It’s time for Ted to get real. Through the worst of times, he’s maintained the belief in finding true, romantic, fated love. For the time being, however, he might have to consider utilizing more realistic methods to aide his search. Over years of dating, he’s found a few good girlfriends — even great ones — and intriguing love interests galore, but never the elusive “one.” No longer a 20-something, Ted might be realizing his strategies are in desperate need of a tune up. Slowly but surely he’s changing his ways, shifting from the fantastic to the practical. Just last week, he compromised his true love tactics by abandoning the craving for “mystery” and trading it for the instant gratification of a Google search. Now his decade-long dream of meeting “the slutty pumpkin” has come true, but the love isn’t there. While the last thing we’d want to see is our hero settle, he might have to bring his expectations down just a little. Ted seems to think that love comes after a series of stressful, outlandish, over the top events that usually end in convincing the girl to be with him. Maybe his greatest problem is having a version of love that’s so loud he can’t recognize a love that isn’t. These extreme ideas might be preventing him from seeing the subtleties that could finally lead him to the one. After resolving this 10 year “mystery” Ted should realize that chasing a dream isn’t the answer; he needs to let the dream find him.