The continuing story Ted is telling his kids about how he met their mother picks up in 2020, when his gang of friends were largely the same as at Robin and Barney's wedding, except... Ted and their mother still have not made it to the altar, despite both of the kids already having been born, the delay due to timing issues and wedding priorities. Marshall finally receives that much wanted call telling him that he has been offered a judgeship. It's a few years after Robin and Barney's divorce, with Barney having returned to his carousing ways. A major event that occurred in carrying out the new plays in his playbook ended up having what would be the most profound change in his mentality. The "except" part concerns Robin, who is now largely out of their lives, despite the six of them vowing that they would be there for each other for all the big events. Ted looks back once again to his initial meeting with their mother and why it seemed like destiny to be with her, before he concludes the story with what he believes is its moral. His kids, however, believe there is another underlying reason why he told them the story, a reason he may not even fully realize yet.- Written by Huggo
Ted and Tracey finally get married, where the gang, who had separated, were reunited. Barney attempt to get a perfect month, ending in a disaster. But could it be just what he needed? Lily and Marshall, with three kids, decide to move out of New York City.
As the years go on, changes cause the group to drift apart, but they reunite one more time for Ted's wedding. Meanwhile, a monumental event causes Barney to finally change his ways.- Written by email@example.com
2018: Back at MacLaren's, Barney is excited that he, Ted and Lily are hanging out again -- they're waiting for Marshall...See full synopsis » (Warning: contains spoilers!)