Season 3 of How I Met Your Mother brought comedy to the next level. The show was becoming increasingly popular, and it featured quite a lot of celebrity guest stars, such as Enrique Iglesias, Britney Spears, and James Van Der Beek.
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In season 3, the newly single Ted met Stella, a tattoo removal doctor he so passionately pursued that she agreed to marry him by the end of the season. This season introduced another budding romance: Barney fell in love with Robin.
It's Saint Patrick's Day! Barney convinced Ted into joining him on a night out, while Lily and Marshall stayed in and played board games. Robin and Marshall realized that the floor at their new place is crooked, but didn't know how to break the horrible news to Lily.
This episode is a great example that shows that Ted is not as great of a guy as he considers himself to be. He kissed a married woman, committed credit card fraud, and woke up with a black eye.
Robin's teenage romance with Simon (played by a celebrity guest star James Van Der Beek) was "the greatest week and a half of her life" and a story that was featured in one of the best episodes of season 3. Even though he had nothing going for him, Robin found herself falling in love with Simon again.
By the end of the episode, he broke her heart yet again. Robin showed Barney the video of "Sandcastles in the Sand" and then, the two hooked up for the very first time. Exciting stuff!
Season 3 kicked off with the legend-wait for it-dary catchphrase. Robin came back from Argentina, a trip she took after she broke up with Ted in season 2 finale. She also brought back Gael, a charismatic windsurfer who won everybody over, making Ted feel increasingly frustrated. In each break up, there is a winner and a loser, and it was clear who was winning this time.
Ted had a crazy night out and ended up with a "tramp stamp"; a butterfly tattoo on his lower back. Little did he know how his world was about to change because of his newest ink.
The platinum rule states that you shouldn't sleep with someone you will see on a regular basis. It came up because Ted wanted to ask his tattoo removal doctor out. Stella went on to become one of Ted's most important girlfriends.
Barney went on to explain there are eight stages such relationships go through, backing up his theory with an example from Marshall and Lily's, Robin's, and his own life.
Do miracles exist or not? Marshall believes they do, but Robin doesn't. But why did they debate the existence of miracles in the first place? Well, Ted ended up in a hospital because of a car crash. The experience made him rethink his relationship with Stella, and the two get engaged by the end of the episode.
It wasn't just Ted who was hurt in this episode, though. Barney got hit by a bus. He, too, realized what's important in life: his love for Robin.
After a stranger advised Lily to stay away from Barney at a bar, Barney wanted to find out who the culprit was. In order to do so, he had to take a trip down the memory lane and list all the women he has slept with.
He didn't find out who was behind the sabotage in this episode, but he did show some signs of redemption.
"Ten Sessions" featured textbook Mosby behavior: he wanted to win over Stella and he was relentless in his pursuit. Robin suggested he should instead focus on Stella's receptionist Abby (played by Britney Spears). Ted went for it, hoping that this manipulative scheme would spark Stella's interest.
Since he wouldn't take no for an answer, Ted took Stella on a two-minute date. Barney took advantage of Abby's heartbreak and hooked up with her.
After the massive success of "Slap Bet", season 3 gave us "Slapsgiving": Marshall even set up a page on the internet that was counting down the time until the next slap, leaving Barney feeling uneasy.
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Meanwhile, Ted and Robin were struggling to be friendly towards one another. Since they broke up, they didn't really share anything in common, which made things super awkward for both of them. Luckily, they realized they still share an inside joke: saluting every time someone uses a military rank expression before another word.
"How I Met Everyone Else" got such a high ranking because it introduced one of Barney's most beloved concepts: the hot/crazy scale. Ted was dating a girl whose name escaped him in the future, so he referred to her as Blah Blah.
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As the title suggests, this episode explores how the rest of the group met one another. Marshall, Lily, and Ted met in 1996 at college, and Barney joined their group in 2001 after meeting Ted at the urinal at MacLaren's.
In one of the best episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Ted thought he had finally found his match in Cathy, but the rest of the group weren't as impressed. They didn't want to give Ted 'spoiler alerts' about her, which led to the group discussing each other's flaws.
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