Challenge Accepted

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"Challenge Accepted"
How I Met Your Mother episode
Episode no. Season 6
Episode 24
Directed by Pamela Fryman
Written by Carter Bays & Craig Thomas
Production code 6ALH23
Original air date May 16, 2011 (2011-05-16)
Guest actors

Nazanin Boniadi (Nora)
Marshall Manesh (Ranjit)
Jennifer Morrison (Zoey Pierson)
Dave Foley (Jake Bloom)
Chi McBride (Rod)

Season 6 episodes

"Challenge Accepted" is the 24th and final episode of the sixth season of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother and the 136th episode overall. It aired on May 16, 2011.


With the Arcadian denied landmark status, Barney and Ted argue about who is going to press the button to blow up the building, which Future Ted says is the only thing they did over the summer. Amid the arguing, Ted mentions that he ran into Zoey after breaking up and she asked to get coffee with him, which Robin and Barney say is a signal that she wants to get back together with him.

The episode flashes-forward to September 2011. Marshall is feeling down, so Lily decides to get them both some of their favourite soup. But shortly after eating it, Lily gets ill and begins throwing up. Desperate to stop Marshall from eating any, after an attempt to call him, she runs from the school to meet him at the house. She stops him just before he takes a spoonful - of his third bowl.

Marshall has an important business meeting with a prospective employer (Dave Foley) and has figured out the time when he'll begin vomiting as well. Whilst at the meeting he resists, despite a plethora of disgusting images and stories that the employer tells. Eventually, he gives in and tells the employer he is set to vomit soon and runs out of the room.

Discouraged that he probably blew his chance at his dream job, he comes home and lies down to get some rest before his "countdown" finishes. He wakes up the following morning to find out that he hadn't got ill at all; it is revealed that Lily was throwing up because she is pregnant.

Meanwhile, with the Arcadian's demolition a day away, Ted is distraught with what to do about the lighting for the new building, and, as he has done before, decides that this warrants getting back together with a recent ex-girlfriend - in this case, Zoey. He decides to meet her and buy her an orchid like he first did for her, but Barney and Robin stop him before he can. While on their way to stop Ted, they have a tender moment, but ultimately decide that they both need to move on. Barney eventually lets Ted press the button to blow up the Arcadian, and soon after the demolition takes place, Barney meets Nora again, and asks her to coffee, which Nora accepts. Robin is first shown to be smiling, but then quickly becomes upset as she sees that Barney wants to get back together with Nora, hinting that her feelings for him may be resurfacing.

The episode flashes-forward again to the wedding first seen in "Big Days", where Ted and Marshall are sitting outside the church, and Ted is then called in by Lily. Ted goes inside to check on the groom, who is revealed to be Barney.


According to show co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, a majority of this Season 6 finale takes place in September instead of May "so we can pick up Season 7 exactly where we left off".[1] Said Thomas, "This is the first time in the history of our show we're doing a finale that is not set in May. We jump ahead to September, basically to the beginning of next season."[2]

This episode was shot with extra security because of the two major revelations at the end: Lily being pregnant and Barney being the groom at the future wedding.[1]


It was such an honor to be able to use music from a Beatle (and one of my favorite albums of all time – All Things Must Pass is definitely on my 'desert island' albums list). We bookended the season with this song, which was the first time it was hinted at that the place where Ted ultimately meets 'The Mother' was at a wedding. It certainly wasn't easy to secure the rights to the song, but it was well worth it.

Andy Gowan, How I Met Your Mother music supervisor talking about "Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp"[3]

Cultural references[edit]

  • Marshall says Lily's vomiting makes her sound like the Velociraptors from Jurassic Park.
  • Barney and Robin do not listen to Ted by spacing out like Miss Othmar in Peanuts.
  • Trader Joe's was mentioned while Barney and Robin were outside the "Intersection".
  • The construction company is called "Muttnik Construction", referencing the Carter-Bays stamp logo at the end of every episode. (Except for The Best Burger in New York, where the GNB logo is placed instead.)


Donna Bowman of The A.V. Club gave the episode a B.[4] IGN gave the episode a rating of 7.0 out of 10.0.[5]


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