TV: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ at Comic-Con

By Meryl Gottlieb|| @buzzlightmeryl
How I Met Your Mother returns to CBS September 23 at 8 p.m.

The kids are not all right.

Ted’s (Josh Radnor) kids, played by David Henrie and Lyndsy Fonseca, have sat on that couch for eight years and are starting to get annoyed. Dressed in the same outfits they were in for How I Met Your Mother’s pilot back in 2005, Henrie and Fonseca’s characters exclaim their grievances with their father, who has taken eight years to tell them the story of how he met their mother.

“I know all the lyrics to ‘Let’s Go to the Mall’ but I don’t know who the f*****g president is,” Fonseca shouted.

The video from the cast and crew’s first appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con is a wildly hilarious satire of the show. Pinpointing very real issues like how Ted has told his children about sexual relationships he has had with several women and how they’ve gone through puberty on the couch show how witty the HIMYM writers are. Being able to make fun of itself in a very smart way simply proves there is genius behind the show.

Here’s hoping this is the first scene of the ninth and final season.

The HIMYM Comic-Con panel was also full of teases for the last season, which is set entirely during Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin’s (Cobie Smulders) wedding weekend. But don’t fret about that. Harris said it will work because of all the mini-chapters that occur and the added fact that the show frequently flashes to different points in time.

And we will get to know the Mother, says creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas.

“We, like you, want to get to know this girl,” Bays said. “We want to see Ted happy and we want to see the great moments that are ahead of him once he meets this girl.”

“We’re going to spend season nine getting to know her,” Thomas added.

Apparently, Wayne Brady — whose character will be getting a divorce — Sherri Shepherd and Ellie Kemper may not be the only guest stars.

BPpJ5GDCAAAubLr“We’re throwing a wedding and everyone’s invited!” said Bays. “If there’s someone that you’ve loved over the past eight years on the show, there’s a good chance that they’ll be there.”

Even Robin Sparkles may get a final performance as Thomas teased, “People sing at weddings.”

And quite possibly the best teaser of all: the future of the slap bet. Marshall (Jason Segel) still has two slaps left, and the creators promised to make them memorable.

“There’s going to be an episode in the middle of the season that plays during the course of one slap,” Bays said. “Like we’re going to get the tennis camera that the US Open uses that takes like a minute to look at someone’s serve and that’s going to be a slap and you’re going to be flashing back and forth.”

To further the glory of the final slaps, Marshall’s song, “You Just Got Slapped” will be redone by a famous artist yet to be revealed.

Other teases dealt with the landmark 200th episode of the show, which will be the 16th episode of the season. Thomas said the episode will be much different than the 100th episode, which featured the lavish musical number “Girls vs. Suits.”

“It pertains to the Mother,” Bays said. “There’s a way in which we get to know the Mother more this season and that episode is a good indication of it.”

I’m just hoping they finally explain the pineapple incident.


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