What are the magic words that will get you out of a speeding ticket? Ease your conscience? Bring back true love? This episode was about the search for that secret formula. The lesson? There are some things that just can't be rushed. You can lie about your sexual conquests and put on a pose to play it cool in front of your ex, but when it comes to waiting for "the one," there's nothing for it but to be patient. "She's on her way -- and she's getting here as fast as she can," Stella promises Ted at the end. It might as well be a message to us viewers. When Ted confesses to being tired of waiting, and concludes "That's all I'm going to say on the subject," we know for a moment that he cares as much about the masterplot as we do. I feel strangely comforted.