How I Met Your Mother

The Bracket

Season 3, Ep 14, Aired 3/31/08
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  • Episode Description
  • Barney's efforts to hook up with women are being thwarted by a mysterious woman from his past. Barney and the gang must sift though his many past flings in an attempt to find out who she is.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jason Segel

    Marshall Eriksen

  • Josh Radnor

    Ted Mosby

  • Neil Patrick Harris

    Barney Stinson

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Lily Aldrin

  • Bob Saget

    Voice of Ted, 2030

  • Fan Reviews (17)
  • Barney's Bracket

    By Lostindharma, Oct 23, 2012


    By Steph__x, Jun 06, 2008

  • Barney's attempts to pick up girls are ruined by a girl stalking him, to narrow down who the stalker is the gang make a bracket of the girls who hate barney...

    By MaxSharp1, Mar 17, 2011

  • Another mystery woman?

    By Canogaparkcindy, May 01, 2010

  • Barney has a stalker which warns women about him.

    By Jon_MW_14, Aug 21, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • Barney: (presenting a tournament-style bracket on a board) The top 64 women I’ve slept with, split into four regions… This tournament will systematically narrow down which girl has the most cause to hate my guts. Last girl standing has to be the saboteur.
      Lily: Absolutely not, Barney! We’re not going to make a game out of the women you’ve tricked into sleeping with you.
      (Barney carries and shows Lily two cases of beer. The scene cuts to noisy dialogue amongst the gang, going drunk.) [Session #1, Ali vs. Wanda (Upper West Side – Round of 16)]
      Lily: No way! The girl, who thought he had 12 hours to live, has way more cause to ruin his life than the girl he “fake proposed” to.
      Robin: (contradicting) It’s “Fake Proposal Girl”! I mean, she hired a wedding planner!
      Ted: It’s “12 Hours to Live”! That girl flew them both to Paris!
      Robin: Well, they only bought a one-way ticket!
      (Screaming resumes.)
      Barney: (stopping the noise) Okay! Everybody! Hands!
      Lily, Marshall, Ted: (raising their hands) 12 Hours to Live!
      Robin: Damn it!
      [Session #2, Madeline vs. Susan (The Village – Round of 16)]
      Barney: (pointing on the board) Okay, toss them. “Thought I was Jorge Posada” or “You Have My Dead Wife’s Kidney”?
      Ted: Kidney!
      Robin: Jorge Posada!
      Lily: She bought Yankees season tickets to watch him play!
      Barney: (pointing Lily) That’s true!
      Marshall: (intervening) It’s “Dead Wife’s Kidney”! How are we even discussing this?
      [Session #3, Penelope vs. Rain (Brooklyn – Round of 16)]
      Lily: Fake Baby!
      Marshall: Lost at Sea!
      Robin: Fake Baby!
      Marshall: Lost at Sea!
      Ted: I was there! Trust me! It’s “Fake Baby”.
      [Session #4, Caroline vs. Sheila (Upper West Side – Semifinals)]
      Barney: (referring to the board) Down to the Sweet 16! And, coming out of the Upper West Side, we have the number 3C—girl who thought I own Google—up against the number 7C—girl who thought I was a scuba instructor.
      Ted: You got to go to “Scuba Instructor”!
      Robin: You’re kidding me!
      Ted: She got the bends!
      Barney: Yeah, she did.
      Marshall: (with left thumb down) Boo!
      [Session #5, Kate vs. Jannett (Midtown - Finals)]
      Marshall: Evil Twin!
      Ted: Prince of Norway! How could it not be “Prince of Norway”?!
      Robin: Barney, you’re the tie-breaker!
      Barney: I’m going with “Evil Twin”.
      (Marshall and Robin win the decision; the rest complain.)
      Lily: You’re kidding me!!
      Marshall: Oh, yeah!!
      Barney: Sorry! But, I did sleep with that girl twice—as Barney and Larney!

    • Lily: Is that the blackboard from my classroom?
      Barney: Come on people, dig deep. Marshall?
      Marshall: I'm tired. And sad.
      Barney: Mosby?
      Ted: I wanna call my mom. Just tell her I love her.

    • Barney: I don't recognize her. She's not on the top 64.
      Marshall: Not even on the bracket? Wow, Cinderella story comes out of nowhere to win the whole thing. That'll warm your heart.

    • Barney: She said I hooked up with her? Well, what's her name? What'd she look like? Lily: She didn't say her name. But she had blonde hair, boobs... kinda trashy. Barney: Dead in the eyes with an aura of self-loathing and despair? Lily: Yes! Barney: That's all of them!

    • Ted: Why don't you check your list? Barney: My list? Ted: Come on, man. Don't pretend you're not the kind of guy who keeps a list of all the women he's slept with. Marshall: I have one. It's called my marriage license. (he and Lily high-five)

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    Notes (4)

    • The German episode title is "Die Rächerin", meaning "The Avenger". The French title is "La folie des finales", meaning "Crazy Finals". The Italian title is "Il grafico", meaning "The Chart".

    • Alternate Title: "The Final Four"

    • International Airdates: Australia: June 5, 2008 on Network 7; Czech Republic: October 11, 2010 on Prima COOL

    • The website actually exists and contains the letter Barney left for Anna in "Ted Mosby: Architect", posters from the fake Ted Mosby's porn movies from "I'm Not That Guy", and caricatures of different fates that would be too good for Ted Mosby.

    Trivia (8)

    • Future Ted says that the website went on to get 400,000 hits. However when the site is shown onscreen, the visit counter says it has already received 510,005 hits.

    • At one point in the episode, Barney asks why some woman that he's slept with and screwed over is trying to ruin his life. Lily states that it is karma but Barney dismisses this by saying it can't be Karma because she's stripping and Vegas and that they're on friendly terms with each other. At the end of season 7 episode 16, it is revealed that Quin (who is to become Barney's future fiance) is a stripper who is also named Karma at the strip club that he frequents. Coincidence? I think not...

    • One of the women shown in the middle of Barney's flash of pictures of the girls he "lied to, seduced, and abandoned" is none other than Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State. When Lily is looking through Barney's scrapbook she says she recognizes " government official", and on the tournament board of the top 64 girls that Barney has slept with there is a "Madaline" in "The Village" who makes it into the final 32 as "Madeline", who Barney points to on the board as the woman who thought he was Jorge Posada and who Lily says bought Yankees season tickets to watch him play!

    • There's a picture of the first "Final Four" girl Meg in the scrapbook at the end of the episode, but Lily didn't start taking pictures until she and Barney found the second girl, Anna.

    • When Barney approaches Robin at the bar, his drink is clearly in his right hand. However it magically switches to his left, because just seconds later his right hand is the one on Robin's thigh.

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    Allusions (2)

    • Attempting to guess Barney's museum tactic, Marshall says, "you're a millionaire art thief casing the joint for a thrill money can no longer give you." This is a description of the 1968 film, and its 1999 remake, The Thomas Crown Affair.

    • The scene at the end of the episode with Barney typing a diary on his computer is reference to Doogie Howser, M.D.. Each episode would end with the title character, played by Neil Patrick Harris, typing his diary on his computer. The music heard during the scene is also the same.

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