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How I Met Your Mother Episode: "The Possimpible"

Season 4, Episode 14
Episode Synopsis: Robin has only four days to find a job or she'll be deported, and Barney steps in to help by producing her video résumé.
Original Air Date: Feb 2, 2009
Guest Cast Regan Burns: Producer Lyndsy Fonseca: Daughter Angela Martinez: Rochelle Harper David Henrie: Son Mark Tomesek: Dr. Goodman Seth Morris: Director Bob Saget
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Season 4, Episode 14
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Length: 21:12
Aired: 2/2/2009
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How I Met Your Mother Episode Recap: "The Possimpible" Season 4, Episode 14

Finding a job stateside is tough these days, even for Robin Scherbatsky. In danger of being deported back to Canada, an unemployed Robin turns to her buds for some job-hunting tips, and out from the woodworks come some crazy special skills and one awesome video résumé.

Robin's been unemployed for months, FutureTed reminds us, and the job search, or rather auditions, is not going very well. Psyched out by her fellow applicants over her lack of a "killer sign-off," she bombs her News 10 anchor position tryout. "May the road ahead be lit with dreams and tomorrows... which are lit with dreams also. Stand tall, New York. Trustworthy. Recycling. Wear a condom," she rambles. Thanks, Robin. Ted says her problem is her "cluttered" résumé, which isn't streamlined like his that lists his oh-so relevant gig as Wesleyan University's radio program director, aka the mysterious Dr. X, whose own sign-off was "X marks the spot." A genius in his own mind, Ted — or more like Pretentious Ted — defends Dr. X's awesomeness and his anti-racism agenda against the school's meal plan. Marshall and Lily, of course, beg to differ.

Before they can get into it, though, Barney flashes a letter from the Department of Immigration that got mixed in with Robin's fan mail. Our favorite Canadian's work visa is about to expire, which means she'll be deported back north in the next seven days unless she can get a gig in her field. Marshall suggests marriage, and Barney's way ahead of him, getting down on one knee. Swoon! But that plan's a bust because the paperwork can't be processed in time. Ted floats the idea that maybe people aren't responding to Robin's reel. What's on it? Her first gig reporting from Lake Athabasca in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, on a wintry summer day. Major fail, Barney says. Nay, Marshall says because "where you're from is part of who you're selling." Case in point: He keeps his county dunk champion title under his "special skills" section on his resume. The "Vanilla Thunder" (or "Ghost in the Post," "Human Turnstile") dunked up until recently when he was diagnosed with iliopsoas tendinitis or dancer's hip. Cue "Marshall has a vagina" jokes.

Back to the problem at hand, Barney tells Robin she needs a video résumé. He scored 11 job offers with his awesome video résumé that features an off-camera British/Scottish Barney interviewing himself, Barney sitting on a motorcycle, standing by a horse and elsewhere, all the while espousing the secrets to success. "It's a state of mind." Barney notes he doesn't have to be able to do any of the X Games-esque activities in the clip because you're supposed to seem like a bold risk-taker, but don't actually do anything. It's about the confidence and daring to go to where the possible and impossible meet — the possimpible. (Creating your own word shows creativity and vision, or visiotivity). And after all that comes, well, why don't you just watch it here (make sure to view it in "awesome resolution"). My favorite part is the avalanche of "Awesomes."

That's enough to sell Robin, who enlists Barney to make a video for her. "Say vague, confident-sounding buzz words," he orders — but not "linkitivity," which is his. With wordplay done, it's time for a costume change into a karate get-up so Robin can break a tower of bricks with her forehead. What happened to not doing anything? Well, Robin's a chick, and the assumption with women is that "you can't do anything," Barney says. Not amused, Robin's had enough and goes to audition for the job she detests the most — the lottery girl. She bombs. Can you say "17" and "be wry" about it?

Over at MacLaren's, Marshall tells the truth to Lily. Basketball didn't do his hip in; it was, actually, dancing that did. It's something he does when he's alone and he's happy about something, like when he found out there was a half day at work. And down he went in his office. He might even need surgery one day. "Vaginal rejuvenation surgery?" Ted asks. Lily says they both need to excise "dunk champion" and "Dr. X" from their résumés, but she shouldn't be talking. It turns out Lily has a random "special skill" of her own — Lily "The Belly" Aldrin was Coney Island's 1995 hot-dog eating champion (29, if you're counting). Cue sight gag with Alyson Hannigan's pregnant belly. It's relevant to teaching kindergarten because it teaches kids she can eat a lot of hot dogs very quickly.

As they start to break out into a fight, a forlorn Robin walks in to tell them of her botched lottery girl audition. She has to move back to Canada. But not so soon. Barney finished her video résumé for her, sent it out en masse and secured her a job as Channel 12's morning talk show host. Yay! Marshall holds in his dancing while Barney and Robin hug it out. "So thanks to your Uncle Barney, we got to keep your Aunt Robin," FutureTed says. As for the rest of them, they decided it was time to update their résumés — except for Lily, who bested her competitive hot-dog speed-eating count by four. Cue another belly shot.

Oh yeah, no one showed up to Dr. X's happening against Wesleyan's "racist" meal plan on that Monday evening in 1998. Still not enough of the good doctor for ya? Get your Dr. X fix here.

Solid episode because how can an episode with Pretentious Ted and an awesome video résumé not be? The immediacy of the deportation wasn't really felt though, but that's probably because we knew nothing was gonna happen to our Robin, especially on Barney's watch. How cute were their hugs?

What did you think? Do you have an awesome video résumé like Barney, or are you still relying on ink and paper? Is getting a job all about the talk and not at all about the action? Have you ever had dancer's hip? Are you a competitive speed eater? Did you notice Ted had "Supervising Lifeguard" as an entry and Marshall had "Camper of the Year" as one on their respective résumés? What's your random "special skill"?

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Finding a job stateside is tough these days, even for Robin Scherbatsky. In danger of being deported back to Canada, an unemployed Robin turns to her buds for some job-hunting tips, and out from the woodworks come some crazy special skills and one awesome video résumé.

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