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* Lily finally begging Marshall to take her back after she returns. Yes, the whole thing is basically her fault and she [[HeroicBSOD hurt Marshall real bad,]] but considering she genuinely seems remorseful and is clearly barely holding back tears, it's still pretty heart-wrenching.

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[[caption-width-right:350:''Look around, Ted. You're all alone.'']]


* Ted decides to "dump" Barney and Neil Patrick Harris portrays Barney as absolutely devastated over losing his best friend. Finally resolved with a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, but terrible while it lasts.
** Also doubling as a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, when we find out that despite having fallen out with Ted, Barney has still kept him as his emergency contact.

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* Ted decides to "dump" Barney and Neil Patrick Harris portrays Barney as absolutely devastated over losing his best friend. Finally resolved with a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}, but terrible while it lasts.
** Also doubling as a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}, when we find out that despite having fallen out with Ted, Barney has still kept him as his emergency contact.

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* Robin retelling what happened in her trip to Argentina. How lonely she was and how she spent the first three days crying due to missing Ted. She even says that she was just trying to survive the breakup when she met Gael.


** Jason Segel and Alyson Hannigan both REALLY sold this scene. It's [[MoodWhiplash very]] [[TruthInTelevision sudden]], and it hits hard.
*** Segel's performance in particular is amazing, as in rehearsals Lily told him that she was pregnant. The producers prepped Hannigan immediately before the scene, and kept Segel in the dark. His reaction was entirely unscripted.

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** Jason Segel and Alyson Hannigan both REALLY sold this scene. It's [[MoodWhiplash very]] [[TruthInTelevision sudden]], and it hits hard.
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hard. Segel's performance in particular is amazing, as in rehearsals Lily told him that she was pregnant. The producers prepped Hannigan immediately before the scene, and kept Segel in the dark. His reaction was entirely unscripted.

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** Retroactively, after the series finale, Ted's hypothetical ending of his story: in 2030, [[spoiler:Stella is still alive.]]


--> '''Barney''': ''[[ArmorPiercingResponse Because if you were gonna be some lame suburban dad, why couldn't you have been that for me?!?]]]''

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--> '''Barney''': ''[[ArmorPiercingResponse Because if you were gonna be some lame suburban dad, why couldn't you have been that for me?!?]]]''me?!?]]''



* At the end of 'Tick, Tick, Tick…'

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* At the end of 'Tick, "Tick, Tick, Tick…'Tick…"



* In 'Symphony of Illumination' [[spoiler:Robin is narrating the episode to her and Barney's future kids. Until she finds out she can't ever have children. "So I can't have kids. Big deal. This way, there's no one to hold me back in life. No one to keep me from traveling where I wanna travel, no one getting in the way of my career. If you wanna know the truth of it, I'm glad you guys aren't real." And the kids fade away.]]
** "[[BlatantLies Really glad.]]"

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* In 'Symphony "Symphony of Illumination' Illumination" [[spoiler:Robin is narrating the episode to her and Barney's future kids. Until she finds out she can't ever have children. "So ]]
-->'''Robin''': [[spoiler:So
I can't have kids. Big deal. This way, there's no one to hold me back in life. No one to keep me from traveling where I wanna travel, no one getting in the way of my career. If you wanna know the truth of it, I'm glad you guys aren't real." And ''[And the kids fade away.]]
** "[[BlatantLies Really
]'' [[BlatantLies ...really glad.]]"]] ]]



* Super minor, but Patrice in "Karma"… sitting there, excitedly waiting for Robin to come, only Robin A: hates her, and B: isn't coming anyway. It's pretty much OffscreenInertia at work, but poor Patrice…


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* Super minor, but Patrice in "Karma"… sitting there, excitedly waiting for Robin to come, only Robin A: a) hates her, and B: b) isn't coming anyway. It's pretty much OffscreenInertia at work, but poor Patrice…




-->"[[spoiler:Hi. I’m Ted Mosby. And exactly 45 days from now, you and I are gonna meet, and we’re gonna get married, and… We’re gonna have two kids. And we’re gonna love them and each other so much… All that is 45 days away. But I’m here now, I guess, because… I want those extra 45 days with you. I want each one of them. And look, if I can’t have them, I’ll take the 45 seconds before your boyfriend shows up and punches me in the face, because… I love you. I’m always gonna love you. Till the end of my days… and beyond. You’ll see.]]"

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-->"[[spoiler:Hi.-->[[spoiler:'''Ted''': Hi. I’m Ted Mosby. And exactly 45 days from now, you and I are gonna meet, and we’re gonna get married, and… We’re gonna have two kids. And we’re gonna love them and each other so much… All that is 45 days away. But I’m here now, I guess, because… I want those extra 45 days with you. I want each one of them. And look, if I can’t have them, I’ll take the 45 seconds before your boyfriend shows up and punches me in the face, because… I love you. I’m always gonna love you. Till the end of my days… and beyond. You’ll see.]]"]]



-->'''Mother:''' [[spoiler: Since you've died, I've never let myself fall in love. (crying) So do you think it'd be OK if I start to move on?]]

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-->'''Mother:''' [[spoiler: Since you've died, I've never let myself fall in love. (crying) ''(crying)'' So do you think it'd be OK if I start to move on?]]



* In 'Gary Blauman', the Mother saves the terrible first date between herself and Ted by offering to just walk around New York and tell each other stories. This is already very moving, but becomes a tearjerker when Ted stops mid-stride. The Mother asks what he's doing, and Ted says, "Remembering this." [[spoiler: That's actually Future Ted, lost in the memory of the first date with the dead love of his life. Tears, tears on the side of my face.]]

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* In 'Gary Blauman', "Gary Blauman," the Mother saves the terrible first date between herself and Ted by offering to just walk around New York and tell each other stories. This is already very moving, but becomes a tearjerker when Ted stops mid-stride. The Mother asks what he's doing, and Ted says, "Remembering this." [[spoiler: That's actually Future Ted, lost in the memory of the first date with the dead love of his life. Tears, tears on the side of my face.]]


* When Lily returns from San Francisco, she goes to [=MacLaren=]'s, looks through the windows… and sees all her friends in there, laughing and talking without her- like they don't even care that she left. [[note]]The viewers know that isn't the case, but Lily doesn't.[[/note]]

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* When Lily returns from San Francisco, she goes to [=MacLaren=]'s, looks through the windows… and sees all her friends in there, laughing and talking without her- like they don't even care that she left. [[note]]The The viewers know that isn't the case, but Lily doesn't.[[/note]]



-->Robin: "You stole a blue French horn for me…"\\
Ted: "I would have stolen you a whole orchestra."

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-->Robin: "You -->'''Robin:''' You stole a blue French horn for me…"\\
Ted: "I
me…\\
'''Ted:''' I
would have stolen you a whole orchestra."
orchestra.



--> '''Barney''': ''Because if you were gonna be some lame suburban dad, why couldn't you have been that for me?!?''

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--> '''Barney''': ''Because ''[[ArmorPiercingResponse Because if you were gonna be some lame suburban dad, why couldn't you have been that for me?!?''me?!?]]]''


* When Lily returns from San Francisco, she goes to MacLaren's, looks through the windows… and sees all her friends in there, laughing and talking without her- like they don't even care that she left. [[note]]The viewers know that isn't the case, but Lily doesn't.[[/note]]
* Ted and Robin's break-up at the end of season two is gut-wrenching since it comes about because they love and care for each other too much. It wasn't a petty fight, misunderstanding or a conflict of feelings that split them up, but just the realization that they had been ignoring those signs they had "an expiration date." The first thing they did when they made the decision was hold each other and tear-up.

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* When Lily returns from San Francisco, she goes to MacLaren's, [=MacLaren=]'s, looks through the windows… and sees all her friends in there, laughing and talking without her- like they don't even care that she left. [[note]]The viewers know that isn't the case, but Lily doesn't.[[/note]]
* Ted and Robin's break-up at the end of season two is gut-wrenching since it comes about because they love and care for each other too much. It wasn't a petty fight, misunderstanding or a conflict of feelings that split them up, but just the realization that they had been ignoring those the signs showing they had "an expiration date." date". The first thing they did when they made the decision was hold each other and tear-up.



* Anti-kid Robin being in a relationship with a single father, has this to say about the kid being around all the time. It's funny, but the tearjerker comes at the end when she has a bit of a HeelRealization:

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* Anti-kid Robin Robin, being in a relationship with a single father, has this to say about the kid being around all the time. It's funny, but the tearjerker comes at the end when she has a bit of a HeelRealization:



---> '''Robin''': He can't separate the physical from the emotional. He's all like…
---> '''Barney''': I love you.
---> '''Robin''': (misunderstands him and thinks he's talking about Ted) …exactly! He's not like you, you know?

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---> --> '''Robin''': He can't separate the physical from the emotional. He's all like…
---> --> '''Barney''': I love you.
---> --> '''Robin''': (misunderstands ''(misunderstands him and thinks he's talking about Ted) Ted)'' …exactly! He's not like you, you know?



* Ted and Lily's extremely tense screaming match in "The Front Porch" after Ted realizes that Lily broke him and Robin up. Even though everything's forgiven in the end, it was like watching your parents fighting and threatening divorce.

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* Ted and Lily's extremely tense screaming match in "The ''The Front Porch" Porch'', after Ted realizes that Lily broke him and Robin up. Even though everything's forgiven in the end, it was like watching your parents fighting and threatening divorce.



---> '''Ted''': Okay, I'm gonna say something out loud that I've been doing a pretty good job of not saying out loud lately… what you and Tony have… what I thought for a second that you and I had… what I ''know'' that Marshall and Lily have… I want that! I do. I keep waiting for it to happen and waiting for it to happen, and… I guess I'm just, uh… I'm tired of waiting. And that's all I'm willing to say on that subject.
---> '''Stella''': (…) I know that you're tired of waiting and… you may have to wait a little while more, but… she's on her way, Ted! And she's getting here ''as fast as she can''.
---> '''Ted''': (smiling softly) Goodbye, Stella.
---> '''Stella''': (near whisper) Goodbye, Ted.

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---> --> '''Ted''': Okay, I'm gonna say something out loud that I've been doing a pretty good job of not saying out loud lately… what you and Tony have… what I thought for a second that you and I had… what I ''know'' that Marshall and Lily have… I want that! I do. I keep waiting for it to happen and waiting for it to happen, and… I guess I'm just, uh… I'm tired of waiting. And that's all I'm willing to say on that subject.
---> --> '''Stella''': (…) I know that you're tired of waiting and… you may have to wait a little while more, but… she's on her way, Ted! And she's getting here ''as fast as she can''.
---> --> '''Ted''': (smiling softly) ''(smiling softly)'' Goodbye, Stella.
---> --> '''Stella''': (near whisper) ''(near whisper)'' Goodbye, Ted.



* Finding out that, while Robin and Barney were together, they fought a lot and brought out the worst in each other, both letting themselves go in terms of physical appearance due to the stress of the relationship really wearing them down.
* In spite of the above, Robin and Barney's breakup, right after the other three thought that the couple had just made it through a rough patch in their relationship and truly loved each other enough to stay together.

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* Finding out that, while Robin and Barney were together, they fought a lot and brought out the worst in each other, other. They were both letting themselves go in terms of physical appearance due to the stress of the relationship really wearing them down.
* ** In spite of the above, Robin and Barney's breakup, right after the their other three friends thought that the couple had just made it through a rough patch in their relationship and truly loved each other enough to stay together.



* Even before that, the montage in "Of Course" revealing just how hurt Robin is that Barney is rubbing his "conquests" right in her face (and Ted and Marshall joining in) so soon after their breakup. And right when it looks like she might be moving on, Barney and Ted inadvertently make it worse with the Superdate thing, something Barney ''never'' did for Robin. No ''wonder'' the guys felt as guilty as they did!

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* ** Even before that, the montage in "Of Course" ''Of Course'' revealing just how hurt Robin is that Barney is rubbing his "conquests" right in her face (and Ted and Marshall joining in) so soon after their breakup. And right when it looks like she might be moving on, Barney and Ted inadvertently make it worse with the Superdate thing, something Barney ''never'' did for Robin. No ''wonder'' the guys felt as guilty as they did!



* Also the scene in "Cleaning House" where Barney has the opportunity to find out who his father is but instead realizes all of the things his mother did for him and tells her that she was enough.

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* Also the The scene in "Cleaning House" where ''Cleaning House'' when Barney has the opportunity to find out who his father is is, but instead realizes all of the things his mother did for him him, and tells her that she was enough.



* The ending of "Bad News" where [[spoiler:Marshall learns that his dad had a fatal heart attack.]] The look on Lily's face ''alone'' was enough to make you cry. Then you notice that Marshall is trying to be strong and failing.
---> '''Marshall''': (breaking down in Lily's arms) I'm not ready for this.

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* The ending of "Bad News" where ''Bad News'' when [[spoiler:Marshall learns that his dad had a fatal heart attack.]] attack]]. The look on Lily's face ''alone'' was enough to make you cry. Then you notice that Marshall is trying to be strong and failing.
---> --> '''Marshall''': (breaking ''(breaking down in Lily's arms) arms)'' I'm not ready for this.



** Segel's performance in particular is amazing, as in rehearsals Lily told him that she was pregnant. The producers prepped Hannigan immediately before the scene, and kept Segel in the dark. His reaction was entirely unscripted.
* Marshall's breakdown [[spoiler: outside of his father's funeral]] in "Last Words." Brings out all the emotions that run through a person in that circumstance.
** His [[SmiteMeOMightySmiter raging against God]] in particular is devastating, especially since this feelings linger as he continues to suffer misfortune throughout the season.
* Also in "Last Words", Marshall gets the others to understand his feelings about last words by asking them to imagine that the last time each of them saw their dads would indeed be the very last time. It works, and at the very end of the episode, we see all four of them on their cell phones.
--> '''Ted:''' Hi Dad.\\

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** *** Segel's performance in particular is amazing, as in rehearsals Lily told him that she was pregnant. The producers prepped Hannigan immediately before the scene, and kept Segel in the dark. His reaction was entirely unscripted.
* Marshall's breakdown [[spoiler: outside of his father's funeral]] in "Last Words." ''Last Words''. Brings out all the emotions that run through a person in that circumstance.
** His [[SmiteMeOMightySmiter raging against God]] in particular is devastating, especially since this these feelings linger as he continues to suffer misfortune throughout the season.
* ** Also in "Last Words", Marshall gets the others to understand his feelings about last words by asking them to imagine that the last time each of them saw their dads would indeed be the very last time. It works, and at the very end of the episode, we see all four of them on their cell phones.
--> ---> '''Ted:''' Hi Dad.\\



* At the end of 'Change of Heart', when Lily has finally convinced that Barney has actual feelings for Nora, he shows up where she is having brunch with her parents, and the scene goes on to show him going inside, apologizing for telling her he wasn't interested, and being introduced to her parents. Alas, it's just an imagination spot, and the look on his face when it pans back to him standing out there and giving up is just heartcrushing. To top it off, just after he walks away, Nora looks up and has missed him, also with a look as if she wished he were in there.
* Barney's emotional meltdown at the basketball hoop in the end of 'Legendaddy'. To elaborate, he has very recently had his father (who abandoned him when he was six) come back into his life and try to reconnect with him. Barney was hoping his father, Jerry, would be a hard-partying roadie who wasn't capable of being a father, since this would justify him abandoning Barney. However, Jerry has turned out to be a loving dad with two children, including a boy named 'Jerome Junior'. Barney can't handle this, and it culminates into him trying to yank JJ's basketball hoop off the garage so he could have at least some souvenir of a childhood he never got to have. Particularly heartbreaking is this exchange:
---> '''Barney''': You're ''lame'', okay? You're just some lame suburban dad.
---> '''Jerry''': Why does that make you so mad?!
---> '''Barney''': ''Because if you were gonna be some lame suburban dad, why couldn't you have been that for me?!?''

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* At the end of 'Change ''Change of Heart', Heart'', when Lily has finally convinced that Barney he has actual feelings for Nora, he shows up where she is having brunch with her parents, and the scene goes on to show him going inside, apologizing for telling her he wasn't interested, and being introduced to her parents. Alas, it's just an imagination spot, ImagineSpot, and the look on his face when it pans back to him standing out there and giving up is just heartcrushing. To top it off, just after he walks away, Nora looks up and has missed him, also with a look on her face as if she wished he were in there.
was there as well.
* Barney's emotional meltdown at the basketball hoop in at the end of 'Legendaddy'.''Legendaddy''. To elaborate, he has very recently had his father (who abandoned him when he was six) come back into his life and try to reconnect with him. Barney was hoping his father, Jerry, would be a hard-partying roadie who wasn't capable of being a father, since this would justify him abandoning Barney. However, Jerry has turned out to be a loving dad with two children, including a boy named 'Jerome Junior'. Barney can't handle this, and it culminates into him trying to yank JJ's basketball hoop off the garage so he could have at least some souvenir of a childhood he never got to have. Particularly heartbreaking is this exchange:
---> --> '''Barney''': You're ''lame'', okay? You're just some lame suburban dad.
---> --> '''Jerry''': Why does that make you so mad?!
---> --> '''Barney''': ''Because if you were gonna be some lame suburban dad, why couldn't you have been that for me?!?''



* In "The Exploding Meatball Sub", when Lily is about to head off to Spain because supporting Marshall through his oblivious insistence on quitting his job and taking up ridiculous projects while volunteering for the NRDC is driving her crazy. Ted is rightly appalled, furious, and clearly terrified (for although he doesn't mention it, the memory of Lily breaking for San Fransisco is clearly in the forefront of both his and the audience's minds), until in the middle of Lily's rant, she breaks down into tears and confesses that she's afraid that Marshall doesn't want to have a baby with her anymore. Ted's demeanor immediately dissolves into tenderness with a soft "Oh ''Lil…''"

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* In "The ''The Exploding Meatball Sub", Sub'', when Lily is about to head off to Spain because supporting Marshall through his oblivious insistence on quitting his job and taking up ridiculous projects while volunteering for the NRDC is driving her crazy. Ted is rightly appalled, furious, and clearly terrified (for although (although he doesn't mention it, the memory of Lily breaking for San Fransisco is clearly in the forefront of both his and the audience's minds), until in the middle of Lily's rant, she breaks down into tears and confesses that she's afraid that Marshall doesn't want to have a baby with her anymore. Ted's demeanor immediately dissolves into tenderness with a soft "Oh ''Lil…''"



** Turns to a heartwarming moment, when his father quickly turns around and reminds him that it is possible to become happy in life just by meeting the right women.
* Marshall's conversation with his [[spoiler:late]] father about being unable to see his future and his revelation that his father was fallible but still an inspiration in "Desperation Day"

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** Turns to into a heartwarming moment, moment when his father quickly turns around and reminds him that it is possible to become happy in life just by meeting the right women.
* Marshall's conversation with his [[spoiler:late]] father about being unable to see his future future, and his revelation that his father was fallible fallible, but still an inspiration in "Desperation Day"
''Desperation Day''.

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* Barney's reaction in "Game Night" when Lily plays his most embarrassing video. There's not a trace of his usual confidence and swagger; he just grabs the tape and storms off. Then, the next day, when the gang tries to ask him about it and starts laughing, he gets up without a word again. The events that led up to that video are clearly upsetting for him.


* TheReveal for "The Time Travelers." [[spoiler: The whole episode was an ImagineSpot for Ted. While all of his friends are moving forward in their lives, Ted is sitting in Mclarens, probably never this alone in his life. Becomes a heartwarming moment when he discusses what he would do if he had traveled back in time to that night: Meet The Mother weeks before they actually do and tell her that he wishes that they could spend the time before they meet together so he wouldn't be alone.]]

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* TheReveal for "The Time Travelers." [[spoiler: The whole episode was an ImagineSpot for Ted. While all of his friends are moving forward in their lives, Ted is sitting in Mclarens, the bar, probably never this alone in his life. Becomes a heartwarming moment when he discusses what he would do if he had traveled back in time to that night: Meet The Mother weeks before they actually do and tell her that he wishes that they could spend the time before they meet together so he wouldn't be alone.]]

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** The last line of the episode counts as well, after Barney gives Ted the basketball hoop he took from his dad's house:
---> '''Barney''': A kid needs a hoop.

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** Barney's childhood as portrayed in that episode is also pretty sad. His mom wrote him a letter and signed it from the Postmaster General, explaining that he lost all the invitations to his 8th birthday party since no one showed up.


* The look of quiet despair on Ted's face as Barney finishes his story of how [[spoiler:the Mother (whom Ted still hasn't met yet) inspired Barney to finally pursue Robin.]] At the same time Ted had his last HopeSpot that she might still be the one for him, but decided to leave it up to fate, Barney resolved to go after her with everything he had. And that's why he got her.

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* The look of quiet despair on Ted's face as Barney finishes his story of how [[spoiler:the Mother (whom Ted still hasn't met yet) inspired Barney to finally pursue Robin.]] At the same time Ted had his last HopeSpot that she might still be the one for him, but decided to leave it up to fate, Barney resolved to go after her with everything ''everything'' he had. And that's why he got her.


* The look of quiet despair on Ted's face as Barney finishes his story of how [[spoiler:the Mother (whom Ted still hasn't met yet) inspired Barney to finally pursue Robin.]] At the same time Ted had his last HopeSpot that she might still be the one for him, but decided to leave it up to fate, Barney resolved to go after her with everything he had.

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* The look of quiet despair on Ted's face as Barney finishes his story of how [[spoiler:the Mother (whom Ted still hasn't met yet) inspired Barney to finally pursue Robin.]] At the same time Ted had his last HopeSpot that she might still be the one for him, but decided to leave it up to fate, Barney resolved to go after her with everything he had. And that's why he got her.

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