It's yet another attempt at a Barneyism -- so blatant that Ted helpfully provides a cheat sheet of Barneyisms to date, and Lily wonders at the catchphrase's origin why he doesn't have an easily-remembered name for the phenomenon in question.This one is based on the Golden Rule (well, Barney's version of it: "Love thy neighbor").Don’t risk violating the Date-Time Continuum.” Whilst some of Barney’s theories in the series are questionable, there is a lot of sense in the Date-Time Continuum. All too often, we hear of couples breaking up and then not knowing what to do about the holiday they’ve already booked or the concert tickets they’ve bought.Of course, sometimes this happens without breaking the Date-Time Continuum, but you’re more likely to get into a mess if you do.
Two to three years on the low end, eight to eleven years on the high end, with one user admitting he has never gotten over his ex. The it-all-depends-on-the-breakup theory Relationship expert Dr. Darcy has a whole breakdown that revolves around the classic theory (divide your relationship time in half) but modifies it according to circumstances.The Platinum Rule isn't really a rule; It's more like a natural process, like mitosis. As Barney explicates each stage to Ted to explain to him why he shouldn't date the plastic surgeon who is removing his tramp stamp from "Wait For It," we see the three controlled observations that have empirically verified the Platinum Rule played out in reverse chronological order. - While Barney's Wendy-the-waitress misadventure has one very good line ("the other girls have to be there; that's the important part") and a nice misdirection denouement, the charade-playing neighbors and Iron Man are more consistently funny. Second: We've come back to Ted's hair, right where we started this blog.One trope at which excels is executing variations on the same gag over and over again in a brief timespan, and "The Platinum Rule" is really a master class in the technique. The sportscaster's breakdown on camera ("the Knicks ") and Lily and Marshall's bewilderment at the neighbors' omnipresence ("are they ghosts? - In a bit of underemphasized business, Marshall passes his handkerchief to Barney after the two Ted hair-tousling incidents, so Barney can rid his hands of hair gel. Having gotten nowhere, it's time to say goodbye until next week!For those of you who are not familiar with said continuum, it is a very simple commandment: thou shalt not make plans with someone further in the future than the amount of time you’ve been dating.The origin of the theory is unclear, but it was popularised thanks to US TV series, , and the Lord of dating rules, Barney Stinson: Ted: “Stella and I are going to her sister’s wedding in six months.” Barney: “Wait, how long have you and Stella been dating? You can’t make any plans with Stella for anything more than three months in the future.