How I Met Your Mother

Season 5 Episode 14

The Perfect Week

7
Aired Monday 8:00 PM Feb 01, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Depressed over their own lousy weeks—Marshall and Lily were outed as toothrush sharers, Ted mistook a student's name for a gag, and a guy won't call Robin for a second date—the rest of the gang cheer Barney on towards a "perfect week": seven girls in seven days with no rejections.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Far from perfect, but still quite enjoyable

    6.5
    There were some good ideas in the script of this episode like Jim Nantz interviewing Barney as the whole concept for the episode, but most of it was done not that well. The "Cook Pu" jokes really started to annoy me after a while and they focused on the same toothbrush thing too much. There were some cool parts in it and most of the jokes were quite good, but they can do better. I liked the concept more than in some of the earlier episodes of this season and it's surely no bad episode, but with this nice idea of sleeping with 7 women in 7 days without getting rejected once they totally could have made more out of it.moreless
  • Perfect episode

    8.5
    No. Far from it but better then the last few. Everyone has different ways of dealing with stress. Even Barney does stress. No it wasn't about a women but it did have a factor. Barney's way is imagining that Jim Nantz is interviewing him. As he has done with football his work was incredible. He was himself and that's he needed to be. Barney's way of dealing with stress is not surprising considering who he thinks his father is. But it's still funny. It turns out that Barney is stressed due to him possibility of losing his job. He attempts a perfect week where he gets one girl in each day without rejection. On anyone else, it would be a little sick even weird but Barney makes it work. I do kind of wish in the past when he attempted it, you would've seen something from the playbook. His miscues on previous attempts was amusing. On a side note I wonder if any guy has attempted this or even been successful. But back to the episode. Barney's attempt had others cheering him on. The Cook Pu (here) never got old. It was right up there with Swarley. Another complaint about this episode you never saw Robin's guy. Based on his description he seems a cross between the naked man guy, that science fiction guy from season 1 and Captain Sweatpants from Big Bang Theory. Also why did Robin want him to cal. Still suffering from a guy. Barney? Don? Somewhat surprising Lilly doesn't put the stop she usually would for Barney. It does help that Barney could've lost his job and she does care for him. When she does realize how important this is to him, she does help Barney with girl number 7. Marshall's announcer voice and his Phil Ruzzuto were nice. The couples story with Lilly and Marshall had it's moments and showed how far they were at making couple friends although they should've done it sooner. Sharing a toothbrush was funny but sick. Nick Swisher did his best but baseball is more his game. I also liked how Robin would be if a Vancouver Canuk walked in the bar.

    So yes Barney was successful. Considering how Barney is at getting women his success at the perfect week was a tad surprising. (Intervention episode from season 4) It was funny when future Ted asked if he was a bad dad to this kids. The only other complaint that it had a bit of the season 5 stunk. However it was nice see an episode focused on Barney.moreless
  • Barney attempts a "perfect week".

    10
    "Perfect Week" is an awesome How I Met Your Mother episode. I love the beginning of this episode and Barney is being interviewed, but it's really part of his imagination. I love how he's explaining his attempt at a "perfect week". I love how the rest of the gang are having a terrible week. Robin went on a bad date and feels hurt that he didn't call her back. Ted thinking "Cook Pu" was a fake name was such a sad plot. Marshall and Lily freak out another couple when they find out Lily and Marshall use the same tooth brush. I love when we find out that both Ted and Robin have used that same tooth brush. Anyways, I love how Barney is really nervous that he might lose his job, so it's getting harder and harder for him to have a "perfect week". I love how Barney gets his perfect week and that he gets to keep his job. I give this episode a 10/10.moreless
  • Interesting concept,... poorly done!

    9.0
    I loved the idea of BVarney's 'Perfect Week'! It was a great concept for an episode of HIMYM, so that was this episode's biggest plus side!



    Nextly, I thought that they executed this stryline quite poorly. They didn't make it as interesting s they could have, because they focussed more on the other characters and not enough on Barney's goal. It was nice to see, but a bit too much of the others, in my opinion.



    Oerall, it was quite funny so I would recommend it, but it doesn't shape up well against most episodes in the past. Still, ana amazing show, and I can't wait until I see some more episodes!moreless
  • To cover the fact that he might be getting fired, Barney goes for a Perfect Week (bedding seven women in seven nights). Everyone else witnesses this and comments while Barney runs a replayed version with Jim Nance in his mind. Very clever premise!moreless

    9.0
    A pretty entertaining episode even though they always seem to get a little carried away. "Perfect Week!" "Perfect Game!" I guess baseball season is coming and the plots will be flying along those lines. The sports bits were really thick here. Jim Nance, Nick Swisher, The Yankees, The Vancouver Canucks, baseball, and hockey. That line from Robin about her panties and hockey was funny. Then Swisher saying the bit about baseballs great, but what about hockey! Robin, "I live just upstairs!"



    Cook Pu! Really... Boy Ted really blew that one up, didn't he. Not just once, but a number of times. Also Robin's date went from being a dud to being her dream man in the space of seven days just because he didn't call her. Those of you in the dating world take note. Finally, the toothbrush bit! Yuck... Marshall, Lily, Ted, and Robin were all using the same toothbrush for quite a while! So Barney has a "perfect week" and doesn't get fired after all. The firing was such an after thought anyways. Entertaining and funny in places. I think they need to do another teaching themed episode so we can finally meet Ted's wife to be. It may be time. Thanks for reading...moreless
Charlene Lovings

Charlene Lovings

Assistant

Guest Star

Jim Nantz

Jim Nantz

Himself

Guest Star

Nick Swisher

Nick Swisher

Himself

Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

David Henrie

David Henrie

Son

Recurring Role

Lyndsy Fonseca

Lyndsy Fonseca

Daughter

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • It is stated in this episode that Marshall and Lily have shared a toothbush for eight years. However in "Zip, Zip, Zip" in season 1, they are seen brushing their teeth together.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Ted: You also kept your toothbrush in the bedroom, which was weird.
      Lily: No, we kept it in the bathroom.
      Ted: No, there was only one toothbrush in the bathroom and it was mine. (realizes) Oh, no.
      Robin: So for eight years all three of you shared one toothbrush?

    • Marshall: You know how we've been looking for couple friends ever since Robin and Barney, and Ted and Stella, and Ted and Robin, and Ted and Victoria. Geez, Ted, when are you gonna get your life together?
      Ted: How'd we end up here?

    • Ted: Why aren't you guys sharing a burger?
      Marshall: We don't always share a burger.
      Lily: Yeah, we're not weirdos who share everything!
      Ted: Yes, you are!
      Robin: That's exactly what you are!

    • Lily: Trying to nail seven girls in seven days is a cry for help!
      Ted: Barney's whole life is a cry for help!

    • Jim Nantz: Never open an e-mail from Phil Simms in front of your children.

    • Wendy: Take out order for Cook Pu. We have a Number Two over here for Cook Pu.
      Ted: You guys got Wendy saying it now? Come on, like, I get it, Cook Pu is a stupid name and it gets stupider and stupider the more you say it. Cook Pu, Cook Pu, Cook Pu!
      Cook Pu: Here.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The Italian episode title is "La settimana perfetta", an exact translation.

    • International Airdates: Australia: June 24, 2010 on Channel 7; United Kingdom: August 26, 2010 on E4; India: October 20, 2010 on Star World; Czech Republic: December 27, 2010 on Prima COOL; Germany: February 2, 2011 on ProSieben; Slovakia: November 24, 2011 on JOJ Plus

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The music played while Ted and Barney were discussing the scouting report on the girls in the bar was the same music used in David S. Ward's 1989 film, Major League, a baseball movie about the Cleveland Indians, the team Ted roots for.

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