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.
Did You Know?
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 Robin enters the apartment as 'Rhiannon' in Ted's flashback/forward, she plays a bass solo but her fingers are clearly not moving. See more
[In Ted's imagination
I'm pregnant with baby number five!
But baby number four isn't out yet!
I'm just that good!
Water Music, Suite Nr. 1, HWV 348: Hornpipe
Written by George Frideric Handel See more