How I Met Your Mother's 100th Episode Will Be a Real Toe-Tapper

In this age of one-and-done seasons, reaching 100 episodes is quite an achievement for a television show, and the magnitude of such an accomplishment is not lost on How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. Monday's episode will be the comedy's 100th, and to celebrate the milestone, the two have prepared something extra special.

"This is the most we've packed into 20 minutes and change," Bays said earlier this week during a conference call with reporters. "I think one of our season finales had 83 scenes, and while this doesn't have as much, it is bursting at the seams."

And those seams will be blasted wide open in the episode's final bit: a toe-tapping musical number complete with 65 background dancers that could have easily ended in disaster. See, Bays and Thomas have never written a musical, the show's director has never directed a musical, and the composer of the music hadn't performed with an orchestra since college. Not to mention that, in a near catastrophe during the filming, Neil Patrick Harris almost slipped and broke his neck while performing spins on the roof of a taxi cab.

The show's producers say Monday's episode will feature two major storylines: one featuring Ted (Josh Radnor) and one featuring Barney (Harris). Ted will meet a woman (played by guest-star Rachel Bilson) who will be a major part of the show's long term "who the heck is the mother?" story. Barney will try to complete his sexual scavenger hunt by bedding a "hot bartender" played by former wrestling babe Stacy Keibler. Problem is, she has a bad history with "Wall Street types," and hates men in suits. Barney will attempt to go suit-less in order to win her... well, I was going to say "heart," but we all know what he really wants.

Other highlights from the call:

— Bays and Thomas mention "Drum Roll, Please" and the final scene of the first-season finale (when Ted gets Robin but Marshall loses Lily) as their favorite moments of the series so far.

— The audition process for Barney asked potential actors to replicate the lothario playing Lazer Tag. Harris won the role when he went into a full-on spy somersault. Thomas calls Harris a "showbiz ninja."

— The show's popular "Slap Bet" came from Bays' own high-school experience, when he did the same thing with his friends "in lieu of having a girlfriend or a life."

The 100th episode of How I Met Your Mother airs Monday, January 11 at 8pm on CBS.

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can not wait
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I'm so excited that Rachel Bilson will be on. I've been waiting to see her in something since the O.C. Can't wait!!
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Neil Patrick Harris is a superstar! This looks fabu!
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I love HIMYM, and if this is half as great as the Scrubs musical, it will be well worth it. Can't wait.
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I haven't been watching the show since the first few episodes, but this I'll definitely want to see. I love NPH, he's one of the most talented triple-threats on TV, and I'm eager to see him in action.
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txgirl75- check out some of the scenes they have floating around this site- behind the scenes things. So far it is kind of corny in a HIMYM wonderful way!

As long as Rachel Bilson ISN'T the mother, I'll be happy!
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I don't know about that a musical. They did that with 7th heaven and oh kinda corny. I probably skip that episode i don't know sounds corny.
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cant wait!
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Sounds great! Any musical with NPH has to be good.
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'Bays and Thomas have never written a musical, the show's director has never directed a musical, and the composer of the music hadn't performed with an orchestra since college.' For a programme that has completely lost it in the last few seasons this could be the final nail in the coffin, especially when you consider that the musical episode has already been done by Buffy and Scrubs to such great affect. I don't care about seeing them do a musical episode, show me the mother and finish this show ASAP, it is a joke compared to the first few seasons. It is just not funny any more and no amount of singing or dancing will change this, leave these kind of episodes to shows that can support them by producing good stuff every week.
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The 100th episode sounds great. I really can't wait to see it.
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we all love HIMYM
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