conversations with my mother: HIMYMMom: So how are they all friends? Me: Ted and Marshall went to college together, and Marshall and Lily are married -- Her: Wait, who's Ted? Me: ...the one who's not Marshall. Her: Who is she? Me: Robin. She and Ted are dating in this episode. Her: Oh. Wait, who's Ted? Me: Him. But Robin ends up marrying the blonde guy right there. Her: But he's gay? Me: Only in real life. Her: Oh. Me: But they get divorced and she ends up with Ted. Her: Huh. [two minutes later] Me: That's Ted. Her: Oh! He seems nice.