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How I Met Your Mother: How Lily Stole Christmas

How I Met Your Mother(S02E11) First of all, I need to apologize to you folks... I've been spelling Alyson Hannigan's character's name wrong this whole season, and I didn't realize it until I saw the title to this episode. Lily... with two "l's" instead of three. Who knew? Considering no one called me out on it in the comments (and believe me, people do that), I guess you all were fooled, too.

Anyway... so whaddaya think that word is that Ted said about Lily in the old answering machine message? You know... the one for which the writers so kindly thought to substitute the word "Grinch". At first I thought it was a word that started with "b" and sort of rhymed with "Grinch," but shows say that word all the time, even at 8 PM. Could it have possibly been the c-word? Really? I mean, Lily did rip Marhsall's heart out over the summer, but even that didn't merit the dreaded c-word.

I almost want it to be the c-word, though, just so I can imagine the kids of Ted's super-religious cousin screaming that word over and over.

Isn't it refreshing, by the way, how pretty much every relationship is being examined this year except Ted and Robin's? We've looked at Marshall and Lily, Marshal without Lily, Lily and Barney, Barney and Barney, and Barney and his black gay brother. Now it's all about Lily and Ted. They're in one of those situations where they're close friends, not just friends-by-association. Those are rare, but they happen. So, its understandable that Ted was still a little pissed at Lily for taking off to San Fran in the summer, almost as much as what it did to him as what it did to Marshall. You'd think, though, that he wouldn't carry that grudge for six months, considering Lily and Marshall are engaged and everything.

Oh, well; it did give us another chance to see Lily's tiny Bronx apartment, where she took the Winter Wonderland after she found out Ted called her a "Grinch." Does she even use the place anymore now that she and Marshall are engaged? Maybe it'll become a Chinese restaurant like the last one did.

Back to the relationships thing... the reason why I like how this year has played out is because we're not spending it going round and round with the Ted and Robin "will they or won't they" schtick, which weighed the show down last season. Without that albatross around their necks, Carter and Craig now have the room to do silly things like show Marshall helping an ersatz UPS man deliver all his presents on Christmas Eve, or show what Barney's like when he gets sick.

Which leads me to this week's Best Barneyism: "My nose is just overflowing with awesome, and I had to get some of it out." Ewww. But a babyish Barney ("ouchie in my mouth!"), making Robin feed him soup as he lay in Ted's bed wearing elastic-waist fleece pants was priceless, as was his falling asleep in the middle of a "legend... wait for it... dary." Thank god Robin spiked his echinecia tea with codene. Have I told you how much I like her?

Other stuff:

  • Bringing a mug of beer as a peace offering: sweet. I should try that sometime.
  • "Ted Vivian Moseby!" That's not his middle name. It's the more manly "Evelyn."
  • "Merry Christmas, Marshall." I like his gift to himself: diving into the dough of Lily's Christmas cookies.
  • We all know that running down a friend's ex-girlfriend is the best way to help him get over her... right?
  • "Merry Christmas, assface."
  • Nice little cameo by Ted's parents, including his mom's new boyfriend (but I liked the line "I could spend the holiday with dad and his new girlfriend... microbrewing."
  • What the hell was Robin screaming when she was extinguishing the burning cookies?
  • We discovered a new comedic situation: what happens when you voice dial someone by mistake. I'll find that out with my new phone...
Good episode. Compared to last year's holiday episode (I'm thinking of the New Year's one with the fake Moby), this was definitely lighter and funnier. Even the part where Lily finds out that Ted suggested the Easy-Bake oven wasn't overly sappy. I guess that's what happens when you don't have to spend all your time making sure two of your main characters have a When Harry Met Sally moment, know what I mean?

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1. The "Grinch" word has to be the b word cause you can't forget he used "fudge" just moments later and he is telling this story to his kids. Besides, the humour of putting together whether it was the real Grinch or the other Grinch made it ten times better. I loved seeing Barney when he was sick too, even his sickness brought classic Barney-isms to life.
TOODLES

Posted at 10:49PM on Dec 11th 2006 by bluekidcory 0 stars

2. It had to be the c-word. And I think that running down your friends x-boyfriend or x-girlfriend is what friends do for each other. When you're heartbroken it's nice to hear bad things about the one that broke your heart.

Posted at 10:55PM on Dec 11th 2006 by ladi 0 stars

3. I was thinking c-word the whole episode...Bi--h just isnt that big of a deal and doesn't compare...great show, great episode...another great line - after Robin said she spiked Barney's tea, Ted's response that "you'll be a great mother" was awesome

Posted at 10:57PM on Dec 11th 2006 by David 0 stars

4. This is the funniest episode of the season -- more people should be watching this show!

Posted at 11:06PM on Dec 11th 2006 by jake 0 stars

5. I am thinking it was the c-word. I think the writers left a hidden clue in the name of Ted's Mom's new boyfriend, Clint. Type that name in all capital letters and squint at it and see what happens.

Or maybe I am reading waay too into it.

Posted at 11:45PM on Dec 11th 2006 by Cody 0 stars

6. It had to be the C word. No other word can piss off a girl so completely and unforgivably as that word. I don't know why but it does, trust me.

Oh and I bought the girl I lived with in college an easy bake oven because she always wanted one as a kid. She never did make me that brownie, freakin Grinch.

Posted at 12:09AM on Dec 12th 2006 by FAP 0 stars

7. It had to be the C-word. With a "!" after it.

Posted at 12:10AM on Dec 12th 2006 by purpleslog 0 stars

8. C
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Next
Tuesday

Um... Shouldn't Ted's mother's new boyfriend be familiar to Lily? Didn't he play a certain mayor of Sunnyvale?

Posted at 12:47AM on Dec 12th 2006 by jOHN! 3 stars

9. The Weadon connection on this show continues. First there's Alyson, then her husband Alexis, Amy Acker, Morena Baccarin, Tom Lenk, and now Harry Groener plays Clint.

If I didn't already love this show, I would just for the casting.

Posted at 12:51AM on Dec 12th 2006 by Dorv 3 stars

10. It was definitely the C-word. The B-word would not have sparked that kind of anger from Ted's mom and sister. And as for whether Lily deserved it, I think she did over the summer. Marshall is Ted's best friend and when someone absolutely destroys your friend like that, you will call her every word you can think of. I thought this episode was great but a little late. Ever since Lily came back in the second episode of the season, I have been wondering how Ted could just welcome her back as easily as he did. It did not make any sense for him to be mad this late, but still it was a great episode.

Posted at 1:26AM on Dec 12th 2006 by nukethewhalesagain 0 stars

11. Think the word was C'face, as Lily did call him assface.
The Grinch reference I think backed up the C'face as the hairy face of the grinch.............!!!!

Posted at 1:47AM on Dec 12th 2006 by Chester 0 stars

12. Incredibly sweet episode. If I didn't already know it was impossible, I'd be rooting for Lily to be the mother.

Gotta love Barney babying it up on Robin. That was priceless and caught me completely off guard.

Posted at 1:49AM on Dec 12th 2006 by Andy 0 stars

13. Favorite scene: Lily and Ted toking up, I just broke down and laughed uncontrollably when I saw that for some reason. (Not that I wasn't laughing hysterically through the entire episode, one of the funniest yet.)

Posted at 2:32AM on Dec 12th 2006 by Bill 0 stars

14. The best part was Barney in the hall. Sneezes himself against the wall. The does the crazy coughing fit and falls down. It's been a long time since I've seen non-annoying slapstick.

Posted at 2:59AM on Dec 12th 2006 by Urgh 0 stars

15. Did anybody else just LOVE the part where Marshall and Barney start singing "Silent Night"? It was very funny but also it sounded so great and lovely! Wish I could have that version as mp3 :-)

Posted at 6:14AM on Dec 12th 2006 by Bernd 0 stars

16. I was wondering why she was getting all upset about the "B" word, but now that you have opened my eyes and said the "C" word, oh yeah.... it all fits!

It was a really really nice episode!

Posted at 7:58AM on Dec 12th 2006 by Alicia 0 stars

17. It was the B-word. Even though it's common on tv, they obviously didn't want to use it every time they said grinch--they would have used it 25 times. They were making an effor to be humorous, which it was, and not be offensive.

The c-word is not funny.

Posted at 8:04AM on Dec 12th 2006 by mat 0 stars

18. For those who asked, Robin screamed: Sweet Mother Of God! as she was extinguishing the cookie fire. Definately one of the best episodes so far. Lily and Ted 1998 flashback was killer! This show rocks!

Posted at 8:43AM on Dec 12th 2006 by Kerry 0 stars

19. Mos def the C word


And wasn't that Moon Zappa playing Ted's sister/cousin?

Posted at 9:20AM on Dec 12th 2006 by OnlyRumors 0 stars

20. I didn't think it was an all-time classic as others here have said, but this show is building a huge stable of very good episodes this season.

This show reminds me of so many classic sitcoms. It has the silliness of "Three's Company" or "Mork and Minday"; occasional surreal moments that remind me of "Ally McBeal" and "Dream On"; great ensemble stories that let different characters shine in different contexts each week like "Just Shoot Me" and "NewsRadio"; buddy bits straight out of "Laverne and Shirley"; and the style of humor definitely owes a lot to "Friends" and "Will and Grace."

I really hope this show will gain viewers in the spring and guarantee a pick-up for a third season.

Posted at 9:26AM on Dec 12th 2006 by Porchland 6 stars

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