The latter kicks off with a flash forward to the Farhampton Inn in 2017, where Ted and The Mother are enjoying one last weekend away before the arrival of their second child. (Anyone else getting the feeling that the couple spends every other weekend at the Inn?) Unfortunately, the trip is interrupted when The Mother starts going into labor in the middle of the night. As they rush to the car, Ted carries their daughter and remarks how proud both he and Penny are of mommy. Meanwhile, Ted’s voiceover reminds us of the golden rule that nothing good ever comes after 2 am – but baby Luke is the exception. So Ted doesn’t get the complete Luke and Leia set, but it’s close.
As for the other big mystery: A truth serum-drunk Barney finally spills about what he does for a living. At first, he just replies to Robin and Ted’s probing like he always does with, “Please.” Robin’s ready to give up, but Ted pokes further until Barney reveals that he went to the guy who stole his girlfriend for a job so he could learn how to be awesome.
That’s when he began to PLEASE: Provide Legal Exculpation And Sign Everything. All this time, Barney’s been signing sketchy documents that could implicate him. But before Ted and Robin can become too concerned that their friend may end up in jail, he opens up about his master plan to get revenge on the man who stole his girlfriend. As it turns out, Barney’s been colluding with the feds, and in just two months, they’ll cuff the boss.
The game of truth also gets the soon-to-be married man to share his true feelings about his bride. Just when it seems like Barney is going to freak out after Ted asks how he’s doing, the former bachelor relies, “I’m a little nervous. But I love Robin more than I’ve ever loved anyone, and I’m going to do everything I can to make her happy. For a long time, deep down, I felt sort of broken. But I don’t feel that way anymore.” Aww.
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