How I Met Your Mother "Band or DJ" Review: Everything's Falling Into Place

How I Met Your Mother S08E13: "Band or DJ?"

How I Met Your Mother is back. Oh, and How I Met Your Mother is BACK.

After leaving us with the image of Barney and Robin getting engaged before taking a few weeks off for the holidays, HIMYM didn’t allow itself to slide back into the slump it'd been stuck in for much of the early part of Season 8. I don’t know if I have to the power to declare that HIMYM has rediscovered its rhythm again, but I’m going to do it anyway. HIMYM is back.

Leading up to the pre-Christmas Barney-Robin engagement episode, an episode that many HIMYM fans now consider one of the best in the show’s long history, there were already signs that the show had once again found its way. The dumbing-down of Lily and Marshall had dissipated, and "The Final Page" went so far as to reveal that many of HIMYM’s Season 8 missteps or inconsistencies were really part of Barney’s complicated plan to propose to Robin.

The only thing we we've been missing is Ted having the chance to share in his friends’ happiness. He may have achieved a lot in his career at an early age (he's the youngest architect to ever design a building that became part of the New York City skyline), but he's still alone. Yeah, he has his friends, but he isn’t any closer to finding the one. Giving up Robin to Barney seemed especially hard for Ted, and "Band or DJ?" drove that point home.

While Barney and Robin dealt with more pressing matters (more on that later, kids), Ted and Lily engaged in a battle over the fate of their friends’ upcoming nuptials. While Ted had already selected a date (May 25, 2013... more on that later too, kids), Barney and Robin hadn’t yet decided on reception music and, as you may've guessed from the episode title, were faced with the decision of whether to go with a band or a DJ. Lily was doing everything in her power to hire the band that she and Marshall had wanted at their wedding to play at Barney and Robin's, but she hit a roadblock when she discovered that the group was already booked for May 25. It turned out that Ted, in his drive to secure a DJ for the event, had secured Lily’s band for the same date, in order to prevent them from playing at Barney and Robin’s wedding.

Ted’s impassioned protest speech against having bands at your wedding revealed his true feelings regarding Robin and Barney's engagement. Though he began by harmlessly pointing out the cons of hiring a band, Ted soon found himself insisting that bands can’t be trusted. That they’ll sleep with every girl in New York City. And that Robin deserves better than some crappy, unreliable band. The idea of not being with Robin had finally started to sink in.

Lily pulled Ted up to the building’s roof, where she confronted him about not being happy that Barney and Robin were engaged. Through a voiceover, Ted walked us through all the times in his life he had been hurt. The time he got hit in the nuts at summer camp. The time he fell off a chair in MacLaren’s. The time Barney punched him in the nose. The time he was attacked by a goat in his apartment. The time he had a butterfly tramp stamp removed by laser. And finally, the time Robin told Ted she didn’t love him. The text message from Barney informing Ted that Robin had said yes to Barney's proposal hurt Ted more than all of those other things put together, he told us. Since first meeting Robin at MacLaren’s almost nine years ago, there was always a part of Ted that believed he would someday end up with her. That she would come around to the idea of marriage. That she would warm up to having kids. And a single text message shattered all of that for Ted. One of his best friends was going to marry the woman he had long been in love with.

Of course, Ted couldn’t say all of this to Lily. He couldn’t go on record as not being happy for his friends. So Lily offered Ted the chance to not be the worst person on the roof at that moment. In a moment of extreme openness, Lily told Ted that there were times when she wished she wasn’t a mom. There were times when she wished she could pack a bag and sneak away in the middle of the night. After taking care of kids all day at school, Lily came home to do the same thing with Marvin. Her life wasn’t about her own dreams anymore.

“Robin shouldn’t be with Barney. She should be with me,” Ted said to Lily in what I’m guessing is the only time he’ll ever say that to anyone. As we saw later on, Ted was back to being the honorable friend, sitting with Robin at the MacLaren’s bar, telling her he was happy for her and Barney. I guess Ted will never really let Robin go, obviously ignoring Victoria’s repeated warning, but if what HIMYM showed us next was any indication, Ted won’t let his feelings toward Robin keep him from finding the one.

At a point later in time, Ted ran into Cindy—a former student/woman he dated/roommate of the Mother—and her wife on the subway. It turned out that Barney and Robin did go with a band for their wedding, but the band canceled at the last minute. So it was a good thing that Cindy and her wife, Casey, ran into Ted that day, because Cindy’s ex-roommate (yup, that roommate) was a member of the best wedding band in the tri-state area, and that a previously scheduled gig for May 25 had just so happened to fall through, making them free to play Barney and Robin's big day.

A flashforward to the wedding revealed two things. The first is that the Mother is the wedding band's bass player, and it was during the father-bride dance that Ted first noticed her. Of course, HIMYM only showed us a hand. The second is that the wedding does happen. There’s a group of HIMYM fans out there that's posed the theory that all the photos of Robin in her wedding dressed have proved there will indeed be a wedding day. However, those same fans have also suggested that either Robin or Barney would bail on the wedding, allowing Robin to still wind up with Ted. Now that we’ve seen part of the happy wedding reception, I think it’s pretty safe to assume that Barney and Robin DO go through with the wedding.

While this scene did answer a few questions about the Mother, it also raised some new ones. In the season premiere, we saw Ted at the Farhampton train station, his hand wrapped in a bandage, as the Mother arrived by taxi. She even had her bass with her. If Ted left the wedding to go to the train station, why was the Mother arriving by train? That episode made it appear as if she was just arriving; if she and Ted had been at the reception together, why did they go to the train station separately? Was this a planned rendezvous? Does the bandage on Ted’s hand play into their situation?

There are also HIMYM fans who've put their faith in the idea that the Mother is Barney’s half-sister. Like Barney, the half-sister would have Jerry as her father, but unlike Jerry’s younger son, Barney wouldn’t have met this sister yet. All we know is that she’s in college. If Ted dated Cindy while she was in college, and if Cindy’s roommate is the Mother, the pieces kind of seemed to fall into place. Would Barney’s half-sister be expected to be in the band at his wedding though? It could happen, but I doubt the HIMYM writers are going to go with a plan that the internet thinks it's already figured out.

Speaking of Barney, I promised to discuss the more pressing matters that he and Robin were dealing with in this episode. Believing that the act wasn’t necessary in the modern world, Barney had never bothered to ask Robin’s dad for permission to marry his daughter—something that Robin wasn’t happy with. Despite her rocky relationship with her father, Robin still wanted her fiance to go through with the traditional courtesy.

I always enjoyed Robin’s dad’s appearances more when The Young and the Restless’s Eric Braeden was playing Robin Sr., but thanks to a dispute with HIMYM, Victor Newman isn’t around anymore to show displeasure in his daughter’s life. Instead, we now have Ray Wise as Robin Sr., and while he still plays the character as a scary borderline sociopath, it’s just not the same. Oh, well. This isn’t a battle I’m going to win.

With Robin's dad now living in New York City, he met Barney and Robin at Pizzazzy, his favorite restaurant. It turns out that a lot has changed in Robin Sr.’s life. He’s dating a dental hygienist named Carol, he likes to wear Hawaiian shirts, and he’s a big Jimmy Buffett fan. In his words, he’s fun now. Unfortunately, a fun Robin Sr. is still a terrifying Robin Sr. Unhappy with Barney not killing a family of bears as tribute and the fact that Robin wanted to marry a blond man, Robin Sr. turned down Barney’s request.

Barney wasn’t going to give up, though. When Robin came home to their apartment, she found a dark-haired Barney on the verge of shooting Fluffernutter the bunny, all to impress her dad. This was it for Robin. As she had just discovered through Facebook that her dad had gotten married to Carol without ever telling Robin, she revealed that she and Barney were already engaged and that if Robin Sr. couldn’t invite her to his wedding, Robin Sr. wasn’t invited to hers.

But Barney wasn’t done giving up. Even though Robin's dad scared the crap out of him, Barney convinced him to apologize to Robin, something that he'd never done. Even though Robin Sr. could only promise his daughter a dance to "Cheeseburger in Paradise" as sung by Carol, the wedding flashforward showed a very happy daughter and father dancing together.

I also promised to come back to the date Robin and Barney had settled on for their wedding. May 25, 2013. As HIMYM usually matches its episodes up with the real calendar, I have no problem assuming that the wedding episode will air sometime around May 25. That date is a Saturday, so I’m guessing that May 20 will be the date of the actual episode, making it very likely that Robin and Barney’s wedding will happen in the season finale. With the kind-of-shocking news over the holidays that HIMYM will likely return for a ninth season, here’s how I think things will play out. The wedding will be the season finale, and with the Mother playing bass in the wedding band, I can’t imagine that the show won’t finally show us her face. Even if Ted doesn’t know she’s the Mother, we will. This will allow HIMYM to use its ninth and probably final season to prove to us exactly why the Mother was worth almost a decade of storytelling on Ted’s part. We know why Marshall and Lily belong together. And we know why Barney and Robin belong together. Now HIMYM needs to tell us why Ted and the Mother belong together. That will be the journey the show’s ninth season takes us on.



NOTES & QUOTES


– Lily in response to Ted’s parenting advice: “And here we were, just watering him and facing him toward the sunlight.”

– Ted has a bigger wedding-planning binder than Lily. Classic Mosby. While Ted was going on about his plans for Barney and Robin’s wedding, I definitely got the impression that he was planning the wedding he dreamt of having with Robin.

– Ted describing Robin’s dad: “Dude’s stone-cold Slytherin.”

– Robin Sr. after discovering Facebook: “Are you familiar with memes? There’s a cat that says ‘I can haz cheezburger.’”

– Robin trying to figure out which Pizzazzy’s bathroom to use: “Well, I’m going to the room marked 'Spaghettis,' which I'm hoping is the ladies’ room. 'Meatballs' has to be men’s, right? I don’t know what the hell 'Calamaris' is...”

– Robin, a few minutes later, after resolving the restroom uncertainty: “It turns out “Spaghettis” are men. I saw a noodle.”

– Ted describing his mom’s Facebook habits: “He’s talking about my mom’s 2,000-word review of Fifty Shades of Grey, and fourteen of those words were ‘vulva.’”

– Marshall’s mom has pictures of him as a cheerleader? I highly doubt any of the Eriksen boys were cheerleaders. Because no one makes cheerleading outfits that would fit those giants. Not because they’re too manly to be cheerleaders.

– Robin Sr. in regards to Barney’s inability to shoot Fluffernutter the bunny: “I told you not to give him a name!”

– Barney pinning the blame on Fluffernutter after being frightened by Robin’s dad: “Oh no... Fluffernutter peed all over my pants.”

– I had no idea what Lily was talking about when she accused Marshall of wanting to pretend he was in The Departed. After listening to Marshall and Ted yell “Are you a caawwwppp?” in Boston accents, I now understand.

– We can now add “confetti” to HIMYM’s list of TV-friendly code words. That was one pretty awful confetti Marvin took all over Marshall.

– Casey to Ted: “Ted, do you believe in destiny?” Ted: “You really don’t know me, do you?”

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The way they showed the wedding reception, with no Barney in sight, may still mean that he bails. The scene we saw in this episode might be in the style of a movie end scene, where a bunch of dramatic things happen, but in the end the main character realizes that it was all for the best, and is happy anyway. I could easily see this go down that way: Barney bails, there's a ton of drama, Robin freaks out, but her dad steps up and for once manages to connect with her or something, and then in the end they decide to have their father-daughter dance anyway.

On the other hand, if Robin had recently been left at the altar, Ted probably wouldn't be looking at other women. The wedding isn't that far from now, and it seems unlikely that his feelings toward Robin would change that drastically in just a few months when he's loved her for nine years.

Also, leaving Barney out of shot in the wedding scene might be intentionally done by the writers, just to keep the speculation going on whether or not they'll go through with the wedding.
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Marshall as a cheerleader? I buy it. He's tall and probably could throw a little cheerleader high in the sky. Totally going to start saying confetti as the "s word" is my swear word of choice. I would've liked it if Ted had said, "I'm starting lose hope in the idea of destiny" rather than a cutesy response. Ted has been through a lot and I could get it if he was starting think maybe there isn't fate or destiny.

Also is anyone else going to bring up the idea that Ted falling in love with a woman that he meets while at the wedding of the "one who got away" seems totally reboundish? Fine I'll say it and also he knows better than to trust Wedding Goggles (a phrase that Victoria brought to us). I mean I know he doesn't end up with Robin and things work out with the Mother BUT I don't know. I wouldn't let my best bro marry some chick that he picked up at a wedding especially when he's all crushing on a girl who just went off the market you know....
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Another "meh" episode....
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I am very sorry to say that HIMYM is dead in the water for a long time. And prolonging it in to 9th season ain't gonna help.

Someone should put it out of misery.
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This was 6/10 episode. And I get it why. The previous episode was one of the best of the series and certainly the best of the season. I mean it had Ranjit peeing in a soda can and Barney (!) getting engaged.

But this is Ted's story. It was always Ted's story and the writers', just as they did in the first two seasons, is going to make the last one and a half about Ted's.

When i saw the last episode, I was amazed seeing how little everybody has actually grown up as a person in the last years, except Barney. Robin still has Daddy issues. Lily still wants to be an artist and Marshall still acts out movie scenes. And Ted, not one step ahead of the man who we saw at the bar 8 years ago. Wanted Robin then and wants Robin now.

And here's what I think.
I think he gets Robin. I think she's the mother. She has to be. I think the mother is just somebody Ted imagining as his perfect woman.Ted may have finally learned life's not perfect. And anyways Marshall never lost a board game or a bet, if you know what I mean.

And finally here's the clincher. I think Barney's gay. May be NPH being gay himself just makes it sound too good to be true.

Or.... Or... Or ....... may be Robin and Barney get married and Ted get's the mother. The End.
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I'd rather Robin marries Barney and Ted gets the mother.
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I'm sorry but if you think that they haven't grown up by mentioning just one aspect of their lives that hasn't changed then I think no one in this world has grown up.. I think Robin will always have daddy issues but that's because her father is no the easiest person to get along with, but she has come around to the idea of marriage when she said "i never want to get married", she also got promoted in her job after many sucky ones, Lily still wants to be an artist but she's married now and has a baby after trying several times and Marshall now works to save the environment like he's always wanted.. and Ted well he's still alone and hurt about Robin but that's because they broke up for one simple reason, she didn't want to get married and have kids, so how do you think Ted feels when she is saying yes to all of that but to his best friend?, But he has achieved so many in his career aspect and we know he will meet the mother soon so all is right with the world..
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I think you did not see my point there. Life happened to them. But I am not talking about that. What I am talking about is that will they react to the same situations differently now if it were presented to them. I frankly think no, they won't, except may be Barney.
Robin still cannot have kids. She is saying yes to a completely different prospect. Ted is and always was the better guy between him and Barney. But that is life. Its not fair. Robin chose Barney and that is why I believe she has not grown up. And Ted has not grown up cause he is still struggling to get his head around this idea.
I think the show actually did want to show that no matter what we do or experience, our inner self is one inert stationary identity.
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I understand your point, I just don't agree with it, Robin still cannot have kids but that's because she's not able to, they showed us how heartbroken she was when she heard the news, that's because she grew up to the idea of maybe someday.. Ted is still struggling with this idea of Barney and Robin because well he explained it really well in the last episode, Barney has slept with half of new york and he thought that when Robin finally wanted to get married it would be with him.. And to the point that she chose Barney, I believe they are a perfect fit.. but anyways.. I respect you point we just have different views =)
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Thank you for taking the time to put an argument here. I see it as a different take on things on our part. :)
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Ted talks to his kids about "Aunt Robin" why would he call their mother aunt robin?! Makes no sense. So Barney and Robin get married and Ted marries the bass player (their mother). If you want a fairy tale Robin and Ted scenario I would suggest that in the future Ted and the mother have broken up and he's telling his kids how he met her and teaching them that sometimes life isn't perfect all the time and that's why he's now getting together with "Aunt Robin".
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You got a great point there sir.
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I'm sorry, who thought the Barney-Robin-Engagement episode was one of the series' best? It was better than some of the later episodes but not by a long shot as good as the earlier ones. Those used to make me laugh. Nowadays, all I think is that I'm watching a drama that's trying to lighten the mood by making a mediocre joke now and then.
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This was a great episode and seeing Rachel Bilson there gave me the chills. As I heard she plays an important role going forward I was trying to think of how. then ted is standing there talking to someone on the subway and I knew it was her.... It just had to be, and it was.

So they gave us a tease as to how Ted meets the mother, but there's still story left to tell. I know they keep saying the mother won't be revealed until the final episode but I hope the plans change, we meet her at the end of this season and get one full year of US getting to know why she is the one for Ted.

Oh yeah, confetti... that was great.
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Did anyone notice that insanely hot guy that was behind Robin when she was talking to her dad in the last scene at the Pizzazzy's?
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so ted is going to be the best man and the maid of honor in the same wedding...can mosby pull this off?
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He'll pull it off, but not unscathed. His hand will pay the price.
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I have to completely agree about Robin's Dad. I love Ray Wise, he did a great job as the Devil in Reaper, and he's always good at playing a dark character, but I think Victor Newman is the better version of Robin's dad. He gives off that French-Canadian feel, and it would be much more hilarious to see him in a Hawaiian shirt.
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Been a fan of him since Twin Peaks
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I have to admit the rooftop scene was amazing! That has to be the best acting I've ever seen from Alyson Hannigan, the whole scene felt so real. Barney cracked me up, especially with the bunny. Did Colbie have a cold or something coz her voice sounded really weird to me. This season is getting better, the first part of the season was just annoying. Not sure how I feel about the whole future mother thing anymore.
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"Marshall's mom has pictures of him as a cheerleader?"
I thought it was pictures of Marshall's mom AS a cheerleader, not pictures she'd posted of Marshall as one. Seeing pictures of your mom as sexy cheerleader girl would be enough of a shudder to make the joke work.
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Hey! May 25th is my birthday! :D
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I really liked the episode. I just wish there was a call back to the wedding Robin mentioned when Ted thought she got married at a mall. It was so detailed. I also think that they won't show the mother in the finale now that they are getting renewed. I wish they would though.
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Ted not getting over his issues at this point felt really cheap and lazy, but it had a good payoff with Lily on the roof, so I'm conflicted. Ted having such strong feelings for Robin that he felt utterly destroyed by her engagement just doesn't ring true, if he's so pathetic that he's spent this much time pining over her pretending to be her friend while hoping for more, he's a dishrag of a human being - I know the last season or so that's what the writers have been putting out there, but it just feels hollow and dishonest.

You'd be guessing wrong that it's the only time he tells anybody that, since Ted told his kids - everything we see is essentially his recollections to his children, hence seeing confetti spewing, people getting high on sandwiches, etc.. Perhaps him telling the kids that has just ruined future-Ted's relationships with a lot of folks, that'd be an interesting followup.

As for Robin's dad, as much as I love Ray Wise, this didn't work at all for me, the writing was just too silly, too left-field.

I dunno, I read your review and it's clear a lot of stuff seemed to happen, but in the moment none of it connected for me.

There was a cheerleader at my highschool who was at least 300 pounds, they made a custom cheerleader outfit for her and it was the reverse colors from the other girls, which I thought was very odd, orange and blue instead of blue and orange.
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I just hope that the wedding actually takes place and that what we saw was not a reception being held just because everyone was there and it was paid for. After all that has happened with Robin and Barney, the wedding should happen.

I am guessing that Ted sees the mother at the wedding but does not actually talk to her. They connect again at the train station, making him realize it is fate, especially after seeing the yellow umbrella.

As for the bandage, When we see Ted at the station, he inferred something happened at the wedding. Many assumed that it had something to do with the ceremony not taking place but maybe something happens at the reception. Let's not forget Ted's habit of crying during toasts and what happened at Punchies wedding. Maybe he hurts his hand there.
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He could also hurt his hand in the window in that scene we saw where Barney is trying to climb out the window, he could come back into the room and get his hand slammed in the window...
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Great Episode. Reminded me of the good old days.

I think that you are correct in that the finale will be Robin/Barneys wedding. Im gunna take in one step further and say that the season 9/series finale will be Ted/the mothers wedding.

ps. How cute was that bunny
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I'm surprised they didn't use Cottontail from Season 6, Episode 5. They're both white albinos.
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1. They didn't leave together coz she was in the band & mebbe he just never got the chance to approach her. Also, it was a taxi she got to the station in.
2. Did think Ted's bandage was from the stop-Robin-from-Runaway-bride-ing but guess not.
3. Cindy & the mother were in the class Ted accidentally taught so they're the same age. Barney's sister seemed younger. More importantly, no, she isn't gonna be suggested by someone else for her own brother's wedding for the simple reason that she wouldn't have taken a gig (the 1 that fell through) on the same day as her brother's wedding. Even if he's a half-brother she doesn't really know, she's bound to be attending, maybe even participating.
And lastly, of Course the mother is awesome! She makes muffins sing! And paints robots wrestling! Unless you meant why she's awesome for Ted. But even then, an entire season on that? Really?
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I don't like the way they've been handling these little flash-forward scenes during the wedding ... I just know that when we eventually meet the mother, they're gonna f*** it up. I've lost all faith in this show. :(
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Great review! I just hope that the rest of this season is better than the first half...
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I honestly did not like the ending. It seemed tacked on to begin with, but it came across to me as a spoiler - more so than than previous hints about the mother and probably because they had Ted notice her. I would have very much preferred she be surprisingly revealed to him, and us, at the same time in the natural course of this show. As they did it, it now will be very anticlimactic. That whole bit could have been an episode (or part of one) unto itself - his running into her, at least, then the wedding be the reveal.

I actually watch this show without speculation, but that whole train station theorizing paragraph was confusing. Did you mean to ask why the mother was arriving by taxi instead of train?

I also have little memory of Barney's half family. You're talking about the father played by John Lithgow? I know it was mentioned in general he had a family, but don't remember anything specific about a half sister. Probably did not register at the time as being important. Guess I need to pay more attention now.
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Why will it be anticlimactic? They'll probably use that information to mess around with us later on. It's just another piece of the puzzle they have to put together with the rest.
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When I say "running into her", I meant Bilson on the subway, not the mother.
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I still think it could end up being barney's half sister. He has still never met her, he isn't close with his father, and there is no guarantee he would invite that whole side of his "family" to his wedding, this is Barney we're talking about, he doesn't always do something because tradition says you should. Also, if the sister is the lead guitarist in a wedding band that was booked that same day, she may have already said no to an invite from him. That is something they could show in season 9,along with the missing slap bets. And she could have easily just taken a cab to the train station because she stuck around after the reception to see her brother off instead of leaving with the band. I am sticking to this theory until the show is finally over and they have pried it from my cold dead hands!!!
I prefer Eric Braeden too, and am wondering if Robin's sister has agreed to do a cameo or two for the wedding episodes. And Barney in black hair, holding a gun to fluffernutter had me laughing out loud. I loved this episode.
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I have no reason to believe it's not Barney's sister... but is the whole reason people push for this in their theories because Older Ted calls Robin "Aunt Robin" and now that she is marrying Barney, Ted marrying Barney's half-sister would create a blood relation so that "Aunt" would make sense?

Because... Older Ted also calls Marshall "Uncle Marshall" and there's no blood relationship there either. I think the aunt and uncle titles are just the close friend sort. Again this is not an argument against it in being his half-sister, just doesn't push for it either.
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Lots of families include very good family friends as Aunt and Uncle... And I'm not talking about the mob. Perhaps it's a culture thing. But my parents have high school and family friends that they kept in close touch and we called them that.

So familial ties are not required.
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I agree with you that the title "aunt" doesn't mean they share any blood, I've been fixated on the idea of the sister since Barney missed her at his dinner with his father because she was away at college. It ties in so nicely. And it would finally give Barney a relationship with Ted that Marshall doesn't already have, because that has been a running joke for so long.
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This episode was legen wait for it dary. Legendary.

I loved it. I really hope they do spend season 9 show us why out of all the many girls Ted has dated, proposed to, been engaged to, that this women is meant for him
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It was a 1 step backwards, 2 step forwards. I was kind of hoping after the proposal that we were finally done with the Robin-whining.

Heck, I was hoping we were done a while ago... until the death-bets episode and Marshall saying "We'll see" at the end of the episode. But I digress.

But at least it's showing the forward momentum... now whether they p*ss over everyone and make it Robin, or stick with pre-existing lines and have it the lesbian's roommate remains to be seen. Obviously there are other interesting routes to go.
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It is not Robin...

It is the lesbian's roommate...
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I know that. Teds told us that. But a friend is CONVINCED that Marshall's line last season meant Ted was lying in his story again.
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This was another brilliant episode and I admit, I didn't expect it. I thought the proposal was one excellent episode in a rather boring season but man, this episode really kept it going. Not only did everything more or less fall into place, but it really was on Lily to make this episode so amazing. That rooftop scence was one of the most sincere and honest moments on her part in all of HIMYM. I was close to crying, it was such a beautiful and perfect and brutal moment. I can't wait what the show has in store for us next.
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I was happy to see HIMYM get back in the groove. The beginning of this episode seemed a bit sleepy to me. By the end it felt more on point. Like we already

THINGS I LOVED:
I love Barney's love of Rabbits. It cracks me up everytime.

I LOVED the roof scene, HIMYM flashbacks always work for me, and this one did especially. It made you really laugh and cry for Ted.
And I LOVED that Lily actually had a real plot point and they let AH act. I sware those tears were real and I loved that scene. That is the Lily Ted friendship that we love. Please let there be more of them, or more of Lily and Marshall plotting.




Let's get on with Ted's journey. If they really want to elongate these episodes lets see a story from Marshall and Lily that is a bit more deep. These actors are wonderful.
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I disagree on one count - we will not see the mother's face at the end of this season. They will make us wait until season 9 to see her. They've done it this long; there's no reason for them to change their habits now.
Beyond that, holy feebas, this episode was huge! Every reason I started watching this show is back in action in this episode. The code words, the emotional connection, the friendships, the rivalries, the Tedness. If they keep doing this well, season 8 will not be a waste after all.
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Finally a step in the right direction for HIMYM, It finally answered what we needed. I loved this episode. Every scene Barney was in was fantastic and his obsession with bunnies is one of the greatest running jokes with Barney. I do agree that Ted is finally where he needs to be, but doesn't Ted date one more women before the mother? But the bonding moment with Ted and Lilly was fantastic something that we haven't seen in a while. Very much a Solid episode look forward to Barney's Bachelor party.
Side Note Calamaris is fried squid
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I just couldn't get past Cobie Smulders sounding like she was going to keel over from the flu throughout the whole episode. I don't think she smiled once the entire time. She just looked miserable and like she'd rather be in bed. They couldn't give the poor girl a day off?
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Right? I was waiting for someone in the show to say something about it, as if it was on purpose but apparently she just sick at a bad time.
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