How I Met Your Mother: Season 2, Episode 2

The Scorpion and the Toad (25 Sep. 2006)

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Barney gets Marshall back out on the singles market, but Barney keeps taking all the prospects from him. And Ted's convinced that Lily is back because she wants Marshall back, even though she says she's never been better.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Garza ...
Ken Cosby ...
Cab Driver
Crazy Man
Lee Warren Jones ...
Amy (as Lara Boyd Rhodes)
Art Professor


Barney feels that its time for Marshall to get out in the dating scene once again. He likens Marshall being single to a kid in a candy store, with any candy ready for his picking. Barney tells him that he'll be Marshall's wing man in picking up girls. Their nights out don't quite work out that way, but when the opportunity finally arrives for Marshall and a potential date, Marshall doesn't seem to know what to do. Meanwhile, Robin receives a surprise visit: from Lily. Lily implies that she had the best summer in San Francisco, not only with the art fellowship, but with life overall. Robin tells Ted about Lily's return, the two who argue about whether they should tell Marshall. But when Ted finally sees Lily, he has a different point of view. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama | Romance





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The name of the bar Marshall and Barney enter (which is also the title of this episode) "The Scorpion and the Toad" is a reference to the fable by Aesop ("The Frog and the Scorpion" in the original translation). In the fable a scorpion asks a frog to carry him over a river, promising not to sting him. Halfway across he stings the frog anyway and they both drown, the scorpion saying "it's my nature" - the point being that some creatures (or people) "just can't help being who they are", the motif of this episode. See more »


When they're sitting in the diner, a girl in a white hoodie is seen walking to a table behind Lily and sitting down. There's a shot of Ted, and when the camera goes back to Lily, the girl takes her seat again. See more »


Older Ted Mosby: About hangovers - everyone has their own special remedy.
Waiter: Morning guys, what can I get you?
Lily Aldrin: Shhh!
[Pats her head]
Lily Aldrin: Bring me the dirtiest, greasiest tuna melt you got. And a milkshake.
Waiter: For you, sir?
Ted Mosby: Gravy.
Waiter: You want that gravy on something?
Ted Mosby: Surprise me.
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Neil Patrick Harris Does It Again
25 November 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Another great episode of "How I Met Your Mother" that heavily features Barney Stinson. Neil Patrick Harris, take a now sir. Every time there is a great episode of this show, it's him that delivers

Plot In A Paragraph: Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) feels that its time for Marshall (Jason Segel) to get out in the dating scene once again. He appoints himself Marshall's wing man in picking up girls. Their nights out don't quite work out the way Marshal imagined. Meanwhile, Lily (Alyson Hannigan) turns up at Robins Robin (Cobie Smulders) apartment saying that she had the best summer of her life in San Francisco.

Ted (Josh Radnor) doesn't have much to do here, this episode is knocked out of the park by a delightfully fun Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel and Alyson Hannigan.

One of my favourite episodes.

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