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How I Met Your Mother Season 5 episodes

How I Met Your Mother Episode Recap: "Doppelgangers" Season 5, Episode 24

So remember a couple of weeks ago, when Lily and Marshall agreed that if they ever find Barney's doppelganger, they'll start trying to have a baby? That agreement is put to the test in the Season 5 finale, when they finally do catch a glimpse of Barney's lookalike. Meanwhile, Robin is offered a great opportunity — in Chicago. Robin has always put her career first, but will her budding relationship with Don complicate things?

Future Ted reminds his kids (and the viewers) that at this point in the story, the gang had managed to spot four doppelgangers: Lesbian Robin, Mustache Marshall, Stripper Lily, and Mexican Wrestler Ted. He also reminds us about Lily and Marshall's baby pact if Barney's double was ever spotted.

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How I Met Your Mother Episode Recap: "The Wedding Bride" Season 5, Episode 23

The message of this week's episode of How I Met Your Mother: Everyone has baggage — but mostly it's just Ted.  Also, Tony's kind of a tool, Marshall's too nice, and apparently Barney takes pleasure in a good chick flick now and again. 

The episode starts with Papa Ted telling his kids that dating in your 30s is much different than dating in your 20s. Once you're in your 30s, you have to realize everyone has baggage. We see Ted walking with a lovely woman when her phone rings. She self-consciously tells Ted it's her ex; they've been making an effort to stay friends. That seems perfectly reasonable — but oh wait.

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How I Met Your Mother Episode Recap: "Robots vs. Wrestlers" Season 5, Episode 22

Without Robin, the now-four-person gang decides to crash a snooty party featuring such guests as Arianna Huffington, Peter Bogdanovich, and New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz (all appearing as themselves). Ted, of course, feels right at home among these opera-going, wine-tasting, poetry-reciting intellectuals. Meanwhile, Barney wants to go to a robot wrestling sporting event, and Marshall and Lily start to talk about extending their family... read more

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? read more

How I Met Your Mother Episode Recap: "Home Wreckers" Season 5, Episode 20

Ted's mother gets married to Clint (last seen in Season 2's "How Lily Stole Christmas") and the pair immediately start skeeving out Ted with their completely inappropriate behavior. Unable to handle the fact that his mom is on her second marriage before he's on his first, Ted rushes out and impulsively buys a house. Is it truly the house of his dreams ... or a total nightmare?

Future Ted tells his kids that everyone has one impulsive moment that changes their lives forever. We're about to hear the story of his. It all starts with a visit from Ted's mom (Heroes' Cristine Rose) and her boyfriend, Clint (Harry Groener, recognizable to Buffy fans everywhere as the Mayor of Sunnydale). read more

How I Met Your Mother Episode Recap: "Zoo or False" Season 5, Episode 19

This week, Marshall's wallet is stolen, and he's pretty shaken up about it. So is Lily, who now wants to get a gun for protection. Marshall's even more freaked out about the idea of a gun in his home, so he changes his story so that Lily won't be so panicked. However, the lies keep adding up until finally Marshall is forced to come clean about the incident. Meanwhile, Barney experiences his own struggles with the truth... read more

How I Met Your Mother Episode Recap: "Say Cheese" Season 5, Episode 18

Lily celebrates her 32nd birthday with all of her best friends — plus one random girl that Ted decides to bring with him to Lily's party. This is particularly upsetting because Ted has a habit of bringing new girls to gatherings with the group. The girls always end up in the group photo, and years later, no one can remember their names. Is this new girl just another nameless bimbo, or will she have staying power?

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How I Met Your Mother Episode Recap: "Of Course" Season 5, Episode 17

Barney becomes enamored with a new conquest (Jennifer Lopez) who knows how to keep him on the hook, but the rest of the gang starts to notice that Robin's not all that thrilled about Barney's romantic escapades. Is it possible that she's still harboring some baggage from their breakup?

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How I Met Your Mother Episode Recap: "Hooked" Season 5, Episode 16

This week, Ted finds himself at the mercy of a hot girl and refuses to see that she's just stringing him along. Meanwhile, Lily's ex-boyfriend Scooter returns — and he still thinks he's got a chance with the happily married Lily. Oh, and there's an impossibly cute teacup pig that you just have to see.

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How I Met Your Mother Episode Recap: "Rabbit or Duck" Season 5, Episode 15

This week is chock-full of Valentine's Day romantic escapades. Ted puts Marshall and Lily in charge of his romantic future — that is, he asks them to choose his perfect woman for him. Meanwhile, Barney tries his most successful girl-getting tactic yet, but it turns out to be too successful. And Robin wrestles with whether or not to date her obnoxious coworker, Don.

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The Perfect Week Season 5, Episode 14

Barney challenges himself to bed seven women in seven days. Jim Nantz and New York Yankee Nick Swisher have cameos. read more

Jenkins Season 5, Episode 13

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. read more

Girls vs. Suits Season 5, Episode 12

Barney has to decide between his trademark suits or a beautiful bartender (Stacy Keibler) in the 100th episode, which includes a musical number by the cast called "Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit." Cindy: Rachel Bilson. Tim: Tim Gunn. read more

Last Cigarette Ever Season 5, Episode 11

The friends try to quit smoking; Robin is bothered by a coworker. Harvey Fierstein provides Lily's smoking voice. read more

The Window Season 5, Episode 10

The gang helps Ted out when he finds the perfect girl (JoAnna Garcia) is available to date; and Marshall finds a letter he wrote when he was young, and it has a dramatic effect on him. read more

Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap Season 5, Episode 9

Marshall gives Ted and Robin one of his "Slap Bet" slaps to be used on Barney; and Lily's estranged father (Chris Elliot) visits her for Thanksgiving. read more

The Playbook Season 5, Episode 8

Barney and Robin break up, and Barney gets serious about dating again by consulting his "playbook" containing all of his greatest techniques. read more

The Rough Patch Season 5, Episode 7

Barney and Robin's romance falters, and Lily comes up with a scheme to break up the unhappy couple that involves a little help from Robin's celebrity friend, Alan Thicke (who appears in a cameo). read more

Bagpipes Season 5, Episode 6

Barney, thinking he and Robin are the perfect couple, gives relationship advice to Marshall, which turns out to be a big mistake. read more

Duel Citizenship Season 5, Episode 5

Barney tries to persuade Robin to become a U.S. citizen; and Ted and Marshall's road trip hits a bump when Lily decides to come along. Kenny Rogers provides the narration on an audio book the friends listen to on their trip. read more

The Sexless Innkeeper Season 5, Episode 4

Marshall and Lily hope that Robin and Barney will be their new double-date friends, but they are a little too enthusiastic, prompting Robin and Barney to break up with them. read more

Robin 101 Season 5, Episode 3

Robin thinks Barney's cheating, but she soon sees it's just the opposite: He's spending his nights getting lessons from Ted on how to date Robin. read more

Double Date Season 5, Episode 2

Ted goes on a blind date and realizes he went out with the woman before on an arranged date seven years earlier; and Barney takes Marshall on a guys' night out. read more

Definitions Season 5, Episode 1

In the fifth-season opener, the friends discover that Barney and Robin are secretly a couple; and Ted stresses over his first lecture as a Columbia professor. read more

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Premiered: September 19, 2005, on CBS
Rating: TV-PG
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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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