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How I Met Your Mother/Return of the Shirt

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Return of the Shirt
Return of the Shirt
Season 1, Episode 4
Airdate October 10, 2005
Production Number 1ALH03
Written by Kourtney Kang
Directed by Pamela Fryman
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Return of the Shirt is the fourth 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: Anne Dudek (Natalie), Michael Kagan (Joel Adams), Lyndsy Fonseca (Daughter), David Henrie (Son)

Co-Starring: Jackie Geary (Jackie), Ange Billman (Steph), Buck Kartalian (Henry), Monique Edwards (Producer), Katelin Chesna (One Guest), Choice Skinner (Trucker Hat Guy #1), John Henry Canavan (Trucker Hat Guy #2), Charlene Amoia (Waitress)

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


Plot Overview

Ted reconnects with Natalie, an old flame, and soon remembers why he dumped her in the first plac. Meanwhile, Barney pays Robin to say outrageous things on the air.


Arc Advancement





The Show

  • Music: The song that Ted refers to as the Belle & Sebastian song that Natalie always listened to is "We Rule The School," off their first album, Tigermilk.

Behind the Scenes

  • Anachronism: Ted says that he hasn't seen Natalie in three years, although in his memory he clearly remembers a copy of Dear Catastrophe Waitress by Belle & Sebastian. If the viewer is led to believe that this is 2005, then three years ago would be 2002. However, the album was released in 2003.

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments