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"Trilogy Time"
How I Met Your Mother episode
Episode no.Season 7
Episode 20
Directed byPamela Fryman
Written byKourtney Kang
Original air dateApril 9, 2012 (2012-04-09)
Guest appearance(s)
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"Trilogy Time" is the 20th episode of the seventh season of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, and the 156th episode overall. It aired on April 9, 2012.[1]


Quinn has thrown out most of her things in order to appease Barney's irrational fear of change, but Barney won't even let her keep her coffee mugs. Ted and Marshall suggest it would be a good time to sit down for another "trilogy time", in which they watch the original Star Wars trilogy and predict what their lives will be like in three years. The tradition started in 2000 when Ted and Marshall chose to watch the entire trilogy instead of studying for their economics final after Marshall stated that if one didn't watch the trilogy through every three years, "the dark side wins".

Ted and Marshall begin to predict their futures three years at a time. Ted consistently imagines himself as a successful architect who has designed multiple skyscrapers and married to a woman who resembles Robin. Marshall imagines himself with a mustache, married to Lily, and a successful lawyer with a family of five children. Barney hopes to live his life the same way as he currently is, introducing the gang to a new girl he is sleeping with only to kick her out so that they will never see her again.

In 2012, Ted realizes after reflecting on the trilogy times of 2000, 2003, 2006, and 2009 that his friends are all moving on without him, and that there must be something wrong with him. He predicts a bleak future of himself living alone while Marshall and Lily are happy with a large family and Robin has married someone else, with the only constant being Barney will always be looking for a new girl. Barney refutes Ted, stating that for the first time he wants to be with someone he knows three years later. He returns to his apartment, apologizes to Quinn, and christens his commitment to her by breaking some of his coffee mugs. He says that although they haven't yet talked of their future, he wants her to know that he is hers "for as long as you'll have me." When both of them wind up farting in front of each other, something Barney had been doing outside for some time, drawing the attention, and later obsession, of a neighbor across the street, inadvertently destroying his marriage. Quinn happily says that they are at least a real couple.

Marshall comforts Ted, saying that "2015 will be different". In a flash forward to 2015, Marshall and Barney set up for another trilogy time. Though Barney complains that Ted is breaking their tradition by bringing a girl, he and Marshall make an exception because Ted really loves the girl, his infant daughter.


In an interview, show co-creator Craig Thomas revealed that in the flash-forward to 2015 that Barney's left ring finger is intentionally not shown. He called it, "One of those little moments where you realize what a good actor Neil Patrick Harris is because he can somehow make hiding his left hand seem perfectly natural."[2]


The A.V. Club's Donna Bowman graded the episode at B+, stating that it had the show's "classic trope of flash-forwards and backs," mixed with fantasy predictions.[3]

Chris O'Hara of TV Fanatic gave the episode a perfect score (5.0).[4]

Michelle Profis of Entertainment Weekly said the episode's final scene opened potential for further material late in the series.[5]


  1. ^ "Listings - HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER on CBS". The Futon Critic. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
  2. ^ Joyce Eng (May 15, 2012). "How I Met Your Mother Boss on Barney's Bride: "It Had to Be Her"". TV Guide. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  3. ^ Donna Bowman (April 9, 2012). "How I Met Your Mother: "Trilogy Time"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
  4. ^ Chris O'Hara (April 9, 2012). "How I Met Your Mother Review: Barney Shat First?". TV Fanatic. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
  5. ^ Michelle Profis (April 10, 2012). "How I Met Your Mother recap: May the Farts Be With You". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 27, 2014.

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