How I Met Your Mother

Season 4 Episode 17

The Front Porch

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 16, 2009 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • In the scene where Ted, Barney, Marshall and Lily gathered to watch Robin's morning show, it can be seen that Robin showed a photo of the gang to her viewers. And it was clearly the photo that they "supposedly" capture one year after that, when they meet up at the bar, drinking the 2500 dollar scotch (this can be seen in episode 4 of season 4 : Intervention). How can the picture exist when it was actually taken one year after that?

    • Barney says he always has to lie perfectly still so won't wrinkle his suitjama. However, in 2x05 when Lily is living with Barney we actually see him in two different pajamas, non of them being a suitjama.

  • Quotes

    • Barney: Tell me more about being married.
      Marshall: Well, sometimes, when you're married, you wake up to the smell of breakfast already on the table.
      Barney: And coffee, too?
      Marshall: Coffee, too! Sometimes, she'll even put out a vase of freshly cut flowers.
      Barney: I love flowers. And sometimes, when you're worried you've made all the wrong decisions in life, and you're not nearly the man you want to be, what does she do then?
      Marshall: Well, she tells you that you're great and it's all gonna be okay.
      Barney: That's wonderful. And she'll help you find other girls to have sex with?
      Marshall: I mean, I guess, maybe if you agreed on that beforehand.

    • Ted: Lily has taken it upon herself to sabotage many of my relationships, including ours.
      Lily: No, Robin was different. I didn't want you two to break up. But you wanted completely different things out of life and refused to deal with it. I could just picture that front porch.
      (in the future)
      Old Ted: Hmm. Two of hearts. Just like the two hearts of the children I never had because my lovely wife hates kids.
      Old Robin: A deuce. Exactly what my career dropped once I decided to settle down and marry Ted. Bridge. I win.
      (back to present)
      Marshall: Well, I not like that scenario one bit!

    • Ted: Did you break us up, too?
      Lily: Stop talking to me like I'm your enemy! You weep for these women, but you have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That those breakups, while tragic, probably saved you from a crappy and very expensive first marriage.
      Ted: Did you break me and Robin up?
      Lily: You don't want the truth. Because deep down you want me out there watching out for you. And deep down you know none of those women were ever going to be the mother of your children.
      Ted: (Standing up) Did you break me and Robin up?
      Lily: I did what I had to do!

    • Girl #1: Hi, we were having a who's hornier contest and spilled massage oil all over ourselves.
      Girl #2: Nice pajamas. Can we use your shower?
      (Barney smiles and winks at the camera; back to present)
      Ted: That's not a memory. That's from a porn movie.
      Lily: Not just any movie, that's the exact scene from (Barney looks at her) never mind.

    • Lily: Wait a minute. Those are your pajamas? You sleep in a pajama-suit?
      Barney: Of course. What else would I sleep in?
      Ted: A coffin.

    • Barney: I like this breeze.
      Marshall: You think that's good? Stand over this heating vent. It's like your junk's on a tropical island.
      Barney: Oh! Little Barney says mahalo.

    • Ted: Robin Scherbatsky, will you be my back-up wife?
      Robin: A girl waits her whole life to hear those words. Yes, yes, a million times yes!

    • Old Lily: Okay, bridges are wild. Four of a bridge means a royal bridge.
      Old Ted: I see your bridge, and I raise you three bridges.
      Old Marshall: Bridge! (throws cards down) I win!
      (Back to present)
      Barney: You have no idea how to play bridge, do you?

    • Ted: Lily, you had no right to interfere in my relationships. You got lucky. You met the love of your life in a dorm hallway when you were 18, but that doesn't give you the right to play God to the rest of us mortals down here who are still looking for someone. You are so concerned with who you and Marshall are gonna end up in that front porch with-you know what, you can have it to yourselves.

    • Ted: Lily, you can't manipulate people like that! I've known you twelve years, and I can honestly say I've never been more furious at you!
      Lily: Ted I...
      Ted: I don't want to hear it..
      Barney: Whoa whoa, settle down for a minute! I only have one question: how do these shirts feel in bed?
      Marshall: Come, let's go see.

    • Marshall: I'm sorry, Barney, but that is just the most ridiculous sleeping attire I've ever seen in my life. Anyway—
      (Marshall removes his robe to reveal a nightgown)
      Barney: Marshall's wearing a nightgown! Marshall's wearing a nightgown! Hey, guys, you know how in the future we're always saying, 'remember when Marshall wore a nightgown?' This is that time!

    • Marshall: Ted, Karen's a douche.
      Ted: Wow, thanks for sugar-coating it.
      Marshall: "Douche" is sugar-coating it.

  • Notes

    • The German episode title is "Der Veranda-Test", meaning "The Porch Test". The French title is "Petits sabotages entre amis", meaning "Little Sabotages Between Friends". The Italian title is "Il patto dei single", meaning "Singles' Pact".

    • International Airdates: Australia: May 11, 2009 on Channel 7; Germany: January 30, 2010 on ProSieben; United Kingdom: April 1, 2010 on E4; Czech Republic: November 18, 2010 on Prima COOL

    • Music: "The Man in Me" by Bob Dylan played when Marshall floats above the city in a Big Lebowski reference

  • Allusions

    • When Barney runs out jokes making fun of Marshall's night shirt, he yells out, "Something about Scrooge!" He is referring to Ebenezer Scrooge, the main character of Charles Dickens' 1843 novel, A Christmas Carol. In the story, Scrooge is awakened by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and Scrooge is depicted as wearing a night shirt similar to Marshall's.

    • While mocking Marshall's night shirt, Barney quips, "Was it nice to finally get out of that crowded bed and take Charlie to the Chocolate Factory?" He is alluding to Grandpa Joe, a character from Roald Dahl's children's novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In play and film adaptations of the novel, Grandpa Joe is often portrayed as wearing a night shirt in the beginning of the story when he shared one bed with Charlie's three other grandparents.

    • Barney makes fun of Marshall's "night shirt" and says, "So flying to Neverland with Peter and Tink, was that amazing?" Peter and Tink, or Tinkerbell, are characters from J.M. Barrie's novel Peter and Wendy, in which they fly to Neverland with the three Darling siblings from London: Michael, John, and Wendy. In Disney's film adaptation of the novel Peter Pan John is portrayed as wearing a night shirt.

    • While wearing a Darth Vader suit in a flashback, Lily borrows Mr. Spock's "Live long and prosper" catch phrase from Star Trek.

    • Lily's speech to Ted about how he wants her to protect him from bad relationships is referencing the famous courtroom scene in A Few Good Men between Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson, in which Tom Cruise asks Jack Nicholson for the truth and Nicholson responds with "you can't handle the truth!"

    • The dream scene where Marshall is flying over the city is the same one when The Dude is doing it in The Big Lebowski, including the same background music.

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