|“Zoo or False”|
| First aired:|
April 12, 2010
Marshall comes up with a number of different outrageous and embarrassing stories to explain how he was mugged in Central Park, but which of his stories is the truth?
Marshall has to explain that he got mugged in Central Park on after he had ordered pizza because he didn't have his wallet. Afterwards Lily says she's going to buy a gun. In MacLaren's, Marshall explains that he was actually mugged by a monkey in the zoo but at first he says the "mugger" was naked while mugging him. Robin shows up and Marshall is about to recount the story when Barney says he wants to because it's "his story" (he wants to use it to pick up a woman.) Barney changes the story a bit and says the monkey was using a banana on the ground as bait to get Marshall near the cage, and then also says that the Monkey mugged him using a banana as a gun.
Robin then asks to interview Marshall for his mugging story. Barney is talking to a girl, Lisa, using the mugging story and then Sarah, a woman he had earlier convinced that he was Neil Armstrong, shows up saying "I thought you were supposed to be on a shuttle mission" and he says he was mugged and the mugger took his shuttle keys, then he attempts to talk his way into a three way by putting the two stories together. He ends up getting two vodka tonics thrown in his face while Lisa storms off.
Robin pitches it to her producer and she says it could go national making her famous. Barney explains that the three-way actually didn't happen but that they splashed their drinks into his face and he talks to Sarah saying that he really lied, then she says she's not actually 28 but really 31 causing Barney to not like her.
Marshall then says that the mugging really was not by a monkey. When Marshall is about to get interviewed he ends up not going through it and doesn't say what really happened to his wallet. Ted gets interviewed for his model building, but before Ted gets the interview the monkey steals one of the dolls from one of Robin's previous talk shows and he climbs the model building to the top making it look like the ending of the movie King Kong (although it is heavily suggested that this may be one of Future Ted's lies, an attempt to liven up the story for his kids).
- Barney is previously seen rejecting girls thirty and over in Slap Bet and Intervention.
- The three-way belt worn by Barney halfway through the episode was first seen in Third Wheel.
- Arthur, the Pizza Guy, first appeared in The Rough Patch.
- Marshall and Lily's accidents in the home include a scene from the Pilot, where Marshall accidentally popped a champagne cork into Lily's eye.
- Lily says to Marshall that their credit cards are finally active. This is a reference to Lily's shopaholism which was introduced I'm Not That Guy.
- Marshall quotes facts about monkeys. His fascination with them was first mentioned in Life Among the Gorillas.
- Ted references the Gazola's trips that he and Marshall used to make, first introduced in Duel Citizenship.
|Barney:||Because a lie is just a great story that someone ruined with the truth.|
Notes and TriviaEdit
Goofs and ErrorsEdit
Allusions and Outside ReferencesEdit
- The Cyclist remark by Lisa was in reference to Lance Armstrong.
- The scene of the monkey on the Empire State Building with the doll is a reference of King Kong.
- Ted acts out Sleepless in Seattle with miniature figures on his replica of the Empire State Building in his living room.
- One of Ted's monkey jokes references to the iconic Curious George book series.
- Marshall jokes he was robbed in 1947 at the corner of Abbott and Costello.
- Barney is unwilling to believe actor Jack Palance is dead. Palance died in 2006.
- Monkey Man - The Rolling Stones (plays at the end when the monkey grabs the doll and climbs the model)
- The guest who breaks the small table on Robin's TV show has also appeared in Stuff, back then as the director and actor of the play Lily played part in.
- Coincidentally, Barney (portrayed by Neil Patrick Harris) is called 'Neil' several times throughout the episode.
- Collette Wolfe - Sarah
- E. E. Bell - Walter
- Matt L. Jones - Arthur
- Celeste Thorson - Lisa
- Collin Christopher - Simon
- Jon Dore - Mugger/Zoo Keeper
- Ron Nicolosi - Mike
Donna Bowman of The A.V. Club rated the episode with a grade B-. 
Amanda Sloane Murray of IGN gave the episode 9 out of 10. 
Cindy McLennan of Television Without Pity rated the episode with a grade C+. 
- Zoo or False at the English Wikipedia
- Zoo or False at the Internet Movie Database
- Zoo or False at TV.com
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