How I Met Your Mother (season 7)

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How I Met Your Mother (season 7)
How I Met Your Mother Season 7 DVD.jpg
The Complete Season 7. The Ducky Tie Edition
Starring
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24[1]
Release
Original network CBS
Original release September 19, 2011 (2011-09-19) –
May 14, 2012 (2012-05-14)
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List of How I Met Your Mother episodes

The seventh season of the American television comedy series How I Met Your Mother was announced in March 2011, along with confirmation of an eighth season.[2] The seventh season premiered on CBS on September 19, 2011, with two episodes airing back to back, and concluded on May 14, 2012.[3]

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Guest cast[edit]

Ratings[edit]

As of December 21, 2011, the 7th season was averaging a 5.3 rating / 14% share among adults 18-49, ranking as the 5th highest rated comedy series among adults 18-49.[6]

On April 8, 2012, the New York Times stated that the 7th season ratings had reached a series high, marking a 20% increase in ratings among adults 18-49.

Reception[edit]

Season seven of How I Met Your Mother received mixed reviews from critics. Alan Sepinwall gave the season a mixed review and criticized the flash-forwards throughout the season saying, "the show is just much, much stronger when its stories dwell on matters of the present or the past, and where the writers don't have to act like magicians trying to keep the audience from figuring out how the trick works. And the finale affirmed that belief for me. The parts that had little or nothing to do with things to come were quite good; the parts that were all about the future made me roll my eyes and ask, for the umpteenth time, 'Really? This is where you're going with this?'".[7] Ethan Alter, of Television Without Pity, gave the season a lukewarm response. In his review of the season finale, he criticized the Robin-Barney storyline throughout the season, writing "So after an entire season, we're basically right back where we started, with the writers having taken 24 episodes to stage a reveal that could have happened in the first five minutes of the premiere and had the exact same impact."[8]

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
1371"The Best Man"Pamela FrymanCarter Bays & Craig ThomasSeptember 19, 2011 (2011-09-19)7ALH0111.00[9]
While Barney prepares for his wedding, he and Ted reminisce about Punchy's wedding, which was ruined due to Marshall's drunk antics. Robin considers telling Barney she has feelings for him until Barney receives a call from Nora.
1382"The Naked Truth"Pamela FrymanStephen LloydSeptember 19, 2011 (2011-09-19)7ALH0212.22[9]
Marshall finally lands his dream job, but he worries that his new employer would rescind the offer because of some past videos showing him as a streaker- Beercules. Meanwhile, Ted is at a loss over whom to take to the Architects' Ball while Barney tries to convince Nora that he can be trustworthy.
1393"Ducky Tie"Rob GreenbergCarter Bays & Craig ThomasSeptember 26, 2011 (2011-09-26)7ALH0310.50[10]
Ted runs into his old girlfriend, Victoria, and tries to make amends with her since he cheated during their relationship. She reveals she's engaged to a man she met in Germany. Marshall and Lily make a bet with Barney that could force him to wear Marshall's ducky tie.
1404"The Stinson Missile Crisis"Pamela FrymanKourtney KangOctober 3, 2011 (2011-10-03)7ALH0410.39[11]
Robin is forced to undergo court-mandated therapy sessions after she assaults a girl who is out to ruin Barney's relationship with Nora. Robin becomes attracted to her therapist, Kevin (Kal Penn). Ted gets too involved in Lily's pregnancy.
1415"Field Trip"Pamela FrymanJamie RhonheimerOctober 10, 2011 (2011-10-10)7ALH068.89[12]
Ted takes his class on a field trip and Barney tags along. Meanwhile, Marshall takes matters into his own hands when his boss treads too carefully in making a huge settlement with a major company.
1426"Mystery vs. History"Pamela FrymanChuck TathamOctober 17, 2011 (2011-10-17)7ALH059.81[13]
The gang intervenes in Ted's business when he refuses to gather information online about a woman he is going to date with disastrous consequences. Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily decide not to find out the sex of their baby, but Barney soon tempts them to change their minds while setting up the baby's room. Kevin, Robin's boyfriend, paints the baby's bedroom.
1437"Noretta"Pamela FrymanMatt KuhnOctober 24, 2011 (2011-10-24)7ALH079.87[14]
Kevin helps the gang realize that their partners remind them of one of their parents, depressing and embarrassing Marshall and Lily. Meanwhile, Barney and Nora's planned romantic evening is ruined by a string of horrible events.
1448"The Slutty Pumpkin Returns"Pamela FrymanTami SagherOctober 31, 2011 (2011-10-31)7ALH0810.49[15]
Ted runs into "The Slutty Pumpkin" (Katie Holmes) but realizes that she is not "The One" and actually has nothing in common with him. Barney learns he is part Canadian, to his dismay and Robin's joy, and Lily has pregnancy brain.
1459"Disaster Averted"Michael SheaRobia RashidNovember 7, 2011 (2011-11-07)7ALH0910.28[16]
While the gang reminisces about Hurricane Irene, Barney tries to cut a deal with Marshall and Lily to get out of wearing the Ducky Tie.
14610"Tick Tick Tick…"Pamela FrymanChris HarrisNovember 14, 2011 (2011-11-14)7ALH1010.42[17]
Barney and Robin hide a deep secret from their partners after sleeping together. Barney admits that he loves Robin and breaks up with Nora. Ted, Lily and Marshall attend a concert.
14711"The Rebound Girl"Pamela FrymanCarter Bays & Craig ThomasNovember 21, 2011 (2011-11-21)7ALH1110.01[18]
On Thanksgiving, Ted and Barney talk about a potential life-changing decision together by adopting a baby. Barney then steals a baby who turned out to be his brother's new baby girl. Robin tries to discourage Marshall and Lily from moving to Long Island to start their new life as a family. Robin reveals a shocking secret to Barney concerning their night together.
14812"Symphony of Illumination"Pamela FrymanJoe KellyDecember 5, 2011 (2011-12-05)7ALH1211.51[19]
Robin receives the bad news that she can never have children and decides to hide it from the gang. Marshall is trapped on the roof of his house in the suburbs and is blackmailed by a teenager to stay there.
14913"Tailgate"Pamela FrymanCarter Bays & Craig ThomasJanuary 2, 2012 (2012-01-02)7ALH1310.14[20]
Marshall visits his father's grave to continue an old family tradition. Barney and Ted open a new bar and Robin's career takes a more positive turn.
15014"46 Minutes"Pamela FrymanDan Gregor & Doug MandJanuary 16, 2012 (2012-01-16)7ALH1410.08[21]
Marshall and Lily move to Long Island and her father won't stop tormenting them about their house. Barney declares himself "New Leader of the Gang" now that Lily is not present to boss Barney around. The new and 'improved' gang embrace the 'new Lily and Marshall' (Lily's stripper doppelgänger and her boyfriend) with bad consequences.
15115"The Burning Beekeeper"Pamela FrymanCarter Bays & Craig ThomasFebruary 6, 2012 (2012-02-06)7ALH179.98[22]
Lily and Marshall throw a housewarming party, where various things go awry.
15216"The Drunk Train"Pamela FrymanCraig Gerard & Matthew ZinmanFebruary 13, 2012 (2012-02-13)7ALH169.01[23]
Lily and Marshall invite Robin and Kevin on a Valentine's Day trip to Vermont. Lily and Marshall worry about scores concerning the pregnancy. Kevin and Robin use the trip to talk about taking their relationship to the next level. Robin admits to Kevin that she can't have children and he proposes. Meanwhile, Barney realizes he has finally met his match.
15317"No Pressure"Pamela FrymanGeorge SloanFebruary 20, 2012 (2012-02-20)7ALH159.68[24]
After Kevin breaks up with Robin, Ted confesses his feelings to her. Barney finds something private in Marshall and Lily's things. Marshall says something to Robin that he feels Ted loves her too much to say. Special appearance by Conan O'Brien as a background extra in MacLaren's.
15418"Karma"Pamela FrymanStephen LloydFebruary 27, 2012 (2012-02-27)7ALH189.07[25]
Barney tries to convince Quinn, aka Karma the stripper, (Becki Newton) to go out with him. Ted wonders what to do with the room now vacated by Robin, who has moved out to the suburbs with help from Marshall and Lily.
15519"The Broath"Pamela FrymanCarter Bays & Craig ThomasMarch 19, 2012 (2012-03-19)7ALH198.15[26]
Barney and Quinn want to move in together, but Barney's friends do not like or trust Quinn and try to break them up. Robin and Ted fight over who deserves to sublet Quinn's apartment.
15620"Trilogy Time"Pamela FrymanKourtney KangApril 9, 2012 (2012-04-09)7ALH238.00[27]
Ted, Marshall and Barney watch the original Star Wars trilogy and suddenly think about their lives three years into the future.
15721"Now We're Even"Pamela FrymanChuck TathamApril 16, 2012 (2012-04-16)7ALH227.24[28]
Although Ted is happy with living alone at his new apartment, Barney tries to convince him about going out every night, attempting to distract himself from the disturbing thoughts of what Quinn would be doing at that moment. Lily has a naughty dream, but Marshall is not in it. Robin finally starts her stint as a news anchor at World Wide News.
15822"Good Crazy"Pamela FrymanCarter Bays & Craig ThomasApril 30, 2012 (2012-04-30)7ALH207.99[29]
Marshall panics when a baby shower indicates that the birth is close at hand and accidentally takes a road trip with Barney to Atlantic City where he gets completely and utterly drunk. Ted hallucinates seeing Robin while trying to get over her and decides to patch up their differences. Barney tries to talk Quinn out of being a stripper. Lily goes into labor.
159
160
23
24
"The Magician's Code"Pamela FrymanJennifer Hendriks
Carter Bays & Craig Thomas
May 14, 2012 (2012-05-14)7ALH21
7ALH24
8.58[30]
Marshall and Barney are still in Atlantic City when Lily goes into labor. In order to get back to Manhattan in time for the birth, Marshall must do a deal with the devil — Barney. While waiting for them to get back to the city, Ted and Robin try to keep Lily's mind occupied with stories.
Ted realizes that he has a history of bad relationships with every girl he has dated except for Victoria, and makes it a plan to contact her. Ted is conflicted when Victoria meets up with him on her wedding day and asks him to run away with her. Lily and Marshall have Robin take pictures of the baby's first day. Meanwhile, Barney and Quinn are arrested by airport security while on the way to Hawaii when Barney refuses to open a box they are travelling with. On Barney's future wedding day, his bride is finally revealed.

DVD release[edit]

How I Met Your Mother - Season Seven - The Ducky Tie Edition
Set Details Special Features
  • Three discs
  • 523 minutes
  • Anamorphic widescreen format
  • English 5.1 Dolby Digital audio
  • English, French and Spanish subtitle options
  • Neil Patrick Harris' Hollywood Walk of Fame Tribute
  • Audio Commentary on "The Best Man" episode
  • Audio Commentary on "The Drunk Train" episode
  • Audio Commentary on "Karma" episode
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Guest Star Powers
  • How We Wrote Your Mother
  • How We Make Your Mother
  • Gag Reel
Release Dates
Region 1
October 2, 2012 (2012-10-02)[31]

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