Two Guys, a Girl and a TV Set

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“Duel Citizenship”: How I Met Your Mother (S5: E5)

Posted by CJ Cregg on October 24, 2009

Barney discourses on the wonders of America to a crowd at Tim Horton's in Tortonto.

Barney discourses on the wonders of America to a crowd at Tim Horton's in Toronto.

Plot Summary: Ted and Marshall plan a road trip to Chicago to eat pizza from their favorite pizza joint and relive their college days.  Ted’s upset when Marshall invites Lily, and she ruins their guy time.  Ted kidnaps Marshall for the last leg of the trip, and they get to work on their bromance.  Robin has an assault charge on her record and to avoid getting deported, she has to become a US citizen.  Barney helps her study, but she relapses into her Canadian ways and ends up on a drunken bender in Toronto.  After Barney comes to rescue her, she decides to pursue dual citizenship.

What we learn about the mother: Once again, nothing.  We do learn to avoid that pizza joint in Chicago, though.  And that B&Bs are creepy.  And that they should still make TANTRUM.  Heehee.

Best moment: Barney tries to demonstrate to Robin that America is better than Canada.  He starts a “USA!  USA!” chant in the bar.  Robin is convinced people will chant anything, so she tries to get them to chant “Ca-na-da!”  People apparently will not chant anything because they do not follow her lead.  Barney then starts a “shrimp fried rice!” chant.  It’s not people, it’s Canada.

Top 3 Quotes:

1) Ted tells his children that Robin is from Canada and as such, she’s a bit different.  For example, she dresses differently.  Cut to scene of Ted, Marshall, and Lily bundling up in winter parkas, scarves, hats, and boots.  Robin walks out of her bedroom in a skirt and tank top.

2) Barney describes the Canadian Citizenship Test: First question: do you want to be Canadian?  Second question: really?

3) Barney describes why Canada sucks.  They have weird money.  He says: Kids playing hockey on the back?  It’s like you want us to make fun of you. . . . I don’t know what board game this came from.

This was a great episode.  Any episode spent making fun of Canada is awesome.  Wish we would have gotten to see more of Chicago, though.

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