As the search for Mrs. Right continues, Ted woos his dermatologist Stella -- but her receptionist, Abby, seems more interested in him.



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Ted visits a tattoo removal clinic to get his butterfly tattoo removed and he's attracted to his doctor, Stella. She warns him that he will have to go through ten one hour sessions and it it will be very painful. Ted understands and he wants to go out with her, but she can't, as long as Ted is her patient and it's a violation of AMA rules. In addition, she tells Ted up front when he suggests that they can go out when the sessions are over, the answer will be no. Ted is convinced that he can change that no into a yes after ten sessions. During these sessions, Ted tries to charm Stella, but it appears it's not working. One ploy he tries is to be very nice to Stella's receptionist, Abbey, but Stella still says no and Abbey is attracted to Ted. When session ten arrives, and the tattoo removal is complete, when Ted asks her once again, we find out why Stella can't go out on a date with him. Ted, upset that this isn't going to happen, finds a way so they can go out together. Written by goleafs84

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24 March 2008 (USA)  »

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Britney Spears is the most recognizable out of the other guest stars. She had received multiple standing ovations during taping, which can be briefly seen during the CBS promos. See more »


After session 5 and before session 6, Ted states he only has 4 sessions left. In reality he has 5 sessions remaining. See more »


Dr. Stella Zinman: Ah, the tramp stamp. My bread and butter. So I'm guessing that the real story involves a bad breakup and some booze? Unless that's a gang tattoo, in which case I think it's time to find a new gang.
Ted Mosby: Actually, I asked for a caterpillar, and a few weeks later...
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Referenced in Endukante... Premanta (2012) See more »


Written by Alex Chilton and Chris Bell
Performed by Big Star
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Sarah Chalke Overlooked!!
5 April 2008 | by (Sacramento CA) – See all my reviews

Supreme episode; and not because of that totally non-memorable turn by whats-her-name. Its too bad that Sarah was overlooked; because she and Josh Radnor displayed a great chemistry in a totally believable story line. The date scene at the end was a supreme example of excellent writing; great direction; wonderful acting tight editing;and comic timing. It was Just totally believable and throughly well done; and worthy of multiple DVR replays! If Scrubs ever ends (and I don't want to see that happen) Sarah has a great continuing character to pick up and develop in this ever-improving comedy. Here's one hoping that Sarah is indeed the title "mother"! Advice to Britney: Keep your pants on; and stick to the gossip rags. Limited dance moves; minimal singing ability; even more limited and minimal singing ability; and limitless sub-teen appeal have no place in prime-time.

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