How I Met Your Mother

Season 5 Episode 7

The Rough Patch

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 09, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Ted and Marshall turn to Lily to break up a clearly miserable Barney and Robin after their own plan fails.

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  • Some bad ideas in the script, but this was actually quite a funny episode

    I was quite surprised that after the last couple of really terrible episodes, there would come a nice one like this. I've read some reviews that gave this episode very bad ratings and I get your point: the part where Barney got fat and Robin got ugly was not very good and they could've written that a lot better. And furthermore, the other three trying to break those two up again was also a poor idea. So what made me give this episode a 6.0 rating?

    At first, the cameo appearances of Alan Thicke and April Bowlby were amusing and way better than the original episodes with them. The one scene where we see those two as well as Lily, Marshall and Ted sitting in the car and discussing on how to break Robin and Barney up was one of the best scenes the series has ever had. There was so much talking in this scene and pretty much every said sentence was a joke or a reference to something happening earlier this episode. The side story with Barney giving away his adult film collection was okay, but the thing that made this hilarious was what Ted, Marshall and Lily were doing with the films.

    I also liked when they showed what actually happened with Barney and Robin in the diner and Barney getting back to normal again was a typical, predictable How-I-Met-Your-Mother-moment, but I thought it was good either way. All in all, this episode had a lot of pros and cons, but I would say it's the funniest episode of this lame season yet.moreless
  • The breakup that let things happen

    It took a long time for Robin and Barney to be together. When they did it, it was done in their own way and no one's else. As good as things started, quickly things got bad. The stress on them takes a toll. It was funny how Barney and Ted were shown. It remained me a little of when Robin's boyfriend from season 3 was shown. Barney's legend (of the fall) was pretty funny. Marshall and Ted try to end the realtionship for them but fail. They try to get Lilly to end it who if you remember ended many of Ted's. How the plan went into effect at first and now it actually happened was classic storytelling by HIMYM. Even though I am not a big Star Wars fan, I did like how the guys were serious in that guy was not a storm trooper. Some other funny moments from this episode were the start how Ted was going to get rid of the tapes Barney was giving him. Nice camera shot of how the tape goes into the VCR. Not be picky but why did Barney have a tape. This was 2009 and Barney. Seeing the nymph side of Lilly is always good for a laugh.

    Yes the realtionship of Barney and Robin ends, I did like how future Ted made a remark on how letting things work out for themselves. And if you are wondering about the TV show that Robin Sparkles was in? Well you would just have to wait for that.moreless
  • Wrong couple timing brought us this terrible break up...

    Barney is one of the most hilarious parts of the show, and changing him earlier also changes the whole show. At the same time, showing him falling in love with Robin and how he can change makes the viewers more interested and addicted to the show.

    The word is timing. And rushing his change led to unhappy womanizer Barney fans and now, unhappy Barney/Robin shippers after this episode.

    The problem about it is the way the break up happened. They had thousands of reasons to break-up and still, they didn't broke up for any of them.

    It just showed that they were unhappy together because... we really don't know.

    If it was because they were tied down then, how come Robin dated Ted for one year?

    Besides, they made a giant, cute build up for this couple just so it would end like this? Fast and unemotionally?

    Why didn't they just let Barney and Robin as friends, then? I can't help feeling like watching the episodes 3x16 to 5x06 were just a waste of time. Even though I know it wasn't because they have shown how a great couple they can become.

    So what's left for me to say is:

    I hope there'll be character development in the end of the show( I believe it is the right timing for it) that could(and, hopefully, will) bring Barney and Robin back together.moreless
  • Barney and Robin are going through a rough patch.

    "The Rough Patch" is a good How I Met Your Mother episode. I actually enjoy how Barney and Robin became the most depressing couple on this show. I love how Barney gained so much weight and Robin looks so old. I love how they decide to try and break up Robin and Barney and they completely fail at it. I love how looking at their reflection in the mirror and seeing how bad they looked was the reason they broke up. The only thing I didn't like about this episode was I wish it happened later in the season. I felt like they needed to be a couple longer. I give this episode a 8/10.moreless
  • A funny episode tainted by the very bad writing and characterization. Fat! Barney and Old! Robin totally came out from nowhere. Barney coin-cheated to *not* have sex? Please.

    It was a funny episode tainted by the very bad writing and characterization. Fat! Barney and Old! Robin are just something I can't wrap my head around. It totally came out from nowhere. Barney coin-cheated to *not* have sex? Please. Even in a parallel universe, not happening dude.

    Unlike Ted-Robin or Marshall-Lily, Barney and Robin weren't given half a season to grow after all the build-up. Of course, the writers might set this break up for a BroTP reunion later on, but I can't see why they ever want to get back together since there is no real problem to begin with. Apparently they make each other so miserable Barney resorted to binge eating and Robin stopped washing her hair. Them being too awesome isn't something they could do anything about anytime soon imo.

    I've always believed that Barney and Robin can just be as awesome and even more so together. As awesome as he is being single, I don't want to see his character not developing at all. What people have been complaining about this season, I would say, is largely due to poor writing than the fact that being in a relationship dulls his character.

    Maybe the writers are pressured to please fans who dislike the new Barney, or they just want to sell the playbook that is due to come out this Christmas, the kind of book that won't be penned by in relationship Barney. At least, they could have written a more believable break-up.moreless
Alan Thicke

Alan Thicke


Guest Star

April Bowlby

April Bowlby


Guest Star

Whit Hertford

Whit Hertford

"Lost in Space" Robot

Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Lyndsy Fonseca

Lyndsy Fonseca


Recurring Role

David Henrie

David Henrie


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • If Alan Thicke was so concerned about the dinner he had to get to, why did he go to the bar with the gang after the stakeout?

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Lily: Everyone stop! Alan Thicke, shut up! Marshall, it's a station wagon, get over it! Ted, stop talking about porn and for the love of God, someone give the storm trooper some pizza!
      Ted: It's not a storm trooper!
      Marshall: It's not a storm trooper!

    • Robin: I'm going out to get a paper.
      Marshall: More like get a husband.
      Robin: Stop that! Seriously, the last thing I'm looking for right now is a relationship.
      Ted: Uh huh. When you pick up that paper, be sure to check the wedding announcements. For yours.
      Marshall: Robin, it's like this. Do you know how many times in my life I've gone to the freezer looking for frozen waffles and not found them?
      Robin: Thousands?
      Marshall: Millions. But when I go to the freezer looking for a popsicle, or the remote control because Lily and I are fighting and that's where she's hidden it, you know what I find? Frozen waffles. That's how it works. You go out there looking for a paper, you're coming back with frozen waffles. And in this case, frozen waffles is a guy. Also, could you pick up some frozen waffles? In that case, frozen waffles are frozen waffles.

    • Marshall: Every couple goes through this. I had this friend who was an astronaut. But right before his mission, his fiancée caught him with, like, four other girls. And a couple dudes. So she snuck onto his shuttle—
      Ted: Are you talking about Space Orgy?
      Marshall: Yes, I am.

    • Lily: Look at these movies: Space Orgy, Coed Spring Break Surprise Party 23.
      Marshall: You think after 22 parties, it wouldn't be a surprise anymore.

    • Ted: They're killing each other.
      Lily: They love each other!
      Ted: Barney and Robin love each other, but they're not Barney and Robin anymore. They're the fat guy and the old lady.
      Marshall: My favorite 70s detective show.

    • Lily: So when they blew up the Death Star, knowing full well there were hundreds of storm troopers on it, those were people?
      Marshall: Well, it's called the Death Star, baby. They knew what they were getting into.

    • Barney: Can you imagine us getting married?
      Robin: Well, we are committed to each other.
      Barney: Most of your stuff's already in my apartment.
      Robin: Might make taxes easier.
      Barney: Speed up your citizenship.
      Robin: Scherbatsky's so hard to spell.

    • Lily: Ted, it's just a rough patch. It takes time getting used to being with someone else. And they're both... what's the nice word for selfish?
      Marshall: Independent.

    • Marshall: If they're not happy, why don't they just break up?
      Ted: Because they're too stubborn. Neither one wants to be the first to admit they want out. They're playing relationship chicken.

    • Lily: They're a perfect match.
      Ted: Maybe that's the problem. You can't have two alpha dogs in one relationship.
      Marshall: We have two alpha dogs in our relationship.
      Lily: Sure we do, sweetie.

    • Woman's voice: ArchiSEXture, the world of—
      (screen cuts to Barney)
      Barney: Hello, Ted. If you're watching this tape, and I knew you'd pick this one, you are now in possession of my porn. This can only mean two things: either I'm dead, or I'm now in a committed relationship. If I'm dead, I want you to honor my memory by taking my body to the Hamptons and recreating Weekend at Bernie's: I wanna dance, I wanna have sex with a girl, and I wanna go fishing. If, on the other hand, I'm in a committed relationship, then as your best friend, I have only one request: Please for the love of God, GET ME OUT OF THIS!

    • Ted: (reading porno box) "ArchiSEXture"—that is not how you spell Buckminster Fuller.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The Italian episode title is "L'ultima missione", meaning "The Final Mission".

    • International Airdates: Australia: March 24, 2010 on Channel 7; United Kingdom: July 8, 2010 on E4; India: October 7, 2010 on Star World; Czech Republic: December 14, 2010 on Prima COOL; Germany: January 26, 2011 on ProSieben; Slovakia: November 21, 2011 on JOJ Plus

    • Music: "Peter Gunn Theme" by Henry Mancini (as slim Barney enters MacLaren's)