How I Met Your Mother (season 3)

The third season of the American television comedy series How I Met Your Mother premiered on September 24, 2007 and concluded on May 19, 2008. It consisted of 20 episodes, each running approximately 22 minutes in length. CBS broadcast the third season on Monday nights at 8:00 pm in the United States until December 10, 2007 when the season was interrupted by the writer's strike, when the season continued on March 17, 2008 it was moved back to 8:30pm. The complete third season was released on Region 1 DVD on October 7, 2008. In the United Kingdom it aired via E4 from October 30, 2009 weekdays at 7:30pm.

How I Met Your Mother (season 3)
The Legendary Season 3 DVD cover art
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes20
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 24, 2007 (2007-09-24) 
May 19, 2008 (2008-05-19)
Season chronology


Main cast


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
US viewers
451"Wait for It"Pamela FrymanCarter Bays & Craig ThomasSeptember 24, 2007 (2007-09-24)3ALH018.12[1]
When Robin arrives home with a hunky Argentinean boyfriend, Ted decides to go out with Barney for a "legen...wait for it...dary!" night to forget about Robin moving on. Guest starring: Enrique Iglesias as "Gael" and Mandy Moore as "Amy".
462"We're Not from Here"Pamela FrymanChris HarrisOctober 1, 2007 (2007-10-01)3ALH027.88[2]
After seeing girls swoon for Robin's boyfriend, Gael, because of his foreign charm, Barney and Ted try to pull themselves off as out-of-towners in order to meet girls. Marshall and Lily write letters which are to be read after their death, while Robin begins to lose her relaxed self she had when she vacationed in Argentina.
473"Third Wheel"Pamela FrymanDavid HemingsonOctober 8, 2007 (2007-10-08)3ALH047.96[3]
Two women become very interested in Ted and end up taking the party to his place. The gang must show Ted that bad luck doesn't come in threes. Guest starring: Danica McKellar as "Trudy"
484"Little Boys"Rob GreenbergKourtney KangOctober 15, 2007 (2007-10-15)3ALH037.71[4]
Robin dates a single dad, and to her surprise, bonds with the man's son, which causes her to worry that the relationship is too serious. Meanwhile Ted and Barney compete to see who has more 'game'.
495"How I Met Everyone Else"Pamela FrymanGloria Calderon KellettOctober 22, 2007 (2007-10-22)3ALH058.50[5]
Ted's new girlfriend becomes jealous that the story about how Ted and his friends met is better than how she met him, resulting in her ranking on Barney's "crazy scale" to go through the roof.
506"I'm Not That Guy"Pamela FrymanJonathan GroffOctober 29, 2007 (2007-10-29)3ALH078.55
When a law firm tries to recruit Marshall, executive Jefferson Coatsworth (John Cho) is able to win him over, forcing Marshall to stray from his dream to save the Earth. Meanwhile, the gang finds out that a porn star is named after one of them.
517"Dowisetrepla"Pamela FrymanBrenda HsuehNovember 5, 2007 (2007-11-05)3ALH068.77[6]
Lily and Marshall make a rash of irresponsible decisions when buying an apartment in the "Dowisetrepla" neighbourhood, while Barney uses this opportunity to hook up with women without giving away his address. Marshall learns about Lily's secret.
528"Spoiler Alert"Pamela FrymanStephen LloydNovember 12, 2007 (2007-11-12)3ALH088.58[7]
An annoying habit in Ted's new girlfriend causes the gang to point out their own bad habits which are unnoticed by the group. Marshall turns to Barney for help after forgetting his password to check his bar exam results.
539"Slapsgiving"Pamela FrymanMatt KuhnNovember 19, 2007 (2007-11-19)3ALH098.06[8]
Lily and Marshall have their first Thanksgiving as a married couple; Barney is tortured by the slap bet countdown clock, worrying about when the slap will be dished out.
5410"The Yips"Pamela FrymanJamie RhonheimerNovember 26, 2007 (2007-11-26)3ALH107.91[9]
After the gang joins a gym, Barney sees Rhonda (the woman who took his virginity) there. After learning that his performance with her was poor, he loses his ability to approach women. Barney loses his 'mojo' and heads to the Victoria's Secret Fall Fashion Show party to try to get it back, but he's put to the test when he meets Heidi Klum.
5511"The Platinum Rule"Pamela FrymanCarter Bays & Craig ThomasDecember 10, 2007 (2007-12-10)3ALH118.49
Ted's friends try to discourage him from going on a date with his tattoo-removal doctor, a person he sees regularly, by telling their own bad experiences.
5612"No Tomorrow"Pamela FrymanCarter Bays & Craig ThomasMarch 17, 2008 (2008-03-17)3ALH129.73
Ted decides to take on Barney's lifestyle for St. Patrick's Day, which would likely include activities which are very un-saintly. Robin and Marshall don't know how to tell Lily that something is wrong with their new apartment.
5713"Ten Sessions"Pamela FrymanChris Harris & Carter Bays & Craig ThomasMarch 24, 2008 (2008-03-24)3ALH1410.67[10]
While Ted is repeatedly rejected for a date by his dermatologist, Stella (Sarah Chalke), her receptionist, Abby (Britney Spears), becomes interested in him.
5814"The Bracket"Pamela FrymanJoe KellyMarch 31, 2008 (2008-03-31)3ALH139.50[11]
A mysterious woman is sabotaging Barney's attempts to hook up with other women, forcing him to use a tournament bracket to narrow down a group of 64 women who have a reason to hate him.
5915"The Chain of Screaming"Pamela FrymanCarter Bays & Craig ThomasApril 14, 2008 (2008-04-14)3ALH157.99[12]
Marshall cries in front of his boss after he screams at him, and everybody gives Marshall their own unique advice on how to confront his boss about the situation.
6016"Sandcastles in the Sand"Pamela FrymanKourtney KangApril 21, 2008 (2008-04-21)3ALH168.45[13]
Robin rekindles a spark with Simon, an old flame (James Van Der Beek), but he ends up breaking her heart again. Barney and his own inimitable style helps make her feel better. Guests appearances Tiffany and Alan Thicke.
6117"The Goat"Pamela FrymanStephen LloydApril 28, 2008 (2008-04-28)3ALH178.84[14]
After sleeping with Robin, Barney feels guilty and hires Marshall to search for a loophole in the Bro Code so Barney can maintain his friendship with Ted. Meanwhile, Lily decides to rescue a goat while the gang plans Ted's surprise party.
6218"Rebound Bro"Pamela FrymanJamie RhonheimerMay 5, 2008 (2008-05-05)3ALH188.36[15]
Stella is finally ready to get intimate with Ted. Meanwhile, since his split with Ted, Barney searches for a replacement Bro, finally settling reluctantly on his hapless co-worker Randy (Will Forte).
6319"Everything Must Go"Pamela FrymanJonathan Groff & Chris HarrisMay 12, 2008 (2008-05-12)3ALH198.93[16]
Lily attempts to sell her paintings to pay to fix the slanted floor in the apartment. Barney finally confronts his mysterious saboteur and uses this opportunity to strike a blow to Ted.
6420"Miracles"Pamela FrymanCarter Bays & Craig ThomasMay 19, 2008 (2008-05-19)3ALH207.99[17]
Ted re-evaluates his life and his relationship with Stella after a close call with death from an accident. Marshall and Robin debate about the existence of miracles.


The third season of How I Met Your Mother was met with mostly positive reviews.[18] Michelle Zoromski of IGN gave the season a positive review and said that "the season was fun and clever, a good, consistent flow from the first two seasons".[19]


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