How I Met Your Mother/Purple Giraffe

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Purple Giraffe
Purple Giraffe
Season 1, Episode 2
Airdate September 26, 2005
Production Number 1ALH01
Written by Carter Bays &
Craig Thomas
Directed by Pamela Fryman
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Purple Giraffe is the second episode of the first season of How I Met Your Mother.

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

with Neil Patrick Harris (Barney Stinson)

and Alyson Hannigan (Lily Aldrin)

Guest Starring: Lyndsy Fonseca (Daughter), David Henrie (Son), Beth Riesgraf (Works With Carlos Girl), Jon Bernthal (Carlos)

Co-Starring: Lindsay Schoneweis (Fantasy Girl), Jae Head (Leroy)

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


Plot Overview

Ted throws a party in hopes of seeing Robin again, but when she doesn't show up, he throws another party...and another. Meanwhile, Lily's heightened libido prevents Marshall from getting his work done.


Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

  • The Great Gatsby: The Great Gatsby was a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925 about a millionaire with a dubious past named Jay Gatsby. He's notorious for his wild parties that bring together people of high affluence, and used that notoriety to get back in good graces with an old love of his named Daisy.
Marshall: So, Gatsby, what're you gonna do when Robin shows up?
  • Fire Water Burn: Fire Water Burn is a song by the Bloodhound Gang released on 1996's One Fierce Beer Coaster. It was the band's biggest single from the album, reaching #18 on Billboard's Modern Tracks. The song includes the oft quoted line, "The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire."
Barney: The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire, Ted!

Memorable Moments