During a game night Robin gets to meet Victoria. What actually was planned to be a funny night turns quite serious when Barney's former love Shannon gives an old tape to Lily which shows the "real" Barney. While watching the tape an embarrassed Barney storms off. When he returns, Barney tells a story from 1998, when he seems to have been a whole different person, and what made him the person he is today. To make Barney feel better, all others also tell their most embarrassing stories. Written by
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Apart from How I Met Your Mother: Pilot
(2005), and until the airing of the sixth season episode How I Met Your Mother: Hopeless
(2011), this was the only episode to feature a different title sequence than the rest of the series, using a shorter version of the theme tune presumably to allow for more commercial time. The flying 'How I Met Your Mother' text seen in the pilot is used, accompanied by a shorter rendition of the normal theme music. The first two bars of the theme are shortened from eight to four notes, which then cuts to the ending of the normal theme. See more
While Ted explains his most embarrassing story, "The Re-Return," there are references and 'flashbacks' to the pilot episode. Ted is explaining that later that night after he told Robin that he loved her, there was a lot of drinking and Ted 're-returned' to Robin's apartment while drunk. Obviously the 're-return' was shot specifically for this episode. However, there was one major and several minor mistakes made during the 'flashback' scenes. The simple things were about how crowded the bar was, the lights and neon signs of the bar, the objects on the gang's table, and the tie choice that Ted wore. The major, and very obvious and easily-fixable mistake was Ranjit's shirt. In the pilot, Ranjit wore a cornflower blue jacket. Then, for the re-shoots, he was wearing a deep red long-sleeve polo shirt. See more
[finishing his story about his ex-girlfriend Shannon
And then she told me about her life. Her and Greg dated for awhile, then split up. Here's the real kicker, Shannon's a mom. She has a little kid named Max. That's crazy. That could've been my kid. But, instead what do I have? My whole life's some money in the bank, some suits in my closet, and a string of one-night stands.
[begins to cry
Hey, come one. I mean, just because her life went one way, and yours went another doesn't make your life ...
Instead of the usual opening sequence, only the title is shown in white text on black background with a 3 second version of the theme. See more
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