How I Met Your Mother

Season 5 Episode 2

Double Date

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Sep 28, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Ted realizes his blind date is the same girl he had a blind date with seven years prior, and they use the opportunity to try to learn what they do wrong on first dates. Meanwhile, Barney and Marshall discover a Lily look-alike at a strip club—the "third doppelgänger" for a member of the gang they've found so far.moreless

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  • A nice episode, but only fair compared to episodes from season 1 to 3

    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 doppelgnger 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.moreless
  • Ted's second date

    After Ted meets a women, quickly into the date, he and his date both realize that they have been on the date before. This was an interesting take. If you think this is bad on Ted remember this was before he met Robin. Also remember the girl didn't either. Another thing to remember is that Ted was close to a beard. When he and Robin broke up, remember how his face was. I think the blending together of the two dates was shoot very good as they both try to learn how they can improve. The first date that Ted had was important in that this was the first time you see a doppelgnger. While this was not having anything to do with the mother (I think) it is a fun part of the series. I also like that the producers tried to do use doppelgnger and not twin. You see 3 of them in this episode and yes (spoiler alert) you see them all.

    The relationship of Barney and Robin hits a snag when she gets upset that Barney went to the strip club. I think it's kind of funny how Barney kind of blows off Robin being mad. At the same time Barney is not a jerk at least not too much. Another reason this episode was good that the nymph side of Lilly is brought out when she sees her own doppelgnger. I like this is not brought up often and when it is I think it's a bit of tribute to her character on American Pie. The only bad or weird part was the dream that Marshall had so doesn't feel guilty of finding another women attractive. Plow her like a cornfield was pretty funny though. I enjoyed the ending when future Ted said of the mother on his first date with her.moreless
  • Ted goes on a blind date.

    "Double Date" is actually a pretty cool How I Met Your Mother episode. In this episode, Ted goes on a blind date, only to realize he's been on that same date with the same girl seven years ago. I love how picked out all the things that went wrong with that date in the past and they made things right in the present. I love how they had a great date but the major thing that went wrong with their date in the past was Ted never called her back. Marshall is so cute with feeling guilty about fantasizing about other woman. I love how he has Lily die in his fantasies to justify thinking about other woman. I love how Barney and Marshall find Lily's doppelganger at a strip club, Stripper Lily. I love learning about the other doppelgangers like Lesbian Robin and Mustache Marshall. I give this episode a 9/10.moreless
  • Mildly funny...

    A touch better than the season opener, HIMYM still continues to amaze me with ridiculous storylines.

    I did like a small part of strip club storyline, but the rest involving Ted and his date had the usual drag touch to it. A lot of shows thrive on some insanely stupid fantasies, HIMYM tried its hand at producing something similar to that. And unfortunately, it couldn't pull off an effective one like Scrubs usually does. The whole idea of Marshall's inability to fantasize about another woman, without having to kill of Lily is an insult to even a person with the maturity of a 12 year old. Things like Lesbian Robin, Mustache Marshall, and Stripper Lily are good, and probably they are themes like these that made HIMYM funny in the first place. It would be good if the show explores themes like these.moreless
  • Ted goes on the same blind date he went on seven years ago.

    A definitely interesting situation, I found myself laughing through the whole thing. I have a good feeling about this season, it's like refreshed. It brought back why I love this show. Its unexpected comedy, heartwarming scenes, amazing work with the timeline. In this episode, it showed every aspect. The only problem I had with this episode was Marshall killing off Lilly before fantasizing about another movie. That was from an episode of King of Queens, the same exact situation except for the doppelganger. I didn't really mind that it was copied, but this show does have a reputation of "taking things" from other shows, so it bothered me. They did make it to something of there own when they realize that there is a stripper that looks exactly like Lilly. Robin finally admits she is in an actual relationship with Barney when she's mad that he went to a strip club. She's mad through the whole thing, and Barney just ignores it. The Ted plot was genius, when Ted realizes that Jen (his blind date) is the same girl from the blind date seven years ago, they both try to find out what went wrong. I love how they transition to seven years ago and the present. I also find it hilarious how they find their flaws from their last date. Things start to become serious, when Jen finds out the problem was that Ted never called her the next day. Then Ted apologizes, and just as he is about to kiss her. He remembers why, all the things that annoyed them about their date. He thinks that the one that you should be with can at least tolerate or slightly like those annoying things about you. So they end the blind date bluntly. It's still a great concept that developed amazingly. Great episode, like I said, I have great hopes for this season.moreless
Josh Radnor

Josh Radnor

Ted Mosby

Jason Segel

Jason Segel

Marshall Eriksen; "Moustache Marshall"

Alyson Hannigan

Alyson Hannigan

Lily Aldrin; Jasmine

Cobie Smulders

Cobie Smulders

Robin Scherbatsky; "Lesbian Robin"

Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris

Barney Stinson

Lindsay Sloane

Lindsay Sloane


Guest Star

Rizwan Manji

Rizwan Manji

Dr. Vikash

Guest Star

Clyde Tull

Clyde Tull

Minister Giles

Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (11)

    • Ted: Shouldn't we look for the people who don't just tolerate our little quirks, but kind of like them? Even if it means finding ourselves on another blind date with each other seven years from now?
      Jen: Oh, God, I hope that doesn't happen!

    • Lily: Baby, you have my full permission to fantasize about stripper Lily. And since she's basically me, maybe you won't feel so bad.
      Marshall: Thanks, baby. I'm so lucky to have you. And stripper you.
      Lily: Whoo! Bring out stripper Lily!

    • Ted: There's the Chrysler building, Times Square, and at twelve o' clock, a rotund couple going at it against the glass.
      Jen: Aw, that's sweet. Oh, snack break.
      Ted: Wow. Letting the guy eat pizza off your back. That's love.

    • Lily: So you went to a strip club? And there was a stripper who looked exactly like me?
      Marshall: Yeah. Listen, baby, I know you must be mad...
      Lily: Awesome! I'll bet all the guys wanted to touch her so bad! But all you can do is look, unless you go into a room in the back, but you gotta pay extra for that.

    • Marshall: Lily, sometimes I fantasize about other women. It just happens. But first I have to dream about you passing away because even in fantasy land, I could never cheat on you. You're just my life baby, and I love you.
      Lily: You kill me off? Fantasize about other girls all you want, but could you maybe not murder me!

    • Jen: Oh, yeah! Now, I remember, we went in here for a drink with your friends. Who I loved... or hated, depending or whether you're still friends with them.
      Ted: Still friends.
      Jen: They're family, Ted!

    • Ted: Do you realize what this means? In the past seven years, we've done a complete lap of all the single people in New York only to end up with each other!
      Jen: Whoa. We're going to die alone, aren't we?
      Ted: Well, you have your cats.

    • Ted: We've been on this same date.
      Jen: In this exact same restaurant!
      Ted: Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't remember that date going that well.
      Jen: Yeah. I remember thinking you were kind of snobby.
      Ted: You dress your cats up in weird costumes, don't you?
      Jen: They're not weird. See, you're being snobby again!

    • Barney: (on phone) Ted, we found a stripper who looks exactly like Lily!
      Ted: I'm in the middle of a date! Take a picture!
      Barney: I will. But first, I'm going to make Marshall watch as I wedge Ulysses S. Grant between his wife's tatas!

    • Jen: So, any thoughts on food?
      Ted: Yeah. You want to share the oysters?
      Jen: I'd love to share the oysters.
      Ted: Good, cause if you wouldn't that would be... mighty shellfish.

    • Barney: Guess who just got four tickets to the "Origins of Chewbacca" Star Wars exhibit?
      Lily: Why?
      Barney: No, I said, "guess who?"
      Lily: I heard you.

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