Sweet Taste of Liberty
|"Sweet Taste of Liberty"|
|How I Met Your Mother episode|
|Episode no.||Season 1
|Directed by||Pamela Fryman|
|Written by||Phil Lord
|Original air date||October 3, 2005|
|Season 1 episodes|
|List of How I Met Your Mother episodes|
"Sweet Taste of Liberty" is the third episode in the first season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired on October 3, 2005. The episode was written by Phil Lord & Chris Miller and it was directed by Pamela Fryman.
Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) has decided that it is time for Ted (Josh Radnor) to get out of his routine of going to the same bar. He tells Ted that he wants to do something "legendary." Barney pulls Ted into his cab, and tells him that he needs to pick someone up at the airport. Ted did not realize that Barney meant that he was going to JFK to pick up women. Barney tells Ted that they are posing as international businessman who have just returned from a lucrative trip from Japan. Barney then decides that they should fly to Philadelphia just because two beautiful ladies are also heading there. Barney calls Marshall (Jason Segel) (who is supposed to be busy studying) to come to Philadelphia in the Fiero, because it is going to be "legendary". Ted and Barney eventually find out that these two girls have boyfriends who are players for the Philadelphia Eagles. Furthermore, Ted and Barney are taken into custody by airport security, since they left luggage on a carousel in JFK. They are held there for a while, but are released when Barney's luggage at JFK is revealed to have only condoms and a PowerBar. They then go with Sascha, an attractive airport guard, to what turns out to be a boring party. Barney, upon meeting someone who works security for the Liberty Bell, decides that it would be "legendary" to go lick the landmark. Ted initially declines, but after Barney tells Ted that he is his best friend, Ted reluctantly goes along. During this whole time, Ted and Barney call Marshall, telling him to either turn around and go back home because nothing exciting is happening, or to come because it will be "legendary".
Meanwhile, Lily (Alyson Hannigan) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) go to the bar for a girls' night out. Lily becomes jealous of Robin because of the attention she receives from men at the bar, and realizes that no one wants to approach a woman wearing an engagement ring. She asks Marshall if she can take her engagement ring off, to which Marshall says yes. Lily then tries to attract men, but is still unsuccessful, getting only a gay man who told her that she sat on a grape. Robin is annoyed by the change in Lily's behavior, and convinces Lily that she has what most single women want: a good boyfriend. The gay man offers to help remove the grape stain, and Marshall walks in just as he is doing so. Marshall, who came only because he had second thoughts about Lily removing the ring, was ready to fight the man, but is hugely relieved to learn that the man is gay, mostly because he will not have to fight. Just then, however, the man's boyfriend, also the jealous type, punches Marshall out.
At one point in the episode, Barney says, "It's going to be legen...wait for it...and I hope you're not lactose intolerant 'cause the second half of that word is...DAIRY!" Series co-creator Craig Thomas later said this line, pitched by writer Chris Miller, was one of his favorite jokes that he didn't pitch himself.