How I Met Your Mother

Season 2 Episode 5

World's Greatest Couple

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 16, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Marshall tries to get used to being single in a world that is very coupled-oriented. Barney's intended one-night-stand won't go away, and he uses Lily to get out of his "horrifying" situation.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Nice one

    I liked both of the stories with the Lily/Barney one being a bit better. It was great to see Barney's apartment for once and Jason Segel did a great job in his new "relationship". Josh Radnor and Cobie Smulders did a good couple (which wasn't really the case in some of the last episodes) and both had good lines.
  • Lilly gets a place to live in

    A typical episode of this show where something happens at the start and makes you wonder how it happened. While this was a fine episode it feel just a bit short of previous episodes. I like how both mutually helping each other out. I also really liked how Barney never made a move on Lilly even though she is single. Despite his flaws it shows he is not total jerk. The second part was funny but not as good. I am not a fan of the bro type of thing. However how Marshall and his friend had his bro time with his friend was very funny. The jokes that Robin and Ted had on Marshall was also funny. I also enjoyed how it set up what happened to Marshall later on in the season.moreless
  • Lily pretends to be Barney's wife and Marshall's bromance is taken too far.

    With Lily back in town, it's awkward to move back in with her ex, so she's found a new place of her own, which Ted and Robin visit and discover is horrendous. Lily honestly hates the place as well, and asks Barney to stay at his place, which is off the charts. Seriously, what does Barney do for a living!? Barney originally hates the idea but sees how Lily could scare off one night stands, so it's actually pleasant for a while. In the mean time, Marshall starts hanging out with Brad, who recently broke up with his girlfriend. They start spending more time with each other and Marshall is pressured into breaking it off, but not before Brad does first, which kinda upsets Marshall. But overall, I think this was the best episode so far of Season 2. Prior episodes have been good but not as great as this one.moreless
  • Marshall and Brad have a bromance.

    "World's Greatest Couple" is a hilarious How I Met Your Mother episode. In this episode, Marshall makes friends with Brad and they do a whole bunch of things that couples would do together. They are so cute and adorable together. It was so sad when Brad broke up with Marshall to get back together with his girlfriend. I love how Lily moved into Barney's apartment. I love how she made a deal with Barney that she'll pretend to be his wife to scare off women who want stay at his house. I give this episode a 10/10.moreless
  • Writer finally realizes which actors have talent

    Adventurous may be putting it strongly, but this is a departure for a heretofore bland show. If its brain trust has any brains, we'll see more episodes like it. Mercifully, the focus switches to the break-out characters of Lily and Barney. Not only are Alyson Hannigan and Neil Patrick Harris the strongest actors on this show, their characters aren't hemmed in by tired Friends-like mandatory romantic encounters and misunderstandings. This episode puts the two in a new and unexpected situation. Sure, the set-up is a bit contrived, but it succeeds in creating a different dynamic. Yes, this show still suffers from a tendency to go for a cheap laugh at the expense of character, but here we see Hannigan and Harris working their way past caricature. They're sharp enough to retain their comedic edge while turning their roles into real people, provided the writing keeps up. And Jason Segel continues to do good supporting work as Marshall, so his subplots are not simply filler. So far, this series has been the comedy-for-people-who-are-willing-to-settle, but in veering away from its cutesy leads, there's a chance it could actually stake out some original gound. Historically, even good comedies have taken time to get traction, to establish characters sufficiently to be able to play off their individually, rather than just distribute punch lines. I've tuned in to this show on-and-off, hoping it will get better; finally, there's some supporting evidence.moreless
Jake Broder

Jake Broder


Guest Star

Valerie Azlynn

Valerie Azlynn


Guest Star

Aisha Kabia

Aisha Kabia


Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Joe Manganiello

Joe Manganiello


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Lily mentions that Barney has a life sized Storm Trooper in his house. However, it is a life sized Clone Trooper. Whilst it is possible that Lily would not be able to tell one from the other, Barney would almost certainly know the difference, yet he does not correct her.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • (Barney walks into his apartment)
      Barney: Oh, and P to the S, I never got my payout from Seattle two weeks ago, yeah. Don't make me call the gaming commissions on you , I'm sure they'd be very interested to know what's going on over there, alright, alright? Ok I love you too mom, take care.

    • Ted: Okay, we HAVE to get Lily out of that apartment. Her roommate is a raccoon.
      Robin: I'd offer her my place, but I have dogs and she's allergic.
      Ted: Dogs? I live with her ex-boyfriend. I think she's more allergic to that.
      Robin: What about your place, Barney? I know it's surrounded in mystery, but it's gotta have a couch.
      Barney: The Fortress of Barnitude?? No way.
      Robin: Oh come on. She's desperate.
      Barney: Mmm, normally a prerequisite for the women I bring home, but pass.

    • (About going to brunch with Brad)
      Marshall: We're here, we're hungry, get used to it, Brunch!

    • Barney: Look around Lily, you are in the heart of bachelor country. And as a woman, you are an illegal immigrant here. Now you can try to apply for a sex visa, but that only lasts twelve hours. Fourteen if you qualify for multiple entry.

    • (Barney turns on another massive flat-screen T.V)
      Lily: Okay, seriously, what do you do for a living?
      Barney: Mmhehe. Please.

    • Barney:You spooned me against my will.

    • Ted: Is that a toilet in your kitchen?
      Robin: Or a stove in your bathroom?
      Lily: Oh, that's not just a stove, that's a stove-ink-erator. A combination of a stove, oven, sink, and refrigerator. Stove-ink-erator. Isn't that futuristic?
      Ted: God, I hope not.

    • Barney: That's why I make it crystal clear to every girl that walks through that door that this is no place to leave a toothbrush, this is not a place to leave a contact lens case..this is a place to leave. Come on, I'll give you a tour..and no flash photography. The bedroom, king-size bed, full-size blanket, one pillow, everything about this bed says: Our work here is done. The bathroom, only one towel. What? No hairdryer? You know where I keep that stuff? Your place, beat it! Velkommen to the hallway. While guys like Ted and Marshall hide their porn,...
      Lily: Marshall doesn't have porn.
      Barney: Oh, that's sweet. While guys like Ted and Marshall hide their porn, I had mine professionally lit. Girls see this, they can't get out of here fast enough.
      Lily: If that doesn't drive them enough, there's always your life-size Storm Trooper.
      Barney: No, that's just awesome. So you see, when a girl wakes up here, I never have to tell her to go build her nest somewhere else; my apartment does it for me.

    • When watching the 300-inch TV
      Lily: It hurts my eyes.
      Barney: Yeah, that doesn't go away.

    • Barney: What was the first rule again?
      Lily: Don't change anything?
      Barney: And what was the second rule?
      Lily: There was no second rule.
      Barney: Exactly, there was only one rule and you broke it!

    • Barney: We redecorated my place. We stayed in on a Friday night to watch Letterman, and then slept together and didn't have sex! Ohmygod, we're in a relationship!

    • Barney:You somehow managed to circumvent my security, how did you do it?
      Lily: Ted gave me you spare key.
      Barney: Spare key, brilliant!

    • Marshall: Even if you don't believe it, tell me he looks fat.
      (Ted turns around and takes a peek at Brad)
      Ted: Totally looks fat.

    • Barney: You are better than porn!
      Lily: Thanks!

    • Lily: You have a room for your suits.
      Barney: I'm at the point in my life where my suits are my family.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The German episode title is "Das ideale Paar", meaning "The Ideal Couple". The French title is "Assortiment de Couples", meaning "Assortment of Couples". The Italian title is "La coppia più bella del mondo", meaning "The World's Most Beautiful Couple".

    • International Airdates: Czech Republic: January 12, 2010 on Prima COOL

    • This episode was nominated for the 2007 Excellence in Production Design Award for Television - Multi-Camera Television Series.

    • The song playing during the redecorating montage was "Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby" by the band "Islands". Also during Marshall's breakup with his Bro you can listen to "Fernando" by ABBA