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How I Met Your Mother Episode: "The Perfect Week"

Season 5, Episode 14
Episode Synopsis: Barney challenges himself to bed seven women in seven days. Jim Nantz and New York Yankee Nick Swisher have cameos.
Original Air Date: Feb 1, 2010
Guest Cast Brooke Newton: Christy David Henrie: Son Hong Chau: Cook Pu Lyndsy Fonseca: Daughter Larry Poindexter: Joe Donovan Bob Saget
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Season 5, Episode 14
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Length: 21:36
Aired: 2/1/2010
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How I Met Your Mother Episode Recap: "The Perfect Week" Season 5, Episode 14

In this week's episode, Barney tries to sleep with a different woman every night in order to score the Perfect Week — the "hook up" equivalent to a perfect game in baseball. It turns out that he's doing it because he's facing a big problem at work and needs the distraction. Meanwhile, the rest of the gang is all having their own crummy weeks, so they become immersed in the drama of Barney's conquests.

Future Ted tells us that everyone deals with nerves differently. For example, Barney (who is sitting by himself in a corporate waiting room) likes to deal with his anxiety by pretending that he's being interviewed by sportscaster Jim Nantz. Sure enough, Jim Nantz appears and informs us that every sport has a superstar who rises above the competition, citing Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan as examples. And of course, Barney is the go-to guy for sleeping with random women. Nantz explains that Barney recently attempted an extremely elusive challenge, and asks Barney to tell his story.

Barney explains that the week before, at MacLaren's, he set a challenge for himself: He closed his eyes, pointed randomly, and decided that he would sleep with whatever girl he'd pointed at. And because he's Barney, he's successful.

The next night, Barney sets his sights on a woman at the bar drinking a Black Russian. ("She's going to chase that with a White American," Barney brags.) The night after that, Barney tells the group that he's going to look for a woman with small boobs. Both times, he succeeds. For anyone keeping track, that's three girls in three nights. Lily thinks that's disgusting, even for Barney, but Ted and Marshall recognize the streak for what it is — the potential to become a Perfect Week — seven successful hookups in seven consecutive nights.

For the uninitiated, a Perfect Week is incredibly difficult to accomplish. Barney had come close before, but failed due to Ted spilling a drink on Barney's target or Barney offering an ill-advised pick-up line. But this time, he could do no wrong. To prove his point, he scores again on Night 4.

Ted, Marshall, Lily and Robin start to become invested in Barney's game because it distracts them from the horrible weeks they're all having. Robin had a date with a geek who won't call her, Lily and Marshall apparently just found out that sharing a toothbrush is gross (ew!), plus it turns out that Ted also used their toothbrush when they all lived together. (Eww!!) And Robin used it on occasion when she was dating Ted. (Ewww!!!) Meanwhile, Ted managed to completely mortify a student in his new architecture class by assuming that her name (Cook Pu) was a fake name put on the roster for laughs. He openly made fun of it in front of the class, not realizing that it was a real name until the poor girl ran out of the class, crying. So our gang is pretty bummed this week, and they need to cheer on Barney so they won't think about their own problems.

But the game changes on Night 5. Marshall comes to MacLaren's and tells Ted that he just found out that Barney's being blamed for a failed merger at work and might actually lose his job. Obviously, the Perfect Week is a major distraction for the Barnacle, too.

Lily wants to talk to Barney about his work woes, but the guys shoot her down because they don't want her to a) jinx the Perfect Week, or b) distract Barney from his game. Ted goes to talk to Barney, but instead of making him talk about his problems, he helps him score his fifth girl.

On Night 6, Barney heads to Ted's apartment instead of going to the bar. He'd already scored that day with a drunk hairdresser at a Staten Island Chili's. As he goes into the kitchen to grab a beer, Lily confronts him about his job. The guys try to tell her to relax, but she says that his job is more important than some silly Perfect Week. And of course, since she's actually said the words "perfect week" out loud, she's jinxed it. Barney goes running out of the apartment.

However, despite the jinx, Barney starts Night 7 fairly well, chatting up a hot blonde girl at the bar. "See?" Lily crows. "There's no such thing as a jinx." Which, of course, is a jinx in itself proven when New York Yankee Nick Swisher walks through the door. Every girl in the bar, including Barney's target, immediately set their sights on him.

Defeated, Barney sits down with the group. "This whole week was a waste," he says. "And tomorrow I'm going to get fired." Marshall tells Barney that the game made them all feel better about their respective weeks. Lily finally realizes the importance of the Perfect Week and what it means to each of them, so she attempts to save it by leaping in front of the blonde girl and pretending to have sprained her ankle, thus distracting the girl from Nick Swisher. It works for a couple of seconds until Wendy the Waitress offers to get Lily ice, freeing up the blonde girl once again. But this time, it's Ted, Marshall and Robin to the rescue, jumping into Nick Swisher's booth to chat him up before the blonde girl can get to him. Ted asks Swisher if he thinks it's weird that Marshall and Lily share a toothbrush. Swisher thinks it's sweet. Barney swoops in while Nick Swisher is distracted and offers her a martini. She asks him if he wants to go back to her place. Barney wins! The Perfect Week is his!

Back in the office, Jim Nantz congratulates Barney and then changes the topic to Barney's job. Barney says he doesn't want to talk about it. Nantz counters that he's a figment of Barney's imagination, so obviously Barney does want to talk about it. Nantz vanishes just as Barney is ushered into his boss's office. His boss tells him that they're keeping Barney on. (Wow, that was anticlimactic.)

Later, at MacLaren's, everyone celebrates Barney's achievement. Marshall hands out "Seven Up, Seven Down" hats for everyone, while Lily ceremoniously retires the tie Barney wore on Night 7. "May Barney's heroic feat be remembered and spoken of for decades to come," announces Marshall as he hangs the tie on a MacLaren's wall. Ted jokes that he's totally going to tell this story to his kids someday. Flash to a shot of the kids gaping at the screen in disbelief. "Am I a bad dad?" Future Ted asks.

Thoughts? Did you guys enjoy this episode or was it less than "perfect?" What did you think of the whole "Barney is interviewed by Jim Nantz" framing device? Whether you loved it or hated it, sound off in the comments!

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In this week's episode, Barney tries to sleep with a different woman every night in order to score the Perfect Week — the "hook up" equivalent to a perfect game in baseball. It turns out that he's doing it because he's facing a big problem at work and needs the distraction. Meanwhile, the rest of the gang is all having their own crummy weeks, so they become immersed in the drama of Barney's conquests.

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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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