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October 15, 2007
Robin is awkward around the young son of a guy she is dating. To prove who has more game, Ted and Barney make a bet over who can sleep with a girl first.
Lily tells Robin she can set her up on a date with a guy named George. After she lists his good qualities, Ted points out that she has not mentioned his flaw (or as the gang call it, his "but...") though when pushed, Lily reveals that George has a son in her kindergarten class. Despite Robin's personal dislike of children, she goes on a date with George and winds up meeting his son, Doug.
After some initial hesitance and an argument about how cereal should be served, Robin and Doug actually hit it off. However, when Robin decides to break up with George before Doug becomes attached to her, Lily shows Robin a picture that Doug has drawn of "his new mommy." Despite Robin claiming otherwise, everyone else believes the woman in the picture is Robin. Lily informs Robin that if she breaks up with George, she must break up with Doug as well - Robin reluctantly agrees.
Meanwhile, Ted ridicules Barney's latest pick-up plan (a story involving snakes and an eye-patch) and the two argue about who has more "game," while Marshall is classed as irrelevant to his dismay. To settle the argument, Ted and Barney select a girl from the bar to see who can sleep with her first. While Ted is distracted Barney makes his move, only to be slapped in the face. Barney explains this is because he had already slept with the girl the year before and therefore, has won the bet, but Ted rules otherwise and begins his pick-up attempt and succeeds.
Ted and Stacey, the girl from the bar, have begun dating so he gloats to Barney about winning the bet. However, Barney makes Ted uncomfortable with thoughts that Barney has already been with Stacey and Ted breaks up with Stacey, admitting to Barney and Marshall that he was unable to get past the thought of her and Barney together. Barney reveals that he had not slept with Stacey at all; on the night of the bet, he asked Stacey to slap him to make it appear as though she hated him to set up the entire ruse that they had slept together. As Ted gloated his dates with Stacey, Barney learned various details about Stacey's life so that he could be there for her when she broke up with Ted. However, one month later, he finds himself bored and frustrated for agreeing to Stacey's request to take things slowly since her experience with Ted.
Robin goes to see Doug and takes advantage of the fact that he has never been dumped before by using "every cliché in the book" but she is interrupted by the arrival of George's new girlfriend, Brooke, whom she realises is actually the woman in Doug's drawing. Lily tries to comfort Robin after her break up, but cannot believe she was dumped by a six year old. Robin claims she is done with kids but Future Ted narrates that she would eventually make her peace with kids and go on to appear in some important works of art - pictures drawn by his kids of themselves with "Aunt Robin".
- Marshall says to Barney and Ted that he doesn't want to be left out. In Definitions, there's a flashback that shows Ted and Barney wearing tuxedos at the bar and Marshall complains about the fact that they never call him on Tuxedo Night.
- Doug, who blackmailed Marshall in Monday Night Football, reappears as George's son.
- Some of the gang's thoughts about Robin's flaw allude to previous episodes: Lily's mention of her being a gun nut (Where Were We? and Moving Day) and Marshall's mention of her not liking the film Field of Dreams (Ted Mosby: Architect). All these flaws caused fights between Robin and Ted when they were dating.
- Marshall says to Ted and Barney that once during sex with Lily, his mother was on the phone. This situation is first explained in Game Night.
|Doug:||Why are you getting so upset, Roberta?|
|Robin:||Robin. My name is Robin. Like the bird, remember?|
Notes and TriviaEdit
Goofs and ErrorsEdit
- When Ted and Barney's bet is first established, Ted makes a rule forbidding the use of 'props'. However, Barney utilizes Ted's yoga mat in his attempt to seduce their 'target'.
- It's also true that Barney leaves when Ted establishes the rules so that he can get a head-start with Stacey, making the established rules worthless.
- Doug was last seen as a student in Lily's class last year (Monday Night Football). Unless he was left back (or it was not intended to be the same character though played by the same actor and given the same name), he wouldn't still be in Lily's class a year later.
- In The Bracket, Barney states he's not the kind of guy that would keep a list, despite showing a list in Right Place, Right Time.
- Although this line was meant in a kinda sarcastic way, because later he was showing Lily a Photoalbum.
Allusions and Outside ReferencesEdit
- Robin says, "It's here, Lily. It's looking at me," when Doug enters the room for the first time. This is a reference to Ghostbusters.
- Marshall says "If we were friends with Garfield, we wouldn't set him up on a date with Mondays", referring to the comic strip Garfield, created by Jim Davis.
- Marshall considers it a character flaw that Robin doesn't like the baseball film Field of Dreams.
- In one scene, Ted says that what Barney said to him was 'stuck in his head like a Chumbawamba song'. Marshall then asks which Chumbawumba song, to no reply. This is a reference to the British Pop group Chumbawamba, who have achieved chart success with only one song, 1997's "Tubthumping".
- Barney says to Marshall that his idea of game is "slapping on a Dr. Seuss' hat and flashing two tickets to a Spin Doctors concert".
- Commit - The Blakes
- Edvard Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King" - Peer Gynt
- Jump Up - Reggae Revolution
- Marshall crunches the numbers and finds out he has had sex with Lily 1,053 and a half times up to this date, 17 of those being on their honeymoon. The half comes from a time when they were interrupted by a phone call from Marshall's mom.
- Brad Rowe - George
- Nicholas Roget-King - Doug
- Janet Varney - Stacey Gusar
- Olivia Howard Bagg - 11 years old Robin
- Pamela Darling - 4 year old Katie
- Deanna Russo - Brooke
Omar G at Television Without Pity gave the episode a B+.
Donna Bowman of The AV Club rated the episode C-. She complains the episode has a Friends-esque pair of premise and is "executed with a tin ear and slack discipline" a criticism she even reiterates the following week.
Staci Krause of IGN gave the episode 8.5 out of 10.
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