The Time Travelers (How I Met Your Mother)
|"The Time Travelers"|
|How I Met Your Mother episode|
|Episode no.||Season 8
|Written by||Carter Bays and Craig Thomas|
|Original air date||March 25, 2013|
At MacLaren's, Ted passes up Barney's invitation to watch Robots Versus Wrestlers: Legends because he has to prepare for class. Barney claims he will regret this in 20 years, and Ted is then shocked when likenesses of Barney and Ted from 20 years in the future appear and try to convince him. A Ted from 20 hours in the future warns present Ted that he will enjoy the event at the expense of a massive hangover and a sprained wrist. Present Ted is convinced about going, but a Barney from 20 minutes in the future holds back the group long enough to see a woman enter the bar; the coat-check girl, whom Ted had not seen in seven years. Ted prepares to talk to her, but is stopped by her future versions – one who grew sick of Ted and a version very much obsessed with him. They inform Ted the relationship is doomed, mainly due to his previous failed relationships, and Ted lets the woman walk out of the bar.
Meanwhile, Marshall brags about a fancy cocktail drink he had invented called the Minnesota Tidal Wave, and attempts to order one at the bar. He is shocked when Carl the Bartender calls it The Robin Scherbatsky; it is named in her honor because she had ordered it several times. Marshall is annoyed and challenges Robin to a dance-off, but Lily forbids it. Marshall attempts to get back at Robin by writing her name and phone number in a men's bathroom stall, but Robin promptly goes in to erase it. She then heads into the girls' bathroom, implying she has written Marshall's number in there. Nervous about entering the ladies' room, Marshall eventually goes in to find a long message by Robin stating the adverse treatment she endured from her father – it's actually a prank to force Marshall to hide in a stall when a woman enters. Marshall attempts to leave, scaring women from the bathroom out and humiliating himself. Lily lets Marshall and Robin dance off.
Ted returns to Barney, who reveals that the entire cocktail story happened five years ago, and Ted is actually sitting in the bar alone; his friends were too busy to go to Robots Vs. Wrestlers, and Ted is preparing to head to the event alone (echoing "Robots Versus Wrestlers", in which Barney is upset because he feels the group is growing apart). Future Ted states if he could relive the events of that night, he would have instead visited his apartment, his friends, and most importantly, the mother (who was actually living several blocks away at the time). Future Ted imagines himself running through the streets before knocking on the mother's apartment door. Ted introduces himself, telling her how much he loves her, that they will meet in 45 days, and he would give anything to spend that extra time with her.
Barney answers another round of fan questions in Uncle Barney's Mail Sack – with one of them coming from Ted.
- "You're all alone" - John Swihart
- "The Longest Time" – Billy Joel (sung a cappella by Ted, Barney, 20 years from now Ted, 20 years from now Barney, 20 hours from now Ted and 20 minutes from now Barney).
- Marshall describes Robin's apparent credit-grabbing of his drink idea as "Zuckerberging," referring to the controversy between Mark Zuckerberg and the Winklevoss twins over who originally had the idea for Facebook.
- The caterer folder Barney was holding while arguing with Robin toward the end of the episode has the label of Gourmet M.D. Catering, founded by David Burtka. Burtka is the real-life husband of Neil Patrick Harris, who plays Barney on the show.
- Before the dance battle with Robin, Marshall asks Robin: "You think you can step up to the streets? To me?", alluding to the film Step Up 2: The Streets.
TV.com's Bill Kuchman said the episode's climax actually stands up there with some of the show's finest moments.
Max Nicholson of IGN said the episode was very bizarre but had a grounded storyline. He noted that the time-traveler plot device may have been lifted off Felicity, and in the end he gave the episode an 8.7 over 10.
Kevin Olsta of Starpulse said Bays and Thomas did well with writing the episode.
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- Nicholson, Max. "How I Met Your Mother: "The Time Travelers" Review". IGN. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
- "'HIMYM' Recap: 'The Time Travelers' Gives Us Some Great Moments". Starpulse.com. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
- Carlson, Adam. "'How I Met Your Mother': Exclusive photo from 'The Time Travelers'". Insidetv.ew.com. Retrieved March 28, 2013.