Good Crazy

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"Good Crazy"
How I Met Your Mother episode
Episode no. Season 7
Episode 22
Directed by Pamela Fryman
Written by Carter Bays and Craig Thomas
Original air date April 30, 2012 (2012-04-30)
Guest appearance(s)

Becki Newton (Quinn)
K Callan (Grandma Lois)
Bruce Gray (Yuthers)
Karissa Vacker (Holly)
Todd Sandler (Darryl)
Casey Washington (Larry)
Cristen Irene (Robyn)
Katy Stoll (Lizbeth)
Mike Nojun Park (Waiter)
Michael G. Coleman (Lou)

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"Good Crazy" is the 22nd episode of the seventh season of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, and the 158th episode overall.[1]


Lily and Marshall hold their baby shower. Ted and Robin separately miss the shower on purpose to avoid seeing each other. Barney encourages Ted to try online dating and sets him up with three specific women. Over the course of each date, Ted suddenly visualizes Robin sitting in front of him and is determined to get her out of his mind even if his dates found him weird. On the third date, Ted finds out that his date, Holly, needed someone to get her over a recent breakup, which leads them to sleeping together. Ted goes back to MacLaren's and tries to order a drink, but sees Robin as the bartender and as a nearby patron. Both pseudo-Robins encourage him to find Robin and make amends. Robin pulls up in a taxi, and Ted tells her that they need to talk. She tells him that now is not a good time.

Barney's relationship with Quinn is strained as he overreacts whenever he thinks her job is mentioned. After two of Quinn's regular customers greet her on the sidewalk, Barney fires a top GNB employee and offers Quinn a job at the bank as an "executive strategy coordinator" - which turns out to be just something to help Quinn earn income without having to strip. Seeing that Barney's trying to dictate her career, Quinn asks for some time to think and leaves Barney, who reinstates the employee.

With the baby's impending birth, Marshall conditions himself for various parenthood situations by using a watermelon as a practice baby. Lily is not happy with what he is doing and applies for a two-day parental workshop. Marshall dozes off seeing Lily as the driver but wakes up hours later with Barney behind the wheel. Barney explains that Lily asked him to help trick Marshall into taking a vacation in Atlantic City so Marshall could unwind. At a casino, Barney proposes wearing the Ducky Tie again if they can turn off their phones for one hour and drink 100 tequila shots. One hour later, a drunk Marshall madly tosses poker chips around the casino floor while Barney turns his phone back on and sees 17 voicemails - all coming from Lily, who is now in labor and wants them back in New York immediately.

Critical reception[edit]

Donna Bowman of The A.V. Club gave the episode a B−, stating that Barney's role worked well for the characters.[2]

Ethan Alter of Television Without Pity graded the episode at C.[3]

Adam Vitcavage of Paste Magazine have said that "If anything, this wasn’t a huge episode, but it was the introduction to what is building up to be one of the most important season finales in HIMYM history." He also praised the cleaned up up-in-the-air relationship between Ted and Robin which ends up with Ted finding another wife.[4]


  1. ^ Adam Harris (February 22, 2012). "Adams TV Teasers - 22nd February - Person of Interest, Castle, The Mentalist, Glee, Justified & More..." Retrieved August 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ Donna Bowman (April 30, 2012). "How I Met Your Mother: "Good Crazy"". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved August 13, 2017. 
  3. ^ Ethan Alter. "How I Met Your Mother TV Show - Maybe the Dingo Will Eat Her Baby?". NBCUniversal. Retrieved August 13, 2017. 
  4. ^ Adam Vitcavage (May 1, 2012). "How I Met Your Mother Review: "Good Crazy" (Episode 7.22)". Paste Magazine. Retrieved August 13, 2017. 

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