Stuff (How I Met Your Mother)

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How I Met Your Mother episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 16
Directed by Pamela Fryman
Written by Kourtney Kang
Production code 2ALH16
Original air date February 19, 2007
Guest appearance(s)

Terryn Westbrook (Staci Rawnsley)
E. E. Bell (Mystery Man)

Season 2 episodes

"Stuff" is the 16th episode in the second season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired on February 19, 2007.


Ted has been confusing his memories of events with Robin with those involving his previous girlfriends. To hide this, he lies that he shared all of these experiences with his sister, so Robin does not get jealous. When he tells her this, she claims that he doesn't need to hide his exes, as they are both mature adults. She gets upset upon learning that most of Ted's possessions are from his ex-girlfriends (including the sweatshirt she is wearing).

Robin insists that Ted get rid of those things, upon which they ask Marshall, Lily and Barney for advice. Only Marshall sides with Ted, which means that Ted has to throw them away. Here, Lily persuades the whole group to come to watch her in a friend's Off-Off-Broadway play, despite protests from Barney. When everybody comes to see Lily's play, they hate it, but only Barney admits that the play was awful. Upon this, Lily tells that friends are supposed to be nice to each other and that if he were to be in a show, she would say only good things about it. Robin and Ted reach Ted's apartment and confess to each other that Lily's show was indeed horrible. Robin enters his apartment to find it suddenly almost empty, making her think that Ted was robbed, only for Ted to explain that most of his possessions belonged to his exes.

At first, it appears that everything is OK between Robin and Ted, until Ted learns that all her dogs are gifts from her previous boyfriends. Now Ted flares up and demands that Robin should give up her dogs too. But this time, nobody agrees; however, an uncomfortable Ted sees Robin's ex-boyfriends whenever he sees her dogs, and Robin begins to notice this. Robin decides to give them away and tells about her decision to Lily. On learning that Robin gave away her dogs, Ted is a bit hesitant to let her in his apartment. Robin enters and finds that Ted has reclaimed his missing possessions from his ex-girlfriends. After a heated argument, they somehow make a decision to move in together. On announcing this to the rest of the gang, Marshall and Lily are excited, while Barney slaps his forehead.

Barney takes up Lily's challenge and makes his own show named Suck It, Lily, clearly intending to rile her up. He produces a terrible show which involves repeating the word "moist" (which Lily is shown to hate earlier), squirting water through a water pistol at the audience (especially Lily). Lily buckles down and admits to Barney that he has won and she has nothing good to say about his show. The rest of the gang prepares to leave, but Barney manages to make them watch the second act, which turns out to be so much worse that Marshall is forced to use his second slap to make Barney stop.

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