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How I Met Your Mother S09E21: "Gary Blauman"


As the wise poets Death Cab For Cutie once wrote, "But we just talk about the people we've met in the last five years, and will we remember them in 10 more?" The great lesson of How I Met Your Mother's highly entertaining "Gary Blauman" is probably one of life's greatest lessons, and it's that some friendships and relationships are meant to last forever, but most of them are not. Most of the people we meet are just passing through our lives on their own path to some far-off destination. Ted's journey toward meeting the Mother was full of these transitory relationships, which means they've all been a part of our lives for the last nine years. But come March 31, it'll all be over. Will we remember Ted, Marshall, Lily, Robin, Barney, and the Mother for the rest of our lives? Maybe. It depends on whether or not we make the active choice to keep their memory alive, and whether or not we pay our Netflix bill. But relationships and friendships are very seldom permanent fixtures in our lives. It's not because we're a**holes (okay, it's not completely because were a**holes), it's just a fact of life. Which is why, as Ted said, that when we find those relationships we want to keep and hold on to, we need to be proactive and make it happen.

Ted's first date with the Mother was three days after the wedding, and in pure Ted fashion, he attempted to take her to a Scottish/Mexican fusion restaurant, and when that didn't work out, spent the entire date walking around New York while telling her a story about Gary Blauman (Taran Killam), a seemingly unimportant character who arrived at the wedding only for Robin to realize there wasn't a place for him to sit at the reception. From there, the episode became a series of flashbacks inside a flashback as each of the gang recalled a time they interacted with Blauman which caused them to either love him or hate him. 


Ted hated him because he thought he was fighting against Bauman to win a date and/or sex with a girl who shared his love of Teddy Roosevelt. Lily loved him because he stopped her from getting a full tattoo of a butterfly, which turned out to be just the beginning of an entire back tattoo of Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath surrounded by butterflies. Barney also hated him, because Blauman had the audacity to eat four of his french fries, including the accidental curly, which everyone knows is just something that you do not do, while Billy Zabka adored him because Blauman loved and appreciated his poetry. But the biggest kicker of all was the discovery that Blauman was the man James had an affair with, thus ruining his marriage. 

After Barney threatened Blauman with bodily harm if he didn't leave the wedding, Marshall ruled that Robin's wish was the only wish that mattered because it was her wedding day, and you don't eff with the bride on her wedding day. As the gang attempted to salvage the situation and apologize to Blauman for being unwelcoming and rude, he decided they were jerks—which they were—and drove off leaving them to ponder their relationships with the people in their lives at that exact moment. As Marshall wisely pointed out, he thought the people present as his wedding were people he'd be friends with forever, but he hasn't seen most of them since that day.


It was this revelation that led to one of the most elaborate scenes the series has done outside of the two-minute date in "Ten Sessions." As the camera panned around in a single shot, we caught a glimpse of  what happened to certain characters from the gang's past over the years. Carl's still the bartender at MacLaren's, Scooter married Lily's doppelgänger, Kevin is now Jeanette's therapist, Patrice has a call-in radio show (which apparently Robin frequents), Billy Zabka won the American Humanities Prize for Literature, James and Tom worked out their differences, Sandy Rivers is doing the news in Russia, BlahBlah's name is actually Carol, Biltz still has bad luck, Ranjit is a baller, and Zoey's still protesting shit, but now also getting attacked by birds. This was a fun, sweet way to bring back as many former guest-stars as possible, and an even sweeter way to examine Ted and the Mother's first date. 

Ted has always been the character to make the first bold move in relationships, but it was the Mother who kissed him first this time. He'd already resigned himself to not be That Guy, the Ted that we've come to know and love despite his pretentiousness, despite his sometimes gag-inducing optimism and persistance. By having the Mother make the big gesture—especially after having told him it was too soon since she'd only just turned down her ex's proposal three days earlier—it was just another sign that she's the one Ted's supposed to be proactive about. She's the one he needs to do everything in his power to keep in his life. 

As we get closer and closer to the series finale, it's getting more and more difficult to watch this series from a completely objective point of view. This journey has been a part of our lives for the last nine years, and I've come to look at Ted and the rest of the gang as a permanent fixture I can always count on to bring me laughter and warm my icy heart on Monday nights. Tonight's "Gary Blauman" really drove the point home that it's all coming to an end soon. The episode perfectly balanced the saccharine with the hilarious, and continued the series' recent streak of mostly excellent episodes leading up to the finale. After tonight, though, I've realized that Ted and Marshall are right; some relationships are fleeting, but How I Met Your Mother has made a lasting impression on my heart, and it'll probably continue to live on in there for many years to come.



NOTES


– "This is the Robin's hair of seating charts!"

– "Have I ever told you how I met your father? It was at a party."

– "Oh, but he was not good thanks! He was not good thanks at all!"

– Seriously though, who just eats another dude's accidental curly?

– Neil Patrick Harris's delivery of the entire speech about the french fries was perfect. Ever since Modern Family premiered and started dominating the Supporting Actor category at the Emmys, NPH has been largely shut out of the race, and that's terribly is unfortunate. Even when HIMYM has stumbled, NPH has always been a constant pleasure to watch. Not having him on my TV week after week is really going to force me to up my stalking game.

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AIRED ON 3/31/2014

Season 9 : Episode 24

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I am not sure if anyone is reading this old review or not (because, finale), but I just want to confirm something --- "Was the old lady who took over Blitz' slot machine same as the one who appeared in the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. episode, sparring with Phoebe"??? I really think she was, and the scene was just a homage to Friends.
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Totally loved this episode! It was great to see what has happened to previous characters on the show. Your review was really good this week. This episode really reflects our lives and how people come in and out of them but the ones that remain are our true friends who will always be with us. I'm really going to miss this show
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Not a great episode, more like a filler episode. Blauman has been on the show for years, but not really centered until now. Also find it hard to believe he was the one having the affair with James... He "suddenly" appeared in the wedding. Why? 'Cause he's Cobie Smulders husband in real life. Too obvious. And the ending felt rushed too...
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I liked so much this episode! Was perfect.

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Liked the ending, reminded a little of the scrubs finale (the one before the "spinoff").
I stilled missed some like Randy Wharmpess, Quinn, Daryl (seth green), but it gave the writers a fun way to incorporate some former guest stars.
I'm wondering how much time will actually be spent on the wedding itself and on the time after the wedding where Ted meets the mother for the first time (although he sees her playing at the wedding as seen in an earlier episode).
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Hey Kaitlin are you going to watch How I Met Your Father??
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The only thing i didn't like about this episode was the Telepathic conversation between Ted and Gary, because it's something that only happens between the gang. other than that it was a great episode! And Gary isn't exactly a new character ( http://how-i-met-your-mother.wikia.com/wiki/Gary_Blauman_(character) )
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I didn't click the link, but is he the guy that got fired and tried to pee on the table? lol
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Well if you had clicked the link you'd know!! But yes he is! lol :)
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I get the impression that they really wanted to include all "significant others" in a storyline as a symbolic farewell to the HIMYM universe, unfortunately however Killam's character has never been as prominent a character as scooter or sandy rivers, so it probably would have made very little sense to include him in the end sequence like the others. I doubt many would have remembered him from a 5-seconds glimpse, so they made the entire soryline about him, which was a clever choice if you will, it maybe felt slightly forced at the beginning, but it worked in the end.
I love Killam and I think he had the potential to be a fantastic asset for the show but whatever the reasons he was never really exploited, that is of course unless he plays an important part at the wedding.
That being said, I loved the episode. At first I thought it was kind of a filler and I was upset because you do not deliver a filler with 3 episodes left, but it wasn't really. The show is providing closure, episode after episode, and I appreciate it. It feels like they had all these closing sequences planned for a while and they were just waiting for the final episodes to deliver them, which is good because the show will end and on a high note. Too bad the "waiting part" was not always planned aswell.
HIMYM has always been good with endings in my opinion, so I expect greatness for these final hours, I expect surprises, I expect tears (mine will definetely be there) and laughs and sweetness. And writers, do not *dare* to kill anyone, or I will never forgive you!
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Am I insane or was Blauman one of Marshal's law partners?? They didn't mention it anywhere in the episode but Im positive he was.
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He's the guy who worked at GNB with Barney and Marshall. The one who said he was quitting and tried to pee on the table as an F U to Bilson
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I have to keep asking this to myself, I'll go ahead and say it here: Why no Jessica Glitter? Robin Sparkles IV needed her, if they really made up, what they're doing now is crying out for an appearance. I don't think Nicole Scherzinger is doing anything too specific, so why not make it happen?
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That was classic "how to beat around the bush for one more episode" HIMYM. Make up a character nobody cares about (or use a very old one we had seen for one episode 5 years ago) and make up stories about why each character like or hate him.
I just couldn't. I watched like 7 minutes out of the 20+. Just too awful.

And in addition, I just can't stand the mother. Just to see her face irritates me.
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Me either. I know I won't make any friends saying this, but the mother annoys me to no end. I understand that she has to be a match for Ted, but honestly, painting her as an exact female version of him (e.g the driving gloves or coin collection) is just lazy writing. Also, depicting her as this unbelievably boring goody two shoes with words of wisdom and advise for everyone hitting on her (Barney) or standing naked in her living room (the naked man) is just the icing on a very cheesy and unrealistic cake. For me, they completely ruined it with the scene where she declare that her live goal is to end poverty. I really had to laugh out loud cause it reminded me so much of a miss world contest where everyone claims they want world peace.
If they had to show the mother at all this season, personally, I would have preferred someone with a lot more of a personality of her own, not just a mere Ted-copy that the writers feel forced to have to check all the boxes in the "o my, isn't she perfect" department. I know that lots of people like her, so apologies for my rant, however for me the character completely ruined a formerly rather funny and enterntaining show.
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Exactly! I hate her condescendant speeches, her voice annoys me, her face annoys me. 8 years to have a mother I can't stand, damn that sucks.
And like you said, being the female Ted is just lazy work from the writers. It's not realistic and a couple won't necessarily be awesome because both are exactly the same. That's non-sense. They spent so much time showing us Ted looking for the perfect girl that they almost had to make her just a female Ted. But it's not working for me.
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I guess I am just really disappointed the writers weren't more creative this season. Personally, I would've been fine never meeting the mother and just getting a glimpse of her the very last minute, but if they had to introduce her to the audience, they could've done so, so much better! As it is, I couldn't even picture her with the others at the bar, as I cannot imagine her being part of the gang's usual crazy antics, they just made her too artifical a character for that.

Even her backstory seems like the easy way out for the writers: it was nearly impossible to sum up her life in one episode, so they just gave her the sadest story ever, thus being able to basically stall her life for years with not much happening. I was so annoyed by that episode, as to me it seemed to be such an intentional cheap and unneccessary tearjerker. I'm afraid the last straw for me will be her saving the wedding next week with yet another heartfelt speach, but hopefully I am wrong.

Once again, sorry to all the people who genuinly like the mother, I understand that it's impossible to come up with a character everyone likes. I just always imagined Ted would end up with someone more fun, with an interesting and lively personality, who would provide a nice contrast to his Ted-iness, complementing him instead of mimicking him, helping him to grow as a person instead of reinforcing him to keep on spinning yarn.
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Episode inspired me to keep in touch with my friends and also made me wish this season had been about Ted and the mother's relationship blooming. The first date was good. Would have liked to seen it progress naturally instead of getting bits and pieces of it that are out of order. I know its for our benefit to get to this character they've been building up, but now that we're on the finish line Ted telling their whole relationship out of order when he gave us linear order feel out of place. Other than that it was good episode.
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Just re-watched 'The Poker Game' from this season. Did anyone else notice the Slutty Pumpkin behind Ted during the whole thank you note costume bit with Marshall? Completely missed that the first time. Ted missing her because of a stupid crusade lol.
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Yeah i noticed it the first time. It's a pretty stupid detail, since Ted was looking for her for years, you'd think that he would have noticed her there... Oh well, makes no sense.
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I think it's awesome. Ted getting that involved with his vendetta with Marshall that he completely misses the girl he spent years searching for. Classic!
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I disagree but i see your point lol :)
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Well put Kaitlin, well put, that's all I gotta say :)
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I loved it, it was perfect and I want it to go on forever and all of that, really.
Maybe I'm just a little bit emotional cause it hit me it's the end, too.
But, for realsies, IT WAS PERFECT.
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Wow Zoey/Emma just keeps geting attacked by flying things this month. Did anybody else notice that Ted didn't finsh the story well? He told the mother he was going to tell her the story about how hard it is to just find a plce to eat and he didn't. Did I misunderstand something?
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It referred to Gary Blauman going to the wedding without RSVPing (reservation in a restaurant) and the gang fighting over giving him a place in a table or not... Not the most direct reference, but it worked fine...
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I guess I can see that... but it's just a bit far fetched for normal Ted's stories. I think they could've easily connected the story better.
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I'm with you. I thought by the end of the episode I'd misheard because the transition was so off-base.
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What there are only two more. Only two but how?!
I didn't check dates I fought there would have been 24 and not only 23...
"how I met your father at a party", was that a sign? By the way I don't plan to watch the spin off and even less if the kill someone I like at the end of HIMYM!!!!
And apparently Marshal's birthday are lucky ones!
Only two more legend...wait for it...ary suit up :(
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I liked the ending, but other than that it was just meh.
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Yeah, and Sandy's Russian was terrible. I'm pretty good at Russian and I didn't understand a word he said :D
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One thing I realized (after the Fact) was that All 3 husbands of the main cast were in this episode.

David Burtka (Scooter) -Neil Patrick Harris'
Alexis Denisoff (Sandy Rivers) - Allison Hannigan's
Taran Killam (Gary Blauman) - Cobie Smulders'
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The more they show flash-forwards of Ted and the mother, the more the point of his meeting her becomes meaningless. It really spoils the moment for me. Bad enough they spoiled it to begin with.

I am not a fanatic about this show. I could care less about how many slaps are left or who all these minor characters are that I barely remember, if it all. Showing what becomes of some of them was meaningless to me except maybe, for the limousine driver.

I don't remember Blauman. His actually being married to Smulders was, I guess, something of an inside joke here, but not knowing that made it meaningless to me too.

I have liked the show and watched it from the beginning due to the core characters, but wasting time on these forgotten side characters I don't care about only dragged this series down in getting to the end. This is made all the worst dancing around the actual meeting with these extraneous Ted and mother scenes. We get it, they meet, have a relationship, marry, and have two kids. Should that not be left to our imagination? If it is that she dies or something, let that be the final reveal or twist to it all. Maybe they could have had an epilogue episode after they meet where we see their relationship play out with these important moments before that, or it is then that Ted reveals what happened, but, I don't know, the way they are handling it all seems sloppy, to say the least. If she does die, why the decision to end this series that way? It's strange, as the whole season has been.
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I'm pretty sure Blauman is the dude who once pissed on a conference table at Barney's work & was reported to be dead by Barney.
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I remembered that part as well, but Barney also is a fairly unreliable storyteller. He makes up statistics and facts for effect. He clearly made it all up to reinforce his story about the chain of screaming.
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Very enjoyable. Billy Zabka with the Cobra Kai quotes FTW.

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For ten seconds, they still weren't able to hire Jennifer Morrison to play Zoe?
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um. thats her protesting.
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I was wondering "but then who was protesting???"
thx for reasuring me!
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I'm fairly certain that was a look-a-like and not her. I even double-checked it on IMDB and she wasn't given credit.
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IMDB Updated. Morrison now listed.
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At the end, I was expecting that Ted would say whether he's stayed in touch with the rest of the gang, but I suppose they'll come to that as well. It was like an introduction into that part of the story
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I'm going to say that he does,and the kids already know that since he always refers to them as "aunt" or "uncle."
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nice episode. 9 years. sadness.
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I loved this episode, Barney love for accidental curly fries is just so Barney, I don't remember when was the last time I laughed so hard with the show.

Every week is harder to watch the show just because we're only getting closer to the ending.

I'm trying not to think about wether the Mother is dead or not, because I just want to enjoy these last episodes.
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I liked the episode but I think I would have enjoyed it 1000 times more if a little part of my brain didn't remind me constantly while I was watching it that the Mother is probably dead in present day. It was a bit hard for me to be happy for their first date this way.
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The Mother would be pregnant with Penny in the present day, if she dies, her death would be after 2020.
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Yeah by present day I meant when Ted is telling the story :) So, 2030.
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Another entertaining episode and that's three in a row which is something rare in the past three seasons. I loved the scene with all the characters from the past, especially the return of Patrice.
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I really enjoy this episode, even if I wanted to wait to watch because I don't want this show to be over! even if it was not so good lately!
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IT'S ALMOST OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I admit that the whole gary blauman plot kind of stole the a-game theme away they had for a couple of episodes but I still enjoyed watching it. especially seeing ted and the mother on their first day! from the three days joke til the kiss I felt so happy for ted that he finally met her. and I got to admit the scene at the end where he said that he wanted to remember that moment made me tear up, so breath takingly beautiful!
other than that I enjoyed barneys comment about the fries (let's be honest aren't we all like that?!) and the scene where we got to see so many characters again! I am so grateful that in season 9 we got to see so many beloved faces again :-)
(again: IT'S ALMOST OVER!) what am I gonna do then?
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Finally something everyone agrees is actually the dream!
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Best thing was when James told his kids about how he met their father 'we met at a party', whereas HIMYM needed nine seasons to say that:P
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Episode was fine, but I really hated that pan of all the side characters. It just felt kind of cheap and manipulative. I would have rather that we got closure on those characters within the context of the wedding. Most of them could have ended up there for one reason or another, and I would have rather seen them wrap that stuff up during the reception rather than as a throwaway lesson about cherishing the people in your life or some crap like that.
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I thought Ted was supposed to be awesome at first dates. His superdate for instance.
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These last few episodes have been great. I have really enjoyed seeing the lil bits with the mother. While the show stumbled for awhile there and I'm cool with it ending I am still going to miss it.
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Did I miss why Blauman meant so much to Robin??

I really liked this episode for many reasons:

- We got to see, and very creatively, what becomes of some of the most popular sub-characters.

- We saw the first date of Ted and the mother.....who...remind you, whom we still don't know her name. I suspect we will learn it in the finale.

I wonder if NOT knowing the name of the mother is somehow connect to the big finale....the big surprise to the ending of the show?
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yeah he is colby's real life husband
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love that taram killam finally showed up! I think he and colby smulders are the cutest couple.

but more importantly, the FIRST DATE!!!
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I thought it was a really good episode. I loved Ted and the mother's first date, simple and sweet, and they are absolutely adorable together. I can't say it enough, I love the two of them together. The showrunners picked the perfect person to be the mother. The story itself wasn't anything spectaculat, but I liked how everything came together in the end and I loved seeing where some of the old favorites end up in the future - Sandy Rivers still being the dirty dog he always was, only now in Russia (lol), Zoey still protesting (and getting attacked by hawks in the park), Blitz still being a...blitz (aww man), Carl running the bar with his son, Ranjit running the limo service (fabulous), Kevin ending up with crazy Jeanette, Blah-Blah finally getting a name (Carol), Zabka winning a poetry award (awesome and hilarious), Patrice having her own radio show, etc. Good episode, and while I am looking forward to Ted finally reaching the end of his journey to the mother (and finishing up the story for the kids - those poor children had to listen to their father ramble on for 9 years lol), it is sad knowing that in two weeks I will be saying goodbye to one of my favorite shows forever. This season has definitely had its ups and downs, but overall I have really enjoyed this show and am very excited to see how everything comes to a close.
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I also though this episode was a great fan episode, but not only for all the revelations where those characters round up. No, for me it was the fact that we saw what happened after the meeting at the station. Even if we only see them meeting, we now have in idea how it will continue and why it worked.
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So they decide to bring in a character that didnt really have a place in the show by retroactively inventing stories thru the series that just happens to give him a shred of importance? I love you HIMYM but just quit with the foreplay and get to the damn wedding...(finally next week...) Even the barney portion seemed a bit meh, (but NPH's acting/antics did make it a little funny, I'll miss that weird bastard...)

Plus side: It was awesome to see flash-forwards to the parts of Ted/Mom relationship, THE FIRST DATE! It wouldve been cool to see a bit more of that in the season, (maybe a bit of every episode would have been nice? maybe too much there...I dunno...)

The ending was good with the little blurbs about how people are doing, (it was good to see James/Wayne end up back with his husband and Sandy getting booted out of the US), and seeing, not just knowing, that the first date went well past that bump (but seeing a little more would've been nice.)
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Here is my problem with the episode.

All year they have been building to this moment where they meet at the train station and we all have assumed that they fall head over heels in love with each other there. I expected (and wanted) some grand scene that made me go: "Absolutely. They nailed it." The kicker then would be if the "mother is dead" theory is true, you could have two emotional kickers in the finale which would leave us remembering it fondly for years to come.

My problem stems from seeing the mother and Ted interact with each other so close to the day that they meet each other. How IMPACTFUL and MEMORABLE and HEART STOPPING could the scene at the train station be if it's just going to end up this awkward hug exchange three days later. Hesitation on the mothers part abound will kill anything that scene (at the train station) can deliver now AND still remain genuine. Because if they play it up like it's true love and the mother buys in at the station - the fact that she changes her mind at the end of the first date seems to be all for nothing.

I didn't like the way that they did this. I would have preferred to have the train station be one of the two emotional kickers in the finale. Even if they try and do it now, I don't think I'll buy it.

I'm also on board with the mother not dying. I think she's going to have a cancer scare in 2024 but will come out of it. I think that's the emotional ending I'm hoping for now as I think killing her character would be a miss for me as well.

Thoughts?
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I'm not sure I believe the death thing anymore, but I'm thinking something that would really impact Ted especially as a character, like Alzheimer's or something that would affect his memory and ability to tell the stories. Maybe that's the whole point of this story to begin with. Maybe it ends with him telling his kids he wanted to share the story of how he met their mother while he still could? Still super sad, but Ted's need to hold on to things and pointing out how he wants to remember the moments makes sense to me. Just a thought. :)
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If the mother just broke uo with her boyfriend on Saturday, it would have been very strange if ted and her would have jumped at each other at the station. It might have given us a somewhat negative idea about her (although one hardly could expect that when you look at her). Even three days later it is a stretch to believe they woud kiss, but it is shown as hesitant and sweet and that's ok.
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Exactly what i thought. I understand that the show is almost ending and they have to move fast, but when they kissed i said: "Well that was fast!"
I don't think this would happen in real life, some guy wants to marry her and 3 days later she's kissing another dude, but it's a TV show and there's only 2 episodes left so i understand. It was actually kind of sweet haha.
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My problem wasn't with the hesitation - it was that the scenes walking around the city take away from whatever is going to happen at that train station. I feel like we are all on the same page, I'm just talking about something different.

How good could the meeting at Farhampton train station possibly be? My argument is that it's not "love at first sight" like we've been led to believe - it can't be - because WE (as an audience) know what happens 3 days after the wedding.

Not sure if I'm articulating myself well. I just think that seeing what we saw last Monday is going to weaken that Farhampton scene in the finale when they meet for the first time.
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Also Lilly's comment was actually funny if you think about it.

The gigantic tattoo would have been on her back, and she commented that Marshall would be seeing it once a year when they have sex implies stuff :-)
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I don't know... there were parts I liked quite a bit but the overall Blauman plot was a bit weak.

The only thing the Blauman plot did for me, was just recently I decided to reach out and re-connect with some old high school friends that I lost touch with. So the speech about how even the best of friends float away kind of resonated. But beyond that, meh.

Things I loved:
  • The camera panning to see how everyone turned out
  • The first date
  • Ted, possibly narrator / future Ted, having a moment and "remembering"
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I really don't understand why people like Barney or NPH. It's just one of those mysteries.
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NPH is a national treasure!
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I like Neil Patrick Harris, he's funny and talented.

As for Barney... it's a mixed bag because sometimes they overplay his wackiness in an episode. Other times he's the perfect thing for the episode.

So I like Barney, but in controlled doses.
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Another weak and sloppy episode, but at least it will all soon be over.
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Ted and Mother's first date was awesome and so much Mosby style :D They both gave an excellent performances in delivering a really convincing stage of a just budding relationship and mutual click. That was so satisfying, that I'm ready to forget some of HIMYM's stumbles during the last couple of seasons.
And you're completely right about Neil - he constantly delivers great performances, and never disappoints. I sure wish for him to get more recognition which he is totally worth of, and I do hope he gets a role in some show or even big screen movie so we all won't have to wait too long to see him again
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NPH is actually about to headline a Broadway show, which is great for him, but sad for everyone who doesn't have the money to fly to NY and pay to see him perform.
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good for him, but not so good for me since Broadway show is totally out of my league both money and distance way
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it was such a treat to see Ted and the Mother in the budding stages of their relationship (I would bet she's in Robin's old apartment, as overly coincidence as that might be)
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"Neil Patrick Harris' delivery of the entire speech about the french fries was perfect. Since Modern Family premiered and began to dominate the supporting actor category at the Emmys, he's been largely shut out of the race. This is terribly is unfortunate, because even when HIMYM stumbled, Harris was always a constant pleasure to watch. Not having him on my TV week after week is really going to force me to up my stalking game."
Agreed!
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Loved this episode! Hope it continues with this mix of funny and meaningful. I have a feeling there will be tears for the finale!
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I thought the episode was very sweet and it's always nice when a HIMYM has a meaningful message.

And quoting my favorite Death Cab For Cutie song just made you the best reviewer ever.
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I personally prefer "The New Year" over "Steadier Footing," but that line has stuck with me for the last ten years.
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