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How Lily Stole Christmas 

Lily takes away her Christmas display after she finds out that Ted called her a bad name while she was broken up with Marshall, and Barney is too sick for his Christmas plans.

Director:

Pamela Fryman

Writers:

Carter Bays (created by), Craig Thomas (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Josh Radnor ... Ted Mosby
Jason Segel ... Marshall Eriksen
Cobie Smulders ... Robin Scherbatsky
Neil Patrick Harris ... Barney Stinson
Alyson Hannigan ... Lily Aldrin
Cristine Rose ... Virginia Mosby
Harry Groener ... Clint
Carlease Burke ... WPD Worker
Marcus Folmar ... WPD Driver
Zachary Gordon ... Boy
Hannah Payne ... Charity
Anne-Michelle Seiler ... Brunette
Moon Unit Zappa ... Stacy (as Moon Zappa)
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Storyline

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 ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 2006 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Barney: [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!
Robin: Oh, come on. You look like a regular guy.
Barney: Exactly. I'm a Ted. Look at me, I'm wearing elastic waistband fleece pants.
Robin: But they're comfy, right?
Barney: [Weakly and ashamed] Yes...
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Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

References Weekend at Bernie's (1989) See more »

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Hey Beautiful
Written by The Solids
Performed by The Solids
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So What Is A Grinch??
3 December 2014 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

After the best episode of the season so far it's disappointing for it to drop so far in quality with this festive episode.

As is always the case with this show, when a poor episode comes along it hardly features Neil Patrick Harris's character Barney Stinson, other than in a smaller supporting role.

Plot In A Paragraph: After hearing an old voicemail from Ted to Marshall (from when they were broke up) where he calls her a Grinch (he says Grinch to his kids, but admits that's not what he said) Lily takes all of the Christmas decorations to her old apartment as punishment until he apologises, which he is refusing to do as in his opinion she was a Grinch who left his best friend in pieces.


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