How I Met Your Mother

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Monday 8:00 PM Sep 19, 2005 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • In the scene when Marshall and Lily are sitting on the couch and Marshall said "Lily" and she jumped scared, because she couldn't see him because of the eyepatch, we could see Marshall smiling, but the next scene he looks serious.

    • In the scene where Ted meets Robin, Robin first has her hair covering her ears, but in the next shot, she has her hair behind her ears.

    • In the scene where Barney tells Ted to lose the goatee he references meeting Ted earlier at the urinal. In episode 3.05 "How I Met Everyone Else" we actually get to see this scene, showing that the producers had the idea of including this scene from the very beginning.

    • Recurring themes (which begin in this episode):

      * Barney saying "Suit up!", or variations thereof
      * Marshall doing the "robot" dance (Jason Segel suggested this on the day of filming the pilot)
      * Barney saying "Wait for it" as a pause between syllables
      * The "Have You Met Ted?" game, which is used by Barney and Robin to introduce women to Ted, and later is adapted for other characters (Robin, Marshall and Barney)
      * Barney insisting that he is Ted's best friend
      * Dibs -- Marshall calls dibs on a Pop Tart and later a pudding cup and he, Lily, and Barney call "no dibs" on cleaning up after Ted if he vomits
      * Barney's phrase "What up"
      * References to Barney's blog
      * Barney's love of laser tag
      * Ted holding his heart as if it is in pain

    • Note the deliberate use of blue throughout several scenes. When Marshall proposes to Lily, they're both wearing light blue shirts. When Ted and Robin eating at the restaurant, Ted's outfit is (various shades of) blue, similar to the color of the blue French horn. In the following scene when Ted is at the bar and reports on the man not jumping, we see the shot of her having an obvious blue color scheme (i.e., the colors of the sky, water, part of Robin's scarf, and the background for the Metro News 1 banner). This precedes the scene in which Ted returns to the restaurant to take the blue French horn. Additionally, Barney and Ranjit are both wearing blue.

      Additionally, when Ted meets Robin, they're both wearing green shirts.

    • This episode forgoes the traditional opening (the green-tinted montage of the photographs containing all five main characters). Instead, you see a series of non-tinted photographs of Ted, Marshall, and some unnamed female friends.

  • Quotes

    • Future Ted: Kids, I'm gonna' tell you an incredible story - the story of how I met your mother.
      Son: Are we being punished for something?

    • Lily: Wow, you're cooking?
      Marshall: Yes, I am.
      Lily: Awww. Are you sure that's a good idea after last time? You looked really creepy without eyebrows.

    • Marshall: Oh, hey, look what I got? (brings out bottle of champagne and hands it to Lily)
      Lily: Aww, honey. Champagne. (hands bottle back to Marshall)
      Marshall: Yeah. (hands bottle back to Lily)
      Lily: No, you are too old to be scared to open a bottle of champagne.

    • Robin: I'm going to Orlando for a week on Friday. Some guy is attempting to make the world's biggest pancake. Guess who's covering it?
      Ted: That's gonna' take a week?
      Robin: Yeah, he's gonna eat it too. It's another record.

    • Barney: Why are we still sitting here? Let's go, we can still make last call. What do you say, Lil? Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum? Coz you're a pirate?

    • Robin: Hold on, wait a minute. Promised you these.
      Ted: Olives, thanks. I love you. What is wrong with me?

    • Ted: So, you're a reporter?
      Robin: Sorta, I do those fluff stories at the end of the show, like... Monkey can play a ukulele. I'm hoping for some bigger stories.
      Ted: Bigger... like, a Gorilla with an upright bass? Sorry, you're very pretty.

    • Ted: She didn't even give me the signal!
      Barney: What, is she gonna... is she gonna bat her eyes at you in morse code? (bats eyes) Ted... kiss me. No! You just kiss her!
      Ted: Not if you don't get the signal!
      (Barney spontaneously kisses Marshall)
      Barney: Did Marshall give me the signal?
      Marshall: No! (to Lily) I didn't, I swear!

    • Barney: Have you forgotten what I said to you the night we met?
      (flashback to the same bar, where a younger, goatee-wearing Ted sits in a booth. Barney drops down next to him)
      Barney: Ted, I'm gonna teach you how to live.
      (Ted stares at him)
      Barney: Barney. We met at the urinal.
      Ted: Oh, right.
      Barney: Lesson one, lose the goatee. It doesn't go with your suit.
      Ted: I'm not wearing a suit.
      Barney: Lesson two, get a suit. Suits are cool. Exhibit A.
      (motions to his own suit, then winks to a girl off camera)
      Barney: Lesson three, don't even think about getting married 'til you're 30.
      (back in the present)
      Ted: Thirty. Right, you're right.

    • Lily: Ugh! I'm exhausted, it was finger-painting day at school and a five year old boy... (Opens jacket to reveal a hand shaped stain on her blouse) to second base with me.

    • Barney: So, Ranjit, you must have done it with a Lebanese girl...
      Lily: Ok, that's my Barney limit.

    • Barney: (over the phone) Meet me at the bar in 15 minutes. And suit up! (Later, Ted arrives at the bar, where Barney is waiting)
      Ted: Hey.
      Barney: Where is your suit? Just once, when I say "suit up", I'd wish you'd put on a suit!
      Ted: I did, that one time.
      Barney: It was a blazer!

    • (giving a toast)
      Marshall: To my fiance!
      Lily: To the future!
      Ranjit: To one hell of a night!

    • Older Ted: (voice over about seeing Robin for the first time) It was like something from an old movie. Where the sailor sees the girl across the crowded dance floor and turns to his buddy, and says, "See that girl? I'm gonna marry her someday."
      Ted: Hey, Barney. See that girl?
      Barney: Oh, yeah, you just know she likes it dirty.

    • Ted: I'm so happy for Marshall, I really am. I just can't imagine settling down right now.
      Yasmin: So, do you think you'll ever get married?
      Ted: Well, maybe eventually... some fall day, possibly in Central Park... simple ceremony, we'll write our own vows... band, no DJ, people will dance, I'm not gonna worry about it!

    • Marshall: (rehearsing with Ted) Will you marry me?
      Ted: Yes, perfect! And then you're engaged, you pop the champagne, you do your toast, you have sex on the kitchen floor! Don't have sex on our kitchen floor.

    • Barney: (after Robin throws a drink in Ted's face) De -wait for it- Nied! Denied!

    • Barney: There's no such thing as the signal! But yeah, that was the signal.

    • Future Ted's voice-over: That, kids, is the true story of how I met your Aunt Robin.
      Son: Aunt Robin?
      Daughter: I thought this was how you met Mom?
      Future Ted's voice-over: Will you relax? I'm getting to it. Like I said, it's a long story.

    • Ted: You know what? I'm done being single, I'm not good at it. Look, obviously you can't tell a woman you just met that you love her, but it sucks that you can't. I'll tell you something though, if a woman, not you, just some hypothetical woman, were to bear with me through all this, I think I'd make a damn good husband, because that's the stuff I'd be good at. Stuff like making her laugh and being a good father and walking her five hypothetical dogs. Being a good kisser...
      Robin: Everyone thinks they're a good kisser.
      Ted: Oh, I've got references.

    • Taxi driver: Actually, I'm from Bangladesh.
      Barney: The women hot there?
      Taxi driver: Here's a picture of my wife.
      Barney: (whispering) A simple no would've sufficed.

    • Robin: I love a Scotch that's old enough to order its own Scotch.

    • Robin: I think I like your olive theory.
      Ted: I think I like your new French horn.
      Robin: I think I like your nose.
      Ted: I think I'm in love with you.

    • Ted: I gotta do what that guy couldn't, I gotta take the leap!...Okay, not a perfect metaphor, cause for me it's fall in love and get married, and for him it's...death.
      Barney: Actually, that is a perfect metaphor...(to Marshall and Lily who just got engaged) By the way, did I congratulate you two?

    • Barney: Hi, have you met Ted?

    • Marshall: I'm full of surprises tonight.
      Lily: So there's more surprises?! Like what?
      Marshall (screaming): BOOGADABOO!!! And that's all of them!

    • Barney: (answering the phone) Hey, so you know how I've always had a thing for half-Asians? Well, now I have a new favorite: Lebanese girls. Lebanese girls are the new half-Asians.

    • Ted: I've been there for all the big moments of you and Lily: the night you met, your first date, other first things...
      Marshall: Huh-uh-uh, yeah, sorry, we thought you were asleep.
      Ted: It's physics Marshall, if the bottom bunk moves the top bunk moves too.

    • Barney (to Ted): You suited up! This is totally going in my blog!

    • Cab Driver: Woah woah woah. Did you hit her?
      Lily (laughs): Hit me? Please! This guy can barely spank me in bed for fun. He's all like "Oh honey did that hurt?" and I'm all like "C'mon let me have it ya pansy!" Wow, complete stranger.
      Cab Driver: No, no, no, no! It's OK! Go on. So, these spankings, you in pajamas or au naturale?

    • Barney (on the phone): Hey, loser. How is not playing laser tag? Because playing laser tag is awesome! (to a kid) Oh, I killed you, Conner! Don't make me get your mom!
      Ted: Hey, listen, I need your help on something.
      Barney: Okay, meet me at the bar in 15 minutes. And suit up!

    • Ted: I could end up marrying this woman; I want our first kiss to be special.
      Lily: Aw, that's sweet. So you chickened out like a little bitch?

    • Future Ted: Son, a piece of advice: when you go on a first date, you really don't want to say "smurf penis." Girls don't ordinarily like that.

    • Ted: That was not the signal!
      Ted's Voice-Over: I asked her about it years later, and, yes, that was the signal.

    • Robin: My friend just got dumped, so tonight all men are "the Enemy".
      Ted: If it would make your friend feel better, you can throw a drink in my face.
      Robin: She would love that!

  • Notes

    • The German episode title is "Verliebt, verlobt, versagt", meaning "In Love, Engaged, Failed". The French title is "Un signe", meaning "A Sign". The Italian title is "Una lunga storia", meaning "A Long Story".

    • Music: "Cigarettes and Coffee" by Otis Redding; "Back on the Chain Gang" by The Pretenders

    • International Airdates: Germany: September 13, 2008 on ProSieben; Czech Republic: November 26, 2009 on Prima COOL

    • In his audition, which included the laser tag scene, Neil Patrick Harris did the dive roll that he does in this episode. Alyson Hannigan, who was in the next room during Harris's audition, asked Harris to bump the wall when he did the dive so that she knew that he had done it. Harris misjudged the space and he hit the wall harder than he intended knocking himself out.

    • MacLaren's bar and Carl the bartender are named after executive producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas's assistant Carl MacLaren.

    • The champagne that the group drinks at the end of the episode was real champagne, but the actors (including Marshall Manesh [Ranjit] who doesn't drink alcohol because of religious reasons) didn't know that fact until they drank it.

    • Awards and Nominations:
      This episode was nominated for the 2006 Excellence in Production Design Award for Television - Multi-Camera Television Series.
      This episode won the 2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series.

    • The theme song for the show is 'Hey Beautiful' by The Solids, which includes writers/producers/co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas.

    • After seeing this episode, Entertainment Weekly critic Henry Goldblatt gave it (and the series) an A-, saying, "We grossly underestimated the comedic talent of Neil Patrick Harris, who makes a very strong case to become this year's television breakout star... we never thought we'd laugh out loud with a laugh track again", adding that the episode has, "the best surprise ending in any pilot this year".

  • Allusions

    • Barney: (playing laser tag) Oh, I killed you, Connor! Don't make me get your mom!

      A reference to the Terminator movie where the robot was sent to the past to kill Sarah Connor and her son John.

    • When Ted sees the blue french horn, he calls it a "Smurf Penis," which he tells his son is typically a bad idea on a first date.

      The Smurfs were a fictional group of small sky blue creatures who live somewhere in the forests of medieval Europe. They began in a Belgian comic strip in 1958, but gained the most popularity from the Hanna-Barbera television series, which ran from 1981 to 1989.

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