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Recap / How I Met Your Mother S 2 E 22 Something Blue

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Barney finds out that Ted and Robin have been hiding a secret, and is stunned when they recount the whole experience to him.


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  • Accidental Proposal: Robin finds out that there was an engagement ring found in her champagne, which Ted claimed it was not his. Turns out was actually from the next table.
  • Brick Joke:
    • The setup: in the previous episode, Barney asked if he could officiate the wedding, because it would subconsciously convince the female guests that "when Barney Stinson asks you a question, you say 'I do'." After learning that Ted and Robin broke up, Barney asks if Ted wants a wingman again, and Ted responds, "I do."
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    • During the run-up to the wedding, Lily constantly mentions not doing all the "Wedding Cliches," like a Conga line, or the Macarena. By the end of the episode, Drunk!Lily has done them all.
  • Book-Ends: For the season as a whole. The first episode started with Barney finding out that Ted and Robin got together. The finale ends with Ted and Robin revealing to Barney that they broke up before the wedding.
  • Broken Record: "Tell people what? Tell people what? Tell people what?..."
  • Dramatic Irony: Ted and Robin's relationship started the same day Marshall and Lily broke theirs. Ted and Robin later confirm that their relationship ended on the day of Marshall and Lily's wedding.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Barney's second guess about what Ted and Robin are going to tell people after the wedding was that they broke up.
    • Marshall and Lily jokingly mentioning having a son and a daughter.
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    • Future Ted mentioned several countries that Robin will visit during the duration of the series such as Argentina (Season 3), Japan (Season 4), and Russia (Season 7).
  • The Maiden Name Debate: The Host announces the newlyweds by their original names, instead of "The Ericksens". Lily keeps her last name after marrying Marshall, though they do consider both adopting a brand new last name (with candidates "Skywalker," "Hasselhoff," and "Awesome").
    Marshall: "Have you met the Awesomes, Marshall and Lily, their son Totally, and their daughter Frickin'?"
  • Mistaken for Pregnant / One Drink Will Kill the Baby: Barney think that Robin is pregnant with Ted's child after seeing her order a bottle of water and also because a flashback showed her and Ted having unprotected sex on the couch; however, Robin isn't pregnant.
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  • Rapid-Fire "No!": Done with exact precision.
    Barney: No. No, no, no, no, no, no. Ted, you cannot do this to me. No. No, no, no!
    [cut to the restaurant]
    Robin: No. No, no, no, no, no, no. Ted, you cannot do this to me. No. No, no, no!
  • Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic: Ted repeating the same dialog when he and Robin had an on-the-house champagne, only for Robin to find out what's in the glass, after Lily and Marshall interrupted them.
    Ted: Right. So the waiter comes up with two glasses of Dom. He says, "Champagne?" "We didn't order any champagne." "Compliments of the house." "Wow-"
    Barney: You said that already!
  • Red Herring: Because of Ted and Robin constantly ending their story at misleading points, Barney is led to believe that, in order (respectively), they got engaged, broke up, are moving to Argentina, and are expecting. He was right the second time.
  • The Reveal: Why were Ted and Robin covered in pasta sauce in "Showdown"? Long story short, they just broke up.
  • Running Gag: Marshall and Lily trying to find food at the reception.
  • Season Finale: The second one.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: At the burger restaurant, Marshall tells the guy from the cash register that they just got married, and he points at Lily, who is just vomiting inside a trashcan. Marshall can only look at her in awe after someone refers to her as "his wife" for the first time.

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