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 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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Release Date:

25 September 2006 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Barney often uses magic to impress women. Neil Patrick Harris is an amateur magician. See more »


When they're sitting in the diner, a girl in a white hoodie is seen walking to a table behind Lily and sitting down. There's a shot of Ted, and when the camera goes back to Lily, the girl takes her seat again. See more »


Barney Stinson: Haaaaave you met Marshall?
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It Was Love
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Neil Patrick Harris Does It Again
25 November 2014 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

Another great episode of "How I Met Your Mother" that heavily features Barney Stinson. Neil Patrick Harris, take a now sir. Every time there is a great episode of this show, it's him that delivers

Plot In A Paragraph: Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) feels that its time for Marshall (Jason Segel) to get out in the dating scene once again. He appoints himself Marshall's wing man in picking up girls. Their nights out don't quite work out the way Marshal imagined. Meanwhile, Lily (Alyson Hannigan) turns up at Robins Robin (Cobie Smulders) apartment saying that she had the best summer of her life in San Francisco.

Ted (Josh Radnor) doesn't have much to do here, this episode is knocked out of the park by a delightfully fun Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel and Alyson Hannigan.

One of my favourite episodes.

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