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 »


Ted Mosby: Okay, how about this: we go to Robots vs Wrestlers, but I don't drink too much.
Barney: Interesting...
Twenty-Hours-From-Now-Ted: I'm good with that.
Twenty-Years-From-Now-Barney: No, forget it! If Ted doesn't get wasted, there's no way he'll end up making out with that surprisingly realistic-looking female robot!
Ted Mosby: Wait, I kiss a female robot?
Twenty-Years-From-Now-Ted: Oh, you do a lot more than that!
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29 March 2013 | by (Chile) – See all my reviews

So I just started to watch this episode with great hopes, since time travel has always been a fun subject for me and a juicy excuse for great movies.... 20 minutes later I was like: "What did I just watched?".

Seriously, being very honest... what the hell did the writers do with this show? they just murdered a great product by losing all of their imagination/effort/wittiness.. It's like they're not even trying anymore

I used to be very into the well achieved ambiance and cleverness of the plot of the early seasons, then on the past 2 I noticed the irregularity on the quality of what they delivered... but kept watching because of the great mystery of who's the wife... now, having watched this last episode I'm sure they hit rock bottom. No substance whatsoever, weak stories, and confusing and poor exploited plot.

By the way, how can this even have 8 out of 10 stars? Is this rating fixed?

If only they could turn this around, but this seems very unlikely since the tendency of the quality of this show is clearly going down, down, down.

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