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
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This episode bares resemblance to "The Tell-tale Heart" story by Edgar Allan Poe. Barney is the narrator being driven slowly mad by the sound of a beating heart of a murdered man represented by the ringing of his magic phone. See more
(at around 20 mins) When Ted finds Barney's phone and answers it, a person appears to walk past the window of the apartment. However, it is actually a reflection of Robin continuing to clean (you can see the yellow gloves she is wearing to do so). See more
[gesturing to Robin's pint glass
That beer looks a little flat.
Turkey in the Straw
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