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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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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

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 »

Quotes

Ted Mosby: The three days rule is insane. I mean, who even came up with that?
Barney Stinson: Jesus.
Marshall Eriksen: Barney, don't do this. Not with Jesus.
Barney Stinson: Seriously. Jesus started the whole wait three days thing. He waited three days to come back to life. It was perfect. If he only had waited one day, a lot of people wouldn't even have heard that he died. They'd be all, like: "Hey, Jesus, what up?" Jesus would probably be, like: "What up? I died yesterday." And then they'd be all: "Uh, you look pretty alive to me, dude." And then Jesus...
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Features How I Met Your Mother: Pilot (2005) See more »

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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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