Sep. 19, 2005
30 min.
CBS TV Network

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How I Met Your Mother » Season 6
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.

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

Barney Stinson: [about Robin and her anti-Valentine's Day friends] Please, you might as well be dog-earing a tear stained bridal magazine while wolfing down the box of chocolates you had delivered to yourself at work from your fiancé that no one has ever met.
Bev: Gerard is real!
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.
Ted Mosby: They're actually called British Morning Socks.
Zoey Pierson: Don't get in your own way!


  • 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.
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