Sep. 19, 2005
30 min.
CBS TV Network

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How I Met Your Mother - 03x03 Third Wheel

3x03 Third Wheel

4.75/5 (4 votes)
First Aired: Oct. 08, 2007 on CBS
Summary: Two women become very interested in Ted and end up taking the party to his place. The gang must show Ted that bad luck doesn't come in threes.

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Main Characters in this Episode


Guest Stars

Rachel played by Busy Philipps
Trudy played by Danica McKellar
Waitress played by Christine Woods (IV)
Ian played by Neil Jackson (IV)
Woman #1 played by Melissa Ordway
Woman #2 played by Chantelle Barry
Steve played by Frank Alvarez

Episode Quotes

Marshall Eriksen: Why wasn't I told for the belt? I can go for the belt! [Barney, Lily and Ted laugh] If Lily woulda' die before me, then I could ride tricycle!
Lily Aldrin: If I die, I would just come back and haunt your penis...
Ted: Alright, I'm ready. Let's hit it.
Marshall: Can't go. Tournament.
Ted: What so you mean? I suited up!
Barney: You take too long to get ready.
Ted: What are you talking about? I got that low maintenance, just rolled out of bed look.
Marshall: Yeah, which takes an hour and a half of waxing, tugging and teasing to achieve.
Barney: And then he starts on his hair. Ace!
Barney Stinson: The real Wimbledon lasts a fortnight.
Marshall Eriksen: British words are cool. Also, their lawyers wear wigs. I wore a wig at work once and they laughed at me.


  • Goof (continuity error): When Ted calls Barney from the bar, Barney's phone is white but after Lily takes the phone away to talk to Ted, Barney's phone is suddenly black.
  • Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Just after Ted runs into Trudy at the bar, he says to her that he would have called her after "The Pineapple Incident", but was too embarrassed. In "The Pineapple Incident", he tells his kids that he did phone, but she did not return his calls.
  • Goof (continuity error): Barney says he's never done a "tricycle", but earlier on in the second season he said he did a ten-way.


  • The title of the third episode from the third season is called "How I Met Your Mother" (2005) {Third Wheel (#3.3)} that refers to a threesome that Ted is about to have.
  • Busy Phillips, who plays Rachel in this episode, co-starred alongside Jason Segel (Marshall) in the short lived series Freaks & Geeks (1999-2000).
  • The championship belt Barney holds up is a WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt.
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