How I Met Your Mother episode "Unpause" was bookended by Ted (Josh Radnor) and The Mother (Cristin Milioti) in 2017 at the Farhampton Inn, and featured an emotional showdown between Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) and a truth-telling Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris).

Ted and a very pregnant Mother are in bed in a suite at the Farhampton Inn. She’s having contractions and playfully nagging him for thinking it was a good idea to go on a trip so close to their due date. On some day in 2017, it’s 2:00 a.m., the time Ted’s mother has always told him nothing good comes after.

Farhampton Inn Present Day

Lily, Marshall, Ted, Robin (Cobie Smulders) and Barney are hanging out at the bar in the Farhampton in post-Marshall’s penultimate slapping of Barney. Barney wants to know if the welt is still visible. As Robin put it, “The phrase talk to the hand because the face ain’t listening won’t work because the hand is on your face.”

Lily and Marshall’s fight is still on pause and will remain on pause until they take their leave of the gang. This causes Marshall to buy a new round of drinks to delay the inevitable. He also pulls out a bag of souvenirs from stopping at Ted’s house, which includes a stuffed animal he gave to his mom at 19 that has the recording, “I wuv you, mommy.” Barney is Jabba drunk (speaking like the Star Wars character), so they decide it’s time to call it a night. Marshall again tries to delay his fight with Lily, but Lilly gives him a look that says his stalling tactics are over.

Lily & Marshall 'Unpause'

Upstairs, instead of launching into a fight, Lily launches at Marshall’s belt. They’re going to have sex before they fight. Marshall goes into the bathroom for a pep talk, hoping he’ll be so good in bed that the fight won’t happen. He tries to stretch the sex out by thinking of unsexy things, which almost works too well. He applauds himself after his performance, “You banged your wife to sleep.” But when he tries to get back into the bed, he steps on Ted’s stuffed animal and wakes Lily up.

The fight is on. Rules: Lily can’t take shots at Marshall’s mom, and Marshall can’t distract her with his calves. Lily starts by asking Marshall how he could have taken the judgeship without consulting her first and says he lost the chance to discuss it by not discussing it before making the decision. Marshall calls Lily’s art job in Italy nothing more than a hobby. When Lily says Marshall is being selfish, he pulls out the big guns. He brings up the summer she broke up with him to study art in San Francisco and says she’s the one being selfish all over again. He then accuses her of treating Marvin and him like a consolation prize. It’s 2a.m. Lily calls a cab and leaves the Farhampton Inn.

Barney Tells The Truth

Still downstairs, Ted and Robin realize that Barney has exceeded Jabba drunk and is now in “truth serum drunk.” They learn that Barney gets emotional listening to Ryan Adams and “got kicked out trying to stretch a single into a double” with Ted’s mom. He also reveals how much he spends on suits a year and that Robin is actually really wealthy, which pisses Ted off. The biggest reveal, however, is what Barney does for a living. He signs off on illegal deals orchestrated by his company – and is working with the Feds to bring it all down. After Robin goes upstairs, Barney tells Ted he’s looking forward to the wedding and loves Robin more than anything.

Flashing forward again to 2017, Ted, with his daughter Penny in his arms, is walking The Mother out to the car to take her to the hospital. The message? Some good things do happen after 2:00 a.m. Namely, his son Luke.

How I Met Your Mother airs Mondays on CBS at 8/7c.

– Chelsea Regan

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