'How I Met Your Mother' Recap: A Star Wars Tradition in Retrospect

Last night's episode relied heavily on one of the show's favorite plot devices: flashbacks and flash-fowards. Based on the premise that, starting in 2000, Ted and Marshall have "trilled" it up every three years (i.e. watched the entire Star Wars trilogy in one sitting), the episode flashbacked to four points in the gang's history, then to the present (2012) before one final flash-forward to 2015. Not only did the story flash to certain time periods, it also showed Ted, Marshall and Barney's predictions for what their lives would be like every three years (i.e. there were twice the amount of flashes to include the hypothetical ones). Sound confusing? Here's the breakdown:



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