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January 20, 2014
When Barney drinks too much, Ted and Robin take advantage of him and get him to reveal secrets he’s been hiding for years. Meanwhile, Marshall does everything he can to avoid fighting with Lily.
The first scene, a flashforward, is set 1:45 A.M. in the year 2017 where the visibly pregnant Mother and Ted are at the Farhampton Inn . The Mother has gone into labour and is experiencing contractions. Ted prepares to leave for the hospital with her.
The storyline flashes back to the latest development in Future Ted's story to his kids. Going back to Sunday at 2:00 am (16 hours before the wedding ), Barney is still feeling the slap from Marshall an hour ago. Robin wants to rest for the big day, but Marshall buys drinks for the group to keep them up and together, all because he wants to sustain the pause postponing his argument with Lily. Future Ted narrating recalls his mother's teaching of Nothing Good Happens After 2 A.M. as the clock strikes 2:01 A.M. and the gang are still drinking.
Barney quickly enters the 'Jabba-the-Hutt' stage of drunkenness, which Ted explains is high on a scale of various levels of inebriation he has witnessed Barney in during their friendship. Soon after with more Glen McKenna 35 from Marshall, Barney enters an entirely new level of drunkenness where he continually speaks the truth, especially when prompted. Seeking advantage of the opportunity, Ted and Robin grill him on topics that have left them desperate for clarity over the years. Questions and subsequent responses reveal: Barney and Virginia never got to where Ted imagined, Barney spends an exorbitant annual sum on suits accounting for the fact that Robin holds a lot of family money unbeknownst to Ted, Barney slept with Madeleine Albright when she was not the Secretary of State, and the details of what Barney does for a living. Encouraged to delve deeper, Barney sets the scene for a comprehensive explanation of what exactly is employed to do beyond the word "P.L.E.A.S.E."
- Back in 1998, after being dumped by Shannon for Greg, Barney went through his tranformation that left him awesome and decided to enter the corporate world, but with ulterior motives. He finds and asks Greg for a corporate job at AltruCell Corporation, and is given the 'please' task, an acromyn for Provide Legal Exculpation And Sign Everything. The task legally implicated Barney in all corporate mishaps and schemes. Barney then reveals the main motivation (besides morality) behind his employment record was to track Greg down, gain his trust, then destroy him for stealing Shannon from him. He entered the corporate world under Greg's tutelage while secretly working as an informant for the FBI so he could implicate Greg over the years for the company's wrongdoings and have him jailed. Future Ted explains Barney executed the final stages of his plan shortly after the wedding.
At the same time, Marshall is told by Lily upstairs that they won't start fighting until after sex, which makes Marshall determined to bang Lily to sleep. He even enlists the aid of some performance-enhancing drugs from Barney to sustain his bravado. Marshall is successful but inadvertently wakes her and they fight. Marshall explains he loves Lily and that the judgeship could be a huge benefit for their family's future, thus necessitating face-to-face discussion; he remarks the judgeship should not be given up in favour of Lily's 'hobby' of art consultation. Lily is adamant about 'following her dream' by going to Italy and refuses to budge. She claims Marshall acted more selfish than she ever was to him for taking the Judgeship without considering or consulting her. A visibly taken aback Marshall calls her logic out by citing her incomparably selfish decision to break up with him, call off their engagement and wedding and leave for San Francisco. Lily refutes with the fact she apologized repeatedly and nothing is more important to her than her family and is upset Marshall is now saying he never forgave her for what she did. Marshall demands to know whether he, Marvin, and any future children they might have are acting as a consolation prize for what Lily was unsuccessful in finding in San Francisco. Unable to respond and without pausing, a broken Lily departs and calls an unrevealed figure to pick her up and leave the Inn immediately.
Meanwhile, Ted and Robin pose their last questions to truthful Barney, who assures Robin that there will be a ring bearer named Trevor Hudson at the wedding, since he wants her to have the perfect wedding. Touched, Robin leaves for bed and entrusts Ted with Barney. Barney admits to Ted that he really loves Robin, and without her he would still be broken. Fast forwarding to 2017, The Mother and Ted are leaving the Inn to go to the hospital with their daughter Penny. Future Ted admits while Virginia always said Nothing Good Happens After 2 AM, the one exception was his son, Luke being born. In the last scene before the credits, a husky animal keeper is dragging a chain in a dimly lit holding room for large animals and proclaims, "C'mon Trevor Hudson, it's feeding time," at which an audible growl is heard.
- Ted's future children have been used to drive the narrative of the series since the How I Met Your Mother began. In this episode it is revealed that their names are Luke and Penny. It also revealed that Luke was born in 2017 (13 years old by 2030).
- Future Ted mentions that 'nothing good ever happens after 2 A.M.', this is a focal point of Nothing Good Happens After 2 A.M..
- Lily's attraction to Marshall's calves are mentioned. This is in reference to her fetish first brought up in Brunch.
- Barney reveals many secrets that were kept throughout the span of the series:
- Barney actually only kissed Ted's Mother, before getting kicked out of the car.
- Barney's job is revealed as PLEASE (Provide Legal Exculpation And Sign Everything).
- Barney reveals how he got his job, for which the events occurred after the story told in Game Night.
- Robin is actually rich, but she refers to the wealth as her family's money and not her own.
- Barney gives Marshall performance-enhancing drugs. In Perfect Week, he said to Jim Nantz that he doesn't use performance-enhacing drugs.
- Robin has been worried about Barney bringing a bear to the wedding through most of the season.
- Marshall takes Ted's mug, his turtle puppet and his photo with the balloon in The Lighthouse.
- Barney's face has the slap sign, given by Marshall at Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment in Slapmarra.
- The events from No Questions Asked mentioned at the beginning of the episode.
- The gang drank Glen McKenna several times that season. The gang found out that there's 35 year bottles in Bass Player Wanted (Which they tried this time), After they broke and tried several 30 year bottles in previous episodes.
- In a flashback to one of Marshall and Lily's fights, Lily says that she has to put up with his mother. Lily and Marshall's mother, Judy, didn't get along in earlier seasons, but this changed as the show progressed.
- When giving himself a pep talk, Marshall mentions his law school funk band, The Funk, The Whole Funk and Nothing But the Funk, which was first mentioned in Unfinished and later again in Bass Player Wanted.
- Ted's 'detective' skills and skills of deduction have been mentioned throughout the series.
- Barney recalls the story of when he and Shannon broke up, as seen in Game Night.
- Barney's "Richard Dawson" drunk, was first mentioned in The Perfect Cocktail.
- When Barney says "Not while she was Secretary of State" while he was truth-serum drunk, it may be implying his time with Madeleine Albright, mentioned before in The Yips and The Bracket. Barney also said this twice, which suggests that besides Albright, he also had an encounter with either Condoleezza Rice or Hillary Clinton, the only two female Secretaries of State other than Albright.
- When the Feds arrest Greg, the music playing in the background is the same music in Barney's video resume from The Possimpible.
Future References (Contains Spoilers)Edit
- The picture of Ted and the red balloon will be mentioned throughout Sunrise.
- The gang says that they will go hard the night before the wedding, none of them will wind up sleeping, as seen in How Your Mother Met Me and Sunrise.
- Barney get's extremely drunk in this episode, he is drunk, and eventually hungover from this until the end of Rally.
- Where Lily went during her argument with Marshall will be the focal point of Daisy.
|Future Ted:||Nothing good happens after 2 a.m., but there's an exception to every rule. That exception was you, Luke.|
|Ted:||Dude, you're getting married tomorrow. How are you doing?|
|Barney:||Good. I mean, I'm a little nervous, but I love Robin more than I've ever loved anyone and I'm gonna do everything I can to make her happy. For a long time, deep down, I've felt sort of... broken? But I don't feel that way anymore. Robin, along with the idea that vengeance will soon be mine has made me 100% awesome.|
Ted: I'm proud of you, Penny's proud of you.
The Mother (to Penny): Let's go get you a baby brother, okay?
Notes and TriviaEdit
Goofs and ErrorsEdit
- Barney mentions that the late night with Henri was the only time he ever split a cab, when he had actually split a cab with Robin in Disaster Averted.
- When there's a close-up on the clock, you can see that the time is 1:50 A.M., but after 2 minutes, the title says the time is 2:01 A.M.
- By the time Robin and Ted begin asking Barney questions the slap mark on his face has disappeared.
Allusions and Outside ReferencesEdit
- Marshall mentions Jimi Hendrix and James Brown when giving himself a pep talk.
- Robin mentions Hamburger Helper in reference to Barney's red, swollen face.
- Barney's state of drunkeness was compared to Jabba the Hutt from Star Wars. Another state of drunkeness was his "Richard Dawson" state.
- The title is a reference to Marshall and Lily's ability to "pause" fights and continue them later. (which was first seen in Come On). When Marshall arrives to Farhampton in Bass Player Wanted, Lily and him immediately "pause" before their fight about their future begins. Subsequently, their fight is unpaused in this episode by Lily after her and Marshall have sex. The title is also a reference to finally unpausing Marshall and Lily's fight about Lily going to San Francisco when they were about to get married.
- Infant Penny Mosby is played by Georgina Bays, Carter Bays' daughter.
- It's confirmed that Barney actually did mean that the ring bearer is a bear (before it was hinted by him, as saying "Ring Bear"). His name is also revealed to be "Trevor Hudson".
- It's the first time this season that the time-marking title hasn't been shown right at the beginning of the episode.
- Robert Belushi - Linus
- Mark Derwin - Greg Fisher
- David Mattey - Animal Trainer
- Kenzo Lee - Young Man
- Cristine Rose - Virginia
- Georgina Bays - Infant Penny Mosby
The episode was viewed by 8.76 million people. 
Donna Bowman of the A.V. Club gave this episode a B+, stating that overall, the episode was a "good thing" for the viewers, as all the storylines are now bringing us even closer to where we want them to be. 
Robert Canning of IGN gave the episode an 8.5 out of 10. He said that the episode was "made especially significant thanks to Barney revealing what he does for a living" and added that " this episode was easily one of their best in years" for Marshall and Lily. The only qualm he had with the episode is Ted and Robin's money argument, stating that it was not given a "proper payoff" and felt unresolved. 
Ethan Alter of Televison Without Pity gave the episode a B, calling it the season's best episode [so far], and that the characters are slowly becoming likeable again. He praised Jason Segel and Alyson Hannigan's performances, as well as the writing of Chris Harris. He also praised Barney's storyline, saying that he is now "cool again", but says that Ted still needs to become tolerable again, and the writers should give Robin her spine back.
- ↑ https://twitter.com/Denise_Cox/status/425397266254286849
- ↑ http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2014/01/21/tv-ratings-monday-sleepy-hollow-finale-rises-the-blacklist-hits-low-mom-mike-molly-intelligence-down-castle-up/230668/
- ↑ http://www.avclub.com/review/unpause-107118
- ↑ http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/01/21/how-i-met-your-mother-unpause-review
- ↑ http://www.televisionwithoutpity.com/show/how-i-met-your-mother/unpause/
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