Ducky Tie

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"Ducky Tie"
How I Met Your Mother episode
Episode no. Season 7
Episode 3
Directed by Rob Greenberg
Written by Carter Bays & Craig Thomas
Production code 7ALH03
Original air date September 26, 2011 (2011-09-26)
Guest appearance(s)

Ashley Williams (Victoria)

Episode chronology
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"The Naked Truth"
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"The Stinson Missile Crisis"

"Ducky Tie" is the third episode of the seventh season of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother and the 139th episode overall. It aired on September 26, 2011.[1]


Marshall has acquired a blue tie with a yellow-duck pattern, which Barney despises because he finds the design unstylish. Now that Lily is pregnant, her breasts have gotten bigger, so Barney wants to see them; both Lily and Marshall refuse. The group decide to go to "Shinjitsu", a teppanyaki restaurant, for dinner, where Barney insults the cooking style, claiming he can do with ease all the techniques the chef can do. Marshall becomes angry and challenges Barney to do every technique, with permission to touch Lily's breasts if he succeeds. If Barney fails, he must wear the duck tie for one year.

Barney unnerves Marshall and Lily throughout dinner with suggestions that he is as adept at cooking as he claims. When he offers to call off the bet if he is allowed to see Lily's breasts for 30 seconds in the alley, they accept until Marshall realizes that Barney has been conditioning Marshall to associate Barney's sneezing with the desire to go to "Shinjitsu" as part of a future scheme to use Marshall if Barney ever wanted something from him. Lily and Marshall are confident they have won the bet until after dinner, when Barney easily executes all but one of the cooking techniques. In desperation, Lily pulls up her shirt and flashes her breasts at Barney, which distracts and prevents him from succeeding at the final cooking technique. When the group returns to MacLaren's, Barney reluctantly begins wearing the ducky tie.

Meanwhile, during dinner, Ted relays the story of what happened when he ran into Victoria again at the Architect's Ball in "The Naked Truth". Ted makes a long-awaited apology for cheating on her, which Victoria accepts, saying she is no longer angry. However, she is surprised to learn that Ted does not find it strange that he, Robin and Barney hang out every night, despite the fact that both men dated and broke up with Robin. When Ted offers to help Victoria wash the dishes at her bakery, he learns that she is going to be engaged to Klaus, a classmate from Germany. He becomes upset when he further learns that she got together with him a day and a half after she and Ted broke up, meaning that he spent years feeling guilty for kissing Robin when Victoria was planning on leaving him for Klaus anyway. They end up arguing, but begin reminiscing about their time together after Ted reveals he deeply regretted cheating on her and they had loved one another; they end up sharing a kiss.

Despite the kiss, Victoria realizes that she wants to be with Klaus and leaves to meet him for a trip in the Hamptons. Though he concludes the story there with his friends, Future Ted reveals that he had asked Victoria what she imagined their lives would be like had they stayed together. Victoria had responded that Ted's relationships over the past six years have failed because of Robin, telling him that she is a bigger part of his life than he realizes and warns him that the current friendship that he shares with Robin and Barney doesn't work. Though Ted had not believed Victoria at the time, Future Ted reveals that she had been right.


Todd VanDerWerff of The A.V. Club rated the episode at A−.[2]

The episode had 10.556 million viewers.[3]


  1. ^ "TV listing for "Ducky Tie" at". MSN. Archived from the original on September 24, 2011. Retrieved September 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ Todd VanDerWerff (September 26, 2011). "The Ducky Tie – How I Met Your Mother". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved September 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ "TV Ratings Monday: 'Terra Nova' Not Out Of This World; 'Men' Down, Still Manly; 'Mike & Molly' Series High As CBS Tops Night | Page 104964". TV by the Numbers. September 27, 2011. Retrieved August 12, 2017. 

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