How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
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Subway Wars 

The guys race each other, each using a different form of transportation, from the pub to a restaurant seven miles away because a friend claims that Woody Allen is there.


Pamela Fryman


Carter Bays (created by), Craig Thomas (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Radnor ... Ted Mosby
Jason Segel ... Marshall Eriksen
Cobie Smulders ... Robin Scherbatsky
Neil Patrick Harris ... Barney Stinson
Alyson Hannigan ... Lily Aldrin
Maury Povich ... Maury Povich
Geoff Stults ... Max
Laura Bell Bundy ... Becky
Marshall Manesh ... Ranjit
Jan Bryant ... Mildred
Shaughn Buchholz ... Waiter
James Price James Price ... Large Man (as James Price Jr.)
Steve Rizzo ... Giant Calculator
Koby Rouviere ... Young Marshall
Nick Toren ... Tourist


Their friend Max spotting Woody Allen at Gregor's restaurant downtown gets the gang discussing what constitutes a real New Yorker. They all feel that Robin isn't one, while she believes she knows the city better than the rest of them. That starts an impromptu race to Gregor's seven miles away, with Robin believing taking a taxi is the fastest, Lily the subway and Ted the bus. Barney has a special plan which involves a leisurely steak meal. And Marshall needs to run the seven miles, which he really doesn't understand why until later in the day. But each really needs to win this race to compensate for something happening in their respective life. As the five go through the process of trying to get to Gregor's, talk show host Maury Povich factors into the equation of being a New Yorker for all of them. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

11 October 2010 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Maury Povich can be seen in the background or is interacted by each of the gang memebers while running to the steak house. See more »


In the bar we see Ted with a laptop, when the gang take off on their race Ted grabs his laptop and runs out of the bar. Once outside Ted no longer has his laptop See more »


Ted Mosby: If you can't spot the crazy person on the bus, it's you.
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One Of HIMYM's Best
19 April 2019 | by davidehallacSee all my reviews

While some may pass Subway Wars off as a silly filler episode, I find it to be one of the best episodes in the whole series.

The whole concept of Subway Wars is pretty insane, with the five main characters all racing to the other side of Manhattan using different modes of transportation. The whole race is very dramatic, but that's honestly what makes it so fun. Fun additions like the map graphic, the epic music, and the frequent use of single-camera filming help set this episode apart, serving as a great showcase of how How I Met Your Mother stands out from most other sitcoms.

The humor in this episode is top-notch too, with many great jokes serving as a hilariously realistic portrayal of New York, such as the incomprehensible subway conductor, the crazy person on the bus cliche, the slow traffic light, and of course, what makes a "True New Yorker?". Outside of the NYC jokes, there are many funny character moments such as the "Why _____ Needs A Win" sequences and Marshall's western running song.

And even with all the chaos going on, Subway Wars still manages to have some great character work, with Marshall and Lily stressing out about having a kid, and Robin coping with her difficult year. Scattered throughout the episode are moments where the characters get to genuinely talk things out, so while the overall plot never really progresses, the characters do get to develop a bit. And of course, there is a very heart-warming twist near the end of the episode.

So while Subway Wars may not be everyone's cup of tea, I find it to be one of the best How I Met Your Mother episodes for its great humor, heartfelt character moments, and creativity that showcases why it's such a unique sitcom.

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