Robin 101

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"Robin 101"
How I Met Your Mother episode
Episode no. Season 5
Episode 3
Directed by Pamela Fryman
Written by Carter Bays
Craig Thomas
Production code 5ALH03
Original air date October 5, 2009 (2009-10-05)
Guest appearance(s)

Christine Tonnu (Sandy)
Heather Nichols (Mandy)
Sophie Simpson (College Girl)
Olga Fonda (Candy)
Kazu Nagahama (Shin-Ya)

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"Robin 101" is the third episode of the fifth season of the How I Met Your Mother TV series and 91st overall. It originally aired on October 5, 2009.


Robin and Barney are officially girlfriend and boyfriend, but Barney is having trouble adjusting to couple life. He sneaks out of bed after sex as if it was a one-night stand, and when Robin has an awful day, he avoids consoling her, telling her to meet him afterwards for sex. After Robin protests, Barney makes more of an effort. When he begins acting evasively, Robin is afraid that Barney is cheating on her. She tells Lily about it who tells her that she shouldn't worry about it and that she is overreacting. Robin then breaks into his briefcase and finds a notebook full of notes about her, although she initially thought that Barney was cheating on her with a college girl. Barney is actually taking night classes from Ted: “Robin 101: How to date Robin Scherbatsky”. Earlier, Ted had criticized Barney for his behavior with Robin and tells him that if he doesn't start trying, they wouldn't last. Barney brushed this off and proceeds to walk off, though he quickly returns and asks Ted to help him.

Marshall decides to get rid of a barrel he named Mabel that he used for years as a nightstand. He was saddened when he had to get rid of it due to Lily's "barel resin allergy". He puts it in “The Bermuda Triangle”, otherwise known as the front step, and he waits anxiously by the window with his binoculars waiting to see who will take the barrel. So far, there are no takers.

In “Robin 101,” Ted teaches Barney which topics will distract Robin from being angry, which include hockey, guns and emperor penguins. He also teaches Barney about Robin's expressions and things to never do around her. At first, Barney plays the part of the distracted and bored student, but after Ted tests the knowledge he's given him, Barney asks him to stay. Unfortunately, Ted’s successful classes with Barney are interrupted when Robin finds out about the lessons and shows up for class. Robin gets angry, accusing Ted of not knowing her at all, and storms out.

Ted stops by MacLaren’s to talk to Robin, and he convinces Robin to give Barney another chance. Ted mentions how Barney usually tries to get rid of women after one night and tells Robin, “I’ve never seen him work this hard to keep a girl around”. The episode ends with Barney giving up his “Robin notebook”, and Marshall is upset because his barrel has still not been claimed.

Critical response[edit]

Donna Bowman of The A.V. Club rated the episode with a grade A-.[1]

Brian Zoromski of IGN gave the episode 8 out of 10.[2]


  1. ^ Donna Bowman (October 5, 2009). "How I Met Your Mother: "Robin 101"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ Brian Zoromski (October 6, 2009). "How I Met Your Mother: "Robin 101" Review". IGN. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 

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