Unfinished (How I Met Your Mother)

"Unfinished" is the third episode of the sixth season of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, and the 115th episode overall. It aired on October 4, 2010.

How I Met Your Mother episode
Episode no.Season 6
Episode 3
Directed byPamela Fryman
Written byJamie Rhonheimer
Production code6ALH03
Original air dateOctober 4, 2010 (2010-10-04)
Guest appearance(s)
  • Tara Erica Moore as Rachel
  • Malea Mitchell as Chrissy
  • Jude Will as 7-year-old karate student
  • James Lanham as 16-year-old karate student


Future Ted states that during his early years as a professor, he had a simple goal: to give a lecture that would change someone's life. Ted believes he accomplished that goal, and recalls the story. The story begins when Ted is just beginning a lecture. He takes an airplane out of his pocket, but Future Ted decides to go back in time a couple days earlier, when Barney surprises Ted one day by telling him that Goliath National Bank is reconsidering Ted's design of the new GNB building that had been scrapped before. Ted is intrigued, but decides he doesn't want to work for GNB, with he and Marshall likening them to the Galactic Empire. Barney seems to accept this, but later is seen to be ignoring Ted. Ted realizes Barney is playing him like he would a hot girl, as Barney really does want Ted to design the building. Barney's attempts to "woo" Ted seem to be working, as Ted finds himself wanting to accept the job more and more. Finally, Barney tells Ted they have already accepted another offer, with Marshall backing up his claim. Ted goes to Barney and offers to do the job at half price, but Marshall reveals they hadn't accepted another offer, only pretending to do so to convince Ted even more. Shocked that Barney and Marshall had lied to him, Ted declines the offer again.

Meanwhile, Robin reveals she may not have gotten over her relationship with Don as easily as everyone thought; having seen him on TV for a news show in Chicago, she ends up drunk dialing him and leaving angry messages. Lily tries to get her to delete Don's number, though at first she lies about it and leaves another message while drunk. Robin confronts Lily about some of her unfinished passions and asks her to delete the number of a karate dojo. Lily had accidentally walked into a group of kids training, where to her embarrassment had been trounced by one of the kids. Marshall also deletes the number of a booker for the club where his band played once, and Marshall is forced to agree they would probably never get back together. When they delete the numbers Robin deletes Don's number, but ends up calling him anyway, this time somber and leaving another message as she had memorized his number. Robin admits that the reason why she's having such a hard time getting over Don is because their relationship ended so quickly, it feels unfinished. Some time later, Robin attempts to leave him another message, but finds she has forgotten his number; smiling, she realizes she finally got some of the closure she wanted.

While giving a lecture on Antoni Gaudí's unfinished magnum opus, the Sagrada Família, Ted changes his mind and rushes to Barney to accept the job; he however forces Barney to take him out to dinner first, as Barney had stated he never took a woman out before "closing the deal" first. Lily and Marshall show they're still attached to their respective passions; Lily practices a kick, while Marshall sings like he had in his gig.

In the end Lily returns to the karate dojo to confront the kid; now older and seemingly still in the same class, the boy replies, "I knew this day would come" and he and Lily rush towards each other to fight.


In a July 2010 interview, show co-creator Craig Thomas said the GNB tower project is a result of the bank getting bailout money under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[1]

Critical response

Donna Bowman of The A.V. Club gave the episode a B+ rating.[2]

Robert Canning of IGN gave the episode a rating of 9 out of 10.[3]

DeAnn Welker of Television Without Pity gave the episode a B+ score.[4]

Chris O'Hara of TVFanatic.com gave the episode a rating of 3.5 out of 5.[5]


  1. "HIMYM's Co-creator Reveals Upcoming Plots". Vulture.com. Retrieved 2015-12-26.
  2. Donna Bowman (2010-10-04). "How I Met Your Mother "Unfinished"". The A.V. Club. The Onion.
  3. Robert Canning (2010-10-05). "How I Met Your Mother: "Unfinished" Review". IGN. News Corporation. Retrieved 2010-12-02.
  4. DeAnn Welker (2010-10-06). "How I Met Your Mother: "Finished With That"". Television Without Pity. NBC Universal. Retrieved 2010-12-02.
  5. Chris O'Hara (2010-10-05). "How I Met Your Mother Review: "Unfinished"". TV Fanatic. Retrieved 2010-12-02.
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