Discrepancies, Plot Holes, Continuity Errors & Mistakes in How I Met Your Mother

170 thoughts on “Discrepancies, Plot Holes, Continuity Errors & Mistakes in How I Met Your Mother

  1. wow corina. this was hard to put together. I would love to be able to say I found some more. But earlier when I tried you had it on your list already.

      • In “Trilogy” when they flash forward to 2015 Ted is wearing a wedding ring. In “Unpause” they flash forward to 2017 and Ted is wearing a wedding ring. Yet in the finale, it’s revealed Ted & Tracy only wed in 2020. So Why was he wearing a wedding ring prior to that? They obviously didn’t always intend for the finale to be as is.

      • hey how about barney’s job! it’s explicitly explained he’s essentially a legal scapegoat, however when marshall is interning/working there in the legal department he has no idea what he does. He should be seeing Barney’s signature everywhere on legal documents & aware of that, right?

        • Could have been he signed a nda about what he does I noticed after that episode he doesnt ask what barney does after he starts there

      • watching season 4 episode 16 the reason for lily painting marshall naked is because he ate her bowl of fruit
        In an earlier season he agreed to pose for lily when she decided she wanted to paint nude models to keep her from looking at other men (same flower in the picture)

      • In zip zip zip , lily did end up peeing in front of Marshall and the toilet flushed so they came out and even talked about losing that first so your conclusion would be incorrect. But love the list! One of my fav shows!

      • Season 7 Episode 17: Marshal and Lily’s long-term bets box appears on the table at McClaren’s next to Ted, then is with Barney in Long Island in the next scene. It was also not shown being carried out of the bar by Barney.

      • Lily is angry that Karen was “peeping Marshal’s junk”, but has no problem when Zoey dares Marshal to sext a picture of his junk to a stranger, then looks at the texts and replies for him.

        • In “Blitzgiving,” Zoey leaves the rest of the group at Ted’s apartment during the first few minutes. Wouldn’t this make Zoey the Blitz?

      • NOT 2 years later means NOT 2 years later. Now look at the trees when the camera pans out. Definitely NOT May. Likely Fall 2014.

      • James’s children were not adopted in the same order as the show ended. When James got married they had a boy first who was at the wedding. Then on the episode when Ted and Barney “adopt a baby together”, was no boy because Ted and Barney brought Hurricane (girl) to Thanksgiving at Lily and Marshalls suburbia house. At the end they did finish off with a girl first adopted then a boy I believe.

        This has just always bothered me!

        • Oh now I feel dumb, I never noticed the son was in the scene where new Tom and James arrived at Lily and Marshalls home. Whoops.. I take this back. Amazing list though!

        • @ Sue They were actually adopted in the same order. First they adopted the boy and then the girl. If you actually finish the episode where Ted and Barney “adopt a baby together,” they were carrying a girl, but when James and Tom comes in the scene, you see a little boy with them. So they actually adopted the boy first and then the girl.

      • From the episode No Tomorrow (2008)

        Barney Stinson: [to Ted] Open your brain-tank “bra”, ’cause here comes some premium 91 octane knowledge! There’s three rules of cheating: It’s not cheating if you’re not the one who’s married. It’s not cheating if her name had two adjacent vowels, and it’s not cheating if she’s from a different area code. You’re fine on all three counts.

        http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1203040/quotes?item=qt0455124

        Correct me if I’m wrong but on the east coast premium gas is 93 unlike calfornia where it is 91. The show was filmed in CA but set in NY.

      • When Barney goes to San Francisco to convince Lily to get back with Marshall he says, “I can’t keep steeling girls from Marshall forever.” likely referencing him stealing all the girls from Marshall in season 2. However, it was shown in another episode that Lily was already back in New York BEFORE Marshall started hitting on other women meaning Barney did not yet begin cockblocking him.

      • In S1Ep13 when Ted is telling the story about the wedding night with girl whose name he never got stealing the bouquet lily says “good for Victoria”

        • He DID get her name. Go back and re watch that episode. When they agree to not tell each other their names, Barney comes in and calls him Ted. Since that happened, she gives him her name too, but they don’t give each other any other information.

    • Another: I believe the actor who plays The naked man is in the Yale alumni acapella group from The Slutty Pumpkin in season one.

      • Nope they look similar but are not the same. I had an argument with a friend on this and we got some good clear pictures

        • What about how that character (Mitch) tells Robin that he manages a CPK when he meets (and sleeps with) her at the first appearance of the “Naked Man.” Then later we see the flashback with him and the mother (“Tracey”) and he tells her he is a music teacher before trying the same “Naked Man” pick up move!

    • Gary blaumen was presumed dead by barney in “The chain of screaming” but near the end of the series, he appears at the wedding.

      • Yes! Infuriating. Surely they must have been making a veiled joke in these instances, such as “Blauman” and “Van Smoot.” From what I know of writers, they are careful enough for something like this to be intentional.

        For example “The Captain” introduces himself as “George Van Smoot” even though Zooey’s last name is Pierson. And Marissa Teller’s party is at Jefferson Van Smoot’s place. Then Lily and Marshall get married at Van Smoot House. Clearly these dudes love to say “Van Smoot.” They must be laughing amongst themselves..

        And the 2 conflicting Blauman stories also make no sense, wherein he lives in one scenario and dies in another.. although both are still played by the same character. Surely hey must have been joking/alluding to something between themselves…?

  2. I think it is awesome you took the time to do this. It had to have been quite the undertaking.

    Most of this stuff is super duper nit picky, so it probably isn’t worth mentioning, but I thought I’d throw it out there:

    The exact details of how Lily and Marshall met are kind of all over the place. Was it fate pulling Lily to Marshall’s room like in How I Met Everyone Else, or Lily being a Dahmer in P.S. I Love You?

    Ted is aware that Barney has a list of women he has slept with then is later completely unaware of said list.

    Marshall was embarrassed about the nude painting of him but Beercules is happy to run around in public naked. Not to mention Karen’s lingering but no one else is aware of the painting?

    The gang does not always go to Marshall and Lily’s place for Thanksgiving even though Narrator Ted said they do.

    The gang does not always meet up for Robots vs. Wrestlers even though Narrator Ted says they do.

    How does Ted get the blue French horn again when he and Barney try to win her back from Don? The restaurant had his info by then (from the end of season 2) and when they go back to that place in season 7 it is there again even though Robin left it in the room when she moved out.

    Barney complains Ted never suits up yet they’ve had enough Tuxedo nights to have a concept of Tuxedo night.

    No one ever calls Barney on not having an abnormally large barnacle? I mean the number of times he has used that and slept with a woman, shouldn’t it be clear this is not the case? Especially since he talks about special underwear and reduction surgery not an option?

    I think the biggest one is sadly the one that I can’t articulate my view of because I can’t find what I wrote about it in the past, either in my own notes or on a message board somewhere. It had to do with the timeline in Lucky Penny. I think what it boiled down to was that when Robin and Lily were waiting in line for the dress sale, Lily and Marshall would not have been back together at that point. I really wish I could do a better job of describing this.

    • This is all worth mentioning, no matter how nitpicky. I mean, I included a mistake about Canadian geography. I’m going for all of the errors, no matter how small! You’ve given me a bunch to include and I’m excited to update this article.

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      • With Ted’s “vomit free since 93” whole thing, he told Robin in the episode where they play the ‘but un’ game that he threw up all over himself after playing. Also,the chewing would’ve ben disruptive towards the show and not a real funny ongoing gag, also the point of the episode is that these things aren’t really noticed until pointed out. One of my favorite episodes too!

    • I think some of these need more explaining because I don’t really understand them, but I also understand how difficult it may be to describe some of these on the web. For example I don’t really understand your Barney and his barnacle observation. However I believe some of your observations aren’t really errors in the show. Some examples are how Lily and Marshall met, Beercules, and the Lucky Penny episode.
      Lily made it clear that she was being a Dahmer by “making her own fate” because she remembered Marshall but not his dorm room number.
      Although Marshall was embarrassed about his nude painting, he was always drunk when he became Beercules so his dignity might not have been in tact after all the drinking with Pete.
      In the Lucky Penny episode, Marshall and Lily were already together when Lily and Robin were camping outside the wedding dress store. Lily and Marshall were together while Barney was running the marathon because Lily said, “When we get married you’re getting one of those.” (Referring to the tracking device on Barney). The events leading to Ted and Robin missing the plane did not happen too long before the marathon. The day Marshall broke his toe (or maybe the day after, I’m not entirely sure), Robin said, “…you’re not going to be able to run tomorrow.” Meaning the marathon was the day after, when we know for sure Lily and Marshall were together.

      Sorry this is a very late reply, but I only came upon this website and article today.

  3. Someone else reminded me elsewhere that Ted has his own fighting problem. He said in The Fight he’s only ever been in one fight. He punched Darren in Bass Player Wanted. It might not be considered a fight because Darren didn’t hit back, but I’m not sure.

  4. Thank you for this! Some of this stuff (particularly the date Ted proposed and the age of the daughter/the fact she was even born yet in the 2015 part of Trilogy really was bugging me).

    The April 2008 thing was bugging me big time. I even watched No Tomorrow to see if they went out in April for some reason, but nope, in the episode older Ted specifically gave the standard St. Patrick’s day date of March 17, 2008. Seems weird that NO ONE caught that they put April when St. Pat’s is in March (and the general party goer isn’t going to know – or care if they did know – about the Catholic church date move around.)

    Here’s something I just caught – and it’s really nitpicky and might have an explanation as simple as people change their minds/preferences. I just re-watched the pilot and Ted is going on about his dream wedding and he says he wants a band. But when he was helping to plan Robin and Barney’s wedding he was insistent on a DJ being the better choice.

    And this isn’t a discrepancy but just something that bugged me after watching the 200th episode (which I thought was fantastic)…why did Cindy never try to introduce the mother and Ted? She knew Ted was smitten with the mother even before he met her. I could see why she didn’t initially – she was upset with him. But when she met her own dream girl, it would be obvious that she was over Ted (and realized men in general were not her thing), so it would make sense for her to introduce them. Even going on the basis of the mother not being ready to date – with her and Ted having so much in common, you’d think someone would introduce them for the sake of them being at least friends.

    I might have to just go back and watch the two episodes that have Missy the goat in them, but I can’t remember if the details lined up correctly. I always saw them with too much time in between so I can’t remember the exact details. I know Ted messed up in the initial telling and confused which birthday it was, but I can’t remember if the details lined up either way.

    • They confirmed in the Thomas/Bays Reddit AMA that St. Patrick’s Day 2008 was for sure a mistake. I don’t know how several timing errors slipped through the cracks on this episode?

      As for Cindy…I think she did not introduce The Mother because first she was into Ted, and TM kept saying she wasn’t ready for love, and then she changed her mind when she met Louis. She never really had an open window, as they have called it in prior episodes. I do think they would have been good as friends, but I can see Cindy not wanting to complicate things. This is a guy that she liked but then seemed to fall for her roomie, which led to her kissing the roomie and realizing she’s a lesbian. Ted is probably not on her mind much at this point.

      There is definitely something weird about the timeline and the birthdays and Missy the goat. I don’t remember the details but I will read up and add it to the list for sure.

    • I was wondering that too! My first thought is that Ted probably thought it was hers and packed it with her stuff when she moved out. But then he should have remembered oh yes there was a necklace in that box but I gave it to Victoria. Maybe she found it in the apartment while they were dating and thought it was a present for her? Maybe she is a bit of crazy person and she thought it was some other girl’s locket and she got angry jealous so she stole it? Maybe she assumed it was Robin’s from when they lived together and she always had resentment for Robin so she stole it. Hell, maybe her fiance stole it when he was living with her and Ted.

      I hope they explain it. It’s a little thing but since I can’t for sure figure it out I am bothered. :)

  5. A couple more:

    1. Robin saying she burned the food because she thought the oven was celcius (which would actually undercook the food).
    2. The girl who warns Lily to stay away from Barney is clearly not Abby/Britney.
    3.

  6. I have a few but i cant think of all of them right now

    Remember when Ted says that Robin traveled the world from Argentina to Tokyo
    In the episode where barney tries to explain everything in under a minute to Quinn he says Robin went to Brazil

    • Yes that’s a good one too! I have such a huge list compiled now that I don’t know when I will be able to get it all properly updated. I guess I should try to take it one thing at a time but I want to add pictures and commentary and then I get overwhelmed. Anyway, that is an excellent addition and I will take note of it.

      • While this is a blooper, it could easily be explained within the show as Barney’s lack of geographic knowledge which plays on an American stereotype – my favourite example:
        Barney: ‘Ohhh we are from Sweden, we are so cool with our Baguettes and Eiffel towers’
        Marshall: ‘You know Sweden’s not France, right ?’
        Barney: ‘Oh, its France’

        Great blog by the way! A certain Mr Stinson would be proud!

    • I actually like that he said Brazil. While I LOVE the show’s consistency with call-backs and whatnot, I think it points out Barney’s big picture awareness while preserving his self-focus and how little he pays attention to details that don’t matter to him as much. Looking back, he wasn’t really that involved with Robin leaving for Argentina or her return with “The latin stud”. I dig it. Best show of all time.

  7. Just was flipping through channels and the Playbook was on. Marshall talks about a Matthew Blitz, an accountant at his firm who gave up on love only to meet his partner shortly thereafter. In Blitzgiving, the original Blitz is Matthew Blitz who went to Wesleyan before it went coed. The dude Marshall knows doesn’t look much older than the yearbook picture of Blitz from the 60s (same guy really, he’s a production assistant on the show) and the Blitz Marshall knows is gay so he wouldn’t say aw nuts to missing out on Wesleyan being coed like it says in Blitzgiving.

  8. Two more: The timeline of the mom and Louis’ relationship is wrong, and the number of slaps is wrong in the latest slap bet episode.

    • Yes! I think the writers confirmed both of these errors and said they would be fixed in future replays. It’s just a shame that they managed to have so many continuity errors so late in the game, and at a time when there is supposed to be actual timeline confusion. It’s super difficult to figure out what’s a mistake and what is them creating a twist. I find it a bit annoying. Just do the last season right and don’t screw us around, you know? Is it honestly that hard to do a last season without remarkable glaring errors? Idk I’m feeling annoyed with them right now so I have less patience than usual. My issue is that I am on board with Penny being born before the engagement, even though it’s obviously still really confusing. But I can’t defend that position well because they are making timeline errors and that makes the end game harder to figure out. So maybe that was the plan all along? I personally wouldn’t compromise the integrity and accuracy of my work just to tease the audience but then again I’ve never written for TV before. Anyway end rant for now :)

      • actually its the episode where marshall lets Barney take off the ducky tie for 3 extra slaps if that sums it up.(Marshall slaped barney 2 times simultaniously)

  9. Just found a goof on mondays “rally” episode. During the flash forward with ted and his wife in the year 2022 ted and his wife look like they do now, but if you look at ted in the episode “how i met everyone else” in the year 2020, ted is clearly older looking, and in 2022 he looks like he does in “present” day

    • They did make that joke about Marshall losing all of his hair because of the campaign…I think that’s as far as they will go in addressing this discrepancy. Good point!

  10. I’d have to go back and check, but I’m pretty sure in the trilogy time episode when Ted is holding their new born daughter, he had a wedding ring on. So them getting engaged after Penny was born is unlikely. Unless they planned a whole Ted Mosby worthy wedding in 3 months. Another thing is when Ted says they always go to Lily and Marshall’s for Thanksgiving when in one episode they flash forward to Marshall carving the turkey with a light saber and it’s only Lily and his family at the table. Sorry I can’t be more specific with episode titles.

    • That wedding ring during Trilogy Time really confused things, didn’t it? I’m impatiently waiting for next week when all will be revealed. I will add your notes re Thanksgiving to this post whenever I find the time!

  11. Caught something else recently. In season 7, Disaster Averted, we learn that Lily and Marshall conceived Marvin in Barney’s bathtub during Hurricane Irene. The date was August 26, 2011. Then a couple episodes later in Rebound Girl, which is supposed to be taking place on Thanksgiving day of 2011 (so late November), Lily is WAY pregnant. And we know she gives birth to Marvin in May of 2012. She would have only been 3 months along in Rebound Girl. Granted I don’t know a lot about pregnancy, but she shouldn’t have been that far along looking 3 months in.

    • Lily is pretty tiny, but you’re right, it doesn’t seem like she should have been THAT pregnant THAT early on. I also felt like in last night’s episode – The End of the Aisle – they gave her a little tummy pooch all of a sudden that wasn’t there like 2 days ago in their universe. Maybe it’s just how the dress fit her, idk.

      • Alyson Hannigan was pregnant when lily was. When she got pregnant they probally wrote the episode where lily is pregnant so you know alyson was ahead of lily

    • I was also wondering that! Each time I’ve seen them it makes me think about how I wouldn’t want to risk impaling myself by having antlers on my headboard. Think about it – you sit up suddenly in the middle of the night, forget they’re there, and get brained! Alternately they could also be dangerous during Lily and Marshall’s lovemaking. The set decor has always fascinated me and I hope after the series ends we get some insight into the choices they made.

  12. i dont know if this one is mentioned a lot, but it’s always bugged me. in “the scorpion and the toad” barney is stealing numbers from marshall.lily had already come back to new york at this point and was out with ted and barney while marshall was picking up women for the first time since the breakup. but in “bachelor party” lily recounts the story of barney telling her to go back to new york and saying he can’t keep stealing girls from marshall. also, a random comment: has anyone else noticed that in the dvd set of season 1, on the second disc case, neil patrick harris has brown eyes in the picture when his eyes are blue?

    • The timing about those Barney issues has bothered me as well. I guess we could resolve it by assuming that Barney was going to keep stealing numbers from Marshall as long as possible. He could have been planning to do it until Marshall and Lily were 100% back together, or maybe he just did it for sport and as such intended to keep on keepin’ on.

      I never noticed about his eye color but I will certainly check it out.

  13. In Season 9 Episode 2 (the second half of the premiere) Lily “accidentally” reveals that James and Tom are getting a divorce. It does seem like she said it while drunk but in episode 20 it is revealed Lily was drinking non-alcoholic drinks because she is pregnant. The only explanation then could be that Lily was acting drunk or she is very bad at keeping secrets (this has been seen in the past but not to this degree).

  14. In the Pilot episode Ted says he imagines his perfect wedding having a band stating “they’ll dance anyway” but in the episode Band or DJ he argues how a DJ is a better choice”

  15. Did they ever explain the story behind the pineapple, and did lily ever pay Marshall for Ted and Robin ending up together?

    • You’ve probably seen it by now, but just in case there was a deleted scene revealed in which we see ted figure out the pineapple incident, and no we do not see lily pay Marshall, but it would’ve ruined the moment in the end if the last scene we saw was lily paying Marshall (though it would’ve been funny) also, in case you didn’t know this Lily would’ve had to pay Marshall ten bucks, because it’s very subtle but we can see Marshall paying Lily at the booth before Tracey and teds wedding in Last Forever.

  16. In the episode the chain of screaming Barney says that Gary blauman is dead however he shows up to their wedding and everyone talks to him (including Barney) without any mention of his “death.”

  17. I might be wrong, and I don’t know if it was already said, but I think that there is an episode where The Mother talks to the kids while Ted is telling them how he met their mother. But at the end, she is supposedly dead already…
    (Sorry for my english)

    • It’s Robin telling the story to her “never existing children”. In this episode it gets clear Robin can’t pshisically have children.

  18. Hi, firstly I’m not good at this kind of thing because my attention to detail is not good so excuse the fact that this is hazy, I dont have episode guides and such.

    The nature of the show had the characters jumping backwards and forwards between past present and future. …… when the script jumped forward to the furture and the characters were old and grey weren’t we lead to believe that Barney and Robin were together?

  19. With the ending now revealed, there are so many errors from The Time Travelers, The Triology, The Lighthouse. You’ve covered a lot of them here but I think there may be even more (the proposal – “not two years later” but the timing of when she has Penny” – which they said they might fix I guess?).

    In The Time Travelers, “Future” Barney has a wedding ring on, yet he divorces Robin. Would have been nice to tie that up in the S9 Finale…I’m assuming he either met someone else or married the mother of his child? Unclear though.

    Reading through all this, it seems like Bays and Thomas (and their production crew) just got lazy and let errors creep in. Probably not how it was intended but that’s how it comes across after doing so well with continuity for the first few years.

    Look up 2006 Craig Thomas quote about “Friends” – he basically says they didn’t want to repeat/copy off the show with the “will they or won’t they” aspect. But that’s essentially what they did.

  20. This bothered me about the S9 Finale – Ted, the “Best Man” at Barney and Robin’s wedding just ups and leaves in the middle of the reception?? What? What kind of best man does that? Anyway, then he gets to the Train Station…the train is running late, sure. Then Tracy shows up – but wait she was playing in the band AT THE WEDDING RECEPTION. So did they just cut that short? Or is the reception over at that point? If so, why is she literally the only person to show up at the train station…? Too many hoops to jump through to make it work. Poor writing, imo.

  21. 1. In the episode ‘Last Cigarette Ever’ Ted (as the narrator) tells the kids when everyone had their last cigarette. He mentions that Lily’s was when she started trying to get pregnant with Marvin. However, in the final season everyone including Ted finds out she’s been smoking. Marvin has clearly already been born at this point.

    2. Someone brought this up already, but in the ‘Chain of Screaming’ episode Barney tells a story that involves Gary Blauman attempting to urinate on the GNB conference table, quitting his job abruptly and eventually dying. However he is shown in later episodes to still be an employee at GNB (‘Sorry, Bro’ ‘Jenkins’) and later shows up at Barney and Robin’s wedding in an entire episode dedicated to him. It is possible that Barney lies about the story or at least parts of it, but the gang woul eventually find out as Marshall and Ted both work for GNB at certain points and there would be a confrontation. This could be explained by saying a confrontation happened offscreen but it seems like a plot hole.

    3. In the ‘Twin Beds’ episode one of the reasons Don believes Ted is gay is because Ted shows a lack of masculinity by appearing to know nothing at all about football, asking “Did the Jets get new costumes?” However, Ted is shown on muktiple occasions to be a huge Cleveland Browns fan. He also watches the Superbowl every year.

    4. In the final season it is revealed that before passing out, Barney would reach a level of drunkenness at which he would begin speaking like Java the Hut (this is before they discover he can reach a truth serum state of drunkenness.) However, we have seen Barney speaking in regular, albeit slurred English directly before passing out drunk, the ‘Twin Beds’ episode being one occasion.

    5. Robin Sparkles biggest song ‘Lets Go To The Mall’ is said to have been a minor hit that resulted only in a mall tour. Her next single ‘Sandcastles In The Sand’ was said to have been a flop. Therefore it is unlikely that she would have been asked to play an event as big as what is described as “Canada’s Superbowl.” Taking her very minor celebrity status into consideration, even if she were able to play a show of that magnitude it is highly unlikely tht her transformation into Robin Daggers would have upset as many people as it did.

    • About the first observation, I think that in the episode where the gang thinks that Lily had been smoking, she was actually pregnant. Ted thought Lily purposely ditched him, left the hotel and bought something (cigarettes) at the convenience store, and asked for gum because she was smoking. However, Lily left Ted so she could throw up in a bathroom, bought a pregnancy test at the store, and needed gum because she was throwing up from being pregnant.

  22. Hey, some of these goofs are really interesting. I don’t know if they were already mentioned, but I found two more, one of which I think is a major one:

    In Season 5, Episode 10 “The window”, there is a flashback which shows Marshall being 15 and writing himself a letter to be read in 10 years or something. Marshall being 15 is just Jason Segel being dressed up as a teenager, whereas in the very next episode, “Last cigarette ever” (S5E11) the flashback shows Marshall smoking his first cigarette at age 13 (just two years younger!). Here they had to use a different actor so Marshall could walk in the picture later in the episode.

    Now one major mistake is the theory of how Barney turned into who he is. In Episode 15 of the first season, “Game Night”, the gang meets up in the bar after Barney disappeared from emberrassement of the video they saw of him singing a song to Shannon, his first girlfriend. In this episode, Barney finds a sheet of paper which says “Suits for sale”. In rememberance of why Shannon left him (for a suit-wearing guy) he gets angry, cuts his hair and buys a suit.
    This however conflicts with the story we see in “The Yips”-Episode (S3E10): In a flashback, Barney sits on the couch with James and is devastated that Shannon left him. He only gets his confidence back after he lost his virginity to Ronda later in the episode. So Barney can not have become “evil” right after Shannon left him as he says in the first season, but got confidence through .. you know. Ronda.

    Thanks! Greetings from Germany

    Jill

  23. This was really cool to read and i think i have another plot hole. Feel free to correct me though and sorry if someone has pointed it out already. But in S07E12 Symphony of Illumination Robin is talking to her kids in the future but Robin can’t have kids and doesn’t have kids. And also apparently the kids are also Barneys but Barney only has a daughter with some random chick he hooks up with, leaving me with questions

    • I know someone else already replied to you, but I just want to make it more clear. Robin mentions at near the end of the episode that she is “glad you kids aren’t real”. Meaning that she indeed can’t and did not have kids. The son was dressed in a suit to imply that Barney was his father because when Robin had her pregnancy scare, Barney would have been the father.

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  25. In one of the first season episodes Ted mentions that Marshall isn’t going to be done with school and ready to raise a baby, “for at least three years anyway”. Since Marshall is already a second year law student by the Pilot in 2005, this means Ted thinks law school takes 4 years, when in reality, it only takes 3 years.

    Additionally, if Marshall and Lily dated for eight years prior to the pilot, that only includes 4 years of college plus one year of law school. What were the two of them doing the rest of the time?

  26. I have more but I want to find the correct episodes before posting it but:
    1. S4E5 there is an implication Barney has a three way with Stella’s sister and the front desk girl.
    2. An actor played two different characters. Zachary Gordon plays Stacy’s son in S2E11 and Barney’s fake son Grant/Tyler in S4E15.
    3. I know it was because of contract disputes but they totally changed Robin’s father.

  27. Also, Scooter is called both Bill and Jeff ( Marshall and Lilly’s wedding & the teenage badass episode) and the same kid plays teds nephew and Barney’s fake son.

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  29. isnt weird how the group never touches on lily being Bi sexual. And whenever lily makes a reference to that they ignore her.

  30. also they say Ted cheated on Victoria but he never had sex with Robin. Where Victoria was clearly doing it with Clause.

    • Ted didn’t have sex with Robin, but he went over to her house late at night, made out with her, and was clearly going to go all the way. However, a call from Victoria ended it early. Victoria was not “clearly” doing it with Klaus either, she admits that they got together, but said it wasn’t until a day and a half after she and Ted broke up. So, although it was very close, she technically didn’t cheat on Ted while Ted did cheat on her.

  31. One more thing it seems Marshal’s brother name seem to change.For example in tailgate his brother;s name is markus,but in Jenkins he refers to his brother as Marvin Jr.

    • Marshall has two older brothers. The oldest of the three is Marvin Jr., the second is Marcus, and Marshall is the youngest.

  32. “In S2E16 “Stuff”, Robin says that she has sent her dogs to live upstate with her aunt and her aunt’s live in “friend” named Betty. At this point Robin does not realize that her aunt and Betty are a lesbian couple.

    BUT in S8E5 “The Autumn of Breakups”, Robin mentions her aunt again, but this time says her long term partner is named Maureen. This is the moment when Robin realizes that her aunt and Maureen (who may or may not be the same person as Betty) are lesbians. Both episodes seem to imply that this is a long term, commited relationship, but it is entirely possible that the aunt broke up with Betty and got together with Maureen at some point in between.”

    In Season 2 Episode 6 Robin actually refers to Betty as her aunt’s “lover,” showing that she was aware that her aunt is a lesbian, but then in Season 8 she “discovers” that her aunt is a lesbian.

  33. Maybe I missed something, but several times (especially the last season, but earlier as well) you see that Ted and Tracy met on the train platform while Ted was waiting for the train back to New York. However, at the end of S8 and beginning of S9, Ted clearly drives out to Farhampton. Did he ditch his car out there?

    • I’ve wondered the same thing. But it is also shown in other episodes that Ted doesn’t have a car (and he returned the one he bought) so maybe he rented a car one-way for wedding stuff?

  34. At season 7 Episode 17, when Barney goes to McLarens with the long term bets box and leaves it there. On the next scene when Barney is back at long island praying to god to find the sex tape, the long term bets box is on the table.

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  36. Barney couldn’t have prevented Marshall from hooking up with other girls by the time he told Lily to come back because Lily was already back when Barney was stealing Marshall’s potential dates.

  37. Hi Corina and thanks for sharing this. I did’nt read it all cause I still have two episodes of the show to watch and didn’t want to be spoiled (I’m from France, so I can’t watch the episodes as sonn as I’d like!)
    I just have a little question not entirely related : would you mind if I use the picture “vomit-free since 93” on my own blog ? I’d like to use it for an article which is not at all about HIMYM (my blog deals with pregnancy, actually !) Of course, I’d mention your blog under the image. Thanks for your answer.

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  39. Watching reruns, I just caught a continuity problem that I don’t think is covered here. In “Lucky Penny”, in the flash-forward to Ted’s wedding at the end, the wedding scene as portrayed is nothing like the actual wedding scene shown in the series finale. The location is different, Tracy’s dress is different, and Ted & Tracy are standing on opposite sides.

  40. Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Many thanks, However I am experiencing problems with your RSS.

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  41. Hello! Love your post btw I’m a total himymer and none of the other websites ever hit all of the gaps like this! Two gaps you didn’t get that I haven’t seen anyone ever get that I hope you will post are…
    1. So this one doesn’t bug me as much but in the Pilot episode Ted talks to Carl’s girlfriend and talks about his perfect wedding that has a band, and multiple times throughout the series he says the same. However, throughout the episode Band or DJ? he strongly argues a DJ. While I know the band is a metaphor for Barney, Ted could’ve argued something else just as easily.
    2. Now this one I have never found and if you post this please give me credit. So in the episode Intervention, we see Barney punch a whole in the wall that is located under that weird painting located next to the door. It is also revealed that Ted and Robin were dating at the time of the wall punching, but in season three episode one, we see Ted going through his break up phases from Robin, one of which is repainting the apartment. The strange painting is down, yet no hole.

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  43. Here is an inconsistency that you missed in this otherwise great article. In season 3 episode 14 “The Chain of Screaming” Barney is telling the story of how Gary Blauman stands up to billon, and finishes the story by saying he died. But then in season 9 episode 21 “Gary Blauman” a whole episode is dedicated to him.

    • They probably did the S9 ep. because the actor that plays Gary Blauman is SNL comedian Taran Killam who is also married to Cobie Smulders (that lucky bastard).

      Another cast spouse, Alexis Denisof appears as Sandy Rivers in several episodes & is married to Alyson Hannigan. I love those Buffy alums.

  44. Robin’s aunt’s lover’s name:

    In S2E16 “Stuff”, Robin says that she has sent her dogs to live upstate with her aunt and her aunt’s live in “friend” named Betty. At this point Robin does not realize that her aunt and Betty are a lesbian couple.

    BUT in S8E5 “The Autumn of Breakups”, Robin mentions her aunt again, but this time says her long term partner is named Maureen. This is the moment when Robin realizes that her aunt and Maureen (who may or may not be the same person as Betty) are lesbians. Both episodes seem to imply that this is a long term, commited relationship, but it is entirely possible that the aunt broke up with Betty and got together with Maureen at some point in between.

    in S2E16 “Stuff” Robin actually refers to Betty as her aunt’s lover. then in S8E5 “The Autumn of Breakups” she is suprised to learn her aunt is in a lesbian relationship.

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  47. Barney tells a story about how Gary blowman quit working for GNB and then died, but he is working in the office in multiple episodes afters that. Also robins dad is played by a different actor in previous episodes.

  48. Cornia great job just one main point is that Marshall and Lily’s karaoke song in life among the gorillas is ‘don’t go breaking my heart’, other than that well put together. Here is another inconsistency In season 7 tailgating episode Marcus, one of Marshall’s brothers is declared still living with their mum and is unemployed but in season 8 Godparents he is married and has quite a few kids. Did he marry someone who already had kids? I’m also fairly certain that in Belly Full of Turkey season 1 he is married and we see his wife, so who knows

  49. In the second season in the beginning, Barney begins taking Marshall out and setting him up with women before stealing them for himself. Later it is revealed that he went to California to convince Lily to return, saying something like “I can’t keep stealing women from Marshall forever”. However, back to where Barney begins taking Marshall out, Lily is ALREADY back in New York City.

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  54. Hey, pretty good stuff you got here! Just wanted to point out that Lily’s loud chewing can be heard in the episode where Marshall and Barney go to Atlantic city when she is eating the cookies Barney made her. I noticed this as I recently re-watched the series :)

  55. Early on in the series, Robin carries a .50 caliber desert eagle in her purse. While it is possible to get a permit in new York for a handgun, it was next to impossible to get a concealed carry permit, and both were completely impossible for a non us citizen, in New York. Robin had been committing a felony that could hey her deported or up to 2 years in prison for the duration of series.

  56. Remember when robin and ted fought about the stuff his ex girlfriend leaft behind his apartment? And the british red phone station thing was one of them. but later on, when marshall and lily moves back in the apartment without ted, i saw that red phone station thing again and everything else that TED’S exes left behind.

  57. Awesome stuff. I’ve found several other plot holes as well but the one that has been driving me nuts lately is in the Fiero episode in all flashbacks it’s clearly registered and inspected with New York State tags. Pretty minor but on shots that clearly focus on the windshield of a car supposedly in Minnesota they could have swapped the inspection.

  58. I caught something else, though it is really minor. In “P.S. I Love You” Barney goes to Canada to meet up with Robin’s exes to figure out who she was obsessed with. He talks to Simon, who says he “popped the question” – ie could they keep dating but he got to stick it to other babes. Robin turned him down then he says he really wanted to stick it to Louise Marsh but part of him wishes he could have kept sticking it to Robin. However, in “Sandcastles in the Sand” we learn that Robin and Simon only dated for a week and a half and they never had sex when they went out that first time. When Robin meets up with Simon again when she’s living in New York she and Lily and Marshall get into that argument where she acts like she’s 16 and they’re her parents and she says she’s going to go “all the way” with Simon after their show that night – but he breaks up with her AGAIN in his van but before they had sex. Plus SImon broke up with Robin both times because of Louis Marsh’s parents first putting in a new pool and then (in part) because they just got a new “jacooz” NOT because she wouldn’t let him stick it to other girls while dating her.

    So he never “stuck it to Robin”. But that could be explained as him doing some locker room bragging/wishful thinking while he talks to Barney.

    • OR “sticking it” means something other than sex to Canadians. I’d assume he meant sex but maybe it meant French kissing or something (ie he’s sticking his tongue in other girls’ mouths).

  59. I’m not sure if this one has been mentioned yet but:
    Marshals brother in season 8 episode 4 is seen on the postcard as having a wife with two kids, yet in season 7 episode 13 at the headstone of Marshals dad, Marshal tells the same brother that he has nothing to share because he still lives at home and has no family.

  60. So this is not a discrepancy nor a plot hole but i needed to ask sth that got me a little lost. When you google ted and robin you can find a picture of them from season 7 episode No Pressure when robin leaves the apartment and gives ted the keys back in the kitchen. In that scene they only hug but the image on the internet seems to have them about to kiss. At first i thought maybe it was a wish of ted or something like that that was maybe included in the following episodes but i just can’t find it. Can anyone help me with this?

    • Since I’m not visualizing the episode/scene offhand and don’t know the image, my first guess is maybe it was an image from a take that didn’t make it on the show – a blooper or it was edited out/redone.

  61. Something that I recently found out was the Gary Blauman complex. In the episode chain of screaming they state that Gary Blauman, a former employee of GNB quit, tryed to pee on the table, joined his brothers internet company, that crashed, and he died. This obviously cannot be the case because Season 9 we see Gary Blauman throughout the episode clearly alive

  62. Also in S 2 E 18 “moving day” ted doesn’t know robin smokes, and he sounds very jugdemental towards her. But later we find out that they all infact smokes” last cigarette ever”.

    Also in the episode where lily and marshal gets married, and marshal cuts his hair off, marshall mentioned that britney spears shaved her head. But later in the series britney spears appears as abby. This is something that bugs me.

  63. And also there is the whole story with blauman. He was one of barneys friends, where he clearly isn’t gay. Barney says that he dies, with is also incorrect, when you see him in season 9.
    Maybe barney was kidding. I don’t know,

  64. s7e18 ted is living alone when robin moves to marshall’s and lily’s home, but later when he moves into karma’s place THEN ted says to marshall “for the first time ever i live alone”

  65. In Best Prom Ever, The Van Smoot House ” On the Hudson”, Lily and Marshall want to get for their wedding location over Todd and Valerie is then stated in Something Borrowed, it is Upstate New York.

  66. There are so many interesting points here I’m not sure if this has been discussed yet but I was watching some old episodes and in the episode DRUMROLL PLEASE they are all in the cab in front of Victoria’s bakery and while Ted is talking Marshall is in the backseat nodding in and out of sleep. I’m not sure if any one else has seen this or if that’s not what he is doing at all but it really looks that way. Some one please let me know if u see it too or am I crazy

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  70. In season 9 when Ted goes up to the light house and vomits he says he’s only done that one other time in his entire adult life. Well if he vomited in 1993, on Robin’s doorstep, at the lighthouse and once again while being with Tracy supposedly, since she says “when you vomit, I vomit”, then this is clearly a mistake.

  71. What about the one “Window is Open”…Ted reflects back on that girl next door – it goes back for the relationships she’s had and how try lasted 2 years, then 4 years, then 6 years or something. But since it kept flashing back, at one point shouldn’t he of had a beard because it was before he met Barney and he still had the beard on the night he met Barney. Did anyone else catch that one?

    • What about the one “Window is Open”…Ted reflects back on that girl next door – it goes back for the relationships she’s had and how they lasted 2 years, then 4 years, then 6 years or something. But since it kept flashing back, at one point shouldn’t he of had a beard because it was before he met Barney and he still had the beard on the night he met Barney. Did anyone else catch that one?

  72. Ranjit. This is one of the biggest problems, and since they fixed the “mariachis aren’t from spain” problem by changing Ted’s backpacking trip to Spain to Mexico, they can/should fix Ranjit.

    Ranjit is supposedly from Bangladesh. Ranjit Singh is a Sikh Indian name. His wife wears a sari, reinforcing the Indian/South Asian identity. And in at least two episodes when he busts out in a foreign language, the language is Persian because they couldn’t find someone who speaks Bengal or Urdu or Hindi and had the Iranian actor use his native tongue. The best correction would be to 1. take out the reference to Bangladesh because it makes no sense for him to be from Bangladesh 2. make his character Parsi ethnicity from India, which would make sense for him to speak Persian (even though it’s in the wrong dialectic and accent, at least it makes more sense) and would explain why he speaks Persian but wound up with an Indian name and an Indian wife.

    You know, for all the things they do well, Craig and Carter don’t seem to know much about the world. Like how do you not know Mariachis are from Mexico? If you want the trip to be to Spain, is it not obvious/easy to pick Spanish guitar and Flamenco music/dancers instead of the mariachi for that bit to work? And the apology for the Asian appropriation in slapsgiving…. these guys went to Wesleyan. they’re supposedly knowledgeable. Ted Mosby would be correcting the shit out of this show (unless we are assuming he is a liberal white guy who can preach about the oxford comma but knows nothing about the rest of the world, which oh wait, that’s probably exactly right).

  73. The story in Sandcastles in the Sand is illogical and I don’t know if I’m missing something or if no one else has noticed… Simon and Robin met because he starred in her video. But the video is for a song that describes their relationship. He met her because he was hired to be in a video for a song… Which was clearly written AFTER their relationship?!?! It has always bothered me. If someone can explain this to me please do.

    • I think the song was more of a general teenager love and relationship sort of song. And a lot of Robin and Simon’s relationship just fit that general stuff rather than the song being specific to them. The only thing that seemed to be exactly the same was the ‘it was the greatest week and a half of my life’ – but then again that is not far fetched for a teenager to say about a relationship – the duration is short yet the feelings are intense.

      For example – Robin’s actual father never was shown as having had read Robin’s diary and then getting upset because she was contemplating having sex with Simon. I don’t think Robin in real life actually went on the pill for Simon. It is never said that Robin learned “how to French” from Simon.

      So the video and the song match of course so you see what APPEARS to be a representation of Simon and Robin’s relationship – but what happened off camera wasn’t the same but there were some of the same general teenage relationship themes going on that make it seem like it was paralleling their “real life” relationship.

      To sum up the song was about general teenage romantic situations and when Robin and Simon went out they had (some of the same) general teenage romantic situations (as per the video/song).

      I have a different issue with the Simon and Robin thing (I made a comment above some time ago). When Robin re-meets up with Simon in the Sandcastles in the Sand episode, she got into that argument with Marshall and Lily because she decided she was going to ‘go all the way’ with him – but doesn’t because he broke up with her again for Louise Marsh (now that’s a whore’s name if I ever heard one). But then in PS I Love You when Barry goes to Canada he talks to Simon to find out if he was who Robin had been obsessed with. He said he asked Robin the “big” question – could he stick it to other girls while still sticking it to Robin and she said no. But he broke up with her for Louise Marsh and because her parents put in a pool – not to generally get with other girls. But the main issue – Robin never had sex with him according to the other episode, so she wouldn’t have had Simon “sticking it to her”. I take sticking it to mean sex unless that’s a weird Canadian euphemism for making out. Or Simon was locker room style bragging/embellishing to Barry.

  74. Hey

    In “sandcastles in the sand” we see Ted meet up with his friend Adam “punchy” in a flashback, where Ted says; ”
    Im sorry about your dad”. Not sure what to take from
    This, since he’s clearly not dead, as we later see at punchy and “what’s her face’s” wedding.

    I have posted a lot of mistakes from himym, and have watched the show a houndred times, and i still love it. Sometimes i just stumble on to things like this

  75. Great stuffs on your article! I found another plot hole btw.
    In S02E18, we can see Robin enjoyed smoking in her tub which means technically Ted’s kids have been let known that their Aunt Robin smokes cigarettes, however in “Last Cigarette Ever” (S05E11) episode, the kids were very surprised when Ted told the story where Robin went up the roof and had a smoked. :)

  76. Impressive. Almost all of the ones I’ve noticed along the way are on here, plus a few I never picked up on. The Blauman one bothers me the most, by far.
    I don’t think I’ve seen anyone post this one though, surprisingly:
    Barney’s magically changing Stormtrooper/Clone Trooper
    When we first see Barney’s apartment in “World’s Greatest Couple” (S2:E5), he has a CLONE trooper in his apartment. It stays a clone trooper for at least two seasons, as we see it again in “Do I Know You?” (S4:E1).
    Then, all of a sudden it’s a STORM trooper. We first see it in “The Playbook” (S5:E8) when Lily goes to Barney’s apartment to scold him for lying to and picking up the girl she had intended to set Ted up with. It remains a Stormtrooper for the duration of the show.
    Oh and just an aside, in Worlds Greatest Couple, when Barney is showing lily how his apartment discourages girls from staying and he shows her how his porn is professionally lit, she says “yeah and if that doesn’t do the trick, there’s always your giant storm trooper.” To which Barney replies, “no, that’s just awesome.”
    Barney is supposedly a massive Star Wars fan. He would absolutely know the difference between the two, and he would surely feel the need to correct her on that. Also, the show alludes to his extreme dislike towards Episodes 1-3 of Star Wars compared to the originals, so why would he ever get a clone trooper to begin with? Just saying.

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  78. S2E2 (The Scorpian and the Toad) Marshall asks Lily for a “No questions asked (NQA)” but in S9E7 (No questions asked), Marshall tells Ted that he has never asked Lily for a NQA because he never wanted to, and that she is the love of his life.
    He probably didn’t count the time he asked her to accuse Barney of having Chlamydia as a NQA as they were broken up at that time?

  79. In S1E13 (Drumroll, please) Ted plays ragtime on the piano and Victoria tries to do some step dance. In S9E12,(Rehearsal dinner) tries to take piano lessons and it is obvious that he can not play even a simple tune.

    • It the same episode(rehearsal dinner), though at the end, you see him playing the piano, so it was obvious that he lied to them about the piano lessons to cover for taking ice skating lessons.

  80. There’s one other big discrepancy I noticed while rewatching the show for the millionth time. In S2E11: How Lily Stole Christmas, Ted goes to his super religious cousin Stacey’s house for Christmas after getting in a fight with Lily about being called a “Grinch,” and you see Stacey’s son there. However, in S4E15: The Stinsons, this same child actor is used to play the role of Barney’s fake son Tyler. If it was actually the same kid, wouldn’t Ted have recognized his own family member? It bothers me so much!

  81. Robin makes Ted crepes when they’re dating, but at her and Barney’s wedding, she doesn’t even know how to crack an egg.

  82. Also, they never explain who replaced Robins personalized doormat. I always assumed it was barney, but it never says. And in the episode where Ted has a date with the girl found by love connections, they blur her face leading you to believe she is the mother, but they never revisit it and the mother if I’m remembering correctly is quite a few years younger than the girl in the file.

  83. In episode 3 when Lilly is getting the stain from sitting on a grape, marshall confronts the guy and when its mwntioned that he is gay he says ” oh thank God, I’ve nevver been in a fight before.” Much later he argues that he is the only one to have been in a fight with his brothers.

  84. Episode 108…Canning Randy…. The blood from Randys nose changes nostrils… when it first starts to bleed, it’s from his left nostril, but then it magically changed go his right, but then it changes again back to the left

  85. Sorry if this has been mentioned already but there’s one plothole that’s bothered me. In the episode ‘Arrivederci, Fierro’ S2E17 it’s revealed that Barney has no idea how to drive (Ted tries to teach him but he ‘crashes’ into the bushes in a carpark). And yet in the next episode ‘Moving Day’ Barney steals Ted’s moving van and drives it to an alley behind McClaren’s. He may have learned how to drive but there was no mention of it and I don’t think he would’ve become good enough to drive a moving van with no difficulty.

  86. Almost finished rewatching the series and something that drove me nuts was that Marshall mentions that he tied with Egdud Furhaki for most outgoing his junior year in highschool, even though it’s been established many many times that 1996 was their first year in college.

  87. In “The Time Travelers” Barney tells Ted to look around because the night happened 5 years ago. He says him and robin were fighting over a caterer, but in the final episode, Robin and Barney end their marriage at the ‘1 Year Mark’

    • Maybe I’m just confused by what you’re saying… But that episode happened while Barney and robin were engaged, so it’s perfectly plausible that they were fighting over a caterer. That Barney is just telling Ted that all of his friends have lives and he doesn’t by saying what they are doing at the moment, which for Barney and Robin is fighting over a caterer. Also they divorced after three years not one.

  88. In Season 5 Barney and Robin get in a big fight about Neil Young where Barney makes fun of how lame Neil Young is and Robin says he is a “national treasure” but then in Season 7 when Lily goes into labor, they tell a story where Robin got to second base with Neil Young but it turned out it wasn’t him. Barney is the one who points it out to Robin!

      • Lol no totally! I mean that Robin says Neil Young is her favorite musician and she DOESN’T know what he looks like. Seems unlikely.

  89. In series 7 episode 21 the guy driving robins helicopter has a stroke but later that same day the same man is driving the taxi taking her home. Surely he would be in hospital and wouldn’t be able to drive.
    Also when Abby warns lily to stay away from Barney in series 1 episode 14 she is wearing different clothes and a different hairstyle to in a later episode where they show a flashback of that happening

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