Wait for It

Wait for It

Infobox Television episode
Title = Wait for It
Series = How I Met Your Mother

Caption = Barney tries to get a high five, but Ted, making out with Amy, leaves him hanging.
Season = 3
Episode = 1
Airdate = September 24, 2007
Writer = Craig Thomas & Carter Bays
Director = Pamela Fryman
Guests = Enrique Iglesias (Gael), Mandy Moore (Amy), David Henrie (Son), Lyndsy Fonseca (Daughter)
Production = 3ALH01
Episode list =List of How I Met Your Mother episodes
Prev = Something Blue
Next = We're Not from Here

"Wait for It" is the first episode in the third season of the television series "How I Met Your Mother". It originally aired on September 24, 2007.


When Robin shows up with a new boyfriend, Ted decides he is ready to hit the town with Barney. Enrique Iglesias guest stars as Gael, Robin's new lover and Mandy Moore guest stars as Amy, a tattooed party girl Ted hooks up with while out on the town. Marshall also calls Barney and shows him he has 55 days until his next slap.

Full Plot

Older Ted tells the the children that, although they know the short story (involving a yellow umbrella) of how he met their mother, there is a bigger story of how he became the man he to be in order to meet her.

This story begins back at Lily & Marshall's wedding, just as Barney finishes his sentence "...dary!" and he tries to get Ted out to help him "conquer New York" but Ted says he is not ready yet, prompting Barney to ask when he will be ready?

After the break-up, Robin went to Argentina while Ted grew a beard and painted the apartment, but when Robin returns with her new boyfriend Gael (guest star Enrique Iglesias), Ted announces he's finally ready.

Ted decides that Robin is trying to win their break-up, Marshall backs up this theory by explaining to Lily about the winner & loser in each break-up, so Barney takes Ted out to help him win by getting Ted "a 12" (given that he says Robin is "a 10") but Ted gets "a 12" on his own, a tattooed girl called Amy (guest star Mandy Moore).

After Gael had mentioned his passion for windsurfing and making love "sometimes at the same time", Barney insists this isn't possible as he has concocted a list of 33 vehicles (land-based, aquatic & airborne) in/on which it is possible to have sex and a winsurfing board is not on the list. He claims to have had sex on 31 of the 33 vehicles and would only need a bobsled and the Apollo 11 space capsule to complete the list. Lily says that to get the last one he will need to break into the Smithsonian, to which Barney casually replies "This conversation never happened".

Meanwhile, Lily & Marshall are having a night in with Robin & Gael after Lily inadvertantly asked Gael out on a date. They are supposed to be supporting Ted by hating Gael, but both end up falling for Gael as he plays the acoustic guitar, gives massages and sensually feeds fruit to everyone else.

On the night out with Ted, Barney clashes with Amy about everything and insists that he should be helping Ted as he is his wing-man but Ted is solely interested in Amy. Barney gives in to one request from Amy, for everyone to go back to her place, when she mentions that she has a hot-tub.However it turns out that the hot-tub isn't Amy's, but belongs to a family who she used to nanny for and who are supposed to be in the Hamptons.Ted decides to get a tattoo himself to symbolise that he is winning the break-up but blanks out shortly after, while Barney leaves with a friend of Amy's to have sex.

The following morning Ted claims he had a good time the night before and is relieved that he did not get a tattoo... or so he thinks. Lily & Marshall spot a butterfly tatto on Ted's lower back and call Barney to come and see. After cluing Ted in to his new "tramp stamp", the night's proceedings come back to Ted but he gets distracted by finding a bottle of Spanish massage oils.

Lily & Marshall explain what happened in the apartment the night before, which annoys Ted who goes to see Robin and accuses her of being over their break-up too fast. She says she cried for 3 days at the start of her holiday about missing Ted, which led her to Gael.Ted is still upset that Gael is so attractive, calling him an Adonis and the Cadillac of rebound guys, but Robin cheers him up by explaining that Ted has a bigger penis than Gael, which leads Ted to tell the guys at the bar that he has won the break-up.The scene then switches to the street outside MacLaren's where it is raining and someone walks by carrying a yellow umbrella.

In the final scene, Marshall calls Barney to tell him about a new website: [http://www.cbs.com/primetime/how_i_met_your_mother/slapbet_countdown/ Slap Countdown] which tells him he has 56 days until he receives his next (3rd) slap.


* "Ladies' Choice" and "Nothing That You Are" by Mandy Moore
* "Alguien Soy Yo" by Enrique Iglesias


*When Barney and Ted are in the hot tub, and are talking about tattoos, Ted is seen in four successive shots, each time unscrewing the bottle and taking a drink.


* Barney manages to complete the word he started saying in the last episode.
* It is revealed that there will be a yellow umbrella playing a part in the eventual meeting with the mother.

External links

* " [http://www.tv.com/how-i-met-your-mother/wait-for-it.../episode/1123744/summary.html Wait for It] " at TV.com
* " [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1084790/ Wait for It] " at IMDb

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