How I Met Your Mother Review: "Ducky Tie"

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A man once said, "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist." That man was Kaiser Soze.

Well, How I Met Your Mother's very own usual suspect pulled off his greatest trick tonight on "Ducky Tie." For the years of training Marshall like Pavlov's dog, to the time spent across the river in Hoboken to hone his knife skills, I tipp my cap to Barney Stinson. Also because I'm sure he could fling a a piece of kobe beef into it on command.

The whole unraveling of the master plan with its twists and turns would have given M Night Shyamalan goose bumps. As if that wasn't enough Stin-sationalism, the Twitter jokes using slashtags were legendary as well. I was shocked, though, that Robin noticed Lily's breasts before he did, but perhaps it was all part of the plan. 

Wager On!

At first I was worried Marshall wrote a check Lily's body couldn't cash, but there was no default in the Lily-Fed as she was more than willing to live up to her obligation so long as Barney was also. The back and forth negotiation of the terms of the bet was one of the best exchanges on the show that I can recall and was definitely my favorite quote of the episode, all of which can be found here.

While the terms of the wager were being drawn, I loved how Robin kept segueing back to the Ted and Victoria story and how excited Ted was each time to continue making a long story longer, but still entertaining.

Robin was great tonight, whether it was smoothing things over for Ted at the Architects Ball, playing off Lily's loathing of Barney or throwing crackers at the Ducky Tie as the aforementioned wore it after losing the bet. She did try to get serious at one point  and reference that she wasn't doing so well with regard to past love, but then she noticed Lily's "cans." It served as a fresh reminder of the feelings she still has for Barney, however.

Victoria was right, the whole three amigos arrangement won't last, but she was mistaken about one thing: Ted does not end up with Robin, Barney does. Or at least that was the clear direction we were pointed in tonight, but it could of course be another head fake from the C&C Misdirect Factory. I have never been more confident, though, that the dynamic duo of Suitman and Robin will become a happily wedded reality after all, through sickness and health, for richer or poorer... hallelujah, holy sh-t, where's the Tylenol.

All the dinnertainment got me craving some MSG and now I have a headache, so I'll cut it off here. I hope you enjoyed the call back jokes like the "bang Bang" song as much as I did and weigh in on your thoughts about tonight's little wink wink, nod nod, from the show's writers.


Editor Rating: 5.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (125 Votes)
Uncle jackass

Yay, HIMYM is back and it's on fire. Great comedy and chess moves from Barney. Worthy of the Grand Masters and Jedi Archives.


after this third awesome episode in a row, there's just no doubt that marshall is right:
"Guys, it's gonna be a good year!"


One of the best episodes EVER. I really loved the episode


Without a doubt, this is joining the list of my favorite HIMYM episodes of all time. The episode began so strong with Barney's mockery of Twitter hashtags and it was nice to see its continuity throughout the episode. The bet and everything to do with it was just perfect. The pacing of each change in the bet's terms was great and it was just hilarious the whole time. The transitions to Ted's encounter with Victoria was also really good because it just made the story better. It was fun seeing Robin diverting back into that story and Ted's enthusiasm to tell it. The scenes between Ted and Victoria in the kitchen were precious but I think the one at the bus stop was far better. I think Ted's "What If" speech really showed more about this character and Victoria telling him straight out what the problem was is such a game changer. This piece of information gets even better when you think about the irony that it was Robin who kept diverting back into the story. Obviously Victoria's return wasn't meant to be a return of a past love for a second chance but it was to open a new story that will greatly affect the dynamics between Ted and Robin. I'm really interested to see that. Once again, a really great episode!


the producer promised a strong episode an we got one of the best! It had everything funny scenes, emotional scenes and game-changers!
the whole ducky tie story was hilarious! I laughed like crazy! But one funny part was Robin pushing the Victoria story constantly in the middle of the fight ! And than U . . . and I am curious to see how long will Barny wear the tie! The Ted/Victoria kitchen scene amazing! I really felt them connect and disconnect! And Than the game-changer Robin is the one who prevented U from finding a Wife! what a nice twist! And that's one more sign that Robin must be taken( married) so Ted could find THE ONE.


Great episode. Robin feeding the Ducky Tie. Barney deriding the Ducky Tie and later sullenly wearing it. If Barney. Ted and Robin don't all hang out together anymore in the future so no more scenes with all 3 anymore!


I am very anxious to see hwo the storyline with the trio plays out

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How I Met Your Mother Season 7 Episode 3 Quotes

Robin: Lily what on Earth is going on with your cans?
Lily: Oh these old thangs? I got my pregnancy boobs!

Duck duck gross!