The Leap (How I Met Your Mother)
|How I Met Your Mother episode|
|Episode no.||Season 4
|Directed by||Pamela Fryman|
|Written by||Craig Thomas
|Original air date||May 18, 2009|
Jayden Lund (Bill)
|Season 4 episodes|
"The Leap" is the 24th and final episode of season 4 of the How I Met Your Mother TV series and 88th overall. It originally aired on May 18, 2009.
Future Ted (Bob Saget) describes the evening of his 31st birthday. Over the previous 3 days, Ted had been working hard to design the hat-shaped rib restaurant introduced in "Right Place, Right Time". As he pulls an all-nighter in an attempt to win his firm a contract, Marshall attempts to lure Ted to the roof for a surprise 31st birthday party (which Ted waves off because he thinks Marshall would never schedule two surprise parties in a row). Barney asks for Ted's blessing to pursue Robin, using an obvious analogy involving a suit.
Disappointed at his inability to throw a good party, Marshall stands on the ledge of the roof, ready to jump from their apartment roof to the neighboring building's roof (beautifully furnished with a hot tub), about seven feet away. A flashback shows Marshall's attempts over the last years to get the courage to jump. Lily tries to dissuade him by (falsely) claiming that she is pregnant, resulting in Marshall saying that he noticed Lily gaining weight, and Lily storming off afterwards.
Downstairs, while Ted is hard at work, the goat scuttles through the apartment. Ted calls Lily, anxious and annoyed at its presence. After he repeatedly takes a wash-cloth away from the animal, the goat mauls Ted, and he is sent to hospital. Finally, when he shows up to his restaurant design meeting, his clients decide to go with Swedish avant-garde architecture collective Sven, instead of him.
Meanwhile, Barney has decided to confess his feelings for Robin, but before he can say anything, she says that she loves him. He quickly reacts by saying they should just be friends, and picks up a random girl at the party. Lily then tells him that Robin overheard his suit analogy with Ted, and was worried about what to do. After discussing it with Lily and Marshall (who reveal they had known for months), Robin decides to "Mosby" Barney, telling him she loves him right away, just like Ted did.
Barney discovers the truth, gets disappointed, and confronts Robin at the hospital. She admits to "Mosbying" him, but then tries to do it again, until the two confess their complicated feelings for each other and kiss.
Finally, back in the apartment, Ted laments his situation, and Lily tells him to stop chasing something that is not working, and let the universe take over for a bit. When Lily tells him that maybe he should just take 'the leap' and do what the world seems to want him to do, Ted accepts the professor job at the University. Marshall takes the advice literally, and leaps from the roof to the other building, followed by the rest of the gang.
The episode ends with Ted, now Professor Mosby, in front of a class of students. Future Ted tells his children that despite being the year where he was left at the altar, knocked out by a crazed bartender, fired and attacked by a goat, it was the best year of his life. It was all worth it, because not only did it lead him into the best job he ever had but it also began him on the journey that would lead him to his future wife... as Future Ted reveals that one of the students in the class is the love of his life, his wife.
- This episode was filmed out of order so that Alyson Hannigan, who was about to begin her maternity leave, could appear.
- "Prophets" by A.C. Newman — plays at the beginning of the episode, as well as end, when everyone jumps from the roof to the other side.
- "Murder Train" by The Foreskins — plays when Ted fights the goat.
- The line "It's here Lily, it's looking at me" is a reference to Ghostbusters when Peter Venkman first sees Slimer; he hails Ray Stanz on the radio and says the same thing.
- Marshall tries to convince Lily to let him jump by bringing up Evel Knievel and his attempt to jump Snake River Canyon. Lily retorts that she is not Linda Knievel.
- Barney discusses his and Robin's potential relationship in his May 18 blog entry when answering letters from his mail "sack". One such letter is from "Jack Package" (Barney's alias in the episode Matchmaker) who asks Uncle Barney for advice.
Dear Uncle Barney:
I think I'm in love. Every time I'm around this girl, my heart goes a mile a minute. And it's possible that she might have feelings for me too. And the thought of that scares me half to death, because who knows where this could lead? What if this is the real thing? But what if it isn't and she breaks my heart? Is this worth pursuing?
Jack Package, New York
Dear Jack,It's not worth pursuing. I say forget it.
- Stinson, Barney (May 18, 2009). "Uncle Barney's Mail Sack". Archived from the original on 2009-05-19. Retrieved 2009-11-07. "both of us take extraordinary interest in housewives, albeit for different reasons"
- Donna Bowman (2009-05-18). "How I Met Your Mother: The Leap". The AV Club. The Onion. Retrieved 2009-11-30.