'How I Met Your Mother': Neil Patrick Harris directs

neil-patrick-harris-himym-290.jpg Neil Patrick Harris is adding "director" to his list of skills.

Harris is stepping behind the camera to direct an episode of "How I Met Your Mother" this week. The episode features guest star Amanda Peet as one of Marshall's (Jason Segel) co-workers.

"Directing 'HIMYM' this week. Equal parts overwhelm, education, and exhilaration," Harris tweeted Thursday night. "But directing while acting in a scene - very strange. Meta."

The episode, which will likely air Jan. 18, will mark Harris' debut as a director. It will also be a rare "HIMYM" installment not directed by Pamela Fryman, who has helmed all but a handful of the 97 episodes that have aired so far.

Peet -- who Harris touted as a possible guest to reporters shortly before she signed on -- will play an attractive colleague of Marshall's at GNB in the episode. Marshall then gets upset when Lily (Alyson Hannigan) refuses to get jealous of her.

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