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Big Days 

Ted musters up the courage to talk to a girl at the bar, but then discovers she's there with one of his exes. Meanwhile, Lily is mad at Marshall because he told his dad they're trying to have a baby, and Robin lets herself go.


Pamela Fryman


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Episode cast overview:
Josh Radnor ... Ted Mosby
Jason Segel ... Marshall Eriksen
Cobie Smulders ... Robin Scherbatsky
Neil Patrick Harris ... Barney Stinson
Alyson Hannigan ... Lily Aldrin
Rachel Bilson ... Cindy
Bill Fagerbakke ... Marvin
Kaylee DeFer ... Beautiful Girl (as Kaylee Anne Defer)
Lyndsy Fonseca ... Daughter
David Henrie ... Son
Brian David Jones Brian David Jones ... Co-Worker #2 (as Brian Jones)
Daniel Kash ... Guy
Peter Katona ... Co-Worker #1
James Ryen ... Co-Worker #3


Ted sees a beautiful woman sitting alone at the bar reading a book. He and Barney argue on who gets the privilege of approaching her. After Ted wins the battle, he may change his mind as he soon finds out that she is a friend of an old girlfriend, Cindy, with who their relationship ended very badly. But Ted also remembers that Cindy's roommate - who Ted only saw the back of - could actually be Ted's soul mate. Will Ted risk approaching this woman while receiving the wrath of Cindy on the chance that that woman is Cindy's roommate? Meanwhile, Robin has had a difficult summer trying to get over Don, and the way she looks shows it. And Lily and Marshall have scheduled tonight as the first night they will try to conceive a child. Marshall has even saved himself for two weeks in preparation. But someone may get between Marshall and Lily getting together this evening: Marvin Sr., who is a little too involved in Marshall's life for Lily's liking. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

20 September 2010 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The church at the beginning of the episode is the same church in the show 7th heaven. See more »


There is a shot of the "fourth wall" behind the booth at McLarens that includes a wall which intersects the table and the wall of the booth behind Marshal. This contradicts the layout of McLaren's from several different episodes which involve shots of the "fourth wall". See more »


Ted Mosby: [about a girl at the bar] She's got her shields up anyway; she's reading a book.
Barney Stinson: Yeah! At a bar! The book might as well be called Are Ya There Barney? It's Me Horny. That is not what "shields up" looks like.
[Enter Robin disheveled]
Barney Stinson: THAT is what "shields up" looks like.
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References The Warriors (1979) See more »


Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)
Written by George Harrison
Performed by George Harrison
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A fresh start after a disappointing season
17 July 2016 | by simbrabSee all my reviews

Right from the start there is a different feel to this episode than to the entirety of the rather disappointing fifth season. The characters don't come across as a joke and are treated respectfully instead, as are all of their respective issues. Every member of the main cast has a few funny lines here, but also at least one grave moment. And some new themes are laid out that might shape this new season.

Most notably, for Ted this actually seems to be the overall theme of the series, how he meets the mother of his kids, which is finally spotlighted again. In a flash-forward, which is nicely interwoven with the present events of the episode, we learn more about the day and event when said theme comes to its conclusion. In addition to that, Cindy returns. We already know the Mother is her roommate, so this encounter between her and Ted will certainly be of some significance. And it comes with a surprise twist.

The other theme of this episode that could also be a theme of the whole season is fathers. Marshall is looking forward to becoming a father himself, as he and Lily have decided to try to get a baby. Lily however takes an issue with the involvement of Marshall's father in the whole matter. And Barney has his own opinion on fathers, as he does not know who his father is. In his moment of gravity, he admits that this actually bothers him.

Meanwhile, Robin is trying to get over the breakup with Don, in a fashion not dissimilar to Marshall's suffering early in season 2, when Lily temporarily left him. Her role in this season is not yet clear, but the fact that she takes a breakup this hard proves that she has indeed evolved as a character, as Ted indicated in the finale of the last season.

A season opener fit to raise our hopes for a new direction in the series that rather resembles season 1-4 than season 5.

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