How I Met Your Mother

Season 5 Episode 3

Robin 101

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 05, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Robin thinks Barney is cheating on her, but learns he's actually getting "Robin 101" classes from Ted. Marshall tries to give away his barrel, Mabel, by leaving it on the sidewalk, but is miffed that no one seems interested.

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  • A guide on dating Robin - could have been funnier

    In this episode, Ted is giving Barney lessons on how to be the perfect boyfriend for Robin and more importantly, how he can prevent her from breaking up with him since he is a rather difficult guy to have a serious relationship with. The other story angle is Marshall giving away his beloved barrel, named Mabel, and him being disappointed because no one shows willingness to take it.

    Seldom, there were funny gags in this episode, but most of the time, the writers were unsuccessful in making me laugh. There was really stupid stuff that was supposed to be funny in here (the Korean guy in Ted's Robin 101 class; Ted saying 'bowl' umpteen times to make it sound weird), but totally wasn't. And since the plot isn't very good either, I didn't enjoy this episode very much. It may include some steps forward in the relationship between Robin and Barney, but I still think that this was a bit of an unnecessary episode.

    At the beginning of this season, Barney and Robin were only feigning that they are a couple, but now it totally appears that they are being serious with this. Since it's always very obvious when characters are lying in this series, I suppose the screenwriters are being sincere here. I don't really know, this seems pretty silly to me, considering what Robin and Barney were saying two episodes ago about them being a couple.moreless
  • How to date Robin

    This was a special episode because it was the first episode I have seen live. It was good because if this was the first episode I ever seen of this series, I don't know if I would be as interested as I am now. This was not a bad episode, but this was not like the others in the series seasons and this more like the other episodes of this seeing. Something was missing from this episode. I don't know what it was. It was not the actors or the producers but the plot didn't have its usual spin.

    Barney is having difficulty with Robin for the first time. All of a sudden he becomes good boyfriend. This was due Ted being the teacher. This was an interesting storyline. It was funny how Barney was acting in the class. (Can we have class outside?) I can understand what Ted did to Robin did cross a line but like Lilly said it was kind of sweet of him. It was also little bit of amazing how Ted knows about Robin. This was not just from dating her but being her friend as well. The ending was good but like the whole storyline something was lacking. For those that are watching the series up until this point it does get better.moreless
  • Ted teaches Barney how to be the perfect boyfriend.

    "Robin 101" is a pretty entertaining How I Met Your Mother episode. I love how Barney is not used to being a couple with Robin. I love how he sneaks out of bed as if it was a one-night stand. I love how Barney starts changing into the perfect boyfriend so Robin suspects he's cheating. I love how it's revealed that all this time Ted is teaching Barney everything he needs to know about Robin. I give this episode a 9/10.moreless
  • We see how the dating with Robin and Barney has been going. Then Robin discovers the Robin 101 class Ted has been giving Barney once a week and Barneys notes folder. We get to see the many sides of Robin from Ted's practiced eye.moreless

    This episode started out with a very funny shot of Barney climbing out the window at 3 am like he would with any other girl he might sleep with. Classic Barney and classic Robin. She takes it all in stride and reminds him they're dating and to get back into bed. He does, falling back into bed face first asleep. Funny bit.

    The episode slows a little at this point as we have the Lilly and Robin bonding part of the episode where Robin confides she thinks Barney's cheating. When Marshall comes in he inadvertently spills the beans. Forgetting the barrel bit, Marshall tells about Ted teaching Barney about Robin.

    So we get a peak into the life of Robin 101 as taught by Ted. Barney has such a short attention span he confides in Ted he has that AD whatever the other letter is syndrome. He couldn't pay attention long enough to get the last letter. He seems to pick up on Ted's interesting thoughts and I think they will serve him well.

    Of course Robin finds out and in the end she doesn't seem that mad. I mean he wasn't cheating and it was to better his relationship so she couldn't get too mad.

    Another entertaining episode with the gang. I think in a lot of ways this show has become more of a modern day version of friends in a weird way. I guess not too modern as Friends just ending in 2004. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Above average...

    HIMYM has finally managed to produce a decent episode after a really really long time. This wasn't drop dead funny, but at least it kept the stupid and dumb story lines(ex: Marshall's barrel story) to a minimum.

    The show still need to work on figuring out stuff that actually reflects the attributes of characters. For instance, Ted repeating 'bowl' a hundred times to see if it sounds weird is ridiculous. It simply makes him look like an idiot and is not funny at all. On the contrary consider a scene like- Barney involuntarily climbing out of the window at in the middle of his sleep. This is definitely funny, and it does look like something Barney would do.

    The Robin101 class was a good shot at doing something reasonable, and it did work fine. Fine improvement, but not awesome to give a 9 or a 10.moreless
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Olga Fonda


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Sophie Simpson

Sophie Simpson

College Girl

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Heather Nichols

Heather Nichols


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Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

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David Henrie

David Henrie


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Lyndsy Fonseca

Lyndsy Fonseca


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • It's revealed in this episode that Barney has ADD. It's a learning disability called Attention Deficit disorder. Like many teachers who taught special children, Ted realizes he has to make the class fun so Barney will learn.

    • Ted's Top 4 List of things never to do around Robin:
      1. Mention Hockey's lack of popularity in the U.S.
      2. Cry
      3. The "Guess Who" Game
      4. Musically Talented Animals

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Barney: Marshall, did you sell us out?
      Marshall: I was vulnerable! I said goodbye to a dear friend today.
      Robin: Dude, it's a barrel!
      Ted: Aw, you're giving Mabel away?

    • Robin: I have so many questions. Why would you do this? What were you thinking? Who the hell is that guy?
      Ted: Oh, that's Shin-Ya. He's sort of been auditing the class.
      Robin: Auditing?
      Ted: Yeah, I tried to explain to him it wasn't a real class, but I don't think he speaks English very well.
      Barney: On the bright side he came in handy standing in for you during the role-playing exercises.
      Robin: Wait, you did role playing exercises where I was played by Shin-Ya?
      Shin-Ya: (subtitle) They made me wear a wig. It was very demeaning.

    • Ted: What is Robin's dream job?
      Barney: To become the most successful woman TV journalist of all time.
      Ted: Correct. And if she achieves that, will she truly be happy?
      Barney: No. Robin's deep-seated need for attention can be traced back to her father's emotional distance. And no amount of success will make up for what she truly needs, which is six simple words from her dad: "Robin, I'm proud of you, eh?"
      Ted: YES!

    • Ted: Now we all know Robin's not what you'd call touchy-feely. She doesn't say I love you like a normal person. Instead, she'll laugh, shake her head, give you a little smile and say, "You're an idiot."
      Barney: "You're an idiot?"
      Ted: Yup. If she tells you you're an idiot, you are a lucky man. If she does say I love you, she's already broken up with you in her mind.

    • Marshall: (watching a man and dog walk by his barrel) Oh, come on, dude, you know you want to. A guy like you beard, no mustache, you're exactly the kind of guy who could use a sweet barrel. Do it. (The dog pees on the barrel) That is not a fire hydrant! For shame, sir! FOR SHAME! I bet you couldn't grow a mustache if you wanted to!
      Lily: Neither can you, sweetie.
      Marshall: Well, he doesn't know that baby, god!

    • Ted: (on how to distract Robin) One, the Vancouver Canucks 2004 Division Title.
      Robin: What? That's not distracting. That's just talking about the story of a scrappy little underdog team who prevailed despite very shaky goaltending and quite frankly, the declining skills of Trevor Linden.
      Ted: Two, proper gun cleaning and maintenance.
      Robin: You have to clean your gun! My uncle had a filthy old shotgun, blew both his thumbs off trying to shoot a beaver. You want to distract someone, make them watch my uncle try and eat corn-on-the-cob.
      Ted: Three, emperor penguins.
      Robin: Did you know that before intercourse, the male and female emperor penguins bow to each other? "Mr. Penguin." "Mrs. Penguin." Silly penguins acting all fancy! (starts laughing) What were we talking about?

    • Barney: Could we draw boobs on the chalkboard?
      Ted: We did that already.
      Barney: No, like really big boobs.
      Ted: No. Look, I need this, too. I've only been a professor a few weeks. Being up here, it's good practice for me.
      Barney: Can we have class outside?
      Ted: No. What Robin really wants deep down is (Sees Barney has his phone out) Barney.
      Barney: What? I'm tweeting about you, you should be flattered. How do you spell "blah, blah blah"? H's or no?
      Ted: Wow. You were just like the worst student in the world, weren't you?
      Barney: They said I had AD... something. Can we have class outside?

    • Marshall: What are you guys doing with Barney's secret Robin notebook? (Lily and Robin stare at him) Let me rephrase that. Did you two ladies lose some weight?

    • Robin: Here's Barney's briefcase. He forgot it here this morning.
      Lily: And what are you planning to do with it?
      Robin: We, we, you and I, are gonna open it up and look for evidence. Ted probably has a sledgehammer around here somewhere.
      Lily: No, stop, stop! Eye contact. Listen to me. Robin Scherbatsky is many things: friend, confidant, occasional guest star in some confusing dreams that remind me a woman's sexuality is a moving target. But she is not crazy jealous stalker bitch!

    • Ted: Be more attentive to where she is emotionally. Be present.
      Barney: Yes, totally. One thing, and this is just me, I like my testicles attached to my body rather than rolling around next to some eyeliner in Robin's purse. Stinson, out!

    • Ted: But the most important expression of all...
      (shows picture of a very angry Robin)
      Barney: Whoa...
      Ted: Flared nostril ridges, wide unblinking eyes. If you ever, EVER, see this face, Barney, run. And don't take a picture of it, she will punch you... and you will cry... for the third time... that night.

    • Robin: Well, since you know me pretty well... am I fooling myself with this whole Barney thing?
      Ted: I don't know. I will say this, though. I've seen Barney work very hard to get women. I've seen him work very hard to get rid of women. I've never seen him work this hard to keep one around.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The Italian episode title is "Il corso serale", meaning "Night School".

    • International Airdates: Australia: February 25, 2010 on Channel 7; United Kingdom: June 10, 2010 on E4; India: September 30, 2010 on Star World; Czech Republic: December 7, 2010 on Prima COOL; Germany: January 19, 2011 on ProSieben; Slovakia: November 17, 2011 on JOJ Plus