Doppelgangers (How I Met Your Mother)

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How I Met Your Mother episode
Episode no. Season 5
Episode 24
Directed by Pamela Fryman
Written by
Production code 5ALH23
Original air date May 24, 2010 (2010-05-24)
Guest appearance(s)
  • Ben Koldyke (Don)
  • Bonnie Bailey-Reed (Flo)
  • Brianna Belladonna (Petra)[1]
Episode chronology
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"The Wedding Bride"
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"Big Days"

"Doppelgangers" is the 24th episode of the fifth season of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, and the 112th episode overall. It originally aired on May 24, 2010.


Although Marshall is ready to have a baby, Lily is not, so they reach a compromise: they make a pact to start trying to have a baby once they finally see Barney's doppelgänger. One day they finally spot Barney's doppelgänger, who appears in the form of a brown-haired cab driver, but later find out it is only Barney's tactic to pick up women from the UN headquarters and sleep with one woman from every country on the planet. Meanwhile, Ted decides to get his hair dyed blond, much to the amusement of the gang. Robin finally gets an offer for her dream job as lead anchor at rival station WNKW. However, she eventually decides to give it up as it requires her to move to Chicago and she wants to stay in New York City for the sake of her relationship with Don. Having nearly had to deal with Robin's departure, Barney realizes that the addition of a baby to the gang would not be that bad after all, and dresses up as an Estonian street performer in order to convince Lily that the fifth doppelgänger has appeared. Lily and Marshall see through his act, but thank him for the gesture, assuring him that he will be a part of their family.

Robin is disappointed when Don tells her that he accepted the WNKW job. Heart-broken that Don was not willing to give up the job like she did, she breaks up with him and moves back to Ted's apartment. Ted tells her that although they have all been searching for their doppelgängers, things have changed so much in the five years since they first met that the five of them are now, in fact, doppelgängers of their own selves. Ted comforts Robin by saying she has become more courageous and that doppelgänger Robin is 'amazing'. She tries to kiss him, but bursts out in laughter when she takes off his cap and sees his blond hair again. Four months later, Lily sees a street vendor selling pretzels who bears an uncanny resemblance to Barney and gathers the rest of the gang to witness the doppelgänger, but they find that the vendor looks nothing like Barney. Just as Barney is about to protest, Marshall stops him. They realize that one only sees what one wants to see, when one wants to see it, and know that Lily is finally ready to have kids.

Critical response[edit]

The A.V. Club gave the episode a B rating.[2]

IGN gave the episode a rating of 8.9 out of 10.[3]

Cindy McLennan of Television Without Pity gave the episode a C+ rating.[4]


  1. ^ "Press release: Episode Title: (#524) "Doppelgangers"". The Futon Critic. May 24, 2010. Retrieved November 17, 2017. 
  2. ^ Donna Bowman (May 24, 2010). "How I Met Your Mother "Doppelgangers"". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved November 17, 2017. 
  3. ^ Amanda Sloane Murray (May 25, 2010). "How I Met Your Mother: "Doppelgangers" Review". IGN. News Corporation. Retrieved November 17, 2017. 
  4. ^ Cindy McLennan (May 24, 2010). "How I Met Your Mother: This Just In". Television Without Pity. NBCUniversal. Archived from the original on July 22, 2014. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 

External links[edit]

External image
How I Met Your Mother - Doppelgangers
Promotional Image:
Marshall and Lily meet a man who looks like Barney