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How I Met Your Mother Episode: "Jenkins"

Season 5, Episode 13
Episode Synopsis: Marshall tries to prove to Lily that a beautiful colleague (Amanda Peet) kissed him; Robin discovers that she's the subject of a drinking game.
Original Air Date: Jan 18, 2010
Guest Cast Andrew Caldwell: Scotty Taran Killam: Blauman Marieve Herington: Betty Amanda Peet: Jenkins
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Season 5, Episode 13
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Length: 21:34
Aired: 1/18/2010
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How I Met Your Mother Episode Recap: "Jenkins" Season 5, Episode 13

Neil Patrick Harris makes his directing debut with this week's episode. Hey, it's something to get us through while we bemoan the fact that he was snubbed again at the Golden Globes. Sigh. There's trouble between Marshall and Lily as he finds himself attracted to a comely new lawyer at GNB. Meanwhile, Robin is thrilled (and more than a little smug) when she finds out that most of the students in Ted's class actually watch her morning news show. Of course, things aren't quite what they seem...

The Ted and Robin Story

Marshall and Ted hit up a college bar because Marshall needs to defend his reign as skeeball champ, a title he's held since college (under the moniker "Big Fudge"). Ted's less than thrilled about going to a college bar because he doesn't want to run into his students.

Robin joins them and notices that a geeky-looking college kid is staring at her. She's flattered because she figures he recognizes her from TV. Ted bursts her bubble by telling her that the kid is in his architecture class and is actually looking at Ted. He also points out that no one actually watches her show, which is sort of a crappy and totally unsupportive thing to say to your friend, Ted.

But much to Ted's dismay, the student approaches their table and says, "You're Robin Scherbatsky, right?" Apparently he watches her show all the time — and meanwhile, he can barely remember what class Ted teaches.

Not one to let Ted go unhumiliated, Robin drops by his classroom the next day under the pretense of giving Ted a pen. She waves at the student from the bar and not-so-casually announces that she's the anchor for the morning news show. A female student pipes up that she watches the show all the time. Robin asks if anyone else is a fan. All the hands in the class shoot up as Ted ushers Robin out the door.

Ted is shocked that his students watch Robin's show — after all, he's Robin's roommate and ex-boyfriend and good friend and he still can't be bothered to watch it. His students tell him that there's actually a drinking game involved: They take a shot every time Robin says, "But, um..." during an interview. Ted decides to try it that night with Barney. Sure enough, Robin begins nearly every question with "But, um..." saying it so often that Barney and Ted manage to drink their way through an entire bottle of Grey Goose.

The next day, Robin smarmily suggests that Ted should print out one of his lectures and have her read it on the air so that his students will pay more attention. Since his students like her better and all. Ugh, neither Ted nor Robin is coming off all that attractively in this episode. Ted blurts out that she's a drinking game. "I don't say 'But, um...'" Robin assures him. But Ted tells her that he and Barney played the night before, and yes she does.

That night, Ted goes out to the bar with his students to watch Robin's show and play the "But, um..." game. Except this time's a little different. During an interview, Robin catches herself saying "But, um..." and decides to totally throw the interview and stick it to Ted and his students. (Wow, way to be professional there, Robin.) As her annoyed interview subject storms out, Robin leans into the camera and says, "If there's any college kids watching...but um but um but um but um..." Ted tells his students not to drink, but they have to anyway. That's the game. "God help us all," mutters Ted as he takes a shot. The next morning, Robin gets in one last dig at Ted and his class by entering his classroom and thanking the (extremely hung over) students for watching...using a bullhorn.

The Marshall and Lily (aka "Jenkins") Story

Flashback with me to the beginning of the episode. (Whoosh!) When Marshall takes Ted to the college bar, he mentions that Jenkins might be joining them. Future Ted tells us that Jenkins is a new lawyer at GNB and is always doing something crazy. From eating an entire jar of maraschino cherries for $200 to stripping on a bar table, Jenkins supplies Marshall with fun story after fun story to tell the gang. Here's the catch, though — while Ted had always imagined Jenkins as a chunky, always good for a laugh guy, it turns out that Jenkins is really a very attractive woman (Amanda Peet).

Marshall admits that he'd left out information about Jenkins' gender because he was worried Lily would be jealous of Marshall working so closely with a beautiful and free-spirited woman. But all of his hard work at keeping Jenkins' identity a secret is threatened when Lily unexpectedly drops by GNB while Marshall and Jenkins are working together. Jenkins is game for an improv session to keep Lily from finding out, but Marshall can't help but be honest. To his surprise, Lily doesn't even blink. Marshall asks her why she's not upset. Lily tells Marshall that she trusts him completely around other women.

Of course, Marshall is incredibly upset that Lily wasn't even a little jealous. Later that night, he expresses his frustration to Ted and Robin, who know exactly why Lily wasn't jealous. As Robin explains, every relationship has a Reacher and a Settler. And the Settler is never jealous because they know that the Reacher is never going to have it any better than they do in the current relationship.

Later, Marshall brings up the whole idea of the Reacher and the Settler to Lily and asks her what she thinks. She insists that neither of them "settled." But Marshall bugs her so much that she finally relents and admits that she thinks of herself as the Settler.

Marshall decides that he needs to make Lily jealous in order to prove to her that he's not a Reacher. Ted suggests that Marshall get Jenkins to flirt with him in front of Lily. The next day, Marshall heads to GNB determined to ask Jenkins for this somewhat awkward favor. But he barely has a chance to open his mouth before Jenkins shoves her tongue down it.

Shocked, Marshall heads straight home and immediately tells Lily what happened. And...she doesn't believe him. She thinks that he made up the story so that she'd be jealous.

The next day at work, Jenkins apologizes to Marshall for kissing him. (And then she apologizes for having sex with him in the mail room...except that wasn't Marshall. Apparently Jenkins was really drunk from playing the "But, um..." game all night long.) She asks him not to tell anyone. Marshall explains that he already told Lily. Jenkins feels terrible and offers to apologize to Lily's face. Marshall thinks this is a great idea because maybe now Lily will believe him.

So he takes Jenkins to MacLaren's, where she tells Lily exactly what happened and offers a heartfelt apology. In response, Lily slugs her. Future Ted tells us that Marshall never tried to make Lily jealous again.

Thoughts? What did you think of Amanda Peet's guest turn? How did first-time director NPH fare behind the camera? What drinking games did you play in college? And do you know any real-life Reachers or Settlers? Sound off in the comments!

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Neil Patrick Harris makes his directing debut with this week's episode. Hey, it's something to get us through while we bemoan the fact that he was snubbed again at the Golden Globes. Sigh. There's trouble between Marshall and Lily as he finds himself attracted to a comely new lawyer at GNB. Meanwhile, Robin is thrilled (and more than a little smug) when she finds out that most of the students in Ted's class actually watch her morning news show. Of course, things aren't quite what they seem...

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Premiered: September 19, 2005, on CBS
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Premise: A man named Ted tells his kids how he met the love of his life, through flashbacks, years in the future. The bored kids sit on the couch and listen as dad regales them with tales of his pursuit of romance. The sitcom's secondary character, Ted's smarmy friend, Barney, is a real standout, often stealing the show.lauren

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