While Ted struggles with an unorthodox architecture project, Robin finds out that Barney is in love with her, and Marshall threatens to take a long-considered leap from the roof to a neighboring building.

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It's approaching Ted's thirty-first birthday, and he's at a desperate time in his professional life. He refuses to take the job as an architecture professor since he sees that as a failure of not being an actual architect. So he takes the only design job offered to him: to design a restaurant, a rib joint, in the shape of a cowboy hat. For three solid days, this job is the focus of his life to the exclusion of all else including celebrating his birthday (much to his friends' chagrin, they who planned a surprise party for him on the rooftop). But Lily's pet goat throws a small wrench into Ted's life. Up on the roof, Marshall is contemplating making the literal six or seven foot horizontal leap to the roof of the adjacent building (where there is an inviting hot tub), missing which would mean falling several stories to the ground. Although he's thought about doing it for years, he seems closer now to doing it than ever. And Barney thinks that he's in love with Robin and plans on telling... Written by Huggo

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In a flashback where we see Marshall's many attempts of jumping across the buildings, we see him dressed as Dracula during the Halloween segment. Jason Segel is a huge fan of Dracula and once tried to write a Dracula musical involving just puppets. The idea was incorporated into his movie, Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008). See more »

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When Ted jumps across the building, a close up of his feet is shown. In this shot he is wearing plain black gym shoes. But in the next shot when he makes it to the building he is wearing black dress shoes. See more »

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Narrator: That was the year I got left at the altar. It was the year I got knocked out by a crazy bartender. The year I got fired. The year I got beat up by a goat, a girl goat at that. And dammit, if it wasn't the best year of my life. Because if any one of those things hadn't happened, I never would have ended up in what turned out to be the best job I ever had. But more importantly, I wouldn't have met your mother. Because, as you know, she was in that class. Of course that story is only just ...
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Perfect 21 minutes of television
12 May 2016 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

A fitting and utterly satisfying end to the best season of How I Met Your Mother. This is the moment to tie up loose ends and to bring certain story lines to a conclusion that have shaped the season thus far. And all of this is done supremely well here. Naturally, the lingering feelings between Barney and Robin had to be confronted. But not without adding some unexpected twists and turns to it. As for Ted, the reason why it turned out to be so important for him to meet Stella again is revealed in the closing moments, after a heart-warming, inspirational speech by Lily (she's perfect for that role, it's good to have her back). And with that information, this aptly named episode probably features the biggest leap towards meeting the Mother in the entire series so far. Now we know why Ted had to meet Stella, fall in love with her, get left at the altar by her, and meet her again at the crossroad by all sorts of lucky coincidences.

Furthermore, there are so many callbacks and references to earlier episodes woven into the story. This, while providing good laughs, adds to the impression that the entire season so far, despite being very good on its own, has been just the build-up, culminating in these perfect 21 minutes of television.

The callbacks I noticed: Marshall's ill-advised five words he'd soon regret ("I can jump that far"), as foreshadowed in 'Three Days of Snow' (S04E13). Bill, the hospital nurse, who wouldn't let Ted go to Happy Fun Land in 'Miracles' (S03E20). "The Mosby", the concept of scaring off a person of the opposite sex by telling her/him you're in love with her/him, as famously introduced in the pilot and purposefully applied by Barney to get rid of a clingy girl in 'Purple Giraffe' (S01E02). Sven, the Swedish architecture collective that was almost awarded the job to design the GNB tower in 'Woooo!'(S04E08). Meta-jokes about the actress' pregnancy - after Robin two episodes ago, it's now Lily who jokingly claims to be pregnant. And of course, as promised by narrator Ted several times, we finally get the full story of the goat from the homonymous episode (S03E17). As foreshadowed in S04E10, a fight between Ted and the goat ensues, which is set to a familiar soundtrack: Murder Train by the Foreskins, Robin's ex-boyfriend's band from 'Sandcastles in the Sand' (S03E16).


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