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The Three Days Rule 

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.

Director:

Pamela Fryman

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview:
Josh Radnor ... Ted Mosby
Jason Segel ... Marshall Eriksen
Cobie Smulders ... Robin Scherbatsky
Neil Patrick Harris ... Barney Stinson
Alyson Hannigan ... Lily Aldrin (credit only)
Rebecca Budig ... Holli
Kevin Michael Richardson ... Stan
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The girl Ted is pursuing is named Holli. The restaurant Marshall gets take out from is Generro's. "Holli Gennaro" is the name of John McClane's wife in Die Hard. The movie is referenced several times throughout the series. See more »

Goofs

Robin figures out that Barney and Marshall are posing as Holly when Marshall accidentally sends Ted a text that was meant for Lily. But they were using Barney's work cell so why would Marshall be texting his wife from someone else's phone? See more »

Quotes

Barney Stinson: Well, if Ted won't say it, I will. I love you.
Stan: That's cool. Still nothing, huh?
Marshall Eriksen: Maybe he's not in love with us.
Barney Stinson: How can he not be in love with us? We're everything he's looking for.
Marshall Eriksen: I don't get men.
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Connections

Features How I Met Your Mother: Pilot (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Hey Beautiful
Written by The Solids
Performed by The Solids
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A Return To Form
8 January 2015 | by slightlymad22See 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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