#2. First Date

Published: 9.22.2017
Level 4   |   Time: 2:25
Accent: American
Source: How I met your mother [S1 E01]

Ted and Robin go on their first date.


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  2. WATCH the video.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
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triangle Vocabulary

  • a bistro [n] - a small restaurant
  • bad-ass [adj] - very good / awesome
  • a French horn [n] - a type of musical instrument
  • a smurf [n] - a little blue man (three apples high)
  • scotch [n] - a type of alcohol
  • obscure lines [n] - not famous sentences from a movie
  • Ghostbusters [n] - a famous comedy movie from the 1980s
  • take them off your hands [exp] - take them
  • It is on! [exp] - You are going to succeed.
  • no dice [exp] - It won't/didn't happen.
  • a jumper [n] - someone who wants to jump off a bridge
  • chicken out [phv] - not do something because you are scared

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb, [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression

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Ted Robin Lily Marshall
  • Ted, Marshall and Lily are best friends who live together in New York.
  • Lily and Marshall are engaged.
  • Lily is wearing an eye-patch because she got hit in the eye by a a champagne cork.
  • Ted recently met Robin at a bar. This is their first date.

triangle Questions

  1. Where was the restaurant?

  2. What does Ted say looks like a smurf penis?
    a blue french horn
    a piece of fruit
    the waiter

  3. How does Ted describe his perfect woman?
    She loves scotch
    She knows obscure lines from Ghostbusters
    She loves olives.
    She loves dogs.
    She loves smurfs.

  4. The "Olive Theory" states that it is good if the two people in a relationship...
    love all the same things.
    have something that one loves but the other hates.
    love to eat olives.

  5. Why does Robin tell Ted she has a jar of olives in her apartment?
    She loves olives.
    She is still hungry.
    She is inviting Ted to her apartment.

  6. What time does Ted come back from his date with Robin?

  7. What kind of instrument does Robin say she wants?
    a green clarinet
    a purple tuba
    a blue French horn

  8. Where does she want to put this instrument?
    in her bathroom
    in her bedroom
    above her fireplace

  9. Why does Robin have to leave?
    She has to cover a news story.
    She wants to jump off a bridge.
    She doesn't like Ted.

  10. Why doesn't Ted kiss Robin?
    He wants to move slowly because he really likes Robin.
    He doesn't want to disappoint her because he is a bad kisser.
    He doesn't like her very much.

  11. What does Lily call Ted?
    a little baby
    a little bitch
    a little brave

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The next night, I took her out to this little bistro in Brooklyn.

Wow. That is one bad-ass blue French horn.

Yeah. Sort of looks like a Smurf penis.

Son, a piece of advice. When you go on a first date, you really don't want to say Smurf penis. Girls don't ordinarily like that. But this was no ordinary girl.


How long have you been sitting there? Stupid eye patch.

Mom, Dad, I have found the future Mrs. Ted Mosby. Marshall, how have I always described my perfect woman?

Let's see. She likes dogs?

I've got five dogs.

She drinks Scotch?

I love a Scotch that's old enough to order its own Scotch.

Can quote obscure lines from Ghostbusters?

'Ray, when someone asks you if you're a God, you say, 'Yes!''

And I'm saving the best for last.

Do you want these? I hate olives.

She hates olives. Awesome!

The Olive Theory.

The Olive Theory is based on my friends, Marshall and Lily. He hates olives, she loves them. And in a weird way, that's what makes them such a great couple. Perfect balance.

You know, I've had a jar of olives just sitting in my fridge forever.

I could take them off your hands.

They're all yours.

Oh, it is on! It is on till the break of dawn.

But, wait, it's only the break of 10:30. What happened?

I have got to get one of those blue French horns for over my fireplace. It's gotta be blue, it's gotta be French.

No green clarinet?


Come on, no purple tuba?

It's a Smurf penis or no dice.

There you are! We got a jumper. Some crazy guy on the Manhattan Bridge. Come on, you're covering it.

All right, I'll be right there. I'm sorry. I had a really great time tonight.

Yeah, well. So, did you kiss her?

No, the moment wasn't right. Look, this woman could actually be my future wife. I want our first kiss to be amazing.

Oh, Ted, that is so sweet. So, you chickened out like a little bitch.

What? I did not chicken out.

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