How I Met Your Mother

Season 4 Episode 22

Right Place Right Time

Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 04, 2009 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Marshall's ranking of Presidents by how dirty their names sound:

      1. Johnson
      2. Bush
      3. Harding
      4. Polk
      5. Filmore
      6. Pierce
      7. LBJ
      8. Hoover
      9. Bush
      10. Clinton

    • This episode contradicts earlier established continuity that Barney didn't become obsessed with sexual conquests until after his hippie phase working at a coffee shop, where his girlfriend was stolen from him as they were preparing to go on a Peace Corps mission.

  • Quotes

    • Marshall: What the hell happened to my charts?!
      Ted: We threw them away. That's how an intervention works. You wouldn't stop using, so we flushed your stash.
      Marshall: Come on, Ted! I need my charts! Just for today and then I promise I will never use charts again, I'm under a lot of pressure here, I need my charts, Jack!
      Ted: Oh, God. You're doing charts at work?

    • Marshall: (sees the intervention banner) What's going on?
      Robin: Enough with the charts.
      Barney: And the graphs.
      Ted: Really any visual representation of data.
      Marshall: I'm not an idiot. I know how you guys feel about my charts and my graphs. As a matter of fact, I made a chart of your reactions to my charts. (pulls out a chart) Let's take a look. It's true, since Cecilia your interest has been steadily dropping. But based on recent trends, I have also made a projection chart! And look, HUGE spike in interest coming! And this isn't some dead cat bounce. This is big sustainable growth over the long term!
      Barney: You're a big sustainable growth.

    • Barney: Marshall, you know how important this is to me. Do you think Lily would ever consider, I would do all the work—
      Marshall: I would end your life.
      Barney: Right.

    • Barney: Petra will be, if all goes well, wait for it, my 200th! Sorry, I couldn't wait, I'm too excited.
      Ted: 200th, as in 'sex with'?
      Barney: As in 'sex with'! I request the highest of fives!
      Ted: Not if I was wearing a HazMat suit.

    • Robin: It's food poisoning. I got food from this place, and three hours later I was spewing like an open hydrant.
      Ted: From where?
      Robin: Well, that's a gross question.

    • Future Ted: The great moments of your life won't necessarily be the things you do. They'll also be the things that happen to you. Now, I'm not saying you can't take action to affect the outcome of your life. You have to take action. And you will! But never forget, that on any day, you could step out the front door, and your whole life could change forever. You see the universe has a plan kids; and that plan is always in motion. A butterfly flaps it's wings, and it starts to rain. It's a scary thought, but it's also kind of wonderful. All these little parts of the machine constantly working, making sure that you end up exactly where you're supposed to be, exactly when you're supposed to be there. The right place. At the right time.

  • Notes

    • The German episode title is "Zur richtigen Zeit am richtigen Ort", the French episode title is "Au bon endroit, au bon moment", and the Italian title is "Al posto giusto nel momento giusto", all exact translations.

    • International Airdates: Australia: June 15, 2009 on Channel 7; Germany: February 13, 2010 on ProSieben; United Kingdom: May 6, 2010 on E4; Czech Republic: November 29, 2010 on Prima COOL

    • Music: "Glad Girls" by Guided by Voices

    • To keep the ending a surprise, Sarah Chalke's appearance was not listed on pre-air press releases.

    • Though credited, Alyson Hannigan does not appear in this episode due to her pregnancy.

  • Allusions

    • Marshall's Venn diagram, depicting the intersection of "People Who Are Breaking My Heart" and "People Who Are Shaking My Confidence Daily" to be "Cecilia", is derived from the lyrics of Simon & Garfunkel's 1970 song, "Cecilia".