With just four hours to go until the wedding, there was still time for plenty of drama.
Robin's surprise at her mother's arrival quickly gave way to panic on How I Met Your Mother Season 9 Episode 20, as she began to see several disturbing similarities between her dad and Barney.
No I'm not okay, because apparently I'm marrying my dad in a few hours.Robin
Meanwhile, downstairs at the inn, Billy Zabka told Marshall and the guys how he had seen Lily after he had gotten some late night dirt biking in on the sand. (Yet another great Karate Kid reference.)
From there, the episode took a slight turn toward the absurd, as Marshall punched The Captain before hearing him out and then challenged him to a duel. Learning The Captain was engaged to Boats Boats Boats - who Ted of course knocked boots, boots, boots with - was a nice touch, though.
We learned Lily showed up and went directly into The Captain's powder room for some time. Truthfully, my first thought was that she was pregnant, but then Ted made a pretty compelling case of his own.
After milking the moment for all it was worth, he finally began to explain his theory about what happened over the last day and a half. It was there the writers humorously took a shot at themselves and the recent pace of the show.
What followed was a long day and a half for Lily, a really long day and a half. It's kind of insane how much happened in just a day and a half.Ted
Lucky for fans, Ted was wrong and, along with Marshall, we discovered he and Lily were going to have another baby. Then the episode got back on track and picked up steam.
In what will be remembered as one of their best moments, Marshall found the perfect words to show Lily just how excited he was to learn about the secret she had been hiding.
Lily: We're not going to Italy.
Marshall: Of course we are. Lily we have to do this. You're gonna live in Rome and you're gonna get your dream because you're giving me mine, again.
It was their moment, but seeing Barney overcome with emotion as well, and hug Robin's mother the way he did, made it that much more touching. Then, jumping forward two scenes, we caught up with Marshall and Lily in Italy and met Daisy Eriksen for the first time. That face.
Sandwiched in between the two scenes was one which may have hinted at a major development still to come, one which I myself had written off.
Robin's mother tried to reassure her that so long - as she had someone who she could depend on - she would be fine. As Robin answered that she did have someone like that, did anyone else get the feeling she may have been thinking of Ted?
Did they really reopen the possibility that Ted and Robin will end up together? I know many of you rolled your eyes, but something has been bothering me ever since last week's episode.
If the mother dies, like I thought was pretty apparent after How I Met Your Mother Season 9 Episode 19, why haven't the kids seemed more forlorn all these years as they listened to their father's story? Instead, they usually look bored or impatient.
So now I'm wondering if after the the mother passes away, does Ted end up getting together with Robin? She and Barney could have still been together in Argentina in 2016 and only later got together with Ted sometime after 2022.
That would mean at some point, she and Barney break up. Can it be that they do end up together? "Just when I thought I was out..."
Either way, bravo to the writers for not only tugging at my heart strings, but also causing me to scratch my head in the same episode.
And kudos to Marshall and Lily on their bella figlia Daisy. Let us know what you thought, and have mercy on my Italian if I made any mistakes.