How I Met Your Mother

Season 5 Episode 10

The Window

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Dec 07, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Ted's neighbor Maggie, that he's wanted to date for years, has finally broken up with her boyfriend, putting her back on the market. A letter written to himself when he was 15 reinforces Marshall's shame that he's become a corporate tool.

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  • Better than most of this season's episodes

    In this episode, Ted gets a call from some old woman who tells him that "the window is open again". At this point, the audience doesn't know what is meant by that, but as revealed soon, this is a metaphor for Ted's long time crush, Maggie, a girl next door, being single again. Obviously this girl is a real man-magnet since it usually doesn't take more than an hour for her to get a new boyfriend after she had broken up with the last one. But don't see her as a whore or something, her relationships actually last for more many years, as Ted narrates. Meanwhile, Barney's found a new challenge, picking up a girl while wearing overalls and Marshall has found a letter from his 15-year-old-self to his 30-year-old-self and recognizing that he didn't achieve the aims he set for himself.

    This season had a lot of rough parts that were hard for me to watch, since I usually liked the show in the former seasons. But in this episode, all the stupid screenplay ideas and unfunny jokes from some of the last episodes may be forgotten. Finally, we have a fine plot again and finally, we have Ted recognizing something important in his life. This episode would really fit into the style of the first season (which was by far the best of all of this show) with Ted's main love story, the more serious side story of some of the other characters, and Barney's hilarious third part. This was a very welcome change of tone in this series that was mostly about boring cameo appearances and idiotic plot parts that have nothing to do with the main story in the past.

    This episode was written very well and had some really hilarious jokes like when Robin was teasing Barney that he looks like a farmer. Josh Radnor was maybe overplaying a bit, however he was definitely a lot better than in the past episodes in which Ted was actually a supporting character. His finding at the end of this episode was very nice and I liked it a lot when they showed the future of Maggie.

    Not everything was good about this episode, though. Cobie Smulders wasn't very good, her acting didn't seem real. The Marshall story part was a bit too stereotypical at times and some things, like Barney's "date" at the end of this episode were rather weird than funny. It's a nice episode, overall, but it's only "okay" compared to the 1st or 3rd season of this show.moreless
  • The window is open

    This was an episode that you either loved or hated. While I can understand how some people can dislike this episode, every time I watched this, I really enjoyed it. At first glance this was a teaser episode but it was done beautifully.

    At the start of this episode Ted receives a call from an older women that the window is open. He rushes to this apartment to greet a women. How he rushes and how Lilly helps Ted was amusing. It turns out this women is someone that Ted really likes and knew since college. Not only that but Lilly and Marshall enjoy her as well. This women has been single for only a short period of time and now Ted has his chance. This women, Maggie is someone who comes across as very likeable. The producers did a good job of casting this women. I also liked how all of Ted's friends tried to help him. Even Barney tried to help. For a second. I thought it was really funny how Barney gave himself a new challenge to get laid in overalls. I also enjoyed how Robin blocked all Barney's chance. Another good part of this episode was how Ted's class took a great interest not just in the class itself but Maggie as well.

    The B Story served it's purpose in filling up time. It was not a bad story at all but the Maggie storyline needed to be the A Storyline. From a very young age Marshall has always been someone who didn't want a corporate job but due to his situation he ended up getting one. What a great wife of Lilly to help out Marshall even he tried to dunk the second time. The break from reality was a nice touch with future Marshall.

    When Ted, Barney, and Maggie's work friend try to go after her to only find out that she met someone. In this case, the guy was someone from her past and the window was closed forever. The story of Maggie and and her husband was a very sweet one. Also a great song to go along with it. It does make me wonder what the greatest love story ever told was.moreless
  • Loved it!

    This is definitely one of my favorite episodes of How I Met Your Mother. It's hilarious. Although it may have not contributed much to the overall plot of the show, it was really very, very funny. I have to say I loved it.
  • When Ted gets the signal that Maggie is single, he tries to ask her out.

    "The Window" is an enjoyable How I Met Your Mother episode. I love how Ted wants to date this girl named Maggie who always seems to be taken by the time he asks her out. I love how Barney and this random guy named Jim also want to date Maggie. It was so cute how Jim explained that Maggie was his neighbour. I love how Barney and Ted gave up on Maggie so Jim could be with her. I love how Robin dared Barney to try to get laid by wearing overalls. The end of the episode was so creepy when Barney sees this old woman checking him out. I love Marshall plot of finding a letter he wrote at 14 years old. I give this episode a 9/10.moreless
  • Narrow Opening

    This was a good episode because finally (or at least right now) seem to be passing the ball to Ted's end of the coart, which is good because personally I'm getting a little tired of the storylines of the other four characters, too much of a good thing is never healthy and right now we need a break.

    I liked the plot with Ted cause I can't but sort of emphasize with his feelings about Maggie, cause there has always been that one person we may have seen close within our peramiter we wanted to date may'be start something with but are unfortunately out of reach because their with someone else, so I can understand his frustration. Though also the fact that he's making her out to be this perfect girl, though personally I don't feel she is, from what I can see she has rebound and commitment issues. Certain guys she hooks up imediately I feel she can honestly do better. I just feel if a person can't wait for you even though they promised to date you then that person doesn't deserve you. I really like how Ted was interacting with his class which was both funny and sweet because it just goes to show his student's aren't just commited to his class but care about him as well. He talks about his issue which made it the most interesting and yet educational class time I've ever seen. In that moment it was Ted that was the one getting the education, and it's the simple lesson about taking a chance, we're scared of certain things we desire not because we want less but because we want more.

    I liked that subplot with Marchall, it was funny seeing him as a teenager in 80's get up and hairstyle, it's true they could of gotten probably a younger actor to play that role in the flashback but then again it wouldn't of been as funny. It deals simply with midlife crisis, Marchall feels he is betraying a certain ideal he has wanted to stay true to and now feels like a trator. Though personally I'm glad for certain changes in his life, if he didn't have them I don't think he would be happy and I don't feel he's a trator despite certain changes he is still the same person, as a saying goes more things change more they stay the same.

    That's the good news about the episode but now down to the bad. I would of given this episode a higher score but a few things really held it back for me, which kinda hurt the episode a bit. I felt the subplot with Marchall despite good wasn't developed enough it was too short and easy, I didn't like how Marchall just accepted what happened in his life so easily. I thought the whole pursuit of Maggie got ridiculous near the end when Ted, Barney, and some no name guy chase her. But the biggest flaw for me was Robin not just was she not funny but she was really out of character, on a sidenote she needs to knock it off with the movie jokes cause she sucks, the "Ghostbusters" line in a past episode was bad enough but "Seven" is going too far. Sorry that sounded a bit harsh but I had to get that out. Overall this was a good episode, I did like what happened at the end. From seeing a montage of Maggie and this guy we see how deep the relation with both of them gone as well as what happened in the end which I thought was sweet, so she's found her happy ending let alone obviously rules her out. I love the fact Ted is going back to doing what he needs to do, he realizes he was chasing the dream but not the reality which is the mom. And even though it might of been a bit cheasy, I thought it was funny but at the same time hopeful when we see the last moment with Marchall, I won't tell you you have to see for yourself, all I'll say is Marchall's future is going to be bright.moreless
JoAnna Garcia

JoAnna Garcia


Guest Star

Jamie Kaler

Jamie Kaler


Guest Star

Barbara Perry

Barbara Perry

Mrs. Douglas

Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Charlene Amoia

Charlene Amoia


Recurring Role

Bryan Callen

Bryan Callen


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In the very first scene Robin's hair keep changing. When Marshall enters, her hair is straight. Then her hair is tucked behind her left ear. When it cuts to Ted and back to Robin it's changed to being behind her right ear. When it goes back to Marshall and Robin again it's behind her left ear again.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Marshall: (Writing a letter to his sixty-year-old self) Dear sixty-year-old Marshall, by now you should be working for somewhere that makes the world a better place. Or at least trying to. No pressure, dude. I mean sir. Also, if time travel's possible maybe you could give me a sign on Tuesday, December 8th at 8:29. P.M.
      Lily: So someone sent back these chicken wings cause they were too hot? And I was like, "Too hot? Are you crazy?" So, free wings!
      Marshall: (In his letter) Dear old man Marshall, as long as you're still married to Lily, you're doing just fine. (Across the bar, Wendy brings a plate to an older Marshall)
      Wendy: Here sir, on us. Sorry the wings were so hot.
      Old Marshall : Oh dear, it's not that they were too hot. It's that I had wings earlier. (Looks at Marshall) Much earlier.

    • Ted: Listen to me. You want me to find the perfect girl so we can all grow old together? That is her. Do not let any guy near her, kay? That means no waiter takes her order, no busboy clears her table, if she bursts into flame, I want a firewoman putting her out.
      Marshall: I don't think 911 takes requests—
      Ted: Damn it, Marshall! I have to teach my class; keep Maggie Wilkes single until I get back.

    • Ted: I don't want Giddy-Ups. I want that. It's been a long time since I've gone after the real thing. But I think I'm ready again.
      Barney: I want to have sex with a girl so I can take off these overalls.

    • Marshall: (carrying a box) Well, got another one.
      Ted: Oh, boy.
      Robin: What's in the box? What's in the box?! WHAT'S IN THE BOX?! Right? (starts laughing, Marshall and Ted stare at her) Brad Pitt? Se7en? Nothing? Yeah, I'm the jerk. What's in the box?

    • Robin: Ted, change of plans.
      Ted: You left her with Barney?!
      Barney: Ted, relax. I'm your bro.
      Ted: You're an animal!

    • Fifteen-year-old-Marshall: Your wife, let me break it down for you, dude. Your wife, blonde, six feet tall, huge rack, and she caters to your every whim.
      Marshall: Sorry, baby.
      Lily: That's okay. You just described your mother.

    • Robin: Not that I care about this challenge, but it's cheating to wear overalls over a suit.
      Barney: Not it's not. They're called overalls: not over T-shirts, not over shirtless fat guys who used to fix my mom's car and then hang out with her in her room.

    • Ted: (running down the sidewalk) I hate Barney Stinson!
      Random Woman: Me, too!

  • NOTES (3)

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

    • International Airdates: Australia: April 22, 2010 on Channel 7; United Kingdom: July 29, 2010 on E4; India: October 13, 2010 on Star World; Czech Republic: December 20, 2010 on Prima COOL; Germany: January 26, 2011 on ProSieben; Slovakia: November 22, 2011 on JOJ Plus

    • Music: "Informer" by Snow, "Two Weeks" by Grizzly Bear


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