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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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 »


Barney Stinson: Being a bachelor in New York is like... what's something that everyone likes?
Marshall Eriksen: Candy?
Barney Stinson: Yes. It's like being in a candy store, and all you have to do is grab a couple of Whoppers. Is Whoppers the best one?
Ted Mosby: Mounds?
Barney Stinson: Nah.
Marshall Eriksen: Milk Duds?
Barney Stinson: Nah.
Ted Mosby: Gobstoppers?
Barney Stinson: Um...
Older Ted Mosby: This went on for hours, so I'll skip right to the end.
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