Stuff (How I Met Your Mother)
|How I Met Your Mother episode|
|Episode no.||Season 2
|Directed by||Pamela Fryman|
|Written by||Kourtney Kang|
|Original air date||February 19, 2007|
|Season 2 episodes|
"Stuff" is the 16th episode in the second season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired on February 19, 2007.
Ted has been confusing his memories of events with Robin with those involving his previous girlfriends. To hide this, he lies that he shared all of these experiences with his sister, so Robin does not get jealous. When he tells her this, she claims that he doesn't need to hide his exes, as they are both mature adults. When Robin learns that most of Ted's possessions are given to him by his ex-girlfriends (including the sweater she is wearing), Robin becomes upset.
Robin insists that Ted get rid of those things, upon which they ask Marshall, Lily and Barney for advice. Only Marshall sides with Ted, which means that Ted has to throw those things. Robin enters his apartment to find that it has been nearly robbed, only to learn from Ted that practically everything he had was given to him by his girlfriends. Here, Lily forces the whole group to come to watch her play, despite protests from Barney.
Everything is OK between Robin and Ted now, until Ted learns that all her dogs are gifts from her previous boyfriends. Now Ted flares up and demands that Robin should give up her dogs too. Robin decides to give away her dogs and tells about her decision to Lily. When everybody comes to see Lily's play, they hate it, but only Barney confesses that the play was awful. Upon this, Lily tells that friends are supposed to be nice to each other and that if he were to be in a show, she would say only good things about it.
Barney now scripts his own show named Suck It, Lily, clearly intending to rile up Lily. He produces a terrible show which involves repeating the word "moist" (which Lily is shown to hate earlier), squirting water through a water gun at the audience (especially Lily). Lily buckles down and admits to Barney that he has won and she has nothing good to say about his show. The rest of the gang prepares to leave, but Barney manages to make them watch the second act.
Here, after having watched Lily's show, Robin and Ted reach Ted's apartment and confess to each other that Lily's show was indeed horrible. On learning that Robin gave away her dogs, Ted is a bit hesitant to let her in his apartment. Robin enters and finds that Ted had not got rid of his possessions after all. After a heated argument, they somehow make a decision to move in together. On announcing this to the rest of the gang, Marshall and Lily are excited, while Barney slaps his forehead.
In the end, everybody is shown to be fully fed up with Barney's second act. As Barney starts tap dancing to begin the show's finale, Marshall gets up and uses his second slap on Barney to make him stop.
- In discussing Marshall's preference for parachute pants, Robin refers to Joey Buttafuoco and the shooting of his wife while Ted brings up Bell Biv Devoe. The pants and Lily's hatred of them are later referenced in the Season 6 episode "Glitter".
- When Barney mentions the clutter of Ted's apartment he compares it to the likeness of the restaurant Bennigan's.
- Ted is wearing a sweater with the coat of arms of the Swiss city of Geneva on it. He will wear it again in episode "The Chain of Screaming".
- Barney's play features him singing a parody of the song "Love of My Life" by Queen.