How I Met Your Mother

Season 4 Episode 21

The Three Days Rule

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Apr 27, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When Ted violates the 'three days rule' by continually texting with a girl he's just met, Barney and Marshall retaliate by impersonating her.

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  • The Three Days Rule

    This episode is a pretty hilarious one, as all the star played well in it. First, it started with Ted Mosby, meeting a lady name Holli, it ended with "i", which was mentioned by Ted at the end of this episode. Ted got Holli's number and got very excited about it, however his mates warmed him that he cant call her immediately, but need to wait for at least three day, due to "The Three Days" rule. It was my first time knowing that such rule exist. I realised that I learnt a lot of rules while watching "How I Met Your Mother". The episode proceeds with Barney and Marshall texting Ted by impersonating Holli. I got shocked when I knew the truth that they fooling with Ted, when Robin eventually found out that Marshall and Barney went retaliated Ted. The most interesting part of this episode is when Barney and Marshall compete to each other, to be Ted Mosby's gay partner. The appearance of Stan enhances the hilariousness of this episode, and Barney somehow enjoyed Stan's word very much, he even requested Stan to date in McLaren Bar in front of him and Marshall. The episode ended with the rule being right, that relationship could not work if guy call a girl within three days.moreless
  • Has a Always Sunny In Philadelphia feel

    After seasons of chasing Ted dating girls around, this was a nice twist to the theme of How I Met Your Mother by injecting some It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia into it; they made the characters, Marshall and Barney in particular, irrationally narcissistic. Them battling each other to prove who'll win over Ted's gay bestfriend title was pretty hilarious.

    This episode was chockful of great gags and set ups, and all of them paid off, a rarity. From Ted's laugh when a naked woman's suggested to him, to Ted retaliating against Marshall and Barney's prank by sending them texts to throw them off, to Robin trying her best to sell her "he has 3 months to live," prank, etc. For an episode Robin felt like Dee from It's Always Sunny.

    And then there's Stan. That was a great gag to use with Marshall and Barney falling for him like a hopeless romantic.

    This is one of the best episodes of How I Met Your Mother ever. Although I can see why the ratings for it are so low. It doesn't embody the "feel" of the episode. I appreciated it for what it is though.moreless
  • It's been three days

    Ted again meets a women and this time it was in a bar. He gets her number and Marshall and Barney try to to stop Ted from violating a rule that you can't call a women three days after you call her. Barney saying girls who spell their name a certain way was amusing. Ted doesn't call her but he texts her. Personally I hate texting and I think it's a very impersonal form of communication. There is a limit and I think Ted went past it. I have nothing against people who text it's not just for me, just a downgrade on this episode. Marshall and Barney knew Ted would do this and find a way to make it more interesting. And it was. It turns out that the time Ted was texting Holli it was actually Barney and Marshall. Robin finds out due to a text Marshall made for Lilly. Trying to stop this she tells Ted about it. Ted gets back at them by telling a "big secret" about his best friend. It was funny how both Barney and Marshall thinking it was about them. This has always been one of the themes on the show Barney and Marshall arguing who is Ted's best friend. The reason why Ted didn't find out sooner was because of a guy, Stan. He was a good guy who lent his voice to The Cleveland Show. I enjoyed how much they admired him. It was funny how they almost tried to have sex with Ted twice. The scenes with Barney and Marshall as Holli when they were texting each other were also very funny. And so it turns out that Holli is not the women for Ted who actually was a case for more the Hot/crazy scale. I really liked what future Ted said when he first meet the women who would be the wife.moreless
  • Barney explains to Ted the "Three Days Rule" to Ted, but will Ted take his advice?

    "The Three Days Rule" is a funny How I Met Your Mother episode. I love the beginning of this episode when Ted gets a phone number from a girl named Holli and Barney has to explain the "Three Days Rule". I love how Ted decides to text Holli instead and their text messages become very dirty. I love how it's revealed that Ted has a laugh for when he sees naked women. I love how we find out that Barney and Marshall have been pretending to be Holli, so all this time Ted has been having dirty conversations with Marshall and Barney. I love how Robin tells Ted about Barney and Marshall posing as Holli, so Ted decides to play with their heads and tell them that he had a gay sex dream. I love how Barney and Marshall argue over who Ted might be more attractive to. I give this episode a 9/10.moreless
  • Quite hilarious! I'll give you that much!

    This was perhaps not the best episode of HIMYM out there, but it was a highly interesting one. There was a relatively interesting storyline, but it wasn't 100% amazing, in my opinion, although it certainly was good.

    I thought the episode was quite ufunny, with all the texting that was going on! They definitely had some interesting moments out there, and it was really funny!

    I must admit, I enjoyed it more the first time round that watching it again afterwards, which is not always the case, ad that is another reason why I didn't give it a 10.

    Overall, amazing job, though. Keep it up guys, because this is one mazing show!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Ted: Hey! I got a new rule. It's kinda crazy, but I call it "You like her, you call her."
      Barney: I'm sorry, can you repeat that? I don't speak "I never get laid."

    • Future Ted: I started things off with something cute and charming: "I was thinking about you, so I thought I'd send you a little texty text". And the moment I hit 'send', I realized, it wasn't cute at all. It was the lamest thing anyone has ever sent to anyone. And the worst thing about texting is that once you send it, you can never get it back.

    • Marshall: Ted's got a lot of crazy stored up. We thought we'd get him to say 'I love you' before he even makes contact with this girl.
      Barney: And he's exhibiting all the tell-tale signs.
      Marshall: One: he joked about getting married.
      Barney: (Reading Ted's text) You like architecture? We should get married. Haha. LOL. Just kidding?
      Marshall: Two. He made a crazy way-too-soon trip suggestion.
      Barney: (Reading Ted's text) I like beer too. We should totally go to Germany together! LOL! JK. LOL!
      Marshall: Three. He got way too personal way too soon.
      Barney: (Reading Ted's text) Yeah, my parents got divorced a couple years back. It was really tough. LOL.
      Robin: And he clearly doesn't know what LOL means.

    • Holly: (In Ted's text) I do not ask of the night explanations. I wait for it. It envelops me. And so you and bread and light and shadow are.
      Stan: That's Pablo Neruda.
      Marshall: I, um, don't know what bread was doing in there, but that touched me. Here (taps chest) and here (Taps head)
      Barney: Well if Ted won't say it, I will. I love you.
      Stan: That's cool.

    • Barney: If there's one thing we know about Ted, it's that he likes a nice body. This body would rock his world!
      Marshall: Ted and I have a history. I know what he likes. There are things I could do to him that blow his mind... why do we keep trying to have sex with Ted?
      Barney: I don't know, it's weird.

    • Barney: Seriously, Jesus started the 'wait three days' thing because he waited three days to come back to life. It was perfect. If he had only waited one day, a lot of people wouldn't have even heard that he died! They'd be all, "Hey, Jesus! What up!" And Jesus would probably be like, "What up? I died yesterday." And they'd be all, "Uh, you look pretty alive to me, dude." And Jesus would have to explain how he was resurrected and how it was a miracle. And they'd be like, "Okay, whatever you say, bro."
      Robin: Wow, ancient dialogue sounds so stilted now.
      Barney: And he's not gonna come back on a Saturday! Everybody's busy! Doing chores, working the loom, trimming their beard. No. He waits the exact right number of days. Three.
      Ted: Okay. I promise I'll wait three days, just please stop talking.
      Barney: (Waits five seconds) Plus it's Sunday, so everyone's in church already! They're all "Oh no, Jesus is dead." Then bam! He bursts through the back door, runs up the aisle, everyone's totally psyched! And FYI, that's when he invented the high five. We wait three days to call a woman because that's how long Jesus wants us to wait. True story.

    • Ted: The three days rule is insane. Who even came up with it?
      Barney: Jesus.
      Marshall: Barney, don't do this. Not with Jesus.

    • Marshall: Ted, you know how at some point in the future machines will rise against us?
      Ted: Sure.
      Marshall: Now the machines have killed everyone, and all that's left is you, me, and Barney. Which one of us would you like get with?
      Ted: Why would I have to get with one of you?
      Barney: The machines are forcing you. They want to watch. That's just how they get down.

    • Barney: Look at me! Now look at you. A still-in-the-closet 80-year-old wouldn't be into that mess.
      Marshall: Here's the thing, Barney. I'm snuggly. You're not. Who wouldn't want to snuggle up next to this business on a Sunday morning, wrapped in a comforter, and it's raining outside and there's muffins warming in the oven - I'm cuddly, bitch, deal with it!

    • Robin: (reading Holly's text message) "Hey, baby, I picked up some take out from Gennaro's, be home soon." Okay, this sounds bad, but let's think about this. It could be for a brother, or maybe her sick dad...
      Ted: Scroll down.
      Robin: "And then I want you to do me on the couch..." Okay, maybe not a sick dad, or a VERY sick dad, am I right? (laughs) Sorry.

    • Barney: Nice! Girls whose names end in LY are always dirty: Holly, Kelly, Karly... Lily.
      Marshall: Hey! Oh, yeah, I know it's true.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The German episode title is "Die Dreitageregel", and the Italian title is "La regola dei tre giorni", both exact translations. The French title is "J'ai fait un rêve", meaning "I Had a Dream".

    • International Airdates: Australia: June 8, 2009 on Channel 7; Germany: February 13, 2010 on ProSieben; United Kingdom: April 29, 2010 on E4; Czech Republic: November 25, 2010 on Prima COOL

    • Although credited, Alyson Hannigan does not appear in this episode due to her pregnancy.