How I Met Your Mother/The Pineapple Incident

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The Pineapple Incident
Season 1, Episode 10
Airdate November 28, 2005
Production Number 1ALH08
Written by Carter Bays &
Craig Thomas
Directed by Pamela Fryman
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The Pineapple Incident is the tenth 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: Danica McKellar (Trudy), Joe Nieves (Carl)

Co-Starring: Joanna Leeds (Jane)

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


Plot Overview

After an alcohol-induced blackout, Ted awakens to find a strange woman -- and a pineapple -- in his bed.

For once in his life, Ted stops thinking for a night after getting entirely too drunk. The next morning, he wakes up between a pineapple and a sleeping woman. However, he can't remember anything that happened that night and must rely on his friends to inform him on what occurred during his blackout.

Marshall and Lily explain the first part of his night. After drinking the five shots of Carl's new concoction, Red Dragon, Ted starts to hassle Robin while she's on her date over the phone. After Lily makes him hang up, he wanders over to the jukebox and plays a Cheap Trick song as he sings on a table in the middle of the bar to Robin over the phone. Mid-verse, he slips and sprains his ankle. At this point Marshall and Lily bring him home and send him to bed.

Afterwards, he finds Barney sleeping in the bathroom who tells him that he got out of bed and somehow made his way back to the bar. There, Ted calls Robin yet again and Barney lights his jacket on fire. In the present, Ted freaks out, checking himself for burns, and finds something written on his arm along with an unknown phone number. The number turns out to be Carl, the bartender, who continues to fill in the blanks.

After Barney brought him home and put him back to bed, Ted escaped once again to the bar. There, Ted throws up in the bathroom, questions Carl about being a vampire and demands to know how easy it would be to sneak into the zoo. Carl writes a message on his arm in case someone finds him passed out in a gutter and Ted calls Robin yet another time. He belives that he slept with Robin after this final proposition. but, when he is about the wake the stranger in his bed, Robin calls him on his phone and he's back to square one. The girl wakes up and tells them that he name is Trudy and then she starts explaining.

She explains that she was just out of a bad relationship, Barney's "Daddy's Home" line didn't work, she thought Ted was kind of cute when he was singing Cheap Trick in the bar, he managed to wander into the ladies room and that instead of calling Robin, he called Trudy. That led to the morning and where Ted's confusion began. Once Robin confronts Ted, they discover that Trudy abandoned the apartment and that the pinapple was a mystery that would never be answered.


Arc Advancement





The Show

  • Gone Fishing: The son and daughter do not appear in this episode. This is the first time that they do not appear in an episode.
  • Music: The song that Ted plays on the jukebox is "Voices" by Cheap Trick. It also is played at the end of the episode.

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

  • Bad Idea Jeans: Bad Idea Jeans is a Saturday Night Live parody commercial that presumably spoofed Guess? Jeans. In the commercial, people wearing the brand of jeans were depicted doing stupid or otherwise ill-advised activities. Or, in other words, bad ideas.
Marshall: Whoa, bad idea jeans.
  • Friends Don't Let Friends...: During the early 90s, a massive anti-drug awareness campaign was launched by President Bush Sr. and first lady Barbara Bush. Among the ads in the campaign was a counter-peer pressure slogan that declared "Friends don't let Friends do drugs." Lily's comment is a parody of that slogan.
Lily: Friends don't let Friends drink and dial.

Memorable Moments


  • Carl: And how did you guys like the shots?
Ted: I drank all five, bitch.
Marshall: I love Drunk Ted.
Ted: (to Carl) Marshall thinks you're a vampire.
[Marshall leers at Ted]
  • Ted: You set me on fire.
Barney: Real suede wouldn't have gone up so fast. You got robbed, this is a blend.
Ted: ...You set me on fire!
  • Trudy: But still, I've had a pretty serious week. I could stand to do something stupid.
Ted: I'm something stupid, do me.