How I Met Your Mother Episodes

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How I Met Your Mother Episode: "The Bracket"

Season 3, Episode 14
Episode Synopsis: Barney tries to find the mystery woman who's out to ruin his reputation, and he uses the basketball tournament-bracket template to eliminate 64 suspects, all of whom have reasons to hate him. Mark: Chris Tallman. Holly: Maite Schwartz. Meg: April Bowlby. Anna: Dawn Olivieri.
Original Air Date: Mar 31, 2008
Guest Cast David Henrie: Son Dawn Olivieri: Anna Chris Tallman: Mark April Bowlby: Meg Maite Schwartz: Holly Tess Alexandra Parker: Mysterious Woman Lyndsy Fonseca: Daughter Hallie Lambert: Kate Bob Saget
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Season 3, Episode 14
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Length: 07:40:47
Aired: 3/31/2008
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"The Bracket" Season 3, Episode 14

Tonight's episode was pretty awesome. I took a surprisingly small amount of notes on it, but the show was on its game tonight. Heh, game. I made a pun, sort of. Moving right along Someone is following Barney around and tipping off his future conquests as to his true, dastardly nature. This leads to Barney getting deservedly slapped in a hardware store, a pet store, and a museum. When Lily is approached by our mystery woman, Barney decides to enlist the gang to help him track down his stalker. Here is where March Madness comes in, inspiring Barney to create his very own bracket of the top 64 women he has slept with. With a lot of beer, our courageous crew narrows it down depressing story by depressing story until they have their very own Final Four Holly, Meg, Kate and Anna. Barney (with Lily's help and moral guidance) tracks down each woman, looking to "apologize" and stop her slanderous spree. Barney doesn't really want to talk to any of them (talking to a woman you have already slept with is like "changing the oil in a rented car"), but our sweet little Lilypad bullies him into it. Of course, none of the four are actually the mystery woman, but we do get a present out of the whole thing - a brand new website to play with. I am sure you have all been there by now, but if not you should go right away (well, after finishing my blog, of course). Dispirited, Barney returns to his friends and Robin jumps in with her own plan (that's right Robin had lines! And a part to play! That alone made my night) that includes her pretending to be the newest object of Barney's libido and the rest of the group scouting the bar for when the mystery women approaches Robin to warn her about Barney. First, Lily positions herself by the juke box and dances around like the spaz we love her to be. Second, the boys sit in their usual booth and try to act casual (which includes Marshall screaming rambling awkwardly to himself). Finally, Robin enters looking smoking and saunters up to the bar trying to act interested in Barney (ha "act"). She manages to only giggle slightly (Robin giggles when she lies, you see) and then Barney pretends to go to the bathroom. The blond woman who inevitably approaches Robin doesn't set off any bells of recognition in Barney's head which leads to a long, desperate apology from Barney where he can't believe he can't remember her. And, again, this isn't the mystery woman. Lily does, however, get a good "Barney's Redemption" shot. The best part of tonight's episode? The little end scene with Barney writing a journal entry to the Doogie Howser theme music. You guys, you are lucky I am here typing this up right now as I was very afraid I was going to fall over from laughter and concuss myself. I have been waiting for something like this for years! He even had the blank blue background and the digitalized letters and it was just perfect! Yes, Barney, you are awesome. Runner up to best part of tonight's episode is all of the Barney/Robin implications! Yes, I know that his mystery woman is going to pop up again, but Robin so very clearly and secretly wants Barney that I just don't know what to do with it anymore. She defended his scrapbook! She knew what ruse he would use at the museum! Come on, writers. Throw us a bone! And, finally, best quote of the night goes to Marshall for the following quote in reference to Barney saying he doesn't keep a list of all of the women he has ever slept with: "I keep a listit's called my marriage license." And then he and Lily high-fived and were amazing in their adorable dorkitude. And that's all I've got for you tonight, but I hope you enjoyed as much as I did! We had group interaction, crazy shenanigans, and Barney being Barney. You can't really go wrong there. In fact, there was even an intricate MacLaren's scene! Until next week, then. Don't forget to stay awesome. show less
Tonights episode was pretty awesome I took a surprisingly small amount of notes on it but the show was on its game tonight Heh game I made a pun sort of Moving right alongSomeone is following Barney around and tipping off his future conquests as to his true dastardly nature This leads to Barney getting deservedly slapped in a hardware store a pet store and a museum When Lily is approached by our mystery woman Barney decides to enlist the gang to help him track down his stalker Here is where March Madness comes in inspiring Barney to create his very own bracket of the top 64 women he has slept with With a lot of beer our courageous crew narrows it down depressing story by depressing story until they have their very own Final Four Holly Meg Kate and Anna Barney with Lilys help and moral guidance tracks down each woman looking to apologize and stop her slanderous spree Barney doesnt really want to talk to any of them t read more

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