How I Met Your Mother Review: "Challenge Accepted"

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New is always better. And this season's final new episode, "Challenge Accepted." proved that it is never too late for a finale to become memorable.

First off, though, a question: was that the set from the "Soup Nazi" episode of Seinfeld that Lily bought the soup from? It looked pretty similar. 

I didn't realize what was going on until Lily burst through the door and tried to stop Marshall from eating the meal. I was so thrilled for the news that I was sure would come that I didn't really mind how Lily's vomit sound actually resembled the T-Rex from Jurassic Park and not a velociraptor. Sorry for that Mosby moment. Who am I, Dino Dan? 

Stop, Ted!

As if Ranjit's return wasn't joyous enough, we were treated to Robin and Barney rehashing their relationship as only they could. Robin recalled how she motor boated a much heavier Barney. What an image. I thought the exchange between them was great, in and out of the car. As good as Nora looked, I think she will prove to be just a stepping stone for Barney.

So, the wedding where Ted's meets the mother turns out to be Barney's. We were lead to believe that it will be Nora he marries in the future, but I still think he ends up with Robin. The look on her face when Barney flirted with Norah said it all. 

I loved the self righteous Brooklyn guy who claimed Trader Joe's had made his beloved borough, and then offered to sell Barney and Robin weed to boot. Yet another classic New York stereotype well depicted. 

Oh, Ted you got me with the random blonde and the orchid. Reminiscent of Eddie Murphy's Ice Cream Man line from Delirious. Wanna lick? Psych! That was cruel, son. 

But what a way to end a very emotional season with the news that Lily was pregnant. All the emotional turmoil this season, like Marshall and Barney's dads among other things, were worth it to get to this moment. I loved seeing Marshall peppering his beloveds face with gentle kisses. 

A fitting close to the season. As the episode ended, I was certainly left wanting more. I very much am looking forward to what the future holds for the entire gang in 2011-2012.

Until next season, one final thought: What will Marshall and Lily name their child? If it's a boy, will they name him after his late grandfather or steal Ted's Star Wars idea? If it's a girl, I'm sure Barney will weigh in on what names will condemn her to a life working on the stripper pole.

Until then, have a great summer and keep checking in with TV Fanatic for teasers and clues to the upcoming season. 


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what is it about Barney and Nora that makes them sooo good together?? I don't get it!!!


Thank godness lily is finnaly pregnant:O


I thought this was a beautiful episode. What with Ted finally moving towards his dream of designing a building in New York, the Barney and Robin scenes and finally Lily getting pregnant.
What I love most about this show, is how it can go from funny to emotional so suddenly and yet it works.
Another great season of how I met you mother, with another great season finale. I can't wait for the next season!


To answer the question of whether Marshal and Lilly will have a boy or a girl - it's going to be a boy. In the episode "last smoke ever" at the end it was said that Marshal didn't quit until his first son was born. It would be unacceptable if he kept smoking after having a girl but gave up after a boy. Thoughts about my theory?


i like both Robin and Nora but i kinda like more Barney and Robin together.


Nora's great, I like her but I still think it's going to be Barney and Robin. Robin and Barney are always sitting beside each other, in every flash back and every scene. It's just a lot of set up to lead to no where. They did mention that things weren't over with that shirt guy for Robin, so I'm wondering how this will play out.


I was hoping it would be Barney and Robin's wedding but now it looks like it will be :D It can't be Nora. First of all, Nora wasn't there during the Meatball scene, which took place years and years into the future. If there's one thing I've learned from watching this show is that they plan everything out before hand. They have to. Also, Barney said he had already met the "right" girl, he was talking about Robin. They wouldn't bother setting this up if Robin and Barney weren't going to get back together. I think they're showing that most of the time couples shouldn't get back together but sometimes they can. I loved the "psych" moment. But I still don't think that Ted's going to marry a blonde women, that scene with Stella as the mother had the kids blonde. That probably means he married a brunette. Why else would he assume that marrying a blonde woman equals blonde kids? I was NOT expecting Lily to be pregnant. I should have guessed but I didn't, I was waiting for Marshall to throw up in his suitcase. I'm so happy that they're going to be parents! Yay.


I think that hthe mother is Barney's step sister. When Barney first went to his fathers family they mentioned that they have a daughter who studies in college. Ted first said that the mother was present in the class which he entered by mistake & he meets the mother during Barney's wedding.


@leik: sorry I understood "her" - must be a combination of my limited English and the Internet reception:-) I am not sure if my theory still makes sence then, and if Ted has already met Nora (I forgot that, too)... I don't like Nora anyway. She kind of reminds me of Madeline Zima if anyone knows what I mean... However, Ted has to meet his wife soon, cause when his daughter is 17 in 2030 he must at least meet the mother in 2012, and Ted seems to be a guy who would get to know that woman and get married before having a family.


"I didn't heard it because i was in the bathroom...blowing my nose..." classic lily

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How I Met Your Mother Season 6 Episode 24 Quotes

Robin: Ted, the future is scary. But you can't just run back to the past because it's familiar. Yes, it's tempting...
Barney: But it's a mistake.

Ted: Do you know how many people it takes to change fifty-thousand light bulbs?
Barney: Are these people Irish? Polish? Blondes? What are we dealing with here?