#9. Make It Rain

Published: 11.01.2017
Level 4   |   Time: 2:32
Accent: American
Source: How I met your mother [S1 E22]

Ted+Robin 9: Ted needs to make it rain to win the heart of Robin.


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

  • Good hustle! [exp] - Nice try!
  • closure [n] - a clear end to something
  • Screw that! [exp] - No way!
  • a booth [n] - benches and a table in a restaurant
  • barring [v] - without
  • an act of God [n] - a miracle
  • a Ph.D. [n] - a 8 year university degree (doctorate)
  • Native Americans [n] - the original people of North America
  • a rain dance [n] - a dance to make it rain
  • go out with [v] - date
  • a first-hand account [n] - someone telling a story face-to-face
  • theoretical criticisms [n] - an academic essay
  • ER [n] - a popular TV show about doctors

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

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picture picture picture picture
Ted Lily Marshall Barney
  • Ted, Barney, Lily and Marshall are best friends.
  • Ted is in love with Robin.
  • Ted just told Robin he is in love with her, but Robin rejected him.
  • Robin is planning to go on a camping trip with a guy named this weekend.

triangle Questions

  1. What do Ted's friends want him to do?
    Keep trying to get Robin.
    Forget Robin.
    Try to meet a new girl.

  2. What does Ted want to do?
    Keep trying to get Robin.
    Forget Robin.
    Try to meet a new girl.

  3. Where is Robin planning to go this weekend?
    to a movie
    to Paris

  4. Who is Robin planning to go with this weekend?
    with Ted
    with a guy named Sandy
    with a girl named Cindy

  5. How does Ted want to stop Robin from going camping?
    By telling her he loves her.
    By making it rain.
    By praying to God.

  6. Who is Penelope?
    one of Barney's classmates
    one of Barney's professors
    one of Barney's ex-girlfriends

  7. Why does Ted want to talk to Penelope?
    She is an expert in Native American culture.
    She is one of Robin's best friends.
    She is planning to go camping with Robin.

  8. Why does Barney slap Ted?
    Because Ted's idea is so stupid.
    Because Ted wants to meet Robin again.
    Because Ted is being rude.

  9. What is Ted doing on the roof?
    He is doing a rain dance to show to Robin.
    He is doing a rain dance with Penelope to make Robin jealous.
    He is doing a rain dance to stop Robin from going camping.

  10. How many times has Penelope seen a rain dance?
    hundreds of times
    just once

  11. What experience does Penelope have with rain dances?
    She has performed them many times.
    She has taught many people to do rain dances.
    She has read a lot about them.

  12. How long has Ted been on the roof doing the rain dance?
    a few minutes
    an hour
    all day

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triangle Script

Nice try, buddy.
Good hustle out there.
Look at the bright side. At least you got some closure. She's made her choice, and you can finally move on.
Screw that. This ain't over.
You sat here, in this very booth, and you said
I don't care what I said. This is gonna happen. She can't say it's not meant to be. It is meant to be. And you know why? 'Cause I mean it to be.
Ted, she is going on that camping trip. Dude, barring some act of God, Robin's gonna be with Sandy this weekend.
Fine. If an act of God is what it takes, then an act of God it is.
What are you talking about?
I'm gonna make it rain.
I can't let Robin go camping with this guy. So how do I keep that from happening? Simple. I make it rain.
Ted, do you want me to slap you again? 'Cause I kind of enjoyed it the first time.
I might be crazy right now. No, you know what? I am definitely crazy right now. But I have a plan. That girl you used to go out with, Penelope. Wasn't she getting her PhD in Native American culture?
Are you still in touch with her?
She's gonna teach me how to do a rain dance.
Did you just say a rain dance?
A rain dance?
A dance to make it rain.
Ted, this is funny. Still funny. Still And now it's sad.
Hey, Penelope, you sure I'm doing this right?
I think so.
Does it look anything like a real rain dance?
I think so.
Hey, Penelope, have you ever actually seen a rain dance performed?
I've read extensively on the subject. First-hand accounts, theoretical criticisms, anthropological...
Have you ever seen a rain dance?
I've seen a film strip.
Terrific. Look, I should run. I'm getting brain surgery from some guy who's seen a couple episodes of ER. I can't believe this. We've been up here for the past hour making complete asses of ourselves.
What do you mean 'we', white man?

Robin's Decision (8)
Come on! (10)