How I Met Your Mother: Season 8, Episode 20

The Time Travelers (25 Mar. 2013)

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Ted and Barney run into their future selves as they debate whether to go to "Wrestlers vs. Robots," while Robin and Marshall argue over who gets credit for a new drink at McLaren's.



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In April 2013, Ted is feeling all alone with Marshall and Lily preoccupied with their family, Robin and Barney planning their wedding, and Ted without a significant other in his life. Barney asks Ted if he would like to go see "Robots Vs. Wrestlers Legends". Ted decides against it. Ted is visited by future versions of Barney and himself, who try to convince him to go or not to go with current Barney to the event. The visit by these future versions of Barney and himself, who have the knowledge of what happens in the future, eventually opens Ted's eyes to why he has really received these visits. Meanwhile, Marshall embarks on a battle with Robin as Robin has received credit at MacLaren's for a cocktail he created, while Lily vows to stay neutral in their battle. Written by Huggo

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In the toilet, Robin writes: "Dear Marshall, I know this is a strange way to apologize but I'm sorry I let Carl name your drink after me. Why didn't I say something? Gosh, I guess that goes back to my childhood. Did you know that for the first two years of my life my dad treated me like a cat? Seriously, I wasn't permitted on the furniture, I had to bathe myself, and I was only allowed to poop in a box. Ironic that this all comes out in a bathroom. A place that for so long I yearned to be. This tiled prison that eluded my saddened grasp was a haven. The unreachable. When I finally did demand a bathroom visit, my dad applauded my moxie. And that's the only time my father ever said he was proud of me. Maybe that's why I stole credit for your drink. Maybe that's why I needed to pour my heart out like this. Or, maybe I wrote this so you'd be in here long enough for a lady to walk in, causing you to freak out and hide in the stall. GOTCHA!! love, Robin (creator of the Robin Scherbatsky)" See more »


Twenty-Years-From-Now-Barney: Hey Ted, what's this I hear slash remember about you not wanting to see Robots vs. Wrestlers?
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Spoofs Step Up 2: The Streets (2008) See more »


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Music & lyrics by Billy Joel
Performed by Neil Patrick Harris & Josh Radnor
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Massively underrated - an episode to actually think about!
27 July 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I can see why people find this episode different to usual. There isn't an amazing amount of comedy or the usual Barney-isms or general hilarity. But this episode examines one of the main characters feelings in some detail.

It's no secret that the series is about Ted finding the mother of his children. Throughout it has always been near misses with Ted - many reviews of other episodes point out that Stella, Zoe, Victoria or (repeatedly and clearly somewhat stupidly since in episode one we learn she isn't...) Robin is going to be the mother.

What this episode manages to do, and if you actually watch it and accept for a moment that the writers have turned a little serious for a change, and do extremely well is show a common issue affecting many people - that of having to watch your friends get married and have children whilst you are still waiting to meet the right person. What Ted wants most in life, his friends are achieving.

This episode presents his feelings of loneliness, envy, jealousy and despair in finding the one thing he wants in an intriguing and very different way.

The last few minutes including Teds end speech provide a mature and quite emotional view of how anyone should feel in a relationship!

Is this a standard episode of HIMYM - No.

But give it a chance, actually watch it, and think about what it is trying to say, and it's actually very, very well done.

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