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How I Met Your Mother

Season 5 Episode 16


Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 01, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The rest of the gang hopes to make Ted realize he's being strung along by a girl named Tiffany, remembering their own similar situations in the process. Meanwhile, Barney's thrilled when he learns she's a pharmaceutical sales rep, the current 'hot girl' occupation.

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  • I wasn't hooked

    It wouldn't take much work to follow up the last episode with something better but to to make it worse, that's an interesting way to do it. There was a lot more to dislike about this episode from the previous one.

    Ted is again in the clutches of a women named Tiffany. While this women is pretty (played by Carrie Underwood) I do wonder why Ted tries to be with her. She is like Karen but less douchey and just more jerky. Hasn't Ted learned his lesson from Karen. Also why doesn't this women fall into the crazy eye theory. It gets even worse when there is a women on the hook for Ted that he treats as badly as Tiffany does Ted. Henrietta has a desperate neediness that even Barney wouldn't hook up with. Also doesn't Henrietta fall into the hot/crazy theory? You also find out that Robin is doing the same thing with Don who is a cameraman on the show. For someone who tries to have integrity on a new shows even one this early, why would Robin do this? At the same time she was on Simon's hook or that guy who had one good eye who wouldn't call her. I did like Barney explains the history of hot girls and the careers they choose. The best one was the first one he told. The women that Marshall was on the hook for in high school came as less mean then Tiffany. Not to nitpick but wasn't Marshall on the hook for a girl in grade school? I did like that Ted did end things with Henrietta as painful as it was for her. It was good to see Scotter again. This was not a bad episode but it was the season this episode was in.moreless
  • Ashley Benson!

    Carly was so great. I love her from PLL and the way she played off of Ted thinking he was a vietnam vet. So funny and cute!
  • Ted is in denial when the gang tells him he's on Tiffany's hook.

    "Hooked" is an awesome How I Met Your Mother episode. I love the fishing metaphor in this episode that when you like someone they give you false hope that their may be a relationship. I love how Ted is on Tiffany's hook as she said that she's really in to him,but she can't be with him "right now". I love how everyone told their stories about being on someone's hook. Marshall's story of doing some girl's homework and he'd be her secret boyfriend was so sad. I love Robin's story of allowing the camera man to get her coffee and doing her laundry. And currently Lily's boyfriend Scooter still thinks he has a chance with Lily. It was so sad when Henrietta was on Ted's hook and she thought he proposed and she told her parents. It was so cute when Lily went to release Scooter from her hook, but then Marshall looks at him and he tells him that he and Lily can be together after he dies. I give this episode a 9/10.moreless
  • Hooked

    Here comes the shock of the year: this episode was not THAT bad. And Carrie Underwood actually was not THAT bad. She looked good and had some comedic abilities, as opposed to Britney Spears who looked overweight and was not funny.

    The problem with the show lies in Lily and Marshall right now. Ted actually received a passing grade from me, Robin was alright and Barney was funny, but the married couple is just so awful. Jason Segel has to be one of the most annoying people on the planet right now. I guess that is what happens once these people become movie stars. Ed Helms started to go downhill on The Office once The Hangover came out.moreless
  • Carrie Underwood guest stars.

    When I first started watching this episode, I was getting horrid Britney Spears flashbacks. But Carrie Underwood wasn't that bad in this episode, I think it was because she didn't get that much exposure but her performance was pretty good. This episode revolves around with everyone's backup; someone strings someone along for years and never truly lets them down, but never really dates them either. It's a chain reaction, and that's what we find out in this episode. Lilly's high school boyfriend: Scooter is working where she works and won't take "no" for an answer. Lilly tries to turn him down but she continues to string him along. She tries to reject him with the help of Marshall. That plot wasn't that entertaining but it was cool that we saw Scooter again. Ted starts to be on someone's hook (Carrie Underwood's character). He just doesn't realize it; he also doesn't realize he has someone on his hook: Henrietta. Her scenes were probably the funniest with her trying to impress Ted, and trying to get Ted to be with her. Ted accidentally proposes to her by the end right after rejecting Carrie Underwood's character. Then he had to let her off the hook, Robin learns to do the same with her guy that she has on the hook. Right after he did her laundry. Barney hits on pharmaceutical girls. Eh. One good plot, the rest of the plots didn't really stand out. Okay episode.moreless
Brooke Mackenzie

Brooke Mackenzie

Lisa Walker

Guest Star

Tiara Parker

Tiara Parker


Guest Star

Catherine Reitman

Catherine Reitman


Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

David Henrie

David Henrie


Recurring Role

Lyndsy Fonseca

Lyndsy Fonseca


Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Barney: Yeah, bait is tricky, it has to be something interesting enough to get the girl upstairs, but not so interesting that it overpowers the night. I found that a slot machine was too fun, and a trampoline turned out to be too dangerous. But, then I found the perfect bait, a teacup pig.
      Ted: A teacup pig, who's that working on? (Robin, Lily, and Marshall get excited and ask to see the teacup pig) Can I borrow your tea—
      Barney: (cuts him off) Yes, you can borrow my teacup pig.

    • Barney: You're really going to sit there and watch the door all night because Tiffany said she'd try to stop by?
      Ted: Barney, I'm not going to just give up on her.
      Old Ted: I should've given up on her.
      Ted: This girl is special.
      Old Ted: She was the devil!
      Ted: Things are going to work out.
      Old Ted: No they're not, dumbass!

    • Robin: [Tiffany]'s stringing you along, but she's not committing to you, but she's keeping you around just in case, like an old can of chili in the pantry.
      Lily: Um, who's buying chili and not eating it right away?
      Marshall: Amen to that, sista! (they high five)

  • NOTES (2)

    • The Italian episode title is "Come un pesce all'amo", meaning "Like a Fish on a Hook".

    • International Airdates: Australia: July 8, 2010 on Channel 7; United Kingdom: September 9, 2010 on E4; India: October 25, 2010 on Star World; Czech Republic: December 29, 2010 on Prima COOL; Germany: February 9, 2011 on ProSieben; Slovakia: November 25, 2011 on JOJ Plus


    • Barney's singing "Ain't no party like a pharmagirl party / 'cause a pharmagirl party don't stop" is a play on the line "Ain't no party like a west coast party / 'Cause a west coast party don't stop" from Coolio's 1995 song, "1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)".