First off, this is a spoiler warning if you haven’t seen this past Monday’s episode of How I Met Your Mother.
Okay, you’ve been warned.
Ever since Barney & Robin first started dating a few seasons ago, it was inevitable that they would end up together. The two of them and their hang-ups and “unromantic” antics seemed to mesh so perfectly with each other. So even after they ended their relationship shortly after, and Barney goes after Nora and then gets engaged to a stripper, it felt like an offshoot to the show’s premise of finding out who Ted was going to marry – only it was how they were going to get Barney & Robin back together. (Especially with the reveal from last season’s finale, revealing who the bride was that Barney was marrying!)
Therefore, with this season focusing on the “summer of the break-ups”, the viewers watched as everyone’s relationships began to fall apart – including Barney’s (apparently-faked-but-not) declaration of love to break up Robin and her boy toy. After she turns him down for a drunken make-out, he tells her that he’s done trying to “get” her. Which, of course, makes Robin obsessed with wanting to “get” him.
Barney befriends – and subsequently “dates” – Robin’s work nemesis Patrice (“PATRICE!!!!!”) which drives Robin even more crazy. When Barney tells Ted that he’s planning on proposing to Patrice on the top of the World Wide News building, Ted’s torn between telling Robin or keeping her away and for himself as his date to the GNB gala. In the end, he tells his longtime crush about Barney’s proposal and drops her off at the WWN building for her to try and stop it.
And.. well.. I’ll just let you watch this swoon-worthy SQUEE!! moment play out: