Barney and Robin
25 May 2013 The End of the Aisle
Sometime before Last Forever - Part One (sometime 3 years into their marriage)
In Pilot, Barney introduces Ted to Robin. His first description of her is "You know she likes it dirty". From Purple Giraffe onward, Robin is accepted into the group. One of the first signs of their growing friendship is Robin agreeing to Barney's increasingly scandalous dares to say certain things on her news show, knowing no one is actually watching. The first sign of a possible relationship between Barney and Robin occurs in Zip, Zip, Zip, where Robin acts as Barney's replacement wingman (in place of Ted, who is busy dating Victoria). During this night out, Robin is better at being a wingman than Ted ever was. At the end of the evening, Barney disrobes assuming he will be hooking up with Robin. Robin is shocked and refuses, then asks why he would think that. After presenting his view on their similarities and chemistry, Robin agrees. However, Barney learns that Robin still has feelings for Ted, thus dashing any chances. In Moving Day, in a desperate bid to get Ted and Robin to stop moving in together, Barney notes that Ted will see Robin without makeup. She comments that she's currently not wearing any, and Barney exclaims "Holy crap, you're beautiful!". In Wait For It, Barney comments that Robin is 'a ten' when talking about the hotness of the girl (or girls) he's going to need to find for Ted in order to beat that. In How I Met Everyone Else, Ted's date Blah Blah assumes Robin is dating Barney, to which Robin says "no" sixteen times. In Sandcastles in the Sand, Robin's ex-boyfriend Simon travels from Canada to visit. The gang dislikes his obnoxious nature and poor treatment of Robin (who reverts back to being 16 again when she's around him). After agreeing to date him again, he dumps her a short time afterward, the same way he did when they were teens, and Robin is left in a vulnerable state at the bar. Barney sees her crying and comforts her, saying she's too awesome now as an adult to want to relive her teen years. Robin invites Barney back to her apartment to watch her second Robin Sparkles music video 'Sandcastles in the Sand', which Simon starred in. Robin and Barney watch the tape over and over until they end up having sex. When they wake up the next morning, they agree to pretend it never happened in case they upset Ted for "breaking the bro code". Neither can keep the secret and Robin ends up telling Ted. He does not hold it against her but temporarily ends his friendship with Barney.
In Miracles, Barney (who is now exempt from the group after Ted ends the friendship) rushes to be at Ted's hospital bed after a minor car accident. Ted suffers no injuries and is free to leave. As Barney runs through the streets of New York, he reaches the hospital but is hit by a bus as he crosses the road. He requires surgery and his entire body is bandaged. The severity of his injuries leads Ted to realise how silly he's being about Robin and tells Barney they aren't just friends, they're brothers. Ted leaves then Lily and Marshall ask Barney what he saw when his life was flashing before his eyes during the bus accident. As they suggest things like "Suits, boobs, money..." Barney simply gazes at Robin.
In Do I Know You?, Barney confesses to Lily that he is in love with Robin, in order to seek advice about what to do. Lily suggests he should tell Robin, but Barney is too afraid. Lily sets them up on a dinner date and despite Barney being on his best behaviour, Robin assumes she's only there to be his wingman, and introduces him to the waitress. Barney does end up sleeping with the waitress but secretly checks in on Robin's news show every morning just to see her face. In Benefits, Ted and Robin become "friends with benefits" in order to stop fighting so often, and Barney is extremely distressed. Lily tries to comfort him but he resorts to smashing a TV from the dumpster outside the bar every time Ted talks about having sex with Robin. Barney goes out of his way to clean Ted's apartment so he'll stop fighting with Robin. Ted picks up on this and questions Barney's feelings for Robin. While Barney still won't admit he loves Robin, Ted knows better and ends the hook-up situation with Robin. In Mosbius Designs, Barney is shown to be upset at Robin sleeping with Ted's assistant, PJ. Marshall reveals to Barney that Lily told him about Barney's feelings for Robin, and Marshall helps him by hiring PJ to work as a paralegal at GNB. In The Stinsons, Barney's mother tells him not to run from a clear shot with someone special and Barney ponders if Robin is that person. In Right Place, Right Time, Barney completes his ongoing mission to sleep with 200 women. As he sits alone at MacLaren's, he rips up the list and wonders "What now?" then smiles as he spots Robin entering the bar. In The Leap, Barney confesses his love for Robin to Ted, who isn't surprised. Robin is listening in the next room and goes to Lily and Marshall for advice. They want her to date Barney but she is hesitant. Marshall says Robin should "Mosby" Barney, that is, tell him she loves him to make him lose interest so she has more time to think. She does and it works until Lily says Robin was only pretending, then he wants Robin to actually love him. They go back and forth on this until finally, after Ted has to go to hospital after being beaten by a goat, they admit their feelings for each other and kiss. They agree it's not the right time yet to discuss things. Later that night, each member of the gang takes a leap off the apartment ledge to the one directly across from theirs. When Barney is about to leap, he looks at Robin, his reason for leaping, and executes the jump cleanly, hugging Robin on the other side.
In Definitions, Barney and Robin start dating - only their definition of dating is just having sex. Lily pressures them to have "the talk" about their relationship and define it, but Robin and Barney only want to keep having sex. Lily locks them in Robin's bedroom and eventually they talk. They come to the same answer and decide to "pretend" to Lily that they have clarified their love for each other, but end up actually meaning what they say.
Barney becomes insecure about Robin dumping him and takes lessons on how to please her, from Ted (Robin 101). Robin becomes insecure that Barney will cheat on her and starts acting overly paranoid about his actions. Barney attempts to get US Citizenship for Robin (Duel Citizenship), tracking down Robin in Canada when she wakes up there after a drinking session. In Bagpipes, Robin and Barney have started fighting so often they try to cover this up by being a 'better' perfect couple than Marshall and Lily. In The Rough Patch, after letting themselves go and becoming miserable, Barney and Robin break up. They decided they are simply better as friends. In Of Course, it is revealed Robin has been handling the break-up badly, often running away to cry whenever Barney talks about his sexual conquests. The gang figures it out and tell Barney, who is horrified to have hurt Robin accidentally. He tries comforting her but she says his actions make her feel like "just another number". Barney realises how poorly he's treated her and sets her up on a super date with her new co-anchor Don Frank. In Twin Beds, Barney becomes jealous of Don when Robin agrees to move in with him. He starts trying to figure out how to win Robin back and inadvertently makes Ted want her back too. They fight over her and Robin moves out of Ted's apartment. In Template:Dopplegangers, Barney is shocked to learn Robin might move to Chicago, calling it a huge mistake. He demands the entire group help her decide first.
When Robin lets herself go after breaking up with Don, Barney tells her she cannot just switch her hotness back on. She proves him wrong by showing up at the bar a short time later looking perfect. Barney is impressed by her move. In Subway Wars, the gang competes to race around New York. Barney notices Robin is upset and tackles Ted right near the finish line so Robin can win. In Baby Talk, when Robin's new co-anchor is a woman who acts like a little girl, she is confused as to why men like her so much. Ted says it's because men like feeling needed by her, something they don't feel when they're with Robin. Robin is upset by this and visits Barney. She asks if she ever made him feel needed when they were dating and he says no. Robin goes to leave, embarrassed, but Barney stops her and explains it's a compliment, because he likes how independent and strong she is. In Natural History, Barney and Robin spend most of their time at a museum gala Ted's attending, challenging each other to touch all the "Do Not Touch" displays. In Hopeless, Barney confesses to his father that he feels he is broken inside and doesn't exactly love his life anymore. He asks his dad how he managed to put away everything and settle down. Jerome says while a "magician never reveals his greatest trick", a hint is "you've gotta find the right girl". When Jerome says "Who knows, maybe you'll meet her tomorrow!", Barney responds "Maybe I've met her already".
In Challenge Accepted, Barney and Robin reflect on their relationship. They talk about how they genuinely loved each other and were happy even if the timing wasn't right. They seem to be against getting back together when they see Ted acting desperately towards Zoey. However, when Robin pushes Barney to talk to Nora after he runs into her on the street, Robin's expressions changes from happy to sad when he ends up asking her out. In a flash forward, Barney is revealed as the groom at a wedding Ted, Marshall and Lily are attending.
In The Best Man, Robin tells Lily she still has feelings for Barney. Lily encourages her to tell Barney but he leads her into a passion filled dance at reception. As they finish, Nora calls Barney. Barney is lost for words so Robin gives him things to tell her, which are also evidently her own romantic feelings for Barney, but he does not realise what she's saying. It works on Nora and she and Barney begin dating. Robin tells Ted "timing is a bitch".
In The Stinson Missile Crisis, Robin deals with intense jealousy as Barney lavishes Nora with gifts and surprises. Robin tries to hook up with him while Nora is away. She later sends a woman to meet Barney during his date with Nora, hoping it will break him and Nora up, but has a change of heart and tackles the girl before she can walk in on their date.
In Disaster Averted, Barney and Robin are revealed to have almost kissed several months before, just after Hurricane Irene (which chronologically took place during the events of season 6). They talk about how bad it would've been if they had kissed, then surprisingly share a passionate kiss. Robin and Barney end up sleeping together in his apartment that night, as revealed at the beginning of Tick Tick Tick. Robin and Barney are guilty about cheating on their partners. They agree to tell Nora and Kevin about their affair, split up with both, then make a go of dating one another again. After breaking up with Nora, Barney is devastated when Robin is not willing to end her relationship with Kevin. Instead of going home, Barney heads back to Ted's apartment (where Robin lives) and takes down a romantic display he had set up in Robin's room, for when they were to secure their relationship. Ted witnesses Barney throwing rose petals in the trash and blowing out candles, but decides not to say anything. In Symphony of Illumination, Robin and Barney experience a pregnancy scare. Barney assumes the baby must be Kevin's but Robin reveals she has not had sex with Kevin yet. Ultimately, Robin is found not to be pregnant, but she is also found to be unable to have a baby at all. She and Barney are happy to not be pregnant, but Robin doesn't tell Barney about her infertility until a few months later. He responds by silently hugging her.
In The Drunk Train, Kevin and Robin are engaged, but Kevin breaks up with Robin when he finds out she cannot have children. Later, Ted confronts Barney saying he knows something happened between he and Robin, because of the night when he saw him in Robin's room with the candles and rose petals. Barney then tells Ted everything that happened, and that Robin picked Kevin because she loves him. When Ted tells Barney that Kevin and Robin broke up, he says he doesn't care that Robin is single because she doesn't feel the same way, and he wouldn't care if she started dating someone else, even if that person was Ted, because he wants her to be with someone who makes her happy even if that person is not him.
In The Magician's Code - Part Two, Barney proposes to Quinn in an airport security room. Returning to Lily and Marshall's apartment, Barney announces this to those present alongside Quinn. Robin appears to be shocked and says nothing while Lily and Marshall first speak to congratulate the couple. After the others leave, Barney and Robin have a bittersweet conversation about how it's their last chance to run away together. But Robin, believing Barney to be truly happy with Quinn, tells him she's happy for him. In the final scene, Robin is revealed to be the bride at Barney's wedding (despite the fact that Barney and Quinn became engaged earlier in the same episode).
In Farhampton, a flashforward to the wedding reveals both Barney and Robin having cold feet. Back in the present, Robin is surprised when Quinn asks her to be one of her bridesmaids prompting Barney to reveal that he never told her about their relationship. Robin is hurt that Barney seemingly deleted every piece of evidence of their relationship (so that Quinn would never find out) but later he gives her a key to a storage unit on 622 West 14th Street where he keeps a box full of things from their time together. Upon seeing this, Robin is moved and becomes teary-eyed while Barney is shown smiling as he thinks about Robin while riding in a cab heading home with Quinn.
In The Pre-Nup, a flash-forward is shown to when Barney and Robin are engaged. It shows Barney telling his co-workers how excited he is for his and Robin's wedding. His boss asks if he wants a pre-nup, and he replies, "Not this time." With smile on his face because he trusts Robin.(This comes after a pre-nup with his ex-fiancee Quinn causes the end of their relationship due to trust issues.) Robin then comes in and they kiss and go to lunch.
In The Autumn of Break-Ups, Robin worries about Barney when he takes on a dog as his new wingman, which he names Brover. He is upset when he must return Brover to his rightful owner, so Robin goes with him prompting them to recall when Barney accompanied Robin when she dropped off her dogs at her lesbian aunt's farm. When Brover's owner, an attractive woman, insinuates that Barney and Robin are a couple, Robin pretends that she too is a lesbian so Barney can hook up with her. As she walks away, Barney smiles and calls her the "best wingman ever".
In Splitsville, Robin hesitates on breaking up with her boyfriend Nick, prompting Barney to give her an incentive: either she breaks up with him or he will post an online invitation to Robin's co-worker Patrice inviting her to a "BFF Fun Day". Robin takes Nick to "Splitsville", a nearby dessert place where couples tend to break up, but tries to back away from dumping him after he receives a somber sounding phone call. However, Barney insists that she doesn't wait and says he will post the invite if he doesn't hear her break up with him on speaker phone. Before she can, Nick reveals that the phone call was from his doctor telling him that the groin injury which had kept him from having sex with Robin would take longer to heal than he thought so they might as well start having sex again. When it seems that Robin no longer has a reason to dump him, Barney appears fed up and walks out of the apartment. However, he turns up at "Splitsville" and tells Nick that he and Robin are over because Barney and her are in love. When Robin tries to tell him to stop, telling Nick that Barney doesn't really love her, Barney interrupts stating that he loves everything about her. He says that Robin has a hold on his heart that he can't break and that he could not stop loving her anymore than he could stop breathing. "I am hopelessly, irretrievably in love with her. More than she knows." His sudden confession is enough to convince Nick and shocks Ted, Lily and Marshall who hear every word over the phone. Robin also appears stunned by his confession and later tells Barney that he was "really convincing" when he tries to act like it was all fake. Barney smirks and says it is a good thing Nick bought it so fast or he would've had to kiss her. He leans in but they are interrupted by a phone call from Patrice, excited for her and Robin's "BFF Fun Day" as Barney forgot to cancel the invitation.
In The Stamp Tramp, Barney asks Robin to be his "agent" as he tries to find a new regular strip club (as Quinn who has possibly returned to work at the Lusty Leopard following their break-up). Robin takes to the job enthusiastically by making all the potential clubs compete with one another. However, Barney is disappointed when she takes a bribe from "The Golden Oldies" (a strip club Barney had previously dismissed) and fires her. Later when she apologizes, he is quick to forgive her and agrees to "a date" when she asks if she can buy him his first lap dance at his chosen club, "Mouth Beach". Later that night, as a very drunk Barney and Robin return home from the club, Robin muses how she had missed her single life and says she had a lot of fun with him. Barney says he always has fun with her and kisses her, much to her surprise. Robin kisses him back at first before pulling away. Flustered, she tells him that "we can't do this" before walking away leaving Barney behind.
In Twelve Horny Women, Barney tells Robin that he is done pursuing her and after he leaves to pick up another woman, Robin thinks about what he said and suddenly exclaims, "Huh."
In Lobster Crawl, Robin tries to get Barney back by using different schemes. The first one "The Damsel In Distress" involves her, getting a new printer and asking Barney to bring it to her office for her. She also says she'll "pay" him. But that one doesn't work because Robin's co-workers Patrice and Brandi interfere. After that, Robin tries "The Center Of Attention", "The 'Is That Angelina Jolie?' ", "The Ask For Lily's Help" and "The Robin And Lily Get Freaky". Since none of those schemes work, she resorts to knocking on Barney's door, stripping off her coat and revealing sexy purple-black underwear. "It's okay if you don't know what you want in life - as long as you know what you want tonight.",she says. Barney answers that he does know what he wants and he turns around in order for Robin to see Patrice, sitting on his couch. After he tells Robin that he and Patrice talked all night and are "kind of on a date now", Robin leaves, looking hurt.
In The Over-Correction, Barney is - kind of - together with Patrice while Robin gets obsessed with trying to break them up. She does not succeed.In The Final Page - Part Two, Robin finds out that Barney had asked Patrice to help him complete the final play in his Playbook: The Robin. Not only would this be his last play, but also the last of his single life as he proposed to Robin at her favorite spot in the city in a Christmas environment with rose petals and candles, and tearfully she said "yes".
In Band or DJ?, Robin wants Barney to ask her father for his blessing on their wedding, but he turns down Barney's request to marry Robin. While Barney attempts to win over Robin Sr., Robin declares that she will marry Barney without his permission and will not invite him to the wedding because Robin Sr. got married to a woman named, Carol, without her permission. Barney later helps the two reconcile and Robin Sr. agrees to her request to share a dance with her at the reception.
In Ring Up, Both of them are shown very happy at being engaged. Then they both run into problems of their own. Barney getting over one-night stands and Robin adjusting to life as in engaged woman. While they love each other they are both having a difficult time going through their issues. In the end, they both realize that they will be happy as long as they have each other.
In P.S. I Love You, Robin admits to the gang that she was once a stalker. When she refuses to tell Barney whom she was obsessed with, he breaks into her apartment and reads her teenage journals. Puzzled by the cryptic phrase "PS I Love You", Barney flies to Robin's home town to interview her ex-boyfriends. Simon then tells him about a video documentary which tells the whole story. Barney runs out to find the documentary and then goes back to The Apartment and tells the others that he found another Robin Sparkles video. The video explains that Robin wrote a grunge song, "P.S. I Love You". The video further says that the one name that comes more than any other about who P.S. I Love You was about is Alan Thicke. Barney visits him and violently demands the truth; Thicke easily defeats him and denies that he was the song's subject. Barney returns to the others claiming that he fought Thicke to a draw, and admits that it is normal to obsess over romantic interests. Robin comforts him and reveals that the "PS" in the song was Paul Shaffer.
In Weekend at Barney's, Robin is upset to discover that Barney never really burned the Playbook and that he lied to her. She tells him he can't lie to her anymore, which makes Barney tell her that lying is what he's good at. He's a magician so misdirection and deceit are his stock and trade. He points out to her that everything he did to get her to say yes to him were all a bunch of lies. But underneath all of his lies is the fact that he loves her, and that is the one thing he would never lie about. Robin is still upset as she declines two fake bouquets he pulls out, but on the third one, she cracks a smile and accepts it and gives him a kiss. Later, Barney gives Jeanette permission to blow up the actual Playbook.
In The Fortress, Robin tries to sell Barney's apartment claiming she doesn't want to live in a "diseased-riddled bang-pad haunted by the ghosts of your ex-skanks". After seeing all Barney's gadgets he has invented to get rid of girls, only one couple decide to keep the apartment. Barney later tells Robin he is willing to give up his Fortress of Solitude because he never wants to be alone again. Robin answers that, when the couple interested in the apartment told her they would tear the place down, she realized she loved all the good and bad things about him, and she doesn't want to change him too much, so she kicked the buyers out and decided they should keep it.
Something Old had Robin frantically searching in Central Park for a locket that she buried when she was 14 when she came to New York with her dad. She reveals to Ted that she has been having fears about marrying Barney and if she could find her locket, then that would be a sign from the universe to forget her worries and marry him. But she is devastated when she finds the box, but the locket is missing and interprets this as a sign from the universe that she and Barney should not be getting married.
In Something New, Robin and Barney scheme together to take down one obnoxious couple who demanded them to put away their cigars and who stole their table. Robin slipped her own engagement ring in the girlfriend's wine glass to make her think her boyfriend is proposing to her and a fight breaks out, to which Robin and Barney celebrate by clinking their glasses together. They celebrate their victory by smoking the cigars Barney got, but are later confronted by the couple. They said that after their fight they decided to get married. Barney and Robin quickly realizing that their actions made that happen. Happily satisfied they kiss. By the end of the episode, Robin and Barney are happily preparing to go get married, taking off in a limo driven by Ranjit, on their way to their wedding in Farhampton.
The Wedding Weekend: Barney and Robin come to find out that they may be related, but this turns out to be a false alarm. When Barney discovers his brother James is getting a divorce, Robin worries about how Barney will take the news, later Barney reassures Robin that he doesn't need James to make him believe in true love as they have each other for that. Worried that their flame will extinguish after 60 years of marriage, Barney and Robin decide they must have one last "bang" before they're married. In the end though, they realize they have nothing to worry about and instead of having sex, they visit with their elderly relatives. Barney tells Robin he is always going to support her no matter what, but in doing so he declares he's severing ties with his mother and brother but claims Robin ordered it. Barney and Robin steal Lily and Marshall's story of how they met to impress their minster. They are later exposed by Lily insulting descriptions of them which makes them mad. They later go to their minster and beg for forgiveness hoping that he will still marry them. He refuses and asks them to leave. On their way out Barney admits they shouldn't have lied about their story as both of them admit that they love the story of how they got together. Barney gets caught in the middle of a conflict between Robin and his mother. Barney tells Loretta that Robin can't have kids, which he learned of the previous fall before they were together. Barney immediately hugged her when she told him. He asks his mother "to be nice" to Robin because he's marrying "a girl who means more to him than kids". After this conversion Loretta realizes just how much Barney loves Robin because Robin means more to Barney "than anything in the world". In the end Loretta makes peace with Robin. Barney organizes a Canadian-themed rehearsal dinner at an ice rink planned just for Robin and gives her his own personal wedding gift to her. Robin tells Barney how much she loves him, and promises to get him back for this and Barney tells her to "bring it"; right before they kiss. In the final scene, Barney admits that he loves Canada as he lists several amazing things Canada has given the world including one-quarter of himself and best of all you (Robin). She thanks him and the two of them skate off happy together to have a good time at their rehearsal dinner. Barney afterward gets very drunk and then goes missing. They find him but throughout Robin’s wedding she begins to start second guessing Barney.
In The End of the Aisle Barney vows to Robin that he will always be honest to her. She kisses him and they get married. In Last Forever - Part One Barney and Robin reveal that they got divorced in 2016.
Most of their interactions in the flash forwards of Last Forever - Part One and Last Forever - Part Two show they remain amicable towards each other after their divorce, especially when Robin congratulates Barney on the birth of his daughter.
- Return of the Shirt - Barney pays Robin to say and do inappropriate things on air.
- The Duel - Robin ridicules Barney for his "Lemon Law" and tells him that he could miss out on someone great if he keeps skipping out on his date after five minutes of knowing them. Barney retaliates by setting her up with someone that normally would not attract Robin and dares her to last longer than five minutes with her date.
- Zip, Zip, Zip - First time Barney and Robin bro out together and discover they have a lot in common. At the end of the episode Barney thinks that him and Robin are going to hook up but is shot down when Robin confesses that she has feelings for Ted.
- Slap Bet - Barney is the first to discover Robin's past as Robin Sparkles.
- How Lily Stole Christmas - Robin takes care of a sick Barney against his will.
- Stuff - Barney suggests that Ted and Robin should break up, suggesting he does not like them as a couple
- Moving Day - Barney tries to stop Ted from moving in with Robin, he later asks Robin how it will feel to have Ted see her with no makeup, when he discovers she is wearing no makeup, he says, "Holy crap you're beautiful".
- How I Met Everyone Else - Ted's date, Blah Blah, mistakes Barney and Robin for a couple. Robin ridiculously denies the claim with 16 nos leaving Barney to be insulted.
- The Bracket - Robin agrees to be the woman Barney pretends to hit on so that they could find out the mystery woman that has been sabotaging Barney's conquests. Robin is bewildered when Barney strokes her thigh and whispers something in her ear. He tells her that she's turned on by him, which she tries to deny but he can tell she's lying.
- Sandcastles in the Sand - Barney comforts Robin after Simon dumps her again, which leads to her showing him the "Sandcastles in the Sand" video, which leads to their first night together.
- The Goat - Barney and Robin try to pretend their first night together never happened inevitably failing.
- Miracles - After a near fatal bus accident, Barney realizes he's in love with Robin.
- Do I Know You? - Barney confesses his feelings about Robin to Lily, who arranges a little date for them.
- Shelter Island - Barney plans a way to sleep with Robin again at Ted and Stella's wedding.
- The Fight - After discovering Robin's weakness for guys who fight, Barney fakes a fight to earn her affections. It works as she's all over him, until Marshall reveals to her that he actually faked the fight with Ted.
- Benefits - Barney gets insanely jealous when Robin and Ted try to solve their disputes by having casual sex.
- The Possimpible - Barney finds a job for Robin so she could stay in New York instead of being deported to Canada.
- The Stinsons - Barney's mom pleads for him that if he ever meets anyone special to take a chance at it. He looks over at Robin and affirms that he will.
- Murtaugh - Barney and Robin try to complete Ted's "Murtaugh List" together and even come up a list for Ted himself to complete resulting in a night of insane fun.
- Mosbius Designs - Barney becomes jealous when Robin starts sleeping with Ted's assistant, PJ.
- The Leap - Barney and Robin admit they have feelings for each other and they kiss.
- Definitions - The gang finds out about Barney and Robin's summer romance and forces the couple into defining their relationship. Barney and Robin finally agree they are boyfriend and girlfriend.
- Double Date - Barney takes Marshall to a strip club and Robin is disappointed to see Barney's bad behavior still exists even when he's in relationship.
- Robin 101 - Barney, afraid of Robin dumping him, enlists Ted's help to find out more about Robin.
- The Sexless Innkeeper - Robin and Barney become upset when Lily and Marshall start hanging out with a new couple. They also make fun of Ted for being the "sexless innkeeper". In the end of the episode, when Ted sleeps with a hot girl, Barney realizes how much he misses being single.
- Duel Citizenship - When Robin is once again in danger of being thrown out of the country, Barney urges her to take the American citizenship test so she can become a true American.
- Bagpipes - Tired of being pegged as the couple who suck at relationships, Barney and Robin go overboard with their public display of affection. In truth though, they have been fighting. A lot.
- The Rough Patch - Barney and Robin break up when they realize they are miserable together.
- The Playbook - To heal from his break up with Robin, Barney throws himself back into womanizing with help from The Playbook.
- Of Course - Barney learns that their break up has been hard on Robin too, and even more so when he's actively talking about having sex with random women. To make it up to her, he sets her up on a super date with Don.
- Twin Beds - Barney becomes jealous of Don and tries to win Robin back.
- Robots Versus Wrestlers - Barney feels miserable because Robin is absent hanging out with the gang.
- Big Days - Robin lets herself go after Don breaks up with her, prompting Barney to keep teasing her about her unruly appearance until finally she "sundresses up" for him. He then tells her that she looks hot and she thanks him.
- Subway Wars - Barney sabotages Ted and throws in the race so Robin could win when he realizes just how upset she's been since her break up with Don.
- Baby Talk - After Ted hurts her feelings by telling her she doesn't make a guy feel needed, Robin goes over to Barney's to ask him if he felt she ever needed him. He said no, but then tells her that's what makes her the most awesomest woman he's ever banged.
- Natural History - Barney and Robin connect with their inner child when they go around the museum touching things. Robin is also the first person, besides Barney, to learn that Barney's estranged Uncle Jerry was actually his real dad.
- Desperation Day - Robin calls in Nora to take her place at the Laser Tag tournament so that Barney could have his first Valentine's Day date.
- Garbage Island - In attempt to mask his growing feelings for Nora, Barney tries to seduce Robin, but she ends up pushing him even further to Nora.
- The Exploding Meatball Sub -Barney confides in Robin about his issues of Marshall leaving GNB.
- Hopeless - To appeal to Jerry's crazy side, Barney makes the gang change their boring careers and personalities to something more cool. He even has Robin dating Ted because if she's single then his dad will think, "Why don't you marry Robin, you guys were cute together! Deep down you know you were never happier than when you were with her." Even though Jerry has not yet met Robin, nor knew about their dating history. When Barney asks his dad how he settled down, his dad tells him that he has to meet the right girl and that maybe he'll meet her tomorrow. Barney says that maybe he has met her already, implying that he meant Robin.
- Challenge Accepted - Barney and Robin go through town to thwart Ted's efforts in getting back together with Zoey. In the cab ride, they admit they had real feelings for each other, but decided in the end that getting back together would be a mistake. They run into Nora and Robin pushes Barney into asking her out again. When he does, we see Robin's face who was smiling at first, but then became upset. It's also revealed in this episode that Barney gets married sometime in the future. At this stage his bride is unknown.
- The Best Man - Robin realizes she's still in love with Barney. After sharing a chemistry-filled dance with him, she attempts to reveal her feelings, but they are interrupted by a phone call by Nora. Robin feeds him the words to say to Nora that she had wanted to say to him.
- Ducky Tie - Victoria warns Ted that he, Barney, and Robin cannot "hang out at the bar night in, night out, like you're all just buddies? That doesn't work. Trust me". Future Ted admits that "she was right. It didn't work; we just didn't realize it yet".
- The Stinson Missile Crisis - Robin becomes insanely jealous of Barney and Nora's relationship. She tries to sabotage them to win Barney back, but then realizes that if she really did love Barney, she would want him to be happy even if it's not with her.
- The Slutty Pumpkin Returns - Robin reveals to the gang that Barney is one-quarter Canadian, and mocks him throughout the episode.
- Disaster Averted - Ted tells the story of the "no boogie boarding" sign outside the bar. During the torrential rain, Barney says to Robin, "when I let a day go by without talking to you… um… then that day’s just no good." After the gang plays in the rain, Barney and Robin reminisce in a cab together about the time they almost made out with each other, and start making out.
- Tick Tick Tick - Barney and Robin sleep together. When Barney tells Robin that he wants to be with her, they plan to break up with their partners. Robin decides not to break up with Kevin when he confesses his love for her, breaking Barney's heart.
- The Rebound Girl - Robin tells Barney that she could be pregnant after their night together.
- Symphony of Illumination - Barney is at first excited about having a baby with Robin, but when he sees the reality of parenthood, he decides that he does not want to be a dad. He and Robin are relieved when Doctor Sonya reveals that she is not pregnant. Later on, Robin finds out she's infertile and she has to face the cruel reality of never having kids with Barney.
- Trilogy Time - There is a flashback to 2009, when Barney and Robin started hooking up.
- The Magician's Code - Part Two - Robin tries to be happy for Barney's engagement to Quinn. It's revealed in the end that it's not Quinn Barney marries, but actually Robin.
- Farhampton - Robin is upset that Barney can easily throw away everything from their relationship just to hide his and Robin's dating history from Quinn. Barney gives her a key to a storage room where he keeps all of his and Robin's mementos from their dating past.
- The Pre-Nup - After Barney breaks up with Quinn because they realize they don't trust each other enough to get married, Barney tells Ted and Marshall that this means he'll never get married because there's no one he can trust. A flash forward reveals him being engaged to Robin and turning down the opportunity for a pre-nup because he trusts Robin.
- The Autumn of Break-Ups - Barney adopts a dog to become his new wingman, which worries Robin. She invites him and his new dog over for dinner at her place, even though Nick was preparing a special meal for just the two of them. Barney gets a call from Brover's owner who wants him back and Robin agrees to go with him to return the dog, after all, he did the same for her when she had to get rid of her own dogs for Ted.
- Splitsville - Barney breaks up Robin and Nick by professing his love to her. He tries to shake it off as though it was just him acting, but Robin tells him he was very convincing. They almost kiss until Patrice calls up Robin. This is also the start of Barney's last play to win back Robin for good.
- The Stamp Tramp - Robin becomes Barney's new strip club agent after he discovers Quinn is back to working at the Lusty Leopard. Robin goes with Barney to "Mouth Beach", his newest strip club, and the two share a drunken kiss at the end of the night. Well, Robin was drunk, Barney was only acting so she would turn him down.
- Twelve Horny Women - Things are awkward between Robin and Barney following their kiss, leading to Barney telling her that he was done trying to win her back and only wants a friendship with her. This was part of his play to drive Robin nuts, which works.
- Lobster Crawl - Frustrated at the idea of never having Barney again, Robin sets out with a list of plays of her own to have one more night with Barney, who turns her down every time.
- The Over-Correction - Robin refuses to believe that Barney is truly dating Patrice so she breaks into his apartment to get the Playbook so she could show it to Patrice.
- The Final Page - Part Two - Barney reveals to Robin his final play that explained that everything he did from the events in Splitsville to The Final Page - Part One was all a ploy to propose to her. They become engaged.
- Band or DJ? - Robin has Barney meet with her dad to ask for his permission since he didn't the first time around. In the end though, Robin tells him anyway when she finds out through Facebook that her dad married his girlfriend, Carol, and never invited her. Robin declares that she will marry Barney without his permission and will not invite him to the wedding. Barney later helps the two reconcile and her dad agrees to her request to share a dance with her at the reception.
- Ring Up - Barney is going through one night stand withdraws and Robin is frustrated that she is invisible to guys. They soon learn in the end though that the only attention they need is each other's.
- P.S. I Love You - Barney is jealous that there was a guy in Canada that Robin used to be obsessed with. He goes off in search of this guy and ends up getting beaten up by Alan Thicke. He's upset with his actions as they make him a total Dahmer, but Robin relieves him by telling him that he is her Dahmer, which makes him a Dobbler.
- Weekend at Barney's - Robin is incensed when she finds out Barney never did burn the Playbook like he had said he done.Robin says that if they're going to be in a marriage he can't lie to her. He tells her he's a magician and lying is part of who he is, but he does love her. Robin forgives him and in the end, Barney gives Jeanette his blessing to blow up the actual Playbook.
- The Fortress - Robin tries to sell Barney's apartment, but after finding potential buyers, she realizes she loves all of Barney's good and bad aspects and decides not to sell it.
- The Bro Mitzvah - Robin plans a legendary bachelor party for Barney, making him think that every worst case scenario that could possibly happen at a bachelor party happens within one night, including her calling off their wedding.
- Something New - Robin and Barney try to break up an obnoxious couple who ruined their dinner date, but the couple gets engaged instead, because of them. They later leave for Farhampton for their wedding.
- The Locket - Barney and Robin come to find out that they may be be related, but this turns out to be a false alarm.
- Coming Back - When Barney discovers his brother James is getting a divorce, Robin worries about how Barney will take the news, later Barney reassures Robin that he doesn't need James to make him believe in true love as they have each other for that.
- Last Time in New York - Worried that their flame will extinguish after 60 years of marriage, Barney and Robin decide they must have one last "bang" before they're married. In the end though, they realize they have nothing to worry about and instead of having sex, they visit with their elderly relatives.
- The Poker Game - Barney tells Robin he is always going to support her no matter what, but in doing so he declares he's severing ties with his mother and brother but claims Robin ordered it.
- Knight Vision - Barney and Robin steal Lily and Marshall's story of how they met to impress their minster. They are later exposed by Lily insulting descriptions of them which makes them mad. They later go to their minster and beg for forgiveness hoping that he will still marry them. He refuses and asks them to leave. On their way out Barney admits they shouldn't have lied about their story as both of them admit that they love the story of how they got together.
- The Lighthouse - Barney gets caught in the middle of a conflict between Robin and his mother. Barney tells Loretta that Robin can't have kids, which he learned of the previous fall before they were together. Barney immediately hugged her when she told him. He asks his mother "to be nice" to Robin because he's marrying "a girl who means more to him than kids". After this conversion Loretta realizes just how much Barney loves Robin because Robin means more to Barney "than anything in the world". In the end Loretta makes peace with Robin.
- Platonish - Barney accepts the challenge of cheering up Robin when she finds out her own mother won't be coming to the wedding. He tells the story of what made him decide to draft "The Robin". Inspired by Barney's story, Robin has stopped crying and smiling at him. Robin declares he has completed his challenge to cheer her up, and to make her fall in love with him, and kisses him.
- The Rehearsal Dinner - Barney organizes a Canadian-themed rehearsal dinner at an ice rink planned just for Robin and gives her his own personal wedding gift to her. Robin tells Barney how much she loves him, and promises to get him back for this and Barney tells her to "bring it"; right before they kiss. In the final scene, Barney admits that he loves Canada as he lists several amazing things Canada has given the world including one-quarter of himself and best of all you (Robin). She thanks him and the two of them skate off happy together to have a good time at their rehearsal dinner.
- The End of the Aisle - Barney vows to Robin that he will always be honest to her; also admitting Ted was the one who found the locket for her, and not him. They get married.
- Last Forever - Part One - Barney and Robin get divorced.
- The Alternative Ending - It is implied that Barney and Robin get back together.
Barney and Robin have a number of similarities:
- They both have a Canadian background.
- They have a love for Scotch.
- The both had issues with their fathers; Barney not knowing who his father was and Robin being estranged from hers.
- Both have issues with relationships and wanting to be in relationships. Commitment phobia as it were.
- Both were hesitant to have kids.
- Both love cigars.
- They both love to place bets while watching sports.
- Both like sports.
- Both had problems about people changing their apartments. Barney didn't like it when Lily bought groceries and when Quinn wanted to use her coffee mugs. Robin had issues living with Ted because she didn't want his stuff in her apartment.
- Both have run plays on each other. Barney's "The Robin" was his elaborate proposal to her and Robin's "The Barney" was to give him a legendary bachelor party night he would never forget.
- They both have step-mothers, which they don't know very well.
- They both have broken into each others apartment.
- Whenever they speak in unison they both look at each other; they smile and go "Awww".
- They both don't try to change the other person and accept the other person for who they are.
- They both have taken a ride on a mechanical bull.
- They both think of themselves as messes.
- Both do big schemes
- Both have done "life or death" situations, in the woods and run over by a car
- Both have a voice which is what they use when they tell a lie but it is very true
- Both broke the bro code
- Both have a sense of style
- Both have traveled
- Both prioritize career most of the time
- Both take a while to fall in love
- Both need their own space
- Both may tend to date around post break up
- Both are secretive about their feelings
- Both are stubborn and independent
- Both teased each other, meanly and for fun when they met
- Both took a while to want "marriage"
- Both have been to China and Asia
- Both don't think of themselves as romantic people
- Have both grown up the most in the whole series
- Are supportive to each other
- Both have ego's
- Both have charisma
- Both have dated stupid people and not liked it
- Both have set each other up with people
Notes and Trivia
- Carter Bays has stated he does not know what will happen to Barney and Robin in the future. While the finale suggests Robin and Ted end up together, Bays suggests that Barney and Robin may end up in an on/off relationship.
- The break up of their marriage is very controversial.
- In the alternate ending the narrator says "some things fall apart, some thing fall back together", while Robin and Barney smile fondly at each other. In that case it's assumable that they got back together.
- In the DVD commentary in Season 9, Carter Bays says "How could we not have Ted and Robin end up together?"