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Recap / How I Met Your Mother S 4 E 06 Happily Ever After

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In the aftermath of Stella leaving Ted at the altar, the gang discusses ways of avoiding people you never want to see again in your life while hiding from Stella in a restaurant.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Bittersweet Ending: "And that kids is the perfect ending for a perfect love story. It's just wasn't mine. Mine is still out there, waiting for me".
  • Call-Back:
    • Ted remembering that Stella forced him to live in New Jersey but decided to live in New York upon getting back with Tony is what finally causes him to snap.
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    • Ted and his family's tendency to avoid conflicts is alluded back in Season 2.
  • Continuity Snarl: Robin's flashback contradicts many of her previous backstories from previous seasons except her Idol Singer days. namely;
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Ted invokes this to his friends when they're all trying to please him.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Robin's complete name is "Robin Charles Scherbatsky".
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Lily reveals she accidentally got her classmate Michael Sasser nicknamed "Gasser" when she blamed a fart on him her first day of highschool. He ended up having to change schools.
  • Freudian Excuse: Robin became girly and embarked on her career as a teen idol to spite her father, who wanted a boy.
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  • I Have No Son!: Robin, Sr. disowns Robin upon seeing his daughter kissing her teammate.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Ted was just about to give Stella "The Reason You Suck" Speech, but then suddenly sees her hugging Tony and Lucy outside the front door and notices that they make a very happy family. He then realizes that Stella actually made the right choice and is meant to be with Tony, so he leaves without saying anything. Future!Ted even lampshades this:
    Future Ted: And that kids was the perfect ending to a perfect love story. It just wasn't mine.
  • Imagine Spot: Ted imagines giving Stella a well-deserved "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Ironic Episode Title: The Bittersweet Ending above says it all.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: The gang have been encouraging Ted to lash out on Stella and Tony.
  • Oop North: Robin's heavy Canadian accent makes an appearance in her flashbacks.
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  • Raised as the Opposite Gender: Robin had been raised by her dad as a boy until he saw her kissing a guy from her hockey team.
  • Take a Third Option: Lampshaded.
    Future!Ted: Kids, you may think that your only choice is to swallow your anger or throw it to someone's face, but there's a third option; you could just let it go.
  • Tomboy: Robin reveals she hasn't talked to her father in three years after he forced her to be a tomboy growing up so he could pretend she was his son.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: Following Ted discovering Stella's note, we transition to him and the others at the bar, where he makes this speech about how he has finally gotten pass the pain and has moved on. After an awkward silence, Lily informs him that the wedding was yesterday.


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