It's the Christmas season 2006, and as usual, Lily, who loves the festive nature of the holidays, is the chief decorator, which everyone else in turn loves and appreciates. On Christmas Eve, Lily finds the old answering machine that was unplugged during the summer while she was gone. It was unplugged because Marshall, still despondent over his and Lily's break-up, would listen to Lily's old messages. Ted and Lily decide they can once again plug it in. However, one of the old messages that Lily hears on the machine is from Ted to Marshall, in which Ted calls Lily a bad name (using the word "grinch" as a euphemism when the story is later told). Ted is sorry, but he refuses to apologize to Lily, since in his mind, she really was a grinch for what she put Marshall through. Although Ted later tries to make it up to her, Lily already has taken her revenge on Ted. Again for Marshall's sake, Ted has to try to make up with Lily before Marshall comes home, he who is secretly running his own ...
Did You Know?
Although they share no scenes together in this episode, Harry Groener and Alyson Hannigan acted together in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," with Groener playing the evil Mayor of Sunnydale. See more
During the flash back to 1998, when Lily tells Ted that she always wanted an easy bake oven, Lily is seen wearing a pair of Puma Repli Cat shoes from 2006. See more
[Sick in bed
This is a low point for the Barnacle. I should be out playing laser tag, being awesome. Don't look at me, I'm hideous!
Oh, come on. You look like a regular guy.
Exactly. I'm a Ted. Look at me, I'm wearing elastic waistband fleece pants.
But they're comfy, right?
[Weakly and ashamed
When originally broadcast, the music being played during the sequence where Marshall is helping to deliver packages is Clarence Carter's "Back Door Santa". On the DVD, however, this has been changed to generic instrumental music. See more
References Weekend at Bernie's
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