The Drunk Train

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"The Drunk Train"
How I Met Your Mother episode
Episode no. Season 7
Episode 16
Directed by Pamela Fryman
Written by Craig Gerard
Matthew Zinman
Production code 7ALH16
Original air date February 13, 2012 (2012-02-13)
Guest appearance(s)

Becki Newton (Quinn)
Kal Penn (Kevin)
Melissa Soso (Jenni)
Guy Nardulli (Vinny)
Nicole Zeoli (Lindsay)
Lindsey Morgan (Lauren)
Nicole Shabtai (Gina)
Johnny Giacalone (Ronnie)
Rachel Bloom (Wanda)
Kim Hidalgo (Randi)
Brandi Burkhardt (Candice)

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"The Drunk Train" is the 16th episode of the seventh season of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, and the 152nd episode overall. It aired on February 13, 2012.[1]


Because Ted asked him to be his wingman, Barney meets a woman named Quinn who sees through all of his plays. To compensate for the poor night out, Barney insists that he and Ted try their luck on the late-night "Drunk Train", the last train out of the city, which is filled with the drunkest, most desperate bridge and tunnel people. The duo runs into difficulty scoring on the train, but they succeed on their third attempt when they find a solution (getting drunk themselves), until Barney reveals that he and Quinn had hooked up that first night. Ted realizes that Barney keeps thinking about Quinn, and tells him that if he feels something for her he should go after her, as it's Valentine's Day and such opportunities are rare. Ted admits that he's disappointed that he still has no-one he can't stop thinking about.

On a couples retreat for Valentine's Day, Marshall and Lily try to show Robin and Kevin that the success to a long-term relationship is not to "keep score". Lily and Marshall eventually end up bickering over the issue, but when they return home they decide, as impending parents, that they should work together as a team and no longer keep score. On the weekend trip Kevin proposes to Robin, who wants to accept but must decide how to tell him that she can't have children and doesn't ever want them. After consulting Marshall and Lily, she tells Kevin, who still wants to marry her. However, because Robin does not want Kevin to regret marrying her, she firmly tells him that she does not want to have children ever, not even by adoption, forcing Kevin to truly reflect on the issue. He then takes back the proposal and they break up.

When Ted and Robin meet on the roof, Robin explains everything to him and confesses that she finally feels ready to have a serious relationship but believes she won't be able to find someone who can accept her now. In response, Ted says that he could and tells her he loves her.

Meanwhile, unknown to Barney, Quinn is revealed to be a dancer at the Lusty Leopard strip club and comments that he should have recognized her earlier due to his frequent visits. Quinn is actually the stripper 'Karma' whom Barney knew.

Critical response[edit]

Donna Bowman of the A.V. Club gave the episode a B, stating that Marshall and Lily's story inter-cutting with Kevin and Robin's made it a "return to form" after the disappointment of the previous episode.[2]

Alan Sepinwall of said Robin's breakup with Kevin and Ted's admission of feelings for her is part of Victoria's warning at the end of "Ducky Tie" coming true.[3]

Ethan Alter of Television Without Pity gave the episode a C−, stating that he dreaded the consequences of Ted's confession to Robin for the rest of the season.[4] Audience reviews were reported to be similarly negative,[3] with criticism levelled at the way Ted still had feelings for Robin after 152 episodes despite the pilot explicitly stating that there was no future for them.


  1. ^ "Listings - HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER on CBS". The Futon Critic. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  2. ^ Donna Bowman (February 13, 2012). "How I Met Your Mother: "The Drunk Train"". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Alan Sepinwall (February 14, 2012). "Review: How I Met Your Mother - The Drunk Train: She's the one?". Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  4. ^ Ethan Alter. "Stop This Train, We Want to Get Off". Television Without Pity. NBCUniversal. Retrieved August 13, 2017.

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