By Meryl Gottlieb| firstname.lastname@example.org| @buzzlightmeryl
How I Met Your Mother airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBS
The time has finally come: the season eight finale of How I Met Your Mother, and I could not have asked for anything better. The comedy was spot on, the acting was top-notch and the amount of information we learned is enough to make anyone’s head spin. It was everything I had hoped it would be and more. I love this show always and forever.
Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) are packing for Italy when Marshall’s mother (Suzie Plakson) calls. Lily mistakenly reveals that they are moving since Marshall has apparently never told her. To help calm his mother, Marshall offers to come with Marvin to Minnesota before they go, leaving Lily to enjoy some free time.
With all of their wedding plans done, Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) have a date night. They plan to sit at their favorite table by the window at a restaurant after they smoke the same kind of cigar that they ever had together. Everything seems perfect until they meet their archenemies, a couple comprised of personal favorite Casey Wilson as Krirsten — yes, her character is that arrogant to have that name — and Keegan-Michael Key.
The two plot against the arrogant couple once they steal their favorite table from them. Barney and Robin are probably the last couple I would want to mess with. Seriously.
This entire scene of the two plotting against the other couple is simply wonderful. It’s hilarious — loved it when NPH is hit with the kitchen door; it shows how great of a couple they are; and it was just wonderful writing overall.
To break up the couple, Barney realizes the guy is not as interested in the relationship as the girl is. Robin then sets up a fake proposal by putting her engagement ring in their champagne glasses, causing the guy to call it quits when the girl is overly excited. It would be so diabolical and mean if anyone else did it, but because it was Barney and Robin, it was hilarious.
Lily goes with Ted to see his house’s final restorations. Except, he is planning to sell the house and move to Chicago. SAY WHAT.
Don’t worry, I was just as panicked and a bit frustrated as you may be; but trust me, it will all work out so well that your head will explode from happiness. Honestly. Mine did.
Ted plans on moving the day after Barney and Robin’s wedding because he still loves Robin and does not enjoy having such intense feelings for his best friend’s fiancé. He admits that he would do just about anything to see her smile.
I am just as big of a Barney-Robin shipper as the next person, but, again, let’s not diss the Robin-Ted relationship. The way he talks about Robin is the way any girl would want a guy to talk about her. He is so in love with her, and they have great chemistry. I have always loved those two and I always will.
Still in Minnesota, Marshall gets a call offering him a position as a judge in New York. I almost forgot about that storyline from earlier this season. This is what changed Marshall’s legal career forever! Oh goodness, I love Segel. His comedy is always the best — especially when dealing with his mother tonight, shrugging off her comments about how he won’t leave for Italy and if he does she will come with them. Now, we get to see his more serious side, and it’s equally amazing.
Marshall cannot hologram, commute or be like Jor-El, meaning he cannot go to Italy if he wants this position. Oh dear.
Despite their attempts to break the couple up, Barney and Robin later encounter the couple who tell them that they are actually getting married. The good news makes the two happy and shows how amazing they are. And in just a short amount of time they will be “Legen-wait for it- married. Legen-married!”
Excuse me while I cry from happiness because of their love.
Ted tells Lily he wishes he could find Robin’s locket just to make her happy, and Lily reveals something that would have been very helpful in last week’s episode: She knows where the locket is.
Before Ted was supposed to marry Stella in 2008, Robin got very drunk because she was upset. She went with Lily and dug up the locket. Lily eventually convinced her to put it in a racecar pencil box to take with her to Japan.
However, this pencil box never went to Japan; it has been with Ted the entire time. Lily warns him to be careful, but Ted plans on giving Robin the locket as a wedding gift.
Now we come to 56 hours before the wedding, Friday at 10 a.m.. A time in which many important events happen:
Barney and Robin pack up to prepare for the wedding, exchanging one last kiss in the apartment as an engaged couple. Ranjit (Marshall Manesh) picks them up. I loved that throwback.
On his way back to New York, it is revealed that Marshall accepted the position as a judge. What will this do to their Italy plans?! Do not tell me they split for a year; under no circumstances will I accept that. Talk about a cliffhanger…
Most importantly, Ted tells Lily that he will leave very early Monday morning, meaning he will have to catch the TRAIN back on Sunday night.
Cut to the train station where we see a girl — knees down — walking with cute boots and a guitar case… and we eventually see a yellow umbrella!!!! I thought it would end there but they didn’t do that injustice. We actually get to see the girl! We see The Mother ask for “One ticket to Farhampton.” We saw The Mother!!! Are you as excited as I am?!! Because you should be. This is monumental news. After eight years, we finally met the mother. I can now check that off my bucket list.
Not to mention the fact that the girl is played by Cristin Milioti of Broadway’s Once. It’s like an added bonus that I didn’t need but just makes it that much better. Can you imagine playing a role that fans have waited to see for eight years? I know the pressure is on and that fans may be hard to please but I’m pretty pleased with their choice to show The Mother and the decision to have Milioti be the girl.
EVERY moment of tonight’s episode was simply fantastic, wonderful, stupendous, every flattering adjective in the book.
The cast and crew said fans would enjoy the season finale, and they were right. I am now incredibly thrilled that there is one more season left. I cannot wait to see what happens next. This is how you know a show is fantastic when the season finale actually makes the fans want the show to return as soon as possible, unlike Glee, which I could care less about.
Until then, I will be frantically searching the web for updates on everything How I Met Your Mother, so check back here for updates during the hiatus!