How I Met Your Mother "The Final Page" Review: The Robin

How I Met Your Mother S08E11 and S08E12: "The Final Page, Part One and Part Two"

“The great moments of your life won't necessarily be the things you do, they'll also be the things that happen to you,” Ted Mosby once told us, continuing, “Now, I'm not saying you can't take action to affect the outcome of your life—you have to take action... and you will.” How I Met Your Mother's last episode of 2012 showed us that the series is ready to take action... and so is Barney Stinson.

HIMYM finally delivered the proposal it had been teasing since we first saw Robin in her wedding dress, and, wow, did the show nail it. After weeks of making us think that Barney had lost it or was over-correcting, we learned that there was a plan. Or, more accurately, there was a play. The Robin. The final play in Barney’s Playbook, the sixteen steps that would end with the former womanizer down on one knee, asking Robin to marry him. "The Final Page" was my favorite HIMYM episode in a long time, and the series really redeemed its recent missteps with the episode's final ten minutes. Seriously, that ending pretty much Toy Story 3’d me. If you’re a guy, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

When this season started, Ted was at Barney and Robin’s wedding, so we knew the two would get back together. To get this to this point, we had to fight through months of misdirection—Barney was engaged to Quinn, Robin was dating Nick, Patrice showed up to impact both Barney and Robin’s lives. And then HIMYM threw in one last bit of misdirection with Patrice, as she and Barney began dating and Barney told Ted that he planned on proposing to her. As I guessed last week, there was more to Barney and Patrice’s relationship than what the couple was telling everyone.

The second half of "The Final Page"—the half that really matters—focused on the gang attending the opening of Ted’s crowning achievement: the GNB tower. With Barney absent since he planned to propose to Patrice on the same night, Ted asked Robin to be his date. During the limo ride to the party, Ted pulled a classic Mosby: Even though he swore (a jinx swear, too!) to Barney that he wouldn’t tell anyone that Barney was going to propose to Patrice, Ted told Robin anyway, giving her one final chance to make a play for Barney. With tears streaming down her face, Robin told Ted she couldn’t throw herself at Barney anymore, that she couldn’t keep making an ass out of herself. This is where a show like HIMYM, a show with almost a decade's worth of hard-earned history, shines. Robin was talking to Ted Mosby, a man who knows a thing or two about making an ass of himself during a romantic pursuit. Drawing on his past attempts to win over Robin himself, Ted told Robin that there wasn’t any shame in making an ass of yourself, not when there’s the potential for something great to come out of it. For Ted, even though he didn’t wind up with Robin, his numerous attempts to woo her resulted in their friendship, something that means a great deal to him.

Without Robin’s knowledge, Ted had the limo (and Ranjit, the gang’s favorite limo driver) drop her off at World Wide News, where Barney had told Ted that he was going to pop the question to Patrice. When Robin reached the rooftop, she found only candles and a single piece of paper. The final page to Barney’s Playbook, which listed just one play. The Robin. In a voiceover that easily stands out as one of HIMYM’s greatest moments, Barney revealed that his actions over the past weeks had been his final play to win Robin.

He admitted that he wasn’t over her at Splitsville. He made a drunken move on Robin after their night at the strip club with the purpose of getting shot down. He enlisted the help of Patrice, the person Robin couldn’t stand the most, to make Robin realize that she really did love Barney. He made sure Robin saw him burn the Playbook (thanks to the hidden cameras I just knew Barney had in his apartment). And he told Ted about his plan to propose and swore his friend to secrecy, all while knowing that Ted couldn’t keep that secret from Robin. All of this led to Robin standing on the WWN rooftop with Barney standing there, the most genuine and content smile on his face we’ve ever seen.

Saying what a lot people have probably thought about Barney’s actions this season, Robin told Barney that there was no way she could marry him. That they were through. That should could never trust him after this giant game. There was final step to Barney’s play, though: Robin flipped the piece of paper over to find Step 16. “Hope she says yes.” After all of his planning and prepping, Barney could only hope that Robin would say yes.

To be honest with you, at this point, part of me thought Robin would say no. Barney’s final play for her really was crazy. She probably would have been justified if she said no and left. Would the HIMYM writers really put us through this again? Could they draw us in so deeply as they did with Barney’s voiceover only to break our hearts? Not this time. After so many disappointments—Don, Kevin, finding out she can't to have children—Robin finally got a happy ending. She said yes.

For a guy who climbed to infamy on a ladder of catchphrases, suits, and magic tricks, Barney Stinson has grown more than any other character on HIMYM. Think back to that first season—Barney wasn’t just a womanizer, he was a bad womanizer. As the years went by, Barney’s reputation with the ladies grew, but so did the fact that there was an emptiness in his life. He grew up without a father, and when he finally learned that his Uncle Jerry was really his dad, Barney had to work through the realization that Jerry not only left Barney, but that he wound up becoming a great parent to two other children. Barney thought he found love with Nora, but gave it up in hopes of being with Robin... only to have his heart broken once again, finding himself dejectedly picking up rose petals in Robin’s bedroom. The proposal in "The Final Page" was one that Barney earned, developing as a character and as a person since we first met him. He’ll always be the Barnacle, but now he’s the Barnacle who found the person who can make him whole.

Let’s not forget Robin’s journey, though. In addition to the previously mentioned setbacks, Robin once told Ted that she never planned on getting married, a huge roadblock when it came to those two having any chance at working as a couple. It was only a few seasons ago that Robin was content to let herself just be Alex Trebek’s coin-flip bimbo, but now look at her. She’s overcome every negative thing life has thrown at her. She’s matured to the point where she’s ready for marriage.

By my count, this was HIMYM’s seventh proposal, counting Marshall and Lily’s original engagement and their re-engagement when Lily returned, Ted’s engagement to Stella, Ted’s random proposal to Victoria this season, Kevin’s proposal to Robin and Barney’s engagement to Quinn. Barney’s proposal to Robin was the most satisfying of any of them, and I’m so glad Robin said yes. I’m also glad that the show didn’t go through with Barney actually proposing to Patrice as part of his scheme. After so many proposals, it’s hard to have them mean something. HIMYM should only have one more proposal left in store for us, and it’s the one the show has been leading up to for eight seasons now.

So how do we get to that proposal? By my count, HIMYM has just ten episodes left, and without any deal in place for a ninth season, this is it. The show has to have Robin and Barney’s wedding, which leads Ted to a bus platform where a taxi drops off a certain woman with a yellow umbrella. There've been some theories that Robin and Barney won’t actually get married, as HIMYM has only showed us what happens before the wedding, but after "The Final Page," I can’t believe there’s any way the show won’t make good on this engagement. I truly believe that we just saw the show seal up Robin and Barney’s journey, which means it can now focus its attention to getting Ted to exactly where he’s supposed to be.

The final moments of this episode contrasted Ted and the newly engaged Robin and Barney. Barney and Robin may have been alone on that rooftop, but they were the only people they needed. Ted, however, was surrounded by people eager to congratulate him on the GNB tower, but he couldn’t have been more alone. “So I raise a glass to Ted Mosby,” said one person. “None of this would have been possible without him.” Ted may have brought Robin and Barney together, but he was still searching for the one.

I leave you with a verse from "Let Your Heart Hold Fast" by Fort Atlantic, the song that played during the closing moments of this episode. “To believe I walk alone is a lie that I’ve been told. So let your heart hold fast, for this soon shall pass.” For Ted Mosby, you gotta believe that his loneliness won't last.



NOTES & QUOTES


– I didn’t even touch on the first half-an-hour of "The Final Page," but besides Barney revealing to Ted that he was going to propose to Patrice, nothing really important happened. The gang traveled to Wesleyan College so that Ted could confront the professor who'd told Ted he would never be an architect (played by Peter Gallagher) and gloat about the GNB building. Marshall and Lily ran into Daryl (played by Seth Green), a classmate who'd christened the trio “the three hackmigos,” thanks to the one time they played hacky sack together. Everyone eventually learned that they shouldn’t let grudges ruin their lives. A lot of Silence of the Lambs jokes were made. At World Wide News, Robin fired Patrice, saying something about Patrice being too happy and making only okay cookies. Patrice asked Robin if her termination was really about Robin, which prompted Robin to break down into tears. Patrice kept her job.

– At the beginning of the episode, Marshall jinxed Barney, a feat that the group eagerly celebrated. Thanks to his getting hit by a bus after previously ignoring a jinx, Barney took the jinx very seriously, not talking almost the entire episode, only escaping the jinx by showing Ted an engagement ring, causing Ted to say Barney’s name. Interesting note: Barney getting hit by a bus was shown in the third-season episode Miracles. This was the first time HIMYM really hinted that Barney had deeper feelings for Robin, showing him look at Robin while Marshall and Lily debating the superficial loves of Barney that would’ve flashed before his eyes when he got hit by the bus. Ted also proposed to Stella in that episode.

– I’m sure the Buffy: The Vampire Slayer fans were really looking forward to the reunion of Alyson Hannigan and Green, but the second half of the episode really overshadowed everything else.

– Robin in response to Patrice being her Pit Guy: “Guys, I told you I am done obsessing about Patrice. Just drop her.” Lily: “Drop her in a pit.”

– Sandy Waters: “I’d hardly call giving me gonorrhea a petty personal difference.”

– Marshall: “Whatever you do, don’t march in there thinking, ‘I’m gonna do the worm. That’ll show ‘em.’ Seriously, guys, I can't stress enough how bad my prom was.”

– Barney enjoying his first moment of post-jinx speech: “If the bison on the nickel could hear you talk about them, they would diminish their population even further on purpose. If Lily wants a big weiner in her mouth, she’s got my number.”

– We can now add the jinx swear to the slap bet. If you break a jinx swear, though, you get hit in the nuts three times with a wiffle ball bat.

– Ted worrying about the GNB tower opening: “I keep having this nightmare where King Kong shows up to the opening but refuses to climb my building because, in his words, it’s a bit derivative.”

– Ted describing Barney when explaining why he wasn’t coming to the GNB tower opening party: “I dunno. He said ‘legendary’ and ‘challenge accepted,’ then he winked. ‘Wait for it.’ All that stuff.” Marshall: “That does sound like him.”

– Lily preparing her dad for babysitting duty: “Okay Dad, I made you a list of Marvin’s nightly schedule, down to the minute.” Mickey: “Uhh, 9:06 p.m., put on edible underwear.” Lily: “Wrong list... wrong list.”

– I loved Marshall and Lily’s lullaby for Marvin. With all those animal noises (and robot noises), I’m surprised Bigfoot didn’t get a chance to say goodnight.

– I found it very interesting that Marshall was still rooting for Ted to end up with Robin, even telling him to not let Robin know that Barney planned on proposing to Patrice. I thought the Team Tedward train ran out of steam seasons ago.

– The way Ted looked at Robin when she said he could find the future Mrs. Mosby at his party was kind of heartbreaking. It was hard for him to finally let Robin go, and I think there was a version of that night in his head where Robin could have been the future Mrs. Mosby at his party.

– Ted urging Robin to go after Barney: “Robin, do you want to spend tonight making small talk with a bunch of bankers in a daring yet refined contemporary masterpiece King Kong would be lucky to climb or do you want to follow your heart?”

– Barney and Patrice’s fake fight on the porch is second to Brad and Jane’s fake fight on Happy Endings last year when it comes to authenticity, but first when it comes to impact. Without HIMYM’s fake fight, Barney wouldn’t have been able to propose to Robin.

– Even though Ted was alone, this episode’s final shot of the GNB tower in the same skyline as the Empire State Building was fantastic.

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I knew this would be the ending from the moment Barney shows Ted the ring. I was bored at how predictive the series had become for a while now, but this ending made me cry like a little girl haha As they say, God is in the details. #13 was legendary. Cuddles.
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I'd just like to say that you CAN tell that Barney and Robin get married because how dejected Ted is at the train station. He's lost Robin for good.
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can someone please tell me why their shipper is called tedward?!
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I loved it. It was so nice and fitting to the christmasspirit, I almost cried. That's how an ep about a lovestory should be. And I even liked showing Ted's lonliness at the party. 2013 will make him finally happy.
Just loved how they did it.
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seriously? Some people "losing respect" for Robin because she agreed to marry him? If you're losing "respect" for her, then you must really despise Barney even more. Between them both, he's the real slut.
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Just end it. This show lost it seasons ago.
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I watched the whole session with watery eyes.. and it would be so ridiculous if Robin rejected Barney; the whole plot he planned is not a sign of how untrustworthy he is but on the contrary how dedicated he is to Robin and how well he knows her.. yet, Ted's lonelyness did break my heart.. with all its ups and downs and slows and fasts HIMYM is an epic show and will always be..
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Now we only have to wait till they reveale the mother as Barney's sister
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Part 2 is the best episode of HIMYM in years
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As a big Buffy fan, I did love how this episode had 3 alum, but the highlight was definitely the reveal of The Robin! I was pretty pleased that the Patrice relationship wasn't real, because her personality certainly didn't feel like an actual good fit for Barney, and I didn't want us to have to wade through a whole nother mourning period before he was ready for Robin.

I agreed with Robin when she said that it was hard to trust Barney after such a play, though. They should have either: A) Not had her react quite so angrily before the proposal, or B) Had her turn him down/at least think for 30 seconds/had him beg or apologize a little. It was a little odd how she was like, "Oooh, ring, pretty! What was I yelling at you about?"
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Loved this episode. (I'm still waiting for them to give Lily more of a plot line, its been a while, I'll waittt fooorrr it....) But I agree it finally let the characters be at a place where I could see the show coming to a conclusion. One that majority of fans would be happy with.

But for me what made the "Play" the best for me was #13."13. Wait and see if Ted tells Robin. And if he does, it means your best bro in the world has let go of Robin and has given you his blessing. "

To me that showed how much Barney really grew, and gave a solid reason that Ted in fact did let go. I tear up every time I see it.
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I'd be happy now if they just skipped ahead to spring and Robin & Barney's wedding. Have Ted meet the Mother and then give us the last 9 episodes of how they fell in love and he knew she was the one etc.
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predicted the ending from the unjinxing scene in the car. still loved it though, cant be a teary ep of any programme.
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I'm surprised everyone enjoyed Barney and Robin's proposal. The whole thing was so manipulative on Barney's point and even after Robin talks about how she can't trust him again she says yes? That makes no sense! I love Robin and Barney as a couple but that proposal was bull.
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I loved this episode so much!! I knew about his plan before because I've read a persons opinion on tumblr but I couldn't imagine how perfect his plan in fact was :') I cried so much during the end because I'm so happy that my OTP finally found together and that they're going to spend the rest of their lifes together :') I thank the writers so much for this and Neil and Cobie I thank that they are such talented and incredible people who really killed this scene! it touched me so much and I'm really looking forward now for the rest of the series :)
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a well thought planned couple of episodes that made this episode epic!

Barney unjixing himself was my favorite part :)

and most I appropriate it- that we did NOT see it coming

what a great last Play of the playbook!
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I wanted Ted and Robin to be together so bad. I got over it though. I rooted for Barney and Robin the first time around. I got over that too. Barney and Robin are together and they had BETTER provide a little explanation/exposition on why their relationship will work this time and not last time. "2 awesomes cancel each other out." Or as Lily put it, "They're both...what's the nice word for selfish." Marshall responds, "Independent." It's true. They both are independent - it has been a problem in other relationships they've had (not just with each other).
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I'm the kind of guy who starts to follow a show and doesnt want to stop in the middle of the story. Unfortunately, I think HIMYM is becoming less and less funny since a few seasons... I cant wait to get over with, the jokes are just horrendous and the characters have changed too much... Who even cares about Ted anymore?
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Yeah but this episode wasn't about funny. This was about two characters taking huge steps forward prepping us for the series Finale. You are right now there were only a few cheap laughs inthis episode.
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One of the worst HIMYM moments ever, because the story cold have basically been told in half a normal episode.

Problem is of course, I've been watching this from the start and always liked it (until this very season), but I probably keep tuning in since I really wanna know about "your mother", but it clearly has turned into a girls show with all the blabbering and whining and sh*t.

The only real high point these days is Alyson Hannigan, period.
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Yeah it's become really plotten driven but ALyson Hannigan is your favorite? She's had like no story and some very lame jokes. (I blame the writers because she's a talented actress.)
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Wow!!! I started crying the minute she picked up the paper and didnt stop until well after the episode finished. It totally Toy Story 3'd me!!! The final scenes were just beautiful.
P.S. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer reunion was x3 in this ep!!! Sandy Rivers played by Alexis Denisof played Wesley in Buffy and successful spin off Angel. Though Alyson Hannigan and Seth Greens characters were in Buffy both guest starred in at least one episode of Angel. Fun fact: Alyson and Alexis are married in real life and have 2 beautiful children together.
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"....She's matured to the point where she's ready for marriage." I'm not sure whether or not this is sexist.
The episode wasn't bad and the proposal was really sweet, but i just couldn't shake the feeling that it kind of was the writers way of saying:"Ha! Gottcha. We know this season wasn't great. But it wasn't great ON PURPOSE!"
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I think the same attitude is held towards men. In most popular media, intimacy and trust issues are almost always portrayed as the cause for a man's unwillingness to be in a relationship or take a relationship to the next level (aka marriage). It's a retrograde attitude, to be sure, but it's an equal-opportunity offender.
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It truly is one of the best episodes of the show, but even though it was made clear since the pilot that it would never happen, I've always wished Robin and Ted would end up together. There's something about them, they seem to compliment each other very well. I do like Robin and Barney together. Also this makes me realize how close the end of the show is and that bums me out...
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Why am I still watching this awful show? The jokes have the subtlety of "King Kong" in a china shop and most of the actors just outright suck. So the reason why I watch this show is for barney and honestly, if he becomes tender and sweet, this show will officially be the most overrated piece of garbage on tv....
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dude...if you want to watch a bunch of the same jokes over and over and over and over...and did i mention over and over?...go watch family guy.. go to a comedy club...go tell lame jokes to yourself in front of the mirror (I highly suspect you do this already)

A LOT of people actually appreciate the whole emotional character progression in TV shows...and I find it hard to believe (no matter how hard you trying to make it seem) that you have been able to watch this show for 8 years...and not grown to care about the characters...if thats actually true your either a sociopath...or a gigantic douche
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Then don't watch it maybe? douche
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this episode was amazingly heartwarming, but how can the mother reveal could live up to this now? Plus, I read a comment from Dexthea earlier about Sarah Michelle Gellar as a possible mom. I Think that's Awesome! She would be a great choice as the mother! Come on, who's with me.
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YES! I was just thinking that exact thought haha. Then she and Alyson's character could end up as BFFs. Sweet.
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Now this is why I watch HIMYM. Best episode they've ever had.
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Finally! Barney & Robin have become the Chandler & Monica of sitcoms, so we all knew what was going to happen, but I really enjoyed the twist here. These two characters have grown a lot this season so we were expecting more from them, but also because Neil Patrick Harris sells it better than any other comedic or even dramatic actor on TV today. The final play was a joy to watch, making me laugh and get misty... but I will miss Barney performing the different playbook plays, being a sleezebag was never more adorable.
Also it's great to see a payoff ep, and this storyline kept true to HIMYM form- showing us the end first, teasing us with other possibilities but ultimately delivering. Here's hoping they'll keep true to form for the finale.
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Spot on review, you perfectly capture what I thought about the episodes.
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So who is going to babysit Patrice's cat?
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I knew Barney must be up to something. Great episode.
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Soo this architecture professor doesn't read architecture weekly? Seems weird.
But I really loved the first half. In the second half, I liked how we never really know if we are going Ted and Robin or Ted and Barney.
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Is that any more ridiculous than a guy with no resume, no real CV, no Masters let alone a Doctorate and a failure at his own business, getting a job at Columbia, where the janitors probably have at least an MA?
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The best episodes (or one two-part episode) of the season. They finally reminded me of the previous seasons episodes (after a several really boring weeks of the show) that made this show so unique - twists, flashbacks and flash forwards that would trick us into believing that something happened only to find out it was just in characters minds etc. As for the plot, I just think this episode had to happen earlier - too much time was spent on Robin's and Barney's relationship. I hope the final episodes will turn out to be really special
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Is Sarah Michelle Gellar the Mom ? (I just want another Buffy Guest Star)
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Ted just looked so damn sad over looking the city in the final moments of the episode... it was just heart breaking
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There were tears shed. I'm so happy I was wrong about last week's episode.
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First of all, it's Sandy RIVERS, not Waters and the best quote by him is when Patrice hugs Robin and he says, "The ol' fire and bang. Respect Scherbatsky."
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That was hilarious.
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This was honestly one of the best episodes to date. I know this is about Ted's path to finding the right woman, but I'm glad that Barney and Robin finally found each other. I had a hunch that the whole thing was a play to finally get Robin. I'm just glad how much all of the characters have progressed. Hopefully this show ends with a bang!
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I cried a few manly tears at the end. It was that good.
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Beauty will never last but character will, so instead of beautifying our faces lets beautify our character. Robin and Barney's arch came to a great result. This was classic HIMYM had what the show is about the first half was really all filler to the secret best friend jinx with Ted. But showing us a group of friends truly growing as a whole even with classic Ted and Marshall being that classic best friends. Finally with that final shot with Ted looking out toward the future surrounded by people and yet being ever so alone. Can't wait to see Ted final steps.
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It's episodes like these that remind me why I love HIMYM so much. No matter how much of a slump the show seems to get into, they always have those amazing episodes that remind us why we care so much about these characters.
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Eh, much less moving than other episodes over the years. Ted's speech in the limo was shaky at best.
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Yeah...no.
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I really really enjoyed this episode!!! I wasn't expected this at all!!!! at least in that episode and like this! so great!
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To be honest, I still had hope for Ted&Robin to be together,
but this episode broke it =P
anyway it was sweet, a bit overdone (weeks to pull a Robin!), but yeah sweet...
oh and Gold_Ruby, did you forget what Ted did for Stella, the 1 (or was it 2?) minutes date?
that was by far sweeter than "The Robin" =P
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I actually really liked that, saw it coming a mile off but still, it was really well done!
So sweet! I think they work great together.
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Oh, and I'm a little sad that Seth Green had to guest star in this episode. Hope he somehow shows up again and maybe this time he'll be more of the center of attention.
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While I still hate them as a couple, I put that all aside when we got to the Robin. That about topped anything that Ted has ever done for anyone. I'm glad that the show is finally getting back to what made it the best. I can kinda maybe forgive the travesty of the early episodes. Let's hope that they keep this momentum.
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You should know, Mr Kuchman, that the heading for this post, and the picture, might be a spoiler for some who have yet to watch this otherwise.

As much as I like how the whole Robin plan played out, I see no real love chemistry between the two characters. Friends, yes, but married? No. After seeing Barney and the actress who played Quinn, Becki Newton, together, that's even more true. They had chemistry. For me, it's yet another example of lead characters in a show being forced together when it's not clearly believable.
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This episode made me tear up and im a guy. This just shows how goo the episode was.
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Amen bro...the proposal was really sweet :')
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Either I have totally misunderstood the whole thing or Ted's still totally hung up on Robin & since he's a great friend he lets his friends live their lives & b happy even if it means he's alone as a consequence. That's why I don't think there'll be a Robin/Barney wedding in the end after all, FYI the Robin didn't do it for me & I don't get why she fell for that: another fool blinded by love, I guess. I don't get Barney and Robin as a couple so as long as there're episodes left I'll keep rooting for Ted & Robin. While writing this, i realise lots of you are going to throw tomatoes at me, but while they were in the limo, what Ted told her moved Robin to tears whereas once on the roof she looks happy but she doesn't look beyond happiness, there was less chemistry in the proposal than in Ted's words of wisdom. I guess if I was a romantic this episode would have done it for me, but it didn't, I didn't believe it for a second and it's called HIMYM for X's sake ain't it time they thought of the big reveal.
PS: there's no reason why Robin'll never ever have children(this elminated her way TOO easily) and why he wouldn't call Robin aunt Robin as a joke, since in the past she almost married his best bro :) :) :)
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what better way to trick us after all than leading us to think Robin can't conceive and she married Barney while on the other end at the end of the very first episode it looked almost obvious those two'd end up together, I'll eat my cat if I'm wrong but Ted's feelings have never disappeared so why would he constantly keep talking about something that led nowhere????
to conclude, IMO either Ted or Barney will be pretty sad in the end because I don't see them being friends forever after, not when there's still love at stake.
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Yeah, it's not Robin.

Barney says that by Ted telling Robin of Barney's plan to propose to Patrice, he's giving his blessing/letting Robin go. While that doesn't necessarily mean he doesn't have any feelings left, I think it means the Barney/Robin thing will be on. Also, I think when he meets the mother, all feelings will pale in comparison.
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The creators of the show have said it's not Robin (though they regret making that decision). There have been many, many, many hits at who the mother is and it can't possible be Robin.

1. Not in Ted's fake first class
2. Did not live with what's her name unless she has been living a double life this entire time.
3. NOT at the St. Pat party club in No Tomorrow
4. Barney and Robin are clearly married in the future.

Also, keep in mind that Ted needs to meet the person and have a child within the next 3ish years because in 2015 he has a daughter.
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yeah.... I think, people think that Robin might not be the mother, but it might be the wife...
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you just brightened my day cuz what you're saying makes perfect sense & compliments the vision of Ted/Robin's reliationship I've always had. You don't call your mother Aunt Robin but might call your mother in law Aunt Robin if she became your dad's wife and your mother's no longer in the picture.
unfortunately, this also works if your aunt his your dad's best bro's wife :) we'll see...
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Dear Ted....dude...get better friends.
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you can't really be friends with your ex, and it's painful beyond anything if your bro marries your ex, amen to that.
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yup, and Marshall and Lily had time to spend in Barney's apartment and in a bar, but they can't accompany Ted in the most important moment in his career?
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I almost forgot ... all together now:

"Oh .. that's why Barney was with Patrice! That's the only reason that makes sense! God forbid a larger woman actually getting romantically involved with one of the main characters!".

Sickening.
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Get over yourself, attractive people end up with attractive people.
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Reeeally? Thank you for teaching me this valuable life lesson :-P
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