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How I Met Your Mother Episode: "The Platinum Rule"

Season 3, Episode 11
Episode Synopsis: Ted asks his doctor on a date and his friends try to discourage him from going out with someone he sees regularly by recalling their own horror stories of bad experiences. Laura: Kristen Schaal. Michael: John Sloan. Curt: Hayes MacArthur. Lou: Robert Michael Morris.
Original Air Date: Dec 11, 2007
Guest Cast Robert Michael Morris: Lou John Sloan: Michael Hayes MacArthur: Curt Kristen Schaal: Laura Bob Saget
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Season 3, Episode 11
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Length: 21:25
Aired: 12/11/2007
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"The Platinum Rule" Season 3, Episode 11

Tonight's premise was pretty simple: Everyone ganged up on Ted to try and convince him not to date his tattoo removal doctor (R.I.P. Tramp Stamp Ted!). Barney naturally headed up the group, proclaiming "The Platinum Rule" to be as such- while The Golden Rule is "Love thy neighbor" (yes, he was wrong, but he had a plan, so let him finish), The Platinum Rule is "Never ever ever love thy neighbor." And, of course, Barney, Marshall and Lily, and Robin have all had experience with The Platinum Rule and we then spent the rest the episode traveling down Awkward Lane with them on their quest to win over Ted. If I went into detail on each of the three examples of The Platinum Rule, I would be here all night, so here they are in a nutshell: Robin had a crush on the sports anchor for her news show (Kurt, the "Ironman") and the relationship went sour when "Ironman" proved to be clingy and overly emotional. Marshall and Lily met their neighbors across the hall and began hanging out with them, enjoying a new couple to do couple-y things with, only to have the couple begin turning up every time they opened their door. Barney decided to seduce Wendy the Waitress and then had to deal with Wendy believing them to be in a committed relationship and the whole situation putting the gang's bar situation at serious risk. There were eight steps to The Platinum Rule: Attraction, Bargaining, Submission, Perks, The Tipping Point, Perg (wait for itwait for it some morekeep waiting for all of eternity)atory, Confrontation, and Fall Out. Over Barney's explanation of all eight parts we were shown various clips of the group going through each step with their own Platinum Rule counterparts. My favorite was definitely poor Robin and her ex-hockey player. Kurt was hilariously needy and his breakdown on the air was just the sort of funny/awkward that hits all the right spots. Marshall and Lily's neighbor couple just ended up being stalker like and vaguely annoying, but I did giggle when Marshall and Lily were so paranoid about having to see them that they snuck out a window, leaving a keyless Ted out in the hallway. And, as for Barney, well, come on. How many times have we seen him seduce a woman only to have her latch on to him when he wants to run for the door? The only thing that saved his storyline for me was the "Don't kill the bar!" running gag, which was amusing. Well, and seeing Barney dive for Marshall's hamburger when Wendy seemed to accept the breakup in a mature and reasonable fashion which made Barney paranoid that she was trying to kill him and his friends. Flying lettuce and tomato in slow motion does make for some good television. In the end, Ted went out with Stella anyway, but it turned out she had never thought it was a date anyway because of that darn "no doctor can date their patient" rule. So the entire Platinum Rule spiel was for naught. However, how many of you caught Saget's voiceover where he said that that was it for him and Stella "at least for then"? I suspect we will be seeing Stella in the future, especially since Ted apparently needs ten sessions to remove his tattoo. You have my attention, writers. Now let's see what you can do with it! Favorite quotes time: " "If he were missing some teeth, I would probably have already hit that!" - Robin, on Kurt " "You'd antique the crap out of them!" - Robin, teasing Marshall and Lily for their new relationship with the couple against the hall. It was really all in her delivery, but I definitely laughed. " "She's gullible; I'm bored. We're perfect for each other!" - Barney, talking about wanting to seduce Wendy the Waitress " "Now I kind of want to see those partsjust on other girls" and "You can be there, but the other girls need to be there toothat's the important part." - Barney, during his breakup with Wendy the Waitress " "The Knicks suck!!!" - Kurt, after Robin dumped him. He then ran off screen crying. It was really just oh so very funny. " "Stella reads my blog!" - Barney after Ted comes home and tells them all that Stella said she couldn't date him. No new episodes for awhile, guys, so Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year and all that fun stuff. I hope that you, like me, have HIMYM DVDs to help you through! You can check out video from How I Met Your Mother in our online video guide. show less
Tonights premise was pretty simple Everyone ganged up on Ted to try and convince him not to date his tattoo removal doctor RIP Tramp Stamp Ted Barney naturally headed up the group proclaiming The Platinum Rule to be as such while The Golden Rule is Love thy neighbor yes he was wrong but he had a plan so let him finish The Platinum Rule is Never ever ever love thy neighbor And of course Barney Marshall and Lily and Robin have all had experience with The Platinum Rule and we then spent the rest the episode traveling down Awkward Lane with them on their quest to win over TedIf I went into detail on each of the three examples of The Platinum Rule I would be here all night so here they are in a nutshell Robin had a crush on the sports anchor for her news show Kurt the Ironman and the relationship went sour when Ironman proved to be clingy and overly emotional Marshall and Lily met their n read more

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Premiered: September 19, 2005, on CBS
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Premise: A man named Ted tells his kids how he met the love of his life, through flashbacks, years in the future. The bored kids sit on the couch and listen as dad regales them with tales of his pursuit of romance. The sitcom's secondary character, Ted's smarmy friend, Barney, is a real standout, often stealing the show.lauren

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