"Spoiler Alert"
How I Met Your Mother episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 8
Written by Stephen Lloyd
Directed by Pamela Fryman
Original airdate November 12, 2007
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"Spoiler Alert" is the 8th episode in the third season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired on November 12, 2007.


As the episode begins, Ted is dating whom he believes to be the perfect girl, blissfully unaware of the fact that she is a chatterbox. At first, his friends are hesitant to reveal this fact to Ted, but eventually do, thereby shattering Ted's illusion of his perfect girl (complete with sound effects). In retaliation, Ted reveals to Marshall the fact that Lily chews loudly, shattering Marshall's illusion of his wife. Each character in turn is also revealed to have a flaw, invisible to some, but obvious to others: Ted's tendency to correct people, Robin's tendency to overuse (often incorrectly) the word "literally," Marshall's tendency to describe what he does in song, and Barney's use of lame catch phrases, high-pitched voices, and general spacing out.

Meanwhile, Marshall is awaiting the results of the New York Bar Exam, but cannot remember the password to access his score online. Barney claims to have software that can illegally bypass the Bar's firewall and offers the software to Marshall. Marshall relents, and allows Barney to install the software on his computer. It turns out Barney has no such software, and the whole production was merely a scheme to get Marshall to watch a video of a dog using a baby as a toilet.

As it turns out, one of Marshall's annoying songs was merely a mnemonic device to help him remember his password. Marshall enters his password and discovers he has passed the bar exam. The friends celebrate at the bar downstairs, each reveling in their own supposed character flaws. In a flashforward 3 years, Ted encounters his talkative ex-girlfriend and her new, deaf fiance, whose illusion he shatters.


  • This episode's working title was "White Noise."[1]
  • Annoying Habits:
    • Lily chews loudly.
    • Ted corrects people.
    • Robin uses the word 'literally' often. As quoted by Ted, she uses the word in "every other sentence."
    • Marshall sings his sentences, and he sings about his actions as he does them.
    • Barney uses lame catch phrases constantly, talks in a weird high-pitched voice, and spaces out and doesn't know what's happening.


  1. "[ How I Met Your Mother Spoilers"]. Retrieved 2007-11-12.