Here’s Something You May Have Missed On “How I Met Your Mother”

How I Met, Your Mother is a show that is riddled with overarching storylines that are often revisited throughout its nine-season run.

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Like Robin Sparkles.

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The slap bet.

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And the Slutty Pumpkin, who was first mentioned in the first season.

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Ted met her at a Halloween party on the roof and realized that she was the perfect girl for him, but he lost her number.

Thinking that he just let his future wife walk away from him, Ted wore the same costume for the next five Halloweens, hoping to run into the “Slutty Pumpkin” again.

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And he does. Almost ten years after their initial meeting, Ted finally tracks down the “Slutty Pumpkin,” Naomi, in the Season 7 episode “The Slutty Pumpkin Returns.”

And OK, sure, it didn’t work out. She wasn’t “the mother.”

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But here’s the thing, Ted crossed paths with Naomi four years before tracking her down.

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Naomi made a brief cameo in a blink-and-you-miss-it scene in the Season 9 episode “The Poker Game.”

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Through a flashback sequence in the episode, Ted is obsessing over Marshall and Lily not giving him a thank you note for the wedding present he bought them.

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Ted being Ted, just had to drive the point home by going to a Halloween party as a thank you note.

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BUT, if Ted hadn’t been so obsessed with the entire thank you note thing, he would have noticed the girl he’d spent years searching for standing just a few feet away from him.

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And at least he would have gotten done with this trainwreck a few years earlier.

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