Sep. 19, 2005
30 min.
CBS TV Network

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How I Met Your Mother - 06x16 Desperation Day

6x16 Desperation Day

4.38/5 (8 votes)
First Aired: Feb. 14, 2011 on CBS
Summary: Barney declares Feb. 13 a holiday for desperate women; Marshall receives a Valentine's Day surprise from Lily; Zoey and Ted work on figuring out their relationship.

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Main Characters in this Episode

Guest Stars

Marvin Eriksen Sr. played by Bill Fagerbakke
Judy Eriksen played by Suzie Plakson
Nora played by Nazanin Boniadi
Bev played by Lennon Parham
Anna played by Artemis Pebdani
Tori played by Kelsey Crane
Hotdog Buying Guy played by Jesse Heiman
Beautiful Woman played by Brenda Koo

Episode Quotes

Lily Aldrin: [Lily has had enough of Marshall being cooped up in the Eriksen house since the funeral, and Ted's presence does not help] Marshall, I'm going home.
Marshall Eriksen: [pauses from game session with Ted, comes to Lily] What?
Lily Aldrin: I'm flying out tonight before the big storm, and I want you to come with me.
Marshall Eriksen: I can't right now, 'cause my mom needs me.
Lily Aldrin: Well, I guess it's been helpful for her for you to be here playing Super Mario Kart for 14 hours a day...
Ted Mosby: [Surprised] You have Super Mario Kart?
Marshall Eriksen: Hell, yeah. [points to cartridge. Ted gets it and loads into the SNES]
Lily Aldrin: ...but your mom doesn't need you. Your life in New York needs you, it needs you really bad.
Marshall Eriksen: Baby, don't go.
Lily Aldrin: [kisses Marshall and leaves] Please come home soon.
Barney Stinson: Loneliness... the looming specter of Valentine's Day fast approaching... the two key ingredients to my favorite day of the year - February 13th, Desperation Day.
Robin Scherbatsky: That's not a thing
Barney Stinson: It's a thing. Much like Valentine's Day itself, Desperation Day dates back thousands of years. [Visualizes Roman-era wedding] Weddings were forbidden under ancient Roman law, so St. Valentine performed them in secret, under threat of death.
Ted Mosby: That's actually true.
Barney Stinson: Wait. There's more.
Ted Mosby: This won't be.
Barney Stinson: And right by St. Valentine's side was his best bro, St. Desperatius, there to pick off insecure bridesmaids. [Cut to fantasy scene with Barney as St. Desperatius and Ted as St. Valentine. Desperatius sees woman who looks exactly like Robin]
Barney Stinson: [as St. Desperatius] Whoa! Check out that one, her body is a perfect X.
Ted Mosby: [as St. Valentine] Player! Play on! High V. [high-fives]
Robin Scherbatsky: [as Roman woman] Oh Jupiter! What are your plans for me? Fifteen and still unmarried.
Barney Stinson: [as St. Desperatius, to Robin] And I thought Pompeii was smoking.
Barney Stinson: Every woman wants a date on Valentine's Day. That neediness reaches its climax - what up - on February 13th. A magical night, when a 10 has the self esteem of a 4, and the depraved enthusiasm of a 2. Now, there's only one thing you can't do.
Robin Scherbatsky: Please say "widows."
Barney Stinson: Wherever you are, or whoever you're under, you must get home alone by 11:59 p.m. Otherwise, you're on a date on Valentine's Day.
Robin Scherbatsky: Barney, Desperation Day assumes that all single women freak out about Valentine's Day.Which we do not. Case in point: I will be spending February 13 with some lovely single ladies from work...
Barney Stinson: [Interrupts] Trolls.
Robin Scherbatsky: ...who could care less about Valentine's Day.
Barney Stinson: Lying trolls.
Robin Scherbatsky: And we will be celebrating the fact that we don't have to spend it with some dippy guy carting around roses and stuffed toys all night. Oh, no offense, Ted.
Ted Mosby: And none was taken until just then.


  • Goof (factual errors): When Marshall shows up while Lily is watching Predator, we can hear Arnold Schwarzenegger saying "Come on, come on. Kill me! I'm here... Kill Me!" Then, a few seconds later, we hear machine gun fire. There is no machine gun fire in the movie "Predator" after Schwarzenegger says those lines. These lines are right after he and the Predator physically fight and Schwarzenegger is tempting the Predator into his trap.
  • Goof (factual errors): When playing the Nintendo Marshall mentions he has Super Mario Kart, a Game for the SNES console, not the 8-bit NES. Later in the episode Marshall and Ted are playing with controllers for the NES Console.


  • The shirt that Marshall wears throughout the episode says 'Tarkenton Physical Education' on it. Fran Tarkenton was the quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings for most of the 60s and 70s where Marshall is from.
  • Nazanin Boniadi, who plays Barney's love interest - Nora, was a Scientologist. She was 'selected' to be Tom Cruise's potential wife. She spent some time with him and got close. Then, a senior member of Scientology came to visit. Nazanin was unwell and didn't give the best impression of herself. The relationship ended swiftly after that. She was apparently heartbroken. She has gone on to find success in Homeland.
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