How I Met Your Mother: Season 6, Episode 16

Desperation Day (14 Feb. 2011)

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Lily goes to Minnesota to bring Marshall back, but he's not ready to leave yet. Meanwhile, Ted and Zoey's relationship gets off to a rocky start, and Barney searches for a female "victim" the night before Valentine's Day.



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It's approaching Valentine's Day 2011, and romance is not looking good for most of the gang. Robin and Barney have a laser tag date as friends on the actual day. Robin, single and proud of it, is spending the day before Valentine's Day with some single girlfriends in protest of the Hallmark day. Barney has renamed the 13th Desperation Day for all the single, desperate women who feel the need to hook-up with anyone by the end of the day so as not to be alone on the 14th. In his protest against this desperation, he vows to be home by midnight alone so that he say he doesn't have a date on Valentine's. Even Lily and Marshall are going to be apart on Valentine's as Marshall is still in Minnesota helping his mother after the passing of his father. Lily decides she needs to be with Marshall so makes an impromptu trip to Minnesota to be with her husband. What Lily sees at the Eriksen household is not quite what she expects. And Ted and Zoey have decided to take their relationship at a ... Written by Huggo

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The shirt that Marshall wears throughout the episode says 'Tarkenton Physical Education' on it. Fran Tarkenton was the quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings for most of the 60s and 70s where Marshall is from. See more »


When Marshall shows up while Lily is watching Predator (1987), we can hear Arnold Schwarzenegger saying "Come on, come on. Kill me! I'm here... Kill Me!" Then, a few seconds later, we hear machine gun fire. There is no machine gun fire in the movie "Predator" after Schwarzenegger says those lines. These lines are right after he and the Predator physically fight and Schwarzenegger is tempting the Predator into his trap. See more »


Barney Stinson: Loneliness... the looming specter of Valentine's Day fast approaching... the two key ingredients to my favorite day of the year - February 13th, Desperation Day.
Robin Scherbatsky: That's not a thing
Barney Stinson: It's a thing. Much like Valentine's Day itself, Desperation Day dates back thousands of years.
[Visualizes Roman-era wedding]
Barney Stinson: Weddings were forbidden under ancient Roman law, so St. Valentine performed them in secret, under threat of death.
Ted Mosby: That's actually true.
Barney Stinson: Wait. There's more.
Ted Mosby: This won't be.
Barney Stinson: And right by St. ...
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