How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
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The Scorpion and the Toad 

Barney gets Marshall back out on the singles market, but Barney keeps taking all the prospects from him. And Ted's convinced that Lily is back because she wants Marshall back, even though she says she's never been better.


Rob Greenberg


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Radnor ... Ted Mosby
Jason Segel ... Marshall Eriksen
Cobie Smulders ... Robin Scherbatsky
Neil Patrick Harris ... Barney Stinson
Alyson Hannigan ... Lily Aldrin
Nicole Garza ... Jenny
Natalie Garza ... Jesse
Sundeep Ahuja ... Dan
Ken Cosby Ken Cosby ... Cab Driver
Barry Finkel ... Crazy Man
Lee Warren Jones Lee Warren Jones ... Waiter
Diane Mizota ... Woman
Kelly Mullis ... Paula
Lara Wickes ... Amy (as Lara Boyd Rhodes)
Richard Wharton ... Art Professor


Barney feels that its time for Marshall to get out in the dating scene once again. He likens Marshall being single to a kid in a candy store, with any candy ready for his picking. Barney tells him that he'll be Marshall's wing man in picking up girls. Their nights out don't quite work out that way, but when the opportunity finally arrives for Marshall and a potential date, Marshall doesn't seem to know what to do. Meanwhile, Robin receives a surprise visit: from Lily. Lily implies that she had the best summer in San Francisco, not only with the art fellowship, but with life overall. Robin tells Ted about Lily's return, the two who argue about whether they should tell Marshall. But when Ted finally sees Lily, he has a different point of view. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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First time an episode is directed by someone other than Pamela Fryman. Rob Greenberg directs this episode. See more »


When Barney is "taking a leak" after disappearing, he sticks out his head facing North (from the spectators point of view, merely, towards Ted's room). We know that the bathroom is actually facing West (spectator's point of view, again. Opposite the kitchen). Is he peeing on a plant? If so, why does Marshall seems so cool about it? See more »


[after Lily returns from San Francisco]
Ted: Five bucks says she still wants Marshall.
Robin Scherbatsky: You're on.
Ted: Five *American* bucks.
Robin Scherbatsky: Dammit!
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Ski ball
14 June 2020 | by bevo-13678See all my reviews

I like how Barney keeps stealing all the chicks from Marshall

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Release Date:

25 September 2006 (USA) See more »

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Stereo | Dolby Digital



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1.33 : 1
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