How I Met Your Mother

Season 3 Episode 18

Rebound Bro

Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 05, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Barney gets a new wingman, and Ted discusses taking the next step with Stella.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Barney's new wingman

    When Barney admits to Ted that he slept with Robin, Ted is upset and says that they are no longer friends. I understand Ted getting mad at Barney. I am a little annoyed at this but that's mainly from some season 7 episodes and the last episode from this season. (season 8) But that's for later. However I do like to know why Ted is mad at just Barney and not at Robin. Since at this time Barney doesn't have a new wing-man he tries to find a new one. Similar when you end a long term realtionship, it takes time to get over it and need to deal with it. In typical Barney fashion he doesn't do this. I enjoyed his search to try to find a new bro. My favorite was when he hung twice on fire beard. Barney does fine a new bro and well like in a long term realtionship that next choice in a mate is a rebound. That is not a knock on Randy. He is so bad that is is good. Despite his flaws, I enjoyed that Barney really tried to help. I am glad that Randy finally got his. Barney's reaction shows that he really misses Ted.

    Meanwhile Ted's realtionship with Stella is coming. You find out that they are taking it slow and haven't had sex. You find out Stella has gone even longer. The facts that Marshall gave since Stella last had sex would be funny if mine weren't so long. The ending was really sweet when Ted and Stella's realtionship does take the next step when he meets her daughter.moreless
  • Barney looks for a new wing man.

    "Rebound Bro" is a funny How I Met Your Mother episode. In this episode, Stella reveals that she hasn't had sex in five years. I love how Ted thinks this is a huge secret and so he tells Marshall and Lily. And I love how Lily and Marshall can't keep it to themselves and they reveal to Stella that they know. I love how Ted and Stella broke up, but then got back together. It was so cute how Ted meets Stella's daughter. I love how Barney tries to make Randy his wing-man, but everything just went wrong. I give this episode a 8.5/10.moreless
  • Barney gets a new wingman.

    How I Met Your Mother has been brutal post-strike, but this episode at least delivered some laughs. You can't go wrong with a guest appearance by Will Forte, one of the more underrated members of the SNL cast. Unfortunately the show is reluctant on bringing in Sarah Chalke, who is neither funny, nor attractive in any way. She really appeals to none of the senses.

    On top of that Ted, Robin and Lily are still keen to the idea of trying as hard as they can to not be funny. Whether it's their horribly scripted lines, or just a completely transparent lack of acting ability is up to the beholder to judge, but their characters often no realistic comparisons. Nobody acts even remotely like those three, and couple that in with the fact that the show tends to rely on absurd humor, separates the viewer from relating to the cast even more.

    Marshall continues to be the best character in the series, yet he is still horribly underutilized. Even Barney who is popular with the internet crowd failed to get the camera time he deserves in this episode. A step-up from past weeks, and the show can get back to its form if Will Forte becomes a recurring character.moreless
  • Barney tries to find a new wingman.

    A good episode, with a a great plot, and a lacking plot. Let me start with Barney's plot. Him trying to find a new wing man with Robin, the girl who got him in to this mess? It's just not realistic to get remotely involved again with you're mistake. Thew new wing man thing was not that funny to be honest. I didn't even laugh once when the Banrey plot was going on, which is strange since Barney is my favorite character. He ends up succeeding in getting his friend laid but Robin helps him come in to realization that the new wing man was just a void for Ted. Duh, Robin, you didn't have to be a rocket scientist to figure that out. The plot that made this episode 10 times better, is the Ted/Stella relationship. Ted learns that Stella hasn't had sex in 5 years, he tells Lilly & Marshall, he was unaware he was doing a bad thing, but when Stella finds out, her trust for Ted is gone, by the end everything is apologized for and they finally have sex for the first time after 2 months of being in a relationship. Ted even meets Stella's daughter which only makes their relationship stronger. I'm really liking their relationship, and I hope she's the mother.moreless
  • Wingman replacement.

    Lots of sight gags in this episode of How I Met Your Mother. Ted and Barney have split up and Barney seeks a new wingman.

    Of course he auditions one fellow from his job and he tanks. He has no verve or elan and this proves to be too big a job for Barney. However he finds out he's an ex-cop and Barney uses this info to get him a girl.

    Meanwhile Ted and his new beau are going to do it after long layoffs, Ted 5 months, the new girlfriend 5 YEARS. Word get out to Marshall and Lilly and the moment is ruined.

    Small parts for Lilly, Marshall and Robin (she's very funny in her limited role). Perhaps it will be funnier next week. I hope so, I really like this show, what I consider a more realistic version of Friends.moreless
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Blair Hickey


Guest Star

Floriana Lima

Floriana Lima


Guest Star

Rome Shadanloo

Rome Shadanloo


Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Sarah Chalke

Sarah Chalke

Stella Zinman

Recurring Role

Will Forte

Will Forte


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Lily is talking about her longest sex drought, she remembered back in San Francisco. When she was in San Francisco, Lily's hair was red and short, but in the flashback, Lily's hair is darker and longer.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Marshall: You haven't had sex since Thanksgiving. Do you know how many federal holidays have passed since then?
      Lily: Remember what we did on Martin Luther King Day?
      Marshall: Oh, yeah. We honored the hell out of that dude.

    • Marshall: It's all about expectations. You know why I hated Jerry McGuire so much?
      Ted: Because you're dead inside?

    • Stella: Guys regret the girls they don't sleep with, and girls regret the guys they do sleep with. The last five years, I've had no regrets. (pause) Ted, you're staring at my boobs.
      Ted: In my defense, they were staring at me.

    • Stella: There's something I have to tell you. It's kind of embarrassing.
      Ted: Oh, no. You're fourteen?

    • Lily: When Marshall and I had been together for two months, we were doing it 24/7.
      Ted: I know, I was in the top bunk. I also sat next to you guys at football games.

    • Stella: Ted and I are going to have a night out.
      Lily: A night out. I think I'd explode if it'd been that long since I'd had a "night out."
      Marshall: Sometimes this one wakes me up at three in the morning for a "night out."
      Stella: What are you guys talking about?
      Marshall: Nothing. Pizza. What are you talking about?

    • Marshall: Let's put this into context. The last time Stella had sex, the movie Seabiscuit had just galloped into theaters. And our hearts.
      Lily: Five years? If I had to go one year without having sex, I'd be out on the street, selling it for a nickel.
      Marshall: The last time Stella had sex, people were just learning about S.A.R.S.

    • Barney: I'm the greatest wingman of all the time!
      Robin: Ted doesn't know what he is missing.
      Barney: You had to mention Ted, didn't you?

    • (Marshall answers his cell phone)
      Marshall: Hey, buddy. I'm married, Barney, I cannot be your new wingman. (hangs up)
      (Robin answers her cell phone)
      Robin: No.

    • Ted: We can do it against the door. It will be hot. It will be like a three-way: you, me and the door.
      Stella: Yeah, but then it's going to be weird between me and the door tomorrow.

    • Barney: No offense, Randy, but there is a long list of candidates for this slot. This slot is Vice President of Awesome. And you're like Assistant Undersecretary of Only OK.

    • Robin: Let me ask you something, Ted... why are you so much madder at Barney than me?
      Lily: Yeah... she had just as much sex with Barney as Barney had with her!
      Robin: You know what, I'm not sure that's true...

    • Ted: Unexpected number of testicles?
      Stella: It happens. I knew a guy in med school, we used to joke he was one ball from getting walked.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The German episode title is "Der Lückenfüller", meaning "The Fill-In". The French title is "Casting de potes", meaning "Casting Buddies". The Italian title is "La strana coppia", meaning "The Odd Couple".

    • International Airdates: Australia: July 3, 2008 on Network 7; Czech Republic: October 18, 2010 on Prima COOL


    • When Ted tells Stella that sleeping with him will be "like your virginity: the sequel," Stella responds, "Virginity 2: Electric Boogaloo?", playing on the name of the Breakin' sequel, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.