Karma (How I Met Your Mother)

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How I Met Your Mother episode
Episode no. Season 7
Episode 18
Directed by Pamela Fryman
Written by Stephen Lloyd
Production code 7ALH18
Original air date February 27, 2012 (2012-02-27)
Guest appearance(s)

Becki Newton (Quinn/Karma)
Ellen D. Williams (Patrice)

Season 7 episodes

"Karma" is the 18th episode of the seventh season of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, and the 154th episode overall. It aired on February 27, 2012.[1][2]


Barney decides to pursue Quinn, even after discovering she works as a stripper named Karma. Although she appears interested, she avoids answering Barney as he continuously tries to ask her out on a second date, claiming that her boss is always watching. When Barney sees Quinn behaving similarly towards another client, he realizes Quinn was just playing him and leaves the club. Barney later runs into Quinn at a coffee shop and chides her for playing him, but she tells him off for failing to recognize her even though she has worked at the Lusty Leopard for a year. When she mentions a number of things that Barney mentioned to her, he accepts her offer to sit down for coffee, suggesting she is actually interested in him.

Robin has temporarily moved in with Lily and Marshall, but becomes annoyed at their mundane lifestyle. When she attempts to flee one night, Lily and Marshall catch her. They admit they find the suburbs boring, but believe it is best for their future child. Robin tells them that if they are unhappy with where they live, that will not make it the best place for their child. Robin finally moves out to stay with a colleague.

Since Robin has moved out, Ted attempts to take his mind off of her by using her empty room for various hobbies such as smoking meats, woodworking, and pottery. Robin goes to meet Ted later, and helps him realize that some things shouldn’t be forced and that one should instead just move on. A few days later, Lily and Marshall receive a message from Ted to come hang out in the city, and the two eagerly rush off. When arriving at Ted’s apartment, they find the place empty and a note from Ted. Ted never took their names off the lease, and he has decided to move out for good as he needs a change. He gives the apartment to Marshall and Lily and has decided that Robin's old room should be used for their baby.

Critical response[edit]

The AV Club's Katherine Miller graded the episode at B. She commended the show for dealing with common complaints about the show this season, giving more time to tertiary characters and making a significant change to the living arrangements.[3]

Ethan Alter of Television Without Pity gave the episode a B−.[4]

IGN gave the episode 7 out of 10.[5]

Chris O'Hara of TV Fanatic gave the episode a score of 4.0 out of 5.[6]


  1. ^ "Listings - TheFutonCritic.com". thefutoncritic.com. Retrieved February 23, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Listing for 'Karma' - The FutonCritic.com". thefutoncritic.com. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ Katherine Miller (February 27, 2012). "How I Met Your Mother: "Karma"". avclub.com. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ Ethan Alter (February 27, 2012). "How I Met Your Mother TV Show - Moving On Up". televisionwithoutpity.com. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  5. ^ Robert Canning (March 1, 2012). "How I Met Your Mother: "Karma" Review". ign.com. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  6. ^ Chris O'Hara (February 27, 2012). "How I Met Your Mother Review: Misery Business". tvfanatic.com. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 

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