How I Met Your Mother

Season 2 Episode 9

Slap Bet

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 20, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Ted and Barney discusses their viewpoints on knowing things about women. Barney thinks that the more you know the more likely you are to find a deal breaker. Ted wants to know the deal breakers right away, as Robin refuses to go to the mall to cover her secret.moreless

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  • The First Slap

    This was a very great episode that grows with time. It was good when you first see it and even better as you see more episodes of the series. Ted and Barney have an argument about relationships (again). Personally I agree with Ted. The scene with Ted "marrying" Robin where she tells him she used to be a dude was hilarious. When you find out that Robin doesn't want to go to malls, you are left guessing why she actually is. It's what makes this episode and the series great. It's perfect that Barney tries to find out the reason. The bet between Marshall and Barney was great to see. When you find out that Robin had a name of Robin Sparkles and you see the the start of the video then when it actually begins, you led in a different direction.

    Like I have said before this is a great show and this episode was an example of that. One reason why it's good is because you are left guessing what will happen and when. In this case it's the other slaps. At the same time, it doesn't take the spotlight on who the mother is.moreless
  • Robin hides a secret from her past and the legacy of slap betting begins.

    I was honestly annoyed with this episode at first, from everyone bombarding Robin as to why she hates malls, Lily getting any and every secret out of Marshall, and Robin's secret. But as I rewatched it, I would kind of want my girlfriend to state a reason for why she dislikes something most people like, I thought Marshall and Lily telling each other everything was funny and cute, and "Let's Go To The Mall" has sort of a weird catch to it even though the video's a little freaky. But also in the episode, the Slap Bet saga begins with Marshall slap betting Barney that Robin got married in a mall, and Barney slap betting Marshall that Robin did porn in a mall. It results in a lot of slapping and Barney agreeing to being slapped five times any time in the future over ten immediate slaps. Marshall hands out Slap #1 in the same episode while saving the others for later, creating hell for Barney. When I finally thought about it, this was a great episode and an iconic one for all of How I Met Your Mother.moreless
  • Robin Sparkles

    This episode deserves a big... wait for it... LOL! Definitely one of the best, I've watched it many times. Robin has a secret, that has to do with a mall and she won't tell Ted, who keeps bugging her about it. Marshall and Barney make a bet on what Robin's secret is. If it's porn, then Barney slaps Marshall, if Robin was married in a mall, Marshall slaps Barney. Through many hilarious scenes it is finally revealed that Robin was a teenage pop star called Robin Sparkles. She had one minor hit called "Let's Go to the Mall" and she performed it in malls around the country. All in all, Robin Sparkles music video = funniest thing I've ever seen in my entire life. Marshall ends up getting the right to slap Barney five times and the Slaps are born.moreless
  • Let's go o the mall! Today!

    The episode is just amazing, especially when barney thinks that Robyn doesn't go with the mall because of porn and that guy (dunno his name) thinks she doesn't go to the nall because she was married. I also like the slap bet, I tries it with some of my friends and they liked it!

    I'm really surprised why Robyn doesn't want to got to the mall, she's actually a pop star, a young pop star, who made this song in Canada, Let's go to the mall! Today!

    An episode full of revelations, all because of wrong perceptions.

    If I can see Robyn right now, I'll say.

    It's not nice making up fake secrets

    I also liked here code name Robyn Sparkles^^moreless
  • Marshall and Barney have a slap bet about Robins secret about not going to the mall.

    I love this episode of How I Met Your Mother. The one thing I like about this show is when they compare Canada to the United States. It's funny how Marshall and Lily tell each other everything. It shows how much they are in love with each other. Barney and Marshall betting what Robin secret is is so funny especially the whole slap bet thing. Marshall thinks she got married in the mall while Barney thinks it's Canadian porn. Robin secret is that she was Canadian popstar when she was 16. The best part about this episode is when Marshall saids that it looks like it was made in the 1980's and Robin replies that the 1980's didn't come to Canada until the 1990's. After she said that I was thinking that is so true. I give this episode 10/10.moreless
Candace Kroslak

Candace Kroslak

Girl #1

Guest Star

Courtney Abbiati

Courtney Abbiati

Girl #3

Guest Star

Wayne Nickel

Wayne Nickel


Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Trivia: The music that plays in Ted's flash forward to his and Robin's wedding is the same music that the blue instrument string quartet played while Ted tries to win Robin over one last time in the Season One Finale "Come On."

    • In season one's "The Wedding", Marshall does not like Lily's idea of a "fun wedding" and prefers a traditional wedding, but here Marshall tries to convince Lily to have their wedding at the Mall of America.

    • At the end of the episode, when the group are watching Robin's video and dancing while she drinks beer to the side, whenever the shot is of the laptop on the table, we can see a cola bottle to the left. However, when it changes to a shot of the group there is only a beer bottle on the table.

  • QUOTES (26)

    • Lily: You still shouldn't have told us. What kind of boyfriend are you?
      Ted: See that's just it, I'm not the boyfriend. I'm the mistress. The mastress... the master... what are we gonna call it?
      Barney: I'm pretty sure we're gonna call it mistress.

    • Barney: I've got it! The ultimate wager: Slap Bet.
      Marshall: Oh, Slap Bet! We used to do those when I was a kid.
      Lily: What the hell's a slap bet?
      Marshall: Whoever's right gets to slap the other person in the face as hard as they possibly can, but no rings.

    • Barney: You got something to say to me?
      Marshall: What are you talking about?
      Barney: I know Robin was never really married.
      Marshall: How could you possibly know that
      (Barney looks at Lily as she looked away)
      Marshall: You told him?!
      Lily: I had to I'm a Slap bet commissioner!

    • Lily: Oh right, like you need an excuse to watch porn.
      Barney: CANADIAN Porn! Trust me when I tell you their universal health care system doesn't cover breast implants. If I have to sit through one more flat-chested Nova Scotian riding a Mountie on the back of a Zamboni, I'll go OOT of my mind.

    • Barney: Your tombstone will read "Lily Aldrin: Caring wife, loving friend and Slap Bet Commissioner"
      Marshall: And on Barney's grave it'll read "Got slapped by Marshall so hard he died"!

    • Ted: So, what's the deal with you and malls?
      Robin: I thought you said if I didn't want to talk about it I didn't have to.
      Ted: Yeah, with those people, but I'm your boyfriend. Come on! what is it? Did you get arrested at a mall?
      Robin: No.
      Ted: Dumped at a mall?
      Robin: Ted.
      Ted: Found out you were Canadian in a mall?
      Robin: Let it go.
      Ted: Trapped under a fake boulder at a mall?
      Robin: Let it go.
      Ted: Maulled at the mall?
      Robin: Let it go!... and who gets trapped under a fake boulder at the mall?
      Ted: Not me in Ohio when I was nine, that's for sure.(Robin looks at him funny)

    • Ted: You never got divorced?!
      Robin: He moved to Hong Kong, I figured that was good enough.
      Ted: That's not good enough! You order pancakes, you get waffles, that's good enough!

    • (Marshall found out Robin's not really married)
      Ted: Are you serious?
      Marshall: Yeah, dude, she's not married. Not good at parking legally, either.

    • Robin: I wanna stress that I was young!
      Barney: Yeeaaah you were.
      Robin: And I didn't know any better!
      Barney: They never do.
      Robin: And it started out as an innocent modeling job!
      Barney: It always does.

    • Woman: I just turned thirty.
      Barney: Oh.

    • Barney: It's slap-o-clock.

    • Barney: (After slapping Marshall three times) Oh my god. Are you gonna cry?
      Marshall: (Holding his face in pain) No. You're gonna cry.

    • [Discussing the possibility of Robin having been a porn star]
      Lily: She does have the fake orgasm noises down.
      Ted: Hey!
      Lily: What? The walls are thin.
      Ted: That's not what I'm "Hey!"ing you about!

    • Lily: Ted, even if she is married, it's a Canadian marriage. It's like their money, or their army. Nobody takes it seriously.

    • (After being told what a slap bet is)
      Lily: That's so immature
      Marshall: You can be Slap Bet Commissioner.
      Lily: Ooh, I love it. What are my powers?
      Barney: If a problem arises and we need a ruling, that's your job. But you have to be unbiased and put the integrity of slap bet above all else. This is an honor you will take with you to your grave. On your tombstone, it will read, "Lily Aldrin, caring wife, loving friend, Slap Bet Commissioner."

    • Barney: Our friend Robin used to do porn-, wait for it, -ography!
      Ted: Yeah, we didn't really need to wait for that..

    • Ted: Trust me, not only do they tell each other everything, they want to know everything!
      Marshall: So after the shower I was brushing my teeth and I was like, oh man I wanted to have some orange juice I should've done that first! But I already had the toothpaste on the toothbrush so I just went ahead a brushed them anyway.
      Lily: What happened next?

    • Lily: So, just to be clear... you wanted everybody to go the mall -- today?

    • (While they were watching the video)
      Marshall: If this is the '90s, why does it look like 1986?
      Robin: The '80s didn't come to Canada till, like, '93.

    • Ted: You're driving me crazy! No wonder your fake husband moved to Hong Kong!
      Robin: He moved there for business!

    • Robin: What database did you use?
      Ted: I used the "Canadian Mall Marriage 6000"

    • Ted: You're scared of the seven dwarves?
      Robin: Just Doc. He's creepy. I mean, the guy went to medical school. What's he doing living with 6 coal miners?

    • Barney: (after being slapped by Marshall who "won" the slapbet) Your hand is monstrous!
      Marshall: What did you expect? You've seen my penis.

    • Robin: (after Barney has played the beginning of the Robin Sparkles video, saying it was porn) Porn? I wish it was porn. It would be less embarrassing.

    • Robin: You remember my friend in Canada who got married way too young?

    • (When discussing to the Oh moment when you find something that is a deal breaker Ted daydreams of his and Robin's wedding)
      Ted: I love you.
      Robin: I used to be a dude.

  • NOTES (5)

    • The German episode title is "Schlag auf Schlag", meaning "Slap upon Slap". The French title is "Pari frappé", an exact translation. The Italian title is "Lo schiaffone", meaning "The Slap".

    • International Airdates: Czech Republic: January 19, 2010 on Prima COOL

    • This episode was nominated for the 2007 Emmy Award for Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Series.

    • Music: "Let's Go to the Mall" by Robin Sparkles

    • This episode was previously titled "Robin Sparkles." The episode's title change occurred due to the creation of a Robin Sparkles Myspace page. The show's creators wanted Robin's secret to surprise the audience, thus the title of the episode changed so that people who stumbled upon Robin Sparkles's Myspace would not make the connection to the show.


    • Robin being a teen singer who toured malls is based on the 80s teen pop star Tiffany, who made a name for herself by doing a singing tour of malls all across the U.S to promote her self-titled first album.