How I Met Your Mother

Season 1 Episode 8

The Duel

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 14, 2005 on CBS
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As Lily becomes more of a permanent fixture in the apartment, Ted feels like he is being edged out of the mix by his engaged roomies. Petrified of being left alone and homeless, Ted tells Marshall that when he and Lily are married, he wants the apartment. The problem is that Marshall wants to keep the place too, so they settle it like real "grown-ups" -- launching into a sword fight that leaves one man down for the count.moreless

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  • Sword fight lmao

    Another hilarious episode of How I Met Your Mother. This episode concentrated on Lilly moving in and Ted getting territorial of his own apartment when he feels like her and Marshall are incrementally pushing him out of the picture. It did a great job of setting up the whole Shockie thing, showing it was an important antique in their apartment, and how easily Marshall was willing to get rid of it in favor of Lilly's new coffee machine. Although the irony is that it's actually more common sense given that Shockie created inferior coffee while causing harm to all those that came in touch with it.

    This eventually led to the bizarre sword fight between Marshall and Ted that lasted for a lot longer than it should have. What was awesome about this was that the flashback led to a setup of the table getting broken because of a screw that was not properly used five years prior, and then played into effect just mere moments later when Marshall ends up stabbing Lilly.

    The best thing about the episode however was that it did a great job of intertwining the two story lines. The other being Barney thinking he created a new fool proof way of dating that'll determine if a couple are meant to be in under five minutes. This leads to Robin thinking how insensitive his plan was, which led to her getting into a date with a nerd that she didn't want to be in, but didn't want to be proven wrong.

    And then to throw in another set up into the loop was Barney's whole getting out of a date by a phone call through Ted. This was hilarious because Robin actually had to go to the hospital because Lilly really did get stabbed.

    And then it was brought in full circle when the cause of Lilly moving in, her place turning into a Chinese restaurant, they all end up eating dinner there. Just brilliant writing, absolutely brilliant.moreless
  • Lilly moves in and Ted and Marshall fight

    This was another wonderful episode. At this point Lilly was engaged to Marshall seemingly living with Ted and Marshall but she didn't. Like many How I Met Your episodes, this was the little things that mattered like Shocky or the swords. Speaking of swords, that fight between Marshall and Ted was awesome. I am glad it never got too serous and how Ted and Marshall really got into it. I also like how Lilly was too mad what happened. You also see some insight into Ted, in that he is reluctant to change. The B Story was also good. Robin at this point was career change but at least episode she was open to dating a guy that is probably out of her league. I loved the Have u met Robin part. This is an episode that appreciate more when you watch season 7.moreless
  • Ted is worried when Lily officially moves in.

    When Lily finds out that her apartment she hasn't slept in for three months has been turned into a Chinese restaurant, she and Ted and Marshall agree for her to officially start living in the apartment above MacLaren's. Barney tries to warn Ted that Lily will start changing things around the apartment. Ted thinks it's silly but as we know, however mean or weird the things Barney might say are, they seem to be right a shocking percent of the time. Marshall even takes down the historic swords to place one of Lily's paintings, which, is just, a complete violation of... well, in the words of The Big Bang Theory, the "roommate agreement". Ted and Marshall have a duel over who gets the apartment when Marshall and Lily get married, but they eventually realize the immaturity of this fight, so they cease. Barney in the mean time tries to make the "Lemon Law" of dating "a thing", where the guy has five minutes to decide whether or not to continue or request another date. This originally disgusts Barney's dates but he later hears another girl using the term, pleasing him. However, even with a sword fight, not a very exciting episode as Barney's subplot wasn't interesting. (Barney? Plot? Uninteresting? How!?) The episode was so-so.moreless
  • Lily officially moves in with Ted and Marshall.

    "The Duel" is a hilarious How I Met Your Mother. I love how Lily has an apartment because you think she lives with Ted and Marshall, but she just hasn't been to her own apartment in awhile. I love how it was turned into a restaurant and Lily officially moves in with Marshall and Ted. I love how Ted and Marshall get into a fight in the apartment, and then they start sword fighting, and they are actually having a lot of fun until Lily walks in and Marshall accidentally stabs her. I give this episode a 9.5/10.moreless
  • Awesome.

    As Lily becomes more of a permanent fixture in Ted and Marshall's apartment, Ted feels like he is being edged out of the mix by his engaged roomies. Petrified of being left alone and homeless, Ted tells Marshall that when he and Lily are married, he wants the apartment. The problem is that Marshall wants to keep the place too, so they settle it like real "grown-ups"--launching into a sword fight that leaves one man down for the count. I haven't watched this show in ages, I started reviewing it and then just stopped bot because I wasn't enjoying it, it's just I have got any free time to watch this show on the interent. However, I'm glad to be getting back into it, this episode was interesting. I love the start scene about Ted talking about the apartment. I love the way Lily's apartment has cahnged, funny stuff. I love everything about Barney, 'because I look good' - he does, he is, I love the way Barney laughs, what a legend. I love the phone scene with with Robin and Barney hilarious. I love the way Ted is about the whole apartment sharing. I love the scene with Barney blows Katie off. I love the scene with Ted and Marshall about the apartment, and the sword fight and then Lily get stabbed and then Robin has to leave her loser date, funny. I love the end scene, love those guys.moreless
Miki Mia

Miki Mia

Chinese Waitress

Guest Star

Keri Safran

Keri Safran


Guest Star

Brian Petrucelli

Brian Petrucelli

Moving Man #1

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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  • QUOTES (22)

    • Daughter: Wait, her apartment? I thought Aunt Lily lived with you and Uncle Marshall.
      (flashback to Lily and Robin walking to Lily's apartment)
      Lily: I could see how you would think that but I have to have my own place. It's an independence thing.
      Robin: When was the last time you were there?
      Lily: Three months ago. What? It's like fat pants. You hope you never have to use them but you're glad to know they're there.

    • Waitress: Hi, how many? Lily.
      Lily: Yes, you know me?
      Waitress: Yeah, from your homecoming picture. You're much prettier in person.
      Lily: Yeah, I know, the bangs were a mistake.

    • Marshall: Also Lily's coffeemaker doesn't, you know, shock you.
      Ted: No. You gotta admit, that shock, wakes you up in the morning
      Marshall: You know what else wakes you up in the morning? Coffee.

    • Ted: They're edging me out. They're totally edging me out. I didn't' believe it but you're right.
      Barney: Told you. That Lily, she's a shrewd one.
      Robin: Yeah, she got you a nice new coffeemaker. How dare she!

    • Lily: Man, Ted's been acting weird. He started labeling all his food. He even carved "Ted" into that block of cheese.
      Marshall: Yeah. Well, now it's Ed's.

    • Lily: He's not cool with me moving in.
      Marshall: No, that's not it. I mean, you basically lived here all along. Ted loves you.
      Lily: So, what's he PMSing about?

    • Ted: All right Marshall, we're deciding right now who gets this apartment. It may lead to an argument, but we're settling this.
      Marshall: Or we could flip a coin.
      Ted: Yeah, let's flip a coin.

    • Robin: It's a nice place. It's good to know the future has ribs.
      Kevin: In the future food will most likely be served in gel-cap form. Plus cows will probably have died out by then... or be our leaders.

    • Kevin: Let me guess, there's been a crazy accident and you have to go.
      Robin: No, I would never do that. I don't wanna go anywhere. I'm all yours.
      Kevin: Look, if you're a hooker, I don't have a lot of money.

    • Lily: OK, a toast. Life is full of changes. One day you have an apartment, the next day it's a house of dumplings. But the important stuff doesn't change. To the important stuff.

    • Marshall: I love this song. I haven't heard this in forever.
      Lily: I'm pretty sure this is a mixed tape you made me in sophomore year.
      Marshall: (on tape) I love you, Lily. Happy Valentine's Day 1998.

    • Barney: You need to mark your territory, and I don't mean missing the toilet.

    • Barney: You know what the dating world needs? A `Lemon Law.´

    • [Flashback]
      Marshall: You wanna talk about who gets the apartment after Lily & I get married?
      Ted: Y'know who I think we should let deal with this problem?
      Marshall: Who?
      Ted: Future Ted & Future Marshall.
      Marshall: Totally.
      [Present Day]
      Ted: Dammit, Past Ted!

    • (Robin and Barney arrives at the hospital)
      Robin: Is she okay?
      Marshall: They're just patching her up, she's gonna be fine.
      Barney: So get this, I was on a date with this girl Jackie..
      (Ted, Marshall and Robin stares at Barney)
      Barney: What? You said she's fine.

    • Marshall: I stabbed Lily, I stabbed my fiancée.
      Ted: Come on Marshall, do you really think she's still your fiancée?

    • Doctor: All set. She says she'd like to see the knights of the poorly constructed round table?

    • Marshall: (about Barney) You know, he cooks naked.

    • Barney: I'm tired of the whole bar scene, the one-night hookups, I'm looking for a soul mate, someone who I can love and cuddle... (pauses) or so it says in my profile. (laughs)

    • Barney: Wow, Jackie, you make a really great first impression. I have a feeling that tonight you might end up being Jackie (with ecstasy) ohhhh.

    • (on the phone)
      Barney: Hello?
      Robin: Hi there, sexy.
      Barney: Hello, Aunt Kathy, what's up?
      Robin: Oh, nothing. Just sitting here, thinking about you, hot stuff.
      Barney: An accident? Well, is Uncle Rudy gonna be OK?
      Robin: Aunt Kathy's got an itch that only you can scratch, big boy.
      Barney: Oh God! Why did he think he could build his own helicopter?
      Robin: Come on, daddy, break me off a piece of that white chocolate.
      Barney: Well, if he needs a transplant, he can have mine. I'll be right there.

    • Lily: On Monday I'm going to have to tell my kindergarten class, who I tell not to run with scissors, how my fiancé ran me through with a broadsword.
      Marshall: Technically, it didn't go all the way through.
      Lily: I'm sorry, were we having a discussion about the degree to which you stabbed me?

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