How I Met Your Mother "Something Old" Review: Has the Universe Been Steering Us Wrong All Along?

How I Met Your Mother S08E23: "Something Old"

“Maybe we don’t need the Universe to tell us what we really want. Maybe we already know that deep down.”

For the last eight seasons of How I Met Your Mother, we’ve followed Ted Mosby as he’s tried to find the One. We’ve watched him get his heart broken. We’ve watched him foolishly ruin relationship after relationship. One guiding principle of Ted’s search has always been that he looks for signs from the Universe, from a sluttly pumpkin costume in a store window to his life flashing before his eyes after getting into a car accident. “You see, the Universe has a plan, and that plan is always in motion,” he once told us. “A butterfly flaps its wings and it starts to rain. It's a scary thought, but it's also kind of wonderful. All these little parts of the machine constantly working, making sure that you end up exactly where you're supposed to be, exactly when you're supposed to be there. The right place at the right time."

In a single speech, Ted tossed all of that away. After watching Robin break down in front of him, in tears over her belief that the Universe was screaming that she wasn’t meant to be with Barney, Ted stopped being the man who believed in signs. Throwing away nearly a decade's worth of looking for hints that he was on the right path, Ted tried to console Robin by telling her that the Universe has better things to do than give us signs, that we should trust our own gut and that deep down, she already knew what she wanted.

Then Robin put her in hand in Ted’s and looked up at him.

With just an episode left in Season 8—and a wedding where Ted meets his future wife looming—that wasn’t the twist we were expecting in “Something Old.” Last week, I contemplated the idea that HIMYM was trying to tell us that Robin and Barney aren’t right for each other, and that maybe this wedding wasn’t going to happen. “Something Old” didn’t play like an episode eager to debunk that theory.

In a flashback to 1994, we learned that while in New York City with her father, a young (and rather boyish-looking) Robin buried a locket in the park with the intention of returning to the city someday, marrying a sophisticated New York man with a sick mullet, and digging up that locket to be the “something old” at their wedding. When both her dad and Barney ditched her while en route to dig through the park, Robin found herself all alone. Robin Sr. was eager to join Barney, or B-Dog as he'd started calling the son he never had, and Barney was too involved playing laser tag to drop what he was doing when Robin called him. Like her emotionally unavailable father, the man planning to marry Robin wasn’t there for her either.

But who was there for Robin? Ted initially brushed off her phone call. He had a job interview, so unlike her father and fiancee, Ted had a real excuse. Minutes later, though, a surprised Robin looked up to see Ted standing in front of her. Knowing that Robin needed someone to help her with something important, Ted showed up. Because that’s what Ted does, right? In “Symphony of Illumination,” Robin found out that she can’t have kids, and Ted didn’t even have to know what was wrong—he threw together a spectacular show of Christmas lights in the apartment to cheer her up. Face it, folks, even if we know that Ted and Robin don’t end up together, there’s still something there that makes them a perfect pair. I've seen a lot of fans cite the cruel ways Barney and Robin interact with each other (Barney’s Playbook proposal, Robin’s fake calling-off of their engagement) as evidence of why they're perfect for each other. But would you want someone to be your soulmate for that reason? Or would you rather have a soulmate who's always there to comfort you, even when they don’t know why?

“Something Old” called back to one of Season 1’s great moments—the time Ted made it rain. Ted and Robin hadn’t become a couple yet, and with Robin about to head out on a camping trip with Sandy Rivers, Ted was desperate for a rainstorm that would cancel their trip. When Ted’s attempts at a rain dance actually made it rain, Ted dashed off to Robin’s apartment and demanded that she come down to him. “I made it rain,” he cried. A sign.

Almost seven years to the day later, Ted and Robin once again found themselves in the rain. This time, though, it was Robin who thought the Universe was telling her something. She found the box the locket had been buried in, only to open it and discover that the locket was gone. For Robin, finding the locket meant that the Universe wanted her to marry Barney and that things would be okay. When she realized it was missing, Robin’s hopes were shattered. Cue Ted’s speech about the Universe and signs, and him telling Robin that, “Maybe we don’t need the Universe to tell us what we really want. Maybe we already know that deep down.” And cue Robin taking Ted’s hand in her hand.

I hate to not focus much on Marshall and Lily’s part of “Something Old,” since they actually had a touching story that also involved Ted. As the couple packed for their year-long trip to Italy, they enlisted Ted’s help to determine what they should bring with them and what they should throw away. With Marshall and Lily on the move, it looks like the gang is finally ready to give up the apartment that they’ve shared forever. Thanks to his penchant for fanny packs (sorry, hands-free belt satchels), Ted knew a thing or two about efficient packing, and swiftly guided Marshall and Lily through the process. It was only when a tattered, Doritos-stained beanbag chair came before Ted for judgement that El Ganso Con la Rinonera (Fanny Pack Dork) broke down. For Ted, that beanbag chair represented his friendship with Marshall and Lily. It was the first thing they bought when they moved to New York City, and it was the only furniture they had for a week. If they were able to throw it away so quickly, what would that mean for their friendship? While we know that Ted, Marshall, and Lily will stay friends in the future, the present-day Ted had no way of knowing that. Ted worries about a lot of ridiculous things, but with so much distance between his closest friends and himself, he was right to worry about about this one.

So where do we go next week, HIMYM? Are we going to see a successful Stinson-Scherbatsky wedding? Will Robin get to the altar and realize that Barney isn’t the person she’s meant to be with? Throwing the Ted-Robin wrench into the HIMYM gears this late in the game is a bold move on the showrunners’ parts, especially since it looked like this part of the story had finally reached its conclusion last season. With next week’s season finale titled “Something New,” are we right to think that Robin was Ted’s “something old” and the Mother will be his “something new”?



NOTES & QUOTES

– Ted showed up at Marshall and Lily’s apartment to help them pack, declaring “I’m here to chew bubblegum and pack boxes, and I’m all out of bubblegum.” Ted then promptly choked on his gum.

– Is this really the last time we’re going to see the apartment? After eight seasons, I feel like the apartment is a bit our home too.

– When did Marshall learn to say “Come again, Big Fudge?” in Italian? I thought the only Italian he knew was “Come on, bro. Don’t bogart all the Funyuns.”

– Lily to Ted after Ted kept pushing Marshall into the beanbag chair: “Every time he lands, that chair farts out ten-year-old Dorito dust.” Marshall: “Yeah, it’s the chair …”

– So Ted has a big interview about designing another New York City building? Is this something that we’ll hear more about soon? Hopefully he didn’t ditch that interview for nothing.

– Lily’s way of assuring Ted that they'll always be friends: “You’re not a chair, you’re our best friend.” This was still touching.

– Narrator Ted: “Kids, you can’t cling to the past because no matter how tightly you hold on, it’s already gone.”

– Barney to Robin Sr. after stealing the batteries out of his laser tag gun: “Lookin’ for Ds?”

– Ted to Robin after hearing her story about burying the locket: “Robin Scherbatsky, you’re a girl.” Robin: “Shut up, you’re a girl.” Ted: “That’s been established.”

– Ted’s entire speech to Robin: “Maybe it’s dumb to look for signs from the Universe. Maybe the Universe has better things to do—dear God, I hope it does. Do you know how many signs I’ve gotten that I should or shouldn’t be with somebody, and where has it gotten me? Maybe there aren’t any signs. Maybe a locket is just a locket, a chair is just a chair. Maybe we don’t have to give meaning to every little thing. Maybe we don’t need the Universe to tell us what we really want. Maybe we already know that deep down.”

– In case you were wondering, Wilco’s “How to Fight Loneliness” was the song that played during the episode’s closing scene.

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In a single speech, Ted tossed all of that away. After watching Robin break down in front of him, in tears over her belief that the Universe was screaming that she wasn’t meant to be with Barney, Ted stopped being the man who believed in signs. Throwing away nearly a decade's worth of looking for hints that he was on the right path, Ted tried to console Robin by telling her that the Universe has better things to do than give us signs, that we should trust our own gut and that deep down, she already knew what she wanted.


Robin should have listened to her original fears.
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I answered Yes even if I prefer NO.
I would like Robin with Ted even if it's almost impossible and would be sad for Barney!
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I love this review. Thank you for mentioning the symbolism of the rain. I had forgotten about that.
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As much as I think Ted's more emotionally available to women (not just Robin) I do think it'd be overstepping if he'd make another move on Robin now. As far as I'm concerned, Barney's perfect for her and vice versa, so I was a bit worried Ted would do something stupid. This was a very powerful episode, which hasn't happened in a long time on HIMYM, and I especially liked Ted's moving on from his superstitions. I feel like it's the perfect time for him to stop looking for signs from the universe, and I can definitely relate to that. Good review! The only thing I found missing from your review was the amazing Destiny's Child/Beyoncé dialogue between Ted and Lily and Marshal. Seriously, it cracked me up.
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Even though I think the whole Robin/Ted thing needs to end, and that they should stop playing games with Barney and Robin's relationship, I liked how this episode almost helped the show come full circle before he finally meets the mother. In the first season Ted and Robin found themselves in the rain together, and here they are, years later, in the same situation, but under much different circumstances. Also, where has Marvin been?
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Don't do it Ted!
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oh come oon.. why do they have to do that? i actually teared up when barney asked robin to marry him.. why does the show try SO hard to make us root for a couple and really believe that they are meant to be together and then change their mind and try to convince us that NO they shouldnt. they should be with other people. how do they expect us to recieve it? i got used to the fact that ted and robin are not meant for each other many seasons ago. then i embraced the fact that she's in love with barney. and now i have to accept that shes supposed to be with ted? im sorry but i cant root for any couple if they keep changing their minds.
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I used to love this show but it is starting to annoy me with the back and forth or Robin and Barney.
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I think everyone is reading into them holding hands too much. Ted and Robin are good friends. Have been for years. They've had their ups and downs and whatnots. Believe it or not, friends sometimes hold hands simply for comfort. It could simply be that. As Ted once said fairly recently, "Maybe there aren’t any signs. Maybe a locket is just a locket, a chair is just a chair. Maybe we don’t have to give meaning to every little thing."

I think people need to stop assuming they're going back to a Ted/Robin thing. It's too late in the game, and everyone already knows she's not the mother.
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Okay, this game has been going on for too long. The writers should stop playing the "Robin Card" regarding Ted's future wife. I personally think Robin and Baney would be great together, can they please decide if they agree with me or not, once and for all?

Robin isn't going to marry Ted. She's "Aunt Robin" and if they create a twist to make her become the bride, just like that, out of the blue, I wouldn't like it.

Just show us the mother, for goodness' sake and let Barney and Robin be happy ever after.
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We know there is a wedding day (right?), so could it be that Barney has the locket? It would turn the whole thing around, if they want them to marry.

Not that I care that much. I think I'll care more about this show after the now silly 'who is Mother' is done.
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So then; the box is buried, and found.. but the locket is gone? So then somebody dug op the box, took out the locket en put the box back in.. Just seems a little strange.
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How about this theory: Ted marries the mother, has two children with her. When the son and daughter are maybe around 8-10 the mother dies. Robin and Ted come closer again, and they finally marry. So Aunt Robin is the stepmother.
Explains why the children are not over-emotionally about listening how fahter met mother. (Are we beeing punished?) And the whole "only 40 something more days".
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Aunt Robin, Uncle Barney. In the episode was directly mentioned that robin has a sister. Ted falls in love and has kids with robin's sister. Your welcome
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Nope. Ted met Robin's teenage sister (Katie) already (the one he talked out of having sex with her boyfriend, he told her she should wait).

Furthermore the mother lives in NYC, we alreday know that. She was the roommate of Rachel Blison (forgot her name in HIMYM), Ted nearly met her in their apartment. And we saw the mother's umbrella aperaring and walking around several times. It would be weird that Robin would never meet her sister, if she lived in the same city, wouldn't it?
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Frankly, I think the push-pull between Ted and Robin is the "Something Old."
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thanks for saying which song it was =)
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We've already seen that Robin will have second thoughts about marrying Barney on the day of the wedding, but perhaps Barney took it (he could've found out about it from her father, which is why it is insisted that the two have formed a strong bond) and the moment he shows it to her, she will know he's the one.
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Finally we've seen something from Robin!! Troughout the last episodes we've been wondering if Robin and Barney were meant together, even though she's being always cool whatever happens. I couldn't bear the idea that she would accept everything Barney's done so far, no one is that awesome as Barney believes her to be. One day she would break down, and the necklace was just the last straw.
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I absolutely hated that they're going back to the Ted-Robin thing. Its been established numerous times that she's not the mother, but we keep getting these "she could be" moments. I understand the anxiety over getting married, but that doesn't mean that these fears have to show up as Robin feeling something for Ted again. And this is coming from someone who's still not 100% behind the Robin and Barney relationship.
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am i the only one who has in the mind that Robin wears a blue jacket in this episode? a same color as the blue french horn...
i loved this episode.. it would be f***ing hard for Ted.. this changes.. like his best friends are moving to italy, his love of his life getting married and he is still alone.. waiting.. he is the best character ever..
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what i noticed was the yellow rain coat!! worn at the same time that fate was being discussed. i was waiting for a girl to walk by with a yellow umbrella, and ted to sneak in some sort of nod of solidarity while still trying to be a good listener. matching yellow protective gear should be the take away!
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This episode actually made me quite frustrated. We KNOW that Robin isn't the mother, yet they have constantly had story lines hinting that she COULD be, even though we've known since episode one that that isn't the case. This needs to stop, and now. Robin and Ted have a cute friendship, but that's the height of it. Also it annoyed me that Robin was putting so much importance on the necklace and taking Barney not showing up as a sign that he's not the one for her. I understand she's freaking out about marrying Barney, but to assume that her need to find that locket is the most important thing in the world is silly. Especially considering Ted blew off a really important meeting to come and help her find it. Personally I didn't like the Lily and Marshall storyline either. Throughout the seasons they have had a LOT of storylines like this, where Ted freaks out about something big by making something small into a big deal. I just wish HIMYM would start changing it up .
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I don't think Robin put that much importance on the locket as a sign not to get married, I think she used it as an excuse for all the doubts she's been having.. she had a breakdown and was looking for something or someone to blame.. and it's not good for her emotions when barney doesnt show up over laser tag but ted understands what she's saying and blow off an interview.. I'm not saying I agree with her reasoning, just that I get why she freaked out
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I totally get what you mean, and I agree with you completely. I just mean like, it was unfair of her to expect Barney to come running to help her look for a locket. I understand why she was upset, and that she was blaming her already present doubts on the 'signs' but still... like I mean, she was searching for a buried locket... it isn't something you should expect your spouse to drop everything and come running to help you with.
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haha of course it isn't but then again if you aren't sure of your feelings I think you take everything as a little test you know? If he shows up then he loves me and we're meant to be, if he doesn't then he doesn't know me well enough to get married.. crazy I know but well... it's robin
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I think one of the biggest thing that has been forgotten is how Ted specified in the past "Kids, that's how I met your aunt Robin".

So we know she's not with Ted. Weather she ends up with Barney is a whole different issue, one of the biggest mysteries I suppose. Since neither Barney nor Robin are shown in the future, eating sandwiches or whatever.
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Aunt Robin, Uncle Barney. In the episode was directly mentioned that robin has a sister. Ted falls in love and has kids with robin's sister. Your welcome
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At the end of the episode I was really pissed. Come on now, no more Robin + Ted melodrama seriously. What suddenly Barney's not good for her because he was preoccupied (did she just meet him) with something silly to go to her silly thing (which she didn't even tell him what she wanted). They are meant for each other, they don't interact cruelly, they interact like 2 peas in a pond (Barney's proposal was 1 of the best on TV EVER!!!)
Okay so Ted knows Robin after all these year & he's the most sensitive of the group (I still think it's idiotic he left the job interview) Next season which is said to be the last, should concentrate on the mother & who she will be, not Ted & Robin, please no.

Am I the only one that was hoping that we'd see "who" or "what" the Bermuda triangle was taking the stuff off the street?
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I don't think Robin will ditch Barney at the wedding to be with Ted. I just think maybe. (Just maybe), the fact that Robin doubted so strongly her marriage with Barney and for a sligh second in the rain she thought Ted was the one for her, maybe that will make her have second thoughts about the wedding is what she really wants and what is right for her. Hence, this may convince her not to marry Barney.

Maybe, Barney and Robin's wedding isn't that important for the story for the fact of watching these two fellas getting married, but for the fact that the reception (they still attend to even though the wedding is off) is where Ted meets the mother.

This theory does not intend to suggest Barney is not ending up with Robin. For all we know, they're saving that for the (final) season 9 finale episode. Wouldn't that be cool? kind of a Ross chasing after Rachel before she leaves to Paris episode for a Series finale, but with Barney and Robin instead?

Well it's just a theory I came up with after watching "Something Old".
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NO NO NO NO NO! I'm tired of the writer's doing this to us. Ted & Robin are done! That was a hard pill for me to swallow and I swallowed it. And now the writers are reaching down my throat and trying to pull it back out. This is unacceptable. All the work they did to try and have Barney and Robin make sense is being undone and now they are harping on Ted & Robin's connection. Of course they are close and get each other. There's nothing wrong with that. I'm kinda hoping the Mother is besties with Robin. But with this storyline it's like the only thing that will be in the finale is a disaster. Argh so frustrated!
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haha i agree 100%...as much as id love for robin to be teds, they really made us accept it was over, that was a humongous pill to swallow and i still dont approve of barney an robin
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I've gone back and forth on the Barney and Robin thing. I was way opposed then I got on board then I was opposed and then they won me over again. And THEN they do this. Not amused.
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Barney is the bad boy and Ted is the nice guy. So even if Robin has strong feelings for Ted, she'll probably end up with Barney. But it's gonna be a difficult job for "the mother" to make us believe that her story with Ted is as good as Ted and Robin's story.
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I don't see the problem with Ted being dillusioned. The series has been doing a good job at showing how Ted's love life has gotten worse and how he has started losing faith in his belief that universe has a plan. One episodes last year had a desperate Ted and Barney want to adopt a kid together, because he was sick of waiting for the universe. Now that Barney and Robin 2 people in the past tha expressing they never wanted to settle down are beating down the alter I see nothing wrong with Ted questioning his beliefs at this pointin his life. It is one of the few things I think the show has been doing right in the last few years. Obviously once he meets the mother and falls in love with her she will validate his original beliefs and Future Ted's faith in the universe's plan will be restored.

My problem with this episode is the writers keep wanting to play with if Robin and Barney belong together this late in the game. What makes it worse is that they trying to play with Ted/Robin angle. I liked them in earlier seasons, but they are over now. I just feel frustarted they are playing it this way when next is the season finale. The ending with charged moment with Ted and Robin just made me groan. They great friends, but I'm just sick the writers keep trying to tease it and we know it won't happen. This season hasn't been going the way I thought it would.
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Instead of us trying to figure out how The Mother could possibly live up to our expectations, I'd like to see how on Earth Ted convinces this woman that she's the one and he no longer loves Robin, because frankly, this is getting ridiculous.
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Oh, PS? Why did Ted look so hot while standing in the doorframe (prior to choking on his gum...)
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I think this episode showed me that Robin will end up with Barney. Doesn't women marry their father? That way (marrying Barney) she WILL marry her father hehe... But really, I think they are really great for each other, this episode doesn't show me that Barney is a jerk, it just show me that Barney is Barney, he is different than Ted, but he is also great. I loooove Ted (my favorite character since day one), but I think almost everything romantic involving him and Robin after they broke up seems forced, not natural. And this episode also doesn't show me that Robin and Ted has to end up together, just show me again how great of a friend and person Ted is.
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STOP just STOP with the Ted and Robin crap. We have seen it too many times and now it is beyond sad and pathetic when its thrown out there. She is NOT the mother we know that so stop revisititing that relationship. I hope the hand holding is left as a kind gesture between friends. Nothing more. Next week is the finale so we (and Ted) will FINALLY meet the mother. Lets see if eight years of hype will finally play out the way we like.
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I just started watching recently and just got to this episode and right from the clues on the previous one and seeing Robin there looking for the locket I knew that Ted was going to show up..the moment he did I just closed Netflix pissed off.
Seriously how many times with the same lame thing over and over.
They do an amazing episode when Barney does "The Robin" and then come back to this crap.
I am not watching any more until I know for sure Ted (most boring and lamest character and somehow the "lead" one) finds the mother and the writers dont better pull up so BS and make him end up with Robin.
The moment I know for sure Barney and Robin end up together (to me a lot more interesting story than Ted's) that moment I will watch the rest of it.
Right now I just cant believe how they ruined something so cool with the lame beating a dead horse of Ted and Robin...seriously ENOUGH ALREADY!
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-_- u do know theres a whole other season comin next year right?
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Yeah. Doesn't mean they have to drag out the same tired plotline with Ted and Robin. Its been done to DEATH.
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the next episode is the last in this season right?
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you are correct.
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Where's the poll option for "honestly don't care anymore. ready for this show to be over"??
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I was SO ready for this season to be the last one.
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Ted's interview does not really mean that the next building will be in New York City. He did design a building for Spokane National Bank back in season 2. There's also a reason why he had a business trip to Hong Kong in the flash forward to the future.
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What I'm thinking (or really, really hoping, rather, because I am SICK of the Ted and Robin arc) is that this episode is less about the Ted and Robin moments and more about character development. Something Future Ted says often is that this is the story of how he became who he had to be before he met the mother. Ted's been this big believer in signs and the universe and fate since day one. He even states that he's been seeing signs to be or not be with different women for ten years and it's gotten him nowhere. Maybe this is the last big change that his character needed (as we know he's meeting her at the wedding, in less than 45 days according to The Time Travelers) to be able to succeed at romancing The Mother. Even Marshall and Lily's storyline was all about Ted, really.
As others have said, Robin being the mother goes against a LOT of Bob Saget dialogue (from the first episode, pretty much the entire Cindy story, etc).
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Why do so many people assume the wedding is in the season 8 finale? Anyone who has ever heard the old saying will know that after "Something New" (the title of the season finale) comes "Something Borrowed," and "Something Blue" if you go by episode titles alone there is enough reason to think the wedding is still a few episodes off. But more than that the title of the series is a big clue, after all it isn't called "How I Met Your Mother and what happened next". The most any of us can expect is a brief epilogue after the moment he meets the mother who I think we can all agree will (or at least should) be played by Lyndsy Fonseca.
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The writters affirmed they didn't have to bring an end to the show once Ted met the mother. They said there could still be important parts of the story after they met. Plus, maybe the entire season 9 could focus on how they actually end up together after a lot of relationship trouble.

Plus I would enjoy an episode or two called "How I met your father" focusing on the mother's side of the story ever since they first coincide in the Saint Patrick's Day Party.
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I actually believe they're going to split the wedding up in this episode, to leave us major cliffhanger. as for titles "Something Borrowed" and "Something Blue", they used those 2 titles already in last two episodes of season 2; for marshall and lily's wedding
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I must not have been paying attention to the "Something Borrowed" and "Something Blue" episode titles, thanks for letting me know though as it does kind of put that idea to rest. I'm still unsure we will see the wedding in the next episode as the synopsis already has its hands full, but cliffhanger season finale is the typical HIMYM style.
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That's actually a pretty interesting theory that next week's episode won't actually show the wedding - the only synopsis that has come out for the episode is "As the gang prepares to go to Robin and Barney’s wedding, Ted invites Lily to see the final renovations he made on his house in Westchester. Meanwhile, Robin and Barney’s night of relaxation is ruined by an obnoxious couple, and Marshall takes baby Marvin on a last-minute trip to visit his family in Minnesota."

However, most of the rumors seem to indicate that the wedding will indeed happen and that Ted will finally see/meet the mother for the first time next week, so I'm not sure what to believe. Personally, I would like to finally see the mother, perhaps having the season close out with a shot of Ted looking at her and then the camera revealing her face. But, who knows? We'll all find out next Monday, I guess.
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Actually it should show us Ted looking at the "mother" but not showing us than future Ted saying to the kids "And that's the day I met your mother" fade out end of season "Mwahahahahah" *evil grin*
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I'm personally over Robin and Ted thing. It had it's day and the arc itself was great but with the Last Page I'd hoped that was over. But like the big bad in a hollywood blockbuster it just won't die.

That said it does make great sense that Ted see's his 'Something Old' before he meets his 'Something New' and I do like that. Im just a bit tired of it all
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From the end of the episode, I believed it was just Robin getting her pre-wedding cold feet. That paired with the flash-forward of her in her dress was enough for me to brush off the events of this episode. But thinking about it more and about everything this series has been about since day one... I'm starting to doubt Robin and Barney. It would cheapen the series to dump Ted off with someone we've known for maybe a season. At the same time, when Robin was first introduced, the kids were told that she was their "aunt Robin." So unless they're breaking continuity... Gah, I don't know.
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Let's cut to the chase: Robin is Ted's soulmate and vice versa just as Marshall and Lilly are. All the rest is window dressing. The endless gimmicks attempting to deny this and dissuade viewers of this conclusion are getting a bit old. Robin and Barney? Ted and some new "one"? Meh. It's too little too late now. I'll never buy it. Now Barney is regressing and Ted is left hanging. Obviously, Barney has the locket but who cares? He no longer has chemistry with Robin and he's still stuck obsessing over big boobs and laser tag. Yawn. If the writers wanted to go in another direction they had the chance a few seasons ago. Now, all I can hope is that they don't deny us the payoff. Nothing wrong with that. It's TV and it's the journey that counts even if we know the destination.
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BARNEY IS wrong FOR ROBIN!!! THEY will not GET MARRIED!!! There, I said it. All these recent episodes showcase Barney in the worst possible light as a fiance. Not recognizing that Robin was in pain at the park and needed the man who supposedly loves her. Constantly pushing Robin's boundaries of 'coolness'. Ted even called him on it, saying he needed to chillax and respect her more. Barney just went into dick mode and said he knew Robin better than Ted did and to back off. Dick mode! Ted knows Robin better than ANYONE. obviously!

Please remember way, way back to an episode in season 1 or 2 where Ted is standing at the altar getting married and looks out to the crowd ... right at Robin. I seem to recall she was sitting there ALONE! Where was Barney? i don't remember seeing him up by Ted & Marshall as a best man. Am I wrong? Was he up there?

Also ... remember back to 'Symphony of Illumination' when Robin found out she couldn't have kids. 'Old Ted' said Robin would go on to travel the world, to do the things she wanted to do in life. That she would never be alone cuz she had such great friends. Doesn't sound like Barney was a part of that traveling or Robin doing all those things she wanted to do either.

The only scenes shown so far post-wedding are Robin dancing with her father. Barney no where to be seen. It AINT happening, people.
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Barney is Ted's Best man see here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzIoDRSuif8 But I think you are right about a lack of future Barney and Robin flash forwards.
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Guess who has the locket? Lily!

Check this out: “Something New” — Robin (Cobie Smulders) discovers Lily (Alyson Hannigan) is holding on to something she wants to use as “œsomething old” in her wedding to Barney, on the eighth season finale cliffhanger of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

I'm thinking Lily stole it back in 1994 after she saw that Robin buried something in the ground. That would be cool.

Source: http://www.seat42f.com/how-i-met-your-mother-season-8-episode-24-something-new-photos.html
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How is that even possible if Lilly and Robin didn't even know each other until 2005 (season 1)?
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I don't like what you implied with this episode HIMYM . Robin doesn't love Ted end of discussion , stop teasing us . She had all the chances in the world to be with Ted , now it's too late . Besides Barney probably has the locket . I swear if the season finale ends with a tilt up of the mother's body and they don't show the face , I will brake my TV screen and CBS will recieve a daily ducky tie from me until the ninth season premieres
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Personally, i think, once again, the writers are teasing us, and in the season finale both Robin and Ted will have the best sign the could want from the universe. Probably Barney dug up the lockett before, with the help of the father in a flashback, and in a very freaky and romantic way, the universe will guide Ted to her wife, thus being the final moment of this season, and the beginning of the end.
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This was a great episode, still I can't stop thinking: "really, we are going to do Robin again?
Well and Barney doing the (Resident Evil) Alice
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Hmmm lots of weird comments in my opinion.. But it seems like I have perceived this episode totally different then most of you who wrote something here.

Why are there still so many viewers who still believe in the Ted-Robin theory? If it is actually a theory, because it goes against everything HIMYM has established over the past 8 seasons. I really don't get all the fuss, the way I saw it was just a beautiful scene with 2 really good friends.

And why is there any doubt about the Barney/Robin Wedding? Wasn't the first episode of the season on the day of their wedding? The whole season has been building towards their wedding so Ted can finally meet "The Mother". And now 1 episode before the finale, all this fuss and crazyness because 2 good friends shared an intimate moment..?

I do like the theory of Robin being Ted's "something old". And as a few have already pointed out: Barney probably has the locket and I expect an amazing season-finale.
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Of course - Ted & "Aunt Robin" marrying is something the writers didn't plan for. On the other hand, there have been so much screw ups that I see the possibility of it happening.
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Well I respect everybody's opinion. But I just can't see that happening.. Maybe.. Just maybe.. IF somehow the mother dies and Barney dies, I would be able to see it happen. But lets be honest, the chance of that happening is as big as the chance that Walter White will heal from his cancer and lives happily ever after..
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Sorry but I really wouldnt compare the writing staff of HIMYM to that of Breaking Bad :D Don't get me wrong, I also don't see it happening story-wise. I just don't have enough trust into the writers. Their strategy for the last seasons seemed to be to screw with the audience's anticipation.
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Exactly. Ted and Robin goes against SO much Bob Saget dialog that its not even funny
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Thank you for the post about the song!
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I had forgotten about it. Great song.
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I don't understand all the anger over the Ted-Robin scene, I will admit I was worried about them kissing for a second, but once Robin only held Ted's hand, I Ted was only there to help Robin, and to be her friend, I don't believe we're going back to Ted/Robin in the finale, if anything I see Robin considering it and Ted admitting they they just don't work as couple but Best friends. I thought this was a solid episode, and I'm eagerly awaiting next week.
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Hmm I'm really glad at least somebody perceived this episode like I did. I was also very surprised with all the anger over the last scene. And I completely agree with everything you've said. Ted is Robin's best friend, and he was there for her. It was a beautiful capture of their friendship and I will also be waiting eagerly for next weeks finale!
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It's kinda hard to believe this show has endured so long as hit or miss as it is.The whole who's the mom thing being not really what this show has really been about for a very long time. The show is about being funny and it doesn't always get there, but when it does, it does. This show could have easily been called Friends, but that moniker was taken long ago. But I believe these people belong on TV and are always at the mercy of the writers. Good writing makes a show, first and foremost and sometimes this show is off the charts funny. Sometimes it's off the charts not funny, but it hits more than it misfires...
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I am not saying that Ted and Robin belong together, but Barney and Robin shouldn't BE together at all... I really don't like that (among other things) in the recent seasons.
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it has bugged me as well.
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Every episode I like Robin less and less. Make up your mind already! She is like a child that doesn't know what she wants, wants to have all of her back ups or just in cases on the back shelf, and is constantly whining. Apparently the men on this show love wasting their time because they keep coming back to her. I have always enjoyed the chemistry between Barney and Robin and I think if there is anyone that may be able to handle Robin's adolescence it woud be Barney. I would like to believe that Ted has way too much hope for his future to want to waste his life being with Robin. I mean, wanting to have children is not like wanting a dog. Children completely change your life and you experience a joy like no other and Ted would never be happy not having them. Robin is not for him and I wish that storyline would die, burn and get flushed down the toilet.
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This show has become beyond terrible. I didn't laugh once. Who is the target demographic nowadays, 13-year-olds?
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