How I Met Your Mother

The Goat

Season 3, Ep 17, Aired 4/28/08
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  • Episode Description
  • After Barney sleeps with Robin he hires help to find a loop hole in "The Bro Code" that will let him off the hook.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jason Segel

    Marshall Eriksen

  • Josh Radnor

    Ted Mosby

  • Neil Patrick Harris

    Barney Stinson

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Lily Aldrin

  • Cobie Smulders

    Robin Scherbatsky

  • Fan Reviews (20)
  • Ted turns 30

    By Lostindharma, Nov 01, 2012

  • It's Ted's 30th birthday.

    By Jon_MW_14, Aug 21, 2011

  • Clearly viewers did not understand the purpose of the goat in terms of story progression. The goat really is an example of how "HIMYM" is so unique in its storytelling. Let me explain.

    By charliesmom4, Jul 15, 2010

  • Part of the bigger picture.

    By riereeves, Apr 30, 2008

  • Ted finds out.

    By Canogaparkcindy, May 01, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Lily: I can't believe you slept with Barney, that's so gross! Was it amazing? Robin: What? Lily, I really don't want to talk about this. Lily: I know, but it's Barney. It's hard not to be curious. Did he have like devices and stuff? Marshall: Lily, come on! Lily: Accents? Marshall: Stop! Lily: Did he tie you to anything? Marshall: That's enough! Robin: What is wrong with you? Lily: Alright, sorry. (Pause) Was he all smooth down there?

    • Marshall: We can't keep a goat. Lily: But she's so cute and fuzzy and soft. Marshall: Yeah, and it also sheds, eats garbage, and can't control its bowel movements. Why don't we just call Duluth Mental Hospital and say my Uncle Linus can live with us?

    • Marshall: Ted has upheld this this time and time again. For example, article 87, "A bro shall at all times say yes." Girl: So he saved you from an avalanche? Ted: Yes. Girl: And he carried you six miles to safety on his broken leg? Ted: Yes. Girl: And you're a pre-op transsexual nightclub singer who used to be a member of the Russian mob? Ted: Da.

    • Barney: Are you saying you don't want to be bros anymore? Ted: I'm saying I don't want to be friends anymore.

    • Ted: Hey, Barney, I'm getting rid of some of my old stuff. Do you want my Xbox? Barney: (thinking that Ted is referring to Robin) Shame on you! She has a name! What kind of man do you think I am? Ted: Uh, someone who likes video games?

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    Notes (2)

    • The German episode title is "Die Ziege", an exact translation. The French title is "La chèvre de Lily", meaning "Lily's Goat". The Italian title is "La regola infranta", meaning "The Broken Rule".

    • International Airdates: Australia: June 26, 2008 on Network 7; Czech Republic: October 14, 2010 on Prima COOL

    Trivia (8)

    • Ted mentions at the end of the episode that the goat incident ended up on his 31st birthday instead of his 30th. However, in "The Wedding Bride" there is a reference of the goat in the movie; Ted and Stella had broken up and, therefore wouldn't have been at his 31st birthday party.

    • Lily asked Robin if Barney was all smooth "down there." In the second season's "Columns", Lily paints a nude painting of Barney. She would already know the answer.

    • The "birthday goat" is first mentioned in the season 1 episode "Milk". The episode begins with Ted's 28th birthday party and concludes with him mentioning the goat incident on his 30th birthday.

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