You may want to put on some warm, woolly socks, because Monday night’s episode of “How I Met Your Mother” will definitely end up giving you cold feet! Or at least, that’s what happened to Robin and Barney during episode 22, “End of the Aisle.”
The bride and groom were each experiencing their own versions of wedding day jitters. While Barney hyperventilated on the church couch over mismatched ties, Robin dealt with her cold feet in a slightly different way — by attempting to run away.
“I can’t go through with this,” Robin confessed to Ted in a panic. “You’re going to think I’m insane, but I think it’s a bad sign that I never found that locket. Some part of me thought that Barney was magically going to find it.” Robin divulged that she wants a guy who against all odds will come through for her. That’s when Ted leaves the room, pulling Robin’s locket out of his pocket. We knew he was going to dive in after it when his crazy ex-girlfriend tossed it into the river!
After Robin’s alarming admission, Ted finds Barney and tells the groom, who is also freaking out, to give the locket to Robin. With hardly any explanation, Barney agrees and Ted spots the soon-to-be-married couple hugging over the sentimental necklace.
But Robin is onto Ted’s deceitful ways and calls the hopeless romantic out for attempting to trick her.
“Tell me the truth,” she urged.
After coming up with an elaborate lie that involved wrestling pigeons, Ted finally reveals the truth of how he tracked down Robin’s beloved locket. He spills everything he went through from raiding Stella’s garage to getting it shipped from Germany. Robin is in awe of her friend’s determination.
“You always go big for me,” Robin said. She then discussed her fiancé’s lying habit. “I mean, his initials are BS.”
“You’re the one who always comes through for me, Ted. The ones who’s there for me. Maybe I should be marrying you,” Robin said.
Ted explained that a deep, dark part of him always wanted to hear Robin say that — but not in that moment.
“You’re just saying this because you’re scared,” Ted replied. “I am not your future.. Barney is.”
But that doesn’t stop Robin’s plan of escape to run away with Ted.
“Look me in the eye and tell me why I shouldn’t be with you,” she questioned Ted.
The protagonist explained that he would never ruin Robin’s relationship with Barney and begins having a heart-to-heart moment with the woman of his former dreams.
“Love doesn’t make sense,” Ted says. “You can’t logic your way into or out of it. Love is totally nonsensical. But we have to keep doing it or else we’re lost and love is dead and humanity should just pack it in. Because love is the best thing we do. I know that sounds cheesy, but it’s just true.”
Robin reveals she knows she’s being insane.
“We can’t run away together,” she said before sprinting out of the room. “I’m just going to run away alone!”
That’s when the fleeing bride runs smack into the Mother.
“You’re sprinting away from the church in a wedding dress. Are you sure you’re OK?” Cristin Milioti’s character asks.
“I was wondering if this wedding thing is something I can go through with,” Robin bluntly reveals.
Slightly shocked, the Mother is unable to find to words to reply to such an admission.
“That’s it. Aren’t you supposed to talk me out of it?” Robin asks.
The Mother then tells the overwhelmed bride to take three deep breaths. On her second, Robin sees Barney.
“I realized something,” Barney begins. “Marshall and Lily have broken most of their wedding vows. But they’re still the best couple I know.”
While Robin was freaking out about getting hitched, Barney had his own drama regarding wedding vows unable to find the right words to say to his future wife — until now.
“I’ve decided to make only one vow to you. From this day forward, I am always going to be honest with you because I love you,” he says. Barney then tells the truth about not being the one to find her locket. And with that, Robin realizes she doesn’t need a third breath.
That’s when she decides marrying Barney is the right decision.
During the legendary wedding, Barney gets his last slap of the slap bet and we find out once and for all that the groom did have a ringbearer tote the rings down the aisle.
“Kids, I won’t lie that was a long weekend. It was a twisting turning road that leads to the end of the aisle and not everything was perfect. And not everything that followed was perfect,” Ted said. “None of us can vow to be perfect. We can just promise to love each other with everything we’ve got. Because love is the best thing we do.”