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October 25, 2010
Marshall and Lily worry a lot about baby names and genders. Robin can't stand her new co-host and Ted makes things worse when he dates her. Barney accepts another challenge.
Marshall and Lily visit their friends Stuart and Claudia, who have just had a baby girl. Stuart and Claudia are having trouble agreeing on a baby name and that causes Marshall and Lily thinking about baby names of their own.
Lily shoots down many of the names off of Marshall's list recounting stories of her worst students. Marshall then shoots down Lily's suggestions of Tara (recounting how he and his friends used to pine for a hot girl named Tara in high school) and Esther (a performer at the Lusty Leopard). Marshall confers with Ted privately who points out that Marshall has only boys' names on his list. Marshall admits that he is terrified of having a daughter because he thinks about what it would be like to be the father of girls like Ester and Tara. He even fears that his stripper daughter will date an aging Barney.
Robin says they shouldn't name their daughter Becky. Robin is extremely frustrated with her childish new co-anchor at Come On, Get Up New York! Robin complains that Becky uses baby talk and points out how ridiculous it is that guys find it sweet and says that a guy wouldn't be able to use it to pick up a woman. Barney accepts this as a challenge. However, he soon realizes that this challenge may be beyond his abilities and he gives up.
Ted exacerbates the problem by admitting that he finds Becky charming and he begins to date her to Robin's disgust. Ted explains that dating Becky is nice because she makes him feel needed, something Robin didn't do when he dated her. Startled by this revelation, Robin shows up at Barney's and asks him to weigh in. Barney assures Robin that her independence and lack of neediness is one of the things he liked most about her. He then requests Robin's help to get rid of a woman in his apartment. Finally able to succeed in his challenge, Barney now needs help getting rid of her. Robin grabs Barney's katana and takes care of it.
Marshall, still concerned about having a girl asks his parents, Marvin Sr. and Judy, for advice. Marvin Sr. confides to Marshall that the reason the Eriksen line is male-dominated is because of ancient Viking traditions. So, in the bathroom before having sex with Lily, Marshall consumes pickled herring, and, after fearfully picturing a pregnant daughter marrying Barney in a strip club, submerges his manhood in ice water.
As Marshall lays down with Lily, being careful to face her north, Lily calls him out on his strange behavior and accuses him of trying to make a boy. Spotting the lemons by the side of the bed (which his father claimed were "baby-girl fertilizer"), Marshall realizes that Lily was trying to make a girl herself.
Marshall and Lily visit Stuart and Claudia again. The couple explain how they finally decided on a name, Esther. Later, in bed, Marshall and Lily realize how silly they were being and concede that they just want a happy healthy baby. They agree on a gender-neutral name: "Jamie". That is until Lily rejects it because of a troublemaker in her class named Jamie.
Ted finally breaks up with Becky: After taking her to the park and buying her ice cream, he bends down to tie her shoe. Then he notices nearby another man tying the shoelace for his young daughter. Suddenly finding his relationship with Becky uncomfortable, Ted declares they are done and walks off.
- Robin's friends don't know who Becky is, because Come On, Get Up New York! is broadcast so early in the morning.
- The kid who "got to second base" with Lily and left a purple hand print on her breast in the Pilot is revealed to be Rob.
- The Eriksens' tendency to produce large, heavy babies has been mentioned previously in several episodes, including Belly Full of Turkey, Not a Father's Day, and Jenkins.
- Robin wears a necklace with a handgun pendant. Her fondness for firearms has been referenced several times, including in Where Were We? and Moving Day.
- Barney uses the phrase "Who's your daddy?" to answer Robin's question of "why the little girl act works on men". He often calls himself "daddy" when with girls, such as "Daddy's home" in Slap Bet and other episodes.
- Marshall wanting a son and Lily wanting a daughter was alluded to in Dowisetrepla and Robots Versus Wrestlers. In Last Cigarette Ever, Future Ted reveals that they will eventually have a son.
- Claudia sarcastically suggests naming their daughter Vodka, in reference to Stuart's drinking problem, previously referenced in Intervention, while Claudia and Stuart's struggling marriage was previously noted in Bachelor Party.
- Marshall was previously shown sporting a rat-tail in his youth in The Window and Ted is at MacLaren's telling the gang about this woman, Tiffany. She says she's really into him, but can't be with him "right now." The gang sees through her ruse, telling Ted that he's been "hooked," a euphemism for stringing someone along until they meet someone better.
Everyone has an example: Marshall did a high school classmate's homework and was her "secret boyfriend", Robin allows her pre-morning show cameraman to pamper her, and Lily's high school flame, Scooter (David Burtka), works at her school as cafeteria staff, where she doesn't exactly tell him that a romantic relationship is impossible.
Ted refuses to believe that he has been hooked, and continues waiting for Tiffany. When she shows up to the bar with her co-workers, Barney is excited to see that she and all her friends are pharmaceutical representatives, which he calls the "hot-chick" profession of their generation (like the nurse or stewardess was in the past).
All the while, Ted himself has "hooked" Henrietta, a librarian from Columbia. Henrietta treats Ted just like he treats Tiffany, even assembling an elegant dinner when he drops by. Ted is just as dismissive of Henrietta as Tiffany is of him. Ted is invited to go to a wedding with Tiffany, which he sees as a sign of commitment, so he meets her in the room with champagne. However she enters with the best man, the guy who has "hooked" her. Ted leaves, intent on making sure Henrietta doesn't feel the same heartbreak.
Unfortunately, he took the best man's jacket by accident, which had the wedding ring inside. Bending over at Henrietta's door to tie his shoes, the ring falls out, and Henrietta opens the door to see Ted down on his knee, in a tuxedo, with a ring in his hand. She says yes, and introduces him to her visiting parents. Ted explains what has happened and that they will never be together.
Meanwhile, Marshall tries to get Lily to let Scooter know she is never going to be with him, but she is immobilized by Scooter's puppy-dog eyes. Marshall uses Barney's teacup pig (in a cute blanket) to train Lily to resist Scooter. Eventually, it works, and the two head down to the cafeteria, but even though Lily is able to tell Scooter it will never happen, Marshall himself can't resist Scooter's charm, telling him to just wait until he is dead..
- Barney has accepted several challenges before, always with the catchphrase: Challenge Accepted. This is the first and only time though he forfeits a challenge, even though he completed it afterwards.
Future References (Contains Spoilers)
- Lily's student Johnny, who ate the class goldfish Gill, is the class troublemaker she tells Ted about in Canning Randy.
- Marshall and Lily learn that they will be having a boy in Mystery vs. History, and name him Marvin in The Magician's Code - Part One.
- Becky goes out with Ted again, as revealed in The Ashtray, and she eventually gets engaged to the Captain, as seen in Daisy.
- Marshall and Lily eventually have a daughter too, as revealed in Daisy.
|Marshall:||I don't want a girl, I just want a little boy!|
|Ted:||It's not what it sounds like, folks.|
|Robin:||Ted, of all the women in New York, you had to go out with an eight-year-old girl?|
|Ted:||Not what it sounds like, folks.|
|Barney:||You're the least needy woman I've ever met. That's awesome. I mean, no guy's going to say "Who's your daddy?" to Robin Scherbatsky. You're your own daddy. And mommy. And weird survivalist uncle who lives in a cabin with a shotgun blaming stuff on the government. And that is what makes you the most amazing, strong, independent woman I've ever banged.|
- —Barney assures Robin her lack of neediness is nothing to ashamed of.
|Marshall:||How come the creepy kid in a horror movie is always a girl? Or twin girls, who speak in unison.|
|Lily:||What about Chucky?|
|Marshall:||A, he was a doll. B, he was possessed by an adult serial killer, and C, how could you bring up Chucky right before bed?!|
|Marshall:||Hey, Barney, that prime rib was surprisingly good, but it's ten thirty in the morning I don't really need to see a lady get naked and dance.|
|Barney:||Oh Esther gets naked, but she doesn't dance... [offscreen, we hear the sound of a balloon being blown up and tied at the end, it is implied that Esther performed this act using only her vagina. We then see a stack of cards being shot at Marshall and Barney, one of the cards lands on Barney's forehead] That WAS my card!|
|Robin:||[at her newsdesk] Members of the G-8 convened today in Vienna to discuss plans to fight climate change, by which- [Becky playfully taps Robin on the shoulder] What?|
|Becky:||Ask me what I did yesterday.|
|Robin:||Hey, Becky. Becky, this is our news segment, okay? Nobody cares what you did yesterday.|
|Mike:||Lighten up Robin. [turns to Becky] What'd you do sweetheart?|
|Becky:||[camera pans to Becky] Well, I'm new in town and don't know many people but yesterday I met the sweetest man who took me on a tour of the city. [whispers] Guys, New York is kinda cool.|
|Robin:||Okay, back to the G-8 conference. Hello? Mike? Can I get in the shot? [camera shakes from side to side indicating that Mike is saying "no"] Fantastic.|
|Becky:||Then, this cutie patootie took me to this bar called MacLaren's right underneath his apartment.|
|Robin:||Wait. Did you go out with Ted Mosby?|
|Becky:||Yes!Guys, I went out with Robin's roommate. I saw her bedroom. [whispers] She's a messy Bessie.|
|Robin:||[camera goes back to Robin] In other news, later today a Manhattan architect gets punched in the throat.|
|Ted:||[cuts to Ted at McLaren's holding his throat] OW!|
Notes and Trivia
Goofs and Errors
- In flashbacks of the time when Ted and Robin dated, Robin is shown to have the same hairstyle she has now (wavy with bangs). In Season 2, Robin had straight hair and no bangs.
- In flashbacks, Lily is seen wearing a different top (the one with Rob's hand print on it) than what she originally wore in the Pilot episode.
- Thats because it is not supposed to be the same event, it is something that happened twice to Lily in two separate occasions.
- In flashbacks when Marshall went to high school, there is a flag of Quebec in front of the school and there is a Quebec "Provincial Government Building" identification plate on the building's wall. However, Marshall grew up and attended high school in Minnesota.
- In flashbacks of Becky's visit to the apartment, the first flashback shows Becky hands Ted a plate full of cookies. However, in the next part, the plate is gone.
- In the scene of Marshall entering the bedroom, his underpants are showing. While previously in the bathroom scene is shown that he's putting his private part in a bowl of ice where he's definitely not wearing the underpants.
- He could have put them back on.
Allusions and Outside References
- The video for the song "Jeremy" by Pearl Jam is referenced in the episode in a flashback about a boy named Jeremy.
- Marshall suggests baby names LeBron, Shaquille, Hakeem, and Dikembe, all names of famous black basketball players: LeBron James, Shaquille O'Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Dikembe Mutombo.
- Lily says to Marshall, "You're writing checks my vagina can't cash," a reworking of an oft-quoted line from Top Gun. The original line is, "Son, your ego is writing checks your body can't cash."
- The song that Marshall and his high school friends sing to the hot girl Tara uses the melody of song "End of the Road" by popular 90s R&B group Boyz II Men. Marshall was singing bass and holding a cane like Michael McCary from the group.
- Lily suggests the baby name Tara, which could be a reference to Tara Maclay who was the love interest of Willow Rosenberg who was Alyson Hannigan's character on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
- The movie Kill Bill is referenced in the scene when Robin grabs Barney's katana.
- Marshall references Chucky from the movie Child's Play and when he says that the horror movie villian is mostly a little girl, he could be indirectly referencing Samara from the 2002 horror film The Ring.
- The iconic theme from Psycho is played in the short scene where Lily is stabbed in her leg with a pencil.
- Laura Bell Bundy - Becky
- Matt Boren - Stuart
- Virginia Williams - Claudia
- Bill Fagerbakke - Marvin Eriksen Sr.
- Suzie Plakson - Judy Eriksen
- Ron Nicolosi - Mike
- Emily Wilson - Marshall's Daughter
- Jadon Sand - Rob
- Ashwyn Bagga - Johnny
- Bruce Merkle - Michael
- Payson Lewis - Morris
- Ryan Powers - Marc
- Mikaela Hoover - Stacey
- This episode premiered to 8.292 million viewers. 
- Donna Bowman at the AV Club gave the episode a B+. 
- DeAnn Welker at Television Without Pity gave the episode a A-. 
- Robert Canning at IGN gave the episode an 7.5 out of 10. 
- The St. Petersburg Comic Review gave this episode 7.5 out of 10 stars. "...don't knock the vodka..."
- ↑ http://tvbythenumbers.com/2010/10/26/monday-finals-castle-adjusted-down-dancing-rules-men-mike-molly-lie-90210-adjusted-up/69786
- ↑ http://www.avclub.com/articles/baby-talk,46732/
- ↑ http://www.televisionwithoutpity.com/show/how_i_met_your_mother/baby_talk_1.php
- ↑ http://au.tv.ign.com/articles/113/1130474p1.html
- Baby Talk at the English Wikipedia
- Baby Talk at the Internet Movie Database
- Baby Talk at TV.com
- Baby Talk at CBS Press Express.
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