How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
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The Time Travelers 

Ted and Barney run into their future selves as they debate whether to go to "Wrestlers vs. Robots," while Robin and Marshall argue over who gets credit for a new drink at McLaren's.


Pamela Fryman


Carter Bays (created by), Craig Thomas (created by) | 6 more credits »


Episode complete credited cast:
Josh Radnor ... Ted Mosby
Jason Segel ... Marshall Eriksen
Cobie Smulders ... Robin Scherbatsky
Neil Patrick Harris ... Barney Stinson
Alyson Hannigan ... Lily Aldrin
Jayma Mays ... Coat Check Girl
Joe Nieves ... Carl
Lyndsy Fonseca ... Daughter
David Henrie ... Son
Lou Ferrigno Jr. ... Louis




In April 2013, Ted is feeling all alone with Marshall and Lily preoccupied with their family, Robin and Barney planning their wedding, and Ted without a significant other in his life. Barney asks Ted if he would like to go see "Robots Vs. Wrestlers Legends". Ted decides against it. Ted is visited by future versions of Barney and himself, who try to convince him to go or not to go with current Barney to the event. The visit by these future versions of Barney and himself, who have the knowledge of what happens in the future, eventually opens Ted's eyes to why he has really received these visits. Meanwhile, Marshall embarks on a battle with Robin as Robin has received credit at MacLaren's for a cocktail he created, while Lily vows to stay neutral in their battle. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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The song that Barney and Ted are singing is "For The Longest Time" by Billy Joel. See more »


Twenty-Years-From-Now-Barney: Hey Ted, what's this I hear slash remember about you not wanting to see Robots vs. Wrestlers?
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References Step Up (2006) See more »


Hey Beautiful
Written by The Solids
Performed by The Solids
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What a depressing episode...
7 April 2013 | by drkcatSee all my reviews

I've been resisting to the idea that the show has become something totally different but now I'm losing hope. I've been a fan since long time ago and I don't remember how many times I've seen all the episodes on Netflix once and again... but this season, seems like the writers are betraying everything they wrote before.

This is all leading to the inevitable dead end of the American dream, now that they had their fun and that Ted is finally accepting the fact that he's all alone he's suffering because of his loneliness?? Seriously this was one depressing episode I'm not against marriage, but what the hell are they doing with Barney and Robin?? That ship already sailed, and yeah I didn't like it then and I think it's such a waste now... Barney and Robin are awesome just they way they are, and they don't need to get married not to each other and not to anyone else to have a happy life after wards... but hey if you insist in that so much, why force it even more and make them marry to each other? that's absurd.

And what does all this have to do with Ted? well... it's all the same, We already knew Marshall and Lily were meant to be with each other, that was obvious and the time Lily went away was a nice touch of reality, relationships are never perfect, and we all know Ted is going to get married someday, and have two kids... that's the whole plot of the show... You don't have to marry everybody, that's not real life...

What I hate the most about this season is that the writers seem to be in a rush, and the only way they found to justify this rush, is Ted's loneliness... actually this is looking so sad, that it seems that Ted is not going to really fall in love with this woman, it feels like if he's ready to take whatever life throws out to him... I was ready to accept a story like Stella's or Zoey's, those were real life stories, and hey we know he had to learn a little on the way...

I simply don't understand why sell the idea of happiness coming from Marriage exclusively, in summary:

They ruined Lily and Marshall, not because of Marvin, because of a stereotype about married couples with children.

They Murdered Barney!! He has become someone he is not!!

They took the sparkles out of Robin, Yes she's still funny, but not even the half of what she used to be.

And about Ted? they've made him just a very lonely guy, with no friends, who has always been looking for true love, and now he's desperate to meet this legendary woman...

At least the last episodes reminded me of the Ted on the first season, but this Ted I saw tonight, as funny as the time travelers were... this Ted is pathetic, no man should feel like that never in his life, because finding love is not something you need to be happy... Finding love is the topping on the dessert, you can be happy living whatever life you want to live, and your happiness should never depend on anyone, and I thought the writers thought the same way... I had hope on the show... but now I realize I was wrong...

I just hope it changes it's direction... really!

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25 March 2013 (USA) See more »

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