How I Met Your Mother

Season 3 Episode 13

Ten Sessions

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • The French episode title is "Paris tenus", meaning "Bets Fullfilled". The Italian title is "Dieci sedute", an exact translation.

    • Music: "Thirteen" by Big Star played during Ted's 'Two-Minute Date' with Stella

    • For her appearance in this episode, and later in "Everything Must Go", Britney Spears was nominated for a 2009 People's Choice Award in the Favorite Scene Stealing Guest Star category.

    • International Airdates: Australia: June 5, 2008 on Network 7; Czech Republic: October 7, 2010 on Prima COOL

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