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12:12 AM on 03/20/12 
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I think I like Quinn, but I'm not sure. Her story line has been introduced way too fast, I'd actually be kinda pissed if she ends up being Barney's wife.

I think her and NPH have really good chemistry as actors, though. On the other hand, NPH and Nora had NOOOO chemistry.
12:39 AM on 03/20/12 
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Yeah, they said the day won't go as smoothly as planned, but he will get married. So in this year's season finale we'll flash forward to the wedding and find out who the bride is and I'm willing to bet they'll be leading us to believe it's Quinn until, surprise, it's not.

Someone on avclub mentioned how interesting it would be if Robin really is Barney's bride and when she asks to see Ted on the wedding day (as was mentioned in the last flash forward at the wedding), then that's the next time Ted sees her (“We wouldn’t see each other for a long time, but that’s another story"). Would be hard to pull off, but very interesting.

The only reason I don't see it being Quinn, is because I don't see her becoming a regular on the show. Especially because she's starring in that show of her own with Bay. For that reason, I feel like it has to be Robin.

What has really got me puzzled is what's about to happen between Ted and Robin. Why was that the last time they see each other for awhile? The only reason I could think of, would be that when Robin and Barney announce that they are getting married, Ted goes away for awhile because he can't handle that.

Which also leads me to believe that when we saw the flash forward of the wedding day and the bride asks to see Ted before the wedding, that it will be the first time that they see each other since that moment at the bar.

The only problem being, obviously, Quinn. How does she get so close to Barney, move in with him, only to eventually be out of the picture, and replaced with Robin.

Well, for that I have a couple theories too.

Remember in the very beginning of the season? When they had that flash forward to Marshall and Barney at the casino?

This one:


I feel like that scene is upon us. Maybe Barney and Quinn get engaged, and they are out celebrating, when he receives a phone call that ultimately leads to the reason that they are no longer together. But then I wonder, why isn't Ted there? Which again, leads me back to my Robin theory. Barney & Robin get engaged, and Ted wanders off because he can't handle it. Maybe Barney is on the phone with Ted, and the look on his face is because he's in shock that he's actually calling. But I still wonder how Quinn is going to get out of this picture. Or I could be completely wrong. I'm making myself go crazy with theories over here. How many episodes is this season?

I think you're hitting on something interesting here, although I think I'd go with the former in that Barney's looking so dour in that moment because Quinn could possibly be ending the relationship for some reason or other. As for Ted, the spoilers for that episode indicate that he's with Lily while she's giving birth. He's trying to distract her by telling her stories.

Edit: Thinking about the Ted/Robin thing even more, I could see this season ending with Future Ted once again referencing the fact that he and Robin didn't see each other for a long time and then following that statement up with something like "in fact, the next time I did see her..." cut to black, "...was the day of her wedding." Flash forward, show Robin as the bride, say something meaningful about how that was also the day Ted met the mother, end season.

While I think this would be great writing, wouldn't this sort of rely on Barney breaking up with Quinn and proposing to Robin immediately? I mean Ted says that after that conversation about Robin's promotion he wouldn't see her again for a while. That means that he wouldn't have seen her between now and said proposal, when he would decide to go off the grid.

There's also the possibility that if Barney does propose to Quinn, Robin is the one who disappears to deal with her feelings for Barney. Whenever the writers referenced the wedding day and what happens, they were maybe implying that Barney marries someone else than originally planned. That, however, seems way less likely than the whole Barney and Robin get engaged really quickly scenario.
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While I think this would be great writing, wouldn't this sort of rely on Barney breaking up with Quinn and proposing to Robin immediately? I mean Ted says that after that conversation about Robin's promotion he wouldn't see her again for a while. That means that he wouldn't have seen her between now and said proposal, when he would decide to go off the grid.

There's also the possibility that if Barney does propose to Quinn, Robin is the one who disappears to deal with her feelings for Barney. Whenever the writers referenced the wedding day and what happens, they were maybe implying that Barney marries someone else than originally planned. That, however, seems way less likely than the whole Barney and Robin get engaged really quickly scenario.
Haha, well you have a point and I've got no idea what the timeline will actually look like, but in my head it goes something like this:

Barney gets engaged to Quinn per her essential invitation (and if that girl aint a gold digger looking for a better retirement plan...)
We find out in the finale that, surprise, Robin is his future wife and thus we know Quinn won't work out
Quinn sticks around through the beginning of next season, but then the relationship ends early on
Barney and Robin get engaged during November sweeps (or they get together in November sweeps and get engaged during February sweeps)
Barney and Robin get married on next year's season finale
All the while, Ted has been avoiding Robin until the moment the bride requests to see him

Why might she be requesting to see him after all this time? Well, Ted made this promise a while back to be Robin's best man....and she needs him now.

That all being said, it would be incredibly difficult to keep Robin and Ted apart for that long, and it would also be a little sad considering next season just might be the last. I do like what they're doing with Ted and Robin though because it feels much more real to me than I often see in sitcoms. Being around your ex is not always so easy.
02:22 AM on 03/20/12 
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Haha, well you have a point and I've got no idea what the timeline will actually look like, but in my head it goes something like this:

Barney gets engaged to Quinn per her essential invitation (and if that girl aint a gold digger looking for a better retirement plan...)
We find out in the finale that, surprise, Robin is his future wife and thus we know Quinn won't work out
Quinn sticks around through the beginning of next season, but then the relationship ends early on
Barney and Robin get engaged during November sweeps (or they get together in November sweeps and get engaged during February sweeps)
Barney and Robin get married on next year's season finale
All the while, Ted has been avoiding Robin until the moment the bride requests to see him

Why might she be requesting to see him after all this time? Well, Ted made this promise a while back to be Robin's best man....and she needs him now.

That all being said, it would be incredibly difficult to keep Robin and Ted apart for that long, and it would also be a little sad considering next season just might be the last. I do like what they're doing with Ted and Robin though because it feels much more real to me than I often see in sitcoms. Being around your ex is not always so easy.

Some might say they're addressing Ted and Robin's issues a little too late, but I suppose it's better late than never. While this episode was a bit short on the gut busters, they did have some good jabs, but I found the overall episode more about moving the plot along. It'd be interesting if the show writers showed Barney's engagement to Quinn in the finale, then "BOOM' flash forward, Robin's the bride.
02:48 AM on 03/20/12 
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ummmm... wait, we have to wait 4 weeks for another new episode?
02:51 AM on 03/20/12 
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there are only 4 episodes left in the season, so there will be 2 more in April and 2 in May.
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Great episode. Really enjoyed it. It was kind of predictable, but when Barney went, "What would get you to stop stripping?" I was all oooohhhhh daaamnnn. I love how the writers can at times really get me hanging by a thread in excitement.

there are only 4 episodes left in the season, so there will be 2 more in April and 2 in May.
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Those bastards.
07:05 AM on 03/20/12 
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4 episodes in 2 months? DAMMIT
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I would love it if the bride is some girl we haven't even seen yet.
08:58 AM on 03/20/12 
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4 episodes in 2 months? DAMMIT

Network tv pisses me off......if this was on Cable there would never be space between episodes
10:17 AM on 03/20/12 
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Some might say they're addressing Ted and Robin's issues a little too late, but I suppose it's better late than never. While this episode was a bit short on the gut busters, they did have some good jabs, but I found the overall episode more about moving the plot along. It'd be interesting if the show writers showed Barney's engagement to Quinn in the finale, then "BOOM' flash forward, Robin's the bride.
That's pretty much exactly what I'm expecting. Bait and switch. They've done that quite a bit this season.

I agree about Ted and Robin. I'm glad it's finally come up even if it's taken this long.
12:19 PM on 03/20/12 
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4 weeks until the next episode? Seriously? fuck that.
12:38 PM on 03/20/12 
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The only reason I don't see it being Quinn, is because I don't see her becoming a regular on the show. Especially because she's starring in that show of her own with Bay. For that reason, I feel like it has to be Robin.

What has really got me puzzled is what's about to happen between Ted and Robin. Why was that the last time they see each other for awhile? The only reason I could think of, would be that when Robin and Barney announce that they are getting married, Ted goes away for awhile because he can't handle that.

Which also leads me to believe that when we saw the flash forward of the wedding day and the bride asks to see Ted before the wedding, that it will be the first time that they see each other since that moment at the bar.

The only problem being, obviously, Quinn. How does she get so close to Barney, move in with him, only to eventually be out of the picture, and replaced with Robin.

Well, for that I have a couple theories too.

Remember in the very beginning of the season? When they had that flash forward to Marshall and Barney at the casino?

This one:


I feel like that scene is upon us. Maybe Barney and Quinn get engaged, and they are out celebrating, when he receives a phone call that ultimately leads to the reason that they are no longer together. But then I wonder, why isn't Ted there? Which again, leads me back to my Robin theory. Barney & Robin get engaged, and Ted wanders off because he can't handle it. Maybe Barney is on the phone with Ted, and the look on his face is because he's in shock that he's actually calling. But I still wonder how Quinn is going to get out of this picture. Or I could be completely wrong. I'm making myself go crazy with theories over here. How many episodes is this season?


This had to happen before what's going on right now because Barney's wearing the duck tie. Didn't he get rid of it earlier this season?
12:43 PM on 03/20/12 
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This had to happen before what's going on right now because Barney's wearing the duck tie. Didn't he get rid of it earlier this season?

Yeah, I know. The duckie tie completely throws me off. But they never discussed what this scene meant, so it definitely hasn't happened yet. Maybe he makes another bet where he has to wear the tie again? I don't know. The whole things confusing to me, and I hate that we need to wait four more weeks to find out.
 



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