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November 14, 2005
Gloria Calderon Kellet
Ted reconsiders his offer to let Lily move in with him and Marshall. Barney attempts to revolutionize the first date.
Lily decides to take Robin over to her apartment (which she herself has not been to in three months) while they are out, but when they get to Lily's apartment, they find that the landlady has passed away, and Lily's apartment is now a Chinese restaurant called Madame Chew's House of Dumplings. Lily even sees many of her personal belongings still there. Lily and Robin immediately head over to Ted and Marshall's apartment to explain the situation, and Ted tells Lily that she is welcome to live with them now, "since you practically live here anyway." Barney warns Ted that things will change with Lily officially living at the apartment, and that eventually they'll force him out of the apartment. Ted doesn't believe him, but after he finds "Shocky" (his very old coffee pot that always gave him an electrical jolt) in the garbage and replaced by Lily's coffee pot, he begins to think Barney is right. He feels even more threatened when Marshall tells him he wants to hang Lily's painting where the two swords hang. In order to try to reclaim his territory, Ted begins to label all of his food and then orders a life-sized English phone booth for the apartment. He begins to argue with Marshall about who should get the apartment, which leads to a duel with the swords that hung on the wall. Both consider this duel awesome even though they are fighting for the apartment and mad at each other. Events become tragic when a coffee table collapses under Marshall's weight, and he stumbles backward and stabs Lily with the sword. After she is patched up at the hospital, Lily tells them that she doesn't want to live there once they are married because she feels that it is a manly environment.
Meanwhile, Barney has created a revolutionary idea in the dating world: The Lemon Law. Similar in nature to lemon laws for used cars, Barney's new lemon law for dating gives a person five minutes to decide if the date will go on for the rest of the night or not. They can call the date off for any reason in the first five minutes, avoiding bad dates. Barney goes on to say that it will become "a thing" after "lemon-lawing" two different women on dates. Robin argues that it takes longer for people to get to know each other, so she challenges Barney by taking a nerdy guy obsessed with Star Trek on a date. Barney calls her to try to get her to use the lemon law, but she refuses. The guy asks if it was a fake call from the hospital, and she tells him that she would never do that. Only a few minutes later, she gets a real call from the hospital telling her that Marshall has accidentally stabbed Lily, and leaves, feeling a bit guilty. At the hospital Barney reveals that his lemon law is now "a thing," as he had just been "lemon-lawed" by a girl earlier that night. He also regrets not calling it Barney's Law so as to get some name recognition or fame. Once Lily is released from the hospital, they go eat Chinese dumplings at the restaurant in Lily's old apartment.
- Lily wears the white shirt with the blue toile design that she wears in this episode's opening montage again in Zip, Zip, Zip.
- Referring to her picture from Homecoming, Lily says, "Yeah, the bangs were a mistake." In the flashback to Lily's prom in Best Prom Ever, Lily does have rather unflattering bangs.
- While arguing with Ted about the apartment, Marshall says that they might need a second room sooner than Ted thinks because they aren't that careful with their birth control. In the following episode Belly Full of Turkey, Lily worries that she might be pregnant when her period is late. Marshall does mention that if Ted is presuming to have Barney as his roommate, he cooks naked.
- Barney mentions he is on a date with a girl he met online. In the episode How I Met Everyone Else, he makes fun of Ted for meeting a girl by playing World of Warcraft.
- Barney is not able to use the chopsticks at the end of the show suggesting he does not eat Chinese food as stated in The Best Burger in New York, then later disproved in Ducky Tie.
- This is the first episode where Robin is assumed to be a prostitute. It also occurs in Best Prom Ever and Of Course.
- The sword-fight between Ted and Marshall is mentioned by Future Ted as one of the few fights he's been in, in the episode The Fight.
- Marshall accidentally wounds Lily for the second time; the first time occurred in the Pilot.
- In Moving Day, Marshall gives Ted one of the swords.
|Ted:||So it's like that, is it?|
|Marshall:||*briinnnnggggg briinnnnggggg* (answers the phone in the English phone booth, cockney accent) Oh, 'ello guv'na. Oh, it's like that, innit? Cheerio! (normal voice) Yeah, it's like that!|
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- Ted buys an English phone booth for the apartment. The red phone booths were very common in the streets of the United Kingdom until more recently, which is why Marshall makes a British accent when teasing Ted about it.
- Robin's date insults her using an expression in Klingon, a fictional language that belongs to the Star Trek universe.
- Lily calls Ted and Marshall "Knights of the Poorly Constructed Round Table", referring to the Round Table from the legends of "King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table".
- Martin Starr, who guest stars as Kevin, starred with Jason Segel on Freaks and Geeks. He is the second Freaks and Geeks cast-member to guest star on How I Met Your Mother.
- Martin Starr - Kevin
- Miki Mia - Chinese Waitress
- Maya Parish - Erin
- Jacqueline Pinol - Jackie
- Keri Safran - Katie
- Keisuke Hoashi - Doctor
- Brian Petrucelli - Moving Man #1
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