How I Met Your Mother

Season 2 Episode 2

The Scorpion and the Toad

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Sep 25, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Barney works with Marshall on his bachelor skills, which include hitting on women. Lily is back from her venture. Robin helps her look for a new apartment but gets sick of hearing about San Francisco.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Barney "helps" Marshall pick up women

    This was a nice follow up from the last episode. It was funny seeing Barney trying to help Marshall. Just when you think Marshall gets the women, Barney "helps." It was good to see Marshall in the recovery process of getting over Lilly. Speaking of Lilly it was good seeing her back for a full episode. In true How I Met Your fashion you only Lilly side that she wants to tell in the first part of the episode. Many times in a TV show when a character explains what happens to them, you can tell the story is a fake. Lilly told hers that was at least somewhat believable. The real story was better and funnier. That crazy guy on the bus was a highlight. I like the end where Lilly and Marshall reunite. I like that Marshall didn't take back her back and at the same time trying to start the recovery process between them.moreless
  • Barney repeatedly steals Marshall's women and Lily lies about her time in San Fran.

    Lily surprises Robin and Ted as she comes home. She tells of her "good times" in San Francisco but Ted sees right through her and bets Robin that it's all a bunch of bull, a bet he ends up winning. However, he consoles her by saying Marshall would take her back in a heartbeat, which sadly, he doesn't, thinking they would be better apart at that time. Meanwhile before that, Barney repeatedly takes Marshall out, scouting for women, but each times Barney takes home the women himself, angering Marshall. He even takes both twins they were on double dates with! Now I love Marshall and Lily together, but Barney was pissing me off in this episode because I'm also mad at Lily for leaving Marshall, so I wanted him to drum up some kind of short relationship to make Lily feel even more bad for being selfish. But however, still a good, enjoyable episode.moreless
  • Lily returns and Barney tries to help Marshall get over Lily.

    "The Scorpion and the Toad" is good How I Met Your Mother episode. I love how Lily officially returns in this episode. I love how Lily makes all these amazing stories about San Fransisco but then after drinking Tequila and finding out she didn't get the apartment, she breaks down crying and saying she's miserable. I love how Lily apologizes to Marshall in this episode. The only thing I didn't like about this episode was Barney. He says he's trying to help Marshall get over Lily, but he always takes the women that he tries to set up with Marshall. I give this episode 8/10.moreless
  • Kinda Ok.

    I didn't think this was the best episode ever. In fact I don't even know if I laughed very much,which is never a good sign.

    1)I'm so glad that Lily's back, although the darker hair is a little offputting, she needs her red back.

    2) The whole thing with Marshall and Barney and the stealing of the girls was boring and not that funny at all. OK we get it, what's sad was that Marshall was not getting it.

    3) The best part was when they showed how Lily was actually thinking Marshall Marshall Marshall every time she talked about how great San Francisco was. Because it's totally true-that's how girl brains work, I can't deny it at all.

    I'll keep watching cuz there isn't anything else on I want to watch Mondays at 8:30 but I hope they get back into the swing of things soon.moreless
  • Why did Lily backstab Barney? In episode 19 of this season it is revealed that Barney went to California and asked Lily to come back, he was only stealing Marshall's date because he wanted Marshall and Lily to be back together.moreless

    Why did Lily backstab Barney? In episode 19 of this season it is revealed that Barney went to San Francisco and asked Lily to come back, he was only stealing Marshall's date because he wanted Marshall and Lily to be back together.

    Why does Robin have a bad ass day? Did Marshall let Barney steal his girls? Why do they show Lily as miserable without Marshall? Why is Lilly always showing weird faces when she talks? Is Ted the biggest idiot in the show? Robin has cute breasts and can be fun either drunk or sober. all in all a boring episode but significant for "Marshmallow" and "Lilypad". Barney and Robin are the real show runners.moreless
Nicole Garza

Nicole Garza


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Natalie Garza

Natalie Garza


Guest Star

Sundeep Ahuja

Sundeep Ahuja


Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: In "World's Greatest Couple" Robin says that Lily is allergic to dogs, but Lily spends time in Robin's apartment near two dogs in this episode and does not seem bothered.

    • Goof: Halfway through the episode, Lily gets a phone call about the house she's interested in. This scene was shot at least twice, because every time the camera perspective changes, the dog moves from the floor to the chair, or back.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Barney: Come on! I'll, I'll teach you all of my strategies
      Marshall: Oh, really?
      Barney: My favorite, number seven: Create a mystery about yourself. That way, they become so intrigued, they have to hang out with you all night.
      Mashall: Oh, come on, does that really work?
      Barney: Maybe it does, and maybe it doesn't.
      Marshall: Damn it, that's intriguing. Okay, I'm in.

    • Old Ted: When it comes to hangover, everyone has their own way of dealing with it.
      Waiter: Hi, there! What can I get you?
      Lily: I'll have the dirtiest, greasiest tuna melt you got. And a milkshake.
      Ted: Gravy.
      Waiter: You want that gravy on anything?
      Ted: Surprise me.
      Robin: I'd take you with gravy if my boyfriend wasn't sitting right here! Whoo!
      Lily: What's wrong with her?
      Ted: She's still a little drunk.

    • Barney: Tonight we'll go the The Scorpion and the Toad, a college bar. I figure in a college environment, you'll seem more mature. More worldly. And as a law student, more smarter.
      Marshall: Okay. But not magic. (Looks around, Barney has disappeared) How did you do that?
      Barney: I'm taking a leak, dumbass!

    • Marshall: You said to me that being single would be like being in a candy store.
      Barney: Well, it's not like a candy store; it's a lawless post-apocalyptic wasteland.

    • Ted: [Lily]'s moved on?
      Robin: Well, it happens. I've fallen out of love faster than that before. Sometimes—boom!—with no warning what so ever. One day we in love, the next day he's dead to me.
      (Ted looks at Robin with sad eyes)
      Robin: But we're great… Honey.

    • Marshall: I did it. I got a girl's phone number. Oh, and her hand writing is so cute, look.
      (hands the phone number to Barney)
      Marshall: Oh, I'm going to take her out for Chinese food, and maybe we'll take a walk though the park. It will be so… what?
      Barney: Sorry, buddy, I'm taking this one, too.
      (Anger builds up in Marshall's face)
      Marshall: I'll kill you!

    • Barney: Dude! You were awesome last night! You were charming, you were funny, you were totally working that girl!
      Marshall: You went home with her!
      Barney: Yes I did...

    • Ted: Five bucks says she still wants Marshall.
      Robin: You're on.
      Ted: Five American bucks.
      Robin: Dammit!

    • (What Lily claimed happened.)
      Art professor: Oh my God. This is your best work! In all my years teaching I have never seen anything so... Needless to say, this is art! I can't teach you anything. (Gives Lily his paintbrush)

      (What actually happened.)
      Art professor: Oh my God. This is your best work? In all my years teaching I have never seen anything so…needless! To say this is…art. I can't teach you anything.(Takes away Lily's paintbrush)

    • Ted: Okay, we're way past 'truth-telling' Lily and about to hit 'Cinco de Mayo 1998' Lily, and I'm not cleaning that up again.

    • Ted: She's miserable. She's realized that she's made a huge mistake. Her and Marshall will be back in a week. I love it!!
      Robin: Um. No. You just want Lily to be miserable. The truth is she's happy.
      Ted: Trust me. I've known Lily for 9 years.
      Robin: Trust me! I'm a girl!
      Ted: Yeah, but you're Canadian.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Episode Title: "The Scorpion and The Toad"

      The Scorpion and The Toad is a childrens fable: The Scorpion asks the Toad, "Hey, can you give me a lift across the pond?" The Toad says, "No, 'cause you'll sting me and I'll die." The Scorpion says, "No I won't, 'cause then we'll both drown." So the Toad says, "cool," and the Scorpion hops on its back. Halfway across the pond, the Scorpion stings the Toad. As they're going down, the Toad says, "Why? Now we'll both die," and the Scorpion says, "Because it's in my nature."