So remember that whole “Where Does that Door Go” story from “The Magician’s Code Part 1”? It ends at the top of “Part 2” with Marshall passing through the door and discovering that it leads to an ordinary storage closet where the entire gang is waiting to shout “Boo!” Yup, that was absolutely worth the wait.
With that vital bit of business out of the way, we’re back to where the season began — at Barney’s wedding, where Ted has been summoned to see the bride. But the future Mrs. Stinson’s identity is going to remain a secret for a little while longer, as we flash back to the day Marvin Waitforit Eriksen entered the world. While ruminating on the magic of childbirth and his own desire to be a dad, Ted is rightly called out by Robin on his terrible track record at picking the right girl to settle down and have a family with. Herself, Stella, Zoey — all of them have been the opposite of everything he claims to want. The one woman who did fit the bill? Victoria. Only problem there is that the last time Ted saw her, she was getting engaged. But Robin encourages him to call her up anyway on the off-chance that she never made it to the altar. Ted looks thoughtful and we find ourselves sincerely hoping that Victoria has indeed gotten hitched and moved away to Antarctica so she doesn’t get drawn back into his self-destructive orbit.
No such luck, unfortunately. Ted does indeed connect with Victoria and she agrees to meet him for a drink at MacLaren’s at 1:30 PM because she’s got something happening at 2. Turns out that “something” is her wedding and she’s got such a bad case of cold feet that running off into the sunset with Ted Mosby actually sounds like a good idea. Ted likes this plan too, at least until they’re in the car bound for parts unknown and he remembers how much it sucked when he got left at the altar. So he turns around, fully intending to deliver Victoria back into the arms of her fianc�. But then the famous Mosby Madness seizes hold of him again and he drives on past the church as the sun sinks over the image of their clasped hands. Wow, just when we thought Ted couldn’t become more of a ****. Obviously we’re not in the 19th century anymore, but we’d be totally fine with Victoria’s ex challenging him to a pistols-at-dawn duel. We’d even agree to accidentally “lose” his bullets the night before.