There was nothing about the mother in this episode, but we have to realise that this is everyone's journey - every single one of the characters, not just Ted. It was just good to see the gang back together again in the bar, even though it's only for a couple of momentary moments. Barney was great as always with the nursery rhymes, enjoyed this one.
I happened to love this episode! No, it doesn't really get us any closer to meeting the mother. But, I think what fans have come to love about this show is that it deals with real life questions. This episode takes a look at what happens when the first couple in a group of friends starts having kids. And, we had some fun along the way! I think Ted needed this episode to remember what he really wants in life. And, I think he's getting closer to realizing Victoria isn't it.
All in all, a funny and heart-felt episode. Even with no mention of the "mother".
Barney saved this episode by corrupting nursery rhymes.
Beyond that, this episode didn't have much going for it. It felt like a lot of the scenes were incomplete, cut off before they reached their natural conclusion, or forced into that conclusion without the necessary development to reach it. It was such an easy jump for Lily and Marshall to go from 'we're in the right' to 'wait, maybe they're right.' It was way too fast, but I suppose that's how we all imagine ourselves to be - wrong but able to quickly realize and fix it.
C'mon, HIMYM, lets get to the mother. Hopefully Ted's paying for the wedding he didn't have with Victoria will be the bit that pushes him over the edge to leave her again.
While this was a great episode, I felt it could be better! I loved that bit with them bribing Marshall & Lily with the bears that were invcreasing in size! There were some hilarious moments with the flash sforwards to how Marvin would be raised in the event of their deaths. Robin's style was quite funny in particular!
But I did feel that the episode could have done more! I thought it was going to be great but it seemed to miss that special something to warrant a ten from me.