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Recap / How I Met Your Mother S 7 E 02 The Naked Truth

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Air Date: September 19, 2011

When Marshall gets the job of his dreams, he worries that, once the company discovers videos he made in the past, they may rescind the offer. Meanwhile, Ted can't decide whom to take to the Architects' Ball.


The episode provides examples of:

  • Armor-Piercing Response: When Nora asks Barney why he thinks he still has a shot with her after revealing all the lies he used to get laid, Barney says it's because she stayed, when she could've left at any time during his confessions but didn't.
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  • The Bus Came Back: Victoria returned from Germany and is the one catering desserts for the Architects' Ball.
  • The Determinator: Barney would stay in the 24-hour diner until Nora agrees to give him a second chance. This is also why Ted decides to stop goofing around and get in love for real.
  • Fangirl: Robin wants to go with Ted's Architects' Ball because Lenny Kravitz (not that one) was going. Robin mentions she used to have a poster of Lenny Kravitz and occasionally would date that poster.
  • Flashforward: Marshall vows to never get drunk ever again, the show immediately cuts to months later when Marshall and Barney get drunk in Atlantic City while Lily is about to give birth.
  • Frequently-Broken Unbreakable Vow: Marshall vows twice to not get drunk again. He is shown to do it twice.
  • Honesty Is the Best Policy: Invoked by Nora as a test to see how serious Barney really was about her. Unsurprisingly, however, she has a hard time listening to his run-down of the plays he's used; see Shower of Angst.
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  • Instant Humiliation Just Add Youtube: Before Honeywell & Cootes makes a background check on Marshall, he discovers he still has a You Tube video as "Beercules", uploaded by a former college friend, Pete Durkenson.
  • Love Epiphany: Ted realizes he doesn't want to pick between two girls for a date, because he remembers he wanted to be The Determinator, after seeing Barney's gesture for Nora.
  • Meaningful Name Meaningful Title: The background music that plays towards the end of the episode is The Kinks' Victoria. Cue the last show of the episode.
  • Musical Spoiler: Musical Foreshadowing: Unless you actually know the song (or have captions on), you probably don't know that the song that plays at points in the episode is The Kinks' "Victoria". Probably for the best, since the title alone spoils the ending...
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  • Name's the Same: In-Universe. Robin wants to go with Ted to the Architects' Ball because Lenny Kravitz was going to be there. It's not that Lenny Kravitz.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Marshall's main worry is his old video of "Beercules" striking naked in Wesleyan. He ends up doing it again with a new "Beercules" addressed to Cootes. Cootes finds it funny and still hires him.
  • Noodle Implements: "Edward Fortyhands" is this for the audience, as Ted refuses to tell details of a hardcore drinking game to his kids. The only things we know about the game is that it involves big bottles bound to both hands with duct tape.
  • Shower of Angst: Referenced by Nora when she's heard enough about Barney's exploits.
    Nora: I have to be at work at 8 tomorrow, which means I have just about enough time to sit in the shower for 11 hours, hugging myself.
  • Side Bet: Even thought they knew Marshall was bound to break his Sweeping Declaration, Lily still had a bet with Robin about it. Robin won.
  • Teeny Weenie: Played with. Lily tries to use this as a blackmail to Pete Durkenson so he would take down Marshall's video. It's then revealed Lily really has no idea, as she is just bluffing.
    Lily: Pete, this is Lily Aldrin. Gonna make this real simple. You’re gonna take that video of Marshall. You know why? Because I’m friends with three girls you dated in college, and girls tell each other everything, every tiny detail. So tick tock, Pete. Tick tock on the little wee-wee clock.
    Ted: He’s got a little wee-wee?
    Lily: No idea. What’s everyone getting?
  • Wham Shot: Hi, Victoria.
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