Bad Crazy

HIMYM episode 8x16 (176)

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First aired:
February 11, 2013
Pamela Fryman
Carter Bays
Craig Thomas
Barney's Blog

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Ted is reluctant to break up with his crazy girlfriend Jeanette. Meanwhile, Robin becomes attached to Marvin after finally holding him for the first time.


Future Ted tells his kids that although he had stated many times that he is ready to settle down and stop dating, but being single is fun. He had a great time and it took someone really special to make him want to settle down, and that someone was Jeanette. She was the last girl he dated before meeting their mother, and she was the girl who finally got him to say that he wanted to settle down and really mean it.

At the apartment, the gang is discussing how Jeanette broke Ted's TV with a beer bottle. Marshall and Barney suggest Ted to break up with her, but Ted thinks that they want him to be single so that they can keep their clubhouse. Future Ted explains that in early 2013, he was the only single guy in the gang, and whenever Marshall and Barney bought something the weren't allowed to keep in their apartments, they hid it at his apartment. Ted leaves since and Jeanette and taking her dog to an exorcist. Ted says that he knows that she is crazy, but he is just doing this for fun. But he says that he is going break up with her, in a public place so she didn't flip out.

Ted takes Jeanette to watch a game at Barclays Center, but she starts yelling at the referee. He tells her that he needs to talk before the game starts. At his apartment, he tells Marshall and Barney that he broke up with Jeanette last night. As he has to leave, he tells them not to let Jeanette in his apartment. Marshall reassures him that they can handle Jeanette. Just as Ted leaves, Jeanette comes by, but Barney and Marshall close the door on her. When Ted comes back, he them asks if Jeanette came by while he was gone. They tell him that she came by because she left her book so they let her go in his room to get it. Although they tell him that she left, Ted realizes that Jeanette is still in his room when he hears something breaking in his room. Barney, at last, tells him that she barricaded herself in his room and Jeanette yells that she is never coming out. Ted tells Jeanette that he called the police, but they guys hear Jeanette talking on a wireless, making them realize that Jeanette is a cop.

Ted gets ready to face Jeanette by wearing Barney's Boba Fett costume. When Marshall wonders why Jeanette can't accept them breaking up, Ted tells them that they didn't actually break up. He tells them that as he was about to break up with her, Jeanette tells him that she knows that he is in love with Lily. She started yelling at him and they got thrown out of the Barclays Center. He thought that because of the fight, she would think that they broke up if he didn't contact her again. The guys tell him that he has to face Jeanette and break up with her and they will rescue him if anything happens. However, five minutes later, Ted rolls down the stairs. Ted sees Lily and Robin at his apartment as well, and they tell him that they could hear him screaming from three blocks away. Lily wonders why Jeanette is in Ted's room, but Barney says that there is no reason and she is just crazy. However, Robin says that it's not that simple. She was talking to a friend of hers, the old lady (who is actually Mike Tyson), about Ted and Jeanette who said that girls act crazy because the guy they are dating sends them mixed signals, and the guy himself is a little crazy. Although Lily thinks that Ted didn't send Jeanette any mixed signals, Ted confesses that after their fight at Barclays Center, they started making out, which got them thrown out. Also, when he went upstairs to face her, he saw her wearing his Red Cowboy Boots and started making out with her. Lily says that he needs to be with Jeanette, because like her, he is also a little insane, so she thinks that he needs to be with Jeanette for a while and they all will be here for him when this goes down in flames (literally), because they love him. Ted then goes to his room to be with Jeanette.

Meanwhile, when Lily asks Robin to pick Marvin up, while Lily prepares his food, Robin is a little nervous, as she has never held Marvin before. Future Ted says that Robin was terrified of holding Marvin, and she had always avoided doing so in the first eight months since he was born. While Lily and Robin are out getting lunch, Lily realizes that she left Marvin's pacifier on the bus, and asks Robin to watch him while she gets it back. However, Marvin starts crying just as Lily leaves, and not wanting to pick him up, Robin starts rocking his pacifier. When Lily comes back, she asks Robin if Marvin gave him any problems, she tells her that he only cried a little. Lily asks her if anything else happened and Robin tells her nothing else happened.

Four years later, Lily and Robin get together and are drinking wine when Robin tells her that she has to confess something. She tells her that on the day she left Marvin alone with her while she went to get his pacifier, she let a stranger pick him up to make him stop crying. She apologizes, but Lily says that it was four years ago, and it's okay, as long as there is nothing more to that story and Robin tells her that there isn't.

Twelve years from the present time, Lily and Robin get together again, and Robin tells her that there is more to that story; while she was talking to the old lady, Marvin's stroller rolled to the road, but Robin caught it. Lily tells her not to worry about it, since it was a long time ago. Robin tells her that is all to that story.

Fourteen years from the present, Robin tells Lily another part of the story. As it was cold outside, the old lady tells Robin that they should get out of the cold and go to something open near that place which was a strip club. Robin apologizes again, and tells Lily that she has told her everything.

Sixteen years from the present, Robin tells Lily that there is one other thing; she left Marvin with the old lady while she went to the bathroom. Robin tells her that there isn't anything left to be revealed.

Seventeen years from the present, Robin tells Lily that there is more to the story, she altered on little detail from the story; the person who helped her with Marvin was actually Mike Tyson. Lily is furious at Robin for waiting all these years to tell her that she met Mike Tyson and that Marvin was rocked to sleep by him.

Later, in the present, Lily passes Marvin to Robin, who doesn't realize this as she is talking to Ted. She is surprised when she sees Marvin in her arms, which is a big moment for her. She then rocks Marvin at the apartment, till 3 in the morning and when Lily asks if wants to put him in his crib and head home, she says that she is okay. After Lily leaves, Robin smells Marvin's dirty diaper and calls Lily back.


Future References (Contains Spoilers)

  • The scene from the start of the episode occurs at the end of Weekend at Barney's.
  • The episode implies that Robin and Lily no longer see each other regularly in the future; Last Forever - Part One and Last Forever - Part Two explain why. The four years in the future flash forward (2017) occurs during Robin's most serious estrangement from the others, but it is possible that Lily insisted that just the two of them get together (no talk about Barney) because Lily wanted Robin to see her new baby.


For a listing of all images on the wiki tagged as being from this episode, see Category: Bad Crazy images.

Memorable Quotes

Lily: You waited seventeen years to tell me that you met the greatest boxer of all time?! My son was rocked to sleep by Senator Mike Tyson?!

Mike Tyson: Here's the thing about crazy: When a guy sends mixed signals to a girl, it takes a toll on her psychological well-being. And you wanna know why the girl acts crazy? Look at the guy she's datin'. Then you really see some crazy, trust me.
Robin: (only just realizing who he is) Are you Mike Tyson?!

Notes and Trivia

Goofs and Errors

  • In the scene where future Robin and Lily hang out, Lily's appearance twelve years later and more is still young. Meanwhile in How I Met Everyone Else, Lily in 2020 is captured as a 50 year old woman.
  • In the flashback of Robin talking to Mike Tyson in the sidewalk, at the bottom of the screen it is discernible that Cobie Smulders is deliberately pushing the stroller into the street rather than it rolling away accidentally.
  • Before the scene when Barney is describing how fun it is to be with a crazy chick, Marshall is holding Marvin, after, Marshall is standing by himself.

Allusions and Outside References

  • Mike Tyson says (in the strip club) to Marvin that he could just eat him up.  After defeating Lou Savarese in 38 seconds in 2000, in the post fight interview Tyson (in reference to Lennox Lewis) said he wanted "to eat his (Lewis's) children".
  • Future Ted references a large storm that hit the East Coast a while back, and may be alluding to Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.
  • Marshall and Ted say the same Departed lines that they said in Band or DJ?.
  • Ted says Jeanette invited him to a seance session with Marilyn Monroe's cat.
  • Barney and Marshall move a Donkey Kong Junior arcade cabinet and a Boba Fett costume into Ted's apartment. Barney already owns a Stormtrooper costume in his apartment.
  • Barney, Ted and Marshall play a video game on an Xbox 360.
  • Ted and Jeanette attend a game at the Barclays Center.


  • Mars - Gustav Holst

Other Notes

  • The title of this episode is a reference to the Season 7 episode Good Crazy.
  • It is found out that Ted has allergy medicine, but it was not said what he is allergic to.
    • It is revealed in Rally that Ted wrongly believes that he is allergic to bacon, this may or may not be what his allergy medicine is for.



  • The episode received 8.98 million viewers. [1]
  • Donna Bowman of The AV Club gave the episode a C. She says that she is "tentatively disappointed at the way Ted’s half-hearted efforts to break up with “Bad Crazy” Jeanette fail." She also mentions that "the other plotline, with Robin avoiding picking up baby Marvin, starts off promising", but the series of flashforwards didn't work for her. [2]
  • Max Nicholson of IGN gave the episode a 6.6 out of 10. He called Ted's storyline "halfhearted" and "Barney and Marshall's clubhouse antics were more entertaining than Ted's lack of good judgement this week." At the end, he adds, "Overall, there wasn't a whole lot to this week's episode, and it pretty sporadically shifted between being funny and not funny at all. I think the most notable bit of information this week was the fiery demise of Ted's apartment." [3]
  • Angel Cohn of Television Without Pity gave the episode a C. He says that "If I were his kids listening to this, I'd throw up my hands, shout "bullshit" and storm out of the room. Then again, those kids are probably away at college by now as this story has been going on for eight years, so they likely left the room some time ago and self-involved Ted didn't bother noticing". [4]
  • The St. Petersburg Comic Review gave this episode 7.5 out of 10 stars. "...time to stop dating...Robin and Lily are great talking into the future"


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