?
      Son: Why does he even ask?
      Daughter: I know, he's just gonna tell us anyway.

    • Robin: He's even getting me into the VIP room.
      Barney: He just wants to show you his own VIP, if you know what I mean.
      Robin: All right, what does VIP stand for in your little universe?
      Barney: Well, I know that the 'P' is penis.

    • Lily: Marshall and I are just growing up.
      Marshall: And it's gonna be sweet, too. Like tonight, we're tasting all these different wines, pairing them up with these cool, gourmet cheeses.
      Barney: Wow. Who knew being in a committed heterosexual relationship could make a guy so gay.
      Ted: All right, cool kids are leaving now. Grandma, grandpa, don't wait up.

    • Nerdy Guy #3: Oh, come on, he just got here.
      Nerdy Guy #1: Probably famous.
      Nerdy Guy #2: Oh yeah, isn't there a third Affleck brother? Keith Affleck or Brian Affleck or something.
      Nerdy Guy #3: Holy crap, we just saw Brian Affleck!

    • Robin: (on phone) ...and it's not like I care so much about getting into the VIP room. I have been in tons of VIP rooms. Not exactly a VIP room virgin.

    • Lily: (about Marshall)He just left in the middle of our own party. You don't do that. Unless of course you're chasing after somebody who's already done it and then I think it's OK.
      Robin: Well, I hate to take his side. But come on, a wine tasting? What's the big plan for next Saturday? Scrabble night?
      Lily: Don't check your e-mail.
      Robin: Why are you becoming this person? I heard that in college you flashed a campus tour group on a dare.
      Lily: Once on a dare. The other times were just for fun.

    • Marshall: I think we're going to wait on the baby thing. I mean I love babies. Babies rule. Pudgy arms and stuff. But, uh, they make you old. Kinda like this anchor weighing you down to one spot... forever.
      Claire: I'm three months pregnant.
      Marshall: (surprised) ...Not awkward, guys. Not awkward unless we let it be awkward.
      (nervously smiles, then walks away)

    • (after leaving the loud club, everyone is talking very loudly in the cab ride home)
      Ted: I'm really glad you guys came out tonight!
      Marshall: You know, dude, can I just say something? It kinda hurt that you guys didn't invite me out. I mean, I know things have changed since I got engaged, but it would have been nice to be asked.
      Ted: I'm sorry. I just assumed...
      Barney: They played some great songs tonight!
      Ted: I mean, lately...
      Marshall: I know, I know, it just seems like suddenly we're living in two different worlds. Maybe you've got more in common with Barney.
      Barney (turns around): What?
      Ted: Are you crazy? You think I like going to those clubs? I'd so much rather go to your fruity little wine tasting.
      Lily: (waking up) Oh, my God, I'm gonna barf! Where's my purse! Where's my purse! I -... No, I'm okay.
      (goes back to sleep)
      Ted: The problem is you can't do any of that couples stuff unless you have someone to do it with! And the only way I'm gonna find that someone is by going out and doing stupid singles stuff with Barney!
      Barney (turns around): What?
      Ted: But, man, when I find her, we're gonna have some bad-ass wine tastings.
      Marshall: It's a plan. Hey, maybe it'll be that cute Coat Check Girl!
      Ted: Yeah! Maybe it will be!
      Older Ted: It wasn't.
      Marshall: You know, Ted, I don't say this nearly enough, but I really value our...
      Barney: Hey, that place has great salads!

    • Ted (to the Coat Check Girl): Hey. Thanks for saving my night. I'll talk to you soon?
      (Coat Check Girl smiles at him)
      Ted: Hey, tip her, Barney.
      Barney: Why, I didn't check a coat, and even if I did, on principle, tip jars have become so ...
      Ted: (to the Coat Check Girl) Funny story, Barney was grinding with this girl all night ...
      Barney: Fine!
      (gives her some cash and leaves quickly)
      Ted: That's a handy new trick.

    • Coat Check Girl: Yeah, see, if everyone keeps telling you something's supposed to be fun, it's usually not.
      Ted: Right. So, by that logic, if you and I were to, say, go out on a date...
      Coat Check Girl: ...Well, we couldn't go anywhere that's supposed to be fun.
      Ted: Right. The DMV it is.
      Coat Check Girl: Then we'll get our teeth cleaned.
      Ted: Sounds awful. It's a date.
      (they laugh)
      Ted: But there's still one big question that need to be answered...
      (she stares)
      Ted: How many of these coats do you think I could put on all at once?

    • (seeing Ted about to leave)
      Marshall: Ah-ah! Coat wench, do not uncheck this man's jacket!... sorry, I was just being dramatic, you're not a coat wench.
      Coat Check Girl: No, 'coat wench', I like it. I should get a sign made up.
      Ted: What are you doing here, Lily let you go?
      Marshall: Lily? Psshh, who cares, right?
      Ted: You are so dead.
      Marshall: Oh, I'm so dead.

    • Robin: Say you're my bitch.
      Ted: I'm your bitch. Why this time?

    • Barney: "Okay" is the name of a club. It's really exclusive. A friend of mine once stood outside for two hours and didn't get in.
      Ted: A friend of yours named "you?"
      Barney: No, a friend of mine named "Shut up!"

    • Coat Check Girl: Because all of the stuff you're suppose to like, usually sucks. Like these clubs, or cruises.
      Ted: Or New Years Eve.
      Coat Check Girl: Or the Superbowl.
      Ted: Or parades.
      Coat Check Girl: The Rockettes.
      Ted: Or parades.
      Coat Check Girl: You said that already!
      Ted: I really hate parades!

    • Robin: I get recognized once and I start thinking I'm Julia Roberts. I'm no VIP, I'm not even an IP. I'm just a lonely little P, sitting here in the gutter.
      Lily: You know something? I'd take a P in the gutter over Julia Roberts any day.
      (Both realize what she just said and laugh.)

    • [Ted and Kelly talks at the really loud club]
      Ted: You really like this place?
      [Kelly nods]
      Ted: You have no idea what I'm saying, do you?
      [Kelly nods]
      Ted: I'm from outer space!
      [Kelly nods]
      Ted: I got thrown out of Sea World for humping a dolphin!
      [Kelly nods]
      [The music suddenly stops]
      Ted: I'm wetting my pants!

    • [Ted has been introduced to one of Robin' s female friends at a really loud disco.]
      Ted: So, how do you know Robin?
      Kelly: Sagittarius!
      Ted: Is that near Westchester?
      Kelly: I would love one! Just a beer!

    • Ted: These strategies ever work for you?
      Barney: The question is: Do these strategies ever NOT work for me? Either way the answer is about half the time.

    • Robin: You are gonna love Kelly, she's fun, she's smart, she lives in the moment..
      Barney: Translation: She's ugly, she's ugly, she ugs in the ugly.
      Robin: Oh, and she's totally hot!

    • [Lily tells Marshall about her colleague who does classy grown-up stuff with her fiance]
      Lily: Maybe we should start doing grown-up stuff.
      Marshall: It was some pretty grown up stuff we did this morning.
      Lily: Yea, but it wasn't classy.

    • Barney: Ted, get your coat we're leaving.
      Ted: What happened to the cute broad you were grinding with?
      Barney: Promise not to tell anyone ever in your life? Ever? This can't be one of those stories...'funny time this one time Barney was...' none of that. Promise? Ted Nods, and Barney Whispers That was my cousin Leslie!

    • Nerd: Those were the four greatest and only breasts I have ever seen.

    • Lily: (seeing Barney's shiny shirt) Hey, we wore the same the shirt! No, wait, that's just my shirt reflected in yours.
      Barney: One of the 24 ways women and fish are alike is that they're both attracted to bright objects. Don't you ever read my blog?

  • NOTES (6)

    • The German episode title is "Von Tänzern und Tauben", meaning "Of Dancers and Pigeons". The French title is "La Soirée dégustation", meaning "The Tasting Party". The Italian title is "Disco club".

    • International Air Dates: Germany: September 27, 2008 on ProSieben; Czech Republic: December 3, 2009 on Prima COOL

    • Samm Levine guest stars on this episode. He and Jason Segel also shared the screen on another tv show, Freaks and Geeks.

    • In the DVD commentary for this episode, Alyson Hannigan said that filming the scene in which Marshall and Lily kiss while they dance was awkward because of both the height difference between her and Jason Segel and trying not to bump each other's teeth.

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      - Marshall performs his dance solo to "Shine" by The Lovefreekz
      - The last song played at the club (when all five friends are there) is "Heaven" by DJ Sammy & Yanou feat. Do

    • Barney mentions that he has a blog. This blog can be found in the How I Met Your Mother section of or


    • Ted calls Barney Tin Man in reference to his shiny shirt.

      The Tin Man was a character in the childrens classic The Wizard Of Oz.

    • "And his hair was perfect!"
      Barney's line as Ted opens the door is from Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London." The full line reads, "I saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic's / And his hair was perfect."