How I Met Your Mother

Season 4 Episode 24

The Leap

Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 18, 2009 on CBS
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As his 31st birthday nears, an all-nighter to try to get business has Ted realizing he may need to pursue another career than architecture. Meanwhile, Marshall tries to get him up to a rooftop surprise party.

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  • A nice Finale

    It is the end of Season 4 of How I Met Your Mother, which tried to give the audience some important information on what is going to happen in the next season. Personally, I did think that there was a hard work that the writer need to do in order to coordinate this episode and squeeze in all the spoilers. Lets talk about the relationship between Barney and Robin (spoiler alert). From the previous episodes since Season 3, it has been some part depicting that there is something going on between the Canadian and the pervert play boy. I like the "Mosby" idea which Lily Aldrin taught Robin, as the best way to reject Barney. However due to Lily's character who likes to spill the bean, Barney eventually knew what is happening. At the last part of the season 4, Barney confronted Robin, and I anticipated for their serious relationship in the next episode.

    Also, the protagonist of the series, Ted Mosby took a leap (not the jump which Marshal took to the neighbour rooftop) to make a new breakthrough. He decided to change his career, from architecture to lecturer, and entitled Prof. Mosby. This leap of faith is pretty crucial to how he met the lady under the yellow umbrella, as she was one of them who is inside the lecture hall. I am really looking forward to the coming episode.moreless
  • An incredibly disappointing season finale with few good gags

    In the final episode of the 4th season, Ted is having problems with his architecture project while Barney is finally willing to tell Robin his feelings. So, I expected a really good finale like in the former seasons, but what it turned out to be is an unspectacular and quite disappointing closure for the fourth chapter of how our protagonist Ted met the mother of his future kids. Looking back, on this season, there was really little happening overall: Ted changed some of his attituteds towards things and the Barney love story was also not unimportant, but distending this over 24 episodes was a bit too much. Furthermore, jokes were rare in this episode as it focused on unneedful stuff mostly. There were some nice moments, but for me, this was a huge let-down. I mean, they totally forgot on Ted's rooftop party as the episode continued and the goat story, on which we've been waiting to hear for quite a long time turned out to be uninteresting and dull. I didn't like this episode a lot, but at least it sparks a bit interest in you for the forthcoming season number 5.moreless
  • Season 4 Finale

    At the end of season 3, Ted gets in an accident that changes his life. What he thinks would be his future wife, (Stella) ends up being something different. When he runs into months later it turns out to be a big part of his life in the future. More on that later.

    Ted as part of his company is starting is close to landing a client. He is having trouble designing the place. At the time he is doing this, it is 31st birthday, the one with the goat. This was a long time coming and something you would (or least I) was looking forward too. If I only watched this show from the start I would appreciate it more. The story of Ted and the goat was true and pretty funny. It was even funnier when you found out that the goat was a girl. What was also big in this episode was the coming together of Barney and Robin. This started in season 3, when you find out Barney had feelings for Robin. You may have think the seed was planted when they slept together (Sandcastles in the Sand) but I think it happened much earlier. I think they were very subtle signs that it was going to happen. Maybe the writers did this intentionally or not but this is the reason why I love this show. There are many ways to look at this. How Barney and Robin (spoiler alert) do end up together was a very great way of doing it. If the jerking around with them and especially the scene in the hospital room made you a little upset, remember what Barney said he first hung out with Robing together alone and how both never had a serious realtionship (besides Ted)

    When Ted doesn't get the client (because of Sven, great reference to a past episode) and takes the teaching job. When you find out that is the reason why plus all of the stuff that happened to him in the past year he would've have met the mother. At this time it's not explained why all this stuff had to happen so he can meet the mother but it gets me interested on why it did. If you were watching at this time, it got you excited for season 5. And then it happened. But like Ted said at the end that story is just beginning. Great song at the start and end of each episode.moreless
  • Ted versus The Goat.

    "The Leap" is an awesome season finale for season 4 of How I met Your Mother. I love how it's Ted's 31st birthday and he finally comes up against the goat. I love how the goat beat him up. I love how he decides to take the job at the university. I love how Barney and Robin keep trying to reveal their feelings for each other, but when one does, the other feels the complete opposite. I love how all the characters take that leap at the end of the episode. I love the ending of this episode with finding out that Ted's future wife is the students in the class he teaches. I give this episode a 9/10.moreless
  • Ted's 31st birthday is finally here.

    Well this season definitely had its ups and downs, and in this case the season finale was an up. Robin & Barney finally confront their feelings for each other after a whole season of what it seemed like endless waiting. It is mentioned that Marshall has wanted to make "the leap" of jumping over to the other building since it had a hot tub. So when Ted's 31st birthday comes around, Marshall is ready to make the leap. And we finally get to see what happens with the goat! After last year's tease, we finally get to see the goat beating up Ted, and Ted getting in a fight with it. It was unrealistic, but I'll let it slide counting on the fact on how funny it was. Robin doesn't feel the same way Barney does, so she tries to "Mosby" him, by saying she loves him. He rejects her, than she rejects him, and it goes back & forth for awhile until they finally share a kiss. I'm glad Barney went to Ted first for approval, which was really great of him. I finally understand why bumping in to Stella and Tony lead to Ted meeting the mother. Tony suggested teaching architecture. When Lilly helps Ted come in to realization that teaching is what Ted needs to do since he was compared with the goat and the washcloth. The goat wanted the washcloth, and Ted kept taking it away. Just like Ted wants to be an architect, but the world keeps taking it away. Turns out the world was trying to take it away for a reason. The mother was in his class, which ends his plot this season. It all makes sense now though. By the end Ted makes the metaphorical leap, and Marshal and everybody else makes the literal leap to the other building. A nice season finale that didn't need a big cliffhanger for it to be good, it was good on its own. It still got me excited for next season. It was a long year, and I can't wait for the next regardless if this season was a roller coaster ride in my liking.moreless
Jayden Lund

Jayden Lund


Guest Star

John Duerler

John Duerler


Guest Star

Joel McCrary

Joel McCrary


Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When they were having Ted's birthday party, wasn't it night time? Why was it day time the moment they send him to the hospital?

    • In the scene of "the leap" we can see that both Barney and Ted wear nice black shoes with their suits. However, when they actually jump we clearly see them wearing sneakers, and as soon as they land on the other roof they're wearing nice shoes again.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Nurse: (enters Ted's hospital room) So, you're the guy who tried to make it with a goat?
      Ted: Hey, if it's anything, that goat tried to make it with me! Can I go, please?!
      Nurse: Yeah, you can go. But, remember, buddy. "Baahh" means "Baahh".

    • Lily: Screw the plan. I thought I'd be a famous painter. Marshall thought he'd be an environmental lawyer. Robin thought she'd be a TV reporter.
      Robin: I am a TV reporter. My show airs every morning at 4:00 AM.
      Lily: Is that still on? Good for you.
      Robin: Someone, watch my show!
      Lily: Barney thought he'd be a violinist.
      Barney: Lily!
      Lily: Don't tell me things!

    • Future Ted: That was the year I got left at the altar. It was the year I got knocked out by a crazed bartender, the year I got fired, the year I got beat up by a goat—a girl goat at that—and damn it if it wasn't the best year of my life. Because if any one of those things hadn't happened, I never would've ended up in what turned out to be the best job I ever had. But more importantly, I wouldn't have met your mother. Because, as you know, she was in that class. Of course, that story is just beginning.

    • Marshall: (after making the leap) I did it!
      Lily: Baby you did it!
      Marshall: I can do anything!
      Lily: Yes, you can!
      Marshall: I'm getting a motorcycle!
      Lily: You absolutely are not!

    • Lily: (to Ted) Listen to what the world is telling you to do, and take the leap.
      Marshall: You're right. You're absolutely right. I love you Lily. (runs off to take the roof leap)
      Lily: Oh, no, a metaphorical leap, not a phorical leap!

    • Barney: So, what do you think of Robin?
      Ted: I really need to get to work, so...
      Barney: Great. Say you and I went suit-shopping, and you happened upon a beautiful suit—a beautiful Canadian suit, double-breasted. You try it on, but it's not exactly the right fit for you. So, you put it back. Then I try it on. I don't really want to take the same suit that you had your eye on, but at the same time, I really like that suit.
      Ted: Buy the suit, Barney. You clearly care about it. Tell the suit how you feel.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The German episode title is "Der Absprung", and the Italian title is "Il salto", both exact translations. The French title is "Le grand saut", meaning "The Big Leap".

    • International Airdates: Australia: July 13th, 2009 on Channel 7; Germany: February 20, 2010 on ProSieben; United Kingdom: May 20, 2010 on E4; India: September 27, 2010 on Star World; Czech Republic: December 1, 2010 on Prima COOL

    • Music: "Prophets" by A.C. Newman; "Murder Train" by the Foreskins


    • The scene where Ted calls Lily about the goat is similiar to the scene in Ivan Reitman's 1984 film, Ghostbusters, where Venkman first sees Slimer in the hotel and calls Ray about it.