How I Met Your Mother recap: May the Farts Be With You

Who would have thought ''Star Wars'' could bring so much drama?
Ep. 20 | Aired Apr 9, 2012

FLASH TOGETHER NOW In a series of three-year flash forwards, Ted and Marshall imagine the twists and turns their lives will take.

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So what is Trilogy Time? It’s a tradition that started in 2000 at Wesleyan University when Marshall and Ted decided to forgo cramming for an econ test (they failed) to watch the Star Wars trilogy. And from that, a pact was made. Every three years, the two will sit down and “tril” it up big time. No matter what. At this point, there was only one thing left to do: Imagine what their lives would be like in… (Disclaimer: A string of confusing real and fake flash forwards follow.)

Fake 2003:  Opens with a newspaper with the headline, “President Gore Signs Historic Bill Into Law.” (The irony!) Ted has long hippie hair and is designing skyscrapers, while Marshall is a successful and mustachioed lawyer, married to a pregnant and black-bobbed Lily, who notably mentions that the trio all share adult-size bunk beds. Enter Robin, err I mean Rhiannon, who wields an electric guitar, dons dreads, and rocks a nose ring. And I doubt I was the only one who noticed the massive sandwich hangin’ out on the table. This, friends, is what Marshall and Ted envision their lives to be like three years after their time at Wesleyan. But we all know that’s not what happened. So they jump to…

Real 2003: Back to familiar territory, Ted plays “Hot Cross Buns” on his guitar, and Marshall, rather than wanting to watch the trilogy, is growing in patchy facial hair and is still a law student wannabe. Barney, on the other hand, is throwing some babe out the door. The guys seem down and disheartened, not in the place they thought they would be next time they gathered for Trilogy Time. So there’s only one thing to do. Imagine where they’ll be three years later when Trilogy Time comes back around. So let us go to…

Fake 2006: A chandelier glistens from the ceiling, classical music plays in the background, a newspaper reads “President Dean Calmly Addresses the Nation,” and a (still) mustachioed Marshall enters, announcing that he’s an environmental lawyer. No, he doesn’t bring in the big dough, but fear not! He lives off the money he made on his historic seven-week run on Wheel of Fortune, which also earned him knighthood. Rhiannon/Robin and Lily are also there, and all four of them mysteriously now fashion a British accent. Except Barney, who’s still kicking the girls out of his apartment. But, you know, back to reality and what life in 2006 was really like…

Real 2006: It’s Trilogy Time again, but in this reality, we revisit the horrific and nightmarish time when Lily and Marshall were broken up. (The sheer terror!) It’s also that time when Robin and Ted were going at it like rabbits. But that was put on the back burner as Ted and Marshall envisage what life will be like the next time the Trilogy would come back around in…

Fake 2009: It’s pretty trippy, guys, and not because there’s a newspaper that says “President Kucinich Kicks Ass, as Expected.” Lily will be back, but married and preggers with some douchey guy named Trey’s baby. Trey’s graphic tee and trucker hat are apparently so potent that even the fetus on Lily’s sonogram is sporting one. Oh, it’s worth mentioning that in fake 2009, Barney’s flavor of the week is named Maya and she has back boobs. Yep. But we all know what happened in real 2009, so let’s get to a flash forward that actually moves this plot along…

NEXT: Things stop getting polite and start getting real...


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