How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
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Trilogy Time 

As Ted, Marshall, and Barney get together for their triennial 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.


Pamela Fryman


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Episode complete credited cast:
Josh Radnor ... Ted Mosby
Jason Segel ... Marshall Eriksen
Cobie Smulders ... Robin Scherbatsky
Neil Patrick Harris ... Barney Stinson
Alyson Hannigan ... Lily Aldrin
Becki Newton ... Quinn
Michael Gladis ... Chester
Meghan Maureen McDonough ... Veronica
Gregory Michael ... Trey


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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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

9 April 2012 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


When we first see Robin in the stormtrooper armor her hair is clearly hanging down the back. Shortly after, when she laughs at Ted, there is no hair. See more »


Veronica: Chester, you're not even dressed, the reservation is in 15 minutes!
Chester: [By the window with binoculars] Shh! He's back! Every night, at exactly 8:00pm, the well dressed blonde man appears
[Through the window we see it is Barney]
Veronica: Chuck and Dianne are going to be waiting.
Chester: [Freaking out] You don't understand! Every night he does this! Every. Single. Night. He steps out of his building, walks exactly seven paces, stops, and SMILES.
Veronica: Honey, I'm worried about you.
Chester: Is he trying to communicate with someone? Is...
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References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »


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How I met your mother is Back !!
11 April 2012 | by chirag_cool2006See all my reviews

With the disappointing start to Season 7 and the Ratings of the show going down, This episode will help things fall into place. So finally an episode this season which was extremely entertaining and filled with fun! This episode gives hope for much more to come! A part of the story still continues with the past and future being shown in bits. Barney Stinson fans - This episode will go right there on the top of the charts with some good comedy sequences involving Barney are shown! So finally we have an overall great episode which announces the comeback of How I met your mother and lets hope we get episodes like more of these! Cheers.

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