04 March 17

How I Met Your Mother S3E11 - The Platinum Rule


Program Introduction


How I Met Your Mother is an American sit-com that premiered in September 2005 and seen as attempting to be the new “Friends” TV series due to its similar setting like five best friends and life in New York. The show centers around Ted (Josh Radnor) and his search to meet the perfect woman, the mother of his children. The unique ‘hook’ of the show is that Ted narrates it in the year 2030, telling his kids the story of how he finally met and married the woman who was to be their mother.

Why is HIMYM so popular

Without Ted’s narration and the presence of Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), HIMYM would only be another run of the mill American sit-com. However, with these two elements the show overcomes the annoyance of its laughter track and the overly cheesy scenes to become an enjoyable and witty program. The character of Barney is the writers’ greatest success, as it is Neil Patrick Harris who overshadows the rest of the cast, emphasized by his 2007 and 2008 Emmy Nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. The other characters, of whom former Buffy actress Alyson Hannigan (called Lily Aldin in the series) is the most famous, present a solid stage on which Harris can shine.



Ted Mosby
Played by Josh Radnor. He's main actor. The whole series is based on his stories of how he met his wife. He had once worked with Barney and he is also a professor who teaches architecture in a college. There are so many girls in his life before he met his wife.

Barney Stinson
Played by Neil Patrick Harris. Barney met Ted in a bar and became a friend of him. The goal of his whole daily life is how to get laid (have sex with girls). Barney has his own attitudes and theories about life and he is always wearing a suit.

Robin Scherbatsky
Played by Cobie Smulders. A TV anchor comes from Canada. Ted had a crush on her in the first episode.

Marshall Erisen
Played by Jason Segel. Marshall met Ted and Lily in the freshman year in the university. He and Lily soon became couple when they met each other, being together for 9 years and got married in season one. He’s a Law school graduate, very good at games and highly interested in food and paranormal happenings.

Lily Aldrin
Played by Alyson Hannigan. She’s a kindergarten teacher, dreaming to be an artist and to draw a nude Marshall portrait. She has an impulsive buying habit, so she has a serious debt problem. She cannot keep a secret, and is often shown to be the most spoiled of the group, but despite those traits she is a very caring person and will much of the time do thankless acts for the good of her friends.

Brief Synopsis of This Episode

There is a saying that “A waterfront pavilion gets the moonlight first,” but is it true? When Ted was ready for the date with his doctor, his friends, Barney, Robin, Marshall, and Lily all try to convince him not to, because they know so much that they think Ted won’t get what he want. Then Barney told him a rule and some steps must happen just like a formula. But Ted still went for the date…


Vocabulary and Phrases


Tramp stamp: a tattoo on your lower back. Women with this kind of tattoo are sterotyped as having had many sexual partners. See this link for more information: http://www.squidoo.com/TrampStamp
Stripper: a performer who takes his or her clothes off in a sexually exciting way in front of an audience
Daddy issues: women who has Daddy issues might seek relationships of a sexual or romantic nature with older men resembling her father
Mockery: comments or actions that are intended to make somebody/something seem ridiculous
Zap: to destroy, kill or hit somebody/something suddenly and with force
Platinum: a chemical element; platinum is a silver-grey precious metal, used in making expensive jewelery and in industry; it's more expensive than gold.
Gin and tonic: a highball cocktail made with gin and tonic water, usually garnished with a slice of lemon or lime and served over ice
Smug: looking or feeling too pleased about something you have done or achieved
Chuckle: laugh quietly or with restraint
Got the hots for somebody: to be sexually attracted to somebody
Seduce: to persuade somebody to have sex with you, especially somebody who is younger or who has less experience than you
Gullible: too willing to believe or accept what other people tell you and therefore easily tricked
Submission: the act of accepting that somebody has defeated you and that you must obey them
Perks: special benefits
Name-dropping: the act of mentioning the names of famous people you know or have met in order to impress other people
Psyched: excited, especially about something that is going to happen
Charades: a game in which one player acts out the syllables of a word or title and the other players try to guess what it is
Whip something up: to quickly make a meal or something to eat
Nachos: a Mexican dish of crisp pieces of tortilla served with beans, cheese, spices, etc.
Fling: a short sexual relationship with somebody
Tipping Point: the point at which a series of changes cause things turning bad from good
Mound: (in baseball) the small hill where the player who throws the ball (called the pitcher) stands
Fixings: the ingredients necessary to make a dish or meal
Fiesta: a public event when people celebrate and are entertained with music and dancing, usually connected with a religious festival in countries where the people speak Spanish
Purgatory: a place or state in which the souls of dead people suffer for the bad things they did when they were living, so that they can become pure enough to go to heaven; but it means a condition of torment or suffering here
Teleprompter: a device used in television and moviemaking to project a speaker's script out of sight of the audience
Scout: the act of searching an area or various areas in order to find or discover something
Hit on somebody: to start talking to somebody to show them that you are sexually attracted to them
Stalk: to move slowly and quietly towards an animal or a person, in order to kill, catch or harm it or them
Prey: an animal that is hunted, killed and eaten by another
Corpse: a dead body, especially of a human being rather than an animal
Declaw: to remove the claws from
Neuter: to remove part of the sex organs of an animal so that it cannot produce young
Metaphor: a word or phrase used in an imaginative way to describe somebody/something else, in order to show that the two things have the same qualities and to make the description more powerful
Docile: quiet and easy to control
Ectomy: a medical operation in which part of the body is removed
Fallout: the adverse side effects or results of a situation
Out of nowhere: in an unexpected or inexplicable manner of arrival or occurrence
Odds: the degree to which something is likely to happen
Coexistence: the state of being together in the same place at the same time
Resentment: a feeling of anger or unhappiness about something that you think is unfair
Cuckoo: a bird with a call that sounds like its name; but it means a crazy person here


Don't poop where you eat: don’t screw around with people that you see on a regular basis and you can't avoid them, for example, your co-workers
Love thy neighbor: love people around you
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you: treat people the way in which you want to be treated
I probably would have already hit that: come from the term "I'd hit that" which means that you would be willing to have sex with someone

Cultural Notes


It’s a city in Nevada. It is famous for casinos and being a “divorce city.”
The official site of the city http://www.reno.gov

The Golden Rule from the Bible

Barney's Platinum Rule is: "Never ever, ever, ever love thy neighbor."


Ironman Triathlan


Here is an introduction of hockey http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_hockey
Two teams and one player mentioned in this epsode:
The New York Rangers http://rangers.nhl.com/index.html
The Vancouver Canucks http://www.vancouvercanucks.com
Mason Raymond http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mason_Raymond

Pottery Barn

It’s a store of home furnishing. http://www.potterybarn.com

Pretty Young Thing

It’s a song on the album “Thriller” by Michael Jackson.

Names to Call Your Lover


Barney's Quotes

The Hot/Crazy Scale http://www.maninstitute.com/?p=1591

YouTube clip of the Hot Crazy Scale
Extended YouTube clip of the Hot Crazy Scale

The Lemon Law http://blog.kallerhoff.org/2009/02/09/barney-stinson-presents-the-lemon-law
The Platinum Rules http://www.cinemablend.com/television/TV-Recap-How-I-Met-Your-Mother-The-Platinum-Rule-7702.html
Here are more Barney's funny quotes http://www.buzzpirates.com/2009/04/suited-and-awesome-the-top-ten-barney-stinson-quotes

American Characteristics

Work Relations and Social Relations http://www.isso.cornell.edu/ithacalife/us2.php
Directness, Openness and Honesty http://www.claremontmckenna.edu/pages/faculty/alee/extra/American_values.html