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How I Met Your Mother: Natural History

When the gang attends a black tie fundraiser at the Natural History Museum, Ted runs into Zoey and sees a whole different side of her when she introduces him to her husband, The Captain.

Source: CBS

Episode Info  

Episode number: 6x8
Production Number: 6ALH09
Airdate: Monday November 08th, 2010

Special Guest Stars
Kyle MacLachlanKyle MacLachlan
As The Captain (George Van Smoot)

Guest Stars
Bob OdenkirkBob Odenkirk
As Arthur (Arthur Hobbs)
David BurtkaDavid Burtka
As Scooter
Jennifer MorrisonJennifer Morrison
As Zoey (Zoey Pierson)
Dan BakkedahlDan Bakkedahl
As Curtis

Co-Guest Stars
Ted JonasTed Jonas
As Russell
Main Cast
Josh RadnorJosh Radnor
As Ted Mosby
Jason SegelJason Segel
As Marshall Eriksen
Cobie SmuldersCobie Smulders
As Robin Scherbatsky
Neil Patrick HarrisNeil Patrick Harris
As Barney Stinson
Alyson HanniganAlyson Hannigan
As Lily Aldrin
Bob SagetBob Saget
voiced Narrator / Ted, 2030


The show opened with Barney and Lily getting ready for a black tie and tuxedo event at a historical art museum at which the best of the best local art was going to be shown and to be auctioned off as a fund raiser for a charity. Barney was reminiscing about his college days as he best but sometimes mistakenly recalled it: the care free days he spent with Lily, how much time he seemed to have just for goofing off with friends doing silly things, where did the time go, what happened to the legendary stamina he seemed to have in large quantities in those days, why he didn't seem to be able to accomplish the goals he had set for himself back then, etc. Lily, with considerably more common sense and reality-based judgment, was trying to explain to him that those were his younger days, that his daydreams for himself back then might have been just a bit wild and unreasonable, and that he was a much better man today, more mature, longer lasting when it counted, and so on. Lily helped Barney into his tuxedo and tied his tie while he agreed with her outwardly, but appeared to be flogging himself within just a little because he seemed to feel he had somehow failed his long ago self and dreams...

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Episode Quotes
Marshall: Can you imagine if our college selves saw us like this?
Ted: They'd pelt us with their Phish bootlegs.
Marshall: Yeah, we were pretty anti-establishment back then.

Ted: So, Captain. How'd you get that name, anyway?
George "The Captain" Van Smoot: Gave it to myself. A real man chooses his own name.
Ted: Well, pleased to meet you, Captain. I'm Galactic President Superstar McAwesomeville.

Ted: You look gross when you cry, you know that? Some women look cute. You look like a basset hound.

Episode References
College Marshall is "eating a sandwich," the show's euphemism for smoking marijuana, first revealed in episode 3x05 "How I Met Everyone Else".

Other Episode Crew

CreatorCraig Thomas (1)  |  Carter Bays
Executive ProducerStephen Lloyd (1)  |  Carter Bays  |  Pamela Fryman  |  Craig Thomas (1)  |  Chris Harris (1)
Co-Executive ProducerChuck Tatham  |  Jamie Rhonheimer  |  Kourtney Kang  |  Theresa Mulligan Rosenthal  |  Suzy Mamann Greenberg
Supervising ProducerJoe Kelly (3)
ProducerRob Greenberg  |  Tami Sagher  |  Stewart Halpern
Co-ProducerRobia Rashid  |  Missy Alexander
Associate ProducerReid Watanabe  |  John Mabry
Production DesignerSteve Olson
EditorSusan Federman
CastingBrett Greenstein  |  Collin Daniel
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 CoordinatorJenni Hendriks
Post Production SupervisorBryan Dych
Re-Recording MixerCharlie McDaniel, III  |  John Bickelhaupt
GafferSteve Blaich
Director of PhotographyChris La Fountaine
Production SecretaryKelly Harris
Associate DirectorJim Rose (1)
Executive Story EditorMatt Kuhn
Production AccountantJames Jimenez
ScoreJohn Swihart
Main Title Theme Written/performedThe Solids
Department Head Make-upLona Jeffers
Original CastingMegan Branman
Assistant To The ProducerShannon Dietterick  |  Patrick Kang
Hair Department HeadGrace Hernandez
Production SoundMichael L. Clark
Writers' AssistantGeorge Sloan  |  Kristin Rejkowski
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