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How I Met Your Mother: Girls vs. Suits

On the 100th episode, Barney must choose if he should give up wearing suits in order to land a hot bartender, but his conflicted feelings result in an amazingly awesome musical number. Meanwhile, Ted gets closer to meeting the future mother of his kids.

Source: CBS

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x12
Production Number: 5ALH12
Airdate: Monday January 11th, 2010

Alternate Airdates:

UK (E4) Aug 12, 2010

  • Currently 9.1/10
9.1/10 (41 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Rachel Bilson
As Cindy

Guest Stars
David Henrie
As Son
Joe Nieves
As Carl
Lyndsy Fonseca
As Daughter
Stacy Keibler
As Karina
Tim Gunn
As Himself

Co-Guest Stars
James Pumphrey
As Frat Dude #1
Main Cast
Josh Radnor
As Ted Mosby
Jason Segel
As Marshall Eriksen
Cobie Smulders
As Robin Scherbatsky
Neil Patrick Harris
As Barney Stinson
Alyson Hannigan
As Lily Aldrin
Bob Saget
voiced Narrator / Ted, 2030
Episode Notes
Rating: 9.82 million viewers.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
PoisonShes My Cherry Pie~2:20

Episode Quotes
Ted: (Describing an awesome girl he just met) She's a PHD-candidate, she reads philosophy for fun, she does the Sunday crossword every week - and finishes it!
Barney: Wow, Ted, I am so happy for you! Sorry, not for you, happy I'm not you.

Lily: Baby, you don't have to pretent other women aren't attractive just for my sake.
Marshall: I know. And if that women were anywhere near as hot as the woman I'm married to, I'd admit it, but she's not.
Lily: Baby, you're so sweet, but compared to that woman, I am a big bag of three day old garbage.
Marshall: Well, I call 'em like I see 'em, and I just think you're the most beautiful woman in the world.
Lily: See, that's just annoying!

Cindy: I thought you were a complete idiot. But a cute idiot.
Ted: So, do you ever date cute idiots?
Cindy: Almost exclusively.

Episode Goofs
In Barney's apartment, the bartender's hair is curly, but when she leaves at the beginning of the musical number, her hair is straight.

Ted works for Columbia University. Cindy tells him that University policy prevents them from dating. According to Columbia University: "Consensual, romantic relationships between faculty and other employees and students and between individuals who work together are generally not considered sexual harassment and are not prohibited by University policy."

Episode References
Cindy says she was in the class when Ted started teaching the wrong class on his first day as a professor. This happened in episode 5x01 "Definitions".

Future-Ted: ...and your mother got her yellow umbrella back.

Ted gets this umbrella after "the mother" (who he has yet to meet) left it behind at a bar in episode 3x12 "No Tomorrow".

Robin laughs when she says that she doesn't think she is the hottest girl in the bar. We learned in episode 3x14 "The Bracket" that Robin tends to laugh to cover up a lie.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorCarter Bays  |  Craig Thomas (1)
Executive ProducerChris Harris (1)  |  Greg Malins  |  Craig Thomas (1)  |  Pamela Fryman  |  Carter Bays
Co-Executive ProducerChuck Tatham  |  Suzy Mamann Greenberg  |  Jamie Rhonheimer  |  Stephen Lloyd (1)  |  Kourtney Kang
Supervising ProducerTheresa Mulligan Rosenthal
ProducerRob Greenberg  |  Stewart Halpern
Co-ProducerJoe Kelly (3)  |  Missy Alexander
Associate ProducerReid Watanabe
Production DesignerSteve Olson
EditorSusan Federman
CastingAlyson Silverberg  |  Marisa Ross
Unit Production ManagerSuzy Mamann Greenberg
Second Assistant DirectorDorothy A. Steinicke
Music EditorMichael Brake
Music SupervisorAndrew Gowan
Costume DesignerJulie Bennett Block
Key GripRobert G. Lestak
Set DesignerDaniel Saks
Set DecoratorSusan Mina Eschelbach
Property MasterDavid Baker (3)
Script SupervisorJanet Kagen
Script CoordinatorCraig Gerard
Post Production SupervisorJohn Mabry
Re-Recording MixerCharlie McDaniel, III  |  John Bickelhaupt
GafferSteve Blaich
Director of PhotographyChris La Fountaine
Story EditorMatt Kuhn
Production SecretaryKelly Harris
Post Production CoordinatorBryan Dych
Associate DirectorJim Rose (1)
Executive Story EditorRobia Rashid
ChoreographerZachary Woodlee
Production AccountantJames Jimenez
ScoreJohn Swihart
Main Title Theme Written/performedThe Solids
Department Head Make-upLona Jeffers
Original CastingMegan Branman
Associate Web ProducerCarl Maclaren
Assistant To The ProducerMatthew Zinman  |  Jamie Adamic
Hair Department HeadGrace Hernandez
Production SoundMichael L. Clark
Writers' AssistantJenni Hendriks  |  George Sloan
Warning: How I Met Your Mother season 5 episode 12 guide may contain spoilers
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