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December 7, 2009
Ted finds out a girl he likes is finally single. The gang must keep her single long enough to seal the deal. Barney tries to pick up a girl wearing overalls and Marshall deals with a letter from himself.
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Ted had known Maggie since college, the "ultimate girl next door" but she has always quickly found a new boyfriend after being single. After several failed attempts Ted begged Maggie's neighbor, old Mrs. Douglas, to tell him the moment she was single again. Ted arranges to meet her at the bar, and is determined not to screw up this time. To make sure she comes in contact with as few other men as possible, even ordering her a taxi with a female driver. Robin reminds Ted he still has to teach his evening class, and he is forced to leave Maggie with Marshall and Lily.
While his class counsels Ted on his readiness to find true love again, Marshall rifles through his childhood belongings at the bar. He finds a letter to himself from 1993. The rat-tailed, overalls-wearing 14-year old insists that Future Marshall get an expensive vehicle, a hot wife, and that he never sell out. Marshall mournfully reflects that his job at GNB is the ultimate sell-out. He leaves MacLaren's, and Lily chases after him, leaving Maggie with Robin. Under Robin's watch, a coworker of Maggie's, named Jim, slips into the booth. Robin shamelessly flirts with Jim and butts in on his invitation to take Maggie to an art show, trying to keep him distracted. Robin passes Maggie off to Barney, who has dared himself to get laid wearing Marshall's old overalls. Ted races back to the bar, only to face Jim and Barney, who both want Maggie.
Robin covertly sends Maggie back to her apartment while the three men bicker over who should get first crack at Maggie. They race to her apartment door, and they find she has reunited with her childhood neighbor, the "boy next door." Future Ted briefly retells their long-standing romance, the second-greatest love story he's ever heard, and flashes forward to their married bliss. When Ted exits the apartment building, he tells Barney he's ready to find true love again. Barney then sleeps with the old woman in Maggie's building to complete his overalls challenge.
Lily heads to GNB, thinking Marshall is about to quit his job, but upon further inspection of the letter, she finds another thing that young Marshall was proud of: his ability to dunk a basketball. On the GNB basketball court, Marshall explains how sad he is to have never reach his dreams, but Lily insists that he has lead a wonderful life. He attempts to dunk and injures himself. Lily offers to make it up to him and have sex in his office, unable to move he suggest instead they have sex right there on the court.
Marshall returns to the bar to write a letter to himself 29 years further in the future. In the letter, he makes a small request for his future self to let him know if time travel exists. Lily returns to the booth with a free plate of hot wings, which she says someone "sent back" because they were too hot. Marshall finishes the letter, telling Future Marshall that so long as he is still with Lily he will be doing all right. As it turns out, an older version of Marshall is on the other side of the bar, who apologizes to Wendy the Waitress for sending the wings back, saying he "already had some wings earlier... much earlier".
- Marshall has an injury known as dancer's hip which prevents him from making a slam dunk without hurting himself, first shown in The Possimpible.
- Barney mentions the country bar Giddy Ups. The gang had previously visited the bar during Woooo!.
|Ted:||(running down the sidewalk) I hate Barney Stinson!|
|Random Woman:||Me too!|
|Barney:||(Trying to hit on a girl) Hey.|
|Robin:||He is not saying hello, he is just telling you what he feeds his horses! Oh, man! I could sit here and make "you look like a farmer" jokes all night! Challenge accepted!|
|Robin:||I laughed so hard I think I may have just peed my pants.|
Notes and TriviaEdit
Goofs and ErrorsEdit
- In the very first scene Robin's hair keep changing. When Marshall enters, her hair is straight. Then her hair is tucked behind her left ear. When it cuts to Ted and back to Robin it's changed to being behind her right ear. When it goes back to Marshall and Robin again it's behind her left ear again.
- Lily says that Marshall's description of his future wife as tall and blonde is a description of his mother. However, Judy Eriksen appears as a redhead on the show.
Allusions and Outside ReferencesEdit
- In the cold opening, Robin quotes Brad Pitt's character from the film Se7en when she screams "What's in the box?!".
- Marshall finds a book of Mad libs in the box his mother sent, where he used the word "fart" to fill the gaps in the sentences.
- Marshall from 1993 mentions the A-Team Van in his list of future dreams.
- Both Marshall and Lily reference the character Jenny from Forrest Gump, when they scream Run Ted, run.
- Maggie is played by actress Joanna Garcia, who was a recurring cast member of the television show Freaks and Geeks, which starred Jason Segel. She is the fourth actor from the series to make an appearance on HIMYM.
- International Airdates: Australia: April 22, 2010 on Channel 7; United Kingdom: July 29, 2010 on E4
- Joanna García - Maggie Wilks
- Jamie Kaler - Jim
- Charlene Amoia - Wendy the Waitress
- Alec Medlock - Waiter
- Barbara Perry - Mrs. Douglas
- Matthew Moy - Louis
- Marieve Herington - Betty
- George Finn - Jamie
- Jay Lay - Nicest Guy in the World
- Michael Spellman - Adam
Donna Bowman of The A.V. Club rated the episode with a grade B+. 
Brian Zoromski of IGN gave the episode 7.4 out of 10. 
Cindy McLennan of Television Without Pity rated the episode with a grade A+. 
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