What Happened - Barney complains to Lily and Robin about a fight he had with Quinn. Barney and Quinn are living together, and Barney has to go out on the street every night to fart. He also refuses to replace his coffee mugs with hers, because he “needs to assert his dominance as a man.” Lily and Robin are not amused by this. The girls tell Barney that his refusal to use Quinn’s things shows that he sees the relationship as temporary. He needs to keep his mugs because her mugs will be gone soon. This actually makes sense.
Later, Marshall, Barney, and Ted sit down to watch the Star Wars trilogy. This is a tradition that started in 2000 when Marshall and Ted were in college. They decided that they would watch the trilogy every three years, no matter what. They think about what they will be like in 2003 and decide that Ted will be a successful, long-haired architect with a hippie girlfriend (played by Robin in a blonde wig). Marshall envisions himself as a mustached lawyer married to a pregnant Lily. The show then cuts to actual 2003, which was a disappointment. Marshall was not even in law school yet, and Ted could not play the guitar.
In 2003, Marshall and Ted imagine 2006. In that reality, they are wealthy and married to Lily and Robin (respectively, not as a foursome). In the real 2006, Lily has left Marshall and the boys are upset. They leap ahead to 2009 in their imaginations. In the real 2009, they are still watching Star Wars, but their lives are not what they wanted them to be. Robin is sleeping with Barney and is forced to hide in Barney’s storm trooper suit in order to keep their affair a secret. She stands in the outfit during the entire trilogy viewing that year. Finally, Marshall and Ted imagine and appear in 2012.
Ted is upset that his dreams have never come true. He decides that since he is 36 and unmarried, there must be something wrong with him. Don't worry Ted, Leeard doesn't think there's anything wrong with you. He imagines that in 2015, he will be a hoarder with no hair, calling frozen food company representatives to chat. Ted envisions Marshall as a cool, mustached boat owner with three kids and two on the way. Robin is married to a douchebag because it turns out she can commit, just not to Ted! In all this episode’s imaginings, Barney is sleeping with a different woman. Barney decides that he doesn’t want that to be the case in 2015. He wants to be with Quinn three years from now. So Barney goes home, smashes all of his mugs, and farts freely (as does Quinn).
At the end of the episode, we get a glimpse of the real 2015. Ted’s voiceover tells us that Ted is happy in 2015. In the future, Barney and Marshall are complaining that Ted brought a girl to trilogy time. Ted walks in with his newborn daughter. That means that Ted has to meet the mother by 2013/2014 at the latest!
Comments - What’s this? A How I Met Your Mother episode that we didn’t hate? We didn’t love it, but we will take what we can get. The last three seasons or so have been just awful, including this one. This is episode 21 and we don’t have many memorable moments from this year. This episode at least had a super precious ending. But fart jokes? Really, show?
We thought it was funny that some fat man was scoping out Barney as he farted every night. We were surprised that Star Wars was the trilogy of choice. The year 2000 was the year after The Phantom Menace came out and disappointed fans everywhere. Don’t get us wrong, we love Star Wars (Leeard more than Ern), but there are stronger trilogies (Leeard disagrees - there's little wrong with the original trilogy). We fully expect the last of Chris Nolan’s Batmans to give us a trilogy for the ages. Star Wars features a stock plot, stock characters, weird incest, and only one really good movie (Empire, duh). Trilogy time for Ern would be Lord of the Rings. This episode had a good idea. Sit down and imagine the future and have a trilogy marathon every three years? We like it.
Someone needed to tell college version of Marshall that law school takes three years, and he would not have graduated law school by 2003. Everyone knows that. The stormtrooper stuff was funny. We don’t know if we like Quinn after the last couple of episodes with her. We liked her first appearance, but she seems like a bad person. We still want Barney and Robin more. Quinn isn’t terrible and we like the actress. We also like her attitude, but we want to LOVE who Barney ends up with.
The ending finally set a deadline for meeting the mother. We will have to meet her either next year or the year after. When Marshall and Barney mentioned that Ted brought a girl to trilogy time, we thought it was another “mother tease” and that the mother was in the other room. When Ted walked in with a baby, it was so cute and surprising. And baby girl, yes Han shot first. The gang is already parenting Ted’s child well. Wise counsel this is.
Episode grade: B
(For once we agree on the grade and didn't have to average our two grades. Look at us. On the same page. Leeard was surprised Ern thought the ending was cute, but it's a little-known fact that Ern loves babies almost as much as she loves dogs.)