Barney runs into problems when he displays his cell phone number during the Super Bowl, Ted asks Marshall and Lily to arrange a marriage for him, and Robin thinks that her co-anchor has asked her out on a date.



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Episode cast overview:
Don Frank (as Ben Koldyke)
Jim Nantz ...
Jim Nantz (voice)
Phil Simms (voice)


There's a fine line between love and hate, which is evident for the gang in the lead up to Valentine's Day 2010. Ted uses the analogy of the picture that seen one way looks like a duck ("love" in most of their minds, except for Marshall), and seen another way looks like a rabbit ("hate"). To Robin, her co-anchor Don is a rabbit, so she is perturbed when she thinks his invitation to a Valentine's Day party at his place is a date. To Ted, all he can see around him are rabbits. He feels he doesn't have any problem attracting women, but it's choosing the duck with which he has the problem. So he decides for this Valentine's Day, he's going to leave the choosing of his duck to who he sees as the ultimate duck choosers, Marshall and Lily (since they both found each other). And Barney thinks that his self-advertising sign with his phone number shown during the Super Bowl is a certain way that he will have his choice of a duck for Valentine's. His problem may not be finding a duck, but ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance






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8 February 2010 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


In the episode of "Rabbit or Duck," Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) is seen on the TV screen during a Super Bowl game holding a sign that says "Hey Ladies Call Barney Stinson 1-917-555-0197." The letters C, B, and S from "Call Barney Stinson" is highlighted boldly to represent the CBS network. See more »


When Lily and Marshall are thinking of girls to set Ted up with, Marshall suggests Natalie but in 1.04 (Return of the shirt) at the end the narrator says that Natalie was married within 1 year and has a kid, so at this time (5 years later) Natalie is married and has a kid. See more »


Marshall Eriksen: Well, dog my cats! I think I know what's going on here. Robin... did you WANT Don to ask out?
Robin Scherbatsky: Whaaat?
[In a high voice; huffs]
Robin Scherbatsky: Nooo, I HATE Don! I-I-I can't stop thinking how much I hate him, it's like, it's like... all the time. I just wanna attack him and rip his stupid clothes off and spank him with his little paddle until his bum's all red. SHUT UP!
[Leaves the table]
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References Caddyshack (1980) See more »


Written and Performed by Haroula Rose
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A Great Episode To Season 5
1 July 2010 | by (Valhalla) – See all my reviews

When Lily and Marshall forget to fix up Ted on a blind date for Valentine's Day, they use one of Barney's many discarded girls to see if they may become Ted's future wife. Meanwhile, Robin's obnoxious colleague invites her to a party at his apartment. This Episode Is A Really Funny Episode. It Feels Like I Haven't Reviewed A HIMYM Episode In A Year. This Episode Has Intelligent & Funny Jokes Like Barney Being Traumatised By His Phone & Ted Being Hooked On His Phone. This However Is Not My Favourite Episode Of Season 5 To Me I Personally Like "Girls V.S Suits" Because It Shows Barney Making One Of The Biggest Sacrifices Of His Life. This Is An Entertaining Episode None The Less. Can't Wait Until Season 6.

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