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The Rough Patch 

After Barney and Robin hit a rough patch in their relationship, Lily devises the perfect plan to break them up, calling in help from Robin's famous friend, Alan Thicke.

Director:

Pamela Fryman

Writers:

Carter Bays (created by), Craig Thomas (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Josh Radnor ... Ted Mosby
Jason Segel ... Marshall Eriksen
Cobie Smulders ... Robin Scherbatsky
Neil Patrick Harris ... Barney Stinson
Alyson Hannigan ... Lily Aldrin
Alan Thicke ... Alan Thicke
Lyndsy Fonseca ... Daughter
David Henrie ... Son
April Bowlby ... Meg
Matt Jones ... Pizza Guy
Whit Hertford ... Lost in Space Robot
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Storyline

Although Robin and Barney are outwardly happy about their relationship, Ted believes that they in fact are miserable. He believes an old message from Barney via an old porn videotape and the fact of both Robin and Barney letting their appearances go (Barney who is overeating and Robin who is looking like an old woman) are cries for help in wanting and needing to break-up. Marshall and Lily however believe that as with any couple, they are just going through a rough patch, one that they can weather. But when Marshall sees what Ted sees, they go into cahoots with each other to break them up. When their plan goes horrible awry, Lily, the master of orchestrating break-ups without the couple knowing what hit them, feels she has to come and fix the mess Ted and Marshall created. Lily's masterpiece as she considers it involves Robin's old friend Alan Thicke, one of Barney's old girlfriends, a stormtrooper and a bunch of dirty dishes. Will Lily's old magic do the trick? Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 2009 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Barney exclaims "Catchphrase" while describing his and Robin's relationship. Neil Patrick Harris was the spokesperson for the game Catchphrase in the early 2010s See more »

Goofs

When Ted is telling Marshall they don't need Lily's help to sabotage a relationship, there is a microphone visible at the top center of the screen, right along Marshall's hairline. See more »

Quotes

Pizza Guy: Somebody ordered an extra large sausage?
Ted Mosby: Hey, one of Barney's videos starts off just like that.
Marshall Eriksen: Hey, guys, Barney's ordering... five of something.
Pizza Guy: [about his pizza being too large for the station wagon] I don't know if it's gonna fit in here.
Ted Mosby: Okay, now you're just quoting the video.
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Connections

References Clash of the Titans (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Murder Train
(uncredited)
Performed by The Foreskins
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