30 Callbacks In ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Season 9 That You May Have Completely Missed

By: 01.21.14  •  10 Comments

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In last night’s episode of How I Met Your Mother, we finally learned what Barney does for a living. Want to know what it is? Please. No, really, it’s please, or more accurately, P.L.E.A.S.E., which stands for:

Back in 1998, after being dumped by Shannon for Greg, Barney went through his transformation that left him awesome and decided to enter the corporate world, but with ulterior motives. He finds and asks Greg for a corporate job at AltruCell Corporation, and is given the “please” task, an acronym for Provide Legal Exculpation And Sign Everything. The task legally implicated Barney in all corporate mishaps and schemes. Barney then reveals the main motivation (besides morality) behind his employment record was to track Greg down, gain his trust, then destroy him for stealing Shannon from him. He entered the corporate world under Greg’s tutelage while secretly working as an informant for the FBI so he could implicate Greg over the years for the company’s wrongdoings and have him jailed. (Via)

It’s no D.E.N.N.I.S. System, but it’ll do. The mystery of how Barney makes his money has been a recurring joke on How I Met since season one, but creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays are finally giving into fan service because the show’s ending soon. Here are 30 callbacks that we’ve seen so far during season nine.

Lily’s “you’re dead to me” look returns when The Mother runs out of cookies.

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“Alright train,” Lily says while boarding the LIRR, “Let’s show your critics you’re not just a dumpster on wheels full of drunk idiots.” Barney and Ted learned that the hard way in “The Drunk Train.”

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Robin asks Barney to cover his ears and hum “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” so she can discuss something with James, using the excuse, “It’s for the bride.” Barney used the same song to his advantage in “Something Blue.”

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Marshall and Ted have been fighting with swords (and stabbing Lily) since “The Duel.”

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Ted talks to the Empire State Building, which he first mentioned in “Mosbius Designs.”

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ZABKA. Barney briefly makes William Zabka his best man, despite only knowing him since “The Bro Mitzvah.”


Oh, hey, Slutty Pumpkin.

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While driving through Chicago, Marshall gets a pizza from Gazzola’s, a “filthy Mecca of spectacular if under cooked pizza,” courtesy of Ted. They last took a road trip there in “Duel Citizenship.”


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