How I Met Your Mother

Season 4 Episode 9

The Naked Man

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 24, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The gang learns a new way to get their dates to sleep with them after Ted walks in on Robin's date sitting naked on the couch.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • The Naked Man

    The idea of "Naked Man" was brought up by Mitch, the guy whom Robin slept with, making this episode really funny and the best among the rest. I never expected the short guy Mitch could be able to let the gang tried out "Naked Man", and there is another thing i really saluted of him, He Can Make Robin Slept With Him! Even until the end of the story, I could not know the real factor which caused Robin to sleep with Mitch. The quote "This works two out of three times" even made me laughing, rolling on the floor. It was just too funny, and it became even funnier, when it turned out Barney failed the "Naked Man". Overall, this episode was pretty cool, not merely because of sex, but the idea of Naked Man works.moreless
  • The best episode of this season yet!

    This episode is finally a good one again! It almost entirely focuses on sex, but the writers and the actors of this show are so talented, this totally works for this one. It's definitely the funniest episode of the 4th season yet and the screenplay is one of the best I've seen in this series. Every actor was good, but I especially enjoyed Alyson Hannigan, Josh Radnor and - as practically always - Neil Patrick Harris. Courtney Ford made a great guest appearance as well. Thus, I consider this the very best episode of this season to this point - by far.moreless
  • This works 2 out 3 times

    When Ted and Robin who broke up, he took some time to get over it. He has done the same with Stella. This time it was different. The first women he hooked up with was a 1994 Courtney Love (according to Barney) which because of what happened with her he eventually ended with Stella. I find it interesting that when things ended with Stella, he was broken down and with Robin he seemed more free. This time he finds a women. And that's how the episode started.

    Robin ends up finding someone and not someone you would expect. Robin tries to make things work with this guy is kind of callback when he dated this nerd-like guy from season 1. I think Robin tried to make things work with Mitch not because just to prove Marshall wrong but what she was going through herself. I think it's a cute way how Robin and Ted try to tell each other they are hooking up with someone. The list that Lilly made with the help of her friends to hooking up other then love were pretty good. I liked that Marshall tried sticking to his guns.

    It was kind of mini suspense when Ted, Barney and Lilly tried the naked man. Although it was not any suspense with Lilly. True to Mitch's word this worked two out of three times. I wonder if this actually works. My only complaint about this episode was that at the start it gave you some thought that this women that Ted would be serious with. I also liked the ideas how Ted and Barney discussed their ideas for the naked man. I also liked how Mitch knows that Robin is out of his league Anyway this was another wonderful and funny episode.moreless
  • The gang tries The Naked Man.

    "The Naked Man" is an awesome episode. I love how Ted asks out a woman named Vicky in the elevator and she accepts. I love how Ted comes home, he finds a naked guy sitting on his couch. I love how he shares with Ted about The Naked Man, which means if you're date isn't going so well, get naked and you'll increase your chance of getting laid because the other person will think it's adorable. I love how everyone tries The Naked Man, and everyone, but Barney succeeds. I give this episode a 10/10.moreless
  • Robin's blind date, Mitch, tells the guys that posing naked to a girl will get you laid 2/3 times guarenteed. The Group try it to see if it actually works.

    This ep has probably been the best of the season in the comedy stakes with a great premise that sees all the gangs get a few laugh out loud moments.

    Ted gets over Stella by asking Vikki, a girl he meets on the elevator, out to dinner. Things get interesting when Ted opens up to his apartment to see a naked man that Robin has invited in. Mitch (the naked man) tell Ted that if a date is going bad you strip naked and this will help you get the girl into bed, he guarentees that it works 2/3 of the time.

    Barney decides he will undertake the challenge of naked man and tries to convince Ted to do the same. Meanwhile Lilly is trying to find 50 reasons to have sex as Marshall believes the only good reason is love. This is only a minor arc in the story but I think it was a good one as Marshall finally got his best lines since the burger episode.

    When Ted realizes that Vikki is all wrong for him he attempts the naked man as the way of getting over Stella. Mitch tells the gang that it works 2/3 of the time and he is right with Ted, Barney and Lilly giving it a go. One fails and holds up Mitch's rule, a truely funny ep and I can only hope that this ep starts a trend for the rest of the season.moreless
Adam Paul

Adam Paul


Guest Star

Courtney Ford

Courtney Ford


Guest Star

Candace Moon

Candace Moon


Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Lyndsy Fonseca

Lyndsy Fonseca


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David Henrie

David Henrie


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • At the end when Mitch is walking down the street, he has two shadows: one projected on the pavement and another projected onto the wall behind him.

    • When Lily is about to write down the "50 reasons to have sex," she takes her pen out of her purse, takes off the cap, then grabs her cocktail napkin. But two camera shots later, she is again taking off the pen cap.

    • When Ted is describing all the crazy stuff he had walked into at their old apartment, they show the goat with date May 8, 2009. However, from previous references to the goat, the first time Ted saw the goat was some days before Ted's 31st birthday which, as stated on "The Goat", is April 25th, 2009.

    • When Barney's date yells at him and throws him out, as she turns back towards the camera her lips are visibly not moving, even though her voice can be heard.

    • When Ted is explaining the weird things he has walked in on at the apartment, a scene is shown from dated from 2004 in which he walks in on Lily painting several gymnasts posing. If this had taken place in 2004 Lily would have still had red hair.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Barney: There's paratrooping. (Gang looks confused) That's when you fly into a new city and go straight to a bar, with the sole intention of finding someone to go home with.
      Robin: Ah, you mean banging for roof.
      Marshall: (Coughing) Slut!
      Robin: I didn't do it, my college roommate did it!
      Marshall: Oh, I know Robin, I just have a cough. (Coughing) I don't really have a cough, we all know that "college roommate" is you. Slut! (Clears throat) Does anybody have a lozenge?

    • Robin: Are you wearing makeup?
      Ted: It's not makeup, okay. It's a sunscreen with a subtle tint- It's made for men! (pause) Sue me, I want my eyes to pop!

    • Marshall: (On Lily doing "The Naked Man) You just wanna do it to change the subject.
      Lily: Maybe. Hey, that's 49! Did it work?
      Marshall: Like I just flossed.
      Lily: I love you.
      Marshall: That's fifty.
      Lily: Oh, yeah! (they kiss)

    • Lily: (working on her reasons-to-have sex list) I'm stuck. I can't think of the last two.
      Marshall: (reading over her shoulder) "To reestablish good behavior, like shaving and dental hygiene?" Now you're conditioning me? Well, that's great! That explains why I always get an erection when I floss!

    • Lily: How can you be excited about this? Mitch slept with Robin, who you claim to be in love with!
      Barney: Lily, this is bigger than me and Robin! I mean, I've been working for years with my disguises and my gadgets...I'm like Batman. But this Mitch is like Superman. He just rips off his clothes, and he's good to go.
      Lily: What kind of gadgets are we talking about?

    • Robin: (reasons to have sex) He said he loves you, but you're not ready to say it back.
      Lily: 43.
      Ted: Wingman diving on a friend grenade sex.
      Lily: 44.
      Barney: The condoms are about to expire.
      Lily: 45. Wow, this is getting a little hard.
      Barney: 46.
      Lily: Oh! 47, you drop a Cheeto in his lap and when you went to pick it up he thought you were making a move so you just went with it!
      Marshall: Well, thank you for ruining the memory of our six month anniversary!
      Lily: You got me Cheetos!

    • Marshall: You befouled our marital bed because you couldn't get to sleep?
      Lily: You're the one who said, "That shadow on the ceiling looks like a scary toothless clown. Night, Lily!"

    • Ted: There is no way that will work on Robin. She'll just laugh at him and throw him out.
      Lily: Maybe she'll kick his ass first.
      Marshall: Maybe she'll shoot him with her gun.

    • Mitch: The Naked Man is best used as a last resort. Sort of a Hail Mary pass on a first date when you know there's not going to be a second date.
      Ted: How do you know there isn't going to be a second date?
      Mitch: Ted, look at me.
      Ted: I'd rather not, Mitch.

    • Ted: He may not fit society's definition of a hero, but he is the hero I needed, the hero who helped me recover from the disaster of my failed almost-marriage and get back into the game. He lives in the shadows. Is he a dream? Truth? Fiction? Damnation? Salvation? He is all these things and none of them. He is... the Naked Man.

    • Ted: I just had decent sex with an awful human being. I am back!

    • Barney: All these years I've been suiting-up when I should've been suiting-down.

    • Vicky: And then his cane missed the top step and I swear he was falling for, like, two minutes. Oh, I love old people.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The German episode title is "Nackter Mann", and the Italian title is "L'uomo nudo", both exact translations. The French title is "Ciel, un homme nu", meaning "Oh, My God, a Naked Man!".

    • Music: The song during Ted and Vicky's elevator montage at the beginning is Marching Band's "Gorgeous Behaviour".

    • According to DVD commentary, "The Naked Man" is a real concept that one of the writers performed "ten to twelve times" when he was younger.

    • International Airdate: Australia: June 10, 2009 on Channel 7; Germany: January 2, 2010 on ProSieben; United Kingdom: February 4, 2010 on E4; Czech Republic: November 4, 2010 on Prima COOL


    • The idea of 'The Naked Man' is actually first described in Doogie Howser, M.D.'s "Spell It...M-A-N!". The description parallels what Ted does with Vickie, but in Doogie Howser, the guy isn't as fortunate as Ted.

    • The ending of the episode is similar to that of Christopher Nolan's 2008 film, The Dark Knight, where Commissioner Gordon provides a narration of how Batman is the hero Gotham deserves, but doesn't need.