|How I Met Your Mother episode|
|Episode no.||Season 6
|Directed by||Pamela Fryman|
|Written by||Carter Bays & Craig Thomas|
|Original air date||May 16, 2011|
With the Arcadian denied landmark status, Barney and Ted argue about who is going to press the button to blow up the building, which Future Ted says is the only thing they did over the summer. Amid the arguing, Ted mentions that he ran into Zoey after breaking up and she asked to get coffee with him, which Robin and Barney say is a signal that she wants to get back together with him.
The episode flashes-forward to September 2011. Marshall is feeling down, so Lily decides to get them both some of their favourite soup. But shortly after eating it, Lily gets ill and begins throwing up. Desperate to stop Marshall from eating any, after an attempt to call him, she runs from the school to meet him at the house. She stops him just before he takes a spoonful - of his third bowl.
Marshall has an important business meeting with a prospective employer (Dave Foley) and has figured out the time when he'll begin vomiting as well. Whilst at the meeting he resists, despite a plethora of disgusting images and stories that the employer tells. Eventually, he gives in and tells the employer he is set to vomit soon and runs out of the room.
Discouraged that he probably blew his chance at his dream job, he comes home and lies down to get some rest before his "countdown" finishes. He wakes up the following morning to find out that he hadn't got ill at all; it is revealed that Lily was throwing up because she is pregnant.
Meanwhile, with the Arcadian's demolition a day away, Ted is distraught with what to do about the lighting for the new building, and, as he has done before, decides that this warrants getting back together with a recent ex-girlfriend - in this case, Zoey. He decides to meet her and buy her an orchid like he first did for her, but Barney and Robin stop him before he can. While on their way to stop Ted, they have a tender moment, but ultimately decide that they both need to move on. Barney eventually lets Ted press the button to blow up the Arcadian, and soon after the demolition takes place, Barney meets Nora again, and asks her to coffee, which Nora accepts. Robin is first shown to be smiling, but then quickly becomes upset as she sees that Barney wants to get back together with Nora, hinting that her feelings for him may be resurfacing.
The episode flashes-forward again to the wedding first seen in "Big Days", where Ted and Marshall are sitting outside the church, and Ted is then called in by Lily. Ted goes inside to check on the groom, who is revealed to be Barney.
According to show co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, a majority of this Season 6 finale takes place in September instead of May "so we can pick up Season 7 exactly where we left off". Said Thomas, "This is the first time in the history of our show we're doing a finale that is not set in May. We jump ahead to September, basically to the beginning of next season."
This episode was shot with extra security because of the two major revelations at the end: Lily being pregnant and Barney being the groom at the future wedding.
- The underscore from "Subway Wars" is reused in this episode.
- "Enjoy The Ride" by Oswin Mackintosh (Lorne Balfe) is played in the scene where Lily runs home to stop Marshall from eating soup.
- "Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)" by George Harrison is played during the wedding scene at the end of the episode and also played at the first episode of season 6.
- Marshall says Lily's vomiting makes her sound like the Velociraptors from Jurassic Park.
- Barney and Robin do not listen to Ted by spacing out like Miss Othmar in Peanuts.
- Trader Joe's was mentioned while Barney and Robin were outside the "Intersection".
- The construction company is called "Muttnik Construction", referencing the Carter-Bays stamp logo at the end of every episode. (Except for The Best Burger in New York, where the GNB logo is placed instead.)
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