24 Episodes 2008 - 2009
A walk down the aisle, unemployment and an unexpected crush factor into the fourth season of this buddy comedy. Viewers continually wonder if Ted's current conquest becomes the titular mom, and this season, it looks like he may have hit pay dirt.\ The relationship between Ted (Josh Radnor) and Stella (Sarah Chalke) moves forward when she accepts his proposal, made at the end of Season 3. As they get closer to the altar, they trip a few times: They realize they know little about each other after Stella ends up in the ER because of Ted's cooking; she expects him to move in with her after the wedding, but her Garden State address inflames ardent New Jersey-hater Ted; and his pals stage an intervention over their concerns about his nuptials. The wedding itself has a bad vibe. After Stella's sis backs out of her own wedding, Stella and Ted assume her plans, but it all goes south...bad vegan food? no booze? exes on the guest list? Just as frustrating is the employment picture for the gang. Ted, Marshall (Jason Segel) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) find themselves out of jobs. Marshall takes it the hardest (and finds his "underpants radius" expanding), Ted considers striking out on his own, while Robin goes to the ends of the Earth---literally, Tokyo---to find work. When that doesn't pan out, she faces deportation...until Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) creates an awesome video résumé for her. The most surprising turn of events is the revelation that Barney has a heart. He admits to Lily (Alyson Hannigan) that he's in love with Robin, and the usually sleazy Barney becomes flustered and jealous around his crush. Oh, but he still beds other women. In other developments: The gang searches for the best burger in NYC with Regis Philbin; the Naked Man offers an offbeat way to "close the deal" on a date; and Barney reveals his secret family.
Do I Know You?
Mon, Sep 22, 2008 30 mins
In the fourth-season opener, Stella gives Ted an answer to his proposal, and Barney realizes he's in love with Robin. Stella: Sarah Chalke. Mark Johnson: Kyles Archer. Sexy Blonde: Nicole Taylor. Angela: Dana de Celis. Maxine: Annie Abrams.
The Best Burger in New York
Mon, Sep 29, 2008 30 mins
Marshall runs into Regis Philbin during his search for the restaurant where he ate his first New York burger.
I Heart NJ
Mon, Oct 6, 2008 30 mins
Ted invites his friends to Stella's New Jersey apartment, and he tries to convince them that living outside the city has benefits---until Stella says she wants to live there permanently after they're married.
Mon, Oct 13, 2008 30 mins
Ted learns his friends ditched plans for an intervention for his engagement to Stella, but he insists they go through with it anyway.
Mon, Oct 20, 2008 30 mins
Ted and Stella decide to get married in three days, but the reappearance of their exes puts a damper on the occasion. Lucy: Darcy Rose Byrnes. Tony: Jason Jones.
Happily Ever After
Mon, Nov 3, 2008 30 mins
While out with his friends, Ted bumps into a past acquaintance whom he'd rather avoid, prompting everyone to discuss how they would react in the same situation. Eric Braeden guest stars.
Not a Father's Day
Mon, Nov 10, 2008 30 mins
Lily and Marshall contemplate having a baby, and Lily asks Robin and Ted for advice.
Mon, Nov 17, 2008 30 mins
Robin reunites with a group of party-hearty single girlfriends known as the "Woo Girls." Meanwhile, Ted submits to Barney a design for his company's new headquarters. Jamie-Lynn Sigler guest stars.
The Naked Man
Mon, Nov 24, 2008 30 mins
Ted encounters one of Robin's dates sitting naked on her couch, and the guys conclude the unorthodox approach might work for them as well.
Mon, Dec 8, 2008 30 mins
Ted and Barney pick a fight with guys sitting in their favorite booth in an attempt to change how their friends perceive them. Doug: Will Sasso.
Mon, Dec 15, 2008 30 mins
Ted's younger sister visits, and he does everything in his power to keep her away from Barney. Meanwhile, Marshall takes Robin to a Minnesota-themed bar.
Mon, Jan 12, 2009 30 mins
Robin and Ted become "friends with benefits," finding it helps them get along better in the apartment; reality stars Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt, Kendra Wilkinson and Kim Kardashian taunt Marshall from the pages of magazines.
Three Days of Snow
Mon, Jan 19, 2009 30 mins
A blizzard hits the city as Lily is returning from a trip to Seattle, threatening an airport-reunion ritual between her and Marshall. Meanwhile, Ted and Barney plan to meet two women at MacLaren's, but Carl wants to close early, so the guys volunteer to watch the bar until their dates arrive.
Mon, Feb 2, 2009 30 mins
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.
Mon, Mar 2, 2009 30 mins
When Barney inexplicably leaves MacLaren's, the gang thinks he has a girlfriend. Loretta: Frances Conroy. Margaret: Brooke D'Orsay.
Mon, Mar 9, 2009 30 mins
Ted reunites with his college girlfriend (Laura Prepon), prompting Lily and Marshall to reveal how much they loathed the snooty woman.
The Front Porch
Mon, Mar 16, 2009 30 mins
When Ted's girlfriend, Karen (Laura Prepon), finds a woman's earring in his bed, Ted learns that Lily put it there. Worse, it turns out she's been sabotaging his relationships for years.
Old King Clancy
Mon, Mar 23, 2009 30 mins
Barney and Marshall dream up an intricate lie to protect Ted from finding out he's lost an important job.
Mon, Mar 30, 2009 30 mins
Ted's list of "things the gang's too old to do" prompts Barney to attempt everything on the list within 24 hours just to prove Ted wrong.
Mon, Apr 13, 2009 30 mins
Ted sets up his architecture firm in his apartment and hires an intern, who ends up getting a little too chummy with Ted's friends.
The Three Days Rule
Mon, Apr 27, 2009 30 mins
Ted starts texting a woman (Rebecca Budig) he recently met, breaking one of Barney and Marshall's relationship rules, so the pair pretend to be the woman to play a joke on Ted.
Right Place Right Time
Mon, May 4, 2009 30 mins
Ted runs into an old flame and learns a life lesson about destiny. Meanwhile, Barney celebrates his 200th. No need to explain more. Milt: Dan Castellaneta.
As Fast as She Can
Mon, May 11, 2009 30 mins
An acquaintance of Ted's feels guilty about a previous wrong and tries to atone for it by helping Ted get a job. Meanwhile, Barney thinks he can talk his way out of a speeding ticket.
Mon, May 18, 2009 30 mins
In the fourth-season finale, Ted works feverishly to promote his business while Marshall tries to get him to the roof for a surprise 31st birthday party.