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Duel Citizenship

HIMYM episode 5x05 (93)

First aired:
October 19, 2009
Pamela Fryman
Chuck Tatham
Barney's Blog

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Robin faces deportation so Barney decides to help her become an American citizen. Ted and Marshall go a road trip to relive their college days but Marshall invites Lily along.


Future Ted explains that Robin's Canadian quirks and mannerisms were strange (slang, imperviousness to cold, and severe aggression in barfights), which got her into trouble in the fall of 2009. After a bar fight, she is charged with assault and could be deported unless she gets American citizenship. Barney takes the opportunity to reiterate that Canada is lame and America is awesome. He encourages her to take the citizenship test and teaches her to act as obnoxiously as a typical American. Robin takes on the role perfectly, but on the way back home, she walks past her Canadian bar, the Hoser Hut, and tempted by her heritage, she goes in. After some serious drinking with Canada's national womens' curling team, she blacks out and ends up in a Toronto hotel room.

Barney has tracked her down and convinces her to come home and take the test. They stop at a Tim Hortons coffee shop, where the cashier mistakes Robin for American. Downtrodden, Robin feels neither Canadian nor American. Barney makes a speech ridiculing Canadians for letting such an amazing woman go and then is promptly beaten up by some men. After some free Canadian health care, they return home and Robin decides she wants dual citizenship.

Meanwhile, Ted hears that a pizzeria in Chicago named Gazzola's is closing down. He and Marshall used to drive straight from Wesleyan to the pizzeria when they were in college, even though the pizza was awful. The road trips (fueled only by jerky and Tantrum (a soda which according to Future Ted had "the highest caffeine level legally available over the counter") helped cement their friendship, and Ted proposes they take one last trip. Pumped to spend some personal time with Marshall (and reeling from a severe caffeine high), Ted is disappointed to find out that Lily is coming along.

Lily needs bathroom breaks frequently and insists (instead of rock music like the Proclaimers) they listen to an audiobook about a man's relationship with his dog (narrated by Kenny Rogers). Ted is annoyed and becomes exasperated when they stop at a bed and breakfast (instead of driving through the night). After Lily and Marshall engage in some couples' activities, Ted tricks Marshall into driving with him to Gazola's in his bathrobe. They enjoy the pizza, but Marshall becomes guilty over leaving Lily and they leave. Ted admits his anger at Lily tagging along and the two stop speaking.

They drive back to the bed and breakfast not speaking to each other, but the audiobook story they are listening to makes them realize they need each other's friendship and they reconcile. Lily hasn't even noticed that they're gone because she has been powerfully sedated by the hotel's spa services. After some severe stomach pains from the pizza, the three head back to New York. They are worried they may have left Lily behind but she is shown clinging to the top of the car using the power of the highly caffeinated soda.


  • Lily's frequent urination problem was first alluded to in Slutty Pumpkin.
  • In the flashback to Ted and Marshall's college-era Gazzola's roadtrips, "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by The Proclaimers is playing in Marshall's Fiero. This was the only song the car was capable of playing, as explained in Arrivederci, Fiero.
  • Marshall and Lily's annoying codependence is referenced again, having been mentioned previously in Showdown and Woooo!. Also, in The Exploding Meatball Sub, Ted mentions them having "morphed into one giant, hermaphroditic blob". 
  • During her brawl at the Hoser Hut, Robin is wearing a Vancouver Canucks jersey. The Canucks were established as her favorite hockey team in The Platinum RuleIntervention, and Robin 101.
  • Robin not wearing cold weather clothes in the winter like the others was mentioned in Little Minnesota, where she was also introduced to the Hoser Hut.
  • Robin previously faced the possibility of deportation in The Possimpible due to her unemployment, but managed to stay after Barney finds her a job.
  • Robin eventually receives her US citizenship sometime between The Rough Patch (where Barney and Robin consider getting married to speed up her application) and Say Cheese (where there is a flashback to the gang celebrating her citizenship approval).
  • In The Poker Game, Marshall informs Daphne that Gazzola's has re-opened as they pass through Illinois, and Ted gets a pizza delivered to him on the road as a belated wedding present. Marshall also references the restaurant's rampant health code violations, telling Daphne that it closed in the first place due to rats.


For a listing of all images on the wiki tagged as being from this episode, see Category:Duel Citizenship images.

Memorable QuotesEdit

Barney: We'll stay up all night! I'm gonna drill you... and then we're gonna study. No, seriously. We're gonna do some cramming... and then we're gonna study. No, really. We're gonna bone up on—
Robin: Okay...
Barney: Sorry, it's a rich area.
Barney tries to help Robin study for her citizenship test

Barney: There's kids playing hockey on the back. It's like you want us to make fun of you!
Barney comments on a Canadian $5 bill

Robin: How do you know the Canadian citizenship test is easy?
Barney: It's Canada. Question one, do you want to be Canadian? Question two, really?

Notes and TriviaEdit

Goofs and ErrorsEdit

  • In a 1999 flashback Marshall is seen drinking Tantrum and eating jerky in his Fiero, breaking his own rule about no food or drink in the car, even including groceries. (Arrivederci, Fiero)
  • It is said that Gazzola's pizza is worth the 22 hour drive, however, Middletown, Conneticut to Chicago is around 880 miles which would only be around a 13 hour drive.  Even though they stopped for Lily to pee it would not add 9 hours on to the drive.
    • 22 hours could be related to the amount of time that Ted and Marshall ride in the car both to Gazzola's and then back again.
    • It's also worth noting that their old college trips were mapless, and may have taken them far off course.
  • Ted asked if Marshall wanted to crank up some Van Halen like the old times, but The Proclaimers 500 miles is the only song they could listen too, besides the radio. 
  • At the beginning of the episode, it is mentioned that everything at Crumpet Manor was designed for couples. Yet somehow, Lily manages to have such a good time by herself that she doesn't even notice Marshall and Ted left her

Allusions and Outside ReferencesEdit

  • The highly-caffeinated green soda, "Tantrum," that the boys drink is a reference to a series of sodas in the late 90s including Jolt Cola, Mountain Dew, Surge, amongst others.
  • The audiobook they listen to in the car is a parody of the book "Marley & Me", adapted into a film.
  • Tim Hortons is a chain of Canadian coffee shops. They have expanded into several states and are even listed on the NYSE.
  • In the bar fight at Hoser Hut, one guy in a Vancouver jersey has "Bays" on the back, referring to Carter Bays, one of the creators of the show.
  • Ted suggests that they listen to Van Halen.
  • Robin mentions a Bryan Adams/Rich Little double bill in Toronto, but the two artists have never played a tour together, much less in that year and city.


Other NotesEdit

  • International Airdate: Australia: March 11, 2010 on Channel 7; United Kingdom: June 24, 2010 on E4


  • Kenny Rogers - Book Narrator (voice)
  • Pamela Dunlap - Miss Cruickshank
  • Brad Grunberg - Bruno
  • Corinne Dekker - Bailey


  • Donna Bowman of The A.V. Club rated the episode with a grade of A-. [1]
  • Brian Zoromski of IGN gave the episode 9.5 out of 10. [2]
  • Vlada Gelman writes about the Canadian jokes in the show and expresses a strong appreciation for the attention to detail and continuity the episode shows. [3]
  • Cindy McLennan of Television Without Pity rated the episode with a grade of B+. [4]
  • The St. Petersburg Comic Review gave this episode 8.5 out of 10 stars.  "...'Okay, let's do this.' ... 'It was the worst trip ever.' ..."


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