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September 28, 2009
Ted has a blind date, and discovers its the same date he was on seven years ago. They retrace their steps from their first date to see where they went wrong. Meanwhile, Marshall and Barney go to a strip club and find a stripper who looks exactly like Lily.
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Meanwhile, the rest of the gang grapples with relationship questions. Though Barney claims to have tickets to a Chewbacca exhibit, which Marshall is genuinely excited about, they instead head to the Lusty Leopard, where Marshall is uncomfortable because he considers fantasies cheating. He explains to Barney that every time he wants to fantasize, he must create an elaborate scenario where Lily must die of a terminal illness. While they discuss this, Jasmine — a stripper who looks exactly like Lily — appears on stage, exciting Barney to no end.
After going to the exact same restaurant and exchanging the same dialogue, including a pun that Jen describes as "really bad", Ted and Jen realize they are repeating their blind date from seven years ago. They remember that the date was horrible, from Ted's snobbish behavior to Jen's obsession with her cats and her ex-boyfriend. Frightened by the prospect of having to date everyone in New York again, they decide to retrace their steps to find the mistakes of the first date. This leads to flashbacks of their previous date showing alongside Ted and Jen's second date.
Barney and Marshall return to MacLaren's and tell them about Lily's doppelgänger. It is also revealed that the gang has seen two other doppelgängers; a butch "Lesbian Robin ," and "Mustache Marshall ," Hispanic lawyer Señor Justicia. Lily is excited about the find, but Robin gets mad about Barney going to a strip club. He makes Marshall tell Lily about his death fantasies that he uses to justify thinking about other women.
Learning new things about themselves on the first date, Ted and Jen head to MacLaren's, where the gang is there to help them retrace the events of the 2002 date. Jen reveals that she thought Ted was checking out a woman at the bar, when Ted and Barney were really looking at "Mustache Marshall." Ted and Jen head up to the roof, and after they share a kiss they suddenly realize why they never had another date: Ted never called her. Ted apologizes for his blunder and both ponder what would have happened had they got together.
Lily tells Marshall she's fine with him thinking about other women, at least as long as she's alive in the fantasy. She takes Marshall back to the strip club to fantasize about her doppelgänger to get over his discomfort. Barney and Robin go too, where everyone recognizes him, stoking Robin's anger. She tells Barney how uncomfortable the thought of him going to a strip club makes her, but he ignores her. Lily is so enthralled by her stripper twin that she and Marshall get a private dance. Robin wants to have a serious talk about the relationship, but Barney remains oblivious.
Before Ted and Jen can kiss again on the roof, he stops and realizes that their quirks are part of who they are and that they should hold out for someone who'll not just tolerate them, but like them. Future Ted then tells his kids that when he told a pun to their mother on their first date, she laughed (almost completely sincerely).
Back at the strip club, Marshall comments to Lily that Jasmine is having trouble on stage. When "Lily" responds with a thick accent and cigarette in hand, "Jasmine" falls on stage and he goes to help her.
- The first three of the five doppelgangers are revealed in this episode. Future Ted says that by the following summer they would find the remaining two doppelgängers. In Robots Versus Wrestlers, Barney, Lily, and Marshall find Mexican Wrestler Ted, and Barney's doppelgänger appears as Lily and Marshall's fertility doctor in Bad News.
- The flashbacks to 2002 show Ted's goatee, which is shown when Barney met Ted in the Pilot and How I Met Everyone Else.
- Robin was not present in the flashback sequence when the blind date meets Ted's friends, because he only met her in 2005 and the date took place in 2002.
- Lily's hiccup problem present in Marshall's fantasy was previously shown in Old King Clancy.
- Stripper Lily makes another appearance in 46 Minutes.
- Ted mentions another trait about the mother when talking about the "mightly shellfish" joke- "When I told your mother that joke she laughed- and it was like, only, like 30% pity."
|Jen:||So, any thoughts on food?|
|Ted:||Yeah. You want to share the oysters?|
|Jen:||I'd love to share the oysters.|
|Ted:||Good, cause if you wouldn't that would be... mighty shellfish.|
|Barney:||Guess who just got four tickets to the "Origins of Chewbacca" Star Wars exhibit?|
|Barney:||No, I said, "guess who?"|
|Lily:||I heard you.|
|Jasmine:||What did you say buddy?|
|Jasmine:||Who?, Oh yes I am this 'Lily', we married long time, may I have moneys for shopping?|
|Marshall:||(Lily slips on stage) Lily!|
Notes and TriviaEdit
Goofs and ErrorsEdit
Allusions and Outside ReferencesEdit
- Barney uses a Star Wars exhibition about the character Chewbacca to trick Marshall and Ted into going out for the night.
- Marshall mentions he'd like an "English to Wookiee" dictionary.
- Rewind - Goldspot
- Eine Kleine Nachtmusik is the ringtone on Jen's phone, only the music is made up of cats meows.
- Overall, this is the ninetieth episode.
- The Double Date occurrence was inspired by an actual occurrence that occurred in Orange County, CA. by C. Chan (Irvine, CA). The memorable one-liner that each person remembered was: "Would you like to share an appetizer? Yes, good. Cause if I was any country right now, it would be HUNGARY." Story line, names, etc was changed so that the episode was not based on a real person.
- This episode was originally planned for Season 4 but was shelved due to the complicated dual timeline. At the time the show had not yet been renewed for a fifth season.
- International Airdates: Australia: February 18, 2010 on Channel 7; United Kingdom: June 3, 2010 on E4
- Alyssa Smith - April
- Lindsay Sloane - Jen
- Clyde Tull - Minister Giles
- Rizwan Manji - Dr. Vikash
- Molly Prather - Judy
Donna Bowman of The A.V. Club rated the episode with a grade A-. 
Brian Zoromski of IGN gave the episode 7.5 out of 10. He criticized the episode for its portrayal of Robin as a jealous girlfriend, although he praised the episode for the editing and character appropriate way Ted behaved on his double date. 
Cindy McLennan of Television Without Pity rated the episode with a grade B-. 
- ↑ http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/entertainment_tv/2009/04/how-i-met-your-mother-cbs-alyson-hannigan.html
- ↑ http://www.avclub.com/articles/double-date,33460/
- ↑ http://au.tv.ign.com/articles/102/1029397p1.html
- ↑ http://www.televisionwithoutpity.com/show/how-i-met-your-mother/double-date-3-1.php?page=2
- Double Date at the English Wikipedia
- Double Date at the Internet Movie Database
- Double Date at TV.com
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