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How I Met Your Mother/Belly Full of Turkey

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Belly Full of Turkey
Belly Full of Turkey
Season 1, Episode 9
Airdate November 21, 2005
Production Number 1ALH09
Writer(s) Christopher Miller
& Phil Lord
Director(s) Pamela Fryman
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Belly Full of Turkey is the ninth episode of the first season of How I Met Your Mother, and the ninth episode overall.

Starring: Josh Radnor (Theodore Evelyn "Ted" Mosby), Jason Segel (Marshall Eriksen), Cobie Smulders (Robin "Sparkles" Scherbatsky)

With: Neil Patrick Harris (Barney Stinson)

And: Alyson Hannigan (Lily Aldrin)

Guest Starring: Bill Fagerbakke (Marvin Eriksen Sr.), Suzie Plakson (Judy Eriksen), Elizabeth Bogush (Amanda), Lyndsy Fonseca (Daughter), David Henrie (Son)

Co-Starring: Adam Kulbersh (Kendall), Ned Rolsma (Marcus Eriksen), Robert Michael Ryan (Marvin Eriksen Jr.), Jennifer Ann Wilson (Ashley Ericksen), John Bobek (Clerk), Tom Ayers (Walter), Katie Keane (Stripper), Eben Ham (Policeman)

Uncredited: Bob Saget (Ted of 2030 (voice))


Plot Overview

Thanksgiving with Marshall's family is especially stressful for Lily because she thinks she may be pregnant. Elsewhere, Robin, Barney and Ted spend the holiday volunteering at a homeless shelter.


Arc Advancement



  • Marshall: Marshall's family lives in St. Cloud, MN. His last name, Eriksen, is also revealed.
  • Robin: In this episode, we learn that Robin is from Canada.



The Show

  • Music: The song that was playing in the strip club is "Mr. Roboto" by Styx. The song that plays at the end of the episode is "You Belong To Me" by Over and Over.

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • Ted: What are you doing here?
    Barney: The Lord's work.
    Ted: But you're Satan!


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