How I Met Your Mother

Season 1 Episode 3

Sweet Taste of Liberty

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 03, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Ted agrees to let Barney spice up his love life and ends up on a crazy adventure of flying to Philadelphia, encountering the law, and visiting the Liberty Bell.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Not a single laugh to be had

    This was listed as one of top 15 episodes of How I Met Your Mother (the list was compiled in 2009), so I watched it. Did not laugh once. I've only seen a few episodes, but they were all better than this one.
  • A large step backwards after the awesome first two episodes

    By far not as good as the first two episodes. I didn't like any of the three stories, but it's got a few nice gags and good acting.
  • Phili

    The Barneys and Teds story in this episode was certainly the best of any other stories of those two. The other part was pretty bad and thats why i dont think this is the best episode of all times.
  • Ted and Barney to Philadelphia

    This was a decent episode. I felt like this was the start of the series in that in it, getting past the pilot. At this point, you have seen Barney's relationship with Ted as not your usual relationship between guys. You see why they are friends in this one. Maybe it because I have seen all the episodes at the point, but there is a reason why Barney takes Ted on these adventures. One of the funnier parts was the tape of Barney in various times in the airport. What also good about this episode was the start of Lilly and Robin as friends. And what seem like a small part, but look when Lilly told Marshall she actually took off her ring, look at his reaction. I think it sets up that happens later in the season. A good episode in a great series.moreless
  • Ted and Barney try to pick up two taken women and Robin and Lily have a girl's night out.

    The first two episodes mainly surrounded around Ted and Robin, but now Ted is finally going off with Barney to hit on other women. They meet two attractive girls at an airport, and get on a plane to Philadelphia in hopes of hooking up with these women. But after the plane takes off, the girls tell them they are in relationships with Philadelphia Eagles linebackers, and one might propose this weekend. Not just this, Barney gets both of them in legal trouble when camera footage shows Barney abandoning luggage at the luggage carousel at the airport. When they're finally clear to go, they have an awful time until Barney talks Ted into going to famous Liberty Bell and licking it. Meanwhile, Robin and Lily are having a girl's night out when several guys hit on Robin, and none but a gay guy to Lily. She calls Marshall and not only does he say that if she took off the ring, men would be all over her, he approves of it. This makes both sad, as Marshall realizes he is the jealous type and he arrives to see that no other men still hit on Lily. But he does get into a fight with the gay guy's boyfriend. Overall this was a solid episode and it was nice to see Ted not drooling over Robin in an episode for a change. And Lily is still hot, even in her late 30's, no matter what the guys in the episode are scripted to, or not to do.moreless
Tiffany Brouwer

Tiffany Brouwer


Guest Star

Alyshia Ochse

Alyshia Ochse


Guest Star

Chuck Carter

Chuck Carter

Guy #2

Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Lyndsy Fonseca

Lyndsy Fonseca


Recurring Role

David Henrie

David Henrie


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Ted and Barney are on the flight from New York to Philadelphia, the external shots of the plane are of a Boeing 747. 747s are used for long-haul international flights and are not used for domestic travel in the US, particularly not short hops between two relatively close cities like New York and Philadelphia.

    • After talking to Marshall, Lily takes off her engagement ring and attempts to look a bit more "provocative". As she is doing this she takes a few drinks of her martini, where you can clearly see that she is still wearing the ring she just took off.

    • When Ted and Barney take a taxi in Philadelphia to the Liberty Bell, twice you can clearly see that the stickers in the front window are the registration and safety inspection stickers of New York, not the safety inspection and emission inspection stickers of Pennsylvania.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Barney: It's going to be legen...wait for it...and I hope you're not lactose-intolerant 'cause the second half of that word is...DAIRY!

    • Carl: Compliments of that guy. (lifts drink towards Robin and Lily)
      Lily: Really? Sweet.
      Carl: Oh, for you, it's $6.

    • Ted: Barney, I am going to kill you.
      Barney: Don't say you're gonna kill someone in front of airport security. Not cool.

    • Robin: Lily's phone.
      Marshall: Robin, where's Lily? Is she talking to some hot guy? Well, you can tell me, it's totally cool, it was my idea. Hell, I told her she could take the ring off.
      Robin: Really? I thought it was kinda weird, but if you're cool with it, yeah, it's off and she's talking to some guy. Do you want me to go over and...
      Marshall: No, don't interrupt, it's awesome. So, the ring's really off. Awesome. Well, just tell her I called. And tell her that she's… awesome. (hangs up phone and starts singing) Really, really awesome. Our relationship is built on mutual trust. Can't breathe.

    • Marshall: Back off, hombre. I'm not that afraid to fight you. You wanna test this, guy? Be my guest.
      Lily: Marshall, he's gay.
      Marshall: Oh, thank God, I've never been in a fight before.

    • Lily: (to Robin) I guess I just wanted to throw this net back into the ocean and see how many fish I could catch. So far one, one gay dolphin.

    • Ted: If you want to go lick the Liberty Bell, just go lick it yourself.
      Barney: No, it has to be the two of us.
      Ted: Why? Why do you need me?
      Barney: Because you're my best friend, all right? You don't have to tell me I'm yours. But the way I see it, we're a team. Without you, I'm just the dynamic uno.

    • Barney: Now, Ted, you can either put the bags on the carousel, or you can wait and listen to me give you a really long speech convincing you to put the bags on the carousel.
      (Ted doesn't move)
      Barney: ...Ted, since the dawn of time, Man has struggled...
      (Ted takes the bags and puts them on the carousel)

    • Random Person: So where are you from, heaven?
      Robin: That's right, I'm a ghost. I died fifteen years ago, kinda like that pick-up line.
      Lily: Hey-Oh!

    • Barney: Ted, get in the cab. Marshall, you too.
      Marshall: Uh I wish I could but I think me and Lily...
      Barney: I understand. (to Ted) Come on!
      Ted: Why can Marshall say no?
      Barney: Uhh, because he's getting laid.
      Marshall: (to Ted) Consistently.

    • Ted (to Barney): Wait, so when you said we were going to pick someone up at the airport you meant you were going to pick someone *up* at the airport?

    • Future Ted: I had no idea how Barney redirected the cab without me knowing but we got out, Dana let us in, and by God, we licked the Liberty Bell. And, you know what it tastes like?
      (cut to MacLaren's)
      Girl: What?
      Ted: Freedom. No, actually, it tastes like pennies.
      Girl: My God. Did you guys really do that?
      Future Ted: We really did. And that was when I realized why I hung out with Barney. I never got where I thought I wanted to go, but I always got a great story.

    • Robin: Guys are like the subway. You miss one, another comes along in five minutes.
      Lily: Unless it's the end of the night, then you get on anything!

    • Ted: (to Barney) Don't say "legendary." You're too liberal with the word "legendary."
      Barney: We're building an igloo in Central Park. It's going to be legendary! Snowsuit up!

    • Barney: Tuck in your shirt; you look sketchy.
      Ted: I look sketchy?

    • Marshall (Singing): Studying law. Making a responsible choice for my future. On a Friday night... Being a lawyer had better be awesome.
      (Phone rings)
      (Still Singing) What's up Ted?
      Ted: Are you alright?

    • Ted: Why can't we go to McClaran's?
      Barney: McClaran's is boring. Let's go to the strip clubs. We're gonna go out, we're gonna meet some ladies, it's gonna be legendary. Phone-five!
      Barney does a high five with his cellphone.
      Ted's voice over: I had no idea why I hung out with Barney.
      Barney: You didn't Phone-five, did you? I know when you don't Phone-five Ted! (motioning with his hand) McClaran's is THIS much fun. But what I'm offering is the chance to have *THIS* much fun!
      Ted: (also using his hands) See, you always say that, you always say it's gonna be *THIS* much fun, but it always ends up being THIS much fun. This much fun is good. It's safe.
      Barney: This whole hand signal thing doesn't really work over the phone, does it?
      Ted: No, it doesn't.

    • Sasha: (whispers) You guys keep your voices down you're going to wake my grandpa. Who wants hard lemonade?
      (hard lemonade is passed down the couch)
      Barney: (lifts his bottle up) Philly!
      Sasha: Shhhh....
      Barney: (whispers) Philly!

    • Barney: Look, our forefathers died for the "pursuit of happiness," okay? Not for the "sit around and wait of happiness." Now if you want, we can go to the same bar, drink the same beer, talk to the same people every day or you can lick the Liberty Bell. You can grab life by the crack and lick the crap out of it.
      Taxi driver: That was beautiful, man.

    • Barney: You're in a rut.
      Ted: I'm not in a rut. I have a routine.
      Barney: Ted, what is the first syllable in rut-tine?

    • Ted: My friend does this thing where he goes to the airport and leaves fake luggage in order to meet women.
      Airport Security Guard: No one is that lame.
      Ted: He is. He is that lame. Barney, tell them you're that lame.
      Barney: We are international businessmen.

    • Barney: Do you ever go behind the rope and touch it?
      Dana: Only all the time.
      Barney: Do you ever like, stick your head inside it?
      Dana: Yeah.
      Barney: Have you ever licked it?
      Dana: Nope...I have never licked it.
      Barney: I bet nobody in history has ever licked the Liberty Bell. If someone were to pull that off, I daresay it would be, what's the word? LEGENDARY.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The German episode title is "Frauen, Flieger, Freiheit", meaning "Females, Fliers, Freedom". The French title is "Un goût de liberté", meaning "A Taste of Liberty". The Italian title is "Il dolce sapore della libertà", an exact translation.

    • International Air Dates: Germany: September 20, 2008 on ProSieben; Czech Republic: December 1, 2009 on Prima COOL