The Limo

HIMYM episode 1x11 (11)

The Limo
First aired:
December 19, 2005
Pamela Fryman
Sam Johnson
Chris Marcil
Barney's Blog

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It's New Year's Eve 2005 and Ted rents a limo for him and the gang and plans out the ideal way to ring in the New Year. Unfortunately, things don't go as planned.


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Trying to avoid the usual letdown of New Year's Eve, Ted rents a limo for his friends so that they can party together. Robin has plans with her boyfriend Derek, but Ted, Lily, Marshall, and Barney plan to attend five parties in the three hours before midnight to find the best party to be at to begin the new year. With Ranjit as their limo driver and Barney's "Get Psyched" mix CD to psych them up, the group goes to the first party where they pick up Ted's coworker Marybeth, who has been flirting with him at the office. Barney also finds a date, a woman with a Russian-like accent named Natalya. They all head to party number two.

Disappointed with the second party, the gang heads to party number three, leaving Natalya behind because no one except Barney really liked her. Robin calls Ted asking if they could pick her up because Derek had to work late and canceled their plans. Robin joins the group and her disappointment caused by her canceled date brings down the mood. Ted tries to lift Robin's spirits by saying that he will kiss her at midnight and suggests that they go to Gray's Papaya. Lily decides to go back to the apartment to change her shoes while everyone else gets hot dogs.

The limo is about to head to party number three when Marshall sees Moby. Ted asks Moby if he wants a ride and once Moby is inside the limo the group wangles an invitation to Moby's party. Worried that Lily won't find them and unable to reach her on her cell phone, Marshall leaves the limo to find Lily. The group heads to Moby's party, but they quickly realize that the man they picked up isn't Moby when he brandishes a gun and rants crazily. They eagerly drop off Not Moby at his party when Marshall's cell phone, that he accidentally left in the limo, rings. Barney answers the call from Lily and tells her that Marshall is looking for her at party number three. Lily doesn't see Marshall but she does see Not Moby walking into the party. Ted tells her to leave the party quickly and when she rejoins the group they realize that Lily accidentally went to party number four, which coincidentally is Not Moby's party. The group heads to party number three to find Marshall. Barney realizes that Not Moby took his "Get Psyched" mix right as the limo gets a flat tire. While Ranjit fixes the tire, Barney laments the loss of his CD. To cheer up everyone, Ted and Robin begin singing the first song from the "Get Psyched" mix. Recognizing that Ted is in love with Robin, Marybeth decides to leave the group.

Still stuck with a flat tire and only 15 minutes until midnight, Ted suggests that the group begin walking so that they can get to party number three by 12:45 and celebrate the New Year in central time. As Lily tries to find Marshall by yelling his name, Marshall runs up to the limo and tells the group that when he couldn't find Lily at party number three he walked to party number four (Not Moby's party) where he heard Barney's mix CD playing and he swiped it, and got his shirt signed by "not Moby" as "Eric." Marshall then went to party number five, which was awesome, and says that they need to be at party number five at midnight. With eight minutes until midnight, everyone climbs in the limo—where they find Natalya who had been sleeping in the front seat—and they head to party number five.

With three minutes until midnight, the limo is stuck in traffic. Accepting that the group won't make it to party number five, Ted opens a bottle of champagne and pours everyone a glass, saying that they don't need to be at party number five at midnight because they have a great party in the limo. Derek appears at the limo's window, having left his business meeting early to be with Robin at midnight. As the countdown to midnight begins with everyone in the limo paired off except for Ted, he leaves the limo. To Ted's surprise, Robin follows him, saying that she hadn't forgotten their deal to kiss each other at midnight, and they share a kiss.


  • Robin asks how the rest of the gang know Ranjit, and Ted evades the question, still embarrassed about the events of their first date in the Pilot.
  • Lily gets startled when Ted uncorks a champagne bottle, referencing Marshall accidentally popping a cork into her eye in the Pilot.
  • Marshall's ringtone is based on the song he makes up while studying in Sweet Taste of Liberty.
  • In Okay Awesome, Ted and the coat check girl agree on New Year's Eve being one of the things people expect to be fun but actually isn't.

Future References (Contains Spoilers)


  • Ted hires a limo for himself and the gang with plans to have a perfect New Years Eve.
  • The gang (and Mary Beth) thinks they have spotted Moby.
  • Ted and Robin kiss at midnight.
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Memorable Quotes

Barney: Now, people often think that a good mix should rise and fall, but people are wrong. It should be all rise, baby! Now prepare yourselves for an audio journey into the white hot center of adrenaline!
Barney, about his Get Psyched Mix.

Lily: Who was that guy?
Barney: Well, we know it's not Moby and it's not Tony.

Barney: We couldn't go back for Natalya, a human being, but we do have time for hot dogs?
Marshall: Well, we like hotdogs.

Ted: You're not Moby, are you?
Not Moby: Who?
Robin: Moby. The recording artist, Moby.
Not Moby: No.
Barney: But when we said "Hey Moby", you said "Yeah?".
Not Moby: I thought you said Tony.
Ted: So, your name is Tony?
Not Moby: No!

Barney: (melancholic) Yeah, you know why all the circuits are jammed because everyone's calling their loved ones, everyone around the world. Everyone except Barney. (gang laughs) Oh, sure, laugh. Laugh for Barney Stinson. Laugh for the sad clown trapped on his whirling carousel of suits and cigars and bimbos and booze. Round and round it goes. And where's it all heading? Nowhere.
Robin: Is this just 'cause you lost your "Get Psyched" mix?
Barney: I'm sorry. Am I not allowed to have a pensive side?
Robin: No. No, not tonight. Not in the limo. We got to stay psyched. Ted went to a lot of trouble to make this an awesome New Year's. (starts singing acapella) "Shot through the heart
Robin and Ted: And you're to blame, darling" "You give love a bad name".

Ted: We celebrate the New Year in Central Standard Time.
Barney: Give it a rest, Ted.
Ted: Give what a rest?
Barney: Trying to turn this night into anything more than what it is, which is New Year's Eve which is the single biggest letdown of a night every single year.
Ted: Come on, come on, we can still turn this thing around. We've still got ten minutes.
Barney: Stop trying to chase down some magical, perfect New Years, Ted. It doesn't exist.

Notes and Trivia

Goofs and Errors

  • The driver of the Limo is Ranjit, but when Ted arrives with the Limo, it isn't Ranjit who is driving.
  • Barney says that You Give Love a Bad Name is the first track on his Get Psyched Mix (The Over-Correction) and it is the first track that plays, but when he shows it to the gang, I Wanna Rock is listed as the first track on the cover, while You Give Love a Bad Name is the second.
  • Ranjit takes the gang to Not Moby's party without any direction of where it is (but Not Moby might have told Ranjit the location halfway to the party).
  • When 'Not Moby' leaves the limo, he is seen holding the case to Barney's Get Psyched Mix, Barney later finds it on the limo floor.
  • It is later revealed that Natalya was asleep in the front seat of the limo, but in the shots of Ranjit where the passenger seat can be seen, there is clearly no one there.
  • Derek appears outside of the limo just before midnight so he can see Robin, but there is absolutely no explanation of how he located Robin or the limo.
  • Lily calls Marshall's phone while she is at Not Moby's party. Shortly after, she says "I wish Marshall would call. I guess the circuits are jammed." But he doesn't have his phone!

Allusions and Outside References

  • The gang mistakes Eric/Not Moby for the musician Moby.


Other Notes

  • This is one of the few episodes where no one in the gang is ever seen in someone's apartment or at MacLaren's.
  • The only scene in this episode where anyone is inside a building is the split-screen phone call between Barney/Ted in the limo and Lily at party number 4 (Not Moby's party).
  • When Ted and Robin share a New Years Eve kiss, the background music is La Vie En Rosa, the first song Ted hears Tracy sing.




  • The St. Petersburg Comic Review gave this episode 8.5 stars out of 10. "...the ultimate New Year's Eve celebration..."


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