After Robin finds out her mother isn't coming to the wedding, the group recalls a fateful night six months ago when Barney accepted the "challenge" of a lifetime, and Ted made a decision about his pursuit of Robin.



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Usually cold-hearted Robin is in tears over the news that her mother will not be attending the wedding. In trying to make Robin feel better, Ted, Barney and Lily each are brought back in their memory to a time six months earlier. Then, Lily noticed that the challenges that Barney always accepted in picking up women were those that he issued for himself. So Lily and Robin went on a quest to issue Barney challenges on picking up women that they believed he could not complete. This quest became an all night task. The one challenge that Barney felt like no challenge at all ended up being the most difficult not so much for the challenge itself, but for the advice he got in return. What Robin, Barney and Lily are and were unaware of is that at that same time, Marshall tried to convince Ted that, based on inside information, he should still try to pursue Robin, despite Ted vowing that their relationship was then purely platonic. Events, including a telephone call from Chicago, made Ted truly... Written by Huggo

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11 November 2013 (USA)  »

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Barney Stinson: I wanna win. What am I doing? In less than 20 minutes, Robin and I could be...
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11 November 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I started watching HIMYM last year on Netflix, and only saw the last few episodes of season 8 on live TV. It might be because of that why I never really experienced the great ''decline of HIMYM'' as some might call it. I do find this season to be unfolding rather slow, which as a viewer can be annoying since waiting a week for not much development on the story as a whole, can be annoying.

I loved this episode. I loved the scene with barney and the mother, and this might have been a flashback episode but it certainly didn't feel filler. Ted going for the french horn with pliers was a nice touch.

I also really enjoyed this episode because, to be completely honest, the show at its absolute prime was when at least two of the members of the group where single at the same time. Unfortunately, on the creators part, this show is called HIMYM, not Friends or Seinfeld, so they had to stay objective and move the show forward.

Even though the first 8 episodes of season 9 weren't as objective as we wanted, that's not what matters. Whats important is how it ends which is what we will remember. So if the last part of season 9 is amazing, that's how we will remember the show as a whole.

Perhaps then we will see the first part of season 9 in a whole new light with all of its nostalgic callbacks and ''filler'' episodes.

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