• How I Met Your Mother Theories – Tracey, Yellow Umbrella, and more

    by  • Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 01:25 pm GMT -4 • Casting/Gueststars, Episode Discussion, Predictions • 682 Comments


    In honor of the upcoming finale and the promise that the show’s title will be addressed I think it’s worth rehashing some of the popular theories to see which are viable, which are debunked, and what we actually think is going to happen.

    Much of this data is gathered from the great How I Met Your Mother FAQ on IMDB.

    The Tracy Theory

    The “Tracy Theory” is based on the concluding scene of the Season 1 episode “Belly Full of Turkey,” where Ted meets a stripper who introduces herself as “Tracy,” upon which Future Ted’s narration chimes in, “and that, kids, is how I met your mother.” The kids react with shock, and Future Ted quickly reveals he’s kidding.

    Fan consensus, however, is that there’s nothing that definitively establishes the mother’s name as Tracy, and the “Tracy Theory” is typically disregarded:

    • We know what we see and hear on the screen isn’t necessarily what Future Ted tells verbatim to his kids, unless we actually hear Future Ted say it (one example: Ted and Victoria’s last day together in “Cupcake”). In other words, just because we heard the stripper say “I’m Tracy,” doesn’t mean that Future Ted told his kids, “She said her name was Tracy.”
    • The kids’ shocked reaction in that scene would’ve happened regardless of whether Future Ted mentioned the mother’s real name or not. Future Ted defused the situation before the kids might’ve uttered something like “but her name’s not Tracy!”
    • Considering the series’ previous “contingency mothers” (people who would’ve been the mother had the show been canceled at particular times) were Victoria and possibly Stella, the creators are certainly open to a mother who wasn’t named Tracy.

    So while there’s no ruling out “Tracy,” there’s nothing definitive about it either.

    Christine Scott Bennett is to blame for this theory gaining popularity lately. She has been cast as a woman named Tracey in the season four finale “The Leap”. Is this a hint toward the mom? Are the writers aware of the fan theories and just messing with us? What do you think?

    St. Patrick’s Day Theory aka “Bump Girl”

    “Bump Girl” is the nickname fans have given to the character played by Nicole Muirbrook Wagner in the third season episode “No Tomorrow.” Her entire scene amounts to Ted accidentally bumping into her while walking through a nightclub, Ted briefly apologizing and her graciously dismissing him. This was discussed immediately after the episode when fans, myself among them, noticed this girl.

    Because Ted earlier notes that the Mother was in the nightclub that night but that he didn’t meet her, some casual fans have jumped on the theory that since the scene is pointless otherwise, Bump Girl must be the mother.

    However, most of the more seasoned fans have come to the consensus that Bump Girl is simply a red herring; HIMYM has a recurring habit of subverting fiction tropes, often tied in to Future Ted’s recurring theme of “that’s not how it is in real life.” In real life, people don’t get over a broken heart overnight right after a seemingly healing epiphany; in real life, people don’t triumphantly push a dead Fiero to 200,000 miles; in real life, friends don’t always do the smart and thoughtful thing and tell their friends that purchasing an expensive apartment despite a horrendous interest rate and huge credit card debt is a stupid thing to do.

    The trope that “Bump Girl” is riffing on is that of The Conservation of Information, also known as “Chekhov’s Gun“–you don’t show something if it’s not important. The writers are aware of this, and know that sparking a discussion is always a plus when it comes to the show. Bump Girl was thrown in to inspire that discussion, but one needs to keep in mind that “that’s not how it happens in real life,” and while she’s not technically ruled out as a candidate for “Mother,” knowing the life lessons HIMYM puts forward, it’s not a path that the writers are likely to pursue.

    Stella saying she was at a St. Patrick’s Day party only contributes to this theory considering her inclusion in the general storyline surrounding the yellow umbrella (which Ted picked up from the bar after that party.)

    Is Robin/Victoria/Wendy the Waitress/Coat-check girl the mother?


    Really, no.

    As for Robin, we learned it in episode one. “That’s how I met, your aunt Robin.” Radnor and Smulders chemistry is so good that fans have kept trying to figure out ways to justify her being the mother.

    No, “Aunt Robin” doesn’t necessarily mean he’s married to Robin’s sister. Future Ted also refers to “Uncle Barney,” “Uncle Marshall,” and “Aunt Lily,” meaning that his kids employ the custom of referring to their father’s close friends as “aunts” and “uncles.”

    Further proof that Robin is not the mother is in “Something Blue,” where Future Ted’s closing narration not only establishes that he had not yet met the mother at the time of Marshall and Lily’s wedding, but also that Robin and the mother are two separate people.

    In “No Tomorrow,” Ted and Barney go to a club where (Future Ted tells us) the mother is attending the same St. Patrick’s Day party; Robin spends that same night with Marshall and Lily.

    As for other girls from past episodes of the show, it’s not possible.

    • At the end of “Lucky Penny,” Future Ted wraps up the story by saying that the firm he was interviewing for hired someone else, and that person had to move to Chicago three months later. He points out: “Kids, funny thing about destiny; I thought I was destined to get that job. But I was wrong. My destiny was to stay in New York. Because if I hadn’t, I never would’ve met your mother.” Aside from strongly suggesting that he meets the mother in New York, it clearly means that he had not yet, at the time of “Lucky Penny” (and some window of time afterwards, prior to when he would have moved to Chicago) met the mother.
    • At the end of “Something Blue,” Future Ted closes the story with this revelation of his and Robin’s futures: “And as hard as it was at the time, in the end we both got what we wanted. She did eventually go on to live in Argentina, and Morocco, Greece, Russia, even Japan for a little while. And I? Well, I met your mom.”

    So anyone Ted can be construed to have “met” before the events of “Something Blue” can be definitively ruled out as the mother, including Victoria, the coat check girl, the Slutty Pumpkin, Wendy the Waitress, Trudy, and most other female characters Ted has personally significantly interacted with from Seasons 1 and 2.

    There are, of course, subsequent statements that nonetheless establish Ted as not having met the mother yet:

    • “No Tomorrow” – Future Ted makes a point of the fact that he learned years later that the mother attended the same St. Patrick’s Day 2008 party that he did, but did not meet her there.
    • “The Three Days Rule” – after telling the story of how things with Holli went, Ted mentions that when he met the mother, he didn’t hesitate to call her back as soon as he got her number, strongly implying that this event has not happened yet in the timeline.
    • “Right Place, Right Time” – Ted implies that the sequence of events that lead to his running into Stella “changed his life forever,” further implying that these events were crucial to his meeting the mother (and that Stella is going to be a key factor in this path). Take that all together and it means he hasn’t met the mother yet.


    Carter has said in phone interviews that the reveal of the mother will not take advantage of a loop hole or clever twist. That promise further debunks many of the above theories.

    682 Responses to How I Met Your Mother Theories – Tracey, Yellow Umbrella, and more

    1. luk
      Saturday, February 18th, 2012 04:52 pm GMT -4 at 4:52 pm

      we all forget teds sister she is living in new york and we haven’t seen her for a very long time. i mean if your sister lives in the same city it is not normal not to see her, not even in holidays. unless if they are keeping her for something special like barneys wife( we know he likes her …lol). or the wrighters are really geting bad and they just forgot or they can not think of anything ti include her(i hope it is not the second).

    2. luk
      Saturday, February 18th, 2012 08:03 pm GMT -4 at 8:03 pm

      i just saw something… the mother is totaly a brunete(no guys not blonde) if you look in the first season the backround of the kids there are some fotos if you look next to the son you will see that in the picture there is a man two kids and a woman, the obvious thing is that it is teds family. the bad thing is that it not clear enough to she the faces.

    3. Grant
      Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 08:20 am GMT -4 at 8:20 am

      Im sure the writers have thought of this, but you would think Ted has to “meet” the mother (his future wife) fairly soon. In 2030, he is telling his kids (who are clearly mid to late teens) the story. So for any of this to make sense chronologically, he should have his 2nd child by 2015 (age 15 in 2030) or not much later. Since season 7 is set in 2011 this doesnt leave much time for all this to tie in. Keep in mind in most cases time is needed to meet a woman, be in a relationship with her, marry her, be married, have a child and have a 2nd child, etc (unless there is some unusual twist planned). I think something has to happen soon, otherwise the year 2030 and the age of his kids wont make sense (try explaining a 16 year old in 2030 if he hasnt met the mother by 2016…). Any thoughts? love the show

    4. Brian
      Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 02:27 pm GMT -4 at 2:27 pm

      Agree with everything except the “…time is needed to meet a woman, …” etc. Ted could meet her and marry her and start a family within minutes, if his previous behavior is any indication.

    5. Grant
      Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 08:24 am GMT -4 at 8:24 am

      Thanks Brian, you make a good point. I am also new to this discussion and havnt read all earlier comments so I apologise if im going over ground already covered. I tried to qualify my reasons by starting that sentence with “in most cases”, I understand this is not always how life plays out. But unless those kids are alot younger than they look, I believe the 2nd child must be born no later than 2015 which would imply he has met their mother some time prior to that. The show prides itself on every little thing (past and present) typing in nicely to the year 2030 so Im sure it will all fit, but by being so specific with the years they are not leaving themselves alot of flexibility. Even if the show continues to rate well, they are forced to come up with an ending that fits the timeframe. Does the show end at the wedding of Ted and “the mother”? Given the title of the show I suspect it probably will. A VERY UNLIKELY (but quick) conclusion is that Ted knocks up a hooker for their first child, falls in love with her, marries her and then they have their 2nd kid

    6. RaickyD
      Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 10:28 am GMT -4 at 10:28 am

      Well,I have my own theory which(as far as i know) no one else has mentioned yet!

      Ted mentions that the mother was in the Econ305 class that Ted was lecturing to by accident.And we all know that Cindy was in that class too.To top that Cindy and the mother are room mates.

      The mother is the one sitting next to Cindy in the Econ305 class!!

      But the thing is I haven’t been able to find Cindy in the stills of that episode. So if someone finds it do let me know :P

    7. Moki
      Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 02:25 pm GMT -4 at 2:25 pm

      We have learned that Robin can’t have kids. Leaves the opportunity Ted marries Robin and their kids are adopted/have another biological mother.

      • Monday, December 31st, 2012 06:08 am GMT -4 at 6:08 am

        Thats what I believe too

      • Monday, January 14th, 2013 03:44 am GMT -4 at 3:44 am

        Cant be robin cause if u watched the last new eposide played she is marrying barney

        • ty
          Saturday, February 16th, 2013 02:27 pm GMT -4 at 2:27 pm

          Yeah, cause in HIMYM, NOBODY GETS LEFT ST THE ALTAR!!!

      • Monday, February 11th, 2013 06:54 am GMT -4 at 6:54 am

        yehh still .. but if so they would still call her mom … future ted calls ur aunt robin

    8. End of All Blabbering
      Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 03:37 pm GMT -4 at 3:37 pm

      So I blasted thru the last 6.5 yrs and am officially caught up. I agree the women who he bumps into on St. Patty’s day is his wife, her being a college student doesnt mean she has to be “young”. I agree with all of those who acknowledge that HIMYM has the best flashbacks-tieins as those found in Quantum Leap. So with that said, the heel, the umbrella, the bus, the books (found in cindys apartment), the obscure bump at the party – and the flashfoward mentioning of her being in a band (only later to meet at a “wedding”) – places this burnette at the top of the list. If the producers go awry then theyre going down the route of Lost which we all became Lost within that story

    9. Grant
      Friday, February 24th, 2012 08:24 am GMT -4 at 8:24 am

      Were a little bit behind here in Australia, Season 7 has only just started here. In the episode where Ted sees Victoria for the first time after they broke up, as Victoria is leaving she tells Ted that his relationships are likely to fail because of his friendship with Robin. Future Ted points out that he “didnt know how right she was” at the time. I did think it was an interesting little side note. Perhaps Robin and Ted have to take a break from their friendship so that Teds future relationship can develop? (as I recall Robin stopped being friends with Ted & Barney briefly when she was dating Don)

      The show is called “How I MET your mother”, so the title suggests no real need for the show to continue once they meet. However (like quite a few others on here) I would like to see some epeisodes where they show their relationship developing. How does everyone think it will end?

      I think the penultimate episode will end just before he meets the mother. Then he will meet her at the start of the final episode (whenever that may be, hopefully not too far away) and Future Ted will recap (in a much quicker version) how the stories told to the kids (and characters involved) played their part in meeting “the mother” (in much the same way as Ted did in “Right Place, Right Time”). The episode will end with Ted and his wife at their wedding (“and the rest is history” would be a perfect quote to end with…lol)

      Obviously I dont know the answer to how this great series will conclude, but isnt it fun to speculate? Cant wait to see the rest of s7 (and however many seasons remain after it).

      • Thursday, January 17th, 2013 07:24 am GMT -4 at 7:24 am

        Last night I just streamed The episode of HIMYM ‘Band or DJ?’

        For those who believe that it is Robin – she married Barney (however, it is common for the characters to change their mind)

        My Belief: Barney and robin are happily married as are Marshall
        and Lilly. Ted marries Carly hence “uncle” Barney and them being “Bro’s”.

        I know that those pieces of info aren’t the best they were just little side-notes so don’t take them seriously. However, there is plenty of hardcore info scattered online if you need it.

        Another idea I had was very insane but could Lily be the mother?!

        After all Barney is “Ted’s best friend…” (according to Barney)
        Lily is a redhead – later a brunette.
        She mentioned that she was “Almost going to flee” In the episode “Band Or DJ?”

        I know that Ted mentioned that the mother wasn’t shown in season 1 or 2. However, TV shows often mess up and forget minor or major details…. It was just a thought…. Just a thought…

        • Thursday, January 17th, 2013 02:11 pm GMT -4 at 2:11 pm

          Hello David, come join the conversation on the latest Show review.

          Go to Have-You-Met-Ted.com and find the current Episode 8-13.

          I am curious how you came across this site? Have you posted comments here before?

        • Thursday, February 14th, 2013 07:45 am GMT -4 at 7:45 am

          this is impossible because on there college Anniverserry they are all by a vending machine getting high and ted says “where’s my wife?”….. marshall is right next to him and lets be honest this would be a really dissapointing ending to nearly a ten years long show. sorry but this woulnt happen.

    10. Kevin
      Friday, February 24th, 2012 10:36 am GMT -4 at 10:36 am

      I have a question. I don’t know if this has already been covered, so if it has please let me know. Does the show indicate that the “kids” are Ted’s kids? I have been assuming that, but I don’t ever recall him referring himself as “Dad” to the “kids”. Maybe he is “uncle” Ted to them and he is passing on the story on how he met the woman that ended up being “the kids” mother. This event may be significant if Ted is the one that mets the kid’s mother and introduces her to the “kids” father. If this is the case, the person that Ted marries (assuming he’s married) could still be anyone.

      Just a theory…there could be a reference somewhere that blows this out of the water. Let me know if there is one.

      • Saturday, January 12th, 2013 04:20 am GMT -4 at 4:20 am

        what if ted got one of his exs pregnant and later on learned that he had kids but she didnt tell him about them until later on in the future? that leaves it open for any one of his partners besides robin to be the mother to his kids. it could also be the reason hes telling them about why he met their mother in the future because either he just recently met his children and so on. although i doubt this will be how it plays out its possible in my opinion.

    11. RaickyD
      Friday, February 24th, 2012 01:21 pm GMT -4 at 1:21 pm

      Actually Kevin the kids refer to Ted as ‘Dad’ quite a few times.

    12. Grant
      Friday, February 24th, 2012 09:26 pm GMT -4 at 9:26 pm

      Its probably a bit pointless to try and guess “who” it might be, as it wont be somebody who has already been introduced by name. For me, the interest lies in seeing how the past stories influence Ted meeting his future wife.

      In “Right place, Right time” future Ted seems to indicate that his chance encounter with Stella on the street corner turns out to be somehow significat in him meeting the mother. This makes me think that Stella may have a role to play in this somehow (although since she and Tony have moved its hard to guess how).

      Did Stella mention that she went to the St Pats day party (that Future Ted says the mother was at) as a rare social outing? My guess is it will be a “mutual friend or acqauntance” of Cindy and Stella (who was friends with both, but had by chance never introduced Cindy and Stella to each other). I think she (the mother) will turn out to have gone to the St Pats day party with Stella, then sometime after that started college and moved in with Cindy (and lost touch with Stella as she became busy with her daughter and medical practice).

      This theory doesnt rule out the idea of Barneys unknown (as yet) half-sister, however she is 1 of many possibly people who could slot into that life path. Of course I could also turn out to be totally wrong.

    13. The real James here
      Saturday, February 25th, 2012 12:43 am GMT -4 at 12:43 am

      This is pointless talking about all of these bull crap theories. We just need to watch and find out. This Website should be taken down

    14. says me
      Saturday, February 25th, 2012 03:19 am GMT -4 at 3:19 am

      ^ if you hate the site so much why dont you just stop visitng and leave the rest of us to our theories
      no one is forcing you to stay here
      instead of b*tching about everything just leave

    15. Grant
      Saturday, February 25th, 2012 08:31 am GMT -4 at 8:31 am

      Yes, obviously none of us really know who the mother is and we will all keep watching. Its just fun to discuss and debate (no harm in that). I find the different theories put forward interesting. Thats the whole point of these threads

      I will admit, im shocked that so many people on this thread actually think Robin might still be the mother. NOT GONNA HAPPEN. Just my opinion, but I would bet my left nut on Robin NOT being the mother.

      Im well aware I could be wrong (and probably am wrong) with my earlier post, but chill out. It may be pointless to put forward our “bullshit theories” because we dont know, but were not hurting anybody. If you dont like it, dont follow this thread.

    16. The real James here
      Saturday, February 25th, 2012 02:22 pm GMT -4 at 2:22 pm

      @ says me

      Hey FUCK YOU ASSHOLE. It is annoying to see somebody every couple hours think he knows who it is. We probably are all wrong. But then somebody has to comment on that persons theory. Fuck you prick, you do not know jack shit just like the rest of us.

    17. End of All Blabbering
      Saturday, February 25th, 2012 03:58 pm GMT -4 at 3:58 pm

      Chill pill James. Depart if you feel that, your aura isnt helping the discussion

    18. Grant
      Sunday, February 26th, 2012 12:03 am GMT -4 at 12:03 am

      Wow James, you must be one classy human being. You go out of your way to insult somebody who has done nothing to you, on a thread you dont even like (or have to even read).

      Of course none of us know who the mother is, but that doesnt mean we cant put forward our theories for the fun of it.

      Earth to James, that is EXACTLY what the comments section on this website is for.

    19. Jasper
      Thursday, March 1st, 2012 06:21 pm GMT -4 at 6:21 pm

      I understand James’ frustration because the fact that we all still don’t have a single clue who the mother is, is irritating me as well. My theory is that since Nora is not an option anymore and Quinn is just kind of a player, Barney will marry Robin and Ted meets Barney’s sister there. I think the fact that Ted thinks Barney is a disgusting pervert will make everything ironic when he meets his sister. Other than that, I just wanna enjoy the show and enjoy the simple comedy that How I Met Your Mother gives us each and every episode.

    20. sam12345678
      Monday, March 5th, 2012 01:09 am GMT -4 at 1:09 am


      • Monday, October 8th, 2012 12:22 am GMT -4 at 12:22 am

        Hey Sam just a comment: I don’t believe Ted ever mentions being married to the mother. I agree that Robin isn’t the kids biological mom, but that does not necessarily mean Ted ends up with whomever the mom is.

        • Saturday, January 26th, 2013 04:03 am GMT -4 at 4:03 am

          Hmmm, that actually sounds pretty interesting. However, I think they put so much emphasis on the biological mother, like how when he first saw her he called her right away, that he said he loved her at some movie theater, that she was pretty awesome at robot watercolor paintings, etc… My point is that the storyline emphasizes about how amazing his future wife is.

          I don’t think anyone has a clue who Ted’s wife will be, but i think it will be an actress who is somewhat well-known. This is out of the blue, but I hope Ted’s wife will be Zoey Deschanel. I really think she fits the profile.

    21. Brian
      Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 12:44 pm GMT -4 at 12:44 pm

      I have an idea about who the mother is, but its kinda out there. I only bring it up because ive yet to hear anyone else mention it and I think its at least a possibility. In the Season 4 episode “3 Days of Snow” ted meets a girl who comes to the bar with her friend as Ted and Barney watchover it. Shes brunette, makes a star wars joke about the weather, and is in a band that turns out to be a marching band or something.
      I did a bit of online searching and foundout the actress who played this girl in named Melissa Morano, who in reality is a Canadian pop artist.
      I could see her as the mother, more so than bump girl, and im not sure why no one else has proposed this possibility?
      Id love thoughts on this.

    22. says me
      Thursday, March 8th, 2012 07:07 pm GMT -4 at 7:07 pm

      @ brian
      interesting theory but it cant be the 3 days of snow girl because that is when he met her
      he meets the wife at the wedding

    23. luke
      Monday, March 12th, 2012 10:07 am GMT -4 at 10:07 am

      who want the yellow umbrella in the series.i have made 1000pcs,you can look for me at lukehu608@gmail.com

    24. JMTD77
      Monday, March 12th, 2012 06:07 pm GMT -4 at 6:07 pm

      All interesting theories, personally cant wait to actually find out who it is.

      I’ll be honest, for quite some time now I’ve believed we’ll find out that Ted is alone and is a single parent raising the children. I’m sure there are holes in thinking that amongst many other things that point to it being nonsense, but I’ve always had a feeling that’ll be the twist.

      The twist that he’s been searching all of this time, trying to settle down…and he’s finally settled down, just not with their mother, but with the children…if that makes any sense.

      I’m not really sure where I’m going with that. I’m likely wrong, everything points to it being wrong…but it’s always popped into my head. Whether it be the mother died or the children were adopted (which is the one that sticks out most for me) etc etc.

      Maybe he never did meet their mother. Maybe they were adopted and maybe we get a final scene with the entire gang together. Ted isn’t alone, because he has ‘his’ children.

      I’d rather I’m wrong of course and hope to eventually see a woman revealed, but yeah, just something I always thought about.

      • Friday, March 1st, 2013 09:51 pm GMT -4 at 9:51 pm

        I thing this is an awesome theory! Sometimes you find out the best parts of life are what you already have and not what you thought was missing…

    25. Curious
      Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 10:24 am GMT -4 at 10:24 am

      INTERESTING FACT- Ok so no one has pointed out a certain episode yet, I’m not sure what series but I think it’s 6, where barney meets his father. The gang goes out together and barney makes everyone pretend to be someone their not and tells ted and robin to pretend to date. Robin sees this ‘mystery’ man she had a crush on when she was in a relationship with ted.. But ted ruins it by making a fake announcement to everyone that him an robin are engaged. The ‘mystery man’ later on is seen calling his friend stating he saw that girl again that embarrassed him in the change rooms quite some time ago – but then ted cuts it short and says – More on that later! Any thoughts as to what him and robin can lead to? Just another theory… Maybe her and barney don’t get married after all.. Although we are yet to see the mystery man again..

      • Friday, February 15th, 2013 08:53 pm GMT -4 at 8:53 pm

        I believe it’s season 7 but I’m not sure but that mystery guy is who robin dates then. I’m sorry I can’t remember his name

    26. Grant
      Thursday, March 15th, 2012 07:23 am GMT -4 at 7:23 am

      I wonder if it could turn out to be the girl from the match making website that Ted stood up because at the time he had feelings for Robin. Pretty unlikely though

      • Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 05:47 am GMT -4 at 5:47 am

        That’s a good idea. I hadn’t thought of that.

    27. ross
      Friday, March 16th, 2012 08:57 am GMT -4 at 8:57 am

      It has been explained extensively that the actor who played that part (Michael Trucco) was busy this season with another show and could not join HIMYM so Kevin (Kal Penn) was created as a substitute for him (Michael Trucco).

      I too am enjoying the mother speculation and when I find something that has already been talked to death, skip over that part and continue. No need to be hateful unless you just enjoy watching others comment about it.

    28. ross
      Friday, March 16th, 2012 09:43 am GMT -4 at 9:43 am

      JD and Jordan do not read this I am leaving space between this and my comments below so Stop now if You do not like to possibly be spoiled**********

      Another wife speculation.
      Someone speculated that It could be a total stranger passing by the Wedding. At Barney’s wedding in one of the future clips if I remember correctly Both Ted and the yellow umbrella are seen outside the church. Ted may be picking up the umbrella as it skimmed across the street. This may be how he meets his future Wife. Who would recognize him as the professor from her Econ Class. This comment may be above in this site but I am not going to take the time right now to go back and look.

    29. Heath
      Friday, March 16th, 2012 10:14 am GMT -4 at 10:14 am

      While this isnt about Ted, I am curious if anyone has any ideas about Robin’s secret crush (the guy at bar Hopeless)??

    30. ross
      Monday, March 19th, 2012 09:53 am GMT -4 at 9:53 am

      I am excited that the show is back on Tonight. This could be an exciting interesting episode. I hope it is not just a filler setup episode. I only watched the one CBS promo and spent my last few weeks reading older Blog posts.
      I also hope to be able to sit back and watch everyone else make comments. It has been only a few of us lately.

    31. HOPE
      Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 01:44 am GMT -4 at 1:44 am

      My theory … Please read! We do find out who the mother is of course, but there’s an even bigger twist … It’s revealed that the mother dies a few years prior to 2030, & the reason he’s telling his kids this long-ass story about how he met the mother – starting with how he met ROBIN – is bc he’s going to end back up with Robin (after Ted and the kids hsve had a couple years to grieve). Remember the episode this season where Barney discovers the long term bet box of Marshall and Lily’s? Lily had bet Marshall that Ted and Robin wouldn’t end up together … at the end of episode, the say that it’s still tbd if they end up together … Kind of a foreshadow of the final twist that with the mother dead, Robin having gotten to travel the world, Ted and Robin end up together in 2030.

      • Monday, February 18th, 2013 10:22 pm GMT -4 at 10:22 pm

        spot on my friend. That is the EXACT theory I’ve had for a while. None of my friends think that might be the case, but it makes too much sense. I mean look at what this entire show started on and has been going back to time and time and time again. Ted and Robin. And with all the evidence out there proving that Robin is not the mother. The death of the real mother fits in perfectly to the theory that Ted and Robin will end up together. This kids would be old enough to not grow into calling Robin “mom” but rather “aunt”

    32. nicki
      Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 05:03 am GMT -4 at 5:03 am

      season 5 ep 19 zoo or false – “you cant just tack on an new ending because you dont like the way the story turned out”

      has anyone thought that maybe he has changed the whole story because he didnt like the way things turned out in his life

      perhaps he never got married?

      and never had any kids?

      and the story is really the way he wishes his life had turned out….

    33. Grant
      Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 08:29 am GMT -4 at 8:29 am


      I could be wrong, but isnt there a flash forward to the future (eg. after 2030?) at the end of one episode that shows Ted, Marshall & Lilly at a college reunion? Obviously “the mother” (Ted’s wife by now) isnt seen but Ted does ask “Where’s my wife?” while they are enjoying a “sandwich”. This would imply that she is not dead by 2030….. unless he’s so stoned that he forgets his wife is dead, but I doubt it.

    34. Brian
      Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 05:54 pm GMT -4 at 5:54 pm

      I am unclear why you think the reunion took place after 2030. Did it say so in that episode? And even if it did, couldn’t the “wife” he mentions be Robin? In either case, Hope’s theory would not b:e invalidated.

      As punster Ted might say: I “HOPE” you’re right. I had the same idea at the end of the bet box episode, especially since it is Marshall, who was the one to talk to Robin, who refuses to give up on the bet. I think she may have told Marshall, or at least inferred to him, that she wasn’t being completely truthfully when she told Ted she didn’t love him. I think that, since she knows how much Ted wants a family, she told him that she didn’t love him so he could find someone who could give him that family, since now we know that she can’t have children.

    35. Brian
      Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 09:21 pm GMT -4 at 9:21 pm

      “completely truthfully…” thanks autocorrect.

    36. How I Met My Brain
      Saturday, March 24th, 2012 10:05 pm GMT -4 at 10:05 pm

      I keep thinking – those kids are not necessarily Ted’s kids – ie, niece,nephew, etc. Why some random kids would listen to 7 Seasons of Ted Mosby stories is beyond me , but it’s going to be some kind of “Oh – I never even thought of that!” twist (I mean obviously). Kids, this is how I met my brain. ha ha.

    37. John
      Sunday, March 25th, 2012 06:52 am GMT -4 at 6:52 am

      I think I’ve figured it out.

      It’s stated that Ted’s college reunion takes place in 2020. This means Ted is already married to the mother by 2020.

      In the episode “Garbage Island”, Ted is shown in an airport in 2021 telling Wendy the waitress that he’s married to a wonderful woman and has 2 kids. Which means Ted and the mother are already married and have the 2 kids by 2021.

      I think that Robin will marry Barney and Ted will marry the mother. Then, they both get divorced and marry each other between 2021 and 2030.

      In season one, we get the first glimpse of Barney and Robin’s relationship when Barney says that they are perfect for each other. Robin then tells Barney that even though they do seem perfect for each other, she wants to be with Ted. Earlier in the first season, Ted gets matched up with his perfect woman but decides not to meet her because he doesn’t want the perfect woman, he wants Robin. I think that even though they aren’t perfect for each other, they will end up together. In another season one episode, Ted tracks down a woman who has a supposed 9.6 compatibility with him. The woman is engaged and says that when you meet the right person they become a perfect 10.

      In season 2, Ted’s parents are divorced when they tell him and Robin the story of how they met. This could be foreshadowing that Ted is divorced when he tells his kids how he met their mother.

      • Monday, October 8th, 2012 12:33 am GMT -4 at 12:33 am

        He could actually be married to Robin when he runs into Wendy. The kids just wouldn’t be biologically hers. It’s true the mother could die, also possible that the kids bio mother was a surrogate for Ted and Robin.

      • Thursday, January 17th, 2013 04:47 pm GMT -4 at 4:47 pm

        As sad as it sounds, I have to agree. I always thought that he would divorce his wife after the story he tells to his children, and would marry Robin.
        I think this was the creators’ idea all along. From the beginning of the show, they accentuated how Robin was important to the story.
        The only problem is, I think they didn’t expect to get such great chemistry from Robin and Barney. And so much love for these characters together from the fans. So what do they do next? Cause fans love Barney and Robin together.
        I remember in one of the interviews after the 7th season they said, that the end to the series was known to them from the beginning of the show.
        Does this mean they will break up Robin and Barney in the future just that Ted can be with her in 2030? :(

    38. ross
      Thursday, March 29th, 2012 05:05 pm GMT -4 at 5:05 pm

      I do not like the divorce theory so that Ted can get together with Robin.
      I do not like the Ted’s Wife, Mother of his children, dies in an accident and then Ted is available for Robin.
      I think the sad part will be Robin miss out on a lot of things for her career. While everyone else gets married has kids etc.

      I could be very wrong in those assumptions but Ted and the Mother are the ones who live happily ever after on the front porch with Marshall and Lily.
      Barney may or may not be happy with a family but Robin seems to be on a different long term path (meaning Ted and his kids are her Family). Robin has daddy issues (like being pushed out of a helicopter on the side of a hill with a pocket knife) and I think will never fully get over that past.

    39. Brian
      Friday, March 30th, 2012 01:13 am GMT -4 at 1:13 am


      So your dream outcome would be for Robin to have an unhappy life but some woman you don’t know to get that happiness and live out her days on the porch with Ted Lily and Marshall. Personally I don’t like the mother that much. All I know about her is she has a yellow umbrella. She may even be a creep. I’m rooting for Robin to end up with Ted even if it means the mom has to die a horrible death. Maybe she’ll be eaten by Lily and Marshall’s cockroach/rat.

    40. ross
      Friday, March 30th, 2012 09:00 am GMT -4 at 9:00 am

      @Brian, the cockamouse episodes are funny. I would not wish a sad lonely life on anyone. Just from what I have read and seen it is a possibility for Robin to end up that way.

      I like happy endings. If you could follow all my posts across the web you would see that. I just put it out there the way I see it sometimes.

      I would not mind one bit for Robin and Barney to have a happily ever after along side the other three main friends.

      I Started watching around the middle of season 2 and 3, when I could, so I did not understand the story until I decided to go back and watch from the beginning. I knew Ted liked Robin but had never seen Victoria. I watched the beginning and couple of episodes and thought Ted would eventually end up with Robin. Then I saw Victoria and thought she had to be the one. I liked Sarah Chalk from Scrubbs but knew she was not a fit for Ted and his friends.

      What I am saying is if I had watched from episode one through I might be upset at the way Robin has turned out. What I like about Quinn right now with Barney is the old prankster has matured a little but she makes him almost care free again.

    41. Brian
      Friday, March 30th, 2012 12:09 pm GMT -4 at 12:09 pm

      @Ross: Just yanking your chain.

      Interesting, though. I’ve had other people tell me they don’t understand why I am so passionate about Ted finally ending up with Robin, and they didn’t start watching until the second season or later also. I think if the first episode you see is the actual first episode, when Ted first sees Robin, it makes you feel that the whole show is about Ted and Robin, and all they have to go through to finally be together. I think of Marshall and Lily as being the way the show is demonstrating the opposite type of couple, the couple that are a perfect match from the beginning. Ted and Robin are more like the rest of us, people who are not sure, who have to grow and change and learn to accept each other.

    42. luk
      Friday, March 30th, 2012 12:31 pm GMT -4 at 12:31 pm

      @ brian you are absolutelly right. the story as i said before starts with them. the exact day he meets robin not a day before not a day latter. they had a season to get her and a season to break up. no other love story in the show has that much time. even the mother will be one season for us to meet her nothing more and maybe less.

    43. Mikey
      Friday, March 30th, 2012 11:04 pm GMT -4 at 11:04 pm

      came across this and just read some of the later comments.

      anyway based on the mother dying it could be possible as the mother dying surely is when a question like so HIMYM comes up. maybe the mother had passed away a few years back the kids have grown to understand death and the question is asked as they are interested.
      Surely a subject of single parenting and the loss of a loved one is something they might want to touch on in the final episodes to bring some reality

    44. ross
      Friday, April 6th, 2012 04:24 pm GMT -4 at 4:24 pm

      @Mikey, I sure hope we get to meet the Mother and not just in a short clip or a remembrance of a departed wife story.

      • Monday, October 8th, 2012 12:40 am GMT -4 at 12:40 am

        Remember in the exploding meatball sub episode, Ted, Robin, Marshall, Lily are all visiting Barney. But they don’t act like someone is missing from the group ie Teds wife. He really could end up with robin even if she is not the biological mom of the kids

    45. Blah
      Saturday, April 14th, 2012 01:20 am GMT -4 at 1:20 am

      Don’t forget about the Barney half-sister theory!

    46. that guy
      Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 03:23 pm GMT -4 at 3:23 pm

      I think that Barney marries Ted’s sister making Barney and Ted the “ultimate bros.” How they bring her back in the show.. I have no clue but it’s fun to think about. Also when Lily comes in and says the bride wants to see Ted, that just made me think that the bride wanted to see her older brother. If you’ve followed season 7, you know that Ted and Robin haven’t seen or talked to each other in a while. This is kind of far fetched, but what if those two are re-united at the wedding and future Ted says something like this; “it was like meeting Robin all over again.” I have no idea about the bus or the yellow umbrella so I’m probably wrong, but it’s fun to think about. And about the econ class and the st. patty’s day parade.. you never know.. maybe Robin was there and it was just never mentioned?? In the episode “Trilogy Time,” Ted is holding a baby girl and he does have a ring on his finger. Flashback to season 2, Robin says that if she was to have kids then she would have Ted’s kids. I honestly thing Ted is just a good guy. So even if Robin can’t give him kids, maybe she’s enough for him to just be with her and maybe they adopt. Any thoughts??

      “B-T-W” (as Barney likes to say) this show is legendary. I think it is well thought out. Obviously some people may say that it’s being dragged on too long, but that’s the beauty of writing a story like this. It’s free lance and you just have to let the pen and paper take you to the ending. No matter how long it takes.

      Also, does Robin ever aknowledge anything about the yellow umbrella? Does Ted ever show her the yellow umbrella? Because if it was hers, then obviously that’s a huge giveaway. But, I don’t recall Robin ever seeing the yellow umbrella.

    47. Jet
      Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 12:35 pm GMT -4 at 12:35 pm


      she told barney that she would stop stripping if she was ever married. so if barney and quinn break up, ted quinn and barney robin.

      open and shut case, johnson.

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    51. ross
      Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 03:29 pm GMT -4 at 3:29 pm

      Older Ted has said that he did not wait after getting her number (he did not wait three days to call). Ted talked in trilogy about hoping his daughter got her mothers looks. Older Ted said Robin never became a pole vaulter (mother). Most adoptive parents call themselves parents Dad and Mom. Sorry this and so many things say Ted is not married to Robin. Ted Met Quinn not at Barney’s wedding but at the Club where Barney first hooked up with her. Quinn is not going to end up with Ted. The bride will be someone Ted has yet to meet. Remember he also gives up smoking two weeks after meeting her if I remember correctly.

    52. that guy
      Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 04:27 pm GMT -4 at 4:27 pm

      @Ross. Yea you’re right. I watched the episode where all of them decided to quit smoking and Ted did say that he had his last cigarette 2 weeks after he started dating the mother. Ted’s “kids”, in an interview, said that the fans of the show would be happy with the ending. Apparently they filmed the finale with the kids and were sworn to secrecy. That interview though is just throwing me off.. because I’m sure a lot of fans would love to see Ted and Robin end up together but all the signs are saying they won’t. Oh well. It’s still a great show and as long as they keep making people laugh, it’s all good.

    53. BigRon
      Saturday, April 28th, 2012 01:33 am GMT -4 at 1:33 am

      Just read through most of this. I like all the scenarios. Few things I think could happen
      1) Of course Barneys half sister (seems most plausible…for now)
      2) The mom could be playing bass guitar in the wedding band.

      Also on him talking to the kids, I sometimes wonder if the mom may have passed on. So with him talking to the kids he gets to relive the experience, walk down memory lane if you will.

    54. Kiitos
      Saturday, May 5th, 2012 09:24 pm GMT -4 at 9:24 pm

      watch every seconds of How I met your mother’s opening theme; you can see Ted’s wife

    55. JJ
      Monday, May 7th, 2012 07:00 pm GMT -4 at 7:00 pm

      I think you’re right with the Barney’s half sister theory. It would make for a good episode: “My sister?! Ted you can’t date my sister!” And Ted breaking the bro code for love-at-first-sight seems plausible. Also if Barney married Robin then essentially Barney and Robin would be the kids’ Uncle and Aunt. (And not to be outdone, Marshall and Lily would want to be called Uncle and Aunt as well.)
      And with all the flashbacks this show has had, there have to be clues that will fill in the gaps to it being Barney’s sister. If they’re weren’t flashbacks, i would feel jilted. LOL!
      Regardless of who is the mother, I hope they build it up to a grand finale. I adore this show and I want to see its sendoff done right.

    56. Natalie234
      Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 05:55 pm GMT -4 at 5:55 pm

      Some people!! Ted will not be with Robin. It would be so ridiculous to justofy her being ‘Aunt Robin’. And the one thing I don’t understand is that the last episode seems to give the impression Barney marries Robin but then on the episode where Barney takes his friends out to the bar ‘hopeless’ with his dad, Robin bumps into a guy who she met in a department store and at the end of the episode, classic Smosheby says ‘But we’lll get to that later’ indicating Robin has another boyfriend before Barney, if it is Barney at all. I hope it is :P

      And loads of people say the show shouldnt end with ‘And that kids is how I met your mother’ but that IS the story. It would be nice if we got to know her but surely the entire point of the series becomes moot?

      And I figure it could be Barney’s half sister as Jerome says she is in college and Ted teaches in the university so it seems quite cool. Although I totally thought it was Bump Girl -_-

    57. Ross
      Thursday, May 17th, 2012 10:53 am GMT -4 at 10:53 am


      There are now a lot of SPOILER interviews that answer a lot of this Blog Comments but not the identity of the Mother YET. We know it is not Victoria or Robin or anyone Ted Meets up through Barney’s Wedding. At the reception that is a different story. So after Barney is married to Robin Ted will meet his Wife and future Mother of Luke and Leia. Sounds like Jerome’s Daughter is in the mix still unless we Ted meets her before the wedding. I think the Love Connection missed Date is also in the running for the Mother title.

    58. luk
      Friday, May 18th, 2012 04:49 pm GMT -4 at 4:49 pm

      for the people that look the color thing you have to watch the desperate day episode. robin and her friends wear purple to protest valentines day and nora wears yellow because she is against the protest ” of love ”.

    59. RB7ate9
      Friday, May 18th, 2012 06:04 pm GMT -4 at 6:04 pm


      As we all should know by this point:

      1. Not Victoria
      2. Not Robin
      3. Not anyone we’ve seen before
      4. Not Love Connection Girl (The episode with the Mother’s roommate talking about the Mother was the first description Ted had ever heard of her, ruling out the previous description from Love Connections)
      5. The kids are his. The show can be dark, but that’s a reach.
      6. The Mother is alive by the time of narration. In flash forwards, sandwich’d Ted asks at a reunion: “Where’s my wife” way too dark of a joke if she was dead.
      7. Kids are not adopted. There is a definitive deadline for Mother-meeting

      Now that that’s out of the way. Two theories:

      1. Mother is Carly, Barney’s half-sister
      2. Mother is a complete stranger with no familial relation to the gang

      It is my hope that they tout Carly as the potential mother, having her show up in the Flash Forward Wedding but ultimately a red herring. As the season progresses and Barney follows through with his wedding, we end up meeting Carly (usual custom is for folks to meet the bride and friends before the wedding in a wedding rehearsal or, you know, to know the friends and family). That will instantly eliminate her (but allow for her character to contribute to the larger Barney wedding arc). Then the situation will revert to the wedding, where the big reveal (say, mid-season) is that the Mother is at the wedding as neither friend or family, but working (like Victoria) in the band as bass player (natch).

      I happen to like my mid-season clue vision of that particular episode (after eliminating Carly as a Mother candidate) to flash forward to the wedding and have Ted walk past a partially opened door, where we can see band members (male only) setting up, closing the episode with the starting bass chords of “Only in Dreams” by Weezer. Awesome.

      I can only imagine that the creators are having Ted travel back in time to continue by…..

      *******Spoilers for Season 7 Finale*******


      Running away with Victoria (hopefully, initially) is to have him break down and do the opposite of what he does normally (believe in fate, destiny, etc.) and take life by the horns in an over-compensating manner. When this falls through (and it will), he will revert to being a bit more whimsical, less jaded, and more open to life, making him more available mentally and emotionally for a complete stranger to enter his life. This thinking is based off of season 1 (designed with Victoria as the Mother should it have been cancelled) where Ted had to get over the past (i.e. Robin in Season 1, EVERYONE in season 6-7, and 8) to take a chance on destiny with a girl working at a wedding (i.e. Victoria season 1, the Mother in season ????). I think the creators’ are sticking to their guns and their vision, leading Ted to experience a romance beyond “Drumroll, Please” that would endear us to him finally meeting his mother.

      TL;DR: Ted meeting the Mother will parallel Ted meeting Victoria.

    60. Jets
      Monday, May 28th, 2012 07:10 am GMT -4 at 7:10 am

      Season 5, Episode 16 “Hooked”
      featured a girl who was on Ted’s “Hook”. Her name was Henrietta, and i remember the episode froze when future ted said to his kids, “Now kids, im not proud of what I did next.” and he walked out on henrietta, leaving her alone and not explaining that he doesnt wnt to be with her. :/

      Future Ted also refered to himself as a “Jerk” in this circumstnce, and I thought it was a bit weird. I mean, that was another little piece of information that probably didnt need to be mentioned.
      I mean, out of ALL the things happening in your life, would you go out of your way to call yourself a jerk, and telling your kids that you “regret” what you did over some girl that probably wont ever show up ever again? Its a little strange.

      Further in the episode, ted explains that in the future another guy who had a girl on his hook at our present time, and in the future, henrietta had him on hers. (lol)
      so if thats been cleared up, why beat yourself up about it, Ted? let alone mention her in the first place.

      Im a supporter of the “Barney’s sister” theory, but I had to point thi little part out. It was weird. lol

      OH. ALSO. Theres this funny little picture of Ted at his wedding, with the bride with her back turned, (surprise.), and lilly and robin with a very shocked, and slightly disgusted look.
      In this “Hooked” episode, in particular, lilly and robin were pretty scallding to ted about henrietta… so imagine if he married her? itll explain the faces in the wedding photo. haha!


    61. LukeandLeia
      Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 11:08 am GMT -4 at 11:08 am

      @ Jets Ted’s wife will not be Henrietta because as RB7ate9 just pointed out Ted has met her before Barney’s Wedding and that is the day he first meets his wife.

      @RB7ate9 Carly Barney’s step-sister could still be Ted’s future wife even if Barney and/or Robin meet her before the Wedding as long as Ted is not with Them. I still want to see Ted’s Sister get involved with this show again even if they use a different actress.

      Victoria will be gone by the end of the fist episode Season 8 is my guess.

    62. Jets
      Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 12:16 am GMT -4 at 12:16 am


      Um. Obviously. lol
      As I said, I support the “Barney’s Sister” theory, and im fully aware of the shows mechanics.
      I was just saying it was a little weird, thats all. Nothing to do with me thinking that Henrietta would actually be “The Mother”.

      Just saying how strange that would be. Relax.

    63. LukeandLeia
      Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 08:52 am GMT -4 at 8:52 am

      @Jets yes we have lots of time to Relax until the fall episodes pick up. I really thought that after everything you said you were being serious about the Henrietta thing.

      I think it would be fun to start a who is the actress that plays the Mother contest over the Summer. Then when the season starts someone can go back and say you were right. On the main show Blog page there is a contest of the Hottest Girl per Season.

    64. Monday, June 25th, 2012 05:17 pm GMT -4 at 5:17 pm

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    65. Monday, October 1st, 2012 06:24 pm GMT -4 at 6:24 pm

      I want you to remember that even though Ted says he has not met this person before. Doesn’t mean that they haven’t met the grown up person, To be a college age kid in the class, when the show first started means that the person was a kid herself and most likely a teenager when the show first started. Robin’s younger sister who would be at Barney/Robin’s wedding fits the bill. Having a guitar case in the latest episode, probably indicates she performed in a lot of these places. Robin has musical talent and why not her sister. For all those saying this can’t be it. Remember that they shot the reveal episode after season 2, because of the concern that the kids would actually be adults at the end of the show. Robin’s sister is introduced during season 2. Robin’s sister’s name is Katie.

      • Monday, October 8th, 2012 11:54 am GMT -4 at 11:54 am

        To comment on this meatball sub scene. Robin and Barney are NOT wearing wedding bands, Ted is.

        If you were telling a story this long, would you really leave out when you first met her at age 16? HELL NO.

        Almost every single possibility points to Ted marrying Barney’s half sister, Carly. She is barely mentioned and has not met her yet. This is why it is so important for Robin and Barney to have the wedding. Now, maybe Barney and Robin dont go through with the marriage, hence them not wearing wedding bands.


    66. Thursday, October 11th, 2012 05:50 pm GMT -4 at 5:50 pm

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    67. Saturday, October 13th, 2012 03:46 pm GMT -4 at 3:46 pm

      I’ve come up with my own theory on this whole situation. The “Bump Girl” seems valid enough for it to work, but with further investigation, it is indeed Barney’s step-sister. Here are the facts.
      1. Ted’s future wife was in his first class that he taught, which ended up being another class. In the episode “Legendaddy” from Season Six, Jerome says that his daughter is in college.
      2. She plays bass. Jerome used to be a roadie, so he had to have known how to play an instrument, which he would have taught to her.
      3. Reason for Uncle Barney and Aunt Robin. Future Ted calls Marshall and Lily Aunt and Uncle because they are his best friends and they are like family. Robin is his ex and Barney isn’t really one of his best friends. Since Barney and Robin are getting married, Ted has to marry a sibling of either Barney or Robin. Robin’s sister is too young for Ted, so it had to be Barney. He only has one sister.
      That is my theory and I will definitely stick with this until the show ends.

      • Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 09:29 am GMT -4 at 9:29 am

        Glad to see this part of the Web site is still up and running. I like to come back to this page as an anchor for the ideas everyone keeps throwing out.

        If this show ends with Season 8 then the Barney half sister theory is still alive and the best for me. I said previously if I had a half sister that could play in the band at my wedding reception my best man (TED X 2 Barney and Robin) would be so busy he would never meet her until after, say at a train station headed home. That would probably be the ending to the show and we would all scream wanting more.

        For a modern writer the perfect ending (see the tv show CHUCK if you don’t believe me).

    68. Saturday, October 13th, 2012 05:38 pm GMT -4 at 5:38 pm

      I also believe its Barney’s sis. At the end of a recent episode he’s on the bench, and the girl gets out of a cab with a guitar case. Wonder if she was playing in the band for the wedding but since the wedding was off, she gets dropped at the bus/train station he was sitting at? I’m not definite on this because I don’t exactly remember the times the events happened, guess I’m saying if it could play out with the timeline of events??

    69. Sunday, October 14th, 2012 02:28 am GMT -4 at 2:28 am

      Ok. I read some things about how Ted tells his kids in present time how he met their mother in the year 2030. That the mother could be different from the wife that he has then. Only because of the Tracy Theory that if the kids knew the mom’s name then they wouldn’t have been shocked, although in season 6 episode “Garbage Island” at the end he says to wendy the waitress in the year 2021 “Now im with an amazing girl, with two kids, its actually a funny story how we met. I was a best man at a wedding ( appearantly barneys wedding )… Revealing that he obviously doesn’t marry robin. The kids know their mother and her name. Although he tells the story in 2030 it doesn’t defeat the idea that his first wife dies then marries robin. The only standing in that theories way is… It would be stupid. To have everything built on the foundation of the mother then when you find out who she truely is… Boom she’s dead…
      Bad writing in my case, just a rediculous twist. Reminds me of the upsetting Seinfeld ending. I’d rather like a “Sapranos” ending with knowing the mothers name, face and thats all folks. Rather than “she’s dead kids, and know as you.. Know… I’m married to Robin…”

    70. Thursday, October 18th, 2012 11:36 am GMT -4 at 11:36 am

      Have you guys possibly considered that the bump girl was in fact a red herring but not in the way most originally thought. If someone was at a st patricks day party years before why would they have ever brought that up if one of them hadn’t seen the other one. What if the real reason the bump girl was there was to provide a future flashback showing the mother seeing the bump when the finale ends and they show how little we actually paid attention, and how it was under our noses the whole time, what if then someone checks the people in the background of the shot against people in the college classroom. If this works I’m betting they will want to show flashbacks of how close they were to meeting at other times

      • Thursday, October 25th, 2012 02:31 pm GMT -4 at 2:31 pm

        I think that will be the story line. He came so close to meeting the one so many times over the past 8 years, it plays on the fate thing which is part of his mentality, in the classroom, at a party, and as reported at the wedding.

        See my comment below, as at the wedding he misses the connection and actually connects with her on the train platform, as Carter in an intreview stated that is where they “meet”

    71. Thursday, October 18th, 2012 11:44 am GMT -4 at 11:44 am

      For example there is a girl he bumbs into before he bumbs into the “bumb girl”, but since he bumbs into the other girl no one notices her, she is wearing a green shirt and turns around to look at Ted, but he never sees her face

    72. Thursday, October 18th, 2012 05:58 pm GMT -4 at 5:58 pm

      This is far fetched. But, maybe Ted dies and is telling his kids his story through a homemovie. The kids are always seen on a sofa probably facing the TV listening to his life lessons. I know its dark but the writers did say it would end on a bitter sweet note.

    73. Thursday, October 25th, 2012 10:56 am GMT -4 at 10:56 am

      No Ted is alive just read the comments above about Marshall Lily Ted at the Reunion smoking POT I mean a sandwich and asking where is my wife. Ted is alive not married to Robin. The Mother is alive and Ted is Married to her until death do us part. I do not see an unhappy ending to this show unless it is about a future Barney Robin break up. Marshall Lily Ted and the Mother are still together as friends and the gang gets together at least once a year to watch Robots vs. Wrestlers.

    74. Thursday, October 25th, 2012 02:22 pm GMT -4 at 2:22 pm

      In an interview Carter stated they meet on the farhampton train platform. This is where the girl with the yellow umbrella reaches down and picks up a guitar case ast year. She ends up being the bass player at Barney/Robin wedding and he meets her at the wedding in passing. But then when on the train platform he sees her and makes small talk about what a great wedding it was, blah blah blah and ends up connecting. This is the official meeting where he realizes she is THE ONE, end of story

    75. Thursday, October 25th, 2012 02:28 pm GMT -4 at 2:28 pm

      This theory all ties in with the bass player. The yellow umbrella found at a party-has a band. The bump girl episode shows girl outside with yellow umbrella at a bar-has a band. Yet to be seen wedding has a band…….

    76. Thursday, October 25th, 2012 04:50 pm GMT -4 at 4:50 pm

      BORING, Ralphie. Do you really think that the end of the show will be that simple? That they already told us the end? That there will be no twist? That the big ending that had to be filmed with the kids while the actors are still young will just be “oh, so you met on a train station platform after Aunt Lily and Uncle Marshall’s wedding”? We went through years and years of stories just for THAT? I admit that you’re probably right that Ted and the mother meet just where you say, but that’s not the end. Talk about a big letdown. The producers would be run out of Hollywood for that ending.
      Personally, I think it will end with an incredible fight scene in which Victoria kills the Mother but Robin saves Ted and wins his hand in marriage.

      • Friday, October 26th, 2012 11:15 am GMT -4 at 11:15 am

        as stated above:
        “Carter has said in phone interviews that the reveal of the mother will not take advantage of a loop hole or clever twist. That promise further debunks many of the above theories.”

        I’m not saying someting crazy won’t happen at the wedding, it will proably be something crazy and dramatic…. but in the end, it happens on the train platform as Carter has already stated, the unknown is what happens prior to that. No doubt the wedding will be dramatic.

        • Thursday, November 1st, 2012 12:09 am GMT -4 at 12:09 am

          I don’t think we disagree on the reveal of the mother; as I stated, I agree that they meet on the train platform. I just don’t think that this is the note that the series will end on, and if it is, it will be disappointing for most fans.

    77. Thursday, October 25th, 2012 05:16 pm GMT -4 at 5:16 pm

      Correction: Aunt Robin and Uncle Barney’s wedding..

    78. Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 04:22 am GMT -4 at 4:22 am

      In my opinion at the top of the list i think the mother is Stella.

    79. Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 03:02 am GMT -4 at 3:02 am

      My problem is that I’ve mainly just seen the show in reruns. And there’s several episodes I’ve still never seen. But maybe I’m one of the few people who believes 100% that Ted ends up with Robin. Of course, Robin is not the mother. But the entire show uses misdirection very cleverly. But the show isn’t called “How I Met The Person I End Up With.” He’s telling the tale to his kids of how he met Their mom. NOT his wife. The producers do everything in the book to convince people that it’s not Robin. From the ending of the first episode, to the fact that we know Robin can’t have kids, to all the places we know “the mom” was where Robin WAS NOT……..I still think it’s all misdirection. They cannot create a character at this point that the audience will accept Ted being with. And I despise the Robin/Barney plot line because it’s so unbelievable. It’s like the Rachel/Joey plot on “Friends.” It just doesn’t work. But again, just another clever misdirection if you ask me.

      • Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 12:32 pm GMT -4 at 12:32 pm

        I totally agree with you and hope that they’ll end up together. I just can’t imagine we watch 8 years some random stories, watch these guys and in the end in 5 minutes Ted meets his wife (some new girl) and tells us this is the one and how happy he is and bam end of the story. It’ll be very lame. If Ted didn’t end up with Robin this will be epic fail and total disappointment for me.Also Robin/Barney totally SUCKS! Don’t get me wrong, I am big Barney fan (so as Robin) but Barney with Robin … c’mon this is ridiculous. Barney belongs to the wild. He was awesome TV character till the moment he starts love Robin. And this “love” starts so unreal and lame.

    80. Thursday, November 22nd, 2012 01:46 am GMT -4 at 1:46 am

      ok i wasnt able to read all the comments but ive heard alot about the barneys half sister theory and i dont think thats right and heres why
      1. dont you think eventually that his sister would have come into play in their lives? i mean after wanye brady(his half brother) met his father dont you think they would have eventually met her? i mean what are the chances of his half sister being at that bar on st pats day and in the class ted walks in be mistake and ted dating her roomate, and them exchanging the yellow umbrella, between all of that you would think he would mention “Hey bro! you dated my sisters roomate” or they would at least meet her at somepoint or ever talk about her? idk it just seems unlikely to me
      2. and another thing and a huge thing, not to be racist, but wouldnt his kids be half black if barneys half sister were their mother? maybe im misunderstanding but im just saying

      • Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 06:33 am GMT -4 at 6:33 am

        You misunderstood. The stepsister everyone is talking about is not Wayne Brady’s character’s sister. They should be calling her his half sister not stepsister by the way. Barney met his real dad. His name is Jerome. Barney’s halfsister Carly is Jerome’s daughter that he had with his wife. He also has a halfbrother named JJ(Jerome Junior). People are saying it could be her because Ted meets his wife at Barney’s wedding. We haven’t met her yet. She would be there at Barney’s wedding. Since Jerome used to be a roadie, maybe he passed down his love of music to her and she picked up playing the bass guitar. Also Jerome says that his daughter is away at college and Ted does say that he didn’t know it at the time but the mother was in his classroom on the first day he started teaching. He happened to be teaching in the wrong room so he had to leave before he learned everyone’s names so she could have been in there.

    81. Friday, November 23rd, 2012 08:16 pm GMT -4 at 8:16 pm

      Maybe, somehow, if Ted’s parents got back together somewhere in the series I’d still have that pinch of hope for that finale I wanted.

    82. Saturday, November 24th, 2012 02:43 pm GMT -4 at 2:43 pm

      I do not believe Ted ends up with Robin. They have a great relationship as friends and he even tells Victoria: “I don’t love Robin anymore but she is like family to me.” The episode where the Ted talks to Victoria’s ex-fiancé he describes how Victoria is almost what he wanted but not quite. That is Ted and Robin they make great friends and are almost perfect for each other but not quite. Robin and Barney on the other hand are perfect for each other.

    83. Sunday, November 25th, 2012 05:56 pm GMT -4 at 5:56 pm

      i dont know if you said this before, but in the episode trilogy time at the end, in the year 2015 for real, ted just have a baby girl, so his daugther is 15 years old, so he met his wife between 2012-1015

    84. Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 11:01 pm GMT -4 at 11:01 pm

      Here’s a plot wrinkle of a different sort — pertains to the “time” issue. So far each season has corresponded directly to the current year it was produced. But if the writers get into a bind and the series goes “extra innings” to a season 9 or 10, they may slow down the clock and make 2012 or 2013 last for a couple of years. Gives them wiggle room and a chance to tell a lot more stories (though I truly hope not — I’m ready to get to the punch line).

      Have no definite theory about who the mother is but I suspect that after the reveal we will all be saying “ahh, I should have seen that coming”.

      Anyway, like so many of the good things in life, it’s nice to savor the moment. Drumroll, please …

    85. Friday, December 7th, 2012 02:06 pm GMT -4 at 2:06 pm

      I don’t know about you guys, but I like to think that “the Mother” should be a relatively well-known actress, kind of like how his past girlfriends have been (Jennifer Morrison as Zoey, or Rachel Bilson as Cindy). Sooo, I’ve been coming up with some ideas of what actress could play Ted’s wife, and I keep coming back to one name. Lizzy Caplan (Cloverfield, Hot Tub Time Machine, New Girl, Mean Girls, True Blood).
      Here are some reasons why I like her:
      - She’s played the role of a serious girlfriend before
      - She’s a brunette of course
      - She’s believable as someone in a band
      - She’s believable as someone who would enjoy the same, somewhat nerdy things that Ted likes.
      - And she’s 30 years old right now, which is the perfect age range.

      I’m probably wrong, but I think she would be a great fit.

    86. Friday, December 7th, 2012 11:42 pm GMT -4 at 11:42 pm


      I totally agree with you. As for lizzy. I think that is a great idea.

    87. kd
      Saturday, December 8th, 2012 01:14 am GMT -4 at 1:14 am

      These are some AH-mazing theories and even though I was a DIE hard fan from the first pilot and literally prayed this show would make it I have been super busy and have not been as caught up as I’d like. With that being said I am a BIG Rachel Bilson fan…and wasn’t the “Mother” her roommate? Didn’t Ted end up in their apartment? IF the Mother WAS going to end up being Robin…wouldn’t he have known that Robin had a roommate or where Robin lived (was Robin in that class he had where the “Mother” accidentally ended up in it)?

      I might be completely off base here…but I suspect the Mother may end up totally being someone random…and the expected “twist” rather than it being someone we’ve been exposed to before would/could be that Ted has been crossing paths with her almost all of his adult life, but never formally meeting her til the wedding. So they may do a flashback thing where they go back and show situations/scenes (or moments leading up to) where she was…and this time show her face in all those situations, where as during the episode we only saw the back of her head, etc.

      Ok, and in the Robin’s theory defense, something just hit me. Maybe the biological mother does end up being that mystery girl who was Rachel Bilson’s roommate, but that would mean she has to pass or something (and possibly early in the kids’ lives) for Robin to eventually come back in the picture and that’s just too morbid, broken, fragmented and “real”. As much as I rooted for a Ted/Robin reveal in the beginning of the show, I wouldn’t want it to be like that…it’s kinda sad. BUT it could end up like that…and that Ted was really telling a dual story…of how he met the woman that the kids know as their mother (Robin) AND their biological mother. Thought I don’t think so. I think it’s gonna be someone almost random (and of course they’ll get a cool actress to play her).

    88. Sunday, December 9th, 2012 06:05 pm GMT -4 at 6:05 pm

      When Ted met Wendy the waitress at the Honk Kong airport Ted mentioned that he is not with Zoey but with the Mother of this two Children. He was happily married Ten years after that episode to his Wife and Mother of his children.

      The writers always wanted Barney and Robin to end up Married. This is the day Ted will meet his wife after the wedding at the Train station. It is Barney’s wedding and Barney gets married to Robin.

      No one that Ted has introduced himself to before that date can be the Mother. Ted meets his wife for the first Time at the Train station the day of Barney’s Wedding.

      I wish it was otherwise because I always liked Ashley Williams with Josh Radnor.

    89. Monday, December 10th, 2012 01:47 pm GMT -4 at 1:47 pm

      It isn’t Robin! He’s told the kids the story of how he met their Aunt Robin already! Stop it please! NOT Robin!

      Also, the writers/producers say Ted met the mother “on the day of Barney’s wedding” NOT AT the wedding , in fact they now confirm, he met her at the train station on Barney’s wedding day.

      She holds a yellow umbrella… and guess what?

      The VERY first episode, Ted sees Robin for the first time, and she is talking to a woman, and that woman hold… –wait for it.. a yellow umbrella…. he doesn’t meet her, but she and umbrella are there, in the first episode…

      So NOT Robin, not the women he’s already met (and not met at the train station where the producers SAY Ted meets his wife), NOT Barney’s sister (why would his sister be at the bar with yellow umbrella and not meet up with her Brother Barney and meet his friends!!) nope — it’s umbrella girl, snuck into the very first episode… and though Ted is speaking of Robin when he whispers , I’m going to marry that girl… he doesn’t know… he really WILL marry the gal Robin is talking to…

      That’s my guess, umbrella girl from episode one……

      • Monday, December 10th, 2012 02:58 pm GMT -4 at 2:58 pm

        Ok, Robin Smith, you may be the most brilliant person to post in this or any other blog–if you’re right….but I can’t find the yellow umbrella in the first episode. I’ve watched the scene over and over, and the blonde Robin is talking to IS wearing an overcoat, so she may also have an umbrella, but I couldn’t see one. You do mean the pilot episode, right?? Can you give any more details?

      • Monday, December 10th, 2012 05:48 pm GMT -4 at 5:48 pm

        @ Robin Smith Barney’s step sister is yet to be fully introduced. It was not until Barney meets his dad that he even knows he has a step sister. Otherwise you are correct about the Train Station etc. I will have to go back to Episode 1 and look for the Umbrella Girl. Was that on the DVD? The writers have added things into previously viewed episodes a few times already.

      • Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 04:43 am GMT -4 at 4:43 am

        give us details!!!!!!!

    90. amy
      Saturday, December 15th, 2012 04:38 am GMT -4 at 4:38 am

      Anyone post about that girl that was crazy that Ted met in s3 from World of Warcraft? “Blah-blah”? She yells at Ted at the bar,that he’ll forget her name when he ends up back with “her” referring to Robin. I know that a lot of people say no way its not.her, but think about it. Ted and Robin have an undeniable connection. She may not be the biological mother and just married to Ted. We also know that things aren’t alwayd as they seem in this show. He called smoking a joint eating a sandwich on order to tell the story to his kids. What makes you think he wouldn’t say Aunt Robin to create a build up to the end of the story? I just have hope for them.

      • Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 03:23 pm GMT -4 at 3:23 pm

        Sorry Amy but the writers have ruled out Robin. Barney belongs to Robin and Ted gave up Robin for the final time last night.

        Up until last night I would say we have never seen the mother on screen. I think they are about to write her into the background but Ted will not meet her until Barney and Robin’s Wedding day.

    91. Sunday, December 16th, 2012 06:40 am GMT -4 at 6:40 am

      Hello everyone!
      Okay so I have two new ideas as to who’s the mother-
      1. On season 7, episode 7- towards the end, Ted meets a “weird al” fan who he visualizes as his own mother. This lady is never talked about again and can very well be the mom. Additionally, she looks like the girl he bumped into at the club on st party’s day.
      2. This one is a newer theory. Ashley benson just signed on for a guest role on himym which should be airing on jan 21st I believe. It may be coinciding with the same time Rachel bilson is returning on the show. Benson could be barneys half sister and cindys bandmate. I am not 100% sure of the dates, but it’s a theory none the less.

      • Thursday, December 20th, 2012 01:07 am GMT -4 at 1:07 am

        Whoa that’s actually pretty good. There may be something to that Bilson theory. I really hope Ashley benson is the mom. Although I feel she should be brunette though.

    92. Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 08:49 pm GMT -4 at 8:49 pm

      I would crack up if at the end of the show the kids were the age they are now, like they grew up in the process of Ted telling the story because it took forever. Lol

    93. Thursday, December 20th, 2012 10:00 am GMT -4 at 10:00 am

      This is the kill joy part about anyone Ted meets before the train station on the Day of Barney and Robin’s wedding… She is not the mother.

    94. Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 10:06 am GMT -4 at 10:06 am

      Guys, the creators have outright said its not robin. Ted calls her aun robin, and it is cobfirmed that thr writers wrote this stoy 8 yrs ago and havent broke off from it.. Because of this, they hadnt hired a mother until this year, so we havent even seen her yet. They also assured no twists, swerves, technicalities or loop holes, nkthing left sibjective to vieeer…..
      _despite sering flashes of jeans or ankles, the actress of each was NOT definitively the same actress she will be.
      _its not robin….and as long as people need to hammer that home, its not robin, victoria, stella, zoey, pumpkin girl, two datescat lady, rachel bilson, trenice, chick from marching band,lily, quinn, hes met them all!

      It could be bump girl, barneys half sister, her name COULD HE TRACY, also check out the actress they just signed to contract. Seems a ill late in game for new love interest since they’re unsure of a season 9. and hrr appearances are schdule to be a very close match to roommate rachel bilson…….but again. ITS MOT ROBIN.

    95. Friday, December 28th, 2012 12:21 pm GMT -4 at 12:21 pm


      If you do not want to know about upcoming episode news then do not read what I am going to write below.

      I no longer think it is Barney’s half sister because the new actress that may be playing her is going out with Ted to a Club. If she is both going on a date with Ted and Barney’s Half Sister then the theory of Her being the mother is also dead.

      I hope those rumors are not true. I wanted Barney and Ted to be actual Bro-Inlaws instead of just close friends. They would be actual Uncle Barney and Aunt Robin instead of just close friends named aunt and uncle.

    96. Monday, December 31st, 2012 06:53 pm GMT -4 at 6:53 pm

      Has anyone ever taken notice that Barney has a half-sister named Carly. Carly was mentioned in S.6 Ep.19. Legendaddy.
      When Barney meets his dad (his real dad) he showed barney a picture of his family. His wife Cheryl, his son J.J, and his daughter Carly who is away at college. Think about it, Econ 305 class ” I found out years later, your mother was in that class” She is also the Roommate of Cindy, Cindy was once dating Ted and when Ted pointed out the Yellow Bus, She said “Yeah, thats my roommates.” and Ted said at the end of the episode “And your mother got her Yellow Umbrella back”
      I STRONGLY believe that the mother is Barney’s sister.
      That means that when Ted calls them “Uncle Barney” and “Aunt Robin” Its really their Uncle and Aunt because Barney marries Robin and that also explains why Carly would be at Barneys wedding where he met “The mother”.
      Lawyered! (;
      had to throw some HIMYM humor in there. (;

      • Tuesday, January 1st, 2013 01:08 am GMT -4 at 1:08 am

        Cheers for stating the obvious. Knew it was Barney’s sister ever since that episode. Its pretty obvious. How it happens and falls into place is another story entirely. People still speculating that its Robin clearly do not pay attention to the show. There is a season nine now as he’s agreed to it so there is a chance of a twist which could be that Robin and Ted end up together to finalise their ‘pact’ that if they both get to a certain age then they will hook up. That still won’t make her the mother. I think Ted is telling the children the story to explain to them why he cares so much about Robin and how important she was to him meeting their mother in the first place. The kids have a mother thats not Robin but I still think Ted and Robin will end up together and thats the reason he has sat them down.

        • Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 12:31 pm GMT -4 at 12:31 pm


          How can Robin take the place of the mother if she is still around? She is the love of Ted’s Life. No past tense. James do you have a netflix account or the Series DVDs? Here is my argument why the mother is still with Ted. I have always wanted to document this. James if you and I could go back and watch these episode Narrations then we could answer this discussion easily.

          Someone posted about a year ago a very good argument that I just read. Let us take into consideration the fact that Narrator Ted is telling the Story to his kids in his Den. We have seen the photo of the Family, the school bus from Cindy’s Apartment etc on the shelf behind them. Ted is talking about the things his wife does like paint and sing. Those are not past tense references. He is talking about a wife, mother of his children that is alive. She sings show tunes, her painting is on the fridge. This is someone who will most likely, at some point, walk into the room and enter the conversation. That is going to be the last scene of the Series. Like JMTD said about Robin “It’s not happening, simple.”

          James thank you for making me look. I will try to get some current information together and update this page soon.

        • Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 12:42 pm GMT -4 at 12:42 pm


          The first half of your comment assumes that Ted will not meet Barney’s sister before the Wedding of Barney and Robin. Ted will not meet the mother of his children before that day. So if Carley is introduced to Ted before the Wedding Day she is not the mother.

          The second half of your comment, I think, is not in line with past episode Narrations.

          How can Robin take the place of the mother if she is still around? She is the love of Ted’s Life. No past tense. James do you have a netflix account or the Series DVDs? Here is my argument why the mother is still with Ted. I have always wanted to document this. James if you and I could go back and watch these episode Narrations then we could answer this discussion easily.

          Someone posted about a year ago a very good argument that I just read. Let us take into consideration the fact that Narrator Ted is telling the Story to his kids in his Den. We have seen the photo of the Family, the school bus from Cindy’s Apartment etc on the shelf behind them. Ted is talking about the things his wife does like paint and sing. Those are not past tense references. He is talking about a wife, mother of his children that is alive. She sings show tunes, her painting is on the fridge. This is someone who will most likely, at some point, walk into the room and enter the conversation. That is going to be the last scene of the Series. Like JMTD said about Robin “It’s not happening, simple.”

          James thank you for making me look. I will try to get some current information together and update this page soon.

    97. Tuesday, January 1st, 2013 04:11 pm GMT -4 at 4:11 pm

      Pretty tired of people coming up with these pathetic Robin scenarios. It’s not happening, simple. I’d be surprised if this show doesn’t end with Robin together with Barney, the entire point being that in the end, they all ended up happy. Marshall/Lilly, Robin/Barney and Ted/Mother.

      Whether Robin/Barney do make it together though, it’s been made pretty clear that she’s not the mother.

    98. Sunday, January 6th, 2013 06:03 pm GMT -4 at 6:03 pm

      I think ted and robin will obviously never get back together and I don’t like robin and barney together !
      and 70% ted’ s wife is barney’s sister(also disagree )

    99. Sunday, January 6th, 2013 10:54 pm GMT -4 at 10:54 pm

      Why has no one ever mentioned the “perfect” girl Ted was set up with by that dating agency ?

      • Sunday, January 6th, 2013 11:15 pm GMT -4 at 11:15 pm

        Actually, Ted met her. She was a doctor who was getting married. Since Ted met her before the Barney/Robin wedding, she can’t be the mom. Also, I don’t think she’d be in the biology class Ted tried to teach, that the mom was in.

        By the way, just to piss everybody off, Robin is the mother. Aliens, watching the show, and depressed at the direction it’s going, disintegrate Barney and combine the DNA of Ted and Robin, which is efficient but less exciting than a sex scene involving Robin.

        • Monday, January 7th, 2013 11:21 am GMT -4 at 11:21 am

          Okay Brian I agree, Ted and Robin have less sexual Chemistry than say Ted and Victoria. Therefore it would take alien intervention to get them together at this point in the show.

          @Raicky and Brian: In regards to the perfect date girl, I think the Doctor was not the same person from the one, that Ted bailed on for stripe haired robin in the Van. Remember Ted said he did not want perfect he wanted Robin.

          Some have speculated that The original perfect match and Barney’s half sister are the same woman. Some have speculated that Barney’s half sister may be a lot younger than Ted and probably not on a dating site because she was in college and had plenty of guys to choose from.

          What are your thoughts?

        • Monday, January 7th, 2013 11:51 am GMT -4 at 11:51 am

          Brian, I went and looked up the episodes. Matchmaker was S1E7 with the Dermatologist. Ted runs back into the office and grabs the paper of the Match that went to someone else first even when Ted was a closer match on paper. Kind of desperate and creepy for a 27 year old. This is where we get “Ted Out” as a verb meaning to over think and the cockamouse.

          Milk Episode 21 has Ted’s 28th Birthday at McLaren’s and the next day Ted is called from LoveSolutions about his perfect match. This is the one that Ted breaks the date with. The Next Episode 22 and final one of Season One is titles “Come On” and this is about as good as it ever was for Ted and Robin.

          Oh episode 21 also is where Ted says he wants a boy and a girl named Luke and Leia.

        • Monday, January 7th, 2013 12:11 pm GMT -4 at 12:11 pm

          Ross: Oops, I forgot about the episode 21 girl. I guess she might still be the mother, though it will be difficult with the Aliens still pulling for Robin.

          By the way, I didn’t say anything about Victoria, so I wasn’t clear what you are saying there.

    100. Monday, January 7th, 2013 09:15 pm GMT -4 at 9:15 pm

      Brian you are correct. I just threw the Ted Victoria comparison in myself. I have been looking Today at what I am calling the HIMYM string Theory. There are so many threads that go from the first season all the way through Season 8. When you go back to the DVDs it is fun to watch. For instance tonights MYSTERY VS HISTORY episode was about the groups co dependancy and meddling. It was classic Barney Robin together again. Go all the way back to Season 1 and you can see it.
      I liked the Kal Penn episode along with the one where he was singing with Barney and Ted about Puzzles. Look at the way Robin idealized Barney at the end of the video of little kids on the wall in the yellow baby room.
      This episode is really all about HIMYM.

      • Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 12:15 pm GMT -4 at 12:15 pm

        You sound like you are one of those Barney/ Robin fans. I don’t understand the appeal, or the sense, of Barney and Robin being together. Sure they are very much alike…in fact, way too much alike. Angrily independent, unable to maintain intimate relationships and confused by their own very real need for real and lasting love. Each needs to grow in ways that the other cannot help them with. The end of last night’s episode showed how Robin’s father created this sadly independent and neurotic creature. Barney can’t help her with this–it’s what he admires most about her. Remember the episode in which Ted is dating the baby-talking co-anchor of Robin’s? Robin is upset that Ted felt she never needed him when they were dating, but Barney reassured her that her independence is the thing that makes her great. How sad.

        Not saying Robin and Barney don’t end up together…sure seems like they will. Just saying this is a big mistake the producers/writers are making.

        • Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 05:17 pm GMT -4 at 5:17 pm

          Brian you go to the main paige of Have-you-met-ted.com correct? I just posted a few paragraphs in the 11 and 12 episode recap. Basically This entire show is about making some mistakes to get to where you need to be. Then being at the right spot at the right time. Yes it was never going to be Ted and Robin.
          No I am not a Barney guy. In real life I am narrator Ted. Current Ted is like 10 Years younger than I am. I had kids at the age Ted was when he started this adventure. Otherwise I think more like a Ted than any other guy on the show.
          I have been married for 20 Years and would not trade perfect for any adventure. That aside I still learn from this show. We all make mistakes and sometimes like in Episode 21 of Season 1 Milk: we just have to open the fridge and take a swig to see if it is good.
          Brian and anyone else please flip over to the conversation of the last episode and join in. We would like to hear what you have to say. Just keep it spoiler free of news about upcoming episodes.

    101. DR
      Thursday, January 10th, 2013 05:42 am GMT -4 at 5:42 am

      season 3 episode 12 time 13:26 ….this is teds wife

      • Thursday, January 10th, 2013 12:25 pm GMT -4 at 12:25 pm

        @DR are you talking about the “bump girl” or the yellow umbrella outside the club?

        The reason is I think bump girl is still in the running for the mother.

        I do not think she has been ruled out yet by anything or any one statement.

        Somewhere I heard that Pam Fryman the director was actually the one under the umbrella in the shot outside the club as a stand in for the mother. Not sure about other times we see the mother with the umbrella etc.

        I hope we get to see her soon. Either way S8 or S9 I am excited for Ted and his journey. He is getting closer to meeting the mother.

      • Sunday, January 27th, 2013 07:27 pm GMT -4 at 7:27 pm

        The only two wemon in that second are Lilly and robin

    102. Saturday, January 12th, 2013 05:10 pm GMT -4 at 5:10 pm

      It probably won’t go down this way but consider the following for a last scene at the end of the show …

      1. the circumstances of the first meeting are finally detailed but we still don’t see the face of the mother
      2. the kids react with a typical teenage “finally it’s over” and bolt from the room
      3. the camera turns to reveal … wait for it! … that Ted and his wife (sitting next to him the whole time) are Lyndsy Fonseca and David Henrie, dressed older as “wife” and Ted [just because the voice was Saggett doesn't mean he really is Ted]
      4. the whole crew can be heard laughing in the background for that final “gotcha” moment of the show … fade to credits!

    103. Sunday, January 13th, 2013 02:31 am GMT -4 at 2:31 am

      Hai, it was nice to finally found this site. I’m not reading the whole comments yet, so I’m sorry if I said something that somebody have already said before. I’m new here since I just got (a little) obsessed with the series lately, eventhough I already watch it several times before on cable, here in Asia.

      I have a hint that keeps bugging me this few days. I think The Mother had something to do with the Robot Versus Wrestler episode (known as Marissa Heller episode). Because I don’t see why that episode is importat except that they find Ted’s doppleganger there (Mexican Wrestler Ted) and the clue that The Mother is painting “robots doing sports”. Well, if I’m not mistaken, wrestling is somekind of sports too, right?

      I dont know exactly how this hint fits to the whole theory about The Mother. But I think, they already set the whole character about The Mother and maybe put her in several scene before, but just like any other episodes the writers tricks us, she’s not in frame that we all think she is (like Econ 305). No matter how hard you try to find a capture from the class, she’s not in the frame. Remember about Barney’s Play: The Robin? Few episodes earlier we can’t see Barney make a moves to Robin. But in the end of episode 11-12, we can see clearly that Barney have planned this all along. It’s a camera angle. So, my guess is, she might be somewhere at the robots vs wrestlers episode, like we never have guessed it.

      Well I dont know, I might be wrong. It’s just a sitcom anyway, but I loved to read every discussion about it.

    104. Sunday, January 13th, 2013 03:50 am GMT -4 at 3:50 am

      And I just diggin’ old episodes back. I know it’s long shot but in S5E20 Home Wreckers, when Ted’s mom getting married to Clint, was Ted a best man? Because he supposed to give a toast. Although at that wedding, Ted seems not wearing a suit like a best man did. But I quote he said: “But still, weddings can be magical. For all I knew, I’d end up sharing a dance with my own future wife there.” Well, he bailed from that wedding actually, his friends did not see him after that for 72 hours, which eventually we know that he’s buying a house.

      Anybody have a thought?

      • Monday, January 14th, 2013 11:57 am GMT -4 at 11:57 am

        I think Yes to the mother being at the Robot and Wrestler match. She would have seen the duplicate Ted unmasked and said that looks like a Teacher who was in my Econ class by mistake.

        The problem with going back now and looking for the mother in those older clips is you will most likely not find the actress that is going to be the mother filmed actually before season 8. The Creator of the Show Bays and Thomas at the end of Season 7 did not know who was actually going to be the actress that played wife of Ted Mosby.

        So they are going to have to most likely edit her into the previous episodes. This will be done at some point in 2013. That is my guess.

        @Amber’s second post: Ted did skip out on a toast at his mother and Clint’s wedding to purchase his new house. It would be another chance for the writers to say the mother was there but Ted missed her again.

        Welcome to the have-you-met-ted.com blog site. If you go to the main page and find the last episode show recap you can join in the conversation. But please only discuss already aired shows in the recap. If you have seen something about a future show please do not discuss that in the recap. Otherwise feel free to speculate all you want about future shows.

    105. Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 02:39 am GMT -4 at 2:39 am

      I know who it is. In the end of season 1 when he gets a call about love solutions he never ends up meeting her because of Lily leaving New York. When he reads her file he mentions she plays bass guitar. In the latest episode the band that plays for Barney and Robins wedding the bass player is her. We know this because in the scene before he is talking to that ex girlfriend which he said her roommate was his wife, and she says my ex roommates band will play for you.

      • Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 11:35 am GMT -4 at 11:35 am

        Cindy played by Rachel Bilson briefly dated Ted until she found out it was against school rules for a graduate student to date faculty. Yes Cindy is the roomate of the mother. Ted briefly held the mothers Bass Guitar in Season 5. Rachel Bilson was also in the opening episode of Season 6 if I remember correctly.

        @ Craig Wester
        So is the Mother also the missed date from Milk Episode 21 of Season 1? I hope she is the same person. They will say she needed time to meet Ted because back then, Ted was still very hung up on Robin. The Love Solutions Girl was Perfect. Ted did not at that time want Perfect. Instead he wanted Robin.

      • Thursday, January 17th, 2013 10:34 pm GMT -4 at 10:34 pm

        I actually thought about that for a while too. But he does meet her in one of the episodes. Ted breaks into the love solutions office and steals information about her and it turns out she’s a doctor. She was engaged and was about to be married soon.

        • Friday, January 18th, 2013 08:37 pm GMT -4 at 8:37 pm

          That is not the woman from Love Solutions who was Ted’s Perfect Match in the episode 21 Milk. You are talking about his first visit to Love Solutions Episode 7 Matchmaker. Robin has a news story about them and Barney and Ted go there. They could not find a match for Ted. Months later they find Ted his perfect match. The Dermatologist was already matched to someone else. They are comonly confused episodes. Ted never met the woman that was his perfect match. Ted did not go into MacLarens but left instead.

    106. Saturday, January 19th, 2013 12:32 pm GMT -4 at 12:32 pm

      This weeks episode finally put to bed that Robin is the mother, so hopefully silly people can stop trying to speculate that it’s her when it’s been clear for quite some time that it isn’t.

      I still expect it’s nobody that we’ve seen to date. It’ll be a nightmare if they drag it on even further than this season though considering the point we’re now up to. Hopefully they have the reveal at the end of this season and then spend the final season letting us get to know her and finishing up on everything.

    107. Sunday, January 20th, 2013 01:09 am GMT -4 at 1:09 am

      Barney’s sister is not the mother, at least I’m pretty sure it isn’t. What we are learning so far is that Ted will meet the mother at Barney and Robin’s wedding. However, in this upcoming episode on January 21st, Ashley Benson will be playing Carly Whittaker (that’s Barney’s sister), Ted’s new girlfriend. Unless they break up and then meet again at the wedding, Barney’s half sister will not be the mother of Ted’s children.

      • Sunday, January 20th, 2013 10:49 pm GMT -4 at 10:49 pm

        You are correct Carley W. will not be the mother because she will meet Ted before the wedding. She will not live with him in the house.
        I am watching the episode where Ted skips the toast at his mom and Clint’s wedding. Barney chases Ted’s hot sister Heather. 72 hours latter Ted takes the gang to his new house. Back then when he could not sleep Ted would go to his favorite realestate website.
        They played drunk or kid. Memories. The house is going to be ready by the time Ted and the wifey are ready to move in. It should be finished about the time of the wedding.

        We should have a new show review up by Tuesday afternoon. Until then you can go to have-you-met-Ted.com and click on Band or DJ. Just don’t talk about spoilers for future shows at the Episode Recaps please.

    108. CCBHIMYM:)
      Monday, January 21st, 2013 03:30 am GMT -4 at 3:30 am

      So this is my second comment, this is my favorite show in history just saying
      my first post I thought everyone meant barneys sister as in wanyes sister as in black lol so I was like uh no way but now I understand. With that being said I still don’t think it’s barneys sister plus Carly (barneys sister) is in the up coming episode soooo it’s not her. I personally think the bays and Thomas hear or read about all these theories and stay as far away from them as possible because I mean as a writer u don’t want to write the predictable ya know? So I personally think all therioes (at least major ones) should be let go, but I love reading them and posting my own thoughts I think it’s half the fun but i’m just saying I think we r all wrong. And just saying I never liked the barneys sister theroy just cause idk it doesn’t seem very logical or awesome as it should. I still think they would find out eventually that barneys sister was in his class and ect plus y would she be in the band that was a last min deal (according to last episode) and not actually invited to her half brothers wedding. Anyway ghats y I never really liked that theory. And just to add my thoughts on the robin deal I know in the fibers on my bones it’s not robin because if it was it would be so silly to say all that it wasn’t robin bla bla from the first 14 mins of the first episode and then be like nah it was actually her. And to add my thoughts on her and Barney I personally think it’s good they r together and I like them together because they both have grown up alot in the last 2 seasons and they both have messed up alot and they r flawed and broken and messed up and I just think that them together just fixes everything for themselves as ppl and like makes the past ok and all that mushy stuff. Oh! And on a seperarte note may 25th which is the date of Barney and robins wedding is the same exact date of my fiancé and my wedding! And I am not kidding and we have been engaged for almost 8 months now, we love to watch the show together and we freaked out when we heard that lol. Anyway last couple of things and I hope somebody replys soon. True or false is teds hand bandaged in the trainstation? I’ve seen some ppl say that and I don’t remeber that? And which came first the trainstation where he sees her or the reception? Ok interesting topics now start commenting lol

      • Friday, January 25th, 2013 03:08 pm GMT -4 at 3:08 pm

        I forgot to say congrats to you on your may 25th Star Wars Day Wedding. Please go to the main page of this blog have-you-met-Ted.com and join our current show review conversation.

        It is a spoiler free page and we would like to hear from you.

    109. Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 12:25 am GMT -4 at 12:25 am

      The “Ring Up” ep just shattered the idea that barney’s sister is ted’s wife.

      • CCBHIMYM:)
        Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 01:59 am GMT -4 at 1:59 am

        Yea I know and I knew it would, like I said I never thought was a very good theory

      • Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 02:13 pm GMT -4 at 2:13 pm

        Besides having another Mother Theory blown this was one of the best 4 episode Runs I have seen on HIMYM. The Victoria from Season 1 was good but this was very revealing about the end game. The last two episodes of 2012 and the first two of 2013 are why I watch this show.

        Season 8 Episode 14

        Ted: I went into this crazy adrenaline Mode…

        Lily: Ted, Your wrist.

        Barney: I believe are dear Lily is referring to your other writs. The one wearing the male birth control.

        Robin: I was gonna go with Chastity Bracelet

        Marshall: Ted is a hero, Do you think your super strength came from wearing wonder woman’s magic wrist cuff.

        Ted: I’ll have you know because of this cuff, I have a date tonight.

        Robin: With some hand lotion and the Internet?

        Ted: She can come in [to the bar] in six and a half months.

        Lily. The only thing that would make her more of a twenty year old is an ironic form of transportation.

        Flash Mob breaks out text message Ted: …”she had to bounce”

        Ted: She is roller skating there.
        Barney: god I am so glad I am done chasing bimbos Now that I am engaged that whole part of my life seems sad and empty…

        Ted: Until a month ago your head board had a lube dispenser.

        Lily: oh my god look at the size of that rock. Barney you don’t start with the I got caught cheating diamond, you give yourself room to grow.

        Ted: Okay I got a bounce.

        Marshall: stop saying that.

        Barney: Bottom Line, I need you to proxy bang this girl for me. Be my stand in and put your gland in.

        Ted: I am sorry, to hook up with a girl I have to connect with her at least a little.

        Marshall at the Bar in his Leather Pants and the cuff with Lily dropping panties and Robin trying to get drinks. (her future solution Let Barney get them for her) What an eventual change/growth for Robin to let Barney provide for her at the end of the episode.

        Robin: Normally New York is the friendliest most affordable city in the world. NOW it is as rude and expensive as San Francisco.

        Narrator Ted: That night the only person that was in worse shape than Robin was her Fiancée.

        Barney: Ted, I am desperate. Earlier today I saw that writs cuff and I got a partial for Marshall. Did you bang that girl yet?

        Ted: Don’t get your hopes or anything else up.

        [Everything comes back to her weird fetish about how old I am]

        Ted: She doesn’t have daddy issues, she had granddaddy issues. I am ending it.

        [Barney and Carly have the same Father]

        Barney: Ted I beg of you don’t quit on a body that won’t quit.

        Towards the end of Episode 14 Season 8
        Okay so Ted walks into the Bar and Barney is waiting for the News
        Bro-Nextion or Sis-Nextion

        Here come some more words Barney would soon regret having said to Ted that week.

        Barney: Sooo I knew it. It’s almost like we were hooking up with her together. You felt that right?

        Ted: Couldn’t have performed if I did!!

        Barney: Ahhh Don’t you see Ted we had a Bro-Nextion. All right I gotta know what she looks like. Show me a picture…

        Barney after slowly commenting on the photo from the shoes up Shouts: That’s my half sister.

        Ted: Then you probably shouldn’t scroll to the next picture. (back to Mystery versus History)

        Barney: NOOOOooo That’s my SISTER TED!

        Ted: I didn’t know…

    110. Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 10:06 am GMT -4 at 10:06 am

      I still believe that she can be Robin. That’s what most of us wish, they’re so cute toghether…Robin and Barney can divorce, and kids can be adopted…that’s why a father tell the story of a mother. Maybe to explain to his son they’re adopted

      • Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 02:56 pm GMT -4 at 2:56 pm

        I like how Sara thinks..who cares about the rest of you and your stupid proofs and reasoned arguements. Ted and Robin belong together, regardless of even what the dumb producers think. Ha!

      • Thursday, January 24th, 2013 04:19 pm GMT -4 at 4:19 pm

        Okay so wish away about Robin. If you watched the ending of Ring Up Ted walks into the Bar wearing a Hat. He says to the gang “before you say anything about the HAT, this new girls A** is phenomenal.”

        I think her name will be Jeanette and played by the Daughter of Chris Elliot(Lily’s Dad) Abby Elliot. So she is the real Lily. I hope they continue from that exact point week to week.

      • Sunday, January 27th, 2013 06:38 pm GMT -4 at 6:38 pm

        It’s not robin get over it

    111. Bob
      Saturday, January 26th, 2013 06:42 am GMT -4 at 6:42 am

      I’m pretty sure the show will end with ted and the mothers wedding for a number of reasons. Ted meets the mother at robin and barneys wedding. Which happens at the end of season 8 (may 25th 2013) and the show has been renewed for a ninth season. So season 9 will deal with their relationship and eventual marraige at the end

      • Saturday, January 26th, 2013 01:07 pm GMT -4 at 1:07 pm

        You are probably correct about a Season 9 Ending with Ted getting Married if they go that way. Season 8 will probably only have the pre wedding stuff (Season 7 ended May 14th, 6 May 16th) or another flash forward and Season 9 would start with the Wedding from May.

        Season 9 is not yet official. From What we have heard everyone has signed on the the idea of a Season 9. The CBS President of Entertainment Nina Tassler has stated they are close to a deal. No specifics on the reason why it was not anounced at the TCAs Television Critics Association January 12 CBS Tour date.

    112. Sunday, January 27th, 2013 06:27 pm GMT -4 at 6:27 pm

      The Carly Theory is easily disproven. Remember in Band Or Dj when Ted is talking to Cindy on the subway, and Ted asks if she knows of a good band? Cindy says that her room mate (already established as the mother) is in a band, and they had a gig, but it was cancelled. Carly, being Barney’s half sister, would not have scheduled a gig on her brother’s wedding day. The mother is not anyone that Ted knows.

      • Sunday, January 27th, 2013 06:35 pm GMT -4 at 6:35 pm

        Very true

    113. Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 07:43 pm GMT -4 at 7:43 pm

      Ted almost definitely ends up with Robin, even though she’s not the mother.

      From the very first episode, Robin has been a big deal. This is who Ted truly belongs with, and their relationship is teased in every single season.

      The writers have been very clever. They make you think that the mother is who Ted truly belongs with. They go to great lengths to make sure we know Robin is NOT the mother. The show would not be satisfying if Ted just meets the mother, and thats that.

      If the show is supposed to have a bittersweet ending, than it’s pretty clear that Ted will either be divorced, or his wife will have died. The kids were old enough to remember their mom, and AUNT Robin. Thus, Ted will end up with the person he truly belonged with from the beginning, and the kids get to learn the story of how he met their REAL mom.

      Bada-Bing. Bada-Boom. Perfectly emotional and satisfying ending to the series.

    114. Friday, February 1st, 2013 01:35 pm GMT -4 at 1:35 pm

      i just read a theory that BARNEY is dead in the future
      crazy huh

      • Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 04:17 am GMT -4 at 4:17 am

        I’ve been thinking the exact same thing. Either dead or divorced but I do think Future Ted will end up with Robin.

    115. Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 08:09 am GMT -4 at 8:09 am

      Has anyone thought that it might be the Love Solutions match from season 1, she plays the bass guitar and in season 8 when hes sitting at the train station he is reading “love in the time of cholera” which is the matches favorite book, i think they told us in season 1 and as far as the robin issue is that in season when Ted said “I dotn want perfect…I want Robin” he became set on robin and by not meeting this girl robin has been preventing his happiness thats why Victoria keeps bringing up that shes the issue. IF this is true then it makes the show make sense, it makes the whole show up different, robin takes on two rolls an initial love interest and someone who pushes him into becoming who he needed to be to reunite with her, Love Solutions found her but Ted wasnt ready. It also makes the Stella line “She getting here as fast as she can” insinuating that the mother is looking for Ted.

      • Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 02:10 pm GMT -4 at 2:10 pm

        Yes, it has been discussed on various pages of this Blog including this Theory Page from 2009 until the present. Season 1 Episode 7 Matchmaker and Episode 21 Milk Both involve Robin and the Love Solutions Dating Office. The first time Barney drags Ted in and it takes months for Ted to finally get a match that is not already dating someone else.

        In Matchmaker Ted steals the file of the dermatologist that is going to be married. Ted was desperate when he found out that only a few women in New York probably fit his profile.

        Yes in the Episode Milk he went for Robin instead of “The Perfect Match”. Ted got to the Bar for his date early and Lily called him to fix her flat tire. That was a great scene. When Lily left Ted at the side of the road Robin came to his rescue and the Next episode “Come On” Ted did his rain Dance and started dating Robin while Marshall and Lily broke up for the summer.

        We will find out in Season 9 how close Ted came to finding “THE ONE” and if he was ready for her at that time.

        On a Second Note our Show review for P.S. I Love You will be out later today and I will post the link. The main page is Spoiler Free so join the discussion at Have-You-Met-Ted.com this blogs main page.

    116. Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 10:08 pm GMT -4 at 10:08 pm


      The New Show Review is now up for Mondays PS I LOVE YOU

    117. Thursday, February 7th, 2013 12:36 am GMT -4 at 12:36 am

      Please dont anyone take this the wrong way because i really do love the show, but we are all reading to much into this because it is still a tv show and they can put whomever they like wherever they like and it not matter

      • Thursday, February 7th, 2013 04:43 am GMT -4 at 4:43 am

        well behind some tv shows the writers have a story to tell and think of seasons as books, its fun to share our thoughts behind the meaning and what might happen with the characters

    118. Monday, February 11th, 2013 12:47 am GMT -4 at 12:47 am

      I think the mother is a former bandmate of Robin’s and that is why she (Robin) is important. We have been told of Jessica the keyboard player but not Tori who Robin ‘Sparkles’ also sings about in her song ‘Lets go to the mall’. Surely if we have been told about Jessica they must tell us about Tori? If Robin is a singer and Jessica is a keyboard player then surely its likely Tori is also a musician (bass guitarist) just as the mother is? Would make perfect sense and show why Robin is important because without it being Robin’s wedding her friend and former bandmate would never have been there for Ted to meet. We have seen her before in the videos but Ted never has met her. Also, how do we know that she didn’t move to NYC the same time as Robin and they drifted apart? We know their music career didn’t pan out otherwise Robin would not end up as a weather presenter. Maybe they decided to, as a group just move to NYC for a new break and Robin went her way and Tori went to college to start a new career, hence why she was in the class Ted was wrongly in.

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    120. Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 12:24 am GMT -4 at 12:24 am

      Just wanted to let everyone know we uploaded the new show Review Bad Crazy. Yes this episode was Cuckoo! I Really liked the opening. It got very CRAZy.


    121. Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 10:41 pm GMT -4 at 10:41 pm

      the mom is nora. It works, what do you think?

    122. Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 10:25 am GMT -4 at 10:25 am

      I think that when Ted said running into Stella at the end of ‘Right Place, Right Time’ led to him meeting the Mother, he meant it on a much larger scale. Because after the encounter with Stella and Tony, Tony begins offering Ted jobs which leads to him into becoming a professor of architecture, which in turn leads him to meeting the Mother’s roommate etc.
      Rather than thinking of all these complex twists that could happen it’s better to think of the main theme of this show, destiny.
      Ted is an avid believer of ‘The One’, and this is the story of how he gets there. It’s the old saying that everything happens for a reason, or as Ted once quotes Marilyn Monroe;

      “Sometimes things have to fall apart to make way for better things.”

      The point of the show is that Ted is in 2030 looking and recognising that all the heartbreak and failed relationships each led to the series of events that eventually ended in him meeting The Mother.
      He hasn’t met her yet, and when he does she’ll be a character we haven’t yet seen.

      Everything happens for a reason.

      • Thursday, February 28th, 2013 11:18 am GMT -4 at 11:18 am

        Very well said Charlie.

        Nora can not be the mother. She does not fit the clues we have. The most obvious being Ted has talked with Nora before and we know at the train station Farhampton Ted will have the first conversation with his wife after Barney and Robin’s Wedding.

    123. Monday, March 4th, 2013 03:13 pm GMT -4 at 3:13 pm

      I think the reason why so many people keep harking back to Robin (I KNOW she’s not the mother and I’m 99% certain there won’t be a reunion with Ted!!) but the trouble is that so many viewers have become deeply invested in the Ted/Robin relationship, because it did go on for so long, i.e. on/off and you do always get the sense that she must be ‘the one’ in the end, when in fact this goes totally against the concept of the show in itself. Ted’s a romantic who believes in fate and ‘the one’ and til death do us part (having the actual mother snuff it in the last ep. would be too morbid for a US series and a comedy show on top) so when he meets the mother, by all rules of how the show works, he would end up happily ever after with her. Therefore, I can only hope that they will give us time to properly ‘meet’ her and LIKE her, because honestly, who will care if we only see the woman for an episode. And even if we get to know her better, she will still never have the same scope and depth of character for the viewer as we got with all the other characters. So..my point is that NO it’s not Robin and it will be someone random – but that’s a bit iffy. I keep wishing the mother would’ve been introduced earlier and we got at least two solid seasons to see how the dynamic between Ted and her unfolds (like seeing them fall in love, fight, perhaps even break up briefly, then proposal and marriage) bc that’s how fictional love stories usually work best. Then again, we might all be surprised in the end (and I will be disappointed if there actually isn’t at least one small twist that makes us go ‘oh man I didn’t see that coming’)

      Sorry for the rant! Great site btw, thanks for creating it :)

    124. Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 06:58 am GMT -4 at 6:58 am

      Its not barneys half sister carly as if u hve saw ring up they met and ended up not being together. Its not victoria since they dated in season 8 for a while and broke because he chose friendship with robin over her. All i know is that barney and robin get married and there base player (band) is where the mother and ted meet.

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