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How I Met Your Mother Episode: "Twin Beds"

Season 5, Episode 21
Episode Synopsis: Ted and Barney fight, claiming they both love Robin, while Robin realizes she's over them; and Lily and Marshall decide to get twin beds.
Original Air Date: May 3, 2010
Guest Cast Joe Nieves: Carl Ben Koldyke: Don Bob Saget
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Season 5, Episode 21
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Length: 21:36
Aired: 5/3/2010
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How I Met Your Mother Episode Recap: "Twin Beds" Season 5, Episode 21

We finally get some plot movement with the Robin/Don storyline, as Mr. Duck himself finally gets to meet the rest of the group. Problem is, Don has absolutely no idea that Ted and Barney are both Robin's ex-boyfriends. When he finds out, he's less than thrilled. To make things worse, both Ted and Barney realize that they're not completely over Robin. So who gets Robin's heart in the end?

Future Ted tells us that Robin had only been dating Don a short while when he popped an interesting question one night: As Don brings two plates of food to Robin, who's sitting on his couch watching TV, he asks her if she wants to move in. He means "scooch down on the couch," but she thinks he means move in...with him...permanently. After a bit of awkwardness, Don asks her again, this time for real.

Later, at MacLaren's, Robin tells the group her big news. Barney and Lily think the relationship is moving too fast, but Ted's all for it — since Robin is still terrible about leaving empty milk cartons in the fridge, and it's really annoying him. Barney notes that it's weird that Robin is getting all serious with a guy the rest of them have never met. Robin admits that she's been postponing the introductions but finally agrees to have them all meet Don.

The subsequent meeting takes place at MacLaren's, and it becomes apparent very quickly that Don is completely clueless about Robin's past relationships with Ted and Barney. Of course, it doesn't take long for the truth to come out, and Don's a little freaked out — particularly since Robin lives with Ted. (Don had been under the impression that Ted was gay, due to his cooking skills and love of calligraphy.) He tells Robin that he needs time to think about things and leaves.

The next day, Don apologizes to Robin and the guys. He recognizes that Ted and Barney are still an important part of Robin's life, so he invites the whole gang over for dinner. As Don and Robin leave, Barney tells Ted that he wants Robin back. Ted smirks and tells Barney that he's like a little kid who threw a toy away, but then wants the toy back the second someone else starts playing with it. He encourages Barney to read The Letter.

The Letter, as Future Ted explains, is a device Ted uses to keep himself from re-hooking up with past girlfriends. (As we've seen over the course of the series, The Letter is only somewhat successful.) The Letter, written shortly after each breakup, explains exactly why the girlfriend was a bad match for Ted. In flashback, we see Past Teds write letters to himself about pretentious Karen, Krav Maga Natalie (in a nice bit of continuity, Ted is wearing the shirt from that episode as he writes the letter) and Stella.

After the Robin/Barney relationship fizzled, Ted had forced Barney to write his own version of The Letter, which Barney now reads. The letter basically says that he'll always love Robin, but he loves other women and boobs more. (And it's followed by scribbled drawings of boobs.) Barney insists that he still wants Robin back.

Later, Marshall, Lily, Ted and Barney head to Don's place for dinner. He's making sushi (yum!) and offhandedly comments that he loves spicy food. In a pretty pathetic attempt to outdo Don in front of Robin, Barney takes a bite out of a jalapeno...followed by a mouthful of wasabi. Ack.

Later, at Ted's apartment, Ted chastises Barney for ruining the evening. Barney challenges Ted, pointing out that Ted wants Robin back as much as he does. To prove Barney wrong, Ted pulls out his version of The Letter, which of course says that their relationship was perfect in every way, except that she didn't want to settle down. By the time he's done reading, Ted's decided he wants Robin back, too.

Over the next several hours, Ted and Barney get very, very drunk and fight about who deserves Robin more. They also both drunk-dial Robin and then engage in a fist fight. And then, because they haven't quite embarrassed themselves enough, they both head to Don's place (with Ted toting the blue French horn — guess he reacquired one after it was last seen in the Season 2 finale) and yell for Robin beneath the window. Don invites them upstairs. He explains that he and Robin have to leave for work, but invites the guys to watch TV and get some rest, and they'll talk about everything later.

When Robin gets back from work, she gives Ted and Barney a piece of her mind. Ted apologizes, but it's too little, too late. Robin tells them that Don's not going to be a part of their group...and neither is she. She doesn't think she should be friends with them anymore, and she's moving in with Don.

Four days go by without any more talk about Robin moving out. In his apartment, Ted opens his refrigerator door to find yet another empty carton of milk. But when he enters Robin's room to yell at her about it, he finds the room empty...except for a blue French horn in the corner.

In the B plot, Marshall and Lily go on a vacation where they're forced to sleep in twin beds. But the separate sleeping quarters turn out to be surprisingly comfortable — so comfy, in fact, that they sleep for 18 hours and decide to buy twin beds when they get home. It's great at first, until Don points out that he did the same thing with his ex-wife, and it led to them growing apart. Marshall and Lily seem to encounter similar roadblocks, but in the end, they wind up snuggling in the same bed anyway.

So what did you all think of this episode? I haven't been the biggest Don fan, but he grew on me a little this episode — maybe because he was the only one acting like an adult while Ted and Barney were being complete jerks. That being said, I'm totally not okay with Robin not being part of the group. Hopefully this situation gets resolved as we head into the final weeks of Season 5. What are your thoughts? Talk all about it in the comments!

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We finally get some plot movement with the Robin/Don storyline, as Mr. Duck himself finally gets to meet the rest of the group. Problem is, Don has absolutely no idea that Ted and Barney are both Robin's ex-boyfriends. When he finds out, he's less than thrilled. To make things worse, both Ted and Barney realize that they're not completely over Robin. So who gets Robin's heart in the end? read more

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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.

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