Tattoo clinic. Ted is coming out of a session with Dr. Stella and Britney is on the phone telling someone not to yell at her because it'll make her cry. She starts to cry. Dr. Stella tries to talk her into hanging up the phone, which she's reluctant to do. She finally hangs up and smiles. Stella says she wishes some patients would be nicer to her. Back at MacLaren's, Ted has decided to be nice to Abby/Britney. Barney thinks the idea is nailing the receptionist.
Session Six. Ted brings Britney a coffee and a pastry, but takes them back because Dr. Stella has her back turned. He hands them back over when she's watching. Britney is thrilled and says Ted's like a knight. Hey, Ted Knight! She says she should call him Sir Ted. "What?" Ted asks, a little rudely. She gets so nervous, she picks up the phone that isn't ringing. She calls Dr. Stella, who is right behind her.
The plan in motion: Session Seven. Dr. Stella says she's about to break a major rule. She tries to set up Ted to go with Britney on a church group bowling game. Oops. He doesn't even remember the receptionist's name is "Abby." Long, unfunny name-scrambling bit with "Abby" and "Alan." We whoosh to MacLaren's. Lily suggests Ted be himself and do without the gimmicks. Ted wants to try one more gimmick.
Session Eight. Ted has seen the book The Power of Me in Dr. Stella's office and plans to read it himself to have something to talk about. Marshall says he read the book and it improved his memory, but now he doesn't remember where he put the book. Wonk, wonk, wonk. Oh, sitcom. That's like a Bazooka Joe comic joke. Ted walks into his session reading a copy of the same book. Britney, sans glasses, smiles and tries to flirt with Ted. She laughs at a lame joke of his. "That's funny, smart and great!" she says. In the exam room, Dr. Stella shows up a little late, saying she's back from her two-minute lunch, which is all she has time to take. Ted tries to bring up the self-help book. Dr. Stells says a patient left the book and she's not into it at all. Ted disparages the book. The same book that Britney walks in with. She wants to give it back to Ted because she thinks he accidentally dropped it in the trash. Oh, the plan! Gone awry! What calamity! Ted pretends not to own it. The book is stamped, "From the personal library of Ted Mosby." Back at MacLaren's, Robin thinks it's "Nail the receptionist" time. Ted doesn't want to. Barney agrees with Robin. Ted says he likes Stella. Barney says he has seen Stella. He wanted to know what she looked like and discovered a terrible secret. Ted wants to know the secret. Barney suddenly gets up to take a pee break, which leads right into a commercial.