When Marshall and Lily fear they will never get pregnant, they see a specialist who can hopefully help move the process along while Marshall's parents pay him a surprise visit at a less than opportune time.  
 
The episode also includes a 50 to 1 countdown.

Pop Culture Connections - Outgoing

It refers to these movies...

Drowning By Numbers

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This Movie is referred to by Bad News part of How I Met Your Mother Season 6
Throughout the episode, big numbers appear on ordinary objects counting down from 50 to 1. This is a countdown from the beginning to the eventual bad news which is told right after the "1" is shown. The countdown was an idea taken from the 1988 film Drowning by Numbers; through the course of that film, the numbers 1 to 100 appear in order, sometimes seen in the background, and sometimes spoken by the film's characters.
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The Karate Kid
part of The Karate Kid

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This Movie is referred to by Bad News part of How I Met Your Mother Season 6
When Robin begins to tell Ted about her good day at work, Ted thinks she used his evidence against Sandy and yells "Put him in a body bag!" That is a line from the final fight of 'Karate Kid'.
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It refers to these television episodes...

How I Met Your Mother:
Season:  2  / Episode:  13 
Columns

This Television Episode is referred to by Bad News part of How I Met Your Mother Season 6
On her first day working at World News, Robin's co-worker digs up embarrassing footage of Robin. One of the clips shown is of Robin wearing ridiculous makeup on television. This clip is from the episode 'Columns' when Robin fires her make up artist just before going on air to read the news. The make up artist gets revenge by painting Robin to look like a clown.

How I Met Your Mother:
Season:  5  / Episode:  24 
Doppelgangers

This Television Episode is referred to by Bad News part of How I Met Your Mother Season 6
Lily and Marshall's contract with the universe is brought back from the season 5 finale, "Doppelgangers".

How I Met Your Mother:
Season:  5  / Episode:  11 
Last Cigarette Ever

This Television Episode is referred to by Bad News part of How I Met Your Mother Season 6
Marshall talks to his dad on the phone about his Viking lamp as mentioned in "Last Cigarette Ever".

How I Met Your Mother:
Season:  2  / Episode:  14 
Monday Night Football

This Television Episode is referred to by Bad News part of How I Met Your Mother Season 6
Barney wears Ted's "Sensory Deprivation Glasses" while at Lily's appointment with Dr. Stangle. The sensory deprivation glasses first appeared in the episode' Monday Night Football'.

How I Met Your Mother:
Season:  1  / Episode:  4 
Return of the Shirt

This Television Episode is referred to by Bad News part of How I Met Your Mother Season 6
Sandy Rivers embarrasses Robin in front of her new co-workers by showing a clip of Robin's news report on a Hansome Cab Driver, when Robin was trying to be serious with her report, but falls off the cab into a pile of horse manure.

How I Met Your Mother:
Season:  3  / Episode:  16 
Sandcastles in the Sand

This Television Episode is referred to by Bad News part of How I Met Your Mother Season 6
Robin is embarrassed at work when her co-workers dig up footage of her as her days of being "Robin Sparkles" singing her song 'Sandcastles in the Sand'. This music video was first shown in the episode 'Sandcastles in the Sand'.

How I Met Your Mother:
Season:  4  / Episode:  5 
Shelter Island

This Television Episode is referred to by Bad News part of How I Met Your Mother Season 6
On Robin's first day working at World News, Sandy Rivers digs up old footage of Robin's career to embarrass her. One of the clips shown is of Robin working in Japan while a chimpanzee throws marshmallows at her, seen in the episode 'Shelter Island'.

It refers to these songs...

Shipoopi
written by

This Song is referred to by Bad News part of How I Met Your Mother Season 6
Robin says that her co-workers at her new job call her "Scherpoopie." This is a reference to Shipoopi, a song from The Music Man.

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How I Met Your Mother Season 6

# Title Air Date
How I Met Your Mother
6:1 Big Days Sep 20, 2010
6:2 Cleaning House Sep 27, 2010
6:3 Unfinished Oct 4, 2010
6:4 Subway Wars Oct 11, 2010
6:5 Architect of Destruction Oct 18, 2010
6:6 Baby Talk Oct 25, 2010
6:7 Canning Randy Nov 1, 2010
6:8 Natural History Nov 8, 2010
6:9 Glitter Nov 15, 2010
6:10 Blitzgiving Nov 22, 2010
6:11 The Mermaid Theory Dec 6, 2010
6:12 False Positive Dec 13, 2010
6:13 Bad News Jan 3, 2011
6:14 Last Words Jan 17, 2011
6:15 Oh Honey Feb 7, 2011
6:16 Desperation Day Feb 14, 2011
6:17 Garbage Island Feb 21, 2011
6:18 A Change of Heart Feb 28, 2011
6:19 Legendaddy Mar 21, 2011
6:20 The Exploding Meatball Sub Apr 11, 2011
6:21 Hopeless Apr 18, 2011
6:22 The Perfect Cocktail May 2, 2011
6:23 Landmarks May 9, 2011
6:24 Challenge Accepted May 16, 2011

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Bad News
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