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Three Days of Snow 

Ted and Barney get an opportunity to run their own bar during a historic blizzard, while Marshall and Lily try to defy the odds and continue one of their cherished traditions.


Pamela Fryman


Carter Bays (created by), Craig Thomas (created by) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Josh Radnor ... Ted Mosby
Jason Segel ... Marshall Eriksen
Cobie Smulders ... Robin Scherbatsky
Neil Patrick Harris ... Barney Stinson
Alyson Hannigan ... Lily Aldrin
Joe Nieves ... Carl
Eileen Boylan ... Melissa
Amy Gumenick ... Amanda
Jordan Masterson ... Colin
Cal Gibson ... Ryan
Marshall Manesh ... Ranjit
Yves Bright ... Patrice
Pat Crawford Brown ... Thelma
Gita Isak Gita Isak ... Rachel Sondheimer
Ute Werner Ute Werner ... Viveka


The storm of the century has hit New York in early 2009. The snowfall is supposed to last for three days, meaning that the city is at a virtual standstill for that long. Ted and Barney are supposed to meet two out- of-town college girls at MacLaren's, but without the girls' phone numbers they can only sit there and wait to see if they show up. Carl wants to close the bar early to volunteer at a shelter, and Ted and Barney convince him to let them run the bar while he's gone. The start of their stint has them living their dream as they've talked about buying a bar and never having last call. Their dates arrive, but the night doesn't end up as they envisioned. Meanwhile, one of Marshall and Lily's rituals is that whenever one goes out of town, he or she brings a 6-pack back from the visited city and the other meets her/him at the airport with a chauffeur's sign. But they decide that they've matured past such things and won't carry out this ritual upon Lily's return from Seattle. But ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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Did You Know?


When the band is in Ted's apartment, Barney asks one of the band members "Is the flute section seeing anyone?" Alyson Hannigan's character in American Pie played the flute. See more »


On Tuesday when Robin and Marshall go to the airport, the blizzard has already started as indicated by her car being buried by the snowplow. On Wednesday, there is no sign of snow when Ted and Barney meet Melissa and Amanda. One of the women even comments that they heard there was going to be a big snow storm. See more »


Barney Stinson: "Totally! Awesome!" College girls sound so stupid.
Ted Mosby: Totally.
Barney Stinson: Awesome.
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Spoofs Cocktail (1988) See more »


Hey Beautiful
Written by The Solids
Performed by The Solids
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Another 10/10 Episode
29 December 2014 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

A second 10/10 episode in a row. Top of the cap to "How I Met Your Mother" for achieving this, as not many shows do.

Plot In A Paragraph: During a historic three day snow blizzard, Ted and Barney get an opportunity to run their own bar, a dream they have shared for a while, when Carl gives them the keys to lock up Maclarens when their dates arrive. Meanwhile Marshall and Lily try to beat the odds and continue one of their cherished traditions, which is meeting ea h other at the airport when one of them has been away.

The "Cocktail" inspired bar scenes of Barmey and Ted are simply comedy gold, meanwhile the Marshall and Lily story is very, very sweet. To put it simply, it's just great TV and I never tire of this episode.

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19 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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