How I Met Your Mother

Season 6 Episode 4

Subway Wars

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 11, 2010 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Robin sets out to prove she's now a bona fide New Yorker by racing the gang to a downtown restaurant where Woody Allen is rumored to be.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • A Race in New York

    I think this shows the brilliance of season 6. Was this a good episode? No, not by season 6 standards. If was done in season 5, it would've been rated lower. The gang tries to prove who can reach certain New York places first using different ways of getting there. It had a little Trains, Planes, and Automobiles to it with Rat Race sprinkled to it. I think it was little sitcommy but over the top. Each member of the group had a reason to get there besides Barney who was smelling good. I thought it was funny how Ted was the crazy person on the bus. Not really surprising but funny. I also liked Marshall's reason to win. His song was funny as good. I think I would've liked this episode more if I was in New York. I think I would've liked this more. Maury Popvich was great in this episode. I think it was funny that seeing him was no big deal.

    I won't spoil who wins but what Barney did for Robin was very nice. I have always liked that Barney can and does nice stuff for people but doesn't want anyone to know. I think I appreciate this more because no not yet.moreless
  • The guys race to see who can use the most Microsoft products in 20 minutes.

    An average enough episode made all the worse by the Microsoft marketing dept's inability to understand the word "subtle". Ridiculous.

    That said, the episode is unfortunately a slide back towards the irrelevancy of season 5 with some big high concept idea driving the whole episode, in this case a race across New York with each of the characters using a different method of transport.

    HIMYM's strength as a show always came from the characters and it seemed like the writers were refocusing on them over the start of this season, I just hope this episode was only a small bump on the road back to a really funny show.moreless
  • The gang tries to prove that they are "real" New Yorkers.

    "Subway Wars" is a great How I Met Your Mother episode. I love how each character tries to prove that they are "real" New Yorkers. I love how Ted thinks stealing a cab from someone who really needs one is a "real" New Yorker. I love how Lily thinks that crying on the subway is "real" New Yorker. I love how Marshall thinks killing a cockroach with bare hands is a "real" New Yorker. I love how Robin does all three things in this episode. I give this episode a 8.5/10.moreless
  • 604

    I would not be surprised if this episode maintained to be the best episode on, because in my opinion, it definitely was one of the best episodes of How I Met Your Mother, it managed to be funny, entertaining, and very intriguing. I loved every minute of it, this epsiode was even, dare I say it... epic! I don't used that word a lot so that just goes to show how much I liked this episode, the plot for the episode was amazing. Racing to get to a restaurant, all the interactions from all the characters were amazing and everything managed to tie in together in the end, all 5 different plots.

    This is the How I Met Your Mother I grew to love, and I hope they keep this coming, because I haven't been so impressed with an episode like this since season 4, so that really goes to show how great this episode was. As I was watching it, I thought to myself that this episode might be under appreciated when I get on to like other episodes of How I Met Your Mother. Lets hope I'm wrong.

    One of the best episodes of this show, without a doubt, and entering this show's sixth season, that's really saying something.moreless
  • After a promising start to the new season that seemed to mark the return to a plot, the show has officially returned to where it was at the end of season 5. As the underlying story goes missing, so do the good jokes.moreless

    After a promising start to the new season that seemed to mark the return to a plot, the show has officially returned to where it was at the end of season 5. As the underlying story goes missing, so do the good jokes.

    I recently watched the first 4 seasons again that made this show so successful and found myself loving it again. The jokes where actually really funny to the point where you laugh out loud in front of the television, something that rarely happens with the new episodes. And there was actually something like story development.

    When you take this episode as a representative of the new style of HIMYM you just can't help it notice that something is fundamentally different now - and not in a good way. It's just trying too hard to be funny, failing horribly. Individual episodes seem disconnected from any underlying story. Think about it, this episode could have taken place in any other season - except it would have really stood out as the worst episode in that season, whereas now that's just the standard you expect every week.

    Bring back the plot. Bring back good, clever jokes. Past success is not going to be enough to keep a viewership around forever.moreless
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Shaughn Buchholz


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Jan Bryant

Jan Bryant


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Steve Rizzo

Steve Rizzo

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Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

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Marshall Manesh

Marshall Manesh


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Geoff Stults

Geoff Stults


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In the beginning of the episode, when the group is arguing over which form of transportation is faster, Barney repeats the phrase "carrots and peas," typical verbal filler for background actors.

    • Just after Maury Povich steals the cab from Robin, he is seen sitting beside Lily in the subway. He is also later seen sitting at the stairs when Marshall came passing by. How can he be all over the places at one time?

    • At the bar, Ted points out the route on his laptop. When they all jump up and start racing each other Ted takes the laptop with him. As soon as they leave the bar the laptop is gone and we don't see it again this episode.

    • The guy that wears a calculator costume says, "Clear everything" as he points to the CE button. It actually stands for "Clear Entry". The "C" (sometimes "AC") stands for (All) Clear, which clears everything.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Lily: (referring to Robin's encounter with Maury Povich in New York) Dude, everyone sees Maury Povich.
      Marshall: Maury Povich is everywhere! I'm sorry, Robin. But, you're not a real New Yorker until you see Woody Allen.
      Robin: I am a true and real New Yorker!
      Ted: (snickers) That's adorable! (in a slower, stressing tone) You're from Canada.

    • Lily: Marshall's here, let's go!
      Ranjit: Ted's in the way.
      Lily: Run him over!
      Ranjit: Running him over!
      Marshall: Baby! What the hell is the matter with you?
      Lily: Nothing, I just want to win this really badly! So badly I ditched my best friend when she needed me.
      Marshall: Aw, sweetie… you were also about to run over Ted.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Picture Editing for a Comedy Series (Single or Multi-Camera).

    • International Airdates: United Kingdom: January 13, 2011 on E4; Australia: February 10, 2011 on Channel 7; Germany: September 14, 2011 on ProSieben;Czech Republic: January 18, 2012 on Prima COOL


    • Marshall sings, "He brought the jukebox back to life with his Fonzarelli arm," and hits a jukebox to fix it, whereupon everyone cheers, "Aaay!" Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli was a character from Happy Days. Fonzie frequently hit a jukebox in order to fix it, and his catchphrase was "Aaay!"