'How I Met Your Mother' Season 8 Episode Guide

Episode Guide to the 2012-2013 Season of 'How I Met Your Mother' on CBS

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Neil Patrick Harris in the episode 'The Autumn of Break-Ups' from 'How I Met Your Mother' Season 8. Photo courtesy of CBS

On the seventh season of How I Met Your Mother, Ted (Josh Radnor) still didn’t meet the mother of his children, but his friends Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) did have their first child, a son named Marvin, while Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) dated other people. The eighth season features Marshall and Lily raising their child, Barney and Robin getting engaged and Ted perpetually waiting for true love, and ends with the long-awaited reveal of the titular mother.

Read on for the How I Met Your Mother Season 8 episode guide.

Episode 1
Title:
“Farhampton”
Original Airdate: September 24, 2012

On the run with Victoria, Ted convinces her to return to leave a note for her fiancé Klaus (Thomas Lennon) to explain why she’s leaving him, only to discover that Klaus is actually leaving, too. Quinn finds out that Barney used to date Robin, but is convinced that Robin isn’t a threat when she sees Robin’s new boyfriend Nick (Michael Trucco). Marshall and Lily are so tired from caring for their new baby that they can’t follow what’s happening. In the future after Barney and Robin’s wedding, Ted finally meets the mother, although we don’t see her face yet, and he hasn’t talked to her.

Episode 2
Title:
“The Pre-Nup”
Original Airdate: October 1, 2012

Barney draws up an elaborate pre-nuptial agreement for Quinn to sign, which features all sorts of ridiculous demands, and it makes her furious.

Their disagreement spreads to the other couples in the group, and soon Marshall and Lily are fighting over Marshall’s carelessness with Marvin, Ted and Victoria are fighting over Klaus crashing at their apartment, and Robin and Nick are fighting over Robin being distracted by the TV when they’re in bed.

Those three couples make up, but Barney and Quinn realize that their differences are too great, and they break up.

Episode 3
Title:
“Nannies”
Original Airdate: October 8, 2012

Marshall and Lily try to find a nanny for Marvin so that Lily can go back to work, and Lily’s dad, who’s shown up unexpectedly after his house burned down, tries to convince them that they should pick him. After he takes care of Marvin while Lily’s asleep, they agree to let him have the job. Barney starts hooking up with women constantly now that he’s single again, but it feels empty. Robin and Ted compete to see whose relationship is more serious, but they have to acknowledge that they’re both having trouble with their significant others.

Episode 4
Title:
“Who Wants to Be a Godparent?”
Original Airdate: October 15, 2012

Lily and Marshall decide they need to designate a guardian for Marvin in case of their death, and Ted, Robin and Barney all compete to be picked. Lily and Marshall devise a fake game show called Who Wants to Be a Godparent? to make their choice, but Ted, Robin and Barney get fed up with the process and the fact that they have barely seen Marshall and Lily since Marvin was born. Marshall and Lily admit they need to spend more time with their friends, and decide to designate all three as Marvin’s guardian.

Episode 5
Title:
“The Autumn of Break-Ups”
Original Airdate: November 5, 2012

Victoria tells Ted that she’s looking for more commitment in their relationship. Ted responds by asking her to marry him, and she says yes as long as he agrees not to be friends with Robin anymore. He decides he can’t do that, and he and Victoria break up. Barney finds a dog he names Brover, and Robin worries that he’s overcompensating for his loneliness after breaking up with Quinn. When the dog’s owner calls and Barney has to return Brover, he has a hard time handling it, but then he hooks up with the owner.

Episode 6
Title:
“Splitsville”
Original Airdate: November 12, 2012

When Robin and Nick stop having sex thanks to Nick’s basketball injury, Robin realizes that he’s actually incredibly dumb, and starts to wonder if she should break up with him.

She tries, but she can’t bring herself to do it. Just when Robin’s about to go back home with Nick, Barney shows up and declares his love for her, which drives Nick off. Barney claims it was all an act, but his feelings seem genuine. Marshall and Lily are frustrated because they haven’t had sex since Marvin was born, and Ted finally takes the baby so they can have some time alone.

Episode 7
Title:
“The Stamp Tramp”
Original Airdate: November 19, 2012

Marshall runs into his old law-school friend Brad (True Blood’s Joe Manganiello) and offers to recommend him for a job at Marshall’s firm. Brad comes off terribly in his interview and makes Marshall’s boss (The State’s Joe Lo Truglio) mad. It turns out the whole thing was a ruse for Brad to get vital info on a big trial for the opposing side. Now that Quinn has returned to stripping at the Lusty Leopard, Barney needs to find a new strip club to frequent. Barney and Robin kiss after she accompanies him to his new strip club, and she freaks out.

Episode 8
Title:
“Twelve Horny Women”
Original Airdate: November 26, 2012

Marshall faces off in court against Brad, who’s representing a pharmaceutical company accused of pollution. Marshall’s boss tells him that he’ll get fired if he doesn’t win the case. Brad’s arguments are terrible, but the all-female jury is mesmerized by Brad’s good looks. Marshall wins the case but only gets a $25,000 award, and feels discouraged by the outcome. But when Brad tells Marshall that Marshall inspired him to dedicate himself to doing good, Marshall is then himself inspired to seek an appointment as a judge. Barney and Robin once again agree to just be friends following their kiss.

Episode 9
Title:
“Lobster Crawl”
Original Airdate: December 3, 2012

After Barney and Robin agree to remain strictly friends, Robin starts obsessing over Barney, and decides she needs to hook up with him one last time. But she fails to seduce him, and he decides to reassess his priorities in life, beginning by going on a date with Patrice. Ted takes care of Marvin while Lily’s dad is out sick, and he becomes a little too attached.

Lily and Marshall get jealous of Ted witnessing all of Marvin’s milestones, and realize that Ted needs something new to focus on now that the GNB building is finished.

Episode 10
Title:
“The Over-Correction”
Original Airdate: December 10, 2012

Determined to break up Barney and Patrice, Robin breaks into Barney’s apartment to find his dating playbook and show Patrice what he’s really like. She ends up hiding in his closet, and both Ted and Lily show up and end up hiding in closets as well. Robin finally gets Patrice to see the book, but Barney tells Patrice he’s changed, and burns the book. Ted, Lily and Marshall decide they need to stage an intervention to address Robin’s obsession with Barney. When she comes to visit, Marshall’s mom hooks up with Lily’s dad.

Episode 11
Title:
“The Final Page, Part One”
Original Airdate: December 17, 2012

With the GNB building about to open, Ted wants to stick it to a former architecture professor (Peter Gallagher) who told him he’d never succeed, so he travels to Wesleyan University along with Lily, Marshall and Barney.

Ted’s professor doesn’t even remember him, and Ted has to learn to let go of his resentment. Marshall and Lily run into a creepy former fellow student (Seth Green) who used to stalk them, and discover that he’s actually become very successful. Robin admits to Patrice that it’s hard for her to see Patrice and Barney dating, and Barney reveals to Ted that he plans to propose to Patrice.

Episode 12
Title:
“The Final Page, Part Two”
Original Airdate: December 17, 2012

On the night of the opening gala for the GNB building, Ted tells Robin about Barney’s plan to propose to Patrice, and he finally realizes he has to let her go. She heads to the roof of the World Wide News building where Barney is supposed to propose, and discovers that his entire relationship with Patrice was a ruse to get Robin to realize she was in love with him. He proposes to Robin, and she says yes. Marshall and Lily have a tough time dealing with their first entire night away from Marvin.

Episode 13
Title:
“Band or DJ?”
Original Airdate: January 14, 2013

Robin tells Barney that he needs to ask her father for permission to marry her, and her father says no. Robin discovers that her father got married without telling her, so she tells him that she and Barney are already engaged, and he’s not invited to the wedding. But he apologizes and ends up coming. Ted and Lily compete to plan Robin and Barney’s wedding. Lily realizes that Ted’s competitiveness is really a cover for his jealousy about Robin marrying Barney. In a flash forward we see that the mother turns out to be the bass player in the wedding band Ted had originally argued against.

Episode 14
Title:
“Ring Up”
Original Airdate: January 21, 2013

Ted starts dating a 20-year-old (Ashley Benson of Pretty Little Liars), but they have nothing in common, and he decides to end it. Barney demands that Ted sleep with her so that Barney can live vicariously through Ted. Ted goes through with it, and the girl turns out to be Barney’s half-sister. Barney gets mad and overreacts, but then he forgives Ted. Now that Robin is wearing an engagement ring, men no longer give her special treatment.

Episode 15
Title:
“P.S. I Love You”
Original Airdate: February 4, 2013

Ted starts dating a woman his friends warn him is a stalker. Even though she reveals stalker-like tendencies, Ted continues to date her. Robin admits that she once stalked a guy she was obsessed with, and Barney is determined to find out who he is.

He tracks down the Robin Sparkles episode of Underneath the Tunes to learn the answer. Barney believes that Robin’s object of obsession was Alan Thicke, but she reveals that it was Paul Shaffer. After his efforts to find out, Barney admits that anyone can get obsessed, and lets it go.

Episode 16
Title:
“Bad Crazy”
Original Airdate: February 11, 2013

Ted is determined to break up with his crazy girlfriend Jeannette, but she barricades herself in his apartment and refuses to leave. After failing to get her to leave, he decides to keep dating her for a while, since Lily encourages him to indulge his crazy side. In the future, he tells his kids that Jeanette was the last woman he dated before meeting their mother. Robin’s nervousness about holding baby Marvin leads to an elaborate series of mishaps involving Mike Tyson.

Episode 17
Title:
“The Ashtray”
Original Airdate: February 18, 2013

Ted gets a call from Zoey’s ex-husband the Captain (Kyle MacLachlan), who wants Robin’s phone number. Robin thinks it’s because he’s in love with her, but he’s actually looking for Lily. A year and a half earlier, Lily, Ted and Robin had encountered the Captain, and when he was rude, Lily stole his expensive ashtray. It turns out he didn’t even notice the theft, but instead wants to hire Lily to be his new art consultant, which she accepts.

Episode 18
Title:
“Weekend at Barney’s”
Original Airdate: February 25, 2013

Ted’s crazy girlfriend Jeannette breaks up with him, and Barney decides to help him meet a new woman using the Playbook, which Barney didn’t actually burn up when Robin thought he did. Robin discovers that the Playbook still exists, and gets upset with Barney, although she eventually forgives him. Ted screws up the plays, and ends up back with Jeannette, who burns the Playbook for real and breaks up with Ted all over again.

Lily and Marshall go to a fancy art opening, where Lily tries to impress an artist in her new capacity as the Captain’s art consultant.

Episode 19
Title:
“The Fortress”
Original Airdate: March 18, 2013

Barney agrees to sell his apartment with all of its tools of seduction so that he and Robin can get a new place together for the both of them, but he has a hard time letting it go. Robin pushes him to sell, but when she finds a serious buyer, she backs off, realizing that even Barney’s perverted quirks are part of why she loves him. Marshall is frustrated that Lily is spending so much time at her new job as the Captain’s art buyer, and he starts spending more time with Ted to compensate.

Episode 20
Title:
“The Time Travelers”
Original Airdate: March 25, 2013

Barney tries to convince Ted to go see Robots vs. Wrestlers: Legends, in which aging wrestlers fight outdated robots. Ted envisions future versions of himself and Barney trying to convince him to go or not go.

Ted spots a girl he meant to ask out years ago, but decides not to ask for her number, because he imagines future versions of her telling him it wouldn’t work out. The bar names a drink that Marshall invented after Robin, which makes Marshall angry. All of these events turn out to be in Ted’s imagination, since he’s actually at the bar alone.

Episode 21
Title:
“Romeward Bound”
Original Airdate: April 15, 2013

The Captain tells Lily that he’s moving to Rome for a year and asks her to come along as his art consultant. At first she refuses because she doesn’t want Marshall to have to give up his job, but it turns out that Marshall’s law firm is about to go under, and he’s excited about the move. Then she refuses because she’s afraid of change, but Marshall convinces her to go ahead with it. Ted, Barney and Robin all try to get a look at the amazing body of Barney and Robin’s wedding planner Liddy.

Episode 22
Title:
“The Bro Mitzvah”
Original Airdate: April 29, 2013

Ted and Marshall surprise Barney with a bachelor party that seems to be a disaster: It’s in a cheap hotel room with entertainment including a clown, The Karate Kid star Ralph Macchio (who is not the character from the movie that Barney idolizes) and Barney’s ex-fiancée Quinn, once again working as a stripper. Meanwhile, Robin has an awkward dinner alone with Barney’s mom. The whole thing turns out to be a prank on Barney, and the gang reveals that Quinn, Ralph Macchio and Barney’s mom were all in on it, while the clown turns out to be William Zabka, the Karate Kid actor Barney really wanted to meet.

Episode 23
Title:
“Something Old”
Original Airdate: May 6, 2013

Robin tries to find a locket that she buried in Central Park when she was visiting New York as a kid, and planned to use as her “something old” at her wedding. After Barney and her dad leave her there to go bond at laser tag, only Ted shows up to help her out. When the locket is missing from its box, she worries that it’s a sign that she shouldn’t marry Barney. Lily and Marshall enlist Ted to help them pack for their move to Italy. He insists that they keep an old beanbag chair that has sentimental value to him, but eventually realizes he has to let it go.

Episode 24
Title:
“Something New”
Original Airdate: May 13, 2013

With Barney and Robin’s wedding only a week away, Ted reveals that he is selling his Westchester house and moving to Chicago because he still has feelings for Robin.

Marshall travels to Minnesota so his mother can see Marvin one more time before he and Lily move to Rome. He gets an offer for a judgeship in New York and accepts it without telling Lily. Barney and Robin face off against an annoying couple during their attempt to have a night out. As everyone heads to Farhampton for the wedding, we see the woman destined to be the mother (played by Cristin Milioti) buying her own train ticket to Farhampton, where she’s set to perform as a member of the wedding band.

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