Ted and Robin
Break up (Remain Friends)
Back together (Ambiguous)
Show OutlineTed and Robin's relationship began when they met in a bar, went on one date and Ted confessed his love (Pilot). They stayed friends and Ted tried moving on when he met Victoria. (Drumroll, Please). The relationship almost went down in flames after Ted lied to Robin, saying he and Victoria were broken up.(Nothing Good Happens After 2 A.M.). Later that night Ted and Victoria do break up because he realises he is still in love with Robin. Robin stops talking to Ted for weeks because he lied to her in an attempt to have sex, even Barney condemns Ted for this move. However, after months of difficulties, Ted tries one last romantic gesture and is successful and Robin agrees to go out with him. (Come On)
Although caught in the middle of Marshall and Lily's breakup, Ted and Robin initially enjoy the passion of a new relationship, despite wanting completely different things. Afterwards, they began experiencing their first difficulties as a couple (Brunch). Robin especially had difficulties adjusting to being in a serious relationship even believing that her inattentiveness had driven Ted to cheating (Ted Mosby: Architect). After a while, she would eventually admit her secret past as a Canadian pop star (Slap Bet) and, when Robin's sister came to town, Robin would eventually echo Ted's pronouncement of love from almost a year previously. (First Time In New York)
Ted and Robin would again face difficulties when Robin learned how much of Ted's stuff belonged to his ex girlfriends. When he learned that her dogs were from her ex-boyfriends, Ted pressures her into giving them away. However the two would have their biggest fight ever when Robin discovered Ted lied about getting rid of all the stuff from his exes. In the end they decided to move in together (Stuff). Ted even got as far as moving out of his apartment when Barney sabotaged the move by stealing the moving van. The obstacles of the night forced them to realise they were not compatible enough to move in together and Ted moved back in with Marshall and Lily. (Moving Day).
Ted and Robin would eventually break up on their one year anniversary. Confusion from another couple's engagement ring and Robin's horrified reaction forced them to consider their own future. Reflecting on their differing feelings about marriage, kids, and how they weren't able to move in together, they decide to break up. (Showdown, Something Blue)
Robin deals with the break up by taking a trip to Argentina. Ted takes some time off of relationships but when Robin returns with the hot Gael, Ted ends up going on a wild date with Amy and gets a tattoo. Ted confronts Robin and yells at her claiming that their breakup was too friendly and he needed to yell. Robin admits that she spent days crying her eyes out over Ted. He points out that he feels Robin is trying to win the break up with Gael and she placates him by assuring him that he is "bigger". (Wait For It)
They seem to go their separate ways and each dates other people. However, the two still feel awkward and don't spend much time alone. That is, until Thanksgiving when the two find themselves baking pies at Robin's apartment. They confront their awkward feelings by having sex. This actually allows them to settle most of the awkwardness and their friendship emerges stronger than ever (Slapsgiving). In fact, Ted isn't even angry with Robin after she admits to sleeping with Barney. (The Goat)
Despite the security of their friendship, Robin remains aware of her status as Ted's ex-girlfriend. She declines to offer an opinion about Ted and Stella when the rest of the group questions Ted's hasty engagement (Intervention) and feels strange about showing up at Ted's wedding. She points out that even though she and Ted are cool, it's still weird to see Ted married off to Stella. However, she does show up at the wedding and finally offers her opinion that Ted and Stella's marriage is too hasty, and admits that she has lingering feelings for Ted. In love with Stella, Ted tells her off only to find that Stella has left him for her own ex, Tony. (Shelter Island)
After deciding to move back to the country from Japan, Robin eventually moves in with Ted, replacing Marshall as his roommate (Not a Father's Day). However, without the regular sex they had when they were dating, they find themselves fighting all the time. They decide to remedy it by having sex. Although both are comfortable with the "friends with benefits" status, Ted decides to call it off after he realizes that Barney has feelings for Robin. (Benefits)
That same year, Ted learned that Lily was partially responsible for his and Robin's break up. Seeing that the two wanted completely different things, Lily subtly pointed it out to the two and actually fed them the very words leading to their break up. Lily asserted that, while she didn't intend to break them up, it was the right thing to do because it prevented them from staying together too long and having a bitter break up that would have prevented them from remaining friends. (The Front Porch)
When Ted started his own architecture firm, Robin let him work from their apartment but slowed him down by sleeping with Ted's assistant, PJ. However, she eventually gave Ted the pep talk he needed and helped him start calling clients (Mosbius Designs). She also confessed to Ted the truth about a prank being played on him by Barney and Marshall (The Three Days Rule). Finally, Ted would give Barney his blessing giving Barney the freedom to talk to Robin about his feelings. (The Leap)
With Robin and Barney finally dating, Ted put his Robin-knowledge to good use by teaching a course called Robin 101 to Barney, believing he understood her (although some of his information turns out to be false). Although he violated her privacy, Robin forgave him. Ted pointed out how much the relationship meant to Barney (Robin 101).They almost share a kiss in the season finale, though it is because Robin is sad rather than any feelings, but then Robin notices that Ted has blonde hair. (Doppelgangers)
When Robin told Ted she was hoping to be the "coin flip bimbo" on Million Dollar Coin Toss, Ted reminded her of her earlier resolution to work at World Wide News and forced her to take the job there instead. Robin also asked Ted to be her Best Man on her wedding. (False Positive)
In Ducky Tie, Victoria tells Ted the reason their relationship didn't work out and the reason for all his other relationships failing was due to Robin.
In The Drunk Train, a sad Ted returns to the apartment to find Robin on the roof visibly upset . After Robin tearfully tells Ted about her break up with Kevin, Ted tells her that he loves her. and that he can overlook the fact she can't have kids to be with her. Confused and emotionally strained Robin kisses him, before leaving for Russia.After Ted's confession about his love for Robin, she him that she doesn't feel the same way (No Pressure) Their single at 40 pact is broken and Marshall tells Robin how upset Ted is and that she needs to move out.of the apartment. They both find it awkward to be around each other so they stop hanging out..
In The Broath, Robin and Ted both like Quinn's apartment. This leads Ted and Robin fighting over who gets her apartment. Ted asks Robin to let him have Quinn's apartment, after what happened between them. She takes him aside, and tells him that the last few weeks have been hard on her as well. In a single day, her engagement fell apart, she lost her best friend, and she might even lose her job. Later, Robin meets up with Ted and tells him that she got promoted and that she got a big raise and is getting an apartment, which means he can have Quinn's apartment. He thanks her and tells her that he can go back to normal.
In Now We're Even, Ted still finds it painful to talk to Robin but when she nearly dies he sends a text message telling her that he is glad she's okay.
In Good Crazy, Barney encourages Ted to try online dating by setting him up with three specific women. Over the course of each date, Ted suddenly visualizes Robin sitting in front of him and is determined to get her out of his mind even if his dates found him weird. Later, Ted goes back to MacLaren's and tries to order a drink, but sees Robin as the bartender and a nearby patron. Both pseudo-Robins encourage him to find Robin and make amends. Both Ted and Robin meet by chance outside the bar and try to talk but Robin says it is not yet a good time.
In The Magician's Code - Part One, Ted and Robin help keep Lily calm, when she goes into labor, while Marshall is away. They later take her to the hospital, and also make up and resume their friendship.
In The Magician's Code - Part Two, Robin reminds Ted that they don't work and encourages Ted to call Victoria, to find out if she ever got engaged.
In The Autumn of Break-Ups, when Ted proposes to Victoria, but she demands that he stop being friends with Robin as she is afraid that his feelings for her may rekindle. After deliberating, Ted tells her that Robin is like family to him and that he can't stop being friends with her, resulting in Victoria breaking up with him.In The Final Page - Part Two, Ted tells Robin that Barney is going to propose to Patrice and that she should go and stop him (meaning that he let go of Robin). At the end of the episode he is seen looking out the window of the new GNB building with a sad look on his face as he is now the only single one out of his friends.
In Something Old, Ted cancels a meeting with a client to help Robin dig up her locket which was meant to be her "something old" at her wedding. He then tries to convince her that the locket not being there is not a sign that she shouldn't marry Barney. They end up holding hands and looking at each other sadly.
In Something New, Ted tells Lily that the reason he is moving to Chicago is to get away from Robin after Barney and Robin's wedding. He admits that he believes he still loves Robin and wants to make her happy. It is shown in a flashback that Robin was sad when Ted was going to marry Stella and dug up her locket herself. Lily tells Ted that Robin accidently left the locket in his apartment, forgetting to take it with her to Japan, so Ted decides to give it to Robin as a wedding gift, but Lily cautions him against it.
In The Locket, Ted has the race car pencil box and gets Lily out of his car to give his gift to Robin. It is revealed that the locket was not in the box and that it could be Los Angeles in Stella's storage unit. Ted gives Robin a photo of the whole group from 8 years ago as a wedding gift instead of her locket. He later promises Lily that he won't do anything insane that weekend. It is revealed that four days ago that Ted bought a ticket to L.A.
In The Broken Code After a lecture from Lily, she convinces Ted to have his one last drink with Barney, who when approaching him, reveals he saw Ted/Robin holding hands in the rain, and Ted drops an expensive bottle of scotch. Barney is rightfully annoyed, and replaces Ted as Best Man with William Zabka . Ted also reveals that he still has feelings for Robin.Marshall Skypes with the two of them, and tells them to recreate the scenario while the two of them hold hands. Ted admits to Barney he does have feelings for Robin, and that he would never do anything to get in the middle of them. Barney forgives him over a poker game, which irritates William Zabka.In a flash back to the fall of 2012 Platonish Ted is seen being flirty with Robin when they do their salute joke. Lily tells Ted that he and Robin are platonic. Barney comes in and says that Ted and Robin are not platonic. Later that night Marshall tells Ted that Robin is his girl. Ted and Marshall think how Ted could get Robin back. It involves Ted stealing the locked up Blue French Horn by cutting the lock. Ted later tells Marshall that there is no rush with him and Robin and that it will happen when it will happen. At that moment Barney is writing "The Robin".
In Unpause ,When Barney drinks too much, Ted and Robin take advantage of him and get him to reveal secrets he’s been hiding for years, such as who he has slept with, what he did to Ted's mom, his height, the ring bear, and his job.In Sunrise, Ted tells Robin why he and Victoria broke up (which she annoyed by), he is moving to Chicago, and we learn that Stella didn't have the locket, Victoria did. Victoria overnights it, but Jeanette intercepts it from Ted, and throws it off a bridge into a pond. That night, looking for Barney with Robin is when Ted finally lets go of Robin, during the Sunrise.
In The End of the Aisle, Robin panics about her wedding (foreshadowed in False Positive), in this state of panic she realizes that it was Ted who tracked down her locket Ted tells Robin that she loves Barney and that he would never do that to him. In her panic she thinks about running away, first using Ted as an excuse but when he doesn't agree she decides to run away by herself but a talk with The Mother makes her realize she loves Barney.In the finaleLast Forever - Part Two, In 2020 Ted is showing Penny the GNB tower when he runs into Robin. They hug and chat for a little. Later that year in Ted's wedding day, Robin who R.S.V.P'd that she wouldn't go to the wedding, shows up at the Bar, because Tracy convinced her. In 2030 after Ted finally finishes telling the kids the story of how he met their mother, the kids say Ted still has feelings for Aunt Robin and should call her. Ted shows up at Robins apartment with the Blue French Horn. She smiles down at him.
- Pilot - Ted meets Robin. After a date she invites him up for a one night stand. He tells her he loves her, which scares her and Ted leaves.
- Purple Giraffe - Ted's obsession leads him to throw three parties just to see Robin again. He kisses her on the roof, but the two decide to be friends since he's looking for something more serious than she is.
- Belly Full of Turkey - Ted and Robin help out at a soup kitchen where Barney volunteers.
- The Limo - Robin gives Ted a New Years kiss.
- The Wedding - Ted wants Robin to go with him to Stuart and Claudia's wedding, but she can't go in the end because she was offered to anchor the news that evening.
- Drumroll, Please - Robin is displeased when Ted meets Victoria at the wedding and Lily finds out it's because she has feelings for him.
- Cupcake - Robin presses Victoria into taking her fellowship in Germany so that her and Ted will break up, until realising this is a nasty thing to do and encourages Victoria to stay.
- Life Among the Gorillas - Robin helps Ted put together a care package for Victoria, who's in Germany. Ted gets an email from Victoria that she wants to talk and he thinks it's because she wants to break up with him. Later that night, he gets a call from Robin instead to come over.
- Nothing Good Happens After 2 A.M. - Ted goes over to Robin's place and lies to her that Victoria did break up with him. He and Robin end up making out on the couch. Ted excuses himself to call Victoria in the bathroom to break up with her, but realizes too late he had grabbed Robin's phone instead of his own. Robin answers Victoria's call from Ted's cell phone and finds out the two never broke up. She calls him out for cheating on his girlfriend, throws the phone at Ted and then retires to her bedroom alone.
- Mary the Paralegal - Robin brings her co-host Sandy to the LAMA rewards and in retaliation, Ted brings along Mary who Barney set him up with.
- Best Prom Ever - Robin forgives Ted and their friendship starts to be.
- Milk - Ted stands up his date when realizes he wants Robin, no one else.
- Come On - Ted and Robin get together after he supposedly made it rain so she couldn't go on the camping trip with Sandy.
- Where Were We? - Ted and Robin tell everyone else, except for Lily who fled to San Francisco, that they are an item.
- The Scorpion and the Toad - Ted and Robin confronts Lily who has returned and make a bet over whether Lily is upset over Marshall.
- Brunch - Robin meets Ted's parents for the first time.
- Ted Mosby: Architect - After a fight with Ted, Robin worries that Ted could be cheating on her. In the end, he wasn't, it was just Barney using his identity to get laid. Ted shows Robin his designs for a building.
- Atlantic City - Robin and Ted do everything possible to get Lily and Marshall married. Robin tells Ted that she never said she never wanted to get married.
- Slap Bet - Ted becomes extra curious about Robin's strange hatred of malls and attempts to pressure her into telling him.
- Single Stamina - Robin and Ted go into couple winter hibernation with Lily and Marshall and refuse to do anything fun with Barney.
- First Time In New York - First time Robin ever says "I love you" is to Ted after he convinces her little sister to not have sex with her punk boyfriend.
- Lucky Penny - Robin and Ted try to make it to Chicago so that Ted could be there for his interview, but past events makes the trip impossible.
- Stuff - Robin makes Ted get rid of his things that he got from ex-girlfriends. Likewise, Ted makes Robin give away her dogs because she got them from her ex-boyfriends. However, it turns out that Ted never actually gave his stuff away, though he pressured Robin to give away her dogs. They get into an argument about this and eventually decide to move in together.
- Moving Day - Ted tries to move in with Robin, but the two find the arrangement unbearable as they are incompatible.
- Showdown - This is the episode where Ted and Robin break up, but that is unknown until Something Blue.
- Something Blue - Barney finds out that Ted and Robin are broken up.
- Wait For It - Ted is upset that Robin moved on so quickly and thinks that means their break up didn't affect her at all.
- Slapsgiving - Ted and Robin backslide.
- The Goat - Ted is angry that Barney slept with Robin. He de-broes him, but still retains a friendship with Robin.
- Shelter Island - Robin confronts Ted about him rushing into a marriage with Stella and tells him this is not the ending to a grand love story that he deserves. Angry at her, Ted tells her that if she truly feels that way, then it's a good thing she's not coming to the wedding after all.
- Not a Father's Day - Ted and Robin help Lily decide whether it's the right time for her and Marshall to have a baby. Robin moves in with Ted.
- Benefits - Ted and Robin turn to casual sex with each other to make living together more bearable. It is clear they no longer have feelings for each other.
- The Front Porch - Ted asks Robin to be his back up wife in case the two of them are still single at 40.
- Mosbius Designs - Ted is angry at Robin for sleeping with his assistant, PJ. Robin helps him get "Mosbius Designs" off the ground by him practicing a fake client call with her.
- The Three Days Rule - Robin reveals to Ted that his texts from Holly is really Barney and Marshall playing a prank on him.
- Robin 101 - Ted apologizes to Robin for teaching a Robin 101 class to Barney, who's now her boyfriend. Robin asks him if her dating Barney is a mistake, and he tells her that he doesn't know if it's a mistake, but he's seen Barney get women and get rid of women, but he's never seen a time where he keeps one around, meaning her.
- Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap - After retrieving Marshall's grand turkey, he bestows Robin and Ted the fourth slap to give to Barney. Ted and Robin argue about who gets to do the slap, but in the end, they give the slap to Marshall.
- Jenkins - Robin gloats in Ted's face that she's more popular with his students than he is. Ted discovers that her popularity with his students is only because of the "but um" drinking game. Robin gets even with them when she says "but um" more often than before, leaving him and his students a horrible hang over the next morning.
- Rabbit or Duck - Ted teases Robin that she's in love with Don. He escorts her to her "date" with Don, but when Robin discovers him trying the "Naked Man" on her, she rejects him. She cleans up at the apartment and sends Ted out to go on his date.
- Twin Beds - Ted fights with Barney over their love for Robin.
- Cleaning House - Robin sets Ted up with a friend of hers.
- Baby Talk - Robin is upset that Ted is dating Becky, her annoying co-host. Ted tells her that it's because she makes him feel needed, unlike Robin who took care of everything when they were together. Robin then goes to Barney who comforts her and tells her that it is good that she's not needy.
- Bad News - Ted helps Robin out after Sandy reveals all of Robin's embarrassing moments to everyone at work.
- Hopeless - Ted and Robin pretend to be dating under Barney's orders. Robin is not happy with this. In the process, Ted messes up the chance for Robin to reunite with her lost crush. He becomes upset with her when he finds out she was crushing on this guy since he and Robin were dating. It is revealed that both Ted and fantasised about other people when they were dating each other.
- The Burning Beekeeper - Robin and Ted fight over Robin's temper and Ted's fear of confrontation. In the end, they make up and tell each other their quirks is what makes them so cool.
- Symphony of Illumination - After Robin finds out she's infertile, Ted tries to cheer her up with an elaborate Christmas display.
- The Drunk Train - Robin reveals to Ted that she's infertile and that's the reason why her engagement with Kevin ended. A lonely Ted, who thinks Robin is his last chance of love, tells her he can look past that because he loves her. In her vulnerable state Robin considers his proposition.
- No Pressure - Ted thinks this is his chance to win back Robin, but Lily points out to him that even though he hasn't settled down in the last five years, he hasn't settled down with Robin either. Robin tellsTed she doesn't love him and Ted calls off their "single-at-40" deal. Marshall tells Robin to move out.
- Karma - Since Robin rejected him, Ted ignores Robin for weeks on end. He tries to figure out what to do with her old room. She and Ted hardly hang out anymore.
- The Broath - Ted and Robin compete over Quinn's apartment. Robin gives it to him in the end, hoping their friendship can be restored.
- Now We're Even - Ted and Robin are still awkward around each other, but a near fatal helicopter crash makes Ted finally text Robin to let her know that he's glad she's okay.
- Good Crazy - Barney tries to clean Ted's palette by hooking him up with various women, but Ted keeps imagining Robin. He finally decides to make things right with her and goes to find her, but she tells him Lily's in labor.
- The Magician's Code - Part One - With baby Marvin's birth, Ted and Robin reconcile.
- The Magician's Code - Part Two - Robin urges him to go after Victoria because she's the only one he's ever dated that could have ended up being the one for him.
- Nannies - Ted and Robin compete over who has the best relationship, but both admit in the end that neither of them are truly happy with their significant others.
- The Autumn of Break-Ups - Victoria agrees to Ted's proposal under one condition, that he doesn't see Robin anymore. She feels that Robin is the reason why her and Ted's relationship isn't progressing. Ted tells Victoria that Robin is like family to him and he can't just stop seeing her. She breaks up with him and Ted decides not to tell Robin, but Future Ted alludes that Robin will eventually find out.
- The Final Page - Part Two - Ted urges Robin to go after Barney.
- Band or DJ? - Ted agonizes over Robin getting married to Barney because he believes she should be with him, though he admits this is selfish.
- Something Old - Ted cancels a meeting with a client to help Robin dig up her locket which was meant to be her "something old". He then tries to convince her that the locket not being there is not a sign that she shouldn't marry Barney.
- Something New - It is revealed in a flashback that Robin got drunk over losing Ted as a backup husband to Stella, prompting her to dig up her locket with Lily when she realized that.
- The Locket - Ted gives Robin a photo of the group from 8 years ago as a wedding gift.
- Platonish - In a flashback it is revealed that Ted thought he had all the time in the world to pursue Robin again while Barney was actually already planning to propose to her. Marshall tells Ted that he still has a chance with Robin, but Lily thinks they are just friends.
- Sunrise - Ted and Robin talk about his past relationships and Ted finally lets go of her.
- The End of the Aisle - Robin panics about her wedding (foreshadowed in False Positive), in this state of panic she realizes that it was Ted who tracked down her locket (it is revealed that Ted jumped of the bridge to retrieve the locket) and, due to her stressed state, thinks it might be a sign she shouldn't marry Barney. Ted tells Robin that she loves Barney and that he would never do that to him. In her panic she thinks about running away, first using Ted as an excuse but when he doesn't agree she decides to run away by herself, but a talk with the mother makes her realize she loves Barney.
- Last Forever - Part Two - In the series finale in 2030 Ted's kids give him permission to start dating Robin again, after it is revealed that their mother died six years ago. Ted appears at Robin's apartment window with the Blue French Horn, echoing the Pilot episode, and Robin smiles as the series concludes.
Notes and Trivia
- It is ambiguous, according to Carter Bays' tweet if they get back together in the finale.
- Not according to the deleted scenes; Ted and Robins lunch together and Lily paying Marshall the money for the bet they had that Ted and Robin would end up together. However, Carter Bays has stated on his twitter that these scenes were cut because they were not comfortable implying that the two get back together so directly
- DVD Special Feature: All Out of Spoilers - A look back at How I Met Your Mother. Carter Bays: "The show was planned right from the beginning. The big guide posts along the way; we kinda knew where we were going to get to. At some point in Season 1 initially felt like; look at how great Ted and Robin are together, how can we do it any other way than have them end up together?"
- They have been compared by fans of the show to to Ross and Rachel from Friends. Though the similarities are minimal.