How I Met Your Mother: Season 7, Episode 3

Ducky Tie (26 Sep. 2011)

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At the Architect's Ball, Ted runs into Victoria, who tells him that she's getting married. Meanwhile, Barney places an unlikely wager with Marshall and Lily in order to see Lily's breasts.



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The five friends are having dinner at Shinjitsu, a Japanese teppanyaki. It's Marshall's favorite restaurant, while Barney hates it there. Two topics of conversation emerge for the evening. The first is if Barney can perform a prescribed series of teppanyaki chef moves, which ends up being a bet between Barney and Marshall/Lily. If Barney wins the bet, he can touch Lily's now emerged ample pregnancy breasts. If Barney loses the bet, he has to wear Marshall's rubber ducky emblazoned tie for one year, the tie which he thinks is hideous. After they make the bet, Marshall and Lily have to figure out if Barney is hustling them - as it begins to look like Barney maneuvered their way to the restaurant without initially looking like he did - since Barney winning the bet could perhaps be their worst nightmare. The second is Ted's recent encounter with ex-girlfriend Victoria, who was the dessert caterer at the architect's ball. Their meeting ignited old feelings between the two, some good and ... Written by Huggo

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In the scene where Ted took Victoria to the bus, you can see that the license plates from the bus are from California not from New York. See more »


There are numerous continuity errors when the chef is cooking on the stove top, including disappearing/reappearing oil bottles and the cart that the chef first brings over missing in some shots. See more »


Barney Stinson: [Eating with chopsticks] Has anyone gotten a bite yet?
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Ducky Tie And Lilly's Boobs
3 February 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I feel like I write this paragraph a lot, but It needs to be said... Neil Patrick Harris knocks it out if the park once again as Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother, as the second episode of season seven, maintains its great start.

Plot In A Paragraph: In the previous episode, Ted ran into Victoria at the Architect's Ball. Since Victoria is doing the catering for the event, Ted decides to wipe his karmic slate clean by helping her clean up. Meanwhile Barney makes a crazy wager with Marshall and Lily in order to see Lily's breasts.

Any episode that features the brilliant Neil Patrick Harris's character Barney Stinson in the main storyline is always excellent. And the "Lilly's Boobs Bet" was great fun. I could go on and on about the brilliance of this episode, and in particular Neil Patrick Harris but I won't bore you with it. Alyson Hannigan and Jason Segel are both excellent here too.

Whilst I was glad the delightful Ashley Williams returned as Victoria, I'm disappointed it only looks live a fleeting return. She remains my favourite of Ted's women.

This was the best episode in a long time.

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