|How I Met Your Mother episode|
|Episode no.||Season 1
|Directed by||Pamela Fryman|
|Written by||Carter Bays
|Original air date||September 26, 2005|
"Purple Giraffe" is the second episode in the first season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired on September 26, 2005. The episode was written by Carter Bays & Craig Thomas and it was directed by Pamela Fryman.
Future Ted quickly recaps the time he met Robin (Cobie Smulders) and accidentally told her that he loved her. A week has gone by since that incident, and Ted (Josh Radnor), hoping to avoid any awkwardness between them, decides not to try to call her. However, he and Marshall (Jason Segel) find Robin in MacLaren's hanging out with Lily (Alyson Hannigan) who recognized her from the news. After Robin leaves, Lily lets slip that Robin told Lily that she was interested in Ted, but she's looking for something "casual" and he is not. Ted decides to try to be casual in his pursuit of Robin.
On Friday afternoon, Ted sees Robin on the news covering a kid stuck inside a crane machine at a bodega nearby, and sprints over to meet Robin. When Robin sees him, he casually says that he's buying dip for a party they're hosting and invites Robin as well. This puts Marshall in a bind, as he has a 25-page paper on constitutional law due on Monday that he hasn't even started (and he must also contend with Lily who is so happy to be engaged that she is always in the mood for love), but he gamely goes ahead with the party. Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), meanwhile, tries to convince Ted to pick up a random girl at the party, since as a rule there is always one person at every New York City party who does not know anyone else, the perfect one night stand. Ted declines, so Barney finds said random girl and hooks up with her himself. In the end, Robin doesn't show up.
Ted impulsively tells Robin that the party will continue Saturday night as well, putting Marshall further behind the eight ball and subjecting Barney to a reunion with his random hook-up. Barney gets rid of her by telling her he's in love with her, as Ted did with Robin. Once again, Robin fails to come to the party, and on Sunday morning, Ted tells her the party will continue that night as well in a final, desperate Hail Mary attempt to woo her.
The party on Sunday is sparsely attended, and Marshall loses his temper when his law book, which he needs for his paper that is now due the next morning, is used as a coaster. He angrily lashes out at Ted for throwing three parties for Robin, realizing too late that she is present this time. Ted covers by lying to Robin and telling her that he wanted her to meet another guy, Carlos (who had been mentioned but who none of the main characters knew). After a time, Ted talks to Robin on the roof, and Robin is able to recognise his true feelings: he wants them to "fall in love, get married, have kids and drive them to soccer practice". Those are good feelings, she says, but he's looking at the wrong girl; and even though she doesn't want to get married at the moment, she doesn't want to break his heart either and he can't just stop feeling what he feels. In an attempt to prove to her that he doesn't necessary have the feelings, he kisses her, but he realises he does have those feelings and can't take them away. Robin suggests that they can be friends. Ted isn't sure because he's worried things might become awkward between them, but he comes around and takes Robin to formally meet his friends. They go for a drink with the gang, where Robin fits perfectly in the group - by mocking Barney's jealousy and inability to get a date for the night while Carlos is making out with the random hook-up. Marshall announces he will drink two beers, go upstairs, write a 25-page paper, and get an 'A'; Future Ted tells his children that, in fact, Marshall got a B- on the paper, still impressive considering he wrote it all in one night.
While helping Ted get another round of drinks, Robin reminds Ted that he's a good catch and he'll make some girl very happy, and offers to help him find "the one".
- Marshall calls Ted "Gatsby" referring to the character from Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby.
- When talking about the roof, Barney quotes the Rock Master Scott & the Dynamic Three song The Roof Is On Fire, saying "The roof... the roof... the roof is on fire!", which is the chorus of said song.
- When talking to Robin on the phone, Ted says "Aint no thang but a chicken wang...", a quote from the movie White Men Can't Jump and an Outkast lyric.
- Stephen Lang - "Haven’t We Met (instrumental version)" - In broadcast only. On DVD it is replaced with a jazz piece by John Swihart
When it first aired in America, on September 26, 2005, the episode was watched by 10.40 million viewers.
The TV Critic rated the episode 63 out of 100, stating that it was a "really fun follow up to the pilot".
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- "September 26–October 02, 2005 weekly program rankings". ABC Television Group. Retrieved December 19, 2010.
- "The TV Critic". tvcritic.org. Retrieved June 13, 2014.