Belly Full of Turkey
|"Belly Full of Turkey"|
|How I Met Your Mother episode|
|Episode no.||Season 1
|Directed by||Pamela Fryman|
|Written by||Chris Miller|
|Original air date||November 21, 2005|
|Season 1 episodes|
|List of How I Met Your Mother episodes|
"Belly Full of Turkey" is the ninth episode in the first season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired on November 21, 2005.
It's Thanksgiving time, and Marshall and Lily are going to visit Marshall's family in Minnesota. While Marshall is enjoying a game of bask-ice-ball (a combination of basketball and ice hockey that the Eriksen family invented, using tennis racquets), Lily is in the kitchen. While helping in the kitchen, she hears how big Marshall's nephews and nieces are, and begins to get scared thinking that she will have a huge baby (at 6'4", Marshall is the shortest of his brothers, and his sisters-in-law are also tall), since Marshall's three-month-old nephew is about the size of a toddler. At Thanksgiving dinner, Lily gets into an argument with Marshall around the dinner table when she reveals she isn't going to change her surname after the wedding and doesn't want to raise their kids in Minnesota causing her to run off and buy a pregnancy test at a convenience store. Later Marshall finds out Lily has been arrested for urinating in public, and goes to the station to get Lily out and talk to her. Lily tells Marshall her concerns about raising a family of "mayonnaise-guzzling giants in Minnesota", but Marshall assures her that they are not going to settle down in Minnesota, and alleviates Lily's fears. Finally, Marshall and Lily discover that Lily isn't pregnant, so they return to the Eriksen home, much relieved.
Meanwhile, Robin and Ted have no plans for Thanksgiving, and decide to help out at a soup kitchen. When they arrive there, they find Barney volunteering there already, and ask to help. The organizer tells them that they have enough volunteers, but after some pleading, they are allowed to help. Soon after, they find out that not all the food received as donations to the soup kitchen is actually distributed to the needy; many volunteers walk away with food, especially rarer food items. Ted, seeing that this is selfish, begins to distribute rare food items to the needy. Ted, Robin, and Barney are kicked out, and Barney (who was volunteer of the year) becomes upset with Ted; it turns out that Barney volunteered there as mandatory community service after being arrested for public urination on the judge's church. Ted and Robin agree to go to the strip club, The Lusty Leopard, with Barney for Thanksgiving, and Ted, in an act of charity, pays for a stranger's lap dance. Seeing this, another lap dancer compliments Ted on his good nature, and reveals her real name: Tracy. In the year 2030, Future Ted tells his kids "And that's the story of how I met your mother", shocking the kids before Ted reveals he was joking, much to their relief.
- We Are Scientists - "Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt"
- The 88 - "You Belong to Me"
- Styx - Mr. Roboto
- Barney hums Little Red Riding Hood's song from Into the Woods when volunteering.
- The episode is the first in the entire series to poke fun at Canadian stereotypes such as the supposed Canadian pronunciation of out and about as "oot" and "aboot."
- Funyuns are an ingredient in the Eriksen family salad.