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?

Future Ted tells us that on a warm March evening in 2010 (I love that he pronounces it "twenty ten" and not "two thousand and ten"...thanks, Future Ted!), a police boat pulled a man out of the Hudson River. That man...was Barney Stinson. Barney tells the officer on duty his story.

It all started a week earlier when a foxy woman (J.Lo) comes into MacLaren's and admires his tie. He takes her back to his place, where she talks a good game and gets him all riled up...and then leaves. Barney asks her to stay, but she only has one word for him: "No."

Later, Marshall, Lily, Robin and Don (ugh) are at MacLaren's celebrating Robin and Don's success as a news team. After Don leaves, Marshall declares that Don is "awesome" and that Robin needs to snag him before someone else does. Lily agrees, pointing out that it's been four months since Robin broke up with Barney. Marshall points out that Barney is dating again, "and he couldn't be happier."

But of course, Barney's royally irritated that he couldn't close the deal with the woman from the bar. Ted says it sounds like the woman had read a book called Of Course You're Still Single: Take a Look at Yourself, You Dumb Slut. (It's a book geared toward helping single women find love.) Ted asks Barney if the woman used of the tips from the book รข€” subtly slipping the word "sex" into conversation; finding excuses to touch Barney, etc. Barney affirms that yes, she did.

Ted tells Barney that the final test involves asking her out the next night. According to the book, she should give some lame excuse and suggest a later date. And of course, she does. When Barney calls her out on it, she says that it's a brilliant book, designed to weed out loser guys who are only interested in sex. Then she lays the bad news on Barney...she's supposed to hold out on sex until the 17th date. Ouch. Barney sits on a chair simply so he can fall off of it.

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