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Old April 17 2013, 04:08 PM   #530
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Re: How I Met Your Mother: Barney and... (Spoilers ahead...)

This episode was probably written at a time where Jason Segel's contract for season 9 was in flux. The whole "move to Rome" thing could easily have been their get out of jail free card. They can introduce the plot, and then take it either direction they need; either Marshall and Lily do in fact move to Italy at the end of the season (Jason leaves the show), or they don't (Jason stays on the show).

It's merely setting up his departure/not departure, so that in the finale it doesn't seem so sudden.
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