03/26/2013 07:29 am ET Updated Mar 26, 2013

'How I Met Your Mother' Travels Through Time To Bring Ted To The Mother A Little Early (VIDEO)

It was all about what was real and what wasn't on the latest "How I Met Your Mother." The bulk of the episode centered around Ted arguing with Barney about whether or not to go to a wrestlers vs. robots event. He wound up in a debate with Barney, 20-years-from-now-Barney, 20-years-from-now-Ted, 20-hours-from-now-Ted, and even 20-minutes-from-now-Barney. It was all very surreal and unusual, and even featured Ted talking himself out of asking coat-check-girl out. Actually, two fantasy versions of her talked him out of it.

But then came the real kicker. None of it was real. Ted was sitting in the bar alone with the tickets because everybody else was busy in their lives as couples. But then came the sweetest fantasy sequence of all, taking full advantage of the narrative conceit that this is future Ted telling a story to his kids.

He told them that what he would have wanted to do that night was run over to their mother's house -- despite the fact that she was dating someone else -- and talk to her. The scene then played out for the viewers, featuring Ted having a one-sided conversation with the woman who answered the door.

"You and I are gonna meet," he told her. "And we’re gonna fall in love, and we’re gonna get married and we’re gonna have two kids. And we’re gonna love them and each other so much. All that is 45 days away." He said he wanted those extra 45 days with her.

The AV Club found the monologue moving, while Entertainment Weekly was totally touched by the scene. It's t-minus 45 days now, people! The mother is coming! The mother is coming!

The day draws nearer on "How I Met Your Mother," Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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