How I Met Your Mother

Season 3 Episode 13

Ten Sessions

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 24, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Ted pursues a woman named Stella, but only gets attention from her receptionist Abby.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • When Ted meet Stella

    When Ted gets a tramp (butterfly) stamp, he takes a verbal, but funny beating from this friends. Earlier this season Ted makes an appointment to get it removed. As it common with the show, you are only told part of the story. In the episode where Ted makes the announcement to this tattoo removed (platinum rule) Ted makes a date a Stella to only find out that it wasn't a date. You find out the story with it. It's pretty funny. Like when Ted first meet Robin, he gets that same look when he met Stella. Since I know the full story with Stella, I won't tell you what happened. However Stella makes a very good impression. She's not just a pretty blonde but there is just something about her. Speaking of blondes, Stella receptionist, Abby (Brittany Spears) does a surprisingly good job. I may be wrong but at this time she was having problems. I like to think that this show helped her get better at least for now. Unless you carefully paying attention, you didn't realize that it was Barney talking to Abby until you see the shot of Barney making the call. I also enjoyed how Ted's friends tried to help him out. I don't know about you, but I thought Ted's two minute date of Stella was really sweet.

    Even though there was only one storyline, I really enjoyed this episode. This was classic storytelling from this show. And yes you will see Stella and even Abby again.moreless
  • I loved it,an amazing episode!

    This episode was so hilarious and enjoyable! Britney Spears as a guest star was great,i did not expect her to perform so well. The role she was given was so funny!

    When Ted goes to a tattoo-remover clinic he falls in love with his doctor. He wants to make her say yes to a propose for a date within their 10 sessions. Eventually she accepts when she gives Ted 2 minutes of her free time.

    The whole episode was very funny and exciting,i really enjoyed every minute of it. I would be glad to see Britney again since she gave only positive things to the show. It definitely gets 10 out of 10.moreless
  • Ted chases his doctor. Doctor runs away. Ted refuses to take no for an answer.

    I'm going to be very critical of this but I would like to say that I liked the episode. It was full of the things I love about this show. It had some great lines and most importantly had some great heart. It's probably the third best episode of the season but I don't think it comes close to being in the top ten of the series (and I'd love to debate this) where it currently sits with its average rating. While Sarah Chalke was a great choice for Stella, that girl playing the receptionist seemed obnoxious and over the top. No where near the quality of the normal guest stars I expect to see. Two words: tacked on. I know, I know, I know… it helped the ratings but I just can't seem to get past the bad taste it left in my mouth. Oh well. I'll get over. Maybe.moreless
  • Even Ted has no interest in Britney Spears!!

    I haven't watched more then a few episodes of How I Met Your Mother even though i've wanted to and I found this episode very enjoyable. I just finished watching online and was tempted to watch because Britney Spears is having yet another "comeback" by appearing on the program. At least she was better then at the VMA's. While nothing steller, I can tell she put effort into the episode and filled the role well. I really enjoyed this episode as a whole, from the plot to the writing and especially the "two minute date", that was very cute. I found Sarah Chalke adorable as Stella, although she looks far too refreshed to actually be a single mother. I liked that Ted's friends all went to check out Stella and how their visits affected his relationship with Ted. This was a great example of being heartwarming in a comedy, nothing trite or cliche but still nice. Very enjoyable, would consider viewing again.moreless
  • Always funny! Britney was not that bad afterall!

    Ten sessions and no more tramp stamp!!

    I loved the episode, really funny! Britney was not that bad but I think a real actress could do better...or maybe it's just a prejudice of mine...

    Barney! Anything for a bet! ahahahah

    And he cant stop catching women!

    Marshall is a disease freak! Funny part!

    Season 1 Ted is comming back...he had quite a job for only 2 minutes with Stella...She may be the mother because of what she said about St. Patty's day, but I dont think she is...and she said last year too, Ted and Barney went to the party this year!

    I think the writers are just giving us fake trails, they wont reveal who is the mother until the show is over (and I prefer like this!)

    I want a episode focus in Barney! They're the best!!moreless
Britney Spears

Britney Spears


Guest Star

Christine Joaquin

Christine Joaquin


Guest Star

Caroline Whitney Smith

Caroline Whitney Smith


Guest Star

Charlene Amoia

Charlene Amoia


Recurring Role

Marshall Manesh

Marshall Manesh


Recurring Role

Sarah Chalke

Sarah Chalke

Stella Zinman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Ted walks into the reception area carrying The Power of Me, and in subsequent scenes talking about it, he is wearing a New Orleans Saints shirt. Britney Spears is from Louisiana.

    • Goof: In the bar scene between sessions 5 & 6, Ted says he has four more sessions left with Stella. In fact, Ted has 5 sessions left.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Stella: Abby goes bowling with her church group every Thursday night, and she wanted to invite you.
      Ted: And Abby is...
      Stella: My receptionist. You really made an impression on her with the coffee the other day, she hasn't stopped talking about you.
      Ted: Oh, Abby. I thought you said Allen.
      Stella: But you said, "Abby is.."
      Ted: Oh, I thought I said Allen.
      Stella: Who's Allen?
      Ted: Who's Abby?

    • Lily: It must be hard to woo someone while sticking your naked butt in their face.
      Marshall: That's what baboons do. It's called "presenting".

    • Barney: You juggled? I thought you were trying to impress her.
      Ted: You do magic. How is juggling lamer than magic?
      Barney: Magic isn't lame.
      Ted: I don't get it. If she—
      Barney: Is this lame?! (a spark flies out of his hand)
      Lily: Barney, no, no! We said no fireballs at the table!
      Marshall: What the hell is wrong with you?
      Robin: There's alcohol here!
      Wendy: Barney, we've talked about this. It's a fire code violation.
      Barney: Ted provoked me!
      Lily: No, you're on a timeout. Go sit over there.

    • Ted: I'm not some top 40 song, easily digestible. I'm complex and require multiple listens. I'm "Stairway to Heaven".
      Robin: Boy, Roger Daltrey must be rolling over in his grave.
      (everyone stares at her)
      Robin: What? I got the wrong guy, didn't I? He's not even dead, is he?

    • Ted: Hi, Ted Mosby for Dr. Zinman.
      Abby: Hi, Ted.. I'll let her know. (stares at him, smiling)
      Ted: Telepathically?
      Abby: That's funny! (laughs) That's funny, smart, and great.

    • Barney: Somebody's gotta nail the receptionist.
      Ted: No, I like Stella.
      Barney: Okay, I'm gonna stop you right there, Ted. Your little Stella is not so perfect.
      Ted: What do you mean?
      Barney: I went down there and checked her out for myself. (leans forward) Yeah. And while I was down there, I discovered that she had a secret. A terrible, terrible secret.
      Ted: (panicky) What? What is it?
      (the music swells, and Barney stares at Ted.)
      Barney: Hold on, I gotta pee.

    • Barney: Okay, I'm back. (turns to Robin) What's going on at work?
      Ted: What's the big secret!?
      Barney: Oh! Oh, right.
      Barney: Hi, I'd like to see Dr. Zinman, please.
      Abby: Sure, what's it regarding?
      Barney: I just want to see her. One look at her. See what she looks like.
      Abby: I-I don't understand.
      Barney: I'm sorry, did I accidentally oprima numero dos when I called? Do you SPEAK ENGLISH? I WANT TO SEE HER!
      Abby: Sir, please, don't yell at me. Because when people yell at me, I have a tendency to start crying. (Barney is heard yelling over the phone) .. Please don't do it.. Please.

    • Barney: At first, she seemed great. Beautiful. Smart. Way out of your league. But then I overheard this conversation:
      (Abby walks in)
      Abby: Dr. Zinman?
      Stella: Abby, did my hypnotherapist call yet?
      Abby: No.
      Stella: Ugh, when am I going to kick this folliculaphilia?
      (Barney makes a "there you go" gesture)

      Ted: (stunned) "Folliculaphilia"?
      Barney: Folliculaphilia.
      Ted: What is that?
      Barney: Ted, your perfect woman can only be attracted to men with mustaches.
      Ted: (laughing) That is the stupidest thing I've ever heard. That's not real.
      Barney: You're right, Ted. I'm just making that up.
      Ted: I know that you are, because there is no such thing.
      Robin: .. I got it a little bit.

    • Stella: Ah, the butterfly tramp stamp—my bread and butter. So I'm guessing that the real story involves a bad break up and some booze, unless it's a gang tattoo, in which case I think it's time to find a new gang.
      Ted: Uh, no, I just thought it would be cool to get a caterpillar tattoo, then a few weeks went by and all of the sudden.

    • Robin: I hate to say this, but I think it's Nail The Receptionist time.
      Ted: I'm not gonna nail the receptionist.
      Barney: Ted, every little boy wants to grow up to nail the doctor or the lawyer. Somebody's got to nail the receptionist.

  • NOTES (4)