How I Met Your Mother

Season 4 Episode 2

The Best Burger in New York

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Sep 29, 2008 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Lily claims to be upset that Marshall can speak at length on loving a hamburger when he got wedding vows off the Internet, but in the season 2 episode "Something Borrowed", Lily and Marshall spontaneously have their wedding ceremony take place outdoors. Instead of reading their previously written vows, which they did not have with them at that moment, they each spoke whatever came to mind, making it impossible for Marshall to have gotten them from the Internet.

    • After Ted hits Marshall with the bat, you can see it wobbling as he pulls it away, revealing that it's a soft prop.

    • This episode is also known as "The Greatest Burger in New York."

  • Quotes

    • Marshall: Do you remember where it is?
      Regis Philbin: No, I never wrote it down. But not a day goes by that I don't regret it. Why, do you know where it is? And if you tell me it's at the Corner Bistro, I'm gonna smack you right in the face!
      Barney: Listen, Regis, we don't know where it is.
      Regis Philbin: (grabs Barney) Listen, blondie, don't mess with me! Daddy needs his meat.

    • Lily: We've got to find Marshall that burger.
      Ted: Lily, I think we're all eating that burger.
      Robin: I'm not eating that burger.

    • Marshall: I can't believe I found it! I've actually prepared a few words...
      Robin: I will eat your hand!
      Marshall: Okay, let's just go inside, then!

    • Ted: Marshall, you have to get over this paranoia. You are not going to get mugged.
      Marshall: What if I do? I don't have a switchblade, I don't know how to breakdance and win the grudging respect of a street gang.

    • Barney: This tastes so good, I'm worried I'm going to get this burger pregnant.
      Marshall: If he does get that burger pregnant, I have dibs on the delicious burger babies.

    • Ted: We didn't know our way around. Just getting back to the apartment took us three hours and a very helpful drag queen.
      Marshall: Wait, Penny Noir was a drag queen?
      Robin: Where do you think it was?
      Lily: Probably tucked between her legs.

    • Marshall: (about his favorite burger place) And there it was, stuffed between a taxidermist and a triple-x bookstore.
      Barney: Name two places where things get stuffed.

    • Marshall: Just a burger? Just a burger. Robin, it's so much more than "just a burger." I mean, that first bite-oh, what heaven that first bite is. The bun, like a sesame freckled breast of an angel, resting gently on the ketchup and mustard below, flavors mingling in a seductive pas de deux. And then… a pickle! The most playful little pickle! Then a slice of tomato, a leaf of lettuce and a-a patty of ground beef so exquisite, swirling in your mouth, breaking apart, and combining again in a fugue of sweets and savor so delightful. This is no mere sandwich of grilled meat and toasted bread, Robin. This is God, speaking to us in food.
      Lily: And you got our wedding vows off the internet!?

    • Lily: But you wanna be an environmental lawyer!
      Marshall: Yeah, you know I also wanna be a Harlem Globetrotter and get paid in candy.

    • (Discussing what to eat)
      Ted: Chinese?
      Barney: I don't like Chinese.
      Ted: Indian?
      Barney: I just said, I don't like Chinese.
      Ted: Indian isn't Chinese.
      Barney: Weird meats, funny music, side of rice. Why are we splitting hairs?
      Ted: Mexican?
      Barney: I just said, I don't like Chinese!

    • Ted: Okay, first of all you look like the last pick in the draft and second why are you so excited about some bank?

    • Lily: This burger is so good, its like Christmas in my mouth. Meat Christmas.
      Ted: Its like an angel from heaven landed in the kitchen of McClaren's... where the chef killed it and ran it through the meat grinder.
      Barney: I love this burger so much I want to sew my ass shut.

  • Notes

    • The German episode title is "Der beste Burger in New York", and the Italian title is "Il migliore hamburger di New York", both exact translations. The French title is "Le Hamburger de Proust", meaning "Proust's Hamburger".

    • Music: "Lost and Found" by Ola Podrida (Marshall finds the burger)

    • International Airdates: Australia: February 2, 2009 on Network 7; United Kingdom: December 24, 2009 on E4; Czech Republic: October 25, 2010 on Prima COOL

  • Allusions

    • When Marshall is describing the best burger in New York, it is parody of the scene in Amadeus when Salieri is describing Mozart's music.

    • Million Dollar Heads or Tails, the gameshow hosted by Regis Philbin in this episode, parodies his one-time hosting of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? At one point, Regis says, "You polled the audience; it came out split, 50/50," referring to one of the three "lifelines" given to contestants on Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

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