HIMYM episode 8x03 (163)

First aired:
October 8, 2012
Pamela Fryman
Chuck Tatham
Barney's Blog

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When Lily and Marshall have trouble finding a nanny, they learn it’s because of an elaborate scheme Barney came up with to meet girls. Meanwhile, Robin and Ted butt heads over who has a more serious relationship.


After his breakup with Quinn, Barney decides to jump back in the game by organizing an event called "Bangtoberfest", and has spent a lot of money on merchandise for it. However, Barney later tells them that the event is a flop, as he continues using his old techniques.

Marshall comes to the bar and tells Ted and Robin that Mickey came to the apartment uninvited, since he burned down his house. Lily then comes to the bar as well to tell Marshall that her time of looking after Marvin is over, and that it's his turn. Lily then tells Ted and Robin that she has to go back to work soon and they still haven't found a nanny. Robin suggests that Mickey should help with the baby, but Lily laughs at this, saying that her dad was never there for her in her childhood. Robin then offers that she and Nick could babysit, as they're really clicking as a couple. Ted then says that if any couple is clicking these days, it's him and Victoria. (Future Ted then says that it can get ugly when you are fighting with your ex on who is happier in their relationships.) They then start fighting about whose relationship has progressed farther.

While searching for a nanny for Marvin, Marshall and Lily come across an elderly British woman, Mrs. Buckminster who they think is perfect, but they can't afford her salary. After reviewing multiple affordable nannies, they then come across Julie Jorgensen, who is from St. Cloud, Marshall's home town, and he also knows her family. They then ask her to be their nanny, but she tells them that she just has one more interview that day, but she says that she doesn't think she will like the other person more than them. Lily and Marshall later call her to find out if she will be their nanny, but she tells them that she met a single dad at her next interview, who is a billionaire and is also taking her to Paris. Realizing that the "single dad" must be Barney, they go to his apartment. Lily tells Julie the truth, and asks her if she is still wiling to work for them, but she says that she cannot work for anyone who is friends with Barney. After Julie leaves, Barney tells them that he has been pretending to be a widower, and interviewing nannies, for his pretend baby, to hook up with them. Lily angrily tells him that he ruined everything, and that he is the most immature person she has ever met, and storms out.

Next morning, as Lily is about to call in sick for work, since there is no one to take care of Marvin, Mrs. Buckminster shows up at the apartment and tells them that Barney has agreed to pay her salary, but Lily has trouble giving Marvin to a stranger. She then fires Mrs. Buckminster. Lily later wakes up and Marshall notices that she has a stuffed monkey in her lap, and Marvin is missing. They run screaming to the living room and see Mickey with Marvin. He tells them that while Lily was asleep, he bathed, fed, put him down for his nap, and took him to the park. Lily is surprised at how Mickey is so good with kids, but he tells her that for the first few years of her life, before he started gambling, he took care of Lily, as her mother worked. He then shows Lily pictures of their time together and says that although he wasn't there for most of Lily's childhood, he promises that he will be there for Marvin's, if she wants. Lily then agrees to Mickey being Marvin's nanny. Then pictures of Marvin and Mickey's time together are shown at various ages, till his first day at preschool.

Meanwhile, Ted and Robin are still fighting about who is happier in their relationship. But, as Ted says that he noticed how emotional and needy Nick is, Robin mentions that she also noticed that Victoria is a slob. They then tell each other that they are a little fed up with their partners' behaviors. Robin says that Nick cried when she killed a spider, and Ted says that Victoria has a pile of unwashed dishes. However, they say that their partners' habits are good in a way, and they toast to making their relationships last. Future Ted then says that both relationships would implode within the month.

After Barney is cornered and beaten up by all the nannies he fooled, he tries to hook up with a girl at the bar using one of his old techniques, but is stopped by Mrs. Buckminster, who he has hired to put an end to his womanizing ways. He thanks her and ends up sleeping with her.


Future References (Contains Spoilers)

  • Mickey will now continue to nanny Marvin throughout Season 8.
  • Barney begins showing signs of not enjoying being single, which will play a role in The Autumn of Break-Ups and Platonish.


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

Memorable Quotes

Robin: Have you, um, met Victoria's parents, Ted?
Ted: As a matter of fact, I haven't. Because they're dead.
Robin: Are they, Ted? Are they really dead?
Ted: No.

Barney: Robin, I spent seven grand on merch. This is happening.

Julie: You must know my dad, George Jorgensen.
Marshall: Of course. George Jorgensen's Organs.
Julie: Last year my brother joined the business.
Marshall: Really? Who knew that Morgan Jorgensen would go into organs? Is it still called George Jorgensen's Organs or did they change it to George Jorgensen and Son Organs?
Julie: They changed it to George and Morgan Jorgensen's Organs. Guess who's idea that was?
Julie and Marshall: Morgan's.
Julie: They just opened a new shop out of state.
Marshall: Oh yeah, where?
Julie: Oregon.
Marshall: What's that one called?
Julie: Piano Town.

Marshall: So, Lily's dad just showed up two days ago unannounced.
Mickey: Remember when I bought all those Mexican fireworks so I'd never have to buy Christmas presents again?
Lily: Oh, God, you blew up the house.
Mickey: (laughing) Blew up the house? Oh, no. Nothing like that, no. (laughs) No, the fireworks blew up the garage. The house burned down. Holy frijoles, do I smell brownies?
Lily: (grunting)
Robin: We covered that fire on the news. I had no idea "naked man runs back into inferno to rescue potato salad" was Mickey.

Lily: Look, Barney's our friend for some reason, and everything he told you was a lie.

Barney: (Barney has slept with Mrs. Buckminster) That can never happen again.
Mrs. Buckminster: Oh pish posh. You said that five times ago. (Barney and Mrs. Buckminster begin to have sex again)

Notes and Trivia

Goofs and Errors

  • During the the Browns vs. Giants the Browns were never three up in the first quarter, as was stated in this episode.

Allusions and Outside References

  • Bangtoberfest is a reference to the annual German holiday, Oktoberfest.
  • Lily describes Mrs. Buckminster as a 'spoonful of sugar' which is a song in Mary Poppins. Lily also calls the other interviewed nannies 'Scary Poppins'.
  • Ted, Robin and Nick are watching the Browns vs. Giants game which actually took place on the day before the episode's original airing. The Giants won 27-41.
  • The way Mickey switched his sandwich for Marvin and then the monkey for his sandwich is reminiscent of the way Indiana Jones switches a rock for the golden idol in Raiders of the Lost Ark.


Other Notes

  • The website referenced in the episode was created by the staff and launched directly after the episode aired.
  • Although pronounced differently, the name Jorgenson (As in the surname of the potential nanny in this episode) has been used before. In the season 4 episode As Fast As She Can, the officer Marshall talks out of a ticket is called Officer Jorgenson.



Featuring an interview with Josh Radnor.


  • The episode was viewed by 7.82 million people. [1]
  • Donna Bowman of The AV Club gave the episode a B-. [2]
  • Max Nicholson of IGN gave the episode a 5.4 out of 10, saying that "(the episode) had its brief flashes of potential, but right now those classic moments are still a distant memory". [3]
  • Ethan Alter of Television Without Pity gave the episode a D. [4]
  • The DR Club gave the episode a B
  • The St. Petersburg Comic Review gave this episode 7 out of 10 stars. " runs back into burning house to get potato salad..."


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