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Season 8: Episode 20 - The Time Travelers

The Time Travelers: When Barney tries convincing Ted to accompany him to a “Robots Versus Wrestlers” show, Ted has an existential moment when versions of his future self argue about whether or not he should go. As they debate, the coat check girl Ted met eight years ago walks into MacLaren’s and he prepares to approach her, only to be stopped by two versions of her future self that warn him their relationship is doomed. Future Barney consoles him and reveals that the entire sequence of events was imagined by Ted as he is actually sitting alone at the bar, looking at a single ticket for the “Robots” show while the rest of the gang is occupied with their own lives. Ted decides against going to the show and chooses to embrace the present, but not before running to the future mother’s apartment to kiss her and profess his plans to fall in love with her in 45 days.