How I Met Your Mother: Season 2, Episode 11

How Lily Stole Christmas (11 Dec. 2006)

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Lily takes away her Christmas display after she finds out that Ted called her a bad name while she was broken up with Marshall, and Barney is too sick for his Christmas plans.



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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 Huggo

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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 »


Lily Aldrin: [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.
Ted: Easy Bake Oven - that's what I'm going to call my van.
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References Weekend at Bernie's II (1993) See more »


Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Performed by Tchaikovsky
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So What Is A Grinch??
3 December 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After the best episode of the season so far it's disappointing for it to drop so far in quality with this festive episode.

As is always the case with this show, when a poor episode comes along it hardly features Neil Patrick Harris's character Barney Stinson, other than in a smaller supporting role.

Plot In A Paragraph: After hearing an old voicemail from Ted to Marshall (from when they were broke up) where he calls her a Grinch (he says Grinch to his kids, but admits that's not what he said) Lily takes all of the Christmas decorations to her old apartment as punishment until he apologises, which he is refusing to do as in his opinion she was a Grinch who left his best friend in pieces.

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