The Pre-Nup

HIMYM episode 8x02 (162)

First aired:
October 1, 2012
Pamela Fryman
Carter Bays
Craig Thomas
Barney's Blog

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When Barney designs an extensive pre-nup, the guys take note and propose their own relationship amendments to their significant others. Meanwhile, Quinn is outraged and draws up a pre-nup of her own, which causes friction between the sexes.


Future Ted narrates that the summer of 2012 was the summer of love, with all four couples being happy. He then skips ahead to October 2012, the kick-off to what came to be known as the autumn of break ups.

At work, Arthur Hobbs, Barney's colleague, advises him to get a pre-nup. Barney tells him that he trusts Quinn, but Arthur scares him by telling him what happened to him after his divorce. Barney then prepares a pre-nup, with Arthur's help, which includes preposterous terms, leaving Quinn outraged. Whilst Quinn discusses this with Lily and Robin, Barney discusses with Marshall, Ted and Nick that there must be something in their relationships which they would like to change, which they all deny. However, later that night, the other three guys tell their partners about things they would like to change in their relationships:

  • Marshall wants to play with Marvin in kind of dangerous way, which Lily, being over protective, doesn't allow.
  • Nick wants Robin not to watch TV while they are in bed (Not knowing that Robin is turned on watching herself do the news).
  • Ted wants to throw Klaus out of his apartment, whom he had previously let stay with him to become a hero in front of Victoria which he regrets afterwards.

Quinn then decides to prepare a pre-nup of her own with the help of the girls, which has terms just as preposterous as Barney's. However, when the guys arrive to help Barney, all the couples start fighting. However, Arthur helps them by asking them to talk to each other about their feelings. Later, Barney and Quinn are about to throw away their pre-nups, but can't. Barney brings up Quinn tricking him out of thousands, and Quinn brings up all of Barney's one night stands. They then say that they both need pre-nups, and that they haven't finished adding stuff to them. They realize that they don't trust each other if they have to go through such complicated pre-nups to get married. Barney then tells Ted and Marshall that they broke up, and he has realized that he will never trust someone enough to get married.

A flash-forward then shows Barney talking to his colleagues about his upcoming wedding to Robin. Arthur then asks if he needs a pre-nup but Barney responds "not this time" with a smile because Barney trusts Robin. Robin walks in, they kiss and the two head for lunch together.


  • Arthur Hobbs doesn't recognize Marshall again, just like in Last Cigarette Ever.
  • The whiteboard on which Lily and Marshall are shown keeping score of getting up at night for Marvin in a flashforward from The Drunk Train, can be seen hanging behind their bed in this episode.
  • In explaining how Barney should make his pre-nup, Arthur Hobbs brings up how he lost everything but his children to his ex-wife. He also refers to his dog Tugboat, who was surrendered to his ex-wife around the events of Landmarks.
  • The overprotective voice Lily uses is also seen in The Stinson Missile Crisis.
  • Barney and Quinn's break-up was first foreshadowed in The Magician's Code - Part Two when Robin was revealed as Barney's future bride.

Future References (Contains Spoilers)

  • Future Ted mentions that he and Victoria will also break up, which occurs in The Autumn of Break-Ups, and that Robin and Nick will break up, which occurs in Splitsville.
  • Quinn would appear one more time in The Bro Mitzvah. She would throw an engagement ring at Barney's face immediately after Robin did the same saying that she wished she did that when they were broke off their engagement. Robin would later uncover this as part of a plan to give Barney the 'worst night ever'.  


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

Memorable Quotes

Quinn: I'm not throwing mine out first.
Barney: I'm not throwing mine out first.
Quinn: You've slept with half the women in New York. I'm the one who needs a pre-nup.
Barney: You duped me out of thousands of dollars. I'm the one who needs a pre-nup!
Quinn: I just thought of some more stuff to add.
Barney: I'm not half finished.

Barney: Actually, I'm okay. I found out I'll never trust someone enough to get married, and that's fine. My single life is, and always will be, legen... wait for it...
*a little ways down the road...*
Barney: ...dary! My wedding is gonna be legendary.
Arthur: So pre-nup?
Barney: Not this time.

Robin: I get turned on watching myself do the news during sex.
Robin telling Nick why she watches herself on TV during sex

Arthur: You all have someone who loves you, and you're screwing it up, and over what? Who has the most power? That's not love. Love is trusting someone enough to tell them what's really bothering you.

Barney: She wants to read it first! Just go ahead and sign. It's all pretty standard.
Quinn: "In the event of divorce, Mr. Stinson is granted weekly visitation rights to Ann, Sarah and Molly." You named our future kids? That's actually pretty sweet.
Author Hobbs: Those are Mr. Stinson's names for your lady parts.
Barney: It's important for the girls to maintain a relationship with their daddy.

Notes and Trivia

Goofs and Errors

  • Arthur Hobbs states that he lost everything in his divorce due to not getting a pre-nup with his wife. This is in fact wrong; he chose to put all of his assets in her name. (Landmarks)
  • Klaus's pronunciation of German words is again incorrect.

Allusions and Outside References

  • Ted calls the summer of 2012 the "summer of love." This calls back to the Summer of Love, which occurred in 1967.
  • Marshall's nicknames for Lily's "lady parts" are Snap, Crackle and Pop.
  • When Ted is disgusted with Klaus' behavior in the apartment, he suggests giving Klaus "das Boot".
  • A provision in Quinn's counterproposal for a pre-nup calls for Barney being able to attend parties at the Playboy Mansion if he is cremated.
  • Klaus introduces Ted and Victoria to Strange Compatriots, the German television version of The Odd Couple. Klaus is played by Thomas Lennon, who would later star in CBS' 2015 revival of The Odd Couple.


Other Notes

  • This is the first time all members of the group were seen in relationships together.
  • In a DVD commentary for the episode Farhampton, the producers said that Barney and Quinn breaking up by this point is partly due to the fact that filming of The Goodwin Games would begin shortly after this. Becky Newton (who plays Quinn on HIMYM) would be a lead actress on The Goodwin Games. Like HIMYM, The Goodwin Games was also produced by Bays and Thomas' production company.



  • The episode was viewed by 8.15 million people. [1]
  • Donna Bowman of The AV Club gave the episode a C. [2]
  • Max Nicholson of IGN gave the episode 5.2 out of 10. [3]
  • Angel Cohn of Television Without Pity gave the episode a C-. [4]
  • The DR Club gave the episode a C+
  • The St. Petersburg Comic Review gave this episode 7.5 out of 10 stars. "...everyone's in love...but things will change soon."


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