The first episode shows Ted sitting at the Farhampton train station after Barney and Robin's Wedding ceremony. He recounts to an elderly woman (Bernice) about how Robin was nervous and considered climbing down the window of her dressing room. To calm her down, Ted starts telling her the story of what happened after he and Victoria drove off into the sunset. Future Ted then starts recounting the events of what happened in 2012, where after driving away with Victoria, Ted tells her to write a note to leave for Klaus. However, when leaving the note at the church, Ted sees Klaus also running away, who tells him that he can't get married to Victoria. Ted then gets into the car with Victoria but stops at the train station to ask Klaus why he didn't want to marry Victoria, who tells him that she wasn't "the one" for him. He also tells Ted that everyone meets "the one" for them at the right place and time. The scene then flashes back to Ted sitting at the Farhampton train station, where the mother gets out of a cab, revealing that this is the place where Ted and the mother meet for the first time. Meanwhile, Quinn finds out that Barney and Robin used to date, and is furious at Barney for lying to her. However Robin assures her that she doesn't have any feelings for Barney, as she is dating Nick.
As this is happening, Ted attempts to conceal his anguish over Robin and Barney getting engaged by planning their wedding. He already has the date set which is May 25, 2013 and the place is going to be at the wedding venue where Victoria almost got married. Throughout the episode, Ted does his best to convince Robin into hiring a DJ to play at her wedding instead of a band but it seems that both Robin and Barney want a band. After Ted goes through the trouble of booking a fake gig for the band that Lily was going to hire, Lily and Marshall confront him and ask him why he would do this. Ted admits that Robin deserves better than a band because bands lie and cheat and deceive and slept with every woman in New York City. Lily takes Ted up to the roof to get him to confess how much it's killing him that Barney and Robin were engaged. He denies it at first, which prompts Lily into confessing that sometimes she wished she wasn't a mom and sometimes wish she could pack a bag and leave and never come back. After this admission, Ted gives in and says that Robin should be with him and not Barney. Lily brings up her old dream of being an artist and how it's been years since she even picked up a brush, but now she has to accept that she is a mother, just like Ted has to accept that Robin is marrying Barney and to just let them hire a band. :)
In a flashforward to a week before the wedding and Ted runs into Cindy and her girlfriend on the subway. He explains that the band had cancelled and Cindy tells him that her roommate, who we know is Ted's future wife, can play at the wedding. One week later, we see Robin dancing happily with her dad at the reception and Ted staring across the room at the mother playing bass and smiling at her.
This episode, Something New, was absolutely phenomenal throughout. From start until 20 seconds to finish, every character had a quality story, with excellent, heartfelt moments, and so many doors opened for the future. But then, the mother was revealed, and it left a horrible taste going into season 9. Before you get angry about my distaste for the style of their reveal, hear me out.
Despite my lack of excitement about the way the mother was revealed, this really was an extremely good episode. So much from the season came together in very effective ways, and there was little to complain about with this episode. A stark contrast from the majority of season 8, but it serves as a great way for the season to end.
Ted planning on leaving Sunday night from the wedding is a nice idea at heart. I get he doesn't want to be a downer and ruin Lily's "Christmas," but his not being there will be just as odd and disappointing for Barney and Robin. If leaving early is what it's going to take for him to finally meet the mother, though, than so be it.
Seeing the mother's face has been such an anticipated moment, I almost didn't believe it was happening. I think one of the best aspects of the episode was that while we were finally deemed worthy as fans to gaze upon Ted's future wife, there still remained a number of unresolved issues at the end. I have been wondering what exactly was going to keep us all coming back next season, but now I absolutely can't wait.
The series ultimately ended in the spring of 2014 and is still considered one of the best sitcoms in recent history. Its innovative method of storytelling has allowed How I Met Your Mother to stand out from the rest. The show was told through future Ted's narration as he recounted to his kids about how he met their mother. The plot device allowed the series to jump back and forth between time but it ultimately created the major mystery centering around the identity of the "Mother."
Each year the creators tweaked, edited and re-imagined ways in which they could present a new angle to a simple idea. The frustration fans feel is not limited to the secret of who the mother is. Instead, fans should feel frustration with the fact that Bays and Thomas should have been able to come up with a more effective solution to the show's problems. The two have seemingly always known what the constraints of the plot would be, and given that they have had so much success in evolving the show, the show's fans, myself included, expected that they would continue to do so.
While all that chaos is happening on the east coast, Marshal visits home in Minnesota with baby Marvin so his mother can see them before they leave for Rome, or so they all think. His mother has plans to either keep them on this continent, or go with them, and neither plan is okay with Lily.
HIMYM fans, what did you think of the long-awaited moment (captured in the photos below)? Did Ted earn some points in your book for doing the mature thing? And did you like the Buffy reunion between Seth Green and Alyson Hannigan?
But if the show had ended as planned, with eight seasons under its belt, the mother wouldn't have been newcomer -- known only as The Mother -- Cristin Milioti. Instead, Bays said, "We both kind of agreed: Ted meeting Victoria ... it would have been Victoria probably." 2b1af7f3a8