How I Met Your Mother

Season 4 Episode 18

Old King Clancy

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 23, 2009 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.