How I Met Your Mother Season 5, Episode 4: "The Sexless Innkeeper" - Recap

This week, Lily and Marshall experience relationship woes - not with each other, but with Robin and Barney, who are the latest couple in a string of potential double dates. Meanwhile, Ted tries to prove to Barney that the "college professor" look works on girls.

Future Ted voiceovers that once he became a college professor, he decided to update his look - by wearing tweed, or the "textile of the eunuchs," as Barney snarks. Ted says that the ladies dig the professor look. Robin agrees, saying that her 10th-grade math teacher was sexy. But he's in jail now. For tax evasion. (Among other things.)

Lily changes the subject by inviting Robin and Barney to a couples' night. Future Ted tells us that since Marshall and Lily had been the only married couple for years, they'd been on the hunt for a couple to double date with. A flashback with shoddy continuity shows Lily and Marshall hosting a variety of couples' nights at their place (including Ranjit and his wife) - and scaring away all their potential new friends by being overeager and more than a little creepy. So of course they're thrilled that two of their best friends are now a couple. But Future Ted warns that Barney and Robin have no idea what they're in for.

(Sketchy continuity note - the first flashback says "2007," but as far as I recall, Marshall and Lily weren't living in Dowisetrepla at any point in 2007. They bought the place toward the end of the year, but they didn't officially move in until an early point in Season 4. This show is normally so good with its continuity that goofs like this bug me. Hopefully they'll fix it for the Season 5 DVD?)

Flash-forward to Marshall and Lily frantically readying their apartment for their date with Barney and Robin. They plan cocktails, appetizers, and Marshall boasts that he has a great anecdote ready to go. The doorbell rings. Lily greets Barney and Robin, while an overly enthusiastic Marshall offers them a tray of Gouda.

Back at MacLaren's, Ted tries his professor moves on a girl at the bar. She asks him if grading papers is difficult, and Ted replies, "No, you just gotta make it fun. For example, every time I spot a grammatical error, I do a shot. I'm trashed right now, and I blame our public school system." The girl coyly responds with, "So... you live upstairs?"

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