How I Met Your Mother

Season 4 Episode 10

The Fight

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Dec 08, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Ted—to prove he's not a milquetoast—and Barney—to impress Robin—pick a fight with a group of guys sitting in the gang's favorite booth at MacLaren's.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • It was all about Fight!

    From this episode I could say that most of the scene were about fight. Ted joined the fight as he took it as one of his life experience, and Barney also showed up after he realized Robin was attracted to guys who actually fight to show their manly attributes. The interesting part started when Doug beat the gangs up without Ted and Barney's help, however Barney claimed that he actually went for the fight, finally Doug cheered them inside the bar with crowd around full with joy. Marshall doubted it, so he tried to fear Barney and Ted that they might get sent to jail, sued by the two guys inside the bar. Then, Ted confessed that Doug did the fight alone, and it was not their fault at all, and finally Marshall aided them to drop the law suit.

    However Doug felt very angry, when he realized that actually three of them put him into a hot soup, and he speculated about the reason why Stella left Ted, was because Ted was a wuss, and Ted lost control emotionally and then he fought with Doug, but Doug knocked him out. Anyway, this was the fight which Ted had ever been into. Marshall solved the case, by eventually knocking Doug out, and this scene was added with a funny part as well, where Barney actually ran away and escaped when Doug wanted to fight. Overall, Marshall was the hero in this episode, and this was the time he actually shone.moreless
  • Ted is in a fight

    When Ted got left at the altar he wanted to confront Stella only to find out that she was actually happy. I find it interesting that now is the time Ted decides to deal with the anger he has been dealing with. Doug the bartender who apparently has been around for some big moments wants Ted and Barney to join him in a fight with some guys who were in the gangs spot. I think that Doug played by Will Sasso did a good job of playing him. The fight with the guys against Doug, Barney, and Ted did not happen. More on that later.

    Ted and Barney decide to join Doug when he asks them. Ted did it because he is not going through a good time and Barney because he sees that Robin is into this kind of thing. I like that Ted did for himself. At this point Barney is back on Robin or in his words from a previous episode on top of. I loved all of the references to past events. Marshall has been against the guys fighting. The jokes the gang had on Marshall were pretty amusing. The "fights" the gang thought they had were also funny especially the "cocoa Another thing I enjoyed was how Marshall made the guys think that they were in trouble and later how he helped them. The only thing I didn't like about the episode was how Ted playing this Then again Ted was going through a rough patch. The scenes in the Kindergarten were also enjoyable. I think I like Marshall's better. Another good thing was how Marshall didn't tell the kids the whole story. The actual fight was more interesting. I liked how Robin was into Marshall after he punched out Doug. Another highlight was seeing Barney running. I like the ending how it wasn't a lesson about not fighting.moreless
  • Doug. the Bartender has an obsession with fighting.

    "The Fight" is a hilarious How I Met Your Mother episode. In this episode, the bartender Doug is very loyal to his regular customers, so he challenges these guys to a fight who are sitting in Ted, Barney, Robin, Lily, and Marshall's both. I love how Doug invites Ted and Barney to participate in this fight. I love how Doug beats these guys up alone, but he thinks Ted and Barney helped. I love how Ted and Barney beat themselves up to make it look like they fought. I love how Ted and Barney get sued so they have to confess that didn't actually do any fighting. I love how Lily found Barney's wounds sexy. I love how Doug gets angry when he finds Ted and Barney portrayed them and he challenges Ted and Barney to a fight. I love how Ted punches Doug, and then Doug knocks out Ted, and Barney runs away, and Marshall beats up Doug. I love how Marshall reveals his fights with his brothers were more than just fights. I give this episode a 9.5/10.moreless
  • I have laughed 20 minutes long. It was so well organized and jokes were amazing. Sometimes i have miss some jokes because of laughing.

    I have laughed 20 minutes long. It was so well organized and jokes were amazing. Sometimes i have miss some jokes because of laughing.Espically lightsaber scene and Kindergarden scene were amazing. Actually i didn't like photoshoped bartender scenes because its kind of braking the spell of the show. Because the crew was always making the story so smooth and connected each other this will make their so free and they could add everything they want. So i hope they will not use it very much.

    Usually HIMYM crew are not making very good episodes after holidays but this episode was hillarious and over-reached my expactations. 10 point :)moreless
  • Fight.

    This episode was pretty average, I think what made this episode stand out was that in the end, friends stand up for friends no matter what the circumstance may be. We see that Barney is still in love with Robin since he was trying to impress her with his fighting skills. In this episode: Ted & Barney pretend to get in a fight with some people at the bar, when really the bartender was the one who beat them up. They love all the attention, especially from Robin, but then they end up getting sued for assault, they turn to Marshall for help and tell the truth. You see Robin hitting on Barney before she found out the fight was staged. Robin really is a nutty character, isn't she? So then after they get sued, they end up throwing the bartender under the bus, that's when the real showdown begins. The bartender ends up fighting Ted, then Marshall ends up standing up for Ted regardless of everybody calling him a wuss throughout the whole episode, and he punched the bartender in the face, and he convinced the people who were assaulted to drop the charges against Barney & Ted. Marshall really is a good friend. Other than the good plot, it seemed like this episode was lacking, it didn't have much of a side plot, and didn't have an ongoing arc going for any of the characters. It just felt like something was missing, regardless of how funny the plot may be. When an episode doesn't feel complete, it often ends up getting a low score. But I guess the main plot made up for it. Okay episode.moreless
Will Sasso

Will Sasso

Doug Martin

Guest Star

Ethan Dizon

Ethan Dizon


Guest Star

Davis Cleveland

Davis Cleveland


Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Charlene Amoia

Charlene Amoia


Recurring Role

Ned Rolsma

Ned Rolsma

Marcus Eriksen

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The scene that shows Thanksgiving in 3-5 years correctly leaves out Marshall's father, Marvin. As we now know, Marvin Eriksen dies in the Season 6 episode "Bad News", two years from this episode.

    • At the end of the episode we see a flash forward to "Thanksgiving three to five years from now" and it is Marshall's family and Lily, but in Slapsgiving Ted states that every year all the friends spend Thanksgiving at Marshall and Lily's (not his parents).

    • In this episode Marshall states, "I've been in plenty of fights," a point which is proven by the end of the episode. But in "Sweet Taste of Liberty", after he confronts a man about touching Lily he claims he's never been in a fight before.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Marshall: I just explained that you guys are wusses. We had a good long laugh about it. I explained that you get a mani-pedi once a month.
      Barney: Weekly, Wolverine. Some of us care.
      Marshall: And how you played the hammered dulcimer in the medieval chamber group at Wesleyan.
      Ted: Well, did you at least tell them how we ranked second in medieval chamber on the east coast?
      Marshall: Oh, I did. And we all agreed it was much more likely that one guy beat up three guys than that you two had anything to do with it.

    • Ted: I think we should go someplace else. In this bar I will always be known as the guy who was left at the altar. It sucks.
      Barney: Good Times.
      Ted: Uh-oh, we lost Barney.
      Robin: What do you mean?
      Lily: There's a woman over there in a tight red sweater, and he's not listening to a word we're saying.
      Barney: Gimme a Break!
      Ted: Long ago, he learned that he can fake a conversation by listing black sitcoms from the '70s and '80s. Right, Barney?
      Barney: What's Happenin'?
      Lily: Hey, Barney. Wanna go and do stuff that I don't even let Marshall do to me?
      Barney: Diff'rent Strokes!

    • Lily: (watching Doug and Ted) God, I'm scared.
      Robin: Yeah, me too. Is Doug seeing anyone?
      Lily: Are YOU seeing anyone? You really should be.

    • Marshall: Ted couldn't fight. Look at him. He wouldn't last five minutes in a fight.
      Ted: Well, maybe more than five.
      Marshall: He's got the muscle definition of linguini.

    • Ted: I can't go to prison! Although I could get a lot of reading done, finally write some short stories, work out all the time... Seriously, if I don't come out of there totally ripped...
      Barney: Ted, we can't go to prison! People get shivved in the joint! Plus the meals are really starchy.

    • Barney: Are you crying?
      Ted: Yes I'm crying! You just punched me in the nose!
      Barney: Oh, that'll swell up. You'll look like Owen Wilson!

    • Robin: There are plenty of legitimate reasons to get in a fight. It might not be pretty, but in certain situations you gotta do what you gotta do.
      Ted: Right, I forgot, she thinks fighting is sexy.
      Robin: No, I do not... a lot! Look, I come from a culture of hockey players. If a guy can throw down it's somewhat way hot. And scars? Hello! If a guy's got a scar, he's got a Robin, and if he's missing teeth, I'm missing my pants!

    • (Robin turns to Lily after the fight)
      Robin: Marshall looks good, has he lost weight?
      Lily: Bitch don't even...

    • (Ted giving a speech to Lily's kindergarten children)
      Ted: Turns out getting in a fight was a terrible idea. And that's my story
      Lily: And what did you learn?
      Ted: Well, I learned that fighting is bad, and you shouldn't do it ever!
      Lily: Any questions?
      Kid 1: Yea, where do you find these people?
      Kid 2: I know, was there a big sale at the wuss-market?!

    • Marshall: You know what, Doug, I will gladly pay. And you know why? Cause that's what grown-ups do! They pay for their drinks and they don't get into fights. You know what I was doing while you guys were out there being immature? I tell you what I was doing...
      Barney: ...your nails?!
      Marshall: Hahaha, NO, I was doing...
      Ted: ...a relationship-quiz in this month's Cosmo?!
      Marshall: NO, I was doing...
      Barney: Your best not to cry when Big came back for Carrie at the end of the Sex and the City movie?!

    • (Lily breaks up a fight between two of her kindergarten children)
      Lily: Okay, okay, okay, stop fighting.
      Kid 1: Why?
      Lily: Because it's stupid and juvenile.
      Kid 2: We're six; we are stupid and juvenile!

  • NOTES (3)

    • The German episode title is "Weicheier", meaning "Sissies". The French title is "Le combat des Braves", meaning "Battle of the Brave". The Italian title is "La rissa", an exact translation.

    • Music: The song played during the "real" flashback of Marshall and his brothers fighting is "Murder Train" by The Foreskins, Robin's high school boyfriend's band.

    • International Airdates: Australia: March 9, 2009 on Channel 7; Germany: January 2, 2010 on ProSieben; United Kingdom: February 11, 2010 on E4; Czech Republic: November 8, 2010 on Prima COOL


    • Marshall makes fun of Barney for getting a mani-pedi "once a month", to which Barney makes a correction replying, "Weekly, Wolverine. Some of us care." Wolverine is one of the superheroes in the Marvel Comics series X-Men, and one of Wolverine's most distinguishable characteristics is his retractable claws.

    • In the second flashback to Marshall fighting with his brothers, both Marshall sitting on his brother's chest while pummeling his face and the swinging ceiling light are references to the scene in David Fincher's 1999 film, Fight Club, where the Narrator (Ed Norton) beats Angelface.

    • Once Ted has decided he wants to fight he states, "It's clobbering time," borrowing the catch phrase of Thing, a member of the Marvel Comics superhero team the Fantastic Four.