How I Met Your Mother

Season 3 Episode 10

The Yips

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 26, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When Barney loses his way with women, he hopes a trip to the Victoria's Secret Fall Fashion Show will help him regain his form. Marshall deals with a taskmaster of a trainer at a gym.

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  • Barney loses his mojo

    Earlier in the series, you find out that Barney lost his virginity to a friend of his mom at 23 and not at 12 that Ted predicted. In this episode you get to met her when everyone decides to join a gym. As with most stories in this show, you only hear part of the story. Barney finds out that Rhonda was faking and this heavily affected Barney. Seeing how Rhonda describe her experiences with the different type of guys she was with especially the last one was pretty funny. When Barney finds out what really happened, it was pretty amusing how it affects him. I liked how he failed so badly at picking up at the party. Heidi Klum was pretty good in this episode. Her description of Barney's problem was something I appreciate more since I saw the season 8 premiere. I also really enjoyed seeing Barney's brother again. You get to see how even back then that James couldn't hide who he really was. You almost feel sorry for Barney in this episode.

    The second part with the gym was good not as good as Barney's story. I liked seeing how different the trainers for Marshall and Lilly were. The jokes on Robin's look were pretty good. (nice to meet you dude, I am Barney) I also enjoyed seeing the gang get back at Ted.

    The ending was pretty good. Like with his old girlfriend, Barney gets his.moreless
  • The gang joins a gym.

    "The Yips" is an entertaining How I Met Your Mother episode. I love how the gang decides to join the gym. I love how Barney is excited that he sees a woman named Rhonda and that he remembers that he lost his virginity to her. It was kind of sad that she reveals that James slept with her so that she would sleep with Barney. I love how Barney goes to Victoria's Secret Fashion Show after-party and he gets The Yips. I love how Heidi Klum convinces him to go back to Rhonda and gain back his confidence. I love how he sleeps with Rhonda and she said that was best sex she's ever had and Barney gets his confidence back. I love how everyone decides that they are never going back to the gym by the end of the episode. I give this episode a 8/10.moreless
  • The group joins a gym.

    Something very strange about the character Barney for me. He's always the best as a side character, a wing man, and he's probably the funniest of the group. But for some reason, when he's shoved center stage, I get nothing from his plot. It's the same feeling I had when I watched last year's Barney-centric episode: "Single Stanima". I get that feelings, I'm pretty sure no one else does, but that's the problem I had with this episode. I didn't get much laughs from it, and the attempt to have some sort of revelation for Barney failed since nothing has changed in the end. All he did was mope, and get back on top again. The Victoria Secret guest star models didn't do much for the episode. The only remotely enjoyable plot was the gym scenes. The funniest was when they realize Ted wasn't even working out, and he ended up having to pay for it by the end. I'm liking the playful friendship Robin & Ted now have since the last episode. I loved Lilly's phone conversation with Trish. Probably the most hilarious line from the episode in fact. This episode just wasn't that great when you looked at the big picture, especially since HIMYM has been setting the bar high with previous episodes. Hopefully the next episode is better.moreless
  • The group all decide to join a gym after Ted realises just how unfit he is. Barney's confidence with his dealings with women takes a dive after finding out the awesomeness of his 'first time' was a sham, and he gets 'the yips'.moreless

    After four good episodes in a row, HIMYM returned back to its usual third season mediocrity with a boring and unfunny 10th episode. It had its moments however, especially with Ted and Robin apparently relieving any sexual tension that may have lingered. Also Wayne Brady made a welcome return as Barney's formerly heterosexual gay brother. His lines about women were actually funny, and it's not hard to surmise that 'the man-maker' Rhonda ultimately turned him gay Other than that, the sequences involving a gym instructor punishing Marshall and Ted were unoriginal and Barney's attempts at displaying 'the yips' followed suit. NPH tried hard to stumble and fall when he was picking up, but it just wasn't convincing and not even amusingly silly. His character is usually so full of ego and arrogance that he's unable to represent the full dichotomy of human emotions. It seems that the writers have finally run out of ideas, where the great storytelling of season two has disappeared and the Barneyisms have really dried up. HIMYM is in real danger of not making it into a fourth season, and on the basis of this season's performance, it doesn't deserve to either.moreless
  • How Barney became the Barney of today.

    Ted decides to joina gym. The crew follows suit. Marshall and Lilly go together. Marhsll woefully out of shape struggles, his trainer is a hottie that is a taskmaster. Robin likes that you don't have to look beautiful at the gym and a few good lines/zingers come from this. Ted we learn has been going but hasn't exercised one bit always finding an excuse.

    For me it's about Barney becoming Barney. At the gym he meets the woman (older woman) to who he lost his virginity too. SHe of course barely remembers him and we flashback to when Barney was a dork. He hasn't done it yet and he seeks the advice of his older brother (who is black and gay played by one of my favorites Wayne Brady). He sets up Barney with the "man-maker". Barney does it, he thinks he was wonderful, finds out he wasn't but it's a cute ride getting there.

    The "Yips" is that tongue tied state when around a beautiful woman. We see Barney get to this point at a Victoria Secret party with supermodels about including the fetching Heidi Klum.

    Not great, not bad, but I like how it got some background on Barney.moreless
Annie Ilonzeh

Annie Ilonzeh


Guest Star

Meredith Roberts

Meredith Roberts


Guest Star

Stephanie Faracy

Stephanie Faracy


Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

David Henrie

David Henrie


Recurring Role

Lyndsy Fonseca

Lyndsy Fonseca


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Rhonda: You know that paper boy? I let him put one in the hedges, if you know what I mean. (later) Did you see that new pool boy? I let him snake my drain, if you know what I mean. (later) You know that Chinese food delivery man? I had sex with him. I haven't thought of a funny way of saying it, it was just twenty minutes ago.

    • Trish: So, ready to make a commitment to your body?
      Marshall: I am all about commiting myself to my body. I want to drive out to Vermont and perform a commitment ceremony with my body. That was a weird thing to say.

    • Marshall: What about your hot new trainer? I thought he was stretching you out.
      Lily: Oh, it turned out that guy had no affiliation with the gym whatsoever.

    • Barney: That was the day I was born. I rose phoenix-like from her mentholated bosom and stood Armani-clad and fully awesome.

    • Robin: That story made me want to join that gym, so that when I get strong I can punch you in the face.
      Ted: You know what? Let's all do it.
      Lily: Yeah, let's all punch Barney in the face!

    • Barney: But you said I rocked your world. All subsequent worlds that I rocked were only so rocked because of the confidence I earned from said first world rocking.

    • Heidi Klum: (about Barney) Is he okay?
      Ted: Ah, he has the yips. Hasn't been able to hit on a woman all night.
      Heidi Klum: He has the yips? Ooh, that's bad. You know, in Germany we call this "Ach du meine Güte, gar nichts klappt mehr, so'ne Scheiße" ["Oh my goodness, nothing's working anymore, oh crap"]. Wow, that is bad.

    • Lily: Oh, baby, are you still sore?
      Marshall: Trish made me do 70 push-ups, but she only gave me credit for 10. Then she had me do a hundred sit-ups, and then she made me cry, using only her words.

    • Trish: Start with a hundred push-ups.
      Marshall: Alright, cool. How many do you want me to do?
      Trish: A hundred.
      Marshall: Oh, I thought that was a figure of speech, "a hundred push-ups." Like, 'do a bazillion pushups.' No one can do a hundred.
      Trish: (sniffing) Do you smell that?
      Marshall: No.
      Trish: It smells like there's a little bitch in my gym.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The German episode title is "Schweiß, Tränen und Heidi", meaning "Sweat, Tears and Heidi". The French title is "La traversée du désert", meaning "Crossing the Desert". The Italian title is "Cilecca", meaning "Teasing".

    • Awards and Nominations:
      2008 Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction For A Multi-camera Series (Stephan Olson, Susan Eschelbach)

    • International Airdates: Australia: May 15, 2008 on Network 7; Czech Republic: October 4, 2010 on Prima COOL


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