How I Met Your Mother

Season 3 Episode 5

How I Met Everyone Else

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 22, 2007 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Amid sharing stories with her about how members of the gang met each other, Ted's hot new girlfriend has a reaction to the meeting that gets her a high ranking on Barney's crazy scale.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • World of Warcraft reference had me dying

    So far I haven't been enjoying How I Met Your Mother as much early in the third season. It's still a hilarious TV show but whereas the first 2 seasons felt more natural and free flowing, the 3rd feels formulaic. This episode though really delivered the great laughs that made me love the show the first 2 seasons, and it seems it came thanks to the short introduction of a girl that Ted met online, blahblah. Her presence of craziness really made the environment unsettling for the characters as she forced their pasts into the present, particularly on Robyn.

    The best part for me was the World of Warcraft gag. I haven't laughed that hard in a while from this show. It was funny enough that Ted's supposed meeting with blahblah was through online dating, but then we find out it was through a video game. And then to step it up further a notch Ted's character was the girl and the blahblah's was the big burly brute. Very well played.moreless
  • Finally a very good episode in Season #3

    There are a lot of hilarious gags in this episode, . sandwich as a euphemism for weed or Blahblah as the surrogate name for Ted's short-time girlfriend whose actual name he's forgotten by the time he's telling this story. The acting is also really good (Abigail Spencer did a great guest performance) and the 20-years-later scene was great. All in all, it's for sure the best episode from the third season yet and the plot idea was really entertaining.moreless
  • Ted meets everyone else

    This episode was rated one of the top episodes on many websites and it's my list for top episodes. I love back stories and hearing about a characters past. In this case you find out how Ted meets his friends and also how some of the other friends meet each other. All the stories were really good. What makes the stories so great in true HIMYM fashion, you only hear part of the story. My favorite story was how Lilly met Ted. What I have always liked about Lilly and Ted is that they were never more then friends.Even (spoiler alert) if the kiss did happen it was because both were drunk. When you find out who Ted and Lilly really kissed it makes the story of she meets Marshall even better. Other highlights include seeing college Marshall and Ted, Also another Barney theory. It may have some validity to it. I also enjoyed how future Ted can't remember the name of the girl. The best part was the "sandwiches." It is something you hear or see often.

    Overall this was a great episode.moreless
  • The gang reveal flashbacks of how they met each other.

    While Ted brings his totally hot but crazy girl, BlahBlah, to the bar with his friends, it leads to a discussion of how he and everyone else met each other. I really like these kind of episodes, so that's why I rated it higher than any episode so far this season. And I really liked all the stories, too! I liked the different sides of how Ted and Barney met and the sign language he gave the girl Barney was hitting on. I liked the drama created when Ted told BlahBlah how he really met Lily. Then, I love how smoking pot is referred by Future Ted to his kids as "eating sandwiches". The flashbacks of how Ted and Marshall met as they became sandwich-eating buddies was great. Really funny episode all around, even though I was not a big fan of BlahBlah. However, she was necessary so that everyone could start reminisce about their pasts.moreless
  • I should have "eaten a sandwich" before I watched this one!!

    This was the best episode of the whole season!

    The hot/crazy scale (Mendoza Line) was SO FUNNY and the "eating a sandwich" thing killed me-not to mention the use of animation with the World of Warcraft thing-then the ending with the aging them to their olden days?? Brilliant! Just one killer element after the next.

    This was the penultimate HIMYM

    1 How I Met Everyone Else

    2 Swarley

    3 Slap Bet

    Best EVER.

    That's pretty much all I have to say but apparently I have to hit 100 words, so I will keep typing until I hit it! I'm so close!!! Bingo, I think I hit it!moreless
Abigail Spencer

Abigail Spencer


Guest Star

Ray Auxais

Ray Auxais


Guest Star

Jolie Jenkins

Jolie Jenkins


Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

David Henrie

David Henrie


Recurring Role

Lyndsy Fonseca

Lyndsy Fonseca


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The location where Ted and his lady-friend met is Wild Shore near Booty Bay, located in the south of the Eastern Kingdoms.
      They both play Alliance because Ted is a female Human (unknown) and Blabla is a Draenei Paladin. Skills from left to right are: Devotion Aura, Retribution Aura, Concentration Aura, unknown, unknown, Resistance Aura and Crusader Aura.

    • The Ted/Barney flashback fleshes out the brief flashback seen in the pilot episode.

      The costumes worn in this version are similar, but not quite the same as in the original flashback.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Future Ted: Kids, in the fall of 2007 I went out with this girl. Her name was... God, I forget. It was twenty-five years ago, I can't be expected to remember everything. Anyway, it's not important, so for the purpose of this story we'll call her...
      Ted: Everyone, this is Blah Blah.
      Blah Blah: Please, just call me Blah.

    • Barney: (About Ted believing his dead brother story he was telling in the bathroom) Wow, you bought that?
      Ted: What?
      Barney: I just made that up mid-pee. If it worked on you, it's definitely gonna work on the blonde chick at the end of the bar, unless you're a total idiot. What's your name?
      Ted: Ted.
      Barney: You a total idiot, Ted?
      Ted: Well, I'm still having this conversation.

    • Marshall: I'm not gonna cheat on my girlfriend.
      Barney: Yes, you are, with the hottie that just walked in. Look at her. (about Lily) How much hotter is she than your girlfriend?
      Marshall: There's no comparison. What do you think, Ted, should I go for it?
      Ted: Don't do it, man, think about Lily.
      Marshall: You know what, I don't care, I've been with the same woman for too long. I need me some strange.
      Barney: Yes, yes! Okay, pep talk! You can do this, but to be more accurate, you probably can't. You're way out of practice and she's way too hot for you. So, remember, it's not about scoring. It's about believing you can do it, even though you probably can't. Go get 'em, tiger! Poor guy's going to crash and burn. (Marshall and Lily kiss) That man is a GOD!

    • BlahBlah: You guys dated? For how long?
      Robin: A year. But, don't worry. The relationship wasn't that good. At the end, it was mostly about sex. Which wasn't that good. I was the problem. I just lie there. But Ted is very good. He will get you where you need to go.

    • Marshall: I'm sorry, who are you again?
      Ted: This is Barney, I met him the other day. He is kind of a jackass.
      Barney: I'm teaching Ted how to live. And lucky you, I have room for one more student. Think of me as Yoda. Only instead of being little and green, I wear suits and I'm awesome! I'm your bro. I'm broda!

    • Barney: Let's see how BlahBlah is doing on the crazy/hot scale. She started the night here on the hot side but, as the night progressed, she's got crazier but no hotter which has caused her to drift across the Mendonza diagonal dangerously close to the Shelly Gilespie zone, another girl I dated. She gained 20 pounds and tried to kill me with a brick.

    • Barney: There's no way she's above the line on the 'hot/crazy' scale.
      Ted: She's not even on the 'hot/crazy' scale; she's just hot.
      Robin: Wait, 'hot/crazy' scale?
      Barney: Let me illustrate! (draws diagram) A girl is allowed to be crazy as long as she is equally hot. Thus, if she's THIS crazy, she has to be THIS hot. You want the girl to be above this line. Also known as the 'Vickie Mendoza Diagonal'. This girl I dated. She played jump rope with that line. She'd shave her head, then lose 10 pounds. She'd stab me with a fork, then get a boob job. (pauses) I should give her a call.

    • BlahBlah: So, we know how Marshall and Lily met... Robin, how did you and Barney meet?
      Robin: No. (laughs) No, no, no, no. No, no no, no, no, no, no, no - no. Barney and I are not together. No. No.
      Barney: Really? Sixteen "no's"? Really?

    • Barney: Ted, the only hot girls that troll the Internet for dudes are crazy, hookers or dudes.
      Ted: OK, she's not crazy, she's not a hooker, she's not a dude. Though there's this guy I pass on my way to work every day who's all three - scares the hell out of me!

    • Ted: I'm 'Too Much Tongue Guy'.
      Lily: And I'm 'Unreasonably Small Mouth-Opening Girl'.
      Barney: Worst... superheroes... ever.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Barney: You want the girl to be above this line. Also known as the Vicky Mendoza Diagonal.

      The Mendoza Line is an informal term named after either Mario or Minnie Mendoza, used in baseball for when a position player's batting average falls below .200 (some say .215). It is supposedly the boundary between extremely poor and merely below-average offensive production. Some consider it to be the offensive threshold below which a player's presence in the Major Leagues cannot be justified despite his defensive abilities.

    • Barney mentions he thought doing Marshall's laundry once was a "Mr. Miyagi kind of thing," comparing the task to those Daniel had to perform in John G. Avildsen's 1984 film The Karate Kid.

    • Barney's line, "Think of me as Yoda," is a reference to the character of the same name from the Star Wars franchise.