It's the Christmas season 2006, and as usual, Lily, who loves the festive nature of the holidays, is the chief decorator, which everyone else in turn loves and appreciates. On Christmas Eve, Lily finds the old answering machine that was unplugged during the summer while she was gone. It was unplugged because Marshall, still despondent over his and Lily's break-up, would listen to Lily's old messages. Ted and Lily decide they can once again plug it in. However, one of the old messages that Lily hears on the machine is from Ted to Marshall, in which Ted calls Lily a bad name (using the word "grinch" as a euphemism when the story is later told). Ted is sorry, but he refuses to apologize to Lily, since in his mind, she really was a grinch for what she put Marshall through. Although Ted later tries to make it up to her, Lily already has taken her revenge on Ted. Again for Marshall's sake, Ted has to try to make up with Lily before Marshall comes home, he who is secretly running his own ... Written by
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Title derives from Dr. Seuss
' book "How the Grinch stole Christmas". See more
When Ted ventures off to the Bronx to salvage a decorative Christmas that Marshall is soon expecting, an extra is standing behind him (black woman) as he's on his cellphone talking to Marshall, the woman then suddenly, starts walking off (as if action was yelled) See more
[Flashback to Lily and Ted in college, very stoned
When I was a kid, all I wanted was an Easy Bake Oven. I begged and I begged, but all I got was a stupid Lego set because my feminist mom didn't want me conforming to traditional gender roles.
Easy Bake Oven - that's what I'm going to call my van.
References Weekend at Bernie's II
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Performed by Tchaikovsky See more