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March 8, 2010
Barney tries to sleep with a women who wrote a book on how to avoid men like Barney. The gang learns that Robin is still taking her break up with Barney hard. Robin deals with her newly realized feelings for Don.
The New York Police Department's river patrol pulls Barney out of the Hudson River one night in March 2010. Upon being asked to explain by a police officer how he got there, Barney explains that the chain of events started one week before.
He had picked up another woman at MacLaren's. However, she suddenly leaves him just when they were ready to return to his place. Meanwhile, Robin and Don, who have established good chemistry on their morning show, hang out with Marshall and Lily at the bar. Marshall encourages Robin to keep Don, to the point that he later pretends to be Robin accepting Don's invitation for a date. At Ted's apartment, Barney tells the gang about his failure to snag the woman. Ted claims that the woman may have read tips from a certain book called Of Course You're Still Single, Take a Look at Yourself, You Dumb Slut. However, after checking out the book for a loophole, Barney discovers that the woman he met at the bar, Anita, is the author and announces that he is going to seduce her.
Later at the bar, Robin admits to Marshall and Lily that she met Anita during a segment on her show, where in she told Anita the truth about Barney and their breakup. Anita shows how to break Barney's spirit by saying "No," which she demonstrates on the cameraman who suddenly gets her some coffee. After Barney had talked about one too many of his new ladies, Robin calls Anita and told her to put her plan into action. Marshall confesses to Lily about being upset that he'd been pushing Robin to keep up with Barney's sexual activity after their breakup. He was particularly mad at himself for rubbing Barney's exploits in Robin's face through song ("bang, bang, bangity-bang"). Barney tells Ted about his failure to find a counter-strategy in Anita's book. After Ted tells him (in song) of a plan to combine 17 dates into one "super-date", they go to a strip club.
Robin cancels her date with Don after Ted informs her of the super-date Barney was planning. Marshall later vents his anger at Ted for crushing Robin - he (and also Barney) joined Marshall on the "bang bang, bangity bang" song. Then Ted realizes he, too, had been a jerk to Robin after she tried to bounce back from her breakup with Barney. After hugging Robin at the restroom, the three head to Barney's apartment, where Lily narrates to him every occasion that Robin cried somewhere else and later vented her frustration at the shooting range after hearing Barney brag about his sexual conquests. Barney heads off to the shooting range and apologizes to Robin about preparing a wonderful date for Anita when he never tried it even once with her. He decides to let Robin and Don go on his super-date, promising as well to Robin that he would not sleep with Anita.
Anita confronts Barney at the bar for not showing up on their own date and finds herself being treated to her own "No" strategy. Barney is defiant and Anita offers him multiple compromise offers, the last of which prompts him to head to the Hudson River and jump. Barney is later fined $500 for the misdemeanor and watches fireworks meant to cap off the super date, while Don and Robin kiss watching them. Robin declines to talk to the gang about the date the following morning, but later breaks into the "bang, bang, bangity bang" song, and everyone except Barney joins in.
- The episode refers to Barney and Robin's break up in The Rough Patch.
- Robin's habit of saying "but...umm" is referenced in her interview with Anita.
- Flashbacks of Robin's depression include scenes from The Playbook and Rabbit or Duck.
- Marshall's tendency to sing about whatever is going on around him can be seen in episodes like Sweet Taste of Liberty and Spoiler Alert.
- Cameraman Mike immediately went off Robin's hook, and got on Anita's hook in this episode.
- Robin is said to have gone to the shooting range to get over Barney. Her predilection for shooting was first brought up in Season 1.
- At the very end, when all five are at the apartment and Robin starts singing "Bang Bang" song, Marshall plays Barney's "Magic Phone's" ringtone - "Turkey in the Straw" - on a banjolele.
- As Barney leaves the bar he passes a cab with the number 9Z72. Almost all the taxi cabs used across the show have the code 9Z72 on top.
"Of Course You're Still Single, Take a Look at Yourself You Dumb Slut"
- —title of Anita's book
|Anita:||So I'm in the interSEXtion and I only have a couple of SEX before the light changes. And when everyone's honking at me and it totally SEX. But, I can't turn around because a jogger slipped and fell in horse SEXcrement.|
- —Anita "subtly" slips the word sex into conversation
"Bang, bang, bangity bang. I said a bang, bang, bangity bang!"
- —Marshall's song about Barney's conquests. Joined in by Ted and Barney and later reprised by Robin.
|Barney:||I knew I was bad at being a boyfriend. I had no idea I'd be so bad at being an ex-boyfriend.|
|Robin:||Am I just another number to you?|
|Barney:||you're not just a number to me.|
- —Barney and Robin talking about their past relationship
Notes and TriviaEdit
Goofs and ErrorsEdit
- The Star Wars stormtrooper previously seen in World's Greatest Couple in Barney's apartment makes a return. It was removed by Lily when she moved in, was present in Do I Know You? and appeared to be absent during scenes of Barney's apartment in Bagpipes. However, it is now a standard stormtrooper where as previously it was a clone trooper.
- When sitting on the couch in Ted's Apartment at the beginning of the episode, the position of all the group changes between cutaways to Barney and Anita at the bar.
Allusions and Outside ReferencesEdit
- Marshall mentions that he is still angry at the Empire from Star Wars when he punches the head off Barney's Stormtrooper.
- After throwing up in his stormtrooper helmet Barney admits he did something worse when Phantom Menace came out.
- Ted says that the French restaurant for the "super-date" is named "Tomber Les Culottes" which means "drop the panties" in English.
- Jennifer Lopez - Anita
- Benjamin Koldyke - Don Frank
- Joni Bovill - Officer McKie
- Ron Nicolosi - Mike
- Roni Meron - The Girl at the Bar (uncredited)
Donna Bowman of The A.V. Club rated the episode with a grade A-. 
Brian Zoromski of IGN gave the episode 9 out of 10. 
Cindy McLennan of Television Without Pity rated the episode with a grade B-. 
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