How I Met Your Mother: Season 4, Episode 21

The Three Days Rule (27 Apr. 2009)

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Ted gets around the three-day rule by texting a woman he just met, but he doesn't realize that he's actually texting Barney and Marshall.

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Ted has just met a woman named Holli. He wants to call her right away, but Barney tells him he can't because of the "three day rule". To shut Barney up, Ted promises that he'll follow the rule and not call her for three days. Ted finds what he thinks is a loophole: he'll text her instead. But the one text leads to a series of texts over the course of the day that makes Ted discover that Holli may be his perfect girl. Will he tell her that he loves her? That's what Barney and Marshall believe will happen since it really is Barney and Marshall who Ted has been texting, and Barney and Marshall have been responding pretending to be Holli. Barney stole Ted's phone, into which he changed Holli's cell phone number for his own. Robin finds out about what Barney and Marshall have been doing. Believing it to be mean to their best friend, Robin tells Ted what they did. Ted seeks his revenge by texting back a message which will make Barney and Marshall wonder which of the two really is his best ... Written by Huggo

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Alyson Hannigan could not attend this episode and the following one due to her giving birth to her first child. This makes her the only member of the main cast not present in every episode of the series. See more »

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Robin Scherbatsky: Holly is Barney and Marshall.
Ted Mosby: Wait. That whole time it was them? So Holly wasn't in the bath? Or sitting by her window, looking up at the stars,thinking about me? Or lounging in her old cheerleader uniform reading architecture magazines?
Robin Scherbatsky: Yeah. I don't think they actually did those things. They were just at the bar.
Ted Mosby: Right.
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A Return To Form
8 January 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Thankfully a massive step up in quality from the last episode

Plot In A Paragraph: Ted has just met a woman named Holly at Maclarens and (as per Ted) he wants to call her right away, but Barney tells him he can't because of the "three day rule". Barney then proceeds to tell the gang the "True Story" of how it was Jesus that invented the "three day rule" at length. To shut Barney up, Ted promises that he'll follow the rule and not call her for three days. Ted finds what he thinks is a loophole: he'll text her instead. But the one text leads to a series of texts over the course of the day that makes Ted discover that Holly may be his perfect girl.

If there was a secondary plot to Thai episode, I can't remember it because the main plot was so funny.

A well done all round as "How I Met Your Mother" returns to form.


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