How I Met Your Mother: Season 5, Episode 24

Doppelgangers (24 May 2010)

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Marshall and Lily think they've spotted Barney's doppelganger, which means that they can start trying to have a baby, but it's really Barney in disguise. Meanwhile, Ted goes blonde and Robin considers taking an anchor job in Chicago.



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Episode cast overview:
Don Frank (as Ben Koldyke)
Brianna Belladonna ...


A couple of weeks after they make the vow to start a family if they see Barney's doppelgänger - the last of the five whose doppelgänger has not been seen - Lily and Marshall see that person in the form of a cabbie. They even telephone Barney to see if it isn't him in yet another scam to meet and sleep with women. They however decide not to tell anyone of their decision. When Marshall learns that the cabbie they saw really was Barney and not his doppelgänger, Marshall has by that time gotten into his mind that he really does want to start a family. As such, will he tell Lily the truth, she who seems to need that sign from the universe to embark on this important step in their lives? Meanwhile, Robin receives what she considers an offer for her dream job, that as a news anchor. The problem is that the job is in Chicago. Leaving her four friends would be difficult enough, but she isn't sure if she wants to leave Don, who she is finally meshing with both professionally and personally. She... Written by Huggo

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[Marshall and Lily scream]
Ted Mosby: Quick question. How are you guys going to handle the whole Santa thing? I'm thinking just be honest. Aw, Hell. I'll dress up.
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In the final episode of season five of "How I Met Your Mother" we have a few laughs in a classic episode

Plot In A Paragraph: Intent on letting the universe decide when they have a baby, Marshall and Lily are still waiting till they see Barney's doppelgänger before trying for a baby. They are delighted when they see Barney doppelgänger is a New York City taxi driver. Marshall rings Barney at work to confirm its not him, using a disguise to pull women and when he has a phone conversation with him, they decide to try for a baby. Meanwhile the gang trick Ted into dying is hair blond and Robin considers moving to Chicago for a great job opportunity.

The doppelgänger running joke has been a lot of fun, as was Ted dyeing his hair. Sadly this episode brought us back to the Ted and Robin romance (which this reviewer wish not a fan of) again, which may be played out over season 6.

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