ByDerek Koehler, writer at
Thinking Outside the Bun Since '91!
Derek Koehler

If you’re like me, then you suffer from HIMYMW, commonly known as How I Met Your Mother Withdrawals. Whether you were satisfied or not with the series finale, there’s one point we can all agree on: we miss Mondays at MacLaren’s with the gang. For 9 seasons we got attached to the comedic dipsy-doodling of Ted’s pursuit of happily ever after, Marshall and Lily’s adventures through parenthood, Robin’s rise to news stardom, and Barney’s outrageously clever ploys for sexual exploit. We laughed. We cried. We loved and we learned. Through it all, we discovered that not only was Ted Mosby the quirky lovable everyman, he was also a movement that set an extraordinarily high bar for romance for our lives. Let’s take a look at the top 5 times Ted Mosby (is not a jerk) has redefined our standards for love.

5. When He Stole the Blue French Horn

Season 1, Episode 1 "Pilot"
Season 1, Episode 1 "Pilot"

“Everyone brings flowers...”

Ted dashed in the italian restaurant where he and Robin had their first date and stole for her the iconic, albeit peculiar, blue french horn. After later being caught and forced to return it, he constantly reminded Robin throughout the series that he would have stolen her a whole orchestra.

4. When He Made it Rain

In a desperate attempt at canceling Robin’s camping plans with another man, Ted danced atop the roof of his apartment and pleaded with the weather Gods to take heed his hopeful rain dance. And whether it was indeed communicating with the universe, or just the result of an eerie coincidence, he made it rain. Now ask yourself, when’s the last time you did a rain dance for someone you were crushing on?

Season 1, Episode 22 "Come On"
Season 1, Episode 22 "Come On"

3. His Two Minute Date

After being turned down not once, but three times when the object of his affection claimed she was too busy for romance, Ted took matters into his own hands. Rather than accept the “no” and move on, Ted planned an elaborate two minute date for Stella to accommodate her busy schedule. We’re talking a thirty second dinner, a twenty second movie, a lightning fast dessert, and even a few extra seconds to walk her the length of two buildings and return her to work. Say what you will, but Ted knows how to turn a “no” into a “yes.”

2. The Time He Retrieved Robin's Locket From His Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

"Actually, there is a word for that. It’s love. I’m in love with her, okay? If you’re looking for the word that means caring about someone beyond all rationality and wanting them to have everything they want no matter how much it destroys you, it’s love. And when you love someone you just, you…you don’t stop, ever. Even when people roll their eyes, and call you crazy. Even then. Especially then. You just– you don’t give up. Because if I could just give up…if I could just, you know, take the whole world’s advice and– and move on and find someone else, that wouldn’t be love. That would be… that would be some other disposable thing that is not worth fighting for. But I– that is not what this is."

It's no surprise that throughout the series, Ted's love for Robin has been a reoccurring theme. And despite her being engaged to his best friend, Ted would do anything to make her happy. So, when a series of unfortunate events unfolded and Ted's psychotic ex-girlfriend got ahold of Robin's sentimental locket, Ted tracked her down to get it back. After giving a long passionate speech about not giving up on love, Ted even dove off the Central Park Bow Bridge to retrieve the locket after crazy Jeanette chucked it into the lake (à la the old lady from Titanic). Now ask yourself, would you jump off a bridge for your crush?

1. The Time He Broke the "Three Day Rule"

Admit it, we've all heard of it, the the infamous "Three Day Rule." A procedure to feign apathy and wait three days after you meet someone before asking them out. The rule, as Lily so eloquently put it, is "a childish manipulative mind game, but yeah you wait three days." While this trick may have helped Ted in the past, he decided to be upfront when he serendipitously met Tracy (the titular mother, his future wife) under their shared yellow umbrella. Not twelve hours later, he broke the rule and called her. Delighted, surprised even, it worked. Rather than trying to play games, Ted was upfront and later found out that he had met his coin collecting, renaissance fair attending soulmate. The lesson here, if you want to call someone, don't wait. You never know what could happen...

Season 9, Episode 24 "Last Forever"
Season 9, Episode 24 "Last Forever"
Season 9, Episode 24 "Last Forever"
Season 9, Episode 24 "Last Forever"


Which of Ted's acts of romance was your favorite?


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