Arrivederci, Fiero

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"Arrivederci, Fiero"
How I Met Your Mother episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 17
Directed by Pamela Fryman
Written by Chris Harris II
Production code 2ALH17
Original air date February 26, 2007
Guest actors

Jonathan Browning (Mechanic)
Jack Salvatore, Jr. (Drive-Thru Attendant)

Season 2 episodes

"Arrivederci, Fiero" is the 17th episode in the second season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired on February 26, 2007.


Ted and Marshall begin the story in Marshall's Pontiac Fiero. The car is about to hit 200,000 miles on the odometer, and Marshall is excited, since the Fiero has served him well. He even has cigars in the glove box ready for the occasion although, upon looking, Ted can only find two sets of chopsticks. However, Marshall hits a pothole, and the Fiero quits running just before it hit 200,000 miles. In the shop, Marshall is saddened, and everyone begins sharing stories about the Fiero.

Marshall tells the story of how he had to prove himself worthy in the eyes of his brothers by ordering 12 cups of coffee at the drive-thru while sitting naked in the front seat (his brothers jumped out and surprised him, causing him to jerk the car and make the hot coffee spill all over him). He also uses this to tell why he has never allowed food or drink in the Fiero (not even groceries). Ted then tells his memorable moment with the Fiero, known as both "Fieroasco" and the "100k Fiasco" (the Fiero was approaching 100,000 miles at that time), which began during their freshman year of college, when Marshall offered to drop Ted off at his parents' house in Ohio on his way home to Minnesota for Christmas break. Ted tells of how they got lost on a back road, had to cuddle together to stay warm when a snowstorm hit - and found out they were parked in front of a small bed-and-breakfast with people staring at them the next morning.

Lily and Robin feel the need to come clean about something, and they tell Marshall about the time they took the Fiero to get Thai food but spilled it in the passenger compartment. They carefully cleaned it up, smoked the cigars that Marshall had been saving for the passing of 200,000 miles, and wrapped two chopsticks in napkins, hoping Marshall would never discover what they did. Finally, Barney says that he doesn't understand any of their feelings for the car. Ted then tells of Barney's only memory with the Fiero, which was the time Ted taught Barney how to drive in it, and Barney was scared of driving ever again (even though he never left the parking lot or went much above 10 mph). Although all five of them attempt to push the car to 200,000 miles, they give up, and say goodbye to the car. Future Ted states the remains of the car were sold for enough money to help pay the gang's bar tab for two nights after.


Cultural references[edit]

  • When Ted and Marshall are trapped in the snow Ted says that, if he dies, Marshall can cut him half like a Tauntaun, a reference to The Empire Strikes Back.
  • The scene where Robin instructs Lily on how to clean up the Thai food mess in the Fiero is reminiscent of the clean up scene in Pulp Fiction where Mr. Wolf instructs Vincent and Jules to clean up the remnants of Marvin from their car.
  • In his toast to the Fiero, Marshall refers to it as the "freaking Giving Tree of cars."
  • Marshall reminisces about picking up a hitchhiker dressed as Waldo.
  • While teaching Barney how to drive, Ted yells, "Throw me the idol and I'll throw you the whip," a quote from Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • In the flashback scene of college Ted is reading A Theory of Justice (revised edition) by John Rawls
  • Every time Marshall's car is shown, the song "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" is playing.


The episode describes Barney as afraid of driving (as of December 2005), but in the very next episode he steals Ted's moving van and drives it into an alley. In the season 4 episode "As Fast As She Can", he takes it much further and makes a point of getting caught speeding so he can talk his way out of a ticket. However, Carter Bays did an interview[1] in which he addresses Barney being able to drive:

Yes. It's hard to go back to this, but that scene took place in the past. In the Fiero episode, what we were seeing was a flashback to before that. We established that he had a BMW at the end of season one. Barney can drive. He was just a late learner. I'm sure if you put that (in this interview), someone will find a way to prove me wrong. We had that discussion, but it felt like it fits. We had stuff in (last week's) episode that we had to cut out for time where Barney talks about how he didn't start driving until late. So he was learning new things about driving like you can talk your way out of the speeding tickets.[1]


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