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How I Met Your Mother Review: On to the Next One

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Unlike what Jay-Z says, moving on to the next one for the mother was not so easy.

The focus shifted away from the show's regulars on How I Met Your Mother Season 9 Episode 16, as Episode 200 turned the spotlight on the title character's life in the years proceeding her meeting Ted.

From the opening scene, where Kelly arrived late from the wrong MacLaren's, we were treated to an episode full of Ted's future bride. The significance of the episode to come was reinforced when the opening credits montage featured pictures of her and her friends rather than Ted and the gang.  

On the monumental night when Marshall and Lily got engaged and Ted met Robin, the mother experienced a completely different array of emotions.

The moment she mentioned the last two gifts Max had gotten her on her birthday, I noted how I liked the cut of this guy's jib. Sadly, we never meet him. A phone call from his number told the mother her boyfriend had died.

The episode then really started pulling on your heart strings when she returned home from Max's funeral and opened his present to find the ukulele. Roughly two years had passed when we next saw her, still coping with Max's death.

Emerging in a stunning red dress, I was surprised to hear Kelly say it was St. Patrick's Day. The meaning behind wearing red on such occasion has several widely held meanings, but for fans of How I Met Your Mother, there is only one thing the color yellow represents. 

After a good talk with Mitch, who was short on clothes but full of good advice, we got to see how the mother and Cindy (Rachel Bilson) met. At first I thought her invitation to Cindy to move in was a tad impulsive. After dwelling on it a bit, I ended up liking how she couldn't help but be a nice person. Then, as she explained to Cindy how she had given up on love, you could see why she and Ted were right for each other.

Cheers to 200!
Cheers to How I Met Your Mother turning 200! This is a scene from that special episode.

As Ted walked into the classroom, the music crescendoed just perfectly as the mother took note of the young professor before her. Ted is also old fashioned and a big believer in "the one." He luckily found a woman who would laugh at his jokes.

Before Ted would get his chance, the mother met two other men who would impact her life. Darren we know about, but Louis certainly seemed like a good guy. Unfortunately, during their breakfast together, we saw that while he may have been a catch, he wasn't a match.

Fate took over from there, landing the mother in Louis's beach house the night before the wedding. His surprise proposal wasn't much to speak of, but the scene that followed certainly was. The mother asking Max if it was okay to move on was so touching, especially having heard the way she described their relationship earlier.

It's silly, but it's like the first lottery ticket I ever bought was, kaboom, jackpot! And I'm pretty sure I'm not going to win again. Not like that anyway.

The Mother

If you weren't reaching for tissues after that scene, I'm sure a number of eyes were being dried after her rendition of La Vie en Rose. If it is available, it will quickly top download lists everywhere. 

Did anyone else think Ted's tone and language, while describing that first time he heard her sing, had a sort of final tone to it? While some may have been left wondering if that meant the mother is no longer alive, Ted returned to his room to find Barney missing.

This brought the show back to the wedding at hand, but one of the best aspects of the episode were all the instances where the mother crossed paths with the gang in past episodes like No Tomorrow and The Time Travelers.

I also have to note how happy Curtis was to hand over the room key to the mother, knowing well that Ted was next door. That was a nice little touch in what was certainly one of the best episodes in the show's celebrated run.

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I get the feeling watching this and the last episode that she might have died during child-birth (that is her second child). I remember Ted saying in the last one "Nothing good happens after 2pm". But there is an exception to the rule. The exception being she gave birth to her second child but the rule still stands..................

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@ Anan

I just watched the episode ... I don't think she could have died during child-birth... ted says the kids have heard several rendition of la vie en rose from their mother. how could have they if she died?

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@ Anne

Could there be a younger child that isn't present, like a baby or toddler? I doubt it, but I can see how others might wonder.

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Wow! This was the 'money shot' episode. The payoff after nine years... Awesome! So many callbacks to earlier stories. And the mother's orchestra camp immediately make me think of A. Hannigan's 'band camp' from American Pie. :D

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Thought it looked like the mother was wearing a necklace that read "Lana" or something like that in a few scenes. Perhaps I'm seeing things though?

Marissa

Loved this episode. All the times Ted and the mother almost met was interesting. I liked seeing how the naked man go started and her being the 1/3 that doesn't do it. The mothers boyfriend dying and her giving up on love was sad and when she didn't accept the purposal from her new boyfriend it made since because that wasn't love. The front desk guy putting the mother next to Teds room after she said she just broke up with her boyfriend was nice. I liked the part where her friend kissed her after Ted left it was funny. Can't wait till the next episode.

Keving

I really hope she's not dead in the present.. That would be such a letdown, and also heartbreaking!

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Well, theory that the Mother is dead is quite credible, because on season 3 episode 5, Ted (while eating a "sandwich" with Marchall and Lilly at their colledge reunion) asked "Where is my wife?".

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I liked this episode too. anoy/Elijah's- I never thought about the mother not being around being the reason for the story, but then my relatives tell stories from their past all the time. Sometimes it's in answer to a question we've asked, but other times it's just because they feel like talking and we're a captive audience. :) They always turn out to be interesting though.

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Absolutely stunning episode. I think when the show ends, this is one episode that will be remembered forever, regardless of the series finale. Read my reviews of HIMYM on nadsreviews.com

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I'm really glad we finally got to have this time with the mother, because now It seems more real. It was a little hard to connect to her at first. Though I really wish we would have gotten to know her name already! And I really hope we get to see a lot more between her and Ted, especially their first meeting. So I hope they don't wait until the final episode for that. I loved seeing all the interactions and references to the original cast through these last 8 years. And I'm wondering if she'll recognize him as the professor when they officially meet. Can't wait! Plus she still has to meet Robin. Then there's only Ted left! Ugh this is like my tenth time trying to post this!!

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I'm really glad we finally got to have this time with the mother, because now It seems more real. It was a little hard to connect to her at first. Though I really wish we would have gotten to know her name already! And I really hope we get to see a lot more between her and Ted, especially their first meeting. So I hope they don't wait until the final episode for that. I loved seeing all the interactions and references to the original cast through these last 8 years. And I'm wondering if she'll recognize him as the professor when they officially meet. Can't wait! Plus she still has to meet Robin. Then there's only Ted left!

How I Met Your Mother Season 9 Episode 16 Quotes

It's silly, but it's like the first lottery ticket I ever bought was, kaboom, jackpot! And I'm pretty sure I'm not going to win again. Not like that anyway.

The Mother

Kelly: Orchestra camp?
The Mother: It's not as lame as it sounds. We also did physics.

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