How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
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Ring Up! 

Barney convinces Ted to sleep with a 20 year old until Barney learns her identity, Robin discovers that her engagement ring makes her invisible, and a leather cuff improves Marshall and Lily's love life.


Pamela Fryman


Carter Bays (created by), Craig Thomas (created by) | 5 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Josh Radnor ... Ted Mosby
Jason Segel ... Marshall Eriksen
Cobie Smulders ... Robin Scherbatsky
Neil Patrick Harris ... Barney Stinson
Alyson Hannigan ... Lily Aldrin
Ashley Benson ... Carly
Zach Bandler ... Man #2
Sachin Bhatt ... Man #1
Jason Heymann ... Man #3
Chauncey Jenkins ... Business Man
Nikki Tuazon ... Hot Girl
Jason Watson Jason Watson ... Barista


Although on the surface they are both happy about their engagement, Robin and Barney contemplate sabotaging that happiness for different reasons. Wearing an engagement ring, Robin eventually comes to the realization that the ring is making her invisible to men, and as such they don't lavish her with gifts as they used to do. She has to decide whether the ring or the free gifts and attention are more important. And although Barney says he is disgusted by Ted dating twenty year old Carly with who he only has a mutual physical attraction in common (she who is into "old" guys), Barney needs Ted to sleep with her if only to live through Ted vicariously. Ted, however, is thinking of breaking up with Carly without ever having slept with her unless he can find something, anything, as a common emotional ground between the two of them. Barney's need for Ted to do this act may be affected by beautiful Carly herself. And Marshall is sporting a new look as it is turning Lily's crank, but that look... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

21 January 2013 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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When Ted says "Charlie was everywhere" when talking about the Vietnam War, this is a reference to the communist forces in Vietnam. See more »


Robin Scherbatsky: [Robin laments to Lily and Marshall not being able to get any freebies because of her being engaged] You know what, I love Barney, but this ring thing sucks. This gross guy, brushed against my rack, and then apologized - and I think he really really meant it.
Lily Aldrin: Sweetie, I know it's nice to be groped by strangers, but nothing beats the rush you get when that one special person looks at you.
Marshall Eriksen: It's true. Like here in this bar, there's only one thing that I see.
[looks at Lily]
Marshall Eriksen: I see her brightly, and ...
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References The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) See more »


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