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How Lily Stole Christmas 

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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11 December 2006 (USA)  »

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Barney teases Ted by calling him "Ted Vivian Mosby". Later in that episode, it is revealed that Ted's actual middle name is "Evelyn", a predominantly female name. See more »


During the flash back to 1998, when Lily tells Ted that she always wanted an easy bake oven, Lily is seen wearing a pair of Puma Repli Cat shoes from 2006. See more »


Lily Aldrin: [At Lily's apartment] Some friend, you called me a Grinch.
Ted: You were a Grinch!
Lily Aldrin: How can you...
Ted: Grinchy, Grinch, Grinch, Grinch, Grinch, Grinch, Grinch.
[the lights go out]
Lily Aldrin: Happy? Now, you've pissed off the big guy upstairs.
Ted: Yeah, I'm sure God cares if I...
Man upstairs: [Yelling downstairs] You use that language again and I'll turn off your water!
Lily Aldrin: That's my super. He lives above me. Great. Thanks to your filthy mouth, now I'm going to have Christmas alone in the dark.
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"That Time I Really Did Say Grinch"
17 July 2010 | by (Valhalla) – See all my reviews

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. What Is There To Say About This Episode? Its Funny, The First Time Harry Groener & Alyson Hannigan Have Been In A TV Episode Since The BtVS Episode "Graduation Day Part 2", It Censors Any Rude Words Which To Me Is Fudging Awe-Wait For It-some But It Makes You Wonder What A "Grinch" Is. It Rhymes With The 5 Letter B Word But Lily Said It In The Pilot Or It Could Be The 4 Letter C Word. The Whole Episode Is Pure HIMYM Fun That Any Fan Will Enjoy. "Whats A Grinch?"

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