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Double Date 

Ted goes on a blind date with the same woman he went on a blind date with seven years ago, and Barney and Marshall find Lily's stripper look-alike.


Pamela Fryman


Carter Bays (created by), Craig Thomas (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Josh Radnor ... Ted Mosby
Jason Segel ... Marshall Eriksen
Cobie Smulders ... Robin Scherbatsky
Neil Patrick Harris ... Barney Stinson
Alyson Hannigan ... Lily Aldrin / Jasmine
Lindsay Sloane ... Jen
Rizwan Manji ... Dr. Vikash
Molly Prather ... Judy
Alyssa Julya Smith ... April
Clyde Tull ... Minister Giles


In 2009, Ted goes on a blind date with a woman named Jen. It isn't until they're at the restaurant about ready to order that they both come to the realization that they are reliving the same blind date they had with each other in 2002. This date is going about as well as that first one did, but as they come to the conclusion that their dating lives have pretty much stalled in that seven years, they decide to relive the remainder of that date from seven years ago to learn why they make such bad first impressions. But as they learn what they did wrong, will those turn into rights for the two of them, or will wrongs always be wrongs? Meanwhile, Barney comes up with a plan to hijack Marshall without either Robin or Lily knowing what's going on. The reason is that Barney has come to the conclusion that Marshall's life is controlled by Lily and in Barney's mind he needs to get out and have some guy's fun. So Barney takes him to a strip club. There, Marshall opens up about how he fantasizes ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

28 September 2009 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robin is wearing the wishbone necklace Lily wore in season one. Zoey is seen with the same one in "oh honey". This could be explained by Robin borrowing the necklace from Lily in "double date" and by lily and Marshall selling their stuff online and zoey buying the necklace before "oh honey" See more »


When Ted (Josh Radnor) and Jen (Lindsay Sloane) step down from the ledge onto the roof, tape marks where the actors are meant to stand can clearly be seen. See more »


Barney Stinson: Guess who got four tickets to the the origins of Chewbaca exhibit?
Lily Aldrin: Why?
Barney Stinson: No, I said who.
Lily Aldrin: I heard you.
Robin Scherbatsky: Isn't it a little early in our relationship to be doing things that would end our relationship?
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Featured in How I Met Your Mother: Doppelgangers (2010) See more »


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A nice episode, but only fair compared to episodes from season 1 to 3
2 May 2013 | by axel-kochSee all my reviews

This is another one of the rather ridiculous How I Met Your Mother episodes, as its plot is about Ted having a blind date with a girl he's had a blind date with 7 years ago. Of course, to bring up great jokes, we see both dates side by side as they run down practically identically. Lindsay Sloane plays Ted's date Jen and I really liked her, the two had a nice connection. The other story part is about the first double date of Marshall & Lily and Barney & Robin. It's a relatively unconventional double date as it sets place in a strip club in which Barney and Marshall had found a stripper doppelgänger of Lily earlier.

This episode contained one laugh-out-loud-moment for me, when Barney tries to prove to Robin that he isn't visiting this strip club that often which absolutely fails. There are a couple of other well-written gags in it as well which at least made me smirk. The plot is better than average on this show and everything was executed well, therefore "Double Date" didn't disappoint me. However, there are a lot of little flaws such as the stupid final scene or Robin suddenly being totally pro- relationship. Great fans will really like it, though.

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