How I Met Your Mother

Season 5 Episode 5

Duel Citizenship

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 19, 2009 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Facing deportation, Robin decides to become a U.S. citizen, but she can't seem to let go of her Canadian heritage. Ted and Marshall take a road trip to Chicago, but Lily's decision to join up spoils the fun.

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  • Unfunny, offensive and dumb

    Ted and Marshall decide to make a road trip to Chicago again, like in old times, but Lily joins the duo and spoils it for them. Meanwhile, Barney's trying to make Robin a real American while she is unsure which country she actually belongs to.

    This episode had two plot parts that I didn't enjoy at all and there weren't even really funny moments in it. It had a bad screenplay and every single cast member played below average. This is a stupid episode and quite possibly the worst one this show has had to date.moreless
  • Robin is from Canada

    When we first meet Robin you find out that she is from Canada. What makes Robin such a great character on this show is that is not your stereotypical Canadian you see on TV. Except for the occasional quirk, she is truly Americanized women. These quirks are funny and enjoyable. What was even funnier was the jokes the gang but mainly Barney did on Robin. Due to a misunderstanding (funny storyline) Robin has a chance to be deported. Unlike the previous time this was more funny. Barney drills Robin on test and then he helps her with the test. It was funny how Barney said he would help Robin. What was even funnier how he helped her to become a real American. His answers to help Robin had some truth to them. Again also funny. Robin ends up on a bender and ends up in her homeland. How this all ends up was a nice ending.

    Another good storyline with Ted, Marshall and Lilly. Ted and Marshall have always been friends since college and even when Lilly entered the picture they were a trio. They were a trio even after Marshall and Lilly were married. However somewhere along the line, the trio became Marshall and Lilly with Ted hanging out with them. Ted realizes this and wants to have a guys night out with Marshall to a pizza place in Chicago that they went to in college. Even though this pizza place was bad it was more about the trip. A wrench is thrown in the plan when Lilly decides to join. What follows was pretty entertaining. While this trip to the pizza place was different it help strengthen the realtionship of Ted and Marshall. On a small note, I did enjoy the energy drink Ted, Marshall, and later Lilly had.

    This was a nice episode, especially considering how the last two were.moreless
  • one of my favorite episode

    i do think Robin and Barneys scenes were weak but had their moments but Ted, Marshal, and Lilys scenes made the episode, especially with the flashbacks and when they ditch Lily, great episode
  • Offensive episode.

    "Duel Citizenship" was the most offensive How I Met Your Mother episode that I've watched. I'm Canadian and I usually find all the Canadian jokes pretty funny, but in this episode it's just offensive. You think this show would be different when it comes to Canadian jokes, and it past episodes they were, but in this episode they were just like every other show that makes fun of Canada. I hated Barney in this episode. He should of being praising Canada instead of calling it lame. I love when he got beat up. He deserved it. I don't want Robin to have duel citizenship. I think her character should be completely Canadian. The reason I give this episode a 4/10 was because of the subplot. I love the subplot because Marshall and Ted bond in this episode, and they get closer than they were before.moreless
  • This show used to be funny and fresh, now it sucks! And become lame

    This show used to be funny and fresh, now it sucks! And become lame... They must stick to the past season story about how Ted met his wife. Because the story focus now on Robin and the Dogie Howser guy (about Barney by the way, i like him as single guy because its more funny and we can not think of him as gay because he is in real life). And please less story about Lily and Marshall because they are the most lame. But it is funny when Marshall act like gay because he is a big guy its so awkwardly funny.moreless
Pamela Dunlap

Pamela Dunlap

Miss Cruickshank

Guest Star

Brad Grunberg

Brad Grunberg


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Corinne Dekker

Corinne Dekker


Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Ted and Marshall are eating beef jerky and drinking Surge in the Fierro. We found out 3 seasons ago that Marshall had a very strict, "No food! No drink!" rule.

    • When talking about the FDA tests that were run on "Tantrum" sodapop, a group of mice appear onscreen separated in glass partitions, and one of the mice explodes. However, the mouse that explodes is in a container marked "FDA Tantrum Test Control #AWF4501". The control group is used to gauge the reaction of the other groups, and they wouldn't have been given anything. The other mice should have exploded.

    • In the bar fight at Hoser Hut, one guy in a Vancouver jersey has "Bays" on the back, referring Carter Bays, one of the creators of the show.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Barney: (feeling that he had enough knowing about Robin's national identity) Okay, that's it! (turns around, facing the Canadian customers in a Tim Hortons cafe) Attention, Canada! I am Barney from America and I'm here to fix your backward-ass country! Number one: Get real money! [I] don't know what board game this came from but it's a zzhh-oke [joke]! Number two, and this is the biggie: Quit lettin' awesome chicks like Robin Scherbatsky get away! Because, guess what? You don't wanna?! I'm plantin' my flag in there, if you know what I mean which you probably don't, and gettin' the hell outta here! You may now return to being pointless!

    • Marshall: We were having a perfectly nice time, and then you kidnapped me! You didn't even let me put on underwear!
      Ted: We never used to put on underwear! (pizza guy stares at them)

    • Robin: What happened?
      Barney: You went Canadian.
      Robin: How Canadian?
      Barney: THIS Canadian! (opens the curtains but a building blocks the view) Oh. That was supposed to be a dramatic view of the Toronto skyline. We're in Toronto!

    • Barney: To prove you are as American as apple pie and the childhood obesity it leads to, answer this last question. Who is this? (holds up a picture of Ernest P. Worrell)
      Robin: That is the fine actor best known for the "Hey, Vern" series of films. And his name is Jeff Foxworthy.
      Barney: Wrong. It's Jim Varney.
      Robin: That's Jeff Foxworthy, dumbass! End of story, now shut your stupid face!
      Barney: Robin, not only were you wrong, but you belligerently stuck to your guns and insulted me in the process. (salutes) Congratulations, you are an American.

    • Barney: It's not gonna be easy, like the Canadian citizenship test.
      Robin: How do you know the Canadian citizenship test is easy?
      Barney: It's Canada! Question One: "Do you want to be Canadian?" Question Two: "Really?"

    • Robin: Make fun of the great white North all you want, it's the best country in the world.
      Barney: Social experiment. (Chanting) U.S.A! U.S.A! U.S.A! (everyone in the bar joins in)
      Robin: That doesn't prove anything. People will chant anything. (Chanting) Canada! Canada! (no one joins in) Okay, so they won't chant anything.
      Barney: Shrimp fried rice! Shrimp fried rice! Shrimp fried rice! (everyone joins in, Ted comes up)
      Ted: Shrimp fried rice, totally!

    • (in extreme pain, hours after eating at Gazola's Pizza)
      Marshall: Gah! My stomach! Damn you Gazola's!
      Ted: It's like a hot ball of lead!
      Marshall: Baby, cut it out of me!
      (Marshall opens his robe, exposing his chest. Lily doesn't know how to react)
      Marshall: Cut it out!

    • Barney: (on helping Robin study for her citizenship test) We'll stay up all night! I'm gonna drill you... and then we're gonna study. No, seriously. We're gonna do some cramming... and then we're gonna study. No, really. We're gonna bone up on—
      Robin: Okay...
      Barney: Sorry, it's a rich area.

    • Barney: (on a Canadian $5 bill) There's kids playing hockey on the back. It's like you want us to make fun of you!

  • NOTES (3)

    • The Italian episode title is "La doppia cittadinanza", meaning "Dual Citizenship".

    • Music: "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by The Proclaimers

    • International Airdates: Australia: March 11, 2010 on Channel 7; United Kingdom: June 24, 2010 on E4; India: October 5, 2010 on Star World; Czech Republic: December 9, 2010 on Prima COOL; Germany: January 19, 2011 on ProSieben; Slovakia: November 18, 2011 on JOJ Plus