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.
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)
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?
Stella: Ugh, when am I going to kick this folliculaphilia?
(Barney makes a "there you go" gesture)
Ted: (stunned) "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.
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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