• Season 8, Episode 14: Ring Up!

    by  • Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 04:16 pm GMT -4 • Episode Discussion, Season 8 • 113 Comments

    Another one from Solo!

    Ok, so, I’m just gonna jump right into it this week.

    What Was Good 

    So many great bits in this episode. 

    Another really solid ensemble piece, but with a good bit of focus on Ted for a change.  I liked that Ted was doing a bit of screwing around (although not necessarily his specific approach).  Once in a while, particularly when you’re otherwise searching relentlessly for “the Mother” (so to speak), it’s nice to just have some fun.  Not necessarily to turn into a Barney type, but there’s nothing wrong with cutting loose a bit. 

    It was nice to see Robin and Barney NOT dominate the episode.  I think that at this point, with them planning a wedding and such, it would be very easy for them to totally overpower the season, but instead we’re getting a really nice balance of all the characters. 

    Also, I’m delighted that they debunked the Carly Theory.  Folks, I don’t know what those of you who subscribed to this thought, but there was never any way it was Carly if she was an undergrad at NYU two years ago.  At the absolute oldest, that’d make her 24 today, and Ted is 35.  I’m sorry, but an 11 year gap is a BIG one to bridge.  It can be done, but on this show…not really.  It doesn’t fit, and given the ages we’re talking about (early 20s and mid 30s), it really wouldn’t work.  So I’m glad they finally laid that one to rest.  Lastly, I have to say that some of the bits in this had me laughing out loud.  I particularly liked the bit with Ted at the club surrounded by infants.  That was priceless.  I also loved when the guys sang “She’s exaggerating to make a poooooooooooint!”

    What Was Not So Good 

    First, I was disappointed at how Ted gave ground on the Star Wars issue.  But that’s a whole other debate to have.  The big thing that I viewed as a missed opportunity here was the fact that the episode didn’t end with Barney agreeing Robin doesn’t have to always wear the ring.  Why you ask?  The Exploding Meatball Sub flash forward.  That’s one that’s perplexed people for a while, prompting folks to presume Barney and Robin divorce and Robin and Ted get married after the Mother has a piece of Skylab fall on her or somesuch.  It would’ve been nice to see that particular theory laid to rest as well.  Oh well.  You only get so much per episode.

    General Discussion 

    I have to say that this is the most consistently “on” stretch of HIMYM that I’ve seen in several seasons.  And I mean even from watching back-to-back episodes on DVD or streaming.  These have just been some really solid episodes.  I hope they can keep up this level of quality, although I fully expect we’ll have a few duds come along in a bit.  Hopefully, though, we’re out of the doldrums and can go full steam ahead.  

    Second, again about the Carly thing.  It was never gonna happen.  How do I know?  Because I’ve lived it.  When you’re in your early to mid 30s and you date a young 20-something, suddenly you realize that you are in no way shape or form a young 20-something anymore.  Your attitudes about life are different, your pop culture touchstones are different, the things that really matter to you are different.  In my experience, more than once, I’ve found myself in some dialogue with a younger 20-something I was dating, and end up saying to myself “Didn’t I already do this stuff 8 years ago?”  So yeah, I think this episode did an excellent job of showing WHY the Carly thing wouldn’t work.  Are there mature, not-at-all-annoyingly-hipsterrific 20-somethings out there?  ABSOLUTELY.  I don’t mean to suggest otherwise.  But they’re a rare breed, in my experience.  

    On the subject of Ted, I started thinking about it this morning, and I think what we’re seeing here is two things. First, Ted is “acting out” a bit as the last single and 5th wheel in the gang.  Hence the stupid hat, wristband, etc.  I also think that there may be a part of Ted that sort of wants to try doing it Barney’s way for a bit.  Not seriously, not to the point of lying to women to get laid, but he’ll screw around some because it’s sort of allowed Barney to nab Robin (or at least didn’t stop him from it). 

    Mostly, though, I think it’s the former and I’d bet that, although we’re having some ha-ha-funny episodes right now, at some point down the road, someone’s gonna sit Ted down and say “Dude…are you ok?  You’ve been…not yourself for months now.”  Guessing as to the answer, I’d bet it’d be that, no it’s not about him wanting to be with Robin, but rather that he wants to find his own version of happiness, and he’s kind of despondent that he seems unable to do that while everyone around him seems to be settling down.  That’s a hard thing to deal with, which is why I think we’re seeing Ted be an idiot right now.

    Anyway, we didn’t get plot development exactly in this episode, or at least not obvious plot development, but I think we got a glimpse into a side of Ted that’s been missing for a bit, and it may have larger implications down the road.  Here’s hoping the winning streak continues next week! 

    So, thoughts?  Opinions?  Favorite one-liners?  Reactions to the Carly Theory being completely debunked (although it was pretty close to that last week)?  Have at it, people!

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    113 Responses to Season 8, Episode 14: Ring Up!

    1. Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 04:34 pm GMT -4 at 4:34 pm

      Again, great Job Solo.

      This will be fun.

    2. Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 04:45 pm GMT -4 at 4:45 pm

      *salutes* General Discussion!

      • Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 03:32 pm GMT -4 at 3:32 pm

        Nice catch osomarko!!

        PS. Yay to finally catching up on the past 3 blog posts and all the comments. I know it sounds silly, but I missed you all. Gotta love HIMYM for bringing together such an awesome, passionate, and intelligent group of people. Will post more thoughts soon.

        Ross and Dolf- Thanks for the shout out a few blog posts ago! Life has been CRAZY busy. =)

        • Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 08:05 pm GMT -4 at 8:05 pm

          Yes Kate understand you have been busy. Still glad you know your way back home. We will enjoy hearing from you on the last four episodes. Always appreciate what you have to say about the show.

    3. Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 04:54 pm GMT -4 at 4:54 pm

      Okay Solo I figured out a way this entire episode advances the Ted meeting the mother series. In order to stay faithful to Robin before Marriage Barney Needs Ted to Hook up with Carly.

      Why you ask?

      Ted says to Barney: Just to be clear, Your saying, your apposed to “Cheap meaningless disgusting one night stands.”

      Ted: Barney Don’t you see, your detox is done. You are over one night stands.

      Thus May 25th 2013 happens and the world keeps on spinning. That and Ted taking home the occasional one night stand. Barney’s old Job is now Ted’s. Until the Wedding when Ted Meets the mother.

      Well Ted does have to find something in common with these random hook ups. And unlike Marshall and his fantasies, no one (Lily) has to Die first in order for Ted to get it on.

      So you see the episode had to happen!!

      Narrator Ted: That night even though she still couldn’t get a beer; Robin realized [like every wife to be before her] the true power of the ring.

      Mysteries still out there

      Still don’t know what the difference between the skinny and fat tie are Solo.

      Did Ted ever get whiffle-batted 3 times for breaking his Barney Jinx oath.

      Okay everyone I have a list of one liners from this episode. There are so many. And a few call backs as well. The writers pulled up the archives for this episode. How many can we recall?

      • Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 02:37 am GMT -4 at 2:37 am

        totally agree about the plot development and i thought it was handled really well.

        another solid episode

    4. mO
      Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 05:41 pm GMT -4 at 5:41 pm

      WHAT IS THE SONG CALLED, JUST FELL IN LOVE WITH IT, PLAESE HALP ME

      • Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 05:53 pm GMT -4 at 5:53 pm

        Are you talking about What would I do Without You by Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors

    5. Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 05:48 pm GMT -4 at 5:48 pm

      Ya know what was really good about this episode? It disproved my annoyed suspicions that Barney’s sister is perfect. She’s not. She’s kinda creepy like him, too. I LOVE it!

      For those wondering why I thought she was probaby perfect (putting aside the obvious factor that so many speculated she was the Mother), its basically because Barney’s father seemed like he raised this perfect family. Perfect, kind, age-appropriate wife, perfect little eleven-year-old son, perfect suburban home, everything after he turned his life around was just so darn perfect! It made it look like everything about his family was normal and everything about Loretta and the kids she raised weren’t (well, okay, James turned out fine and is a good family man, but Barney’s undeniably screwed up.) And that ticked me off, since he’s the one who left them in the first place!

      I got the impression his daughter, Carly, was likely also this perfect, young, intelligent college girl, but she’s NOT! She’s not bad, but she’s a little ditzy, freaky, and rebellious. Her and Barney actually have some stuff in common. Its nice. lol

      Also, Barney being protective of her, despite not even growing up with her or knowing her that well, is pretty cute. If anyone can warn her of the lies and tricks guys will use on her, it would be him. XD

      DID Barney ever sleep with Ted’s mom?! Seriously? Because that is WRONG! O_O

      • Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 05:59 pm GMT -4 at 5:59 pm

        Yes you are correct Barney’s Dad messed up way back then and finally settled down. My older Sister and I had the same Dad but he was much better at being a Father for me (the fourth child). It takes time for Parents to get it right. At least that is what my sister says. So Barney was a loner kid to his Dad. Barney’s half sister was the real first live in Child. By the time JJ came around Barney’s Dad was a true Father.

        That is my guess. Good call by the way.

    6. Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 05:57 pm GMT -4 at 5:57 pm

      i think it also helps that this was barney’s sister. as a guy that chose not to pursue hooking up or fulling around all the time, that was a thought that kept me going. these are daughters, and sisters, would i want someone treating my daughter, or sisters this way. it kinda would have been fun (albeit creepy) for barney to think back on his tricks and see his sister, only to have it dawn on him.

      as far as the whole the wife isnt barney’s sister thing. it makes me sad. i loved theory, and when robyn mentioned her i was really hoping that was the start of a constant mentioning of her.

      and in response the age gap. honestly i had assumed that she was 5 years older at least. defiantly closer to the age of the group. but doesnt matter now.

      still hoping when we meet her we get a season of her. it can still be how i met your mother, we just need to know why this woman is the one ted has been waiting for, versus just the one he managed to finally snag.

    7. Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 06:45 pm GMT -4 at 6:45 pm

      And there went the theory about the Barnacle’s half sister by the boards, or maybe one should say, with a bang!
      Do the writer’s follow the blog?
      (haven’t read the review and previous comments yet. Just saw the episode and it’s time for the sack. Will return later with my take on the episode’s obvious leads about the serial killer).

      • Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 07:27 pm GMT -4 at 7:27 pm

        It was BOB, and he possessed Robin’s father. Duh. ;)

      • Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 07:35 pm GMT -4 at 7:35 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.

        Okay I am in my usual way going a little overboard on the typing. I really liked this show. Even when the Gang got way too involved in Ted’s business again. So I tried to grab some of the highlights of the Episode. My idea was to look for one liners and call backs to other Seasons.

        As I said before we are nearing the End 8 or 9 and it has been fun. We knew for a few months now that Carly was going to be in this episode and going out with Ted. They made it fun. Hope this does not stop everyone from talking about the episode. Please use this as a spring board. So here is what I highlighted.

        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…

    8. Di
      Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 07:44 pm GMT -4 at 7:44 pm

      Hi All, I often read your blog, but never post. One of my favorite one-liners, when Barney told Ted not to bring up weird poets (hinting at Pablo Neruda).

      Speaking of Pablo, I was watching the last season on Netflix. In the “Good Crazy” episode, Ted decides to online date, and Barney makes a “woman” page. I paused it and was able to read the profile; it was hilarious and worth sharing. I wont retype it all, but some of the best parts…

      “about me: I was a competitive gymnast, so I can bend like spaghetti in the sack, which probably doesn’t matter to you but it really should, Ted. I share my Soho loft with my dog, Pablo (named after my favorite poet: the great Neruda!). Well I love all architecture! Though not anything by Swen! There’s nothing hotter than a guy who’s down with crosswords, Get it…down. Oh and I love puns.

      What i’m looking for: I dont mind baggage, like if he was beaten up by a goat.”

    9. Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 09:25 pm GMT -4 at 9:25 pm

      I’m 21, and my boyfriend is 38. Somehow, we’re making it work, and I’m not feeling like we can’t connect. I could see, too, that he wanted to see if we can connect, what with him making me watch Star Wars (which I turned out loving and debating with him about), Matrix, etc. So, yes, Solo: there are mature, not-at-all-annoyingly-hipsterrific 20-somethings out there. I mean, not to sound like a YouTube troll but I really do not appreciate any pop culture personalities today. Maybe I’m weird.

      Nevertheless, your general discussion about how guys view dating a much younger person bothered me… Hopefully, he doesn’t see it like you do.

      • Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 11:02 pm GMT -4 at 11:02 pm

        I expected we might see a few stories like this pop up in the wake of my comments. As I said, it can be done. I don’t think it’s common at all, but it does happen. If you and your boyfriend are happy together, then that’s great. You each may be atypical in just the right way — and may be such a good fit together — that it doesn’t really matter. So, please don’t take my comments as some dire prediction of what will happen in your specific circumstances. I have no idea and know nothing about you. I merely am speaking in broad generalities.

        Suffice to say that my comments are based on my own attitudes about this stuff, which in turn are based on my own experiences and what I’ve witnessed among some other people who’ve tried the same thing. The details of all of that, though, aren’t really relevant to this blog.

        What I do think is relevant, however, is that such an arrangement is certainly not for Ted. He had a tough time connecting with Carly outside of the physical connection. And let’s be honest here, Ted needs a serious connection to make something work long term. For a fling? Eh…he’ll compromise. But to be the mother of his kids? He can’t do it without a serious connection. I think this episode strongly suggests that he would have a very difficult time with someone who was so much younger than him. Maybe that’s because he’d want to be with someone who’d been through much of what he’d been through — including the sheer length of the process. Maybe it’s because he’d want someone who was in the same point in their lives as him, professionally, emotionally, and experientially. Or maybe he just doesn’t want to explain all the various pop culture references he’d make. Ok, who are we kidding? Ted LOVES explaining stuff. He’s a prof(f)essor for god’s sake! ;)

        Anyway, I think the real point here is that Carly specifically, and someone that much younger than Ted in general, is not the right gal for Ted. But that’s Ted. That’s not your boyfriend. Even if your boyfriend’s name is Ted. :)

        • Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 09:57 am GMT -4 at 9:57 am

          Yes in Matchmaker Season one at Love Solutions, in the initial interview She basically asked Ted’s approval to narrow the search to 5 Years from his age in either directions. Then she said that he had statistically 8 choices. It took the computer 6 months to find one in the database.

          Even when Season 1 Episode 21 Milk Ted refused to go on his perfect date that theory is still out there.

          Speaking of making bad choices, Don after Barney gave Robin the perfect date left her like Victoria Left Ted. I had not thought of it in that way. Both of those couples had a perfect moment together and blew it.

    10. Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 10:23 pm GMT -4 at 10:23 pm

      I think in general, this episode sort of make fun of the carly theory ridiculously enough so people will start taking this out from the mother list. They punned this so hard to a point of even inserting a shotgun wedding (which we all know would not happen, not this way for ted, NOT THIS WAY).

      What’s noteworthy about the episode is that robin and barney is heading out in a good direction on their relationship, far from their previous relationships to date.

      The leather cuff thing i think is a bit consistent with the Ted we know whenever he stretches out of his way to do things just because a girl is hot (don’t judge me). Interestingly enough, they also made way into inserting this as B Story for LAME so as to provide some sort of laughs that hit ( marshall’s shrek hands)

      The Ring is also a funny attribute, i really loved the way they integrate LOTR and HP references, specially on the beers. Hilarious!

      The wink vindication is also something that i enjoyed, barney has been busting ted about his supposed not-a-one-night-stand with his mom virginia since season 2 and i felt Ted’s vindication so much when he did that by the somewhere near the end of the episode.

      General thoughts:
      1. We’ll be seeing Ted scrambling around again with a number of hotties but i do hope they present him on a better journey as a lot of people are looking forward to this and i just don’t want him to be too much in the background as we approach the end of the seaspn
      2. Barney, amidst his withdrawals still looks in shape for the wedding. He maybe love robin that much.
      3. Robin is famous in NY after the Helicopter incident, i think she still gonna get some perks here and there even with a ring.
      4. Robin is just simply effective as robin sparkles rather than a musical type cameo like barney in “nohing suits me like a suit”, ted on “superdate” or marshal singing “marshal vs the machine”
      5. Perhaps its just me, but when ted kissed carly, as hot as she imay be, i was just weirded by it. Hope they cast the mother not so far long (agewise) as seeing ted with a college chick as young as carly is uber weird.

      • Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 10:44 pm GMT -4 at 10:44 pm

        Another note, Bro Code Article 19 may have said A Bro Shall Not Sleep With Another Bro’s Sister but It was never mentioned there if a sister is half-sister so ted check’s out. Plus given that he has no idea who the person was before barney found out.

    11. Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 10:29 pm GMT -4 at 10:29 pm

      I decided to watch the episode a second time, but I was not as excited about this episode as many of you seem. That was a mistake. I actively avoid spoilers so I had no idea this was coming. I’m very glad they addressed Carly, but poor execution in my opinion.

      They dealt with Lily struggling with being newly engaged and her ring in season 1, episode 3 Sweet Taste of Liberty and it was not nearly as sitcommy (even if Marshall claims then to have never fought before). Sure, Robin is exaggerating to make a point, but have we ever heard her reference getting free stuff before? It just seemed like it was out of the blue for me. While “you’re not precious” was funny, in reality, doesn’t an engagement ring represent the exact opposite? That someone thinks you are very precious.

      Robin says she doesn’t speak virgin when Marshall makes a Harry Potter reference but in Legendaddy (Episode 6.19) she makes a reference herself.

      Ted is constantly around people 20 or under. He teaches at a university, but only on the dance floor they seem like little kids?

      The group has spent plenty of time at clubs.
      Okay Awesome (1.5), Ted Mosby, Architect (2.4) Singles Stamina (2.10), No Tomorrow (3.12), Murtaugh (4.19) – technically a rave, but I’m counting it because it is good enough *whip crack*, Hopeless (6.21), and the Drunk Train (7.16) and we’ve never seen them complain about the people being too young.

      Ted is suddenly afraid of the dark?

      I always thought Barney and Ted’s mom just kissed (if Barney was even telling the truth on that one), but if they slept together, many might think that is worse than Barney sleeping with Robin the first time. Mom does beat sister Ted.

      Great call back with Lily’s lady parts names.

      But what bothered me the most, and maybe I should have led with this because I doubt anyone is still reading, is that Ted and Barney have basically become each other instantly.

      We just heard Ted complain about Robin ending up with a guy who slept with every woman in new york and in this very episode calls out Barney for everything he’s done to women and now he’s straining to find any connection with Carly to sleep with her? I suppose the fact that he needs some kind of connection is different, but will Ted continue on this path? It doesn’t seem like it will lead to the growth that he needs to meet “the mother.”

      And Barney, in one episode, is completely over one night stands? They absolutely needed to show him struggling with this, but they resolved it so quickly. Ted’s dream about whole foods alone should have made Barney think about marriage being a bad idea. In the Sexless Innkeeper, he’s just dating and he’s like “what have I done” when Ted says, “I love being single.” So Barney and Robin are totally fine now being only with each other forever. Smooth sailing from now until the wedding doesn’t sound very entertaining.

      So if this was TLDR (Too Long, Didn’t Read), the take away message is there were plenty of things in this episode that they needed to do, but it didn’t all need to be done right now and in a single episode.

      • Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 10:08 am GMT -4 at 10:08 am

        @Professor
        Yes Ted afraid of the Dark reminded me of the Canadians at the Hoser HUT when Marshall “accidentally” leaned against the light switch and everyone freaked out. Maybe Mosby is part Canadian like is almost Bro-In-law Barney.

        I liked that they brought out Lord of The Rings and Harry Potter and Star wars 456 versus 123 Gap.

        Barney and Robin realize in this episode that they really Love Each other instead of just Lust after Each other. Even when someone detoxes they can still occasionally miss their old life.

        I see even more meddling in Ted’s single life from Everyone. We have some more funny episodes ahead before we get back to the serious stuff.

    12. Sam
      Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 12:33 am GMT -4 at 12:33 am

      I loved when Barney read a passage out of Ted’s dream journal during the “wedding”.

      I was a “Carly is the mother” hopeful, but I never considered age difference. Now I’m glad I was wrong.

      Was Barney’s “there are four million women in the city of new york and you sleep with my sister” a reference to Teds speech about Barney and Robin in the limo? I believe the episode was Everything Must Go

    13. Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 07:20 am GMT -4 at 7:20 am

      Well, it’s clear that CT&CB wanted to put a new hint. Ep 13 revealed when Ted saw YM for first time, now we know that Barney’s half sister is not the mother.

      Second, the attitude of Ted banging young girls is quite typical after a shock like he received, the other option was depression, but this one is funnier, discards the theory that Barney’s sister could be the mother and, by the way, gives Ted a sort of revenge, I mean, he banged Barney’s sister.

      BTW, if Barney has become a true fiancée, a big part of HIMYM fun dissapears, so someone (I mean, Ted) must take this role.

      Third, it was great that Marshall and Lily took a big role. I really laugh hard. They are great actors with an amazing chemistry.

      Fourth, we are seeing the evolution of RoBarn as couple. Now they are becoming adults (more Robin than Barney). The ring scene was simply hilarious. The question that I don’t believe is that, according to my friends’s group experience, people like Barney doesn’t detox so easily. They usually fall again but well, it’s a sitcom, so Barney is Superman.

      • Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 02:22 pm GMT -4 at 2:22 pm

        I wouldn’t be surprised if Barney has relapses, but I think it’ll be less about wanting to hook up with random hotties, and more about “OMG this is a BIG decision…am I with the right person?” I mean, we know this happens on the wedding day. For both of them. I assume it happens before then a few times, too.

        That said, it’s nice to see them coalesce more as a couple. I think it helps sell the “Yes, they end up married” thing.

    14. Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 09:20 am GMT -4 at 9:20 am

      Well I’m glad that they addressed the Barney’s sister theory head on, had fun with it, and even made it meaningful to the storyline (got Barney over one night stands).

      However I’m a little confused by the mixed messages they were sending about age. On the one hand they seemed to be making fun of the audience for thinking Ted would end up with someone so young, but at the same time they have told us the mother was a student (living on campus!) when he was a teacher, so that implies at least somewhat of an age disparity.

      In other news, it’s been picked up for season nine. I hope that means we meet the mother at the end of this year and get to spend some time with her next year.

      • Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 09:42 am GMT -4 at 9:42 am

        I wouldn’t be surprised if the Mother is younger than Ted, but not 10+ years younger.

        If I remember correctly, the class Ted screwed up on his first day was Econ 305 or somesuch (TBS re-ran the episode last week and I happened to catch it at a friend’s place), which would be at least a junior/senior level course. Making the Mother 21/22 or so in September, 2009 IF she was actually a college student at the time of the class. Her roommate, though, was Cindy, a Ph.D. student, and considerably closer to Ted’s age.

        So, that leaves us with a few options that’d make Ted and the Mother closer in age.

        1. The Mother was an education or economics grad student, and was in the class either as a T.A. (quit snickering, Barney) or who was sitting in to observe the professor.

        2. The Mother was taking the course as an actual college junior or senior, but did not take the traditional path to/through college. (Perhaps she took a few years off to tour as a bassist.)

        3. The Mother, like Ted, is the kind of person who’d just go audit a class because she’s curious about the subject. (e.g., “I was planning on starting my own line of robot art, and thought it’d be a good idea to learn a bit about macroeconomics so I’d understand the market.”)

        4.) The Mother is actually an economist who just gigs on the side with the wedding band, and was going back to her old undergrad Econ 305 class to show her previously condescending professor that she’d made it as an economist. It didn’t work out so well, because Ted crashed the lecture.

        Of those options, I tend to think that #2 is actually more likely and the Mother is a bit more of a free spirit than the somewhat more traditionally-minded Ted. Failing that, I’d guess it’s #1 and the Mother is simply the kind of woman who likes to have a lot of different hobbies, which includes playing bass in a wedding band on the weekends, when she’s not busy teaching economics or working in finance or something.

        • Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 06:00 pm GMT -4 at 6:00 pm

          I for one never thought of YM as an undergrad. How many gradschool students live with undergrads? People tend to associate with people close to their own age, at least until they get older and into the workforce, when they are around a wider variety of people in age.

          That would lead us to believe that Cindy and YM are similiar in age. YM was at a club in season three on St. Patty’s day (No tomorrow) meaning she has to have been at least 21 in 2007, and most likely 24 in 2010 when Girls v. Suits took place.

          Therefore YM is at least 27 at this moment, and that assumes she was just 21 in No Tomorrow.

        • Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 06:03 pm GMT -4 at 6:03 pm

          Excellent deduction! I hadn’t even thought about that. Although “fake ID” at least throws a minor wrinkle into your calculus, I still STRONGLY agree that she’s at least around the same age as Cindy. She might still be an undergrad (e.g., didn’t take the traditional straight-through path), but she’s at least an older undergrad if that’s the case.

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

      BTW solo, I have reviewed this video, and CT&CB say that Robin is not the mother YET.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIiPrq_85XU

      Of course they don’t have to say all the truth, but they have never lied.

      We know that Robin can not have children, so the only two options for me are:

      1.- RoBarn adopt a child.
      2.- She is the stepmother.

      There is a question that I can’t understand. The girl is 15, and at that age girls talk with their mothers. It’s surprising that she has no idea about how their parents met, specially if it could be a romantic meeting like a wedding or a train station (remember that she is a teenager). This is the kind of story that a mother tells to her young daughter, because it’s not the banging meeting in Barney-style.

      • Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 01:35 pm GMT -4 at 1:35 pm

        Is your name Sheldon by chance? Are you a California based Physicist born and raised in Texas, with a roommate named Leonard?

        Because you MIGHT have missed the sarcasm in their “Not yet” statement.

        It cannot be Robin, sorry. Accept it, and move forward.

      • Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 01:56 pm GMT -4 at 1:56 pm

        “”Robin is not the mother YET. “”

        I think he was just joking/funny i wouldn’t read to much into it.

      • sam
        Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 02:08 pm GMT -4 at 2:08 pm

        I believe Future Ted already told us Robin will not have kids and she won’t become a Mother. “Kids, your aunt Robin never did become a pole-vaulter.”

    16. Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 11:09 am GMT -4 at 11:09 am

      Okay Dolf, think about this. Carly would totally vibe on you. First your 50 so she would think of you as very old. Second your single right now or in a relationship. Either way I don’t see that stopping her. Third your a funny guy who likes to read books with a foreign accent. If you can rollerskate you should probably move to NewYork.

      So if your still awake across the ocean what do you think?

    17. Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 04:32 pm GMT -4 at 4:32 pm

      Did it seem odd to anyone else that Carly doesn’t seem to question that Ted and Barney know each other? She asked Ted but then just goes with it as if it is no big deal that the guy she just slept with is not only in the living room of her stepbrother but that they are best friends…

      The handicaps of 22 minute episodes I guess.

    18. Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 05:25 pm GMT -4 at 5:25 pm

      First, Ross and Solo- congrats on the new gig! I know I am a little late with the shout out but I think you guys will be awesome with the recaps. Thanks for taking on the new role!

      @Ross- haha with the Dolf and Carly get together bit. A 4th wall wink from Carly would help aid your theory lol

      @Dolf- you are silly with your serial killer comments, but I think they are humorous! I hope everyone who never reads these comments but suddenly sees serial killer thrown in knows HE IS KIDDING! (also, it would absolutely be crazy eyes who still hasn’t gotten over Marshall and Lily reconnecting)

      @Solo- Was your Bob the serial killer comment a reference to Sideshow Bob from the Simpsons? If so, awesome!!!

      Ok, so a few things. I feel so satisfied with the past 4 episodes and really feel like we are getting there! They keep high fiveing their fans with story payoffs, eliminating fan based theories (come on, Carly was CLEARLY thrown in the mix because we all talk about it), and new mother details. I just love that we have a date he will meet her! There are no more ifs, ands. or buts about it- Come hell or high water, 5/25/13 Ted meets YM! Also, good job Solo for making the Star Wars connection with the date. God, I love these writers.

      Secondly, how has no one mentioned the retraction five. I nearly choked on my food I was laughing so hard. I love when they get creative with high fives.

      Lastly, @Proffessor: On paper, it would seem that Barney only got over one night stands in one episode because he is freaking out in the beginning but then by the end he only has eyes for Robin. BUT and this is a big BUT (hahaha sorry I am clearly 5 years old), in reality, this growth has been ongoing for several years!!! While he has had relapses in priorities when it comes to women, it is clear that he has been changing for quite some time. It was not an overnight thing. He is ready for the relationship. He thought he was ready with Nora. He was ready with Quinn, but it was the wrong girl, and now he is definitely ready and his found the right girl. Today was just a mini freak out, which because he is Barney and because he is human, he will continue to have on occasion. In the end though, it will always be Robin and he is ready after years of growth and change. Its the same way that Ted has been over Robin for awhile but has a mini freak out when Robin and Barney get engaged. Not because he loves Robin anymore, but because it makes him reflect on the past and how it’ll mean he can’t rely on that life anymore. At the end of the day, Barney is still Barney which means he isn’t perfect BUT Robin makes him better and he knows she is his girl. She was when they were smoking cigars now, and she is as his fiancee and future wife.

      I am beyond excited to see how the rest of the season plays out and to devote for time to keep up the discussion with you guys. Thanks as always for the thought provoking discussion!

      • Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 06:13 pm GMT -4 at 6:13 pm

        Hey Kate! Welcome back. :) My reference to BOB was actually about Twin Peaks, in which Ray Wise (Robin Scherbatsky, Sr.) costarred, actually.

      • Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 08:20 pm GMT -4 at 8:20 pm

        Kate, great reference to Barney and Ted freak outs. Both have changed since the days of Don’s apartment drunk fight over Robin. Ted is very unsettled right now and like someone mentioned is going the wrong way. He will need Marshall or Robin to set him straight soon.

    19. Thursday, January 24th, 2013 12:46 am GMT -4 at 12:46 am

      Kate and Ross have made some good points directed towards me. Up until this last episode I really thought they had been building and getting better, so I’m still optimistic. I was going to make a joke about Ted being part Canadian so I was glad Ross made a Canada joke.

      I’ve been watching the series from the start again on netflix and just got to the end of season 7. I’m really interested to see how the pieces fit together and am trying to write a summary of what I think are the central parts of the story, but it is so difficult. You start talking about one character and suddenly you are several season in the future and on a different story line. I’m hoping I’ll have something in the near future because I think it would be fun to have other die hard fans look at it and see what they think.

      • Thursday, January 24th, 2013 10:33 am GMT -4 at 10:33 am

        Wow Professor that is a very adventurous daunting almost exhausting undertaking. I was just attempting to trace backwards this last episode, and finally realized it would take longer to complete. I do not have the time in an entire week.

        That said, we as a group can together highlight our favorite parts of each episode and share them. This is actually what the blog represents.

        So feel free to post your thoughts about already aired episodes right here.

        • Thursday, January 24th, 2013 01:31 pm GMT -4 at 1:31 pm

          Well Ross, I’m probably not as ambitious as you are thinking. I just got so excited after Band or DJ that I started working on putting my thoughts together since then when I get some free moments here or there. There are two things I’ll post later today when I’m actually at my laptop where the files are stored.

          The first is just a bare bones framework working backwards from Band or DJ of only the most crucial dots that need to be connected.

          The second is a more fleshed out analysis that starts with the pilot and tries to touch upon the story arcs that led the characters to where they needed to be. I don’t know whether I’ll be able to post it as a single post (I assume there is a word limit), but we’ll see.

    20. Thursday, January 24th, 2013 11:02 am GMT -4 at 11:02 am

      https://mobile.twitter.com/JoshRadnor/statuses/291722679067766784

      I keep forgetting to post this link from last week. Solo4114 bob comment reminded me just now.

      Bob Saget future ted and Josh Radnor current ted had dinner together and posted the photo online.

      • Thursday, January 24th, 2013 11:28 am GMT -4 at 11:28 am

        Ted and voice of Future Ted…cool. :)

      • Thursday, January 24th, 2013 05:08 pm GMT -4 at 5:08 pm

        Great catch, Ross!

    21. Thursday, January 24th, 2013 11:26 am GMT -4 at 11:26 am

      This episode is very fun and solid in my opinion and the show is on a streak combo of good episodes since the end of last year. There are some flaws and it look as though the story was rushed and not very well planned to go along with the future flash-forwards. I am concerned on how they are going to continue the story with Barney not out there being freaky with bimbos, he’s still gonna be awesome with all the funnies no doubt but I guess the responsibilities of crazy and wild one-night stands has to go to Ted now. And why am I seeing that Barney’s apartment looks smaller than Marshall and Lily’s? On the side note, I like Barney’s sister, she seem like a sweet girl. :)

      Again, good episode. Kudos. :)

      • Thursday, January 24th, 2013 01:04 pm GMT -4 at 1:04 pm

        And i missed seeing baby Marvin. I know he cannot be in every Lily Marshall scene. Just mention him some more. It was like he didn’t even exist.

    22. Thursday, January 24th, 2013 04:32 pm GMT -4 at 4:32 pm

      Okay just posted on another part of this blog about some guest appearing in next weeks episode. It is of coarse a spoiler but so ironic. I will not type spoilers in the show review about future events on the show. So if you want specifics just ask via e-mail.

      I hope the show picks up from the ending of Ring Up. Ted holding out his hand dismissing the comments from Robin, Lily, Marshall.

      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.”

    23. Thursday, January 24th, 2013 05:12 pm GMT -4 at 5:12 pm

      After Band or DJ? I started to think back and see what needed to happen to get Ted and “the Mother” to meet. We don’t know all the details yet, but this is just my crack at what the bare bones structure of how it all worked out. This one starts from the meeting and works backwards. I have a longer one that starts with the pilot. If you indulge me, let me know what you think.

      Ok working backwards, we believe “the mother” is in the band for Barney and Robin’s wedding, so two things there – Ted needs Barney and Robin to get married and that band at the wedding (we know they meet at the train station but we don’t know the details of that so I’m working from the wedding). .

      How does the band get there? “The Mother” was roommates with Cindy, so Ted needed to meet Cindy. How did he meet Cindy?

      He met her at Columbia. Why? He’s a professor. So now we need to figure out how Ted becomes a professor. Tony pulled strings and got him the job because he felt bad about stealing Stella. How did Ted meet Stella?

      Ted needed to get his butterfly tramp stamp removed. How did he get the tattoo? Amy was Ted’s attempt to win the breakup with Robin when she returns from Argentina with Gael. This means that Ted and Robin had to date in order for Ted to eventually meet “the Mother.”

    24. Thursday, January 24th, 2013 10:33 pm GMT -4 at 10:33 pm

      And Robin dated Ted for s long time she was attracted to him from the start when Barney introduced them. She was also very jealous of Victoria and that helped sustain the relationship.

      Anyone else want to jump in.

    25. Friday, January 25th, 2013 02:32 am GMT -4 at 2:32 am

      This is the long one. I’ll keep the intro short. I’m starting from the beginning and trying to flesh out the framework. It isn’t completely chronological, but I tried to give it some flow. Let’s see if we can contain it in one post.

      The story starts with Marshall proposing to Lily for two reasons:
      1. It pushes Ted to really work on his search for “the one.”
      2. Marshall and Lily’s relationship provides a healthy example of what a relationship should look like for Barney and Robin.

      Robin plays such an important role in the story because:
      Ted falls for her immediately, and even though it is clear they want different things, he continues to push for her, giving up on Victoria (someone who wanted the same thing, because he finds out Robin likes him) and passing on the “perfect woman” from the matchmaking service (now it could still end up that she is the mother, and if so, it was a good thing Ted didn’t meet her then when he was still hung up on Robin).

      Ted, distraught from the breakup and Robin’s new boyfriend Gael, hooks up with Amy and ends up getting a tattoo. On St. Patrick’s Day he is at the same place at “the mother” but thankfully they don’t meet, because Ted realizes she wouldn’t have liked him that night. He loses his phone and when he goes back to find it, he picks up her yellow umbrella.

      The tattoo is essential because it introduces Ted to Stella. Stella is essential because when she leaves Ted at the altar, Tony feels sorry for Ted and gets him the teaching job. Before I get to the job, I have to interject that again, Robin is key here. Stella would not have left Ted if Ted hadn’t invited Robin to the wedding, and later bringing Tony to help make up for it. Tony being at the wedding because Robin was gave Stella to act on “unfinished things” with Tony, fulfilling their love story.

      Now for those who are complaining there isn’t enough serendipity, we have Ted’s first day as a professor. We don’t know why Ted thought the Econ class was the room he was supposed to be in (and I think the writers could give us an awesome flashback with this somehow) and we don’t know why his future wife is in that class either, because age-wise it doesn’t match up with her roommate. Ted needed to be a professor so he could meet graduate student Cindy. Cindy makes it clear that everyone is always falling in love with her roommate (which I hope doesn’t take away from her love story with Ted since Ted calls it the best love story ever) and Ted proceeds to live up to this by identifying the three things in Cindy’s room that belong to her roommate. She rushes him out, and he accidentally leaves the umbrella, reuniting the yellow umbrella and “the mother.” We know she plays bass, draws robots playing sports, and makes breakfast food sing, but we don’t actually know how old she is. Mystery remains, but meanwhile…

      We return to Robin’s part of the story. Before Ted and Stella get engaged, Barney and Robin sleep together and Barney realizes that he is in love with her, even though Robin doesn’t seem to feel the same way. He tells Lily (who we later find out, tells Marshall). After Stella and Ted are done, Ted and Robin start sleeping together to stop their roommate fights. Barney is affected and it becomes clear to Ted that Barney has feelings for Robin so Ted calls the benefits off. Barney and Robin eventually get together, but their relationship is a wreck and they call it off, but this relationship remains central to the story, so we need to keep tabs on both characters now.

      Robin continues to focus on work and meets Don. She moves in with him, much to the dismay of Barney and Ted who both freak out and want her back. She cuts ties with the group to give the relationship with Don a shot, even turning down a job in Chicago to stay with him. Unfortunately, Don is offered the job after Robin and takes it.

      Barney finds a picture meant for his or James’ dad and when he sees James reunited with his father, it makes him want to know who his real father is. He finds out it is “Uncle Jerry” and finds that instead of the party guy he used to be, Jerry has settled down and has a family. Barney doesn’t understand why he couldn’t have done that for him, but they eventually reconcile. Barney falls for Nora, a coworker of Robin’s, but screws it up. It is just as he is getting a second chance that Robin realizes she still has feelings for Barney.

      Robin starts dating Kevin, who used to be her therapist but she and Barney cheat on Kevin and Nora with each other and agree to break up with them, but Robin backs out and stays with Kevin. Barney is crushed. Robin finds out she can’t have children and even though they have never been part of her plan, knowing she can’t have them devastates her. Kevin proposes but eventually takes it back after Robin makes it clear she can’t have kids and won’t adopt. They break up. Ted says he loves her, but later realizes that it can’t work because Robin loves Barney.

      Barney starts dating a stripper, Karma/Quinn and they eventually get engaged, but they end it when they realize they don’t trust each other.

      Robin starts dating a guy she had a crush on when she was dating Ted, but Nick turns out to be dumb as rocks. Barney helps Robin break up with Nick by saying he is still in love with her, starting a long play to get Robin back. He gets Patrice, a coworker who Robin can’t stand to help him after Robin shoots him down and the final play culminates in Barney telling Ted he is going to propose to Patrice and that Ted can’t tell anyone. Ted decides to let go of Robin and tells her what is happening. Robin goes to stop Barney and finds out that Barney is actually proposing to Robin. She accepts.

      Barney and Robin’s engagement hits Ted harder than anything else and he doesn’t feel that Barney deserves Robin. He tries to convince them to get a DJ for the wedding, but they settle on a band that cancels at the last minute. Ted runs into Cindy and her wife on the subway and finds out that her old roommate is in a great wedding band and they happen to be available. We don’t know the details from there, but her band plays the wedding and they meet at a train station after the reception.

    26. Friday, January 25th, 2013 10:31 am GMT -4 at 10:31 am

      I read into the second paragraph and you left out that Robin was the reason Ted went to Love Solutions episode 7 Matchmaker. So it would be a double twist if at Robin’s wedding The Bass player roommate of Cindy turns out to be the woman from Milk Episode 21 first season. More about the Lily freak out in Milk and that is why Ted ended up not staying at the bar to meeting his perfect date. Instead Robin drives Ted back to the bar and he says he wants Robin not perfect. That may or may not be the mother. If she turns out not to be the mother then, Ted may have fallen for her and never dated Robin.

      You also need to bring in the Episode Lucky Penny. Everyone seems to forget the Ted job interview and all the reasons why Robin and Ted miss the flight. I had two more but they just slipped away.

      Anyway you could bring in the house Ted purchases as a step towards meeting the mother. Ted’s two buildings come in there somewhere. Great start Professor.

    27. Friday, January 25th, 2013 07:27 pm GMT -4 at 7:27 pm

      I was thinking about the scene in the train station and I started questioning “why is Ted alone?”. It is the night of the wedding and he is probably going home. But why is he not sharing a cab with marshall and lily? (I have absolutely no idea of NY’s geography and I really don’t know if the live near or far from each other)
      And that made me think perhaps Ted isn’t going home. Or at least not his apartment. I think he may be going to the house he bought.
      His destination and the reason he is alone in a train station might be somehow connected with how he hurt his hand.

      What do you guys think?

      • Friday, January 25th, 2013 08:01 pm GMT -4 at 8:01 pm

        Very good TRAIN of thought Purple Giraffe. I was looking back to the old photos Jordan posted in 2012 of Ted at the train station. He was looking up from his book at The Mother under the Yellow umbrella. I wrote down my thoughts on some paper earlier Today. Basically I was thinking Ted looked like he was about to make a move. I could imagine Narrator Ted explains what Ted is thinking and then he acts on those thoughts.

        Reminds me of how slow Ted was to make the move with Robin even when she gave him the signal. Things will have to move faster because we know he breaks the three day rule and gives her flowers but does not say I Love You right away.

        But right now he is a tamer version of single Barney. Ted lives in Quinn’s old apartment. Not sure if he will officially move into the house until he gets married. But we may see him get it ready at some point. I think we will see Barney and Robin go through what Marshall and Lily did about where to settle down at when they are married. This may get Ted thinking.

        Just a guess. We are about to get some more future show news. Next week the 28th is a good rerun episode. On the fourth of February we get the next new episode. Please no Spoilers here about future shows.

    28. Saturday, January 26th, 2013 08:05 am GMT -4 at 8:05 am

      Another thought – rewatching some old episodes and I started to wonder if there was any foreshadowing with the “never invite an ex to your wedding”. We know Ted is invited to Barney & Robins wedding, because he is there to see the mother. Future Ted mentions this several times.. Makes me wonder if this has anything to do with “the wedding where everything went wrong”. Although I do hope they don’t go down that path.

      • Saturday, January 26th, 2013 12:39 pm GMT -4 at 12:39 pm

        I think that is a great conversation starter. I just wish more of the regulars or new individuals would join in the conversation like Sarah, Purple Giraffe, and Professor.

        @Sarah, I hope they do not go in that direction. I am watching Robin and Robin Sr. Dance at the reception. It does not look like Ted is in any distress. Ted does look longingl,y lovingly, contemplative, at Robin; then at his future Wife the Bass player.

        Okay so here is my simple question… When does the best man make his toast? Before or after the Dance?

        • Sunday, January 27th, 2013 05:39 am GMT -4 at 5:39 am

          yea I’ve wondered that a lot… hope no one has any last minute feelings / blaming about the “ex” being there.

    29. Saturday, January 26th, 2013 02:25 pm GMT -4 at 2:25 pm

      I’ve wondered about this, I feel like they need to address it, because Ted was so adamant about it.

      I’m hoping what happens (if they don’t address it earlier) that Robin wants to see Ted because Lily spilled about Ted and Victoria ending because he didn’t want to stop being friends with Robin. Robin freaks out and Ted has to do what the best man does, makes sure his charge makes it down the aisle and gets married. Yes, in my world, Ted is best man for Barney and Robin.

      I’ve been the best man 3 times, and toasts usually occur after the meal (if there is a sit down meal) and before the dancing. Of course, people can do things however they choose.

      Marshall and Lily likely leave the reception early, having a young child at home. I’m sure Ted is there to the bitter end. I don’t pretend to know how how his hand will get hurt, my guess is that he watches Barney and Robin leave, gets sad and angry, and hurts himself somehow. As a boy scout he patches himself up and goes to the train station. That’s why, even injured, he can still beat a band member to the station.

      All just a guess, I’m excited to see how the dots get connected.

    30. Monday, January 28th, 2013 01:04 am GMT -4 at 1:04 am

      This is neat i have never seen this part of the blog ive only seen the theory posts, so thanks for inviting me Ross and thanks for the congrats on my engagment lol.
      So as for this episode it was good but not the best ive ever seen. i loved that Bays and Thomas finally introduced Carly because like 75% of ppl truely believed she was the mother so now with this episode one more theory was taken down and we get closer and closer to the truth, and it showed some important flashforwards and gave us alot of insight which was exciting and there was alot of funny parts and also dramatic parts. i loved the “on the house” song and dance, i thought that was clever and funny and i loved loved loved when barney said he “seen the leather cuff and i got a parishall for marshall” i think that was my fav line and i also loved the retracked high five and this and that
      but now on to things i wish were better, i didnt like how noone was shocked about her being Carly? like barney knew her forever or something, i just didnt think it was totally accurate because we were led to believe he never met her or at least i thought that so when he seen her in the pic and knew it was his sis right away i didnt much care for that cause idk just didnt seem to fit. and i liked lilys dramatic scene on the roof with ted at first but the morei think about it the more i dont like it. now i dont have kids yet and i totally agree that kids can be a handful but i just didnt like that she wishs she wasnt a mom. i now think that was too much. i mean if i was marv and found out my mom said that i would be scarred for life or something ya know? and i hate that she is keeping that from marshall because honestly marshall is my fav character and it just reminded me of season 1 lily who left marshall for some art school, it just troubled me.
      but overall good episode just like i said not my fav
      oh and i just watched the sag awards tonight and himym wasnt nominated for anything?! nor were anyone from himym
      whats up with that?

      • Kim
        Monday, January 28th, 2013 10:52 am GMT -4 at 10:52 am

        All moms wish at some point they weren’t one, and no matter how great your husband is, it’s just not something you share. Normally it’s something only mentioned to close friends who are also moms as it does sound so terrible. It has nothing to do with how great (or not) the kids are, it’s just such a big change and you feel like absolutely every second of your life, and a few of your dreams have been altered/given to someone else.

        • Monday, January 28th, 2013 11:09 am GMT -4 at 11:09 am

          I expect this is true for all parents, period. Moms and dads. Marshall had his own moment like this when he and Ranjit were talking about what it means to be a husband and father, and Marshall asks “So, when does it get to be about me again?” and Ranjit says “NEVER! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!”

          I’m neither married nor have kids, but two of my closest friends (and my analogues for Lily and Marshall) have two kids, and from watching them (and interacting with their kids myself), it’s HUGE. Completely life-altering. It’s not as if you cease to be a person or get to have your own independent desires and plans and such, but you have these lives which are totally dependent upon you, and it is RELENTLESS. So, I’d figure it’s only natural that you have moments as a parent where you’re like “I don’t want this. I want this to stop.” And it never EVER stops.

          But the moment passes, and you move on and realize that it’s just part of the process. It’s the same thing with Ted and his frustrations about dating (with which I’m far more familiar). It’s the challenge of reconciling what is completely beyond your control. Ted has no control over how/when he meets the Mother. For a guy who so wants to be settled down, start a family, etc., that can be maddening unless you can figure out a way to accept it and still have hope. As we’ve seen, Ted’s optimism has been challenged at times, and he certainly has moments of despair.

          But the moments pass, and he keeps going because, in the end, that’s all you can do. You have no real choice. Well, you do, but the alternative is basically unthinkable: give up entirely and resign yourself to a life alone. But for a guy like Ted, that’s just as unthinkable as Lily literally picking up and jetting off to Paris while leaving her child and husband behind. She BARELY got away with that at age 26. She KNOWS she can’t do it now. So, she rides out her rough moment, just as Ted rides out his, and you…just…keep…going. And in the end, it pays off and is worth it. Which, I think, is one of the great messages of the show.

      • Kim
        Monday, January 28th, 2013 10:54 am GMT -4 at 10:54 am

        It shows how close Lilly and Ted are. I agree with others that they have a beautiful friendship.

    31. Monday, January 28th, 2013 09:47 am GMT -4 at 9:47 am

      @CCBHIMYM
      SAG awards loss for not having HIMYM highlighted.

      Carly meeting Robin and Barney over Christmas at their Dad’s house seemed normal. If he had seen her before, they never mentioned it. Like Ted’s sister never being on the show. It may have to do with money or casting. I thought I read that Both actresses are on the same CBS TV show?

    32. Monday, January 28th, 2013 11:20 am GMT -4 at 11:20 am

      Minor housekeeping point here, folks.

      We aren’t getting a new episode this week. February 4 is, I believe, the next new full episode. There’s something related to the superbowl, too, I think, but I can’t tell if that’s just cross-promotion or what.

      So, rather than re-recap the episode that is airing this week (Noretta, I think?) which, frankly, is kind of a lame episode anyway, we’ll have to keep it going here, or perhaps do a separate theory post or somesuch.

      Anyone have any preferences or want to make a suggestion for a topic of discussion?

      • Monday, January 28th, 2013 08:14 pm GMT -4 at 8:14 pm

        how about what fan theory would be bashed next?

        • Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 01:31 pm GMT -4 at 1:31 pm

          or we could play name this episode

          General Knowledge
          Corporal Punishment
          Colonel stuck in my teeth
          Major Pay Raise

          Best Slaps giving Ever
          Slaps giving Day Parade
          Turkey Hand Print
          That is a real Slap in the Face
          Relapse 5
          The Slap-itizers
          Slap-etiquette
          Major Buzz Kill
          The Song “You just got slapped” by Marshall with background Assistant Vocal Barney

          Okay Name That Episode

      • Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 03:01 pm GMT -4 at 3:01 pm

        Not bad. I also offer the following: Theorize about the first meeting. We know the when and the where (and kind of the who), but we don’t know the how.

        Will Ted speak to the Mother first, or will she speak to him? Will it happen literally at the platform, or on the train ride back? What will be the thing that opens the discussion?

        What will Ted’s first line to her be about? Will Ted offer to help her with her bass? Will he recognize her from the wedding and reference that first?

        Or will the Mother speak first, in which case, what will the Mother’s FIRST line to Ted be about? (Other than “Hi, I’m [Tracy]” I mean.)

        Will she ask him about the book he’s reading? Discuss his busted hand? Comment on his appearance in some other way? Mention the class she saw him teach? Discuss her umbrella? Discuss her bass playing? Mention Cindy? We’re getting a LITTLE late to start a new discussion thread, but if we get enough response on one, I’ll see if Jordan can start a new post.

    33. Monday, January 28th, 2013 04:49 pm GMT -4 at 4:49 pm

      I remember this question from somewhere, but not an answer.

      In the year 2020 Marshall asks Lily “baby, can we grow Sandwiches behind the Garage.” Lily says “dude we’re 42″. Then Ted says where’s my wife and they all laugh.

      So does this mean at some point LAME may move into the same neighborhood as Ted and Mrs. Mosby? They will sit on the front porch and watch the kids play etc.

      • Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 07:11 am GMT -4 at 7:11 am

        Sorry for my bad english, im using a translator…I hope you understand

        ————————–
        robin and barney
        not married
        because in the season
        6 Chapter 20
        can be clearly seen in the final scenes
        Robin
        does not have any ring nor barney
        could deduce
        that maybe they happened to directors
        but as the season 6 and 7
        that clearly was devoted to Barney and Robin
        starting it with your wedding and then at the end of the season that Robin is the bride
        we can deduce that it was a mistake
        and as in that scene TED
        When shown with their respective ring
        ring
        it gives us to conclude
        that the wedding did not happen
        one of the two if not both decided they were not sure about it because I do not leave him at the altar robin but not later appear in this scene Bone temp was maybe 6 cap.20 mutual agreement
        it also appears ringless robin
        does barney
        which tells us not married
        but remember how barney robin told in another chapter ended when back when she turned 49 could marry? I think maybe because I talked and decided not to marry until then and live apart …
        my theory is because while the director or creator of the series has to take according to their judgment … robin-barney the pair charmed audiences will then be given a final in which they marry later, but I love that robin has no ring because as ted if any
        shows that there are a couple
        was that it was obvious but it is good to emphasize this

    34. Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 06:49 am GMT -4 at 6:49 am

      in the episode with the exploding meatball, when Barney pretends to be ill and dying, Robin is not wearing a wedding ring…

    35. Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 10:12 am GMT -4 at 10:12 am

      This link has spoilers for Next Monday episode 15 title and photos with other news.

      The reason I shared it was for the potential Season 9 news. Here is a few lines and then the link.

      speculation on a season 9 by Josh Radnor below

      How I Met Your Mother Season 9 is the show’s “victory lap,” at least that is how the actor who plays Ted Mosby sees this development.

      Some HIMYM viewers have been frustrated over the long drawn 8-year-old story of how Ted meets the mother of his two kids. Not everyone is taking the Season 9 news with cheer. But it seems only one HIMYM actor had been reluctant to have a farewell season.

      “When there was fear that we were suddenly just going to not come back, it felt a little weird to end like, oh, 10 more episodes and you’re done with this massive chapter of your life,” Radnor told Access Hollywood.

      Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel) tells the gang he’s a dad. (Image: CBS/HIMYM Season 7 finale)
      Radnor was talking about the 2012 holiday break, during which neither the actors nor the show runners knew whether there would be a ninth season.

      Related News: How I Met Your Mother Season 8: Series could ‘shoot just 10 more and that will be it’ – Thomas

      “Now we get to have a year where we all know it’s the last time, so [the series could] get a kind of victory lap,” Radnor added.

      Jason Segel was reportedly the last to go on board for HIMYM Season 9. It is presumed the actor has outgrown his character, Marshall Eriksen, or he wanted to have time for other projects. Creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays have indicated in the past there won’t be a ninth season unless all the stars of the show signed up for it.

      In earlier interviews last year, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan both sounded optimistic for a full farewell season. Harris spoke of a farewell plan, while Hannigan said HIMYM is the best job she’s ever had. Cobie Smulders also sounded supportive of HIMYM Season 9, noting much-improved ratings in Season 7.

      SPOILER Episode Spoiler information in Link below

      http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/428889/20130129/met-mother-season-9-jason-segel-josh.htm#.UQfWV2t5mK0

    36. Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 02:46 pm GMT -4 at 2:46 pm

      This is unrelated to what has been said but I have heard that big things are coming up for Marshall in the furture, having to do with his career. So who thinks he will be Judge Erkisen? Any other thoughts on what would happen?

    37. Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 10:27 am GMT -4 at 10:27 am

      I know some of you just come to this site to read up on the show. For those of us who can never get too much of How I Met Your Mother, I have tried to stay current on show related information. while this information is older it still has relevance to where the writers are going. This first two sentences of the article from star plus says it all.

      Quoted below

      The whole series has been a string of clues.  Just enough to keep us enticed but not enough to see the entire picture.  Ted went to the same St. Patrick’s Day party she went to, but they didn’t meet… and it’s probably a good thing because she probably wouldn’t have liked him that day, but Ted did accidently end up with her yellow umbrella.  Ted was in the same room as her again a year later when he became a professor at Columbia.  Prof. Mosby was giving his lecture for Architecture 101; too bad he was in the economics lecture hall instead by mistake.  She got the umbrella back when Ted dated Cindy (Rachel Bilson), a T.A. at Columbia who was her roommate at the time.  Ted again just missed meeting her, but he did get a glimpse of her foot.  I predict Ted will have at least one more close run in with his future wife before finally meeting her.

      4.  Info redacted

      The secret that ……. is scheduled to return as a guest star.

      I took out most of the information in number four because it was all about the next episode.

      3.  Barney and Robin drama

      We all know that Barney and Robin will get married, but there are sure to be some trials and tribulations along the way.  In Monday’s episode, Robin will be working up the courage to tell her father about the engagement.  Mr. Sherbatsky has been in regret his whole life about not having a son, and finding out his daughter is getting married is sure to be a glass shattering event for him.  Both Barney and Robin have been so fiercely independent throughout their lives that it will certainly still take some time to fully commit to this wedding.  In flash forwards we have seen Barney making a dash for the window and Robin asking Ted for advice.  However, the cold feet are sure to subside in the end.

      2.  Meeting the mother

      We got our closest glimpse yet earlier this year.  Ted was waiting at the train station in the rain, the same one he had the run in with Klaus a year earlier.  A woman gets out of a cab, her face hidden by the yellow umbrella.  Who will she be?  What sequence of events led Ted to be in that place at that very moment?  Surely Craig and Carter have a carefully weaved story that they have been waiting eight years to come to fruition.

      1.  Season 9?!?!

      Although not yet confirmed by the studio, multiple reports are out that there will indeed be a season 9 of HIMYM.  Show creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas were adamant about the show only returning if they could get the entire cast on board.  With everyone’s contracts up at the end of season 8, that meant negotiations with everyone.  Jason Segel had been very public about his intentions to focus on his movie career and get away from the limitations of network television.  It would appear that Segel has had a change of heart, with Deadline Hollywood breaking in late December that Segel had agreed to come back for another season.  CBS’s Nina Tassler when asked about a HIMYM season 9 Saturday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour said “We’re very confident and excited that it will all work out. Almost everything is complete.”

      So what does this mean for the show?  Will they delay the big moment another year?  They had been very clear about wanting to know asap whether there would be a new deal made, but that does not directly imply they needed to know so they could change the scripts.  Craig and Carter may have just wanted to get a head start on ideas for season 9, or it could have just been negotiation tactics.  They could easily make the next season about what happened afterwards, but I believe it had always been Bays and Thomas’s intention to have Ted meet the mother in the final episode of the series.  The kids may not be able to get up from that couch just yet.

    38. Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 02:05 pm GMT -4 at 2:05 pm

      okay then… Here is another Ted trivia game…

      Please name two guest actresses [real names and on screen names in both shows] who went out on Dates with Both JD (Zach Braff) from SCRUBS and Ted (Josh Radnor) from How I Met Your Mother.

      This should at least peek DOLF!

      • Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 06:49 pm GMT -4 at 6:49 pm

        Mandy Moore (Amy & Julie) and Sarah Chalke (Stella & Elliot) :)

        • Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 09:55 pm GMT -4 at 9:55 pm

          Yes I was watching Scrubs episodes with Mandy Moore and thought it was interesting to compare them in different shows.

          Your turn Savanna if you want

    39. Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 07:24 pm GMT -4 at 7:24 pm

      Alright I know I’m pretty late with discussion of this episode and I don’t really have time to read all of the comments above, so I’m sorry if I repeat a few things.

      First of all, great review (: I found it funny how the writers not only debunked the whole Carly theory but almost mocked it as well, with Ted and Carly ending up at an alter together. I can’t believe I didn’t guess the girl was Barney’s half sister, especially because Ted even says her name is Carly midway through the episode! Also, I just wanted to point out that there’s a lot of purple in this episode (for those of you still keeping up with color theory). Kind of just shows how Carly was never meant to be Ted’s wife, in my opinion…

      Ted and Lily’s storyline was alright, and I can see how it might lead to Lily revealing her uncertainty about being a mom (or wanting to leave in the middle of the night). So I think there’s a lot more coming from that direction…

      Things I loved in particular about this episode were the retraction high five, the call back to Snap, Crackle, and Pop, the wedding being set up in like 10 seconds, and the sort of tunnel vision effect of being in love (only being able to see that one person)

      Also, it’s been confirmed there will be a season 9. I’ve also heard that it will be the final season, does anyone know if that part is true too?

    40. Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 10:10 pm GMT -4 at 10:10 pm

      I am going to re post what Solo 4114 was asking above. Some great Questions. They could probably Stand alone as Their own page. So Here is what Solo was asking…

      SOLO SAID

      Not bad. I also offer the following: Theorize about the first meeting. We know the when and the where (and kind of the who), but we don’t know the how.

      Will Ted speak to the Mother first, or will she speak to him? Will it happen literally at the platform, or on the train ride back? What will be the thing that opens the discussion?

      What will Ted’s first line to her be about? Will Ted offer to help her with her bass? Will he recognize her from the wedding and reference that first?

      Or will the Mother speak first, in which case, what will the Mother’s FIRST line to Ted be about? (Other than “Hi, I’m [Tracy]” I mean.)

      Will she ask him about the book he’s reading? Discuss his busted hand? Comment on his appearance in some other way? Mention the class she saw him teach? Discuss her umbrella? Discuss her bass playing? Mention Cindy? We’re getting a LITTLE late to start a new discussion thread, but if we get enough response on one, I’ll see if Jordan can start a new post.

      • Thursday, January 31st, 2013 01:49 am GMT -4 at 1:49 am

        If I had to guess, I think it will happen on the platform. Unfortunately I don’t have access to episode 8.1, so I might be completely wrong right off the bat. Youtube to the rescue.

        Off the top of my head, here are two possibilities.

        1. Call back to 6.1. The episode where Ted runs into Cindy again, and we see her go for it with her eventual wife. At the end of the rehearsal, Ted and Marshall are sitting outside at what we find out is Barney and Robin’s wedding. All of a sudden, it starts raining out of the blue.
        Marshall: “You didn’t happen to bring an umbrella, did you?
        Ted: “No, I didn’t bring an umbrella”
        Now we are at the end of 8.1, Ted is reading and under a roof, but the mother walks up with the umbrella because it is raining.

        Ted looks over, sees the yellow umbrella, recognizes her from the wedding, and knows he has to make a move. He approaches her and says either something about the band or the umbrella.

        2. The mother turns around, sees Ted sitting there, and either says something like “are you ok?” (I’m assuming she sees whatever caused Ted’s injury) or “I love that book.”

        I want to believe that she is just as into Ted right off the bat as he is into her, so I think either way, whoever talks first is going to be grasping for anything to say, to make that connection.

        • Thursday, January 31st, 2013 12:09 pm GMT -4 at 12:09 pm

          Kids, I never would have met your mother without a little luck. Specifically the luck of the Irish, St. Patrick’s Day.

          The one day of the year when every young person in New York goes out and gets crazy….

          But by 2008 we had all had enough… [Barney enters in a green suite]

          So on March 17th 2008 I went to a big St. Patrick’s Day Party. And it’s a good thing I did because, funny story your mother was there. [Yellow Umbrella in line outside Night Club]

          So what would get Ted talking to the mother at the train station. Lots of things. All previously mentioned: The weather specifically whind, The yellow umbrella blowing across the street, The book Ted is reading, Something said to Ted by the Lady on the bench, Ted growing a pair, Something that happened at the wedding, Recognition from St Patrick’s day or Econ Class or a Cindy story etc.

    41. Thursday, January 31st, 2013 11:20 am GMT -4 at 11:20 am

      Side note:

      We now have the OFFICIAL announcement of Season 9. CBS announced it yesterday, and confirmed that this will be the final season. Pretty much nothing we didn’t know, but it’s nice to have official confirmation.

      Here’s hoping the Mother gets revealed at the end of THIS season/start of next, and we get a year with her.

      • Thursday, January 31st, 2013 01:59 pm GMT -4 at 1:59 pm

        Five Days ago I typed “Just a guess. We are about to get some more future show news.”

        It was not a guess. I was told by “someone” that the season 9 announcement was coming this week.

        I am very happy that the show has an official end date. Now the mother clips will come.

        So the question is who will play the mother?
        When will we see her face for the first time as the mother?
        Are they already working her into previously shot episodes?

        When they do that will we go out and buy the NEW DVDs?
        And did George Lucas sign on to re-write them? That must be why he sold Star Wars etc. He wanted to get in on the edits of HIMYM not because of Taxes!!!

        Okay, so we will be posting some prize contests. please send your suggestions to us via e-mail.

      • Thursday, January 31st, 2013 03:29 pm GMT -4 at 3:29 pm

        I hope we will see a lot of situations we allready know but this time from the YM’s perspective, like all the nearly meetings. And please, some more we didn’t see because Future Ted didn’t remember.

    42. Thursday, January 31st, 2013 07:03 pm GMT -4 at 7:03 pm

      Do you guys think with all finality for next season that they have casted the mother already and the girl who played it on Farhampton and Band or DJ (even if there are no focused shots of her recognizably) is indeed the titular mother?

      Well just thought of throwing it out since they’ve used the same actress for bothe episode and just tag her as uncredited..

      A lot of the people who just wanted to know who the mother is expects big actresses to play the part, but solid fans would agree that all they want is to know how Ted gets to his happily ever after ending. Thanks in advance!

      • Thursday, January 31st, 2013 07:08 pm GMT -4 at 7:08 pm

        It’s possible, I suppose, but I wouldn’t count on it. I mean, we know the Mother’s body type, basically, and her rough height, but none of that need be definite. I mean, they didn’t cast Katie Holmes as the original Slutty Pumpkin in flashbacks.

        As for a big-name actor….I’d actually prefer they not go with one. I’d prefer either someone with a little TV experience but who isn’t widely known, or a total unknown. I want to get to know the character, not have to look past the actress.

        If we get more than just one or two episodes with her, there’s a bit more wiggle room here, but if they literally drag this out another year and only show the Mother at the end of the show, then it’d be a REALLY bad idea to have it be a big actress. When Katie Holmes guest starred, all I saw was Katie Holmes. I don’t even remember her character’s actual name (other than Slutty Pumpkin). I just tend to find stunt casting distracting, I guess.

        • Bri
          Thursday, January 31st, 2013 09:15 pm GMT -4 at 9:15 pm

          I think that’s because Katie Holmes is such a terrible actress.

        • Thursday, January 31st, 2013 10:57 pm GMT -4 at 10:57 pm

          I get your point solo.. Casting should be just enough to cloud the whole anticipation but not to eh going down in history as a letdown. But all the same whoever she may be.. Im more intereted on the how.. I suppose we’ll find out..

    43. Thursday, January 31st, 2013 09:13 pm GMT -4 at 9:13 pm

      I actually think Sarah Michelle Geller should be the mother.

      She has the right body type for one thing. I just really picture her with Ted. She has that really classically girl next door vibe, while being really unique and quirky. (Which to me matches all the descriptions we have so far.) Besides practically every other actor from Buffy has shown up at some point. Besides she’s destined to be Lily’s best friend.

    44. Friday, February 1st, 2013 10:07 am GMT -4 at 10:07 am

      I am going out on another limb here but I think they now know who is CB and CT choice for the Mother. CBS wanted to see some of what Carter and Craig had planned for next year before the cash flowed and the ink became dry.

      I have shared in the past my choices for the mother. Solo and I had some thoughts. I would like to hear more of your thoughts on either an actress or type of actress that can play the mother. The first person who posts the mother Gets a prize from US. I have one for male and female.

      So this contest will take some time but the payoff will be fun. Send your guess (just one) via e-mail to haveyoumetsolo@aol.com

    45. Friday, February 1st, 2013 01:23 pm GMT -4 at 1:23 pm

      its robin sparkles 4 yall!
      oh and i am definatly doing this game @ross
      be expecting a long thought out email
      but just asking some rules? whewn we send an email we should put our name like username for an example CCBHIMYM and have that with the email so you know who it is. At least thats what i think, ross you and solo can decide and tell us. And is this us guessing the actual actress who plays the mother? and whoever guesses right first wins right? like itll be awhile before we see who actually plays her. just making sure?
      oh and i agree with most of you guys about who should play her, i think it should be somebody that IS NOT a huge acting household name, i just dont care for that

      • Friday, February 1st, 2013 01:43 pm GMT -4 at 1:43 pm

        @CCBHIMYM you are correct on all counts. We will only need name and address when we actually have an actual look at the mother. Solo wanted to pick a contest that would be shorter but we are starting with this one because it was easy to setup.

        Just let us know your pick for the actress to play the mother and why. I want the why so that we can post your thoughts later. We do not have a close date yet. This contest will probably be spoiled at some point by release of information from the studio.

        When the information is released we will obviously have to cut off all the guesses to before that day and time. This has been the best kept secret of HIMYM. We just have never been this close to the reveal to start the contest before.

        I am going to let the lawyer post the actual rules and contest info soon. Just wanted to get the Party started. This will not be the only contest we run. Just the first one.

        We will keep the e-mails for time stamp etc. I hope they can keep it secret until the actual episode airs but it will be very difficult.

    46. Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 12:42 am GMT -4 at 12:42 am

      Emma Stone is like my fantasy choice for the role. But Jennifer Birmingham seems cute even if she’s not a household name yet (and she happens To be the built behind the mother in farhampton and BandOrDJ, so there’s that) so there’s no problem with me if she ended up getting the part of YM.

    47. Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 01:11 am GMT -4 at 1:11 am

      omgggg i legit just died!! that was brilliant and wonderful and i LOVED the bob saget joke

      can’t wait for the revivew

    48. Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 09:34 am GMT -4 at 9:34 am

      This link is from TV Guide Yesterday. I waited until the show was over last night to post. This may be considered a SPOILER link for those of you who do not want to know anything about season 9 or the ending of this season. Again there is a lot more out there.

      Season 9 Spoiler link

      http://www.tvguide.com/News/How-Met-Mother-Bosses-1060327.aspx

    49. Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 10:57 am GMT -4 at 10:57 am

      ok…i’m back (if anyone even remembers me). but i had to chime in again because the episodes having been really great lately. and yes…i am the “fool” who threw out the theory that Michelle Tanner is the Mother. which i think was moved along quite nicely last night. i mean, when Future Ted makes a reference that he has always liked the “Cut it out” joke…i mean, he obviously must here it alot as Future Ted, right?

      • Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 02:31 pm GMT -4 at 2:31 pm

        Very Nice Gravatar,

        You have been gone all Season and I miss all of your Theories and contests that you would think up.

    50. Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 11:17 am GMT -4 at 11:17 am

      Okay SalmonKing you have been gone a long time. And you are using a different E-mail address I see.

      So Did you guys notice exactly who Played Ted’s New Girlfriend. She is…. Drum roll pease. She is related to… Someone go look it up. How many times have you seen a re ocurring guest star (Parent) and (Child) on the same show?

      Okay someone go to the credit and look this one up. It has been on Wiki since last Fall by the way.

    51. Tom
      Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 11:24 am GMT -4 at 11:24 am

      Abby Elliot!

      • Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 11:40 am GMT -4 at 11:40 am

        Yes so in fact Ted is dating the real Lily. Solo4114 just sent me a message saying And she’s CRAZY!!!

        Solo has a great review that will be posted later Today. Just wanted to give you guys something to read until then.

        Save your show comments until the Review is up.

        Solo and I have another Idea for our next contest. I hope everyone is e-mailing him your mother predictions. Just posting them on the blog will not enter you in the contest. They have to be sent to haveyoumetsolo@aol.com with your usual sign in name. When we anounce the winner we will contact that person.

        We are not going to share your e-mail addresses or put them on a mailing list. I hate both junk mail and those re-occuring e-mails for the one time I voted in a stupid contest etc. We are not going to do that to you.

        We just need a way to prove that you actually are the winner. So let us know who you think the MOTHER is going to be in the real world. Now you may see a name of an actress or director who is a stand in for the mother. Pam Fryman was under the Umbrella for most of the scenes we have so far. She is the director and will not be playing the Mother. Don’t be fooled. One Guess per e-mail per person. The first entry we get that turns out to be correct is the winner. Cut off for the contest will be retro active to the time that the actess that plays the mother is out for everyone to know. This has been a close guarded secret but it will be spoiled at some point.

        • Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 11:48 am GMT -4 at 11:48 am

          Just to be clear, I don’t mean Abby Elliot herself is crazy. She actually seems pretty normal, or about as normal as one can be with Chris Elliot as a dad (I read an article about them in USAir magazine a few months back). I mean Jeanette is CRAZY, because, well, she is. But more on that later, kids.

        • Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 02:31 pm GMT -4 at 2:31 pm

          what do you mean she is the “real lily”?

        • Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 02:33 pm GMT -4 at 2:33 pm

          Hiba,

          He means her dad is Chris Elliot, who plays Lily’s father on the show.

      • Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 01:45 pm GMT -4 at 1:45 pm

        abby elliott gets canned from SNL, so daddy gets her a job on HIMYM? just ugh. can’t stand her.

    52. Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 03:10 pm GMT -4 at 3:10 pm

      Okay so I like to go to the Theory Pages and participate in some speculation. Back to Ring UP

      We talked about Carly and that she is not the mother.

      We have Love Solutions Perfect Date not the Perfect date that Barney gave to Robin and Don but, the Date at the Bar in Season 1 Episode 21 Milk where Lily leaves Ted in the middle of the road.
      (Sounds like something Barney did to some Women) anyway…

      We still have bump woman from the St. Patrick’s Day Nighclub

      We have two slaps still to give out and the count down clock still running I think somewhere out there!!

      We have Robin’s Mother and Now Step mother Carol that we have never seen. Talk about Cat fights at the wedding. Maybe Ted has to break that one up!

      What I am getting at is this. Plenty of stories for these guys to reveal yet in Season 8 and Season 9.

      The Mother will be at the wedding. Do we get some more info between now and then? Probably.

      I missed hearing about the Hat chick from the end of the episode. What went on with that Date? She had the nice A**

      When we look back on Ring up and what went on these past two weeks in the show will this episode be a big one?

      and last of all where is Baby Marvin? By the time we see him again will they use another Baby?

      • Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 04:06 pm GMT -4 at 4:06 pm

        they should get joanna kerns and alanis morissette to play robin’s mother and step-mom.

        • Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 04:33 pm GMT -4 at 4:33 pm

          Actually they wanted Alanis Morissette to be in the Episode P.S. I Love You. They had a hard time getting in touch with her and then they had to start filming.

          So this would be a good way for them to redeem themselves.

          And Mrs. Seavers from Growing Pains would be a great mom for Robin. Joanna Kerns is also a director but not sure if she is invlovled with show biz these days. I would have to go search…

          I guess she was in knocked up as the mother. I have never watched the movie.

    53. Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 04:38 pm GMT -4 at 4:38 pm

      where is Stamos going to fit in? We’ve had Saget and now Coulier…

    54. Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 04:41 pm GMT -4 at 4:41 pm

      By the way, for folks wondering where the recap for this week’s episode is, I’ve sent it to Jordan, who has to upload it when he gets a chance. We’re still trying to get in touch with JD to get access to the site so we don’t have to keep bugging Jordan, but that’s why there’s a slight delay in the recap uploads. Hopefully we’ll get it straightened out soon. Jordan’s usually pretty good about posting stuff when he has time, but I hate to impose on the guy when he’s planning a wedding, running his own blog/podcast, etc.

    55. Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 09:01 pm GMT -4 at 9:01 pm

      Everyone Episode 15 P.S. I Love You is up and ready.

    56. Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 02:27 pm GMT -4 at 2:27 pm

      Could someone explain to me in which episode did they say Barney had a half sister? I only ever remember him meeting his little half brother when he went to his father’s place in Legendaddy.

      • Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 02:54 pm GMT -4 at 2:54 pm

        @Anne,
        We have your answer.

        Season 6 epiosde 19 Legendaddy is where Barney Meets his Dad Jerome Whittaker (John Lithgow) who has a Son JJ and Daughter Carley. Thus Barney’s half sister.

        Please join our conversation on the Last Epiosde Bad Crazy.

        http://have-you-met-ted.com/2013/season-8-episode-16-bad-crazy/

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