Ted reacts to his mom's second wedding by making the capricious decision to buy his "dream house," while everyone tries to figure out whether Barney or Robin cried at the wedding.



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Ted is telling his kids the crisis he endured at the announcement of his mother's second marriage to free thinking Clint, whose every word about Ted's mother is of a sexual nature. Not being able to contain his horror not only in her marrying a man like Clint but her marrying for a second time before Ted even enters into his first marriage, Ted runs off in the middle of the reception. But when he emerges 72 hours later, Ted is a new, happier man. He has circumvented his own non-marriage status by buying a house. Although he considers it his dream house, the gang see a run down uninhabitable rat trap. The home inspector concurs. Lily thinks she has at least a cathartic solution to Ted's problem. But it's Marshall who knows deep down what Ted will do. Meanwhile, Robin and Barney have differing stories about which of the two of them cried at Clint's sexually charged wedding serenade to and about Ted's mom. And Marshall comes up with a new guessing game he calls "was I a kid or was I ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance






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19 April 2010 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


When Barney is having a flashback of driving Ted's mom to the airport (about 15 minutes in), he says "and that's how you got the brooch." This is a continuation of the conversation Barney and her had in the episode Brunch (season 2, episode 3) where he asked about its origin. See more »


Barney is driving Ted's mother to the airport in 2006 even though in season 2 (happens in 2007) Barney was terrified of driving. See more »


[last lines]
Ted Mosby: [Ted chances upon Marshall grilling sausages in the decrepit house he just bought] How'd you know I was going to be up here?
Marshall Eriksen: Robin told me.
[Gives Ted a beer]
Marshall Eriksen: Happy housewarming.
Ted Mosby: But the last time I saw you, I told you I was selling the place.
Marshall Eriksen: I know what you said, but
[walks with Ted to steps of patio]
Marshall Eriksen: I also know my friend, Ted Mosby.
[they sit]
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Night Moves
Written by Bob Seger
Performed by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
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A refreshing episode
5 July 2016 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

This episode wouldn't have really stood out in season 4. But in a season full of generic sitcom jokes and low on plot development, its emotional depth is refreshing.

While the plot of 'Home Wreckers' doesn't necessarily bring Ted closer to meeting The Mother, it features an important moment in his life (or two, actually). Once again Marshall is being a great friend to him in a heart-warming scene.

In terms of continuity, there's a noteworthy flashback of Barney driving Ted's mother to the airport, which refers to the events of S02E03 ('Brunch'). It starts with her finishing the story about her brooch, the story Barney asked her to tell him back in said episode. A nice little detail. Then again, the scene shows Barney driving a car before the events of 'Arrivederci Fiero', where it was implied (although it wasn't explicitly stated that this was still the case in the present of that episode as it was revealed via a flashback) that he never learned how to drive.

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