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How I Met Your Mother Episode: "Rabbit or Duck"

Season 5, Episode 15
Episode Synopsis: Lily and Marshall are tasked with setting Ted up on a blind date for Valentine's Day, and they only have a week to find the perfect woman. Meanwhile, Robin's invited to a party by her obnoxious colleague. Jim Nantz and Phil Simms appear as themselves, providing voice-over commentary on Barney's dating life.
Original Air Date: Feb 8, 2010
Guest Cast Marshall Manesh: Ranjit Phil Simms: Himself Ben Koldyke: Don Jim Nantz: Himself Bob Saget
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Season 5, Episode 15
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Length: 20:42:06
Aired: 2/8/2010
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How I Met Your Mother Episode Recap: "Rabbit or Duck" Season 5, Episode 15

This week is chock-full of Valentine's Day romantic escapades. Ted puts Marshall and Lily in charge of his romantic future — that is, he asks them to choose his perfect woman for him. Meanwhile, Barney tries his most successful girl-getting tactic yet, but it turns out to be too successful. And Robin wrestles with whether or not to date her obnoxious coworker, Don.

Future Ted starts off by telling a story about how all of his friends watched the 2010 Super Bowl in his apartment. Well, all but Barney. Cut to a shot of Barney in the Miami stadium, holding up a big sign that says, "Hey ladies, Call Barney Stinson." (It's a 555 number in the episode, but the sign had a real number during the actual Super Bowl telecast. Did anyone else actually call it? I called and got a recorded message from Barney, setting up a date at MacLaren's in 2016.)

Later, at MacLaren's, Barney comes in with Ranjit and brags about his terrific idea. Apparently his phone is now ringing nonstop, which means that he has "infinity" girls to hook up with now. Ranjit is going to be Barney's personal chauffeur for the next week as Barney hooks up with hundreds of women because Barney doesn't want to take the subway. ("You know...germs," he says.) The plan works immediately, because a girl who's just texted Barney waltzes up to their table and says, "Wow, you are the guy from the Super Bowl." Barney smirks. "Magic phone, guys. Magic phone."

Robin comes to the table and immediately starts whining about her pants-less, completely unprofessional co-anchor, Don. His latest offense? Asking Robin out during a live telecast. She had to say yes because she didn't want to turn him down in front of viewers. After some prodding, Marshall gets her to admit that Don didn't technically ask her out — he just mentioned that he was having some friends over and she should drop by. Robin insists that it's a date...mostly because she likes Don more than she's letting on, and she wants it to be a date. (But she still insists that she hates him.)

Barney returns to the table, beyond excited about all the different text messages he's getting. Ted suggests that Barney close the deal with the girl he has in the bar before answering his texts. Barney explains that he can't hook up with a girl if there's a hotter girl waiting in the wings. "Isn't there always a hotter girl?" Lily asks. Ted agrees wholeheartedly, and because he's Ted, he applies it to his own love life. "There are too many options," he says. Ranjit observes that he had it easy because he had an arranged marriage that worked out pretty well. For some reason, Ted thinks this sounds like a good idea and asks Marshall and Lily to find him a wife — or at least a girl for a double date on Valentine's Day.

Marshall agrees, then turns the conversation back to Robin and Don. He insists that Robin really does like Don, deep down. Ted explains that it's like one of those optical illusion things: the rabbit or the duck (http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Rabbit-DuckIllusion.html). Just when you think you're seeing a rabbit, you look at it again and realize it's a duck. (Am I the only one who sees the duck first?) Marshall notes that relationships are like that — right now, Robin thinks that Don is a duck, which she hates; but soon she'll realize that he's something she likes better — a rabbit. Ted agrees, but says that Marshall has it backwards: Ducks are good and rabbits are bad. They argue about this for a while. Finally, Marshall concedes.

Robin says that Don is and always will be a rabbit. Ted says he's not so sure...because Don = Donald = Donald Duck, who wears no pants. Lawyered.

Meanwhile, Barney is having his own troubles. His phone keeps ringing incessantly, and his need to see what's waiting in the wings is keeping him from closing the deal with any girl. (There's even one who can put her leg behind her neck and open a beer bottle with her big toe. But Barney keeps succumbing to the lure of the Magic Phone.)

On Valentine's Day, Marshall and Lily realize they forgot to find Ted's perfect woman. They start a frantic search to find a suitable girl — which ends up getting Marshall pepper sprayed. Marshall hopes Ted just forgot about their deal.

Of course, he hasn't. He's getting all blazered up for his big date, but Robin asks him to come to Don's party with her for a few minutes. He does, but he tells her that if it looks like things might happen between her and Don, he's going to "duck out." Robin tells him that nothing's going to happen. (See Famous Words, Last.) Robin opens the door and is surprised by Don, who is totally surprising her with the Naked Man. (He read about it in "some guy's" blog.) Ted splits. Robin is horrified and begins to realize that Don really is just a rabbit.

Ted goes on his date, and Marshall explains that they found a great girl — from one of Barney's phone calls. It's the leg-behind-the-head girl that Barney ditched earlier. And her visa is about to expire, so she needs to get married soon. But Ted decides she's not for him. His intentions aren't exactly honorable, though — he's gotten his hands on Barney's phone, and he has another hot date waiting for him at MacLaren's. Barney chases Ted to MacLaren's, where they fight over the phone until Marshall intervenes and Lily drops the phone into a pitcher of beer.

Ted and Robin head back to their apartment to celebrate Valentine's Day with a couple of beers and a movie. They commiserate about their failed romance attempts, and Ted complains that being single involves so much running around "just to find that person you can sit around and put off cleaning the bathroom with." Robin smiles. "Well, the joke's on the rest of the world, because we can do that on our own." Thankfully, this scene does not turn into a re-hooking up (the dim lights and the music had me worried for a second).

The next day at the news station, Don apologizes profusely for what happened the night before. He tells Robin that she's a phenomenal newscaster and deserves a co-anchor who takes his job seriously. He offers to get her coffee, and Robin notices that he's wearing pants. Looks like Don's realized that he has to try a little harder to impress Robin who's starting to realize that Don does resemble a duck after all.

Thoughts? Did you enjoy the episode? What do you guys think of Don's reappearance? And did anyone else call Barney during the Super Bowl? Sound off in the comments!

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This week is chock-full of Valentine's Day romantic escapades. Ted puts Marshall and Lily in charge of his romantic future — that is, he asks them to choose his perfect woman for him. Meanwhile, Barney tries his most successful girl-getting tactic yet, but it turns out to be too successful. And Robin wrestles with whether or not to date her obnoxious coworker, Don.

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