As Ted, Marshall, and Barney get together for their annual viewing of the original Star Wars trilogy, Ted begins to question if he will ever end up where he wants to be - especially now that Barney and Quinn are getting serious.

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Quinn has moved in with Barney, but not all is all right with the living arrangement as Barney doesn't yet feel like he can be himself around Quinn in all its good and bad, which is manifested in part by his evening ritual just outside his apartment building. He decides to take refuge at Ted's new apartment. As Marshall is also there, Ted suggests that they make the evening their boys only triennial viewing of the Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) trilogy, this triennial event which began in 2000 when Ted and Marshall were still at Wesleyan. Although the trilogy is the centerpiece of the get together, it has historically been more about where their life is at that the present time, predicting what their lives will be like in three years time at their next viewing, and reflecting on why their prediction from three years ago went so awry. In most respects, the 2003, 2006 and 2009 events were remarkably similar, but many current issues make the 2012 event a bit different. Written by Huggo

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The episode, which takes place in 2012, depicts the gang pondering what will happen every three years when they watch the original Star Wars trilogy, with the last future clip depicting them screening the films in 2012. In October of 2012, after the events take place, Disney acquired Lucasfilm and announced that a new Star Wars trilogy was in the works, with Episode VII being ready for release in 2015, which was eventually realized with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. See more »

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In the flashforward of Ted watching the trilogy with his daughter he is wearing a wedding ring, in the series finale Ted and and The Mother don't get married until after their son is born. See more »

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Lily Aldrin: [about Barney not wanting to use Quinn's mugs] Oh, I see what this is really about.
Barney Stinson: Yeah... mugs.
[Sees Lily's face]
Barney Stinson: Coffee? Tea! Ah. Religion.
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References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »

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Hey Beautiful
Written by The Solids
Performed by The Solids
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The Show Is Back On Track
11 February 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Any episode of "How I Met Your Mother" with this many "Star Wars" references is bound to get two big thumbs up from this reviewer.

Plot In A Paragraph: The guys are hanging out at Ted's new apartment. Ted suggests that they make the evening their boys only viewing of the Star Wars trilogy, this triennial event which began in 2000 when Ted and Marshall were at University. Meanwhile Barney doesn't feel comfortable enough around Quinn to do certain things in front of her, and a neighbour starts spying on him!

Any episode that features the brilliant Neil Patrick Harris's character Barney Stinson in the main storyline is always excellent. I could go on and on about the brilliance of this episode, and in particular Neil Patrick Harris but I won't bore you with it.

We also see the year Ted's daughter is born, so we know he'll meet the mother and have a baby with her before too long.


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