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
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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 Barney is "taking a leak" after disappearing, he sticks out his head facing North (from the spectators point of view, merely, towards Ted's room). We know that the bathroom is actually facing West (spectator's point of view, again. Opposite the kitchen). Is he peeing on a plant? If so, why does Marshall seems so cool about it? See more
, Robin Scherbatsky
I have something to tell you...
No, you first.
I found a 1939 penny in the subway. Think of the history this penny...
Lily is back in New York.
She is? Why did you let me go first?
It Was Love
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