How I Met Your Mother


Season 3, Ep 9, Aired 11/19/07
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  • Episode Description
  • As Marshall and Lily prepare to host their first Thanksgiving as husband and wife, Barney eyes Marshall's Slap Bet Countdown Clock website with dread. Marshall has a gift for everyone.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jason Segel

    Marshall Eriksen

  • Josh Radnor

    Ted Mosby

  • Neil Patrick Harris

    Barney Stinson

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Lily Aldrin

  • Cobie Smulders

    Robin Scherbatsky

  • Fan Reviews (17)
  • Happy Slapsgiving

    By Lostindharma, Sep 29, 2012

  • Don't know...not inspired to think of one

    By VesnaGrandja, Apr 25, 2012

  • It's Slapsgiving!!

    By Jon_MW_14, Aug 19, 2011

  • I expected a lot more from an episode with "slap" in its title.

    By sandybadlands, Aug 02, 2008

  • That's three.

    By Canogaparkcindy, May 01, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • Barney: By announcing the time, you ruined the suspense. You have shown your hand!
      Marshall: And at 3:01 tomorrow, your face will show my hand.

    • Marshall: But it's slapsgiving!
      Lily: No, it's THANKSgiving! Our first Thanksgiving as a married couple, as grown ups and you're not even trying to be a part of it! None of you are! (shoves Ted and Robin in Ted's room) Now you two are going to talk about this, and if you have sex again, neither of you are getting dessert!

    • Barney: The killer in a horror movie does not stand in front of the camp cabins with a bullhorn and shout, "Attention, unguarded teens! At 3:00 I will jump out of that closet and hack you to death with a machete. By the way, my only weakness is fire."

    • Ted: Pecan pie? Why are we making that? Robin: Um, it's my favorite. Ted: You're allergic. Robin: I know. I just like smelling it. It's like eating with your nose.

    • Future Ted: You see on the surface Robin and I looked like we were doing great, but the truth is, trying to be friends with your ex is a lot harder than it looks... (Flashback) ... you can't be as candid as you used to be! Ted: So then hot intern leans over my desk, I can totally see she has a pierced-... (Robin and Lily passes) ...Brosnan! Pierce Brosnan is my favorite of all the Bonds.

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    Notes (5)

    • The German episode title is "Klapsgiving", an exact translation. The French title is "Soirée frappée", meaning "Slap Party". The Italian title is "Lo schiaffeggiamento", meaning "Face Slapping".

    • International Airdates: Australia: May 8, 2008 on Network 7; Czech Republic: September 30, 2010 on Prima COOL

    • Music Featured In This Episode : "Still Alright" by Adam Merrin "You Just Got Slapped" by Marshall Eriksen

    • The clock was off by 30 seconds in the West Coast.

    • According to the Slap Countdown website (introduced in the episode Wait For It...) a slap will occur at 8:27pm the night that this episode airs. The clock counts down to 8:27 pm, November 19, 2007, based on your own computer's clock, which is presumably accurate (i.e., during the episode) for viewers in the Eastern and Pacific time zones, but an hour late for those in Central and Mountain times. During part of November, immediately after daylight savings time ended, the clock was counting down to 7:27 pm. This was subsequently corrected.

    Trivia (4)

    • Early in the episode we are told that the slap will occur at 3:01pm. However, as Marshall shows Barney the slap bet countdown in the final hour, the clock in the background clearly shows the time as 4:20.

    • In the flashback explanation of the slap bet, the clip they show for the first slap is not the official first of the five slaps but rather when Marshall prematurely slapped Barney after believing he was right in guessing Robin was married.

    • Marshall looks at the slap countdown, which shows 2:45:19 remaining, but then tells Barney they're in the final hour.

    • Determined from the countdown in the episode, that scene was filmed on October 19th, 2007 at 2:40 PM.

    Allusions (2)

    • Ted makes up a few insults for Bob making fun of his age, including calling him the father of the Crypt Keeper. The Crypt Keeper is the host character from the TV series Tales From The Crypt, who is mostly a withered skeleton with a bit of hair.

    • In the flashback to Halloween, we see Barney dressed up as, and imitating, Sacha Baron Cohen's title character from Larry Charles' 2006 film, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

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