Okay Awesome

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"Okay Awesome"
How I Met Your Mother episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 5
Directed by Pamela Fryman
Written by Chris Harris II
Production code 1ALH04
Original air date October 17, 2005
Guest actors
Season 1 episodes
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"Okay Awesome" is the fifth episode in the first season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired on October 17, 2005. The episode was written by Chris Harris and directed by Pamela Fryman.

Plot[edit]

Robin (Cobie Smulders) has been invited to come to "Okay," a new dance club. Ted (Josh Radnor) and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) agree to come, but Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) are hosting a wine-tasting party in an effort to be more mature. At the club, Ted meets Robin's friend Kelly (Vanessa Lee Evigan), while Barney sets out to find a "cutlet" and grind with her all night.

Marshall becomes very bored at the wine tasting party, and escapes by jumping out the bathroom window (according to him; Future Ted points out that their apartment was on the third floor). Meanwhile, Robin cannot get in to the VIP area even though she was invited there. She leaves to call the owner and lets Marshall in to the club. However, Robin cannot get back in because a different bouncer is now at the door.

Ted prepares to leave after ruining his chances with Kelly, but stays for a bit when Marshall arrives. They both get beers, but because Marshall had a temporary crown put in earlier that day, it causes him extreme pain. He finds Barney, who suggests going to the bathroom to find some aspirin. Future Ted says that he is not sure what happened in the bathroom, but when Marshall comes out he is miraculously no longer in pain and hyper alert. Ted goes to the coat check area and ends up hanging out with the coat check girl. They bond over their mutual frustration with places that are supposed to be fun but end up not being fun, and decide to go on a date to the DMV and then getting their teeth cleaned at the dentist.

Meanwhile, Lily comes to the club, having also escaped from their party in (allegedly) the same manner as Marshall after she called him and heard the music of the club. Robin tells Lily that she doesn't have to rush to maturity, and Lily convinces Robin to flash their breasts at the bouncer to get back into the club.

Inside, Barney has discovered that the "cutlet" he has been grinding with all night is actually his cousin Leslie. Lily finds Marshall dominating the dance floor, and with a laugh forgives him for bailing on their party. On the cab on the way back, Marshall tells Ted that he was hurt that they didn't invite him to the club, while Ted replies that the only reason he went is to try and find a girl so he can have what Lily and Marshall have. Although Marshall tells Ted that maybe the coat check girl will be "The One", Future Ted tells his kids that that wasn't the case.

Music[edit]

  • "Shine" by Lovefreekz
  • "Heaven" by DJ Sammy
  • "Freek U" by Garcon
  • "The Tide" by The Julian Day
  • "Power Control" (Vocal version) by Wild Whirled Music (Marshall's dance solo)
  • "Cinders" by Wild Whirled Music (Marshall's dance solo on the DVD release)

Cultural references[edit]

  • Ted calls Barney "Tin Man," because of his shiny silver shirt, referencing The Wizard of Oz.
  • The nerds outside of the club think that Marshall might be the third Affleck brother, referencing Ben and Casey Affleck.

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