How I Met Your Mother

Season 1 Episode 10

The Pineapple Incident

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 28, 2005 on CBS
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After being forced into knocking back five shots, so he will stop thinking, Ted goes on a partying rampage. The next morning he wakes up with a woman in his bed, but he does not know who it is. So he turns to his friends to try and piece the night together and work out who the woman is in his bed.moreless

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  • One of the best sitcom episodes ever

    Drunk episodes are very common in a lot of sitcoms, and it's not hard to see why. However most are carbon copies of each other where the drunken character goes through a myriad of hilarious situations told in past tense the next day piecing together what he had done.

    In the hands of the brilliant writing crew of How I Met Your Mother it's rejuvenated.

    The beginning sets up some small tidbit set ups that'll be used later on, such as Carl being a vampire and the girl that Barney tried getting at whose number he got.

    Ted's night starts unfolding as each new character, originally believing to have tucked him in at night, finds out later that he managed to make his way back to the bar. This had done a great job of revealing some fabrications of some characters, like Barney who faked the number to prove his point.

    And one by one we see the set ups ignite like fireworks on the fourth of July while replanting new ones. Like Ted presumably calling Robin to go back to his place, and then finding out it's another girl instead.

    The premise behind the episode, not thinking, was utilized greatly here and portrayed nicely. He drank a crap load of shots and it earned him an easy lay, and it's the first time he's ever admitted his feelings for Robin since the pilot.

    Simply the best How I Met Your Mother episode yet.moreless
  • One of the best episodes of the series!

    That's how comedy should be! A good joke about every 20 seconds (no kidding!), great acting (especially "drunk" Josh Radnor), and some really rememberable moments. The pineapple and vampire running gags were awesome and bartender Carl had also a hilarious minor role. Actually, this episode is better than the already excellent pilot - there's just one teenie-weenie flaw: Robin's date with a hundred-millionaire? That was somehow unfitting, but nevertheless I see this episode as one of the all-time best of How I Met Your Mother.moreless
  • Amazing

    Absolutely one of the best episodes ever. Everybody was awesome. Obviously Ted was in this episode the best.
  • Pineapple

    How I Met Your Mother has many mysteries (like who is the mother) and this episode was one of them. It's one of my favorites and think there is a connection to the mother. (more on this later) Even though at this point the relationship between Ted and Robin was dead, I think this episode rekindled that. I liked the role of Trudy. (She played Winnie in Wonder Years) I really liked how this episode was set up. When you think it's one thing. it ends being another. When future Ted was explaining what happened, it's a common theme that happens in the show, Ted not remembering what happened over 20 years ago. Drunk Ted is funny (vomit free since 93).

    Speaking of the pineapple, I think somehow, someway the mother gave it to Ted but since he was drunk, and no one told him, he didn't remember.moreless
  • Ted gets drunk.

    Those are the three words that best describes this episode. In an episode that is similar the movie "The Hangover"; except made prior to the film, Ted asks for help trying to figure out what happened last night. This is after he wakes up with a sprained ankle, a burned jacket, a girl in his bed, and a random pineapple on his nightstand. The sprained ankle comes from him falling off a table at the bar. Barney deliberately burns his jacket. The girl in his bed, the gang suspects at first, is Robin, but they later figure out it's just a random girl from the bar named Trudy. And the pineapple, well... they never figure out where that came from, but apparently it was delicious. Plenty of other things happen like Ted calling Robin multiple times, who went out on a date that night. He also is disappointed to hear he puked, which ends his "vomit-free since '93" streak, until Trudy reassures him that he in fact did not throw up. He's pleased with that at least. In the end, he wants to make Robin jealous by showing Tracy but she escapes out the fire exit. Robin thinks Ted's just hallucinating but in the end it comes out to be one of my favorite episodes of Season 1. I'm sure many others share the same opinion as well.moreless
Joanna Leeds

Joanna Leeds


Guest Star

Danica McKellar

Danica McKellar


Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Joe Nieves

Joe Nieves


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Carl wrote a phone number on Ted's arm in case he got lost, and then he could come and take him home. But he wrote a phone number to McClaren's bar not his cell phone or home number and even if someone would call after the bar was closed Carl wouldn't pick up the phone.

    • Lily jokingly insults Barney in this episode and lifts her hand for a high five. In response, Barney shakes his head and doesn't high-five her. This exchange recalls a moment in the pilot episode when Barney makes an inappropriate comment and Lily shakes her head instead of high-fiving him (an exchange which was ad-libbed by the two).

    • When Ted calls Barney the morning after, when Ted, Lily, and Marshall walk into the bathroom and find Barney in the tub, Barney's phone is open and up to his ear, but Ted's phone is still ringing.

    • Producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas wrote the theme song to the show, and their bandmate Pat Butler makes an appearance as the drunk at the bar in this episode. They've played as the The Solids on and off since their days back at Wesleyan University.

  • QUOTES (30)

    • Lily: These look kinda like blood.
      Marshall: OK, I know that you've all dismissed this theory before, but is there any chance that Carl is a vampire?
      Barney: That's ridiculous.
      Marshall: I'm serious. Think about it. He always wears black, we never see him in the daylight, only after dark.
      Robin: Oh my God, that does describe a vampire, or you know, a bartender.

    • Marshall: OK, think about this, is there even a single item on the menu that has garlic in it?
      Lily: Garlic fries.
      Marshall: OK, well, I'll get back to you.

    • Barney: That's the whole point of getting drunk. You do things you would never do in a million years if you were sober.
      Lily: Says every girl you've ever slept with.

    • Ted: (to Robin) I don't say this enough, but you're a great woman, and a great reporter. You should be on 60 Minutes. You should be one of the minutes.

    • Lily: There's a girl in there.
      Ted: I know.
      Marshall: And a pineapple.
      Ted: I know.
      Lily: Who is she?
      Ted: I don't know.

    • Ted: Why are you sleeping in our tub?
      Barney: The porcelain keeps the suit from wrinkling.
      Lily: Wait, were you here when I went to the bathroom in the middle of the night?
      Barney: Don't worry, I slept through it. I totally didn't sleep through it. For a little girl, you've got a big tank.

    • Barney: (to Ted) There's a girl in your bed.
      Marshall: And a pineapple. Am I the only one who's curious about the pineapple?

    • Ted: Did any of you write that?
      Lily: (reading what's on Ted's arm) Hi, I'm Ted, if lost, please call...Who's number is that?
      Ted: I don't know.
      Marshall: Dude, call it. Hold on, I'm gonna make some popcorn.

    • Ted: Barney, you've always taken care of me. You are a gentleman and a scholar. Go into my stable and take my finest stallion. He's yours, his name is Windjammer.

    • Ted: Hey, how easy do you think it'll be to sneak into the zoo? I have to see some penguins, like right now.

    • Ted: Thanks Carl. We can't just be friends, we're attracted to each other and we both know it.
      Carl: Excuse me?
      Ted: Me and Robin. Me and Robin, I have to make one more call.

    • Ted: (on the phone) Hey, it's me again. Look, who are we kidding? You and I are both attracted to each other. We're young, we're drunk, half of us anyway. And we only get one life, so why don't you come over to my apartment and we'll think of something stupid to do together?

    • Lily: You know who might have something to say about Ted's future with Robin? Robin. Go wake her up.
      Ted: Wake her up and say what?
      Barney: Daddy's home.

    • Trudy's friend: I'm just surprised you didn't dump him sooner.
      Trudy: I know, it's two years of my life I'm never getting back. A little part of me just wants to jump the bones of the next guy I see.
      Barney: Daddy's home.
      Trudy: Or the one after that.

    • Ted: (record form phone) Robin! Come hang out! OK, I'm gonna make this sound until you come hang out. (makes weird sound)
      Robin: That goes on for three and a half minutes.
      Ted: Without a breath? That's gotta be some kind of record.

    • Robin: Get some sleep, Ted. You had a long night. (looks at the pineapple) And don't feel bad, I've woken up with worse.

    • Barney: You know what time it is? It's do o'clock!

    • Trudy: So I came over here. And now I'm really, really embarrassed.
      Marshall: (yelling) Damnit Trudy! What about the pineapple?!

    • Ted: Why do they call it karaoke anyhow? Was it invented by a woman named Karey Oke? These are the kind of things I think about.

    • Ted: OK, first of all, hundred millionaire. And second, she's not the girl of my dreams. We're just friend. Look, it would not be smart if we got together. I mean, I'm looking to settle down. She's looking for...
      (Barney starts snoring, Ted stops talking)
      Barney:You done? Great. Check out table number four. See that little hottie on the end? She's short, but has an ample bosom. I love it! She's like half boob. (whispers to Ted) Let's go.
      Ted: Yea and say what? What's our big opening line?
      Barney: I was uh....'Daddy's home'.
      Ted: Daddy's home?
      Barney: Yeah!
      Ted: Okay, want us to go over there, right now, and say to those girls, 'Daddy's home'. Really think about that, Barney.
      Barney: Hmm...yea, I think it's pretty solid.

    • Ted: So what, you..uh you want me to do a shot?
      Barney: OH NOO. I want you to do FIVE shots. [pushes tray of other four shots to Ted]
      Marshall: OOOH, more interesting.
      Ted: Barney, I think you've officially...
      Barney: NO! Don't think. DO!
      Marshall: Ted, he's right. You over-think. Maybe, you should over-drink.
      Marshall and Barney: Drink! Drink! Drink! Drink! Drink!
      Ted: Uh Lily, will you tell these guys how stupid they're being?
      Lily: Guys, you are being immature and moronic and DRINK DRINK DRINK!
      Marshall: OH!
      Barney: HA HA!
      Marshall, Lily, and Barney: Drink! Drink! Drink! Drink! Drink!

    • Barney: Ted, I believe you and I met for a reason. It's like the universe was saying ,"Hey Barney, there's this dude, he's pretty cool, but it is your job to make him awesome!"

    • Trudy: Still, I've had a pretty serious week. Think I should just dare to do something stupid...
      Ted: I'm something stupid. Do me!

    • Barney: Your brain screws you up Ted. It gets in the way. It happened with Robin, it happened with half-boob... and it's gonna keep on happening until you power down that bucket of neurosis, inebriation style.

    • Robin: (Shaking pineapple's leaf) Hi, Trudy, nice to meet you. (Turning to Ted) You're right...she is shy.

    • Ted: daddy's back?
      Barney: Yeah...and daddy came back with a seven digit Father's Day card named Amy!

    • Carl the Bartender: (to Lily and Marshall) If he pukes, you're cleaning it up.
      Ted: I haven't puked since high school. I'm vomit-free since '93!

    • Ted: You lit me on FIRE!? (Referring to when Barney lit Ted's coat on fire for calling Robin again)

    • Lily: I'll say, she's going out with a billionaire.
      Robin: Lily, I told you not to call him that.
      Ted: Wait, you're really going out with a billionaire?
      Robin: He's not a billionaire. He's a hundred millionaire. Why do people always round up?
      Ted: So, where's Thurston Howell taking you?
      Robin: A charity dinner.
      Lily: Yeah, $2000 a plate.
      Robin: $1500. Stop rounding up. And it's for third world hunger.

    • Barney: There's only one reason he's taking her to this dinner and it's not so little Mutu can get his malaria pills.
      Lily I think my soul just threw up a little bit.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The German episode title is "Der Ananas-Vorfall", and the French title is "L'Affaire de l'Ananas", both exact translations. The Italian title is "La storia dell'ananas", meaning "The Pineapple Story".

    • International Air Dates: Germany: October 11, 2008 on ProSieben; Czech Republic: December 14, 2009 on Prima COOL

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      The song Ted plays on the juxebox is Cheap Trick's "Voices." The Jon Brion version of the same song can be heard near the end of the episode.

    • This is the first episode we don't see the kids in the beginning or end of the episode.


    • Marshall exclaims, "I love drunk Ted, he's so much more fun than regular Ted!" similar to Friends' "The One Where They All Turn Thirty" where Phoebe says, "I love drunk Monica, she's so much more fun than regular Monica!"

    • Marshall: Oh, bad idea jeans!

      Marshall's reaction to Ted's plan to call Robin is a reference to a classic SNL skit for a product called "Bad Idea Jeans." The commercial features actors wearing the jeans and announcing plans to do activities that are very ill-advised.