How I Met Your Mother

Season 4 Episode 14

The Possimpible

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Feb 02, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Robin relies on a video résumé prepared by Barney to land a job in broadcasting before facing deportation back to Canada. Marshall suffers from 'dancer's hip'.

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  • At least Barney Did Something Beneficial.

    Barney has been my favorite character in How I Met Your Mother, even before I started watching it. In this episode, I finally felt that he at least did something beneficial to his friends. Robin Scherbatsky got a notice that she will be deported and she have to retunr back to Canada if she failed to find a job which is related to her field within 7 days. At first, she felt very sad as she has spent most of her life in New York. Marshall tried to help her, by giving a suggestion that she can continue staying if and only if she married an American, which made Barney Stinson excited at the moment, and he even kneeled down, preparing to propose to Robin. Before he attempted to propose, Marshall mentioned about the long duration of time is required for the marriage process. At first Barney was quite upset, however he showed his effort in this episode, by helping Robin to get her a job. He proposed the idea of using video resume, by showing his example to his friend. Robin tried it and gave up half way, as she felt that the video resume wont work in reality. However Barney proved her wrong at the end of episode, that he actually got her a job in Channel 12, which made Robin very excited hugging Barney. To me, what Barney did for Robin was too obvious that he actually likes her.moreless
  • Robin needs a new job

    Robin has been unemployed for a while now and has struggling to get one. This is something that I can relate to since at this time I was having a hard time finding one myself. I am glad the producers and writers did this because at this time many people were having trouble having a job. It turns out that she needs a job otherwise she will get deported. When Marshall was talking about the options that Robin could do it was funny to see Barney go on one knee when he mentioned marriage. Also, no I can't say it yet.

    The video Barney made for his potential employers was entertaining to say the least. There may be some truth in this because there seems more about flash then your performance to get a job. Robin's search for a job has the others rethinking their resumes. Ted as Doctor X or not as him was pretty funny. I like that he thinks no one knows he realizes it. Marshall was showing his feminine side again, when you find out that he has dancers hip. The jokes on him were pretty hilarious. What Barney did for Robin was really nice. I also like how Barney did it. He does many bad things but what he did for Robin was pretty nice. I think he did it for no just the group but more for himself. Also as usual a great song at the end.moreless
  • Robin may get deported back to Canada if she can't get another job.

    "The Possimpible" is an average How I Met Your Mother episode. In this episode, Robin gets a notice that she needs to get another job or else she'll get deported. I actually thought Barney's video was cool, but useless for a resume. I love how Robin gets a job by the end of the episode. This episode did a make point that there's some things that don't need to be added to resume. I love the flashback and you see Lily after her hot-dog eating contest and get to see Alyson Hannigan's baby bump. I love how the gang makes fun of Marshall for having "Dancer's hip. I give this episode a 7/10.moreless
  • Robin must get a job or face deportation.

    The show truly is a one man affair right now as Barney was the only one who said anything even remotely funny here. This episode was so bad that words cannot even do justice how bad this was.

    The deportation storyline has been done on just about every sitcom but usually a prerequisite for it being funny is that a stereotypical foreigner such as Babu from Seinfeld or Fez from That 70's Show is featured, not a Canadian.

    And how awkward were those Barney commercials? Who possibly thought that was funny and worthy of a good 5 minutes of television time? I want to slap that person.moreless
  • Another boring useless episode. I was quite disappointed about it.

    Barney yet again blocked out his feelings for robin and she was still blind. Not too much ted or lily and small amounts of marshel. The story line was not as good as i had thought it.

    Though the writers must of added in the part where lily was hotdog champion and added in the baby bump which was obvious. I cant wait for the next episode and hope it will be better than this one, as this one was like last weeks and nothing happend. We did however find out more about teds past which had nothing to do with the plot what so ever!

Regan Burns

Regan Burns


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Seth Morris

Seth Morris


Guest Star

Angela Martinez

Angela Martinez

Rochelle Harper

Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Lily's "Special Skills and Interests" on her resume reads as follows: Competitive Speed Eater (can eat 33 hot dogs in 8 minutes; New York City Speed Eating Champion, Junior Division, 1995), Painting, (Oil, Acrylics), Fluent in Italian, Certified in Teaching English as a Second Language, Proficient in Photoshop, Quark, Java.

    • According to Marshall's resume, he was also a finalist in the National Environmental Essay Competition in 1996, a Nicollet County Slam Dunk Champion in 1995, and Camper of the Year in 1990.

    • Along with "Program Director, 88.1 Wesleyan University Radio (WESU-FM)," "Summer Associate at Gradmore, Jellinek & Ross Parners, Boston, MA" and "Supervising Lifeguard at Poplar Hills Town House Condominiums, Columbus, OH" are also featured on Ted's resume.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Robin: I haven't been at Metro News 1 for four months, and I'm still getting all this fan mail.
      Lily: Wow, you had more fans than I thought.
      Ted: And only about 60% of them are prison inmates.
      Robin: What are these guys thinking? I am WAY past my "dating prisoners" phase. I mean, hello, I'm not 19 anymore.

    • Marshall: Dancer's hip is a serious thing. The doctor said if it gets any worse, I might need surgery.
      Ted: Vaginal rejuvenation surgery?
      Marshall: You know who didn't do a lot of operating on vaginas in college? Dr. X!
      Ted: He did just fine!

    • Barney: That's what corporate America wants: people who seem like bold risk takers, but never actually do anything.

    • Ted: (On the radio as Dr. X) Doctor X here, shooting truth bullets at you from an undisclosed location, 'cause if they knew where I was, they'd shut me down.
      Marshall: You're on the third floor of the Student Center next to the game room, you tool!
      Ted: Been reading a lot of letters about my segment on how racist this school's meal plan is.
      Lily: How can there be any letters if no one knows where you are, douche?

    • Marshall: I dance. More than you know.
      Lily: I don't even know how to respond to that.

    • Barney: All my life I have dared to go past what is possible.
      Interviewer: To the impossible?
      Barney: Actually, past that. To the place where the possible and the impossible meet, to become... the possimpible.
      Lily: The possimpible? Really?
      Barney: Inventing your own word shows creativity and vision.
      Marshall: Visitivity!

    • Ted: (recorded, as Dr. X) Remember, Dining Hall, Monday midnight, another Dr. X happening... I'll be there, because X marks the spot-ot-ot-ot-ot-ot.
      Marshall: If you think people liked your show, they did not-ot-ot-ot.

    • Robin: I can't break 15 bricks with my forehead.
      Barney: Robin, it's not 1950 anymore. Yes, you can.

    • Barney: Lottery girl's on.
      Robin: I just feel sorry for these women. This is where broadcast careers go to die.
      Barney: Check it out, I made a little game.
      Lottery Girl: And tonight's lotto numbers are: 19,
      Barney: Age you moved to New York after a photographer "discovered" you at a food court and said he would get you into Vogue Magazine.
      Lotto Girl: 53,
      Barney: Number of semi-nude pictures he took of you before you realized he had no connection to Vogue Magazine.
      Lotto Girl: 22,
      Barney: Age you claim you are.
      Lotto Girl: 31,
      Barney: Age you actually are.
      Lotto Girl: 45,
      Barney: Number of minutes it would take me to get you into a cab, out of your dress and into my Jacuzzi.
      Lotto Girl: And tonight's Super Big Ball is...
      Barney: What happens after we get out of the Jacuzzi. What Up!

    • Lily: Doctor X, you're still bragging about Doctor X?
      Robin: Who's Doctor X?
      Ted: Nobody knows. He was this genius mystery DJ.
      Marshall: It was Ted.
      Ted: His identity remains a mystery to this day.
      Lily: It was Ted.
      Ted: But this phantom of the airwaves changed the very face of college radio.
      Marshall: It was Ted.
      Lily: And your show sucked.

    • Ted: Is that you? Are you interviewing yourself?
      Barney: How can it be me? That guy's British.

    • Lily: Dancer's hip, Marshall has something called dancer's hip!
      Marshall: It's a basketball injury, they only call it that because it's common among ballet dancers. (realizes what he's done) Oh, no.
      Robin: Do any of the other little girls in your class have dancer's hip?
      Ted: Is it easier to dance with no external genitalia?
      Marshall: Yeah, don't step over it, just go right for the throat!
      Lily: Yeah guys, come on. Marshall didn't get this from dancing. The stirrups were probably just set too high during his last visit to the gyno.

  • NOTES (5)

    • The German episode title is "Die Tänzerhüfte", meaning "Dancer's Hip". The French title is "Possible, pas possible", meaning "Possible, Not Possible". The Italian title is "Nessun limite", meaning "No Limit".

    • International Airdates: Australia: April 20, 2009 on Channel 7; Germany: January 16, 2010 on ProSieben; United Kingdom: March 11, 2010 on E4; Czech Republic: November 15, 2010 on Prima COOL

    • Lily's large belly after hot dog eating contests is a way to work Allison Hannigan's real-life pregnancy into the show.

    • The website that Barney mentions really exists and plays the résumé seen during the episode.

    • Original Title: "Barney Stinson: That Guy's Awesome"


    • Barney's video résumé, the plotline, and the title of the episode are plays on Alexey Vayner's video résumé, "Impossible Is Nothing", which appeared on the Internet in 2006.