How I Met Your Mother

Season 4 Episode 18

Old King Clancy

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 23, 2009 on CBS
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Marshall and Barney lie to keep Ted from finding out the headquarters he'd been hired to design for GNB has been cancelled. The gang try to decipher the story of a celebrity encounter Robin once had.

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  • White Lie

    This episode mainly talked about two things, the first one being the white lie white Marshall and Barney told Ted, and the other one being the group except Ted deciphering the Canadian celebrity whom Robin almost slept with. White lie meant to be polite and harmless to friends, however this was not exactly the case for Ted. Ted found out that his project which is designing the headquarters for Goliath National Bank was cancelled a month ago, after he attempted to invite the girl who used the same lift with him. After that, Ted got really mad with both of them for keeping the cancellation of his project as a secret, and expanded the lie by Marshall hiring the janitor, street man and also intern to support Ted's project. I was pretty impressed how Barney came into this episode, by showing something useful about him. He taught Marshall how to tell lie and act well, so that other wont not realise they are lying. This happens in McLauren Bar before Ted came into the bar and find them.

    Meanwhile, for the part where Robin asked her friends to guessed the detail of the Canadian celebrity, collection and the requested Canadian sex act, i was pretty blurred by the spoken terms. I believed that part will definitely affect my impression on this episode.moreless
  • Silly story and very few funny moments

    In this episode, Ted discovers that his architecture project - designing a new building for the company that Barney and Marshall are working for - has been terminated a while ago and his two friends were creating the myth that he's just working with other people now by paying random people to play roles as employees of the company. This was already a ridiculous story part while the other one with the group guessing which Canadian celebrity Robin had almost slept with was just silly. All the names for bizarre Canadian sex acts weren't really funny and not even Neil Patrick Harris had a lot of good moments in this episode.

    The plot was stupid and the screenplay had very few nice moments, which makes this one of the worst episodes of the show yet. If you're not the greatest fan of How I Met Your Mother anyway, you can easily skip this episode.moreless
  • Ted has a set back and Robin's past

    Earlier in the season Ted was chosen to be the architect to design the new building for GNB. At this time he is having some trouble from Bilson. He is a good character to hate. He played a good one in 7th Heaven. Before he was chosen to design he had trouble getting his idea together and after he was chosen he had trouble too. You find out later that Ted was dropped from the project a month ago. Thanks to Marshall and Barney, Ted doesn't find out about this until he tries to impress a women. I admire Marshall and Barney for doing this especially with what Ted has gone through. I enjoyed how Marshall and Barney got "the players" together. My favorite one was the guy with the squirrels.

    Meanwhile you find out that Robin had an encounter when she was Canadian Pop Star with a famous celebrity who collects an unusual thing. This brings out the nymph in Lilly. i think it's bit of a callback to her character on American Pie. The website that is mentioned as with other websites are mentioned is actually real. The actual thing that happened was not something you would expect. When she explains it, brings out the Canadian in her.

    Ted is given a chance with GNB again this time to design a room. The scenes in the employee transition room were very funny with Barney and the women being the best. Ted has another set back and how hes responds is funny. With everything that happened to Ted it makes you appreciate the season finale more. However like I said it before, more on that later.moreless
  • The gang tries to guess a celebrity Robin slept with.

    "Old King Clancy" is a great How I Met Your Mother episode. I love how Robin revealed she was slept with a celebrity once and she makes the gang guess the celebrity, his collection, and the Canadian sex act. I love how Barney finds a website of Canadian sex acts. I love how the episode is spent with the gang guessing the celebrity. I love how the gang didn't even know the celebrity. The one thing I didn't like about this episode was that Ted architect project was shut down and Barney and Marshall made it seem that it didn't shut down. That was completely stupid. I love how Ted was given the chance to build the room where people get fired. I love how the flashbacks and the audience is the camera and you get to see the crazy reactions of people getting fired. I give this episode a 8.5/10.moreless
  • Marshall and Barney try to protect Ted

    There is no way this show is on it's death bed. This was a fun episode. It's always fun to explore Ted's doucheness and now he's moving in a different direction in his career. How could you not love all the Canadian Sex Acts and the website to go along with it!! Alan Thicke is awesome! Newfoundland Lobster Trap...hilarious!! It was full of Canadian jokes and seriously, can you ever go wrong with the Canadian jokes? This season has some good moments (i.e. The Naked Man), and this was just a part of a very solid season. It would be nice if we got somewhere in the mother search though. And honestly, if the show is that painful to watch, don't watch it. I guarantee there's enough fans out there to keep the show alive.moreless
William Walton (II)

William Walton (II)


Guest Star

Darlena Tejeiro

Darlena Tejeiro


Guest Star

Aynsley Bubbico

Aynsley Bubbico


Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Bryan Callen

Bryan Callen


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Ted: Is there anything else you want to tell me?
      Marshall: You know how you played third base for the GNB softball team?
      Ted: Yeah.
      Barney: There is no GNB softball team. We just rented a field, rounded up a bunch of guys and told them to make you the hero.
      Ted: So my game-winning walk was a lie?

    • Marshall: I was thinking, we're paying Ted's firm for two more months, can't we just let him keep working? He's had a rough year, he should be happy for once.
      Barney: Marshall, what you're suggesting is a lie that requires a long term commitment. A nice guy like you can't pull that off.
      Marshall: I could too.
      Barney: Lie to me right now.
      Marshall: I have a spaceship.
      Barney: What kind of fuel powers your spaceship?
      Marshall: Okay, I don't have a spaceship.
      Barney: See, that's your mistake! When telling a lie, distract from the original lie with more lies! Like this, I have a pony. Ask me a question.
      Marshall: What color is your pony?
      Barney: Well when I first got Dandelion she was a lovely chestnut brown but her stable is located next to a chemical plant and she's turned a sickly grayish/off white. The vet says there's nothing he can do to fix her.
      Marshall: Oh my god, is Dandelion gonna be okay? (Barney gives him a knowing look) Nice! Dandelion's not even sick, is she?

    • Marshall: How're you doing?
      Ted: I'm frustrated. Anything creative I put into my designs Bilson just hacks out with a machete. I hate having to answer to a guy like that.
      Marshall: You should quit, this job is beneath you!
      Barney: Yes! To a new chapter in Ted Mosby's life, may the wind be at your back-
      Ted: Are you crazy? I can't quit. They laid off another architect at my firm. I mean Bilson's a pain, but without it, I'm probably out of a job.
      Barney: Yeah, it's funny you mentioned the project because-
      Marshall: You're nailing it! Your hair and teeth loo fantastic today, you're shining like a diamond!
      Ted: Thanks! I needed to hear that.

    • Ted: Good morning, lying bastards. Anything you want to lie about before I head off to work to get fired?
      Barney: That's a nice shirt.
      Ted: You're the devil.

    • Ted: I don't believe it. I just got screwed by my two best friends, and I didn't even know it.
      Lily: In Canada, that's called a Sneaky Snowplow.

    • Marshall: So, how'd it end with Bilson?
      Ted: Well, after he suggested a vocational paradigm shift, I made an impromptu presentation using a four-pronged approach that really brought him to his knees.
      Barney: You hit him with a chair?
      Ted: Yes sir.
      Barney: That's my boy!

    • Ted: What is an ETR?
      Barney: It's an Employee Transition Room.
      Ted: What does that mean?
      Barney: Well, it's a space where a supervisor and an employee engage in a knowledge transfer about an impending vocational paradigm shift.
      Marshall: People get fired here.

    • (Barney talking about how he knows Canadian sex acts' names)
      Lily: How do you know all these?
      Barney: It's bookmarked on the top right.
      Marshall: Dot org?
      Barney: Yeah, it's not for profit. They really just want to get the information out there.

    • Ted: I have to think of ways to put my wood into Bilson's dark atrium.

    • Marshall: If I could nail any celebrity, it'd be Lily. She's the star of my heart.
      Lily: For me, it would be Hugh Jackman.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The German episode title is "Old King Clancy". The French title is "Le vieux joueur de Hockey", meaning "The Old Hockey Player". The Italian title is "Giochi erotici canadesi", meaning "Canadian Erotic Games".

    • International Airdates: Australia: May 18, 2009 on Channel 7; Germany on February 6, 2010 on ProSieben; United Kingdom: April 8, 2010 on E4; Czech Republic: November 22, 2010 on Prima COOL

    • A last-minute timeslot change had this episode air at 8:00 rather than its regular 8:30.

    • The website featured in this episode was created by show staff and is available on the Internet.


    • The manner in which the different people that comprise the New HQ task force are introduced (Roy, Louisa, Arthur and Reginald) is similar to the opening credits of Guy Ritchie's 2000 film, Snatch, where all the main characters are freeze-framed in a similar manner. The song playing is similar to one of the movie's songs, as well ("Fuckin' in the Bushes" by Oasis).

    • After Ted learned that the plans for the new GNB HQ had been scrapped, Marshall and Barney put him in charge of designing a room at the office for employees to be fired in. As Ted walks into the bar, Marshall calls him Mr. Mister in reference to their song "Broken Wings" in honor of Ted "learning to fly again" on this new project.

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