|“The Three Days Rule”|
| First aired:|
April 27, 2009
Ted gets a girl's number but decides to text instead of waiting three days (as per the rule) to call her. Marshall and Barney decide to have some fun with Ted.
Ted gets a girls number at the bar and wants to call her right away, but Barney says he can't call her because of the three days rule, you have to wait until three days from receiving the number to call the person. Ted agrees not to call her, but instead texts her saying he never promised he wouldn't do that. When he gets a response Holli says that shes in the bath, which makes Ted do his "Naked Lady Noise". A noise that Robin points out to him, flashing back to moments where he has seen naked women. Robin asks if it's Holli that is texting him and saying that he promised to wait three days. Ted points out it's different then calling. Robin sighs and leaves telling him to keep the "naked lady" noise to a minimum. Ted still thinks he doesn't make a noise, so Robin opens her robe and then walks away as Ted makes the noise.
Ted and Holli spend the next couple of days texting one another. Ted thinks she's perfect, and comments about a text to Robin saying that Holli told him what she's wearing right now, and it's pretty hot. Robin guarantees she's not wearing "her old cheerleading uniform while reading architecture magazines" and is only saying it to make Ted like her. Then he gets a text from Holli "Hey baby I picked up some take out from Genero's. Be home soon." stating it was clearly meant for someone else. Robin says maybe its to a brother or sick dad, but when she scrolls down it says "and then I want you to do me on the couch."
Robin meets up with Barney and Marshall at the bar, and picks up a paper bag asking what it is. Marshall tells her its just some Genero's that he's taking home to Lily . Robin realizes that Barney and Marshall are Holli, and have been the ones texting Ted. Barney and Marshall knew Ted would call Holli before the three days were up and decided to switch her number to Barney's work cell number. They were just going to bust on him for calling to soon, but then Ted started texting her. When they get the "texty-text" Marshall feeling sorry for him says they should tell him its them. Barney, however, says they should pretend to be Holli and say their in the bath, which Marshall says is a better idea. This continues on with every text, Marshall saying they should tell Ted it's them and Barney saying "or...", with Marshall saying that's a better idea.
Robin tells them that what their doing is mean, but Marshall says they were protecting Ted from himself. They know he really likes this girl and that he's going to start moving too fast. He has that crazy look in his eye, the same one he had with Robin on their first date. Marshall and Barney thought they could get him to say I love you to Holli before he even makes contact with her, saying it's coming soon and all the signs are there in his texts. But he wasn't saying it, and that's when they met Stan. Stan's a guy in the next booth over asking why they are being so loud. Marshall and Barney tell him the Ted story and Stan gives them heartfelt things to say to Ted as Holli. Everything was going great until Marshall sent a text to Ted that was meant for Lily. Robin says it doesn't matter now and it's over, and that they have to call Ted and apologize to him. They say OK, but when Robin leaves, Barney says "or..."
Robin comes into the apartment where Ted says the Genero's text from Holli was a mistake and that she explained everything. Ted says Holli's dumb friend Marsha used her phone to text her husband Billy about getting Genero's. Robin, sick of the joke, tells Ted everything about what Barney and Marshall have been doing. She says now you can tell them you know, but Ted says "or I can text them something that will really mess with their heads." He sends them a text, which they get while sitting in Barney's office. At first they think he's about to say I love you to Holli, but then they read on and it says "I sometimes have gay dreams about my best friend." Barney and Marshall are shocked about the text, but then they start to argue over who Ted was talking about.
At the bar they tell Robin about the text, still trying to decide who it was about, when Ted walks in. He sits down and tells them he had a weird dream the other night. He goes on to waste a half hour of their lives about having dinner with his top five favorite architects throughout history. To try and get Ted to admit who he's having gay dreams about Marshall asks him who he'd get with if only Ted, Barney, and him were the only ones on the planet. Ted says he'd choose, Holli. He tells them that he knew because Robin told him and that's why he made up the gay dreams text. Then Holli walks in and Ted tells them he knew where she worked and that even though he didn't wait the three days it's okay because Holli actually thought it was romantic. She goes and waits for him outside the bar for their date. Marshall says he's sorry and Barney says it was fun. Ted tells them he doesn't need to be taken care of and he won't change his "love at first sight" ways for some three days rule.
On his date with Holli, Ted realizes that it won't work out when she starts saying things like "We should get married haha just kidding. Or am I, haha just kidding again." "We should totally go to Brazil together." "I think I'm in love with you Ted." All things that Ted had implied they should do when he was texting Barney and Marshall thinking it was Holli.
At the bar Robin, Marshall, and Barney are sitting together when Stan comes in. Marshall and Barney are excited to see him and want to hang out, but Stan says that he has a date, he turns to Robin and asks if she is ready. Barney and Marshall practically beg that they should have their date with them. Stan says its time to say goodbye to them, they had a great afternoon together, but it's over. As him and Robin walk out, she asks if he even knows their names, which Stan replies, "no".
- Ted dons the red cowboy boots previously seen in Everything Must Go.
- It is brought up that Ted's parents are divorced when Marshall and Barney are reading the texts back and forth. The divorce was first brought up in Brunch.
- Stan attributes some of his words to Pablo Neruda. Pablo Neruda is Ted's favorite poet as can be seen in The Naked Man.
|Marshall:||Oh.. Ted. Oh poor, sweet Ted. We should tell him it's us.|
|Barney:||Yeah.... Or... We pretend we're Holli and we're in the bath.|
|Marshall:||Yeah. That's better.|
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Allusions and Outside ReferencesEdit
- Marshall sends Ted a text intended for Lily saying he bought take-out from Genero's which Ted believes to be from Holli. The maiden name of John McClane's wife in Die Hard is Holly Gennaro.
- Lily is absent in this episode because it was filmed during Alyson Hannigan's last week of pregnancy. The writers used the dirty joke from Mosbius Designs to make an excuse for her being absent from the show.
- Cobie Smulders was also pregnant during the filming of this episode, she is visibly pregnant in this episode.
- The Three Days Rule at the Internet Movie Database
- The Three Days Rule at the English Wikipedia
- The Three Days Rule at TV.com
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