Sweet Taste of Liberty

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"Sweet Taste of Liberty"
How I Met Your Mother episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 3
Directed by Pamela Fryman
Written by Phil Lord
Chris Miller
Production code 1ALH02
Original air date October 3, 2005
Guest appearance(s)
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 was directed by Pamela Fryman.


Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) decides that it is time for Ted (Josh Radnor) to get out of his routine of going to the same bar. Promising Ted a "legendary" night, Barney pulls Ted into his cab and tells him that he needs to pick someone up at the airport. Only when they reach the baggage claim does Ted 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. Upon meeting two attractive women en route to Philadelphia, Barney impulsively purchases two tickets on the same flight for himself and Ted, and calls Marshall (Jason Segel) (who is busy studying) to tell him to join them. On the plane, however, Ted and Barney find out that the two girls have boyfriends who are players for the Philadelphia Eagles. Upon arrival, Ted and Barney are taken into custody by airport security, since they left luggage on a carousel in JFK, while video footage shows Barney doing the same thing on many occasions. They are held for a while, but are released when Barney's luggage at JFK is revealed to contain 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. Later, back at McLaren's, Ted tells a girl about their adventure, and Future Ted confirms that it was indeed "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 Robin receives from men at the bar. On the phone, Marshall reassures her that it is because she is wearing an engagement ring, and tells Lily that he would be fine if she removed it to get men's attention. Lily does so, but only succeeds insofar as a gay man approaches to tell her she sat on a grape. Robin is annoyed by 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, is reluctantly willing to fight the man, but is hugely relieved to learn that the man is gay. Just then, however, the man's boyfriend, also the jealous type, punches Marshall out.


This episode fails to explain how the Liberty Bell is part of Independence National Historical Park a unit of the National Park Service which includes Independence Hall. The employees who work there are not security guards; they are park rangers. Their primary duty is to interpret the significance of the site. This park includes Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was created along with Articles of Confederation which set up America's first government and the Constitution which sets up America's current government. The Liberty Bell was inside of Independence Hall at the time of those events. Consequently, the bell has since become an important symbol for freedom not just in the United States but worldwide. Thus, many of the staff who work at the park took offense to the bell being used as the bud of a joke. Since the episode aired some visitors have attempted to lick the bell, which many of the staff believe is disrespectful to all of the civil rights leaders who have used it as a symbol to promote their cause over the years. Doing anything to damage or attempt to damage the bell is illegal and punishable by arrest, fines, and even imprisonment depending on the severity of the damage.


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