Everything Must Go (How I Met Your Mother)

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"Everything Must Go"
How I Met Your Mother episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 19
Directed by Pamela Fryman
Written by Jonathan Groff & Chris Harris
Production code 3ALH19
Original air date May 12, 2008
Guest actors

Britney Spears (Abby)
Larry Wilmore (Dr. Greer)
Matt Besser (Street Vendor)
Johnny Palermo (Cafe Guy )

Season 3 episodes

"Everything Must Go" is the 19th episode of the third season of the CBS television show How I Met Your Mother and 63rd overall. It originally aired on May 12, 2008.


Marshall and Lily learn that it will cost $1,500 more than they have to fix the slanted floor in their new apartment. Marshall suggests that they sell some of Lily's designer clothes to raise money on the web on a site called lilyandmarshallselltheirstuff.com. Lily counters that it should be named "guyforceshiswifetodressinagarbagebagforthenextthreeyears.com" (and, to their surprise, the site already exists), and instead suggests selling some of her paintings. After many failed attempts to sell one painting, it is finally bought on the street by a G-CWOK (gay couple without kids), an integral demographic in the art world. A thrilled Lily calls the G-CWOK later that night about hosting an art party to sell more of her paintings, but is devastated to learn that the couple only bought her painting because of its vintage and valuable frame; when Lily asks if she could at least have her painting back, she learns that the couple had thrown it away.

Marshall and Ted confront the "G-CWOK", which leads them to a nearby veterinarian's office. The veterinarian tells them that he took the painting out of the dumpster and hung it up in one of his examination rooms, excited over finding a free painting. However, he was surprised and excited to find that Lily's painting had a soothing, almost hypnotic effect on the dogs being examined (birds, on the other hand, do not get the painting at all, and promptly commit suicide after seeing it). The veterinarian offers to buy more than enough of Lily's paintings to pay for fixing the slanted floor.

Meanwhile, Barney is still plagued by the mysterious woman who has been informing his conquests of his true intentions, leading to a slap from whomever he is attempting to seduce. However, he is onto the saboteur and follows her from the bar and to a taxi. Upon confronting her, he discovers that it is Abby, Stella's secretary, who is in love with Ted and was subject to one of Barney's one-night stands.

The two reconcile after learning of their mutual hatred of Ted, who has "dumped" Barney as a friend and ignored Abby in favor of Stella. They plan to destroy Ted by showing how terrible he is to others when he is in a relationship, but Abby thinks her fake relationship with Barney is more than just a ruse, especially when he proposes to her in front of Ted.


I'm From Barcelona - "The Painter"

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Radnor disagrees with his character's favorable opinion of the red cowboy boots: "That was a part of the show where I was like, 'What the hell is this?' Like, I went to them and said, 'This is ridiculous. Like, Ted has pretty good style. There's no way he thinks these look good.'"[1]

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