How I Met Your Mother Season 8 Finale Review: Kids, Here's How WE Met The Mother

How I Met Your Mother S08E24: "Something New"


For 183 episodes, we’ve been Ted Mosby’s captive audience as he recounted every excruciating detail that would result in him meeting his wife. Like his kids on that couch, we haven't always beenpatient. We've often complained about the story taking too long. More recently, some of us tried to hide our frustration by declaring, “You know what? I don’t even care about Ted’s story anymore!” But if we didn’t care about Ted’s story anymore, we would have never made it through the last 183 episodes.

“Something New” was the show’s 184th episode, and it was a monumental one. In “Something New,” we finally met The Mother.

But first, let’s talk about Lily’s story. No, no, no—I’m totally kidding. You’ve all come here to talk about The Mother, so let’s do exactly that. As the multiple plotlines of “Something New” converged while Ted, Lily, Marshall, Barney and Robin all made their way to Farhampton for Barney and Robin’s wedding, a pair of legs, fashionably decked out in boots and belonging to a woman carrying a bass case, walked across our screens. As we cut back and forth between the faces of the characters we’ve known for eight years, those legs approached a ticket window. The camera shifted up, and after nearly a decade of stories being told, engagements being broken, skyscrapers being built, slaps being doled out, and drinks being drunk at MacLaren’s, HIMYM unveiled The Mother.

Let that sink in for a second. HIMYM finally unveiled The Mother.

A cute brunette with brown eyes, She set her yellow umbrella on the counter and ordered one ticket to Farhampton, not even realizing she was now on a collision course with Ted, her future husband.

After years of setting Ted up with women played by actresses like Mandy Moore, Katie Holmes, and Sarah Chalke, HIMYM pulled off possibly its biggest surprise yet in casting a relatively unknown actress to play The Mother. While the internet was busy trying to figure out which TV vet would be the one to win Ted’s heart (Sarah Michelle Gellar! Keri Russell! Casey Wilson!), HIMYM went with Cristin Milioti, an actress who so far has worked mostly in theater, with only a few small roles in TV, including one on 30 Rock where she was almost unrecognizable as a ditzy blonde. She was also nominated for a Tony Award for her work in Once.

While my friends who love theater recognized the actress, Milioti is a blank canvas to many of us, giving her the freedom to create a HIMYM character that's free of the burden of being compared to her past work. We’re going to get to fall in love with Milioti right along side of Ted.

It’s way too soon to weigh in on whether or not this character is the right woman for Ted, and it’s actually kind of bizarre to be this excited over meeting her. At this point, Ted hasn’t even met her, and there’s still so much we don’t know about The Mother. She has the bass and yellow umbrella. We know that she was once Cindy’s roommate, attended the same St. Patrick’s Day party as Ted, and loves Pablo Neruda. Beyond that, though, she’s a stranger to us. Will Ted and The Mother hit it off right away? Will they immediately fall in love? Does she love Star Wars? These are all questions we’re going to have to wait for Season 9 to start answering.

But we don’t have to wait for Season 9 to discuss our reactions to the big reveal. Was it everything we'd expected? HIMYM spent eight seasons setting Ted up with women who could've maybe been his future wife. We watched him fall for them, even propose to them, only to have things not work out. Honestly, I no longer knew what to expect the reveal to be like. Based on the scene from earlier this season where Ted saw The Mother playing bass at Barney and Robin’s wedding, I guess I assumed that would be the big moment. Ted would see her, the camera would swivel around, and we’d see the face Ted had locked eyes with. In classic HIMYM style, we’ll have to hold on for a few more months to get to that scene.

Knowing that The Mother has arrived, or at least that, to quote what Stella once told Ted, “She’s on her way—and she’s getting here as fast as she can,” it’s a bit easier to see Ted the way he was this episode. “Something New” didn’t show us the resolution to Ted and Robin’s rainy rendezvous in Central Park, instead jumping ahead a few days. With Marshall and Marvin in Minnesota visiting Marshall’s mom before the big move to Rome, Lily didn’t have much to do and agreed to accompany Ted to check out his house in Westchester. Years after buying the house, Ted had turned the condemned dump into a cozy-looking home, with a living room that we’ve repeatedly seen two certain kids sitting in as their father told them a lengthy tale about how he met their mother.

It was here that Ted revealed to Lily that he was selling the house and moving to Chicago. After some digging, Lily realized that Ted was moving not because he thought The One might be in Chicago, but because Ted believed that The One was in New York and marrying his best friend. After rushing to Robin’s rescue last episode, Ted knew that he had to move on from Robin. He couldn’t stay in New York City and pine for the wife of his best friend. Planning on secretly slipping away after the wedding, Ted asked Lily to not tell anyone about his plans.

If it wasn’t for our knowledge that Ted would meet his future wife at the wedding, this scene would have been awfully heartbreaking. While we saw a version of Ted who had moved past the idea of looking for signs from the Universe last episode, “Something New” gave us a Ted who was broken and believed leaving everything was the only way to fix what was broken inside him. For all my frustration with Lily this season, she has always been good for a heart-to-heart talk with Ted. In moments like this one, the HIMYM writers remember that these are characters with emotions and histories, not just caricatures. I wish Lily had done more to stop Ted from deciding to leave his life in New York, but I’m pretty sure something else is going to keep him around.

So where does Season 9 go? Ted’s opening narration said that the gang was busy tying up loose ends, but HIMYM seemed pretty interested in creating new loose ends in "Something New.' The showrunners have promised that next season will be very different from what we’ve previously seen from the series. “Something New” did a fantastic job of keeping the future of HIMYM under wraps. Odds are that Season 9 will pick up right where we left off, with the gang arriving in Farhampton for Barney and Robin’s nuptials. Barney and Robin seemed to be perfectly in love this episode, something I imagine the writers had to throw in to wash away the doubts sowed by “The Bro Mitzvah” and “Something Old.” The wedding is going to happen, and Ted will meet The Mother.

The way I see it, Season 9 can go one of two ways:

1) It play out in linear fashion, starting at the wedding. Ted will overstep his bounds, give Robin her precious locket as a gift, upset Barney, cause a fight, and wind up with his hand bandaged just like we saw in “Farhampton,” the Season 8 premiere. Ted and The Mother (whose name we'll hopefully learn when we next see her) will see each other at the train station, Ted won’t go to Chicago, and they’ll start dating. We’ll get to spend a season falling in love with The Mother as Ted does the same, HIMYM will find a way to trump Barney’s proposal to Robin, and the entire series will end with Ted’s wedding. Marshall and Lily will go to Italy, because if they don’t, Lily will always resent Marshall. Yeah, Marshall won’t become a judge now, but we know he will in the future. They’ll be back for the big wedding.

OR or or or 2.) What about that different type storytelling the HIMYM showrunners mentioned? If the “How I Met Your Father” theory is true, HIMYM will turn back the clock in Season 9, and we’ll get to watch Milioti play a woman in New York as her life brings her ever closer to Ted. We’ll see how many times she almost met Ted—at that St. Patrick’s Day party, in the classroom Ted went to by mistake, ducking into her room as Ted talked to Cindy—and we'll see just how close these two always were. Toward the end of the season, The Mother’s band will book a gig playing a wedding in Farhampton, and she’ll pack up her bass and her yellow umbrella. In the middle of a song, her eyes will lock with those of a man at the bar, and she’ll realize he's the person she had been searching for. He’ll sneak away from the wedding before she gets a chance to talk to him, but then—as if the Universe had always intended for it to happen — she’ll see him sitting on a bench at the train station. Ted. And with that, HIMYM will be done.


UPDATE: 

According to a TVLine report, CBS has confirmed that HIMYM’s ninth and final season will “span the wedding weekend and just the wedding weekend.” Yes, we may have finally been introduced to Cristin Milioti as The Mother, but there’s still a good chunk of the journey left to go. 

Apparently Season 9 will focus on “how each character, before Ted, meets the mother. So, they each meet her indepently before he does.” HIMYM has never had trouble delivering episodes full of multi-layered storytelling, so this plan for Season 9 really shouldn’t be too hard for the showrunners to pull off.

But are we really going to devote an entire season to Ted not actually meeting The Mother, you ask? Couldn’t that time be better spent having the two meet and then focusing on their courtship, engagement and eventual marriage, you suggest? Well, after years of watching Ted date (and even almost marry) women who weren’t The Mother, it would be awesome to see Ted in the relationship that finally worked. In fairness to the show’s braintrust, the title of the series has always been How I Met Your Mother, not How I Dated Your Mother, How I Proposed to Your Mother or even How I Married Your Mother. Ted’s story has always been taking us to moment he meets his future wife. As long as HIMYM delivers that, the show has kept its promise to its fans.

Are you guys ready? If you’ve been watching HIMYM since the beginning, you’ve invested a lot of time in these characters and their stories. Personally, I want to witness Ted and The Mother falling in love. Sure it would be cool to see The Mother’s side of this story, but Ted and his friends are the characters I care about. I want to see it dawn on Ted that this is the woman he’s been looking for, that he’s finally found her. I want HIMYM to make us root for these two. I want the show to deliver episodes that put lumps in our throats, doing things like playing David Gray’s “This Year’s Love” when Ted and The Mother kiss for the first time. The “How I Met Your Father” theory would be a cool B-side to HIMYM, but it wouldn’t mean as much.

Make Season 9 mean something, HIMYM.



NOTES & QUOTES


– Sorry I didn’t touch on Barney and Robin’s storyline already, but I really feel it was just the show’s way of convincing us they were okay. Between Robin’s sham bachelor party for Barney and Barney’s choice to play laser tag instead of spending time with his bride-to-be, HIMYM had to do something to make it clear these kids were going to make it. Trying to break up a couple was that something, apparently.

– Lily called Ted “Teddy Westside.” Things haven’t been going well for Ted, but this was a small victory.

– Casey Wilson’s HIMYM character is totally someone Casey Wilson’s Happy Endings character would be archenemies with.

– Ted describing the work he'd done on his house to Lily: “Just like Ryan Gosling in The Notebook. It was pretty manly until I mentioned Ryan Gosling in The Notebook, huh?” Lily: “Even I haven’t seen it, Ted.”

– Barney looking for flaws in Keegan Michael Key’s character: “A guy who’s happily in a relationship sees a girl like that, he’ll check her out 14, maybe 15 times tops.” Barney checks out the hostess. “Sixteen times tops.”

– Ted protesting Lily’s belief that his future wife was in New York City: “Is she really? Because I’ve looked. I’ve looked high and low for someone I can love and adore and cook waffles for. The closest I’ve come is Marshall.”

– Lily revealed that back in 2008, Ted’s looming marriage to Stella really threw Robin for a loop. Wondering why Ted wasn’t marrying her, Robin got drunk one night and took Lily to Central Park where she dug up the locket she buried as a kid. “This locket was my grandma’s. She kept it hidden in her butt all during World War II,” Robin kiddingly told Lily. Lily convinced Robin to put the locket in the very racecar pencil box that Ted would someday have on his desk at home.

– The song playing at the end of “Something New” was “Simple Song” by The Shins.


What'd you think of "Something New"?

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Please director, read first the names of Spanish cities, it's so embarassing... Barcelona!!!!!
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According to a CBS Press Release: The final season is going to take place in the weekend of Barney and Robin's wedding. So it is going to be a year long weekend for us who watch the show!
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"weekend at barney"... sounds a bit like on the the plays from the playbook
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Sounds like 24: HIMYM edition.
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I'm glad they picked an unknown for the Mother. I wasn't thrilled that we just got to glimpse her. But that's because I'm mad the wedding has been moved to the beginning of Season 9. It should've been at the end of Season 8.

I would've loved it if after Lily said, "Even I haven't seen it." Ted had responded, "Well if you had sat down with Marshall and me you would've!" It's well known that Marshall loves chick flicks and I could see the two of them doing something crazy and weird like that.

Interesting that Ted is talking about his waffles because in the Wedding Bride wasn't he offering to make his "baggage girlfriend" pancakes?

I guess Barney & Robin will make it down the aisle. I'm worried it won't last though. Am I the only one?

I'm wondering if Lily and the baby might go to Rome and Marshall may stay in the city. (Not to always compare HIMYM to Friends) But Chandler left to go have a job far away. And they did the whole long distance thing with Phoebe for the wedding. They could make it work at least for a few episodes.

I like the whole "How I Met Your Father Idea" but I like that as maybe a one episode at the end of Season 9 with the kids hearing the "fast version" from their mom and saying, "Thanks Mom!"
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P.S. How you mentioned Mandy Moore and didn't mention Ashley Williams - I'll never know. I LOVED Victoria.
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She was exactly who I was expecting. Its kinda creepy that she looks sooooooo like Lily
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I'm just glad she doesn't look like Robin.
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I'd prefer option 1. I think option 2 could be done in one episode. It definitely should be covered like that but one episode would be enough.
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I'm just hoping the mother isn't dead and this have been nothing but a long story to help the children cope in Ted's future.
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The last few episodes were boring. I'm glad we finally Met the Mother, but I just don't care anymore.
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I am over this show. I wish this had been it. I don't even feel like watching the last season.
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I think the review suggests something clever, that to me was just dragging out.

I think HIMYM would have been much better off with this begin the last season. The whole Robin and Ted again storyline could have been avoided, and the last 3 episodes could have been this one, plus the meeting and falling for the mother.

Surely patience for them meeting is gone? Now it seems we wait a whole season almost till they meet? I think I'll go back to skipping large chunks (which included season 4 - 7) and just watch the finale.
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Glad they went with a unknown actress to play the mother, instead of one of the previous girlfriends or a big name. I may grow to like her..
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She does look like a young Jennifer Love Hewitt.
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She looks a lil bit like Jennifer Love Hewitt!
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Season 9's entire run will, in fact, span the wedding weekend and just the wedding weekend, as the comedy details “how each character, before Ted, meets the mother. So, they each meet her independently before he does.”

That's what CBS Entertainment President said!
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i think season 9 will not be only about how Ted meet the "mother", they wont just end the season right after Ted meet her, they also show how they get to knew each other, how'd the mother got added to the gang, and mostly how they fell inlove with each other deeply, its a bit of a spoiler but the its still great to watch it, im sure they'll still add a little bit of a twist in season 9, and funny moments.
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Oh god, I was really hoping they wouldn't cop out like that. We haven't been pushing ourselves through 8 seasons of waiting for the mother only to never actually SEE THEM BE TOGETHER? Every time I see a re-run from an early season I can't help but remember how funny and clever this show used to be. It hasn't been nearly as good for years, and now CBS isn't even going to make sticking it out through of all that worth our while? Ugh.
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Sounds strange. I could see that being 1-5 episodes, but I don't know how they'll spread it across a full season.
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Honestly it really wouldn't be that hard. It will most likely be done in real time or close to real time. 48 hours in a weekend if you only count saturday and sunday and if you used every minute of those two days to make 30 minute episodes you would have 96 episodes to watch.
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Plus you have stuff going on in parallel. Like we see a scene between Ted and Marshall, and after that finished we hear Bob Saget saying "Unbeknownst to us, while we had our conversation about A, Lilly and Robin were talking about B"

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The bad thing is that with this method the writers chose the show will end when Ted meets the Mother. In other words we wont get to see them dating/falling in love/getting married/having kids/having fights/making up, etc...My guess is that the writers will show us ALL that at once in the end of the final episode in a fast forward clip with music playing and the series will end in the future when Ted finishes narating his story to his kids...
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Yes, I've heard this too. Not sure how I feel about it, until I see the execution.
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i am a bit disappointed to be honest...i really LOVED the season finale episode and i would really want to see extended footage from the wedding weekend, but the WHOLE season??? i would love 4-5 episodes about the wedding but 23?? i think its way too much.

My guess is that the MOTHER will get to know each of the main cast memebers except Ted. And for each one the writers will show us a flashback from her life, in which she faced a problem or decision similar to the one the cast members are in in the present. For example Marshall is thinking about taking a job she could narate a story from her life when she had such a dilemma

That way the writers will show us the "How I Met Your Father" story and we'll get to see what happens in the present as well. In other words two timelines!
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I think 23 episodes on the wedding weekend is 20 episodes to many. I want to see why this woman is so perfect for Ted. Why she is "The One" and it seems we may not get that. I want Ted to have his happily ever after but how I can be sure of that if we don't get to know the mother.
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The more I mull over this, the more I hate it. Extended footage from the wedding weekend wold be nice, but I agree that could be wrapped up in two or three eps (4-5 just seems too long for me). I really don't know much more of Ted moping and cold feet from Barney and Robin I can take.
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I quote the reviewer "But if we didn’t care about Ted’s story anymore, we would have never made it through the last 183 episodes."

Bulls! We watched 183 episodes (really that many???) of HIMYM because of Barney Stinson and cursed all the moments when that wet sponge Ted took away Barneys precious screen time!

So, now that the mother is out of the bag, good riddance to you Ted and let's focus on Barney!
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I still feel like the show needs to end with the literal meeting of the mother being the end of the show. However I also would really like to see Ted and The Mother grow a bit before we say goodbye to the show. I'm torn between the two options I want to see happen. But maybe a cool hybrid would be we get to have every other episode be about the mother's story and where she is. We wouldn't get much with the two of the together, but at least it would be some information on what she's like.
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Aaaaaand its Happy Mother's Day for Ted's children.
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it was a really good epi and i wish we can watch them falling in love next season...
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IMO the different storytelling means the show will take on a style similar to 24. I think it was hinted at by the "56 hours until the wedding" and with Lilly an Marshall almost definitely going to Rome, it would almost only make sense to end the show on the day after the wedding where "everyone is hungover and telling stories"
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Will be funny when she turn out NOT to be the mother after all! The writers trick us before! Maybe at the end they twist it all! ;)
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Just a theory by "different type of storytelling" I hope they just mean Josh Radnor will become narrator instead of Bob Saget. I agree it would be cool to see some events from the mom's point of view but in all honesty it is the main 5 characters (plus the mother) that I want to see... not new ones.
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At first sight i was a bit disappointed always imagined her smokin, but she rly is damn cute on second thought
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Awesome finale!
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The mother was so cute. Like the girl next door. Absolutely perfect. Rest of the episode on the other hand was kind of blah.

I'd like to know some of the events from the mother's point of view. I mean about the times they almost met. Other than that I'm expecting the show to continue the way it has gone up until now: Ted telling the story to their kids. I'm hoping the show is not going to end to the wedding when they meet. I want to know more about the mother. I want to see the dating, all the emotions and stuff.
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I thought this was a very anti-climactic reveal and ending. The first 4 season were so good I have very high expectations for HIMYM. The second 4 have disappointed much more then motivated and energize me. The one redeeming thing is I'm excited for this new portion of the story, I agree she is very cute and is it just me or does she look a lot like a combination of Lily and Robin. I really like that!
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Definitely one of the satisfying closing of HIMYM ever :).
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She is so goddamn cute that one scene that completely forgot about Robin and the rest of the episode
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I thought the reveal of “the Mother” was well-timed and well-executed. One of the great things about “How I Met Your Mother” is the interplay between the thematic elements of fate and the seemingly mundane.
The narrative begins with meeting Robin at the bar, but Ted’s fated meeting with the mother of his children really begins with the random assignment of Marshall as his roommate his freshman year of college. This chance assignment sets up the series of events that ultimately leads to meeting his wife. Marshall becomes his best friend, Marshall meets Lily and starts dating her, and they all move to New York and, eventually, the story we all know begins.
What does this have to do with the first appearance of “the Mother?” With her purchasing that ticket, she does something that is seemingly innocuous (buying a train ticket to go to a gig) which leads to her fated life with Ted. This show started with a very global view on how Ted met the kids’ mother, but it has gradually become more and more focused through its progression. Increasingly, Ted has revealed information about what the mother was doing to get to their rendezvous. As show focuses more and more tightly on this meeting, it seems appropriate that the mother gets revealed so we can see the interaction of the characters involved leading to this fated encounter. Hence, we have the interplay between fate and innocuousness. In many ways, this narrative structure reminds me of Lost.
To those who still hold out hope for Ted and Robin, I can’t see it. This is the kind of guy who, in the face of the heartache and disappointment he has experienced through the years, skipped out on a big interview because someone for whom he cares deeply needed him. He is the guy who sold his car so that he could loan his best friend money when he needed it. He is also the guy who forgave his other best friend for sleeping with the woman he thought was the love of his life (which he still thinks up to this point in the narrative) and who unselfishly (also, up to this point in the narrative) gave his blessing for that same friend to propose to that same love. It seems that Robin, on the other hand, is unaffected by what this may be doing to Ted. These people are asking him to be a part of their wedding, and they have to know there are unresolved issues there (which, I predict, will come to a potentially unsettling resolution next season). Additionally, she is the one who made Barney’s bachelor’s party miserable to make it memorable. While that is a clever plot development, it shows that the character of Robin is, at the least, a bit devious and underhanded, much like her betrothed.
In my opinion, Ted’s wife should be sweet, kind, and quirky (like Ted). I hope that Bays and Thomas decided to cast Cristin Milioti because she embodies those characteristics. As to those of you who think Cristin Milioti is not beautiful, make an appointment with your optometrist! You obviously have problems with your vision…
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You have articulated this perfectly! I couldn't agree more! I love your take on Robin's character as you call it devious, and the fact that Ted's wife should be sweet and kind! You "Nailed It"!
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So it seems that im the only person whos immediate reaction was 'Thats definetly not going to be the mother' then. I cant believe that they would just show her like that, HIMYM shows time and time again that things usually arent what they seem, as soon as we think we know something is true, they show it from another angle that changes everything. Im still going with shes a friend of the mothers thats bringing the bass and umbrella to her at the wedding as she couldnt bring them herself for whatever reason. No way would this show just flat out say 'This is her' without there being a twist in it.
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Yeah, I was and still am slightly skeptical, I'm surprised everyone seems to take it as fact that she is the mother. My first thought was pretty much the same - she's just a friend who borrowed the umbrella.
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For me the first impression of the mother is a combination of a smiling, normal, cute and beautiful girl. I think I could fall in love with her.

Having said that, the rest of the episode was good, but not as great as it could have been.
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As there 56 hours for marriage ...the new characters appear .. focus that she is the mother,made for ted ......make question mark for most of fan.As we know that ,Ted do all the things that make robin happy,and he is in love with her form 1st to 8th season.so if the character is totally new for ted, (even who does not met the ted in past ) .....viewer excited how she creates the magic of love for the ted who hold deep root of love for Robbin.i agree from many fan that the Robin and Barney make good couple,but they lost their charm after engagement as the story move on .And that is really challenge for writer to put new character on their life as the story always round and round among 5 friends .so hope make linkup with the past with new character .
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am i the only one who didn't like the ep all that much. other then seeing the mother everything else was really anti climactic. after that massive speech in time travellers i was hoping the finale would be at the wedding and ted meeting her for the first time or something along those lines so for season nine they could shown us ted winning her over,wedding proposal etc
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it's probably a different finale... The show was supposed to end with this episode but it got renewed fo the 9th and final season so they probably reshot the episode... hence no wedding, just the events leading up to it
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Yeah, I agree. That was actually the biggest problem of the season. They didn't immediately know whether there would be the 9th season, so we ended up with several dull episode which served only as fillers. Next season should be much better
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I maybe the the only one but the reveal of the mother for me for like meh. I have waited years to see this woman and they introduced her in the most boring and uninteresting fashion. My husband and I looked at each other and was like, so that is the mother, hummph. I expected the first time that we actually see the mother to be legand - we waited 8 years for it- dary! I wanted fireworks, shooting stars, or something incredible mind boggling and grandiose. But what I got was a woman, asking for a ticket to Farhampton. I was so let down. The reveal just didn't hit the high note I was expecting. It was really such a boring first moment that you could have easily slept through it. This is Ted's love of his life and I was expecting something special for the magical first moment we see her.
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Oh, it wasn't just me? I felt the same way, but thought (and still think) it was because I had taken NyQuil when the episode began...
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The reveal for NyQuil for me.
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I think we'll see the fireworks and fanfare when Ted meets her.
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Darn it, after 8 years there should be fireworks everywhere! :)
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Apart from showing us The Mother at the very end, this episode was just rehashing old story lines.
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I think she's great... awesome that they cast someone relatively unknown. I hope he meets her quickly and get together and the narration of all the excruciating details about everyone else except Ted can finally stop!
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After 8 years what ever they did was always going to be different to what people wanted. I liked the fact they went from one character to another making you think about their journey to the wedding then cut to the Mother. It was a good, clever contrast. All these people we've followed for years and then someone (something!) new. Set the big question for the start of next season, "How did she get there?".
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so i usually don;t have the popular opinion, but am i the only one who was seriously pissed off by the finale? i stopped caring who the mother was years ago, and the show stopped having that as a central point years ago. this episode hit some much bigger points, lily wants to go to rome, marshall;s going to become a judge, barney and robin are the most ill fitted couple ever, ted still plans to leave, and none of those were addressed! i;d trade an answer as to how any of those play out over a shot of the mother. that reveal didn;t make up for all the newly opened unaswered questions
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I think putting all those questions on the table fro the time, made them bigger than seeing the mother. Maybe they ruined it by showing mothers face when all the other problems were unresolved. Maybe they should have just shown the boots, the guitar and the umbrealla and just her voice. At this point the hype wasn't about the mother, so her introdution didn't excite us as much as we hoped it would.
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1 - Meeting the mother is the point of the show, as that is the title. He just keeps digressing and/or going off on tangents with the story. It's a TV series, so they have to do this to fill each season.

2 - How do you expect them to answer all those questions in a half-hour season finale? It is NOT a SERIES finale. It returns next fall to continue the story. Did you not know that?
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Yeah, I'm just gonna echo lots of the comments and say if they spend all of next season at the wedding/with Ted not interacting with the mother until the end, I'm going to be pissed. I agree that the McLaren's gang is the reason I watch and love this show. Watching them run around and two of them possibly get married or possibly not for yet another entire season I think will ruin it for me. I'm not above abandoning the show in it's farewell season (just ask The Office until these last three or so episodes) but I really don't want to do that. Please resolve Robin and Barney's wedding quickly and get on with the business of Ted and his soulmate (also, can't wait until they go see Wedding Bride III and he says, "I love you." Mostly because I'm hoping to see a preview for Wedding Bride III. :).
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I don't want Ted and the Mother to magically fall in love at first sight. Too Corny. I want a damn good story as to how they fall in love, something original enough to warrant this man going on and on about how he met his kids' mom. Season 9 should be, wait for it... Legendary! Not HIMYM or HIMYF but HIFILWYM(how I fell in love with your mother)
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I had that pulling feeling in the back of my throat reading through this. I'm still holding out that Robin and Ted end up together. I'm mostly positive it's not going to happen, but there's still that hope. By time he gives her the locket, that story should be at its denouement. I agree that option one is the best choice, as neat as How I Met Your Father would be. Ted doesn't deserve someone the fans don't know and love. We have to love this girl for the show to end memorably. As of now, her reveal was disappointing. She has HUGE shoes to fill in this coming season.
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It's not going to happen. He's been referring to Robin as "Aunt Robin" to the kids for some time now.
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Get over it.
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Your response is so eloquent I have no idea to what you are referring. Ted and Robin? The disappointing reveal? That we don't know who the mother is? That TV has a tendency to suck and ignore its fanbase? Your ego? Enlighten me, o wise one.
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If the popular demand is that robin and ted end up together, I'm the first one to say screw the fanbase and don't listen to them... Don't get me wrong I liked ted&robin together but she belongs with barney, he is more of her cup of tea... Not with Ted
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I'm not pushing for them to end up together. That's my personal hope. What I'm pushing for is that we have to know and love the person that Ted ends up with, otherwise the entire series will have been a waste. =\
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Oh please don't go down the How I Met Your Father route. I need to see their relationship growing throughout season 9 so we can fully understand why Ted is telling us this LONG-WINDED story. HIMYF would be a cop out.
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The How I Met Your Father season sounds interesting, but I'm sure I'd be bummed missing out on all my favorite characters. Also, Rachel Bilson would have to be in it, and she's signed on for her own series for next season.

Marshall will be a judge. It's how they're going to keep them in NYC. He and Lily can't telecommute their interactions any more than he can telecommute his judge duties. Besides...she has to pass the front porch test.
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i was disapointed...i expected someone better looking a LOT better looking and all this time he has talked about how cool she is, but she looked so blaaah
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You know, I thought the exact same thing...but maybe that's the point of it. She's a perfectly ordinary girl that's extraordinary to him.
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I want HIMYM to go for 10 seasons.
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It would be great to see the "How I met your Father" plotline, but I don't see that happening. I am of the opinion that by 2030, the Mother is, sadly, dead, and that is why Ted is telling this story to his kids.
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I knew the mother would be a woman we've never met before, but I was still a little disappointed. I really wished she had been someone small who had appeared for a few seconds, someone the others had met but Ted hadn't, just so after all these years of watching the show we could have that "OMG! SHE was the mother!" moment. But it was just sort of, "oh ok. I guess we'll find out who she is in the next season". I am excited to get to know her, and she's a tony nominee so she must be insanely talented, I just wished there was something a little more exciting. Also, even though Ted's storyline was heartbreaking, it was still kind of stupid, because Ted has known for YEARS that Robin and him are just not meant to be and yet he's still harping on it. Last week's scene was his wake up call, but that's ridiculous. Shouldn't his wake up call have been MUCh earlier? When Robin and Barney started dating, or when Barney proposed... we've just, seen this storyline done SO many times before. It was sad, but it would have been sadder if they hadn't done it 700 times before this. But knowing sitcoms, something really awkward is probably going to happen in the wedding and I'm excited for Season 9.
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In fairness if they had picked one of the extras over the last 8 years who was just background most people wouldn't have recognized her any way. It required the writers to have not only chosen who the mother would be years in advance, but there was a very big possiblity that had they gone that route that by the time they got to the mother entering the story that the background character could have moved on to other work and not be able to return.

I think what they want to do with this actress is introduce her here and insert her into some flashbacks and play like she had interacted or crossed paths with gang without knowing who they are. Casting a unknown who is pretty, but can still blend in perfectly in the background to make it believable that Ted could crossed paths with her or saw her in passing without her standing out as his OMG she is the one vision.
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It's not about her being striking as a person, I just wanted her to be somewhere so I could have the element of surprise, knowing that "Oh, she was that random woman at the bar that Barney hit on who rolled her eyes and walked away." or something. Other shows plan big events like this and drop hints throughout the show. Since HIMYM revolved around Ted meeting the mother, I would have thought they would have at least known who the mother would be a few seasons before this one so they could hint a little bit at who she could be. Throwing hints around and then showing a woman we've never seen before isn't satisfying as far as the story goes.
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That's silly. They are absolutely going to show you scenes where everyine met the mother before Ted. It will be in a similar fashion to how they have inserted scnes into the story for the past few years. I imagine that they've got some scenes planned out to shiw us in Season 9. They coukdn't have locked in an acress before she became a regular though because they couldn't guarantee that person woykdn't star on another show that took off after they used her.
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This reveal would have had far more impact if they had NOT done the episode having the stupid subway end bit with Rachel Bilson revealing he meets her at the wedding.

The show otherwise was fine except I thought the barney and Robin restaurant stuff was pretty much forgettable.
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I love how understated the mother was. It was this big reveal that makes you hold your breath when you realise you actually see her face, and then you don't know her. Ofcourse we don't know her! We haven't met this woman yet. I personally want to fall in love with her as Ted does, and I'm wondering about their story. She isn't wearing a sign over her head pointing out she's perfect, because she is not. She is an ordinary girl who is just perfect for Ted and the beauty is, he doesn't know it yet and he'll find out. We know this one is going to work out because we know she's the one. That makes their relationship, and her, special.

I hope Ted isn't going to cause a scene over that locket, just giving it to Barney and telling him to give it to Robin, but we've already sort of been told that that isn't going to happen. He alluded early on in their relationship that in the end, the three of them being friends does not work out, so they will have a falling out or at least take a break from being close.
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I loved this episode! And not just because we finally get to see theMother. And I do believe she is the mother and not just another member of the band.

I am still holding to the theory that next season WILL be the wedding weekend. But that doesn't mean the whole story takes place during that weekend because this show uses flashbacks to fill in the blanks all the time. So we can have episodes where the rest of the group can flashback to meeting the Mother, for instance, at the rehearsal dinner Barney may recognize her from the St Patricks Day bar. Maybe they interacted while Teddy Westside was hitting on married women and stealing champagne and while we get to see the scene, it is a flashback, so episode "time" doesn't get affected. And so on for the rest of the gang, except for Ted.

Or maybe they all interact with her before, during and after the wedding at the reception and she has flashbacks of her own where she met all of them, except Ted, and it feels like the story is moving forward without the wedding getting bogged down.

We already know that Ted will talk to Barney before the wedding, and that Lily and Marshall will have to restrain Barney during a freak out. So that can be one episode. Ted gets called to Robin's room for her mini-freakout. I will assume by that point she has the locket, and they're done. And during a flashback, we will out when and why she broke up with Louis 45 days or so before the wedding, So in flashback mode like that, the wedding can take steps forward while filling in a lot of the blanks from the Mother's past and past close encounters with Ted. and the gang.

So I'm still thinking the difference the producers are talking about in story telling is going to be the vast amount of flashbacks and cut-ins to past scenes and episodes as a way to catch up on her side of the story. And they can do it all without ever having Ted meet her until the last episode. maybe not the last scene, but close to it at the reception, and then again at the train station where he actually gets to meet and know her and changes his mind about going to Chicago.

I liked the Marshall story for 2 reasons. 1, you leave the country for a year and it affects more than just your immediate friends and family. So seeing his mother's reaction was great. And 2, his judgeship was mentioned before and it is nice to see it possibly come to fulfillment. Even if the phone call felt more like the call Harry Stone got in Night Court.

Casey Wilson and Keegan Keys were terrific as the perfect douchebags. And Barney's line that they were always their archenemies but waited til then to reveal themselves was great. The way those tow get along is wonderful, and I dodn't understand why so many people are against it so much. And Robin using the engagement ring to start an argument was terrific too.

I'm looking forward to next season. Wouldn't be disappointed if they started it early for my sake either.
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I was thinking the same thing about next season! How it'll all be centered around the wedding with flashbacks and some flash forwards...
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Was I the only one a little disappointed? I don't know...I was expecting someone with more oomph to them.
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