‘The Pineapple Incident‘ is the tenth episode in the first season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It aired in 2005 and is the highest viewed episode of that season. It is also the second-highest viewed during the nine seasons of HIMYM.
The Pineapple Incident: Plot
One fine evening, Barney, Marshall, and Lily criticize Ted for overthinking every aspect of his life and not let things happen naturally. Meanwhile, Barney convinces Ted to take five shots of ‘Red Dragon’. Ted strongly believes that he can still function wisely even under the influence of alcohol. But shortly he loses his senses and blacks out.
He wakes up the next morning with a girl he doesn’t remember beside him in bed, a pineapple on his nightstand, and a sprained ankle. He also finds out that his coat has been partially burnt. Eventually, the answers to everything except the pineapple are figured out as the episode advances.
The Pineapple Mystery: Where did he get it from?
The plot starts when one night Ted got really drunk and woke up the next morning with two unusual things. He had no idea about the girl he woke up with and also a pineapple that lied there. After discussing the events with the girl, he found out who she was. But the pineapple thing still remained a mystery to him and the audience.
The Pineapple Incident: Explained
Everyone was bewildered about this incident for many years and demanded the answers. Finally, Buzzfeed released an exclusive deleted scene from HIMYM complete DVD series.
In season 9, episode 20, the entire cast including Daisy, Ted, Marshall, and Barney team up to find Lily and end up at the Captain’s house. While leaving his house, Ted notices a pineapple placed outside the doorway.
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The Captain explained Ted about a unique sea captain tradition. It was to keep a pineapple on the porch as a symbol of good hospitality. On hearing this, Ted got the flashback of 2005 night when he was drunk.
In a drunken state, while walking around the city Ted happens to cross by the Captain’s house. While Ted was passing by the Captain’s house, he took his pineapple. Thus, in this way, the traditionally placed pineapple got stolen and landed in Ted’s house.