After losing a bet where he claimed that Robin’s aversion to malls was due to performing Canadian sex acts on film instead of her status as a minor 80’s music icon in her home country, Barney owes five slaps at a time of his choosing to Marshall [Slap Bet – S02E09]. Dishing them out in unexpected bursts after the bet winner has been announced and again after Barney puts on a play the one put on by Lily [Stuff – S02E16], the slaps aren’t mentioned again until the start of the third season, where the first episode ends with Marshall calling Barney and sending him an email link to a countdown clock located at SlapCountdown.com [Wait for It – S03E01].
Eight episodes later, the slow burn pays off in Slapsgiving [S03E09]. with Barney’s anxiety coming to a head during Marshall’s substitution of ‘Slapsgiving’ for ‘Thanksgiving’ during the conversation of the upcoming holiday and the revelation that it’s his invention, a new holiday where friends come together and give slaps instead of thanks.
The day of, Marshall continues to needle Barney with slap reminders, which along with Ted and Robin’s relationship relapse awkwardness threatens to derail Lily’s American Thanksgiving. After Marshall goes too far, Lily uses her power as Slap Bet commissioner to declare Thanksgiving as a day of peace and no slap zone. But as the countdown approaches zero and Barney’s taunting threatens the conclusion of their first Thanksgiving together as a married couple, Lily gives in and allows Marshall his epic slap. Knocking Barney across the room, Marshall goes to the piano and invites the dinner guests to listen to the song he created for the occasion – You Just Got Slapped. Thus concluding the 3rd slap in the bet, and the first Slapsgiving of the series.
Although Slapsgiving appears again twice in subsequent seasons (Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap [S05E09] and Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment in Slapmara [S09E14] with a very special appearance of Boyz II Men, the domain SlapCountdown.com does not appear again IN THE SHOW (more below) with the slap bet series concluding towards the end of the final season in The End of the Aisle [S09E22] where Marshall uses his last slap to dispel Barney’s last minute wedding jitters. And in the end, isn’t it all about friendship, love, and slaps?
Real Life Use:
According to archived screenshots (see Reference), in the days leading up to the Slapsgiving episode, SlapCountdown.com was pointed to a site identical to how it was presented in the show: a plain black background with a countdown in
# Days # Hours : # Minutes : # Seconds
format. But immediately after the air date and days before Thanksgiving itself, it was redirected to the official YouTube page for the show, with the ‘You Just Got Slapped’ video as the very first result.
The domain registration lapsed the following year and was registered by a How I Met Your Mother fan club where it stayed for a couple of years before it was used by a design firm and then registered by another private individual and pointed to a parking page set up by their registrar.
This appears to have been a mistake by the show, as their official show production Twitter account @HIMYMProd posted a tweet about their new domain TheSlapBetCountdown.com during season 7 just prior to the episode Disaster Averted [S07E09] where Barney adds three new slaps to his running total in order to free himself from the consequences of another bet – wearing a ducky tie.
— HIMYM Production (@himymprod) November 4, 2011
After that episode, the countdown seems to have been dormant until being reactivated for the final Slapsgiving episode (Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment in Slapmara), and a countdown to the final slap of the series with the heading “One More…”
As always, information about these domains may change at any time and visitors should use caution when visiting them. Current information about both domains is available via the 3rd party links below.
In the meantime, enjoy the episodes related to these domains, and this November, have a happy Slapsgiving!
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