Nothing Good Happens After 2 A.M.
|"Nothing Good Happens After 2 A.M."|
|How I Met Your Mother episode|
|Episode no.||Season 1
|Directed by||Pamela Fryman|
|Written by||Craig Thomas and Carter Bays|
|Original air date||April 10, 2006|
|Season 1 episodes|
"Nothing Good Happens After 2 A.M." is the 18th episode in the first season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired on April 10, 2006. This is the first episode of the series to feature a cold opening prior to the opening credits.
Future Ted tells his children of a saying his mother used and which he agrees with: "Nothing good happens after 2 a.m." He then picks up his narrative from where the previous episode left off, having just returned home from a karaoke club and receiving a call from Robin.
Earlier that day, Robin does a presentation on her career with Lily's class but gets defensive when the children ask about her romantic life instead. Robin's feelings of loneliness are amplified when her co-anchor, Sandy Rivers (Alexis Denisof), tells her that they should have sex. When she returns home, she drinks a large glass of wine and calls Ted, who has been waiting for a phone call from Victoria. Ted believes the phone call will be about breaking up, but Victoria does not call when expected and Ted is left feeling anxious. When Robin's phone call comes, he agrees to go to her apartment, but his attempts to rationalize his decision are undermined when he begins conversing with his conscience, which appears personified as Victoria. When Ted consults Marshall and Lily, they both attempt to dissuade him, but Lily unwittingly encourages him when she lets slip that Robin has feelings for Ted.
When Ted arrives at Robin's apartment, he lies about breaking up with Victoria and they begin kissing. However, when Ted excuses himself to go to the washroom to call Victoria, his conscience tells him he should think carefully about having sex with Robin before officially breaking up with Victoria. Ted acknowledges that he owes Victoria a real break-up call, but expresses how he is tired of pretending he is not in love with Robin and believes that he and Victoria have already broken up in spirit. Just when he convinces himself that it is all right to sleep with Robin, he realizes he has Robin's phone. He emerges from the bathroom just as Robin is getting off his phone with Victoria, who has called at last. Furious that Ted lied to her and was willing to sleep with her while involved with someone else, Robin asks him to leave.
Meanwhile, Barney attempts to prove to Lily and Marshall that good things can happen after 2 a.m. when they try to leave a karaoke bar early. Barney invites a Korean Elvis impersonator to come with the group to MacLaren's, where Marshall and Lily spend most of the evening trying to dissuade Ted from starting a relationship with Robin. When Korean Elvis tries to convince them to stay, he whispers something in Lily's ear, which causes her to knee him in the groin. After a few seconds of silence, Barney proclaims that the night has become legendary by asking "Hey you guys, remember the time that Lily kicked Korean Elvis in the nards?"
As Ted heads back to his apartment, he calls Victoria and the two break up. Future Ted reminds his kids that nothing good happens after 2 a.m., and says that lying to Robin was the stupidest thing he ever did. Finally, Ted gets home and does what he should have done at the start of the evening, go to bed, although it's clear neither he nor Robin will be getting any sleep.
- Supergrass - "Alright"
- Robin Hackett - "Hard Left"
- Rachael Yamagata - "Quiet"
- Maureen McGovern - "The Morning After"
- Michelle Featherstone - "God Bless the Child"
This episode takes place on the same night as "Life Among the Gorillas". Marshall, Lily, and Barney spend much of this episode in the same karaoke bar they were at in that episode.
This episode marked the last appearance of Ashley Williams as Victoria until the seventh season episode "The Naked Truth".
- "Nothing Good Happens After 2 A.M." at the Internet Movie Database
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