Robots Versus Wrestlers
|"Robots Versus Wrestlers"|
|How I Met Your Mother episode|
|Episode no.||Season 5
|Directed by||Rob Greenberg|
|Written by||Jamie Rhonheimer|
|Original air date||May 10, 2010|
|Season 5 episodes|
Barney is excited to get the gang to come with him to a grandscale fighting match called "Robots Versus Wrestlers". Barney had bought a fifth ticket for Robin, despite knowing she had wished to spend time away from them, and indeed she ends up declining. Meanwhile, Ted finds himself continuously snubbed by his friends whenever he tries to appear intellectual, such as by reciting a poem, as his friends always make fart noises to interrupt him. At the apartment, Barney is introduced to Marissa Heller, who Ted explains was their apartment's previous occupant. Ted has been receiving her mail ever since they had moved in 10 years ago, and over the years, Marshall and Ted had gotten a good idea of what she might be like, although they have no idea what she looks like. In the present, Ted opens another such envelope addressed to her, which is an invitation to a high-society party in the Alberta Building, a famous building that Ted describes as the most beautiful in Manhattan. Unfortunately, the party is the same night as "Robots Versus Wrestlers", so Ted convinces the gang they'll make a brief appearance at the party before heading over to Robots, having Lily pretend to be Marissa so that they can gain entry to the party.
As Lily is about to introduce herself as Marissa to the doorman, the real Marissa arrives, foiling their plan. Ted manages to impress Marissa with his intellectual knowledge, and Marissa agrees to take the group with her up to the party. Ted has a great time at the party, becoming a big hit, while Marshall, Lily, and Barney find it boring and want to leave. Ted decides to stay, leaving Barney hurt, as he, Marshall and Lily head to the Robots event.
Marshall thinks "Robots Versus Wrestlers" is awesome, but Barney is bothered by the fact that their group appears to be growing apart: Robin moving in with Don, Ted leaving them for the party, and Marshall and Lily possibly having a baby soon. Lily assures Barney that, though they might drift apart, they'll still remain friends. Meanwhile, Ted continues to have a good time at the party and begins reciting a poem to everyone there, in the original Italian. As he does so, Ted is amazed no one interrupts him and realizes maybe he has gone too far, and wishes someone would stop him. At that moment, Marshall and the others discover Ted's doppelgänger, a Mexican wrestler at the event. Barney sends Ted a picture, who upon seeing it immediately leaves the party.
At MacLaren's, Barney has been making a series of absurd rules Marshall and Lily have to follow if they have their baby. When Barney gets up to get a drink, Marshall asks Lily to seriously consider the possibility of having a baby. Lily points out they won't be able to do as many fun things as before, such as finding Ted's doppelgänger at "Robots Versus Wrestlers". They agree that they won't start trying to have a baby until after they've found the fifth doppelgänger of the group, Barney's. Ted arrives later, where Barney apologizes to him and allows to him to recite another poem. As Ted begins to do so, Robin arrives and interrupts him with a fart noise. As the gang shows her Ted's doppelgänger, Future Ted explains that, although the group grew apart one time or another, they always made sure to get together every year for "Robots Versus Wrestlers".
- "The Living End" by Jesus and Mary Chain
- "Tell Me Why" by From (first bar scene)
- "One Spring Away" by From (plays during Ted’s picture of Marissa Heller)
- "Constance Fry" (or Aura Lee) performed by the Ted Mosby Quartet
- "We All Belong" by Dr. Dog (closing bar scene)
Barney lists the guidelines he presented to Lily and Marshall if they are to have kids.
- The board game Clue: Lily jokingly murders Ted, saying "Miss Lily, in the living room, with the candlestick."
- Ted recites a part of Dante's Inferno, from the Divine Comedy, written by the Italian poet Dante Aligheri.
- Ted also recites the poem "Friendship," written by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
- Marshall hits a gong, which was supposedly used in 1885 during the London premiere of The Mikado, by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan.
- Lily mentions the TV soap opera The Young and the Restless in the elevator.
- Actor Willem Dafoe's name is used by Marshall as part of a joke.
- Barney uses the "Stimulus Package" of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 as part of his attempts to hook up with Arianna Huffington. He then mockingly calls her Zsa Zsa Gabor.
- The candlestick that Lily holds supposedly belonged to the poet Edgar Allan Poe.
- A group at the party (including Ted) sings "Constance Frye," a barbershop quartet song that was first heard in the 1983 film Trading Places. The song is based on the tune of the folk song "Aura Lee," which was also used in Elvis Presley's hit "Love Me Tender."
- Ted tells Marissa that the architect of the Alberta, Lewis Lamar Skolnick, is one of his favorite architects. Lewis Skolnick and Lamar were both characters in Revenge of the Nerds.
Critical response 
Amanda Sloane Murray of IGN gave the episode 7.2 out of 10. "With its rare departure from the show's signature blend of flashbacks and cutaways, this episode often felt like it was ganked from a completely different, less funny show."
Television Without Pity gave the episode a C+ rating.
|This section requires expansion. (April 2010)|
- "Robots vs Wrestlers: Season 5 Episode 22 Discussion". 2010-05-10.
- Stinson, Barney (2010-05-10). "Barney's Blog: Kiddie Rules". Archived from the original on 2010-05-29. Retrieved 2010-05-30. "62. Me, Ted, and Marshall get to re-enact the movie, "Three Men and a Baby" for a weekend."
- Donna Bowman (2010-05-10). "How I Met Your Mother "Robots Vs. Wrestlers"". The AV Club. The Onion. Retrieved 2010-05-12. Rating A
- Amanda Sloane Murray (May 11, 2010). "How I Met Your Mother: "Robots Vs. Wrestlers" Review. Ted spends five weeks at a douchetastic party, and then, two seconds of robots.". IGN. News Corporation. Retrieved 2010-05-12.
- Cindy McLennan (2010-05-10). "How I Met Your Mother: Gong Show...". Television Without Pity. NBC Universal.
- "Robots Vs. Wrestlers" at the Internet Movie Database
- "Robots Vs. Wrestlers" at TV.com
- How I Met Your Mother 5.22 - Robots Vs Wrestlers Promo on YouTube