* When Ted stands up to Sally's mother, tells her off for belittling his wife and daughter, and calls for a taxi service to send their "bravest driver" to pick her up. Laura is actually stunned and speechless at this.
* During the planning of Jackie's wedding [[spoiler:to Ralph]], Jackie gets her turn telling off her mom, this time for trying to hijack the planning to be what ''she'' wants and ignoring all of Sally's hard work. Crosses into CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, as Jackie acknowledges that while her mom "wants what is best", Sally is the one taking ''Jackie's'' desires into consideration.
* While visiting his family for Thanksgiving in 2015 Ted stands up to his brothers, turning one brother's attempted insult against him before declaring that despite all his brothers' ragging he's a good husband and father and overall has a better life than they ever will. [[MoodWhiplash Then one of his brothers mentions that he'd just gotten divorced...]]
-->'''Terry''': ...Because we didn't move a thousand miles away from Mom and Dad like you did.\\
'''Ted''': So now I'm a baby who was the only one adult enough to start his own life?...You guys have been making fun of me my whole life. Sure, maybe I was horrible at sports. Maybe I was never the manliest. You know what? Forget the self-deprecating nonsense. I'm a good guy. I'm a good husband. I'm a good father. I've got a better family life and overall life than you guys will '''ever''' have!