Moving Day (How I Met Your Mother)
|How I Met Your Mother episode|
|Episode no.||Season 2
|Directed by||Pamela Fryman|
|Written by||Maria Ferrari|
|Original air date||March 19, 2007|
Ted and Robin start to move in together, as they decided in "Stuff". Initially, Barney likes this idea, and asks Marshall and Lily if he can use the apartment to sleep with other women, since his apartment is a 23 minute cab ride away, and that has ruined several opportunities for him (women have fallen asleep on him, made up with their boyfriends, or even been arrested for indecent exposure). Barney then decides it is the wrong thing for Ted to do, and takes the moving truck (which has all of Ted's belongings, except one of the swords on the wall and a bunch of lids), and will not give it back to Ted until Ted completes a series of challenges.
After being blackmailed to spend some "bro time" with Barney, the latter makes him realize that he really doesn't want to move in with Robin. Ted gets angry at Barney and comes back to Robin's apartment. Things do not become better there either, as Robin disapproves of Ted's behavior, such as when he puts his feet up on her coffee table. Ted is enraged at her, but realizes where his truck is. Here, Barney has picked up a girl and the truck shown to be behind the MacLaren's bar in an alley, being used as Barney's makeshift apartment. As soon as Barney enters in with the girl, Ted starts driving the truck.
Later, Ted sends the girl back to her home and gets his stuff back. He and Robin cancel their plans to move in. Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily are initially excited that Ted was moving out, since they would now have the place all to themselves. They enjoy lounging around naked and having loud sex on the couch, but soon find out that things have changed a lot. Marshall realizes that all the essential household items belonged to Ted, which he has taken with him. Although Lily is against the idea of them marrying Ted, she also realizes how much they need Ted, and when Ted comes back and tells them that things did not work out and he is moving back in, they give Ted a group hug and tell him not to leave.
- Barney's line "I'll be at the snack shack eating our victory onion rings Han style... Solo!" references the character Han Solo from the Star Wars franchise.
- When Barney's date Sarah says that she won't get into a moving van because she has seen Silence of the Lambs, she refers to a scene in that film in which a serial killer kidnaps a young woman by asking for her help in lifting a sofa into a van.
- Barney's top ten list is a reference to the Late Show Top Ten List.
- Barney describes Ted's outfit as "a little bit Ellen DeGeneres", referring to the comedian and talk show host.