How I Met Your Mother

Season 1 Episode 13

Drumroll, Please

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jan 23, 2006 on CBS
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Ted finds a new woman at the wedding. They want to remember the evening so they don't exchange last names or numbers; but Ted takes a big fall when he tries to find out her name.

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  • Sentimental, not comedic

    This episode isn't as riddled with set ups leading to an explosion of pay offs as usual in past episodes. Although there's a few bit of that in here, such as the whole thing with Marshall and the cake. Other than that this episode has been more linear than usual. Ted has a romantic night with one of the, what he thought was, bridesmaid and spends the episode finding out her identity.

    I love the use of irony here though. It ends up Robin walked in when Ted and Victoria were going to have their moment, and then she ends up being the link to discovering who Victoria is.

    Again this episode is more sentimental set up than comedic relief, which weakens this particular episode since it isn't as satisfying, but does give the show more ammo later on.moreless
  • Aren't people being a little hard on Robin?

    I'm actually writing this in response to one particular reviewer here who is jubilant "Miss High & MIghty Robin in put in her place".

    Uh, Ted & Robin broke up because they wanted different things - he wants marriage and kids, she doesn't. How does that make her "high & mighty"? She never made it a secret she didn't want those things and Ted went through with the relationship anyway, hoping she'd change her mind. While she has changed her mind about marriage, she accepted Barney's proposal, she never changed her mind about kids, which is how Barney feels, too. They make a much better match than she and Ted.

    Now - I was never a fan of Victoria. I can't put my finger on it other than she just didn't seem right for him. She is too flighty, changes her mind often and she was just too "perfect" with the rest of her life. Case in point - she actually owned a thriving, successful bakery and walked away from it to further her studies under a famous baker. While I can see someone wanting to do that when they're young, she was already enmeshed in her adult life as a business owner. She then chooses to walk away from Ted for a year of making cakes?

    While I love the romance of it all, searching far and wide to find "the one" who made an ordinary evening memorable, I really feel this scenario should have been reserved for "Your Mother". She's "the one" and she should have some sort of epic, romantic story attached to how they met.

    However, realizing this season is the last season, I love how well the writers are tying things together but not rushing it. I've been watching re-runs on Netflix and now that I'm seeing so many in order, I'm noticing just how well the writers kept a handle on the storyline as they bounce from "memory" to "memory" in the telling. To find a group of people who can do this in the ordinary world is difficult. To find a group of people to do this in Hollywood? Fuhgeddaboutit!moreless
  • HIMYM at it's Best

    Love this episode! It really showcases the awesome writing of HIMYM. I'm a total hopeless romantic and practically cry whenever I see it, I just love the way that Victoria runs to Ted at the end!

    The reason why this episode is so romantic and important to the series is because it features one of the contingency mothers. HIMYM faced the possibility of cancellation (like all new shows), especially as it was so new, so they had to write in someone who could possibly be the mother. This way if it was cancelled, they could easily edit the show to make Victoria the mother (just put a voice over of future Ted saying "and that's how I met your mother").

    A lot of common scripted TV shows are like this. This is because the broadcast networks orders 13 episodes at first, and only continue showing it if it has good ratings. That's why "Drumroll, Please", the 13th episode, was so good. I can only say that if this was only the possibility of the mother, then the real reveal has got to be something spectacular.

    The contingency mothers come about whenever there is a fear of cancellation. Other ones include Stella and Robin.moreless
  • Ted Meets Victoria

    Another wonderful episode. I loved that this kind of a part 2 episode but not really a part 2 episode. Like in the previous episode you would appreciate when you watch Season 7. Also like the previous episode, The Pineapple I also loved how the story was told in small parts. Despite Robin starting to develop feelings again for Ted, I think it's interesting that she didn't say anything to Ted. It also shows that she is not really the mother. (Yes, I know said this I will try to stop)

    Victoria is a great women. Like Robin she made a very good first impression. I like something about the mystery with her at the start. Their "date" was very sweet. Other good things I like are Barney's trick on the bridesmaid, and Marshall wanting to know who made the cake (nice that it was Victoria)

    The ending could go down to a classic How I Met Your Mother moment.moreless
  • Ted meets the woman of his life but doesn't even know her last name.

    Ted meets who he finds out is Victoria at Stuart & Claudia's wedding. However, they don't reveal anything else. Ted tells the others about this woman who he shared the perfect night with. They didn't kiss, share last names or occupations, just hung out. It is clear Ted wants to know more by the end of that night and Mashall, Lily and Barney agree. He must find this woman! He tries to get help from Claire but she is defiant until Stuart gives her something to drink. Robin, although she has realized her feelings for Ted, contributes as well because she knows how to find her. Victoria baked the cake! She works at a bakery called Buttercup Bakery and when Ted races in and Victoria turns and spots him, they run and kiss as she is glad he found him, too. To date, Victoria was my favorite girlfriend of Ted's. I'd wish she'd somehow divorce her current husband she met in Germany and turn out to be the mother, but that's unlikely. Still, great episode and I'm glad Ted finally found Victoria.moreless
Napiera Groves

Napiera Groves


Guest Star

Kelly Stables

Kelly Stables


Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams


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Virginia Williams

Virginia Williams


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Ted and others are in the bar and they are about to go to find Victoria Ted is wearing jacket and nice shirt but when they are sitting in the cab Ted is wearing old sweatshirt and t-shirt and Barney and Marshall are wearing the same clothes as in the bar. This is a reference to Ted telling Victoria at the wedding that "Real Ted" wears a pair of jeans and a sweatshirt with bleach stains on it.

    • Goof: There are continuity errors at the start of this episode, which picks up right where the previous one, The Wedding, left off. (Indeed, the shots of Victoria are exactly the same.)

      In particular, at the moment Ted spots Victoria, he and Barney were watching Lily and Marshall dance, however in this version, Lily and Marshall are seated behind Ted. Additionally, the second time around, Barney is chatting up Tanya, after originally doing "Bridesmaid Math", deciding which two he would take, and which one he would give to Ted.

    • In this episode Barney picks up a girl at the wedding claiming that he is joining the Peace Corps the next day.
      2 Episodes later (1.15 - Game Night) we find out that he actually planned on joining the Peace Corps with his girlfriend Shannon when he was an adolescent.

    • The book Alyson Hannigan's character is reading is Pure Ducky Goodness, a collection of comic-strip created by the show's writer Gloria Kellett's husband, Dave.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Ted: Listen I'm calling because last night I met this girl, and I was wondering if you had--
      Claudia: Oh you have got to be freaking kidding me!
      Stuart: Oh here we go...
      Claudia: Twenty-four hours ago you were begging--begging--me to bring some other girl to my wedding and now, wa-what, you're over her?
      Ted: I've moved on?

    • Victoria: Those big romantic moments... they're great when they happen, but they're not real.
      Ted: Exactly. Exactly! Like, like just now, when I saw you doing the chicken dance out there--I'm not gonna lie to you--big time thunderbolt.
      Victoria: Hmmm, you should see me tap-dance. You'd be down on bended knee.
      Ted: Sadly, not out of character.

    • Marshall: Maybe she was a ghost. That's why she didn't want to kiss you because you'd pass right through her and get really cold for a second. Oh my God, I just had a great idea for a screenplay.
      Ted: Marshall, she was not a ghost.
      Marshall: I know she wasn't a ghost. She picked up a bouquet proving she had corporeal form.

    • Marshall: Ted, how do I explain this to you. Last night, I ate the best cake of my life. Do you think I'm gonna let that cake out of my life? Hell, no. I'm gonna find out what bakery made that cake and I'm gonna get some more cake.
      Ted: That cake really got to you?
      Marshall: It haunts me.

    • Ted: Great I'm gonna need you to call her for me.
      Barney: You know I won't.
      Ted: Why not?
      Barney: Because we just hooked up last night. I can't call the girl the next day, I have to wait at least like...forever, Oh Snap! Nevergonnacallher.

    • Lily: (on the wedding bouquet) It's such an evil tradition.
      Ted: You're not gonna do it at your wedding?
      Lily: Hell, yeah! I'm gonna take that flower grenade and chuck it to the crowd and scream, "Crawl for it, bitches!" It's just what girls do.

    • Barney: (with bridesmaid on his arm, approaching Ted who has just agreed not to exchange names with Victoria) Ted, Ted! Look, Ted. Ted, look Ted. I got a bridesmaid! Ted, Ted, second hottest bridesmaid! Ted, Look. See you, Ted!
      Ted: (to Victoria) I'm Ted

    • Barney: Oh my gosh, I love this moment. You know why? Because I'm going to say it and this time you're actually going to say 'yes'. You're ready? Ready to say 'yes'? Ted. Suit up!
      Ted: Yes! (about to leave but then steps back) No.

    • Lily: Geez Louise! Happiness is not that difficult!

    • Barney: Sorry, buddy, wish I could help you, but my hands are tied. Oh, no wait. That was last night. (makes a whipping sound)

    • Barney(flips open his cell): This better be good. I'm about to enter Nirvana. By the way I should get you Nirvana's phone number, she gives a great massage. Say whaaaat?

    • Claudia: What was her name? Was it my fat cousin, Lindsay? Don't be embarrassed, she has pretty eyes.

    • Marshall: A drum roll?! That's it? So what you just said good night, came home and performed a drum solo?

    • Ted: I had the most amazing night ever.
      Marshall: Tell me about it! That cake. Best cake I ever had. Seriously, my stomach was like 'Hey bro, I don't know what you're eating cause I don't have any eyes but it's basically awesome so keep sending it down.'
      Lily: Yea I know, my stomach was like 'Girlfriend, we don't always get along but that cake..'

    • Barney: That's right, I just got paid for sex! (smiles at 50 dollars) Maybe I should give this money to Peace Corps. They've done so much for me tonight.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The German episode title is "Traum und Wirklichkeit", meaning "Dream and Reality". The French title is "L'Inconnue", meaning "The Stranger". The Italian title is "Rullo di tamburi", meaning "Drumroll".

    • International Airdates: Germany: October 25, 2008 on ProSieben; Czech Republic: December 17, 2009 on Prima COOL

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      1. "You Don't Know Me" by Michael Bublé (featured on the album, It's Time) is the song Ted and Victoria dance to when the reception is over and they say their goodbyes (or actually don't). Apparently the song was on a CD or tape used during the reception since Ted only has to press a button for the song to play.
      2. "The Entertainer" by Scott Joplin & George Gershwin. Ted plays this on the Piano, while Victoria is stepdancing.
      3. "Spit on a Stranger" by Pavement. This song was played during the last scene of the show.


    • The fake name given by Victoria, Buttercup, is the same name of the female lead in "The Princess Bride". In the book, and movie, Buttercup is the most beautiful maiden in the land, to Ted, Buttercup was the most beautiful maiden in the wedding.

      There is also an actual bakery in New York City named Buttercup Bakery.

    • Ted gives the fake name of Lando Calrissian, the administrator of Bespin's Cloud City who double-crossed Han Solo in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.