Rabbit or Duck
|"Rabbit or Duck"|
|How I Met Your Mother episode|
|Episode no.||Season 5
|Directed by||Pamela Fryman|
|Written by||Carter Bays, Craig Thomas|
|Original air date||February 8, 2010|
|Season 5 episodes|
Ted, Marshall, Lily, and Robin hang out at Ted's apartment to watch Super Bowl XLIV, where the camera catches Barney holding up a sign in the crowd asking women to call him. It pays off as his phone keeps ringing with women on the other end. He hires Ranjit as his personal driver. Robin also reveals that she accepted an offer from her colleague, Don Frank (Benjamin Koldyke), to go on a Valentine's Day date with him, while they were on the air. The gang debates whether Robin is attracted to Don using the duck-rabbit illusion. This leads to one of the most intense fights ever among the group, with Marshall supporting rabbits as an object of desire, and Ted, Robin, Lily and Ranjit supporting ducks. Ranjit even falls back into his native language (which is actually Persian but had to be Bengali as he is portrayed to be from Bangladesh) to yell at Marshall. Marshall eventually concedes the point ("duck's good; rabbit's bad").
Given the success of Ranjit's arranged marriage, Ted decides to let Marshall and Lily pick the perfect bride for him during a double date on Valentine's Day itself. Ted joins Robin on her date at Don's apartment, as Don said there would be a party. Ted leaves when they see Don on the couch naked and realizes there was no party. Don says he was trying The Naked Man. Robin confronts Don and he admits he is interested in her but didn't know how to say. However, she sees him with a large pair of rabbit ears.
Meanwhile, Barney's having problems with his pickup phone. When he is about to bed one woman, an even hotter woman calls the phone. This causes him to ditch the woman and have Ranjit drive him back to MacLaren's on three separate occasions. On the fourth incident (involving a hot chick named Natalia), Barney throws the phone in the dumpster so he can concentrate on the woman. As he was about to seal the deal, he could hear the phone ringing in the distance (in the manner of Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart) and gets it again at the dumpster. Marshall and Lily later hide the phone inside the piano at Ted's apartment. Ted and Robin, who agreed to clean up the place for the day, find the phone and Ted answers.
Ted goes on the double date with Marshall and Lily, who have fixed him up with Natalia. Despite their compatibility, Ted continues to answer the phone, which results in another encounter at MacLaren's, wearing aviator sunglasses and sitting across from another woman. Seeing Ted on the line, Barney tries to get it from him, but Ted passes it to Marshall and Lily, who drops the phone in a pitcher of beer.
Back at the apartment, Ted and Robin lament about their single status, but later agree to clean the bathroom.
While preparing for another episode of Come On Get Up, New York, Don apologizes to Robin for his unprofessional behavior and praises her news anchor skills. He also tries to improve his work ethic by getting coffee for Robin. She realizes that he is wearing pants (which he never does), and the next time she looks up she imagines a duck bill on his face.
- Barney's ringtone is "Turkey in the Straw."
- A fast version of Felix Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" (from Incidental music to Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, op. 61) plays while Marshall and Lily hurry to find Ted a wife on Valentine's Day.
- Ted spoofs "Here comes the groom"; music is from Bridal Chorus, from Richard Wagner's opera Lohengrin.
- "Turkey in the Straw" is also heard – in a slower version and played in the piano – in the date that Marshall and Lily arranged for Ted at the restaurant.
- Ted references Donald Duck's and Don's shared habit of not wearing pants as proof that Don is a "duck." Ironically, it is Don's decision to start wearing pants that makes him a duck to Robin.
- Barney holds up a sign during the Super Bowl saying "Hey Ladies, Call Barney Stinson," with the C, B, and S written in big colored letters. CBS is the network that airs How I Met Your Mother and that also broadcast Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010. The poster Barney displayed has two versions. One version, with the number 1-877-987-6401, appeared on the Super Bowl telecast. When dialed, a message recorded by Harris in character as Barney was played, but it is now disconnected. The number was changed to 1-917-555-0197 in the final version of the episode.
- Don wonders why Ulee's Gold is in every crossword.
- Natalia, the date Marshall and Lily arrange for Ted, knows all the lines from Caddyshack.
- When the gang breaks out into their biggest argument over which was better: the duck or the rabbit, Ranjit gets heated as well and joins the argument in his native tongue. Ranjit very enthusiastically begins to argue in Persian. He yells out the following argument in favor of the duck being better: "A duck can swim, walk and fly, what else do you want from the poor animal!"
Brian Zoromski of IGN gave the episode 9 out of 10.
- ""Super Bowl: Call Barney Stinson" at How I Met Your Mother Source".
- Stinson, Barney (2010-02-08). "Barney's Blog: Super Bowl". Archived from the original on 2010-03-06. Retrieved 2010-03-06.
- Donna Bowman (2010-02-08). "How I Met Your Mother: Rabbit Or Duck". The AV Club. Retrieved 2010-08-11.
- Brian Zoromski (2010-02-09). "How I Met Your Mother: Rabbit or Duck Review.". IGN (News Corporation). Retrieved 2010-08-11.