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Phantom-like Menace
05-19-2006, 05:59 AM
Does anyone else watch this? I think it's the first thing I've watched regularly on CBS in . . . perhaps ever.

It's generally pretty funny, and most of the characters graduated from high school the year after I did, so the references are always dated for my consumption. Of course I mostly bring the show up because of the fact that they will have a Star Wars reference every couple of shows. It's slightly unfortunate, though, that the first episode I watched was the "Slutty Pumpkin" episode and none has been as funny as that episode. Well, an episode involving Winnie from Wonder Years and a pineapple came close.

As far as consistent laughs go, Neil Patrick Harris (yep--Doogie) makes me laugh the most often with his over the top women's man, love of Laser Tag and battle cry of "Suit up!" Of course I wouldn't be me without mentioning that Cobie Smulders is good reason to watch this show regardless of its content otherwise.

dxdave
05-19-2006, 08:10 AM
Kind of unexpected to see a posting for "How I Met Your Mother" on this website, but hey, it's a GREAT show. The only shows I watch on tv are The Sopranos and King of Queens...but I caught wind of "How I Met Your Mother" when it first started and I've been hooked since....the characters are very cool and were close to my graduating time, too....I may be a couple of years older, but the laughs are a usually from a good flashback remembrance. Barney is a cool character and I have adapted his "suit up!" exclamation to my wife's annoyance. Add some more great writing and Alyson Hannigan's cute self and I look forward to tune in every week.......oh yeah, and Star Wars is the best movie of all time.

Banthaholic
05-19-2006, 09:07 AM
I love this show, and I think alot has to do with Doogie's character being such a polar opposite from Doogie. He's almost like the guy he played in Harold & Kumar (if anyone wasted 1 1/2 hrs on that movie, I did but I was wasted).

UKWildcat
05-19-2006, 10:10 AM
He's almost like the guy he played in Harold & Kumar (if anyone wasted 1 1/2 hrs on that movie, I did but I was wasted).

I loved Harold and Kumar. That movie was freakin' hilarious. NPH did a great job as well. I still laugh when I picture him blowing those lines of coke off that chicks butt in the car. lol

Sometimes I'll watch HIMYM but it's not a show I sit down and watch every night it's on. The episodes I have seen are surprisingly good though. This is a show I'll definitely visit when it's released on dvd.

JediTricks
05-19-2006, 01:43 PM
The show is cute, but the writing has gotten kinda mired in sitcom standards, and Ted & Robin thing is lame lame lame. Barney is almost always funny though.

Rocketboy
05-19-2006, 04:43 PM
I don't know how this show lasted an entire season.

I prefer my sitcoms to be funny.

Phantom-like Menace
05-19-2006, 11:14 PM
The Ted & Robin thing is lame lame lame.

Not to mention it likely paints them into the corner where no one is going to be happy with the resolution.

Banthaholic
05-20-2006, 01:39 AM
I loved Harold and Kumar. That movie was freakin' hilarious. NPH did a great job as well. I still laugh when I picture him blowing those lines of coke off that chicks butt in the car. lol
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Yeah at times that movie had me laughing.

Doogie definitely does steal the show when he's 'bad Doogie'

figrin bran
05-20-2006, 01:50 AM
oh. i guess this isn't a thread about slicker's mom. why you misleading thread title!

UKWildcat
05-20-2006, 02:04 AM
....(drums)*doo da dum zsst* :D

JediTricks
05-20-2006, 03:52 AM
Not to mention it likely paints them into the corner where no one is going to be happy with the resolution."Kids, I have something to tell you... Aunt Robin is your mother. That's right, the question of how I met your mother, I answered it when we first started talking about this whole thing. No, I can't explain why I've been calling her 'aunt' Robin to you all this time, shut up!"

:p

The great thing about Barney is that he's just like Neil Patrick Harris' character from Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle (where he played Neil Patrick Harris) except without the drugs and success.

Phantom-like Menace
05-20-2006, 09:33 AM
"Kids, I have something to tell you... Aunt Robin is your mother. That's right, the question of how I met your mother, I answered it when we first started talking about this whole thing. No, I can't explain why I've been calling her 'aunt' Robin to you all this time, shut up!"

I'll also accept, "And that's how I met your mother. . . . But I've been having a wild affair with your Aunt Robin ever since. In fact, let me tell you about how I'm leaving your mother."

JimJamBonds
05-21-2006, 12:42 AM
I've only seen the show a couple of times, I've actually thought its pretty good.

OC47150
06-15-2006, 11:26 AM
NP Harris does make the show. You have to tune in to see what great one-liner he'll have that week.

Allyson Hannigan is pretty funny, too.

Phantom-like Menace
09-19-2006, 10:52 PM
Well, I turned on my TV yesterday, called up my DVR recordings and had some How I Met Your Mother goodness waiting for me.

I missed the second to last episode of last season and the second half of the last episode due to recording problems, so I was a little behind and surprised at events. I really didn't imagine Marshall and Lilly breaking up (even if temporarily), but I'm not too surprised about Ted and Robin getting together.

So anyway, good episode, but I don't remember too many of the parts that made me laugh. I liked when Ted's children told them it felt like he had been telling them for a year how he met their mother. Self referential jokes are good when they work. Of course the number one line goes to Neil Patrick Harris's Barney: (paraphrased) I'm at a fundraiser, a fundraiser to help attractive young ladies to pay for Community College. Ted: So you're at a strip club.

Ah, it's been far to long since Cobie Smulders has been a weekly part of my entertainment. Didn't a wise man once say television allows you to be entertained in your living room by people you want to entertain you in your bedroom? I know it was something like that.

OC47150
09-20-2006, 07:11 AM
NP Harris, of course, had some of the best lines. His little pantomines with the new couple were hilarious.

OC47150
09-27-2006, 09:23 AM
Had a church meeting and got home in time to see the last two minutes, when Lilly confronted Barney in the bar with the clemedia. Throughout my meeting, I kept looking at my watch, thinking it's quarter after, it's twenty after....

Arggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Phantom-like Menace
09-28-2006, 01:11 AM
Had a church meeting and got home in time to see the last two minutes, when Lilly confronted Barney in the bar with the clemedia. Throughout my meeting, I kept looking at my watch, thinking it's quarter after, it's twenty after....

Arggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well, joke-wise, you missed the set-up but caught the punchline to the only really funny part of the episode. Barney promised to take Marshall out and help him meet women, but every woman Marshall met Barney ended up going home with. He was just about to go home with the twins when Lilly showed up and asked if there was anything she could do to make up for breaking up with Marshall. He apparently asked her to go into the bar and accuse Barney of giving her an STD.

If you had to miss an episode, that was a good way to go. You didn't miss much. Spoiler-wise, Marshall told Lilly that they can't get back together. I didn't really even follow the complete logic in it, because I was cooking or surfing the Internet both times I've attemtped to watch it.

OC47150
09-28-2006, 07:21 AM
Thanks for the recap. :thumbsup:

Phantom-like Menace
09-28-2006, 10:30 PM
De nada.

And apparently that message was too short, so I've added this message about how the above was too short.

Phantom-like Menace
10-17-2006, 11:42 PM
I haven't commented in a while on the show, not from lack of enjoyment but from a very tight schedule in which I was barely able to find time to watch the show let alone comment on it.

The latest episode had me cracking up quite a bit. While I was upset that a 501st Clone Trooper was described as a Storm Trooper, I'm willing to allow that Alyson Hannigan made the mistake and not the writers, since they tend to reference Star Wars heavily and should know better. Barney's apartment was great, especially the bed. I was hoping, though, when he was trying to get the girl to leave he would point out that he has a full-sized Star Wars costume. And though I saw the second wall-sized television coming, it still made me snicker. I'm glad they never tell us what Barney does for a living.

The Marshall subplot was kind of goofy, but Ted and Robin's reactions were good for laughs.

OC47150
10-18-2006, 08:46 AM
The bros are taking Broadway!!

I thought Barney's apartment was great. And friend and I really laughed at his spot-lit porn collection.

JediTricks
10-18-2006, 01:29 PM
Barney should have corrected her on the Clone Trooper armor thing, it bugged me. Plus, that was some pretty cheesy armor when we got a good look at it, and it only covered the front half of the mannequin. Still, his apartment was pretty awesome.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
10-18-2006, 07:02 PM
Well, technically, they're stormtroopers at the end of ROTS (such as when Obi-Wan and Yoda kill them in the temple), so she wasn't wrong. :D

The Marshall stuff was pretty damn funny, too. This show is great; a hell of a lot better than that abomination known as The Class.

Phantom-like Menace
11-12-2006, 11:51 PM
I can't remember much of the show previous to the latest episode, but I do remember the line, "Well hats off to your lady friends, but I'm not buying it." It's rare a guest gets the best line.

Last week's was funny. The funniest bit was also the stupidest: Swarley! Best line went to Robin for the line about signing him up for People en Espaņol under the name Suarlos. I'm very happy they did the Cheers thing at the end.

It's nice to see Morena Baccarin again, and with Nathan Fillion on Lost that same week, I can almost convince myself I've had my Firefly fix. Incedently, the guy at the coffee shop was Tom Lenk, who played Andrew on Buffy and Angel. This show has had quite a few Buffy/Angel alums on it, which is certainly not a complaint.

OC47150
11-15-2006, 12:52 PM
Monday's episode (11-13) was the first time we'd seen Robin at work this season.

Nice that she still has a job.

Phantom-like Menace
11-22-2006, 11:34 PM
This most recent episode ranks right up there with the Slutty Pumpkin episode for me (though Slutty Pumpkin edges it out). Every time someone got slapped, I all but had to pause the show so I could stop laughing enough to continue.

Barney's triple slapping of Marshall was brutal! And the reaction of the other customers in the bar was perfect. They looked horrified. Even the explantion that he had been practicing by slapping a tree trunk was funny by itself. And while I saw the final slap coming, I didn't expect it to be a viscious (though surprisingly casual) backhand slap like that. Perfect.

All the lines about Canada were funny, and I like Canada, so I don't want to hear any complaints. The one about how the video was shot during the nineties but looked like 1986 because the eighties didn't come to Canada until 1993 was funny enough, but my favorite was where Lilly said Canadian marriages might be like Canadian money or the Canadian military; no one takes them seriously.

Finally, that video was one of the scariest things I've ever seen in my life, though I still couldn't stop laughing. Given the choice I would have tried to convince everyone my secret was that I was married to a man too, and I'm a heterosexual male. That video was just too embarrassing. Marshall's answer that he just didn't want to get slapped again to Lilly's question about whether he was as terrified as she was gave me a pretty good laugh, as did Robin's line about how her fake husband didn't leave because of her, that it was a business move.

So, what I'm saying is that I thought it was a good episode. I'm curious how it fared in the opinion of others.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
11-23-2006, 01:33 PM
This past episode was freakin' hilarious! I loved the slap bet, and when Marshall slapped the crap out of Barney at the end was great. :D The video was just too damn funny, and so was the part about how Canada didn't get the 80s until 1993. :lol:

Blue2th
11-23-2006, 02:11 PM
Great show. One of the few sit-coms I like. NPH, originally from Albuquerque, recently "came out"

JediTricks
11-25-2006, 08:32 PM
Funny episode, the slapping was great and that video was too much - who know Robin could look so different wearing a blond wig that covered her face differently. It wasn't one of my favorites, but that's not at all saying it was bad. I must confess I didn't go on CBS's website to see the whole video, we saw so much on TV that I couldn't take any more "let's go to the mall". :D

As for Neil Patrick Harris coming out of the closet, it's good that he was able to take charge of it in such a smart way after the media tried to take it out of his hands, and I'm glad to hear he's having a good life (especially after being a child star), but in a small selfish way I sorta wish he hadn't just because it's a little difficult to think of Barney the same way since he's so over-the-top heterosexual - my sister suggested it explained why the role feels so over the top, it's a bit of put-on. No matter what though, NPH is a good actor especially in comedic roles, his performance in Harold & Kumar had me rolling (that's apparently what got him the part in "How I Met Your Mother"), so gay or straight he's still awesome.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
09-26-2008, 10:47 PM
Are people still watching this? This most recent episode (http://www.cbs.com/primetime/how_i_met_your_mother/video/video.php?cid=446409135&pid=8hxFzqWXRKj9qNs_jYdnlJdNLSNQP0c_&category=recent&play=true) almost entirely centered on Star Wars, and it was awesome. I'm willing to bet many of us here have been through what Ted has to one degree or another so this one was especially good.

JimJamBonds
10-07-2008, 07:36 PM
Yup I watch it, the only bad thing is that I've gotten into Chuck as well which starts at 7:00 my time and HIMYM is at 7:30. So if Chuck is new I watch that and check out HIMYM on dvr.

Phantom-like Menace
10-08-2008, 12:59 AM
I still haven't watched the most recent one (TiVoed), but I follow it regularly. Monday is a killer night for television with several shows I watch on three or four networks. I spend most of the week watching them on TiVo, hulu.com or whatever place my brother downloads them from.

OC47150
10-08-2008, 09:06 AM
I enjoy watching my Monday night comedies in person and tape the other shoes.

HIMYM is great. Always have to tune in to see what Barney says and does.

JimJamBonds
10-09-2008, 10:29 AM
HIMYM is great. Always have to tune in to see what Barney says and does.

True dat! You deserve a Barnicle Bump for that.

JimJamBonds
10-18-2008, 05:44 PM
I picked up Season III the other day and I finished taking it down today. In the packaging there is a flyer for the release of 'The Bro Code' in book form in November.

JediTricks
10-20-2008, 03:11 PM
Good merch idea, though I can't imagine them really filling a whole book with it.

JimJamBonds
10-23-2008, 01:13 PM
Good merch idea, though I can't imagine them really filling a whole book with it.

More like a phamplet. I'll read it at Barnes and Noble after it comes out.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
12-09-2008, 09:55 PM
Last night's episode had more great SW stuff in it. Apparently Marshall reads the forums every day. Now we know JediTrick's true identity. ;) :D

dr_evazan22
12-09-2008, 10:37 PM
Really enjoyed last weeks "Naked Man", LOL'd at Barney and Ted posing in the bathroom.

JediTricks
12-12-2008, 07:42 PM
No brothers and not in NY, but yeah. :p

Was bummed they used a friggin' Hasbro saber for the turkey scene at the end.


NPH is really cut, didn't need to know that, but hey, there ya go.

JimJamBonds
05-10-2009, 09:10 PM
I read The Bro Code yesterday at a local Barnes and Noble. It only took about an hour (I had time to kill). Its a nice fun little read, I'd never pay the $15ish dollars for it. Has anybody else read it?

OC47150
05-10-2009, 09:14 PM
Thanks for that info, JJB. I forgot that the book was out.

JediTricks
05-14-2009, 06:48 PM
Anybody else annoyed at the ripoff last 2 episodes?

OC47150
05-14-2009, 06:53 PM
After you come off an instant classic like the texting ep, anything else is a letdown.

JimJamBonds
05-14-2009, 10:00 PM
Anybody else annoyed at the ripoff last 2 episodes?

Two episodes ago Older Ted goes on and on about how running into Stella was such a huge deal yet in the next episode it hasn't been shown how its such a big deal (although if you read the synopsis for the finale you have more of an idea). The real bulk of the story was about Barney and his "200th."

As for this past weeks episode while it wasn't bad it didn't give much to the audience as far as advancing the plot goes. As I said above you don't know why running into Stella was such a big deal (other then confirming she isn't the mother).

So yeah I guess I feel a bit annoyed but I wouldn't say its been a ripoff.

Darth Metalmute
05-14-2009, 10:34 PM
I read The Bro Code yesterday at a local Barnes and Noble. It only took about an hour (I had time to kill). Its a nice fun little read, I'd never pay the $15ish dollars for it. Has anybody else read it?

I picked it up around December for 7 bucks. Good, fun read. Some of the "Codes" were laugh out loud funny. You ever check out Barney's Blog? They have the napkin where they wrote "50 Reasons to have Sex" on.


Anybody else annoyed at the ripoff last 2 episodes?

Without Lily, it just isn't as good of a show. Not that she makes the show, but the five of them work so well with each other that when one is gone it hurts the product. It's kinda like a short handed situation in hockey.

Speaking of Lily being gone, did anyone look up the punchline to Barney's joke that caused her to leave? What's the difference between Peanut Butter and Jam? Disgustingly funny, depending on the punchline you find.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
05-15-2009, 01:34 PM
Speaking of Lily being gone, did anyone look up the punchline to Barney's joke that caused her to leave? What's the difference between Peanut Butter and Jam? Disgustingly funny, depending on the punchline you find.
Wow, I just looked it up . . . that's hilarious! lol

A few weeks ago, when Barney and Marshall were listening to the big, black guy and fawning over him, I was thinking that he had a cool, somewhat familiar voice. Later on in the episode, I looked over at my animated Jabba, and then I put two and two together right before the credits confirmed it: it was Kevin Michael Richardson, who's done tons of voice work, including Jabba in TCW. I thought that was kind of funny.

Darth Metalmute
05-15-2009, 02:28 PM
A few weeks ago, when Barney and Marshall were listening to the big, black guy and fawning over him, I was thinking that he had a cool, somewhat familiar voice. Later on in the episode, I looked over at my animated Jabba, and then I put two and two together right before the credits confirmed it: it was Kevin Michael Richardson, who's done tons of voice work, including Jabba in TCW. I thought that was kind of funny.

Thats pretty cool. Can you imagine Jabba giving woman advice to Barney and Marshall?

Thats whats great about voice over work. You never know where they'll show up next. I think the guy that did the voice of Barricade in the Transformers movie did the voice of Wakko Warner in Animaniacs.

JimJamBonds
05-17-2009, 03:35 AM
Speaking of Lily being gone, did anyone look up the punchline to Barney's joke that caused her to leave? What's the difference between Peanut Butter and Jam? Disgustingly funny, depending on the punchline you find.

Does anybody know the difference between jam and jelly?

JediTricks
05-17-2009, 04:50 PM
Does anybody know the difference between jam and jelly?
The difference between them is that jelly is a clear pectin-gelled, fruit-juice-based preserve; jam is pretty much the same but includes other parts of the fruit beyond just the juice, giving it a unique texture and making it semi-opaque. Essentially, jelly is filtered while jam is not.

Darth Metalmute
05-17-2009, 06:19 PM
Does anybody know the difference between jam and jelly?

I do! But the answer is rated NC-17!:twisted:

JimJamBonds
05-17-2009, 10:18 PM
I do! But the answer is rated NC-17!:twisted:

That is correct DM!

JimJamBonds
05-19-2009, 06:01 PM
I liked yesterday's season finale, I thought the Robin/Barney story was well done. I did however think that we'd get more out of the "mother" part then 'she was in that class.' That I thought was a bit weak, but then again why rush it? Also I thought the goat story was weak (other then the fight sequence) considering its been talked about the last two seasons.

Darth Metalmute
05-19-2009, 09:48 PM
I liked yesterday's season finale, I thought the Robin/Barney story was well done. I did however think that we'd get more out of the "mother" part then 'she was in that class.' That I thought was a bit weak, but then again why rush it? Also I thought the goat story was weak (other then the fight sequence) considering its been talked about the last two seasons.


Yeah, I was expecting some big event, even if the goat would have chased Marshall over the building ledge......

Kinda disappointing for the goat story. Although when the doctor came in and asked if Ted was the guy who tried to have sex with a goat.......lol

JimJamBonds
05-20-2009, 10:50 PM
KKinda disappointing for the goat story. Although when the doctor came in and asked if Ted was the guy who tried to have sex with a goat.......lol

The addition of the goat being female was nice as well. :D

JimJamBonds
09-22-2009, 06:25 AM
It was good to see HIMYM back on the air last night, it wasn't their best episode, in fact I thought it was a little on the weak side. But that being said its good to have new episodes again!

Darth Metalmute
09-22-2009, 08:27 AM
I thought the part where Ted taught the economics class about architecture was great.

Pregnancy was great for Lily, not so much for Robin.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
09-23-2009, 12:06 AM
I thought it was pretty good. The Indiana Jones stuff was hilarious. :D

JimJamBonds
09-23-2009, 06:02 PM
I thought it was pretty good. The Indiana Jones stuff was hilarious. :D

That was freakin' great!!!!!!!!

JimJamBonds
09-29-2009, 10:07 PM
I thought this week's episode was better then last week's. Although I like the "B" storyline better then the "A."

Darth Metalmute
09-30-2009, 07:26 AM
The dopler bit was extremely funny to me. Last week while watching TV, a commercial for a local buy back company came on where a guy playing a guitar and a naked woman holding cue cards to hide her body came on. Bear in mind, this wasn't cable. The commercial was a little blurry but the woman looks exactly like my wife. I called her in an asked her when she was going to get the money for this commercial. She laughed and said I was stupid, but after we watched HIMYM, she said she saw the commercial again and the resemblance was uncanny.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
10-01-2009, 02:10 AM
The Peter Mayhew shout-out alone made it a classic. Great stuff.

JediTricks
10-01-2009, 03:13 PM
I have to say, I find Ted's behavior really stupid. This broad is somehow great enough to consider taking to the next level but not 100% perfect so it's dumpsville twice??? This is one of those things that bugs me about modern writing, "the perfect one" and then everybody's expectations are so high that even the slightest crack ends in divorce, assuming the partners get to know each other at all instead of just going on expectation.

But at least we got to see Ted in a Wookiee costume. :p And Stripper Lilly's horrible accent.

OC47150
10-08-2009, 07:57 PM
The show is starting to hit its stride. Very funny episodes.

JimJamBonds
10-08-2009, 10:08 PM
The show is starting to hit its stride. Very funny episodes.

IMHO this last one I thought was even better then last weeks. I hope they can keep that up. :thumbsup:

JimJamBonds
11-19-2009, 09:42 PM
While I enjoyed the Barney/Robin run I'm kinda glad they are over. Those two were the focus of the show for the majority of the season and while what goes on with those two is important to the show (along with Marshall and Lilly) I feel that THE point of the show ie. finding out how Ted meet his wife has been lost. Hopefully they'll get back on point.

Darth Metalmute
11-21-2009, 09:20 AM
The last episode was hillarious. I showed my co-worker, who's single, and he's going to try some of those.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
11-21-2009, 12:46 PM
This season has been on a roll. The Star Wars references lately have been awesome.

dr_evazan22
11-21-2009, 02:12 PM
Did you notice that in Barney's apt (or office) he now has a Stormie, whereas last season he had a clone (I think it was a 501st)?

Mr. JabbaJohnL
11-21-2009, 09:04 PM
Did you notice that in Barney's apt (or office) he now has a Stormie, whereas last season he had a clone (I think it was a 501st)?
Yeah, that is weird. I remember them calling the clone a stormtrooper . . . maybe you could chalk it up to Ted's memory changing while telling the story, or maybe this isn't SW and we don't need to retcon it like that. :p

JimJamBonds
11-22-2009, 11:55 AM
Yup I also noticed that its a stormie where it used to be a clone trooper.

OC47150
11-22-2009, 06:37 PM
I noticed the clone/stormie switch, too.

A Slapsgiving episode tomorrow night! It should be good.

JimJamBonds
11-23-2009, 06:27 AM
A Slapsgiving episode tomorrow night! It should be good.

I'm excited for another slap bet episode as well!

JimJamBonds
11-26-2009, 10:06 PM
I thought this week's episode was a little on the weak side. To be honest it was still good but compared to some of the other episode's this season it was one of the weaker ones imho.

Darth Metalmute
11-27-2009, 09:42 PM
I thought this week's episode was a little on the weak side. To be honest it was still good but compared to some of the other episode's this season it was one of the weaker ones imho.

Yeah, Lily's dad storyline was un-needed. They only introduced her mom once, and that was at a bachlorette party.

JimJamBonds
11-30-2009, 10:12 PM
Yeah, Lily's dad storyline was un-needed. They only introduced her mom once, and that was at a bachlorette party.

I'm ok with Chris Elliot being her dad but the manner in which it he was 'used' just didn't turn my crank.

JimJamBonds
01-14-2010, 10:14 PM
A solid episode on Monday night with an OUTSTANDING song by Barney to finish the show!!!!!

Mr. JabbaJohnL
01-14-2010, 10:29 PM
A solid episode on Monday night with an OUTSTANDING song by Barney to finish the show!!!!!
Yeah, that was a great episode. Good stuff all around.

JimJamBonds
01-19-2010, 06:56 AM
but ummmm ;)

OC47150
02-02-2010, 07:24 PM
Last night's ep alone should get Jim Parsons another Emmy nomination. Instant classic!!!

JediTricks
02-03-2010, 01:37 AM
Yeah, you don't get to see Sheldon break down that badly too often, and he made good work of it.

JimJamBonds
02-03-2010, 07:05 PM
Why are we talking about Big Bang in the HIMYM thread?

OC47150
02-18-2010, 08:12 PM
Tantrum!!!

Reminds me of Jolt from about 20 years ago. I used to drink that stuff during finals in college.

Ando
03-02-2010, 02:12 PM
My wife and I have just discovered this show in the last few months and it's been a delight to watch 2 re-runs (on Lifetime) and 1 new one each week.

I like all the characters and it's been fun to catch up. NPH is HILARIOUS.

Having said all that, I couldn't help but be a little creeped out by the Lily/Scooter story in light of an elementary school teacher in Tacoma, WA (2 1/2 hours north of where I live) being killed last week by her stalker, someone who'd known her and been obsessed with her since they met in college. Story here (http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/dailyweekly/2010/02/jennifer_paulson_tacoma_elemen.php).

I know shows are written and made LONG before they air, but it was too "close".

It reminded me of the time a Simpsons rerun that aired here in Portland a day or two after Dale Earnhardt was killed. The episode? The one where Maude Flanders dies at a NASCAR race.

All in all last night's episode was pretty funny and the subject of people being "on the hook" (or in my circle of friends "BF/GF on the shelf) rang true since I've seen it with friends and in my own life.

JediTricks
03-02-2010, 03:08 PM
I didn't care for last night's episode, it just felt off, splintered. And Carrie Underwood (really? why?) didn't seem even remotely up Ted's alley.

That's weird about the similarities to life. Unfortunately, that's how fiction works sometimes. The X-files spinoff The Lone Gunmen had its pilot episode dealing with a plot to fly an airliner into the World Trade Center which aired in March of 2001.

My sister and I were on the phone watching the episode, and she and I both exclaimed that Scooter looked enough like NPH to be his brother. Turns out, it's NPH's long-term boyfriend!!! Yikes.

Ando
03-02-2010, 03:56 PM
That's weird about the similarities to life. Unfortunately, that's how fiction works sometimes. The X-files spinoff The Lone Gunmen had its pilot episode dealing with a plot to fly an airliner into the World Trade Center which aired in March of 2001.

I think I remember that episode.

I really liked that show. I was sorry to see it canceled and to see the characters die on the X Files.

JediTricks
03-02-2010, 04:01 PM
Me too, I liked it and was bummed it didn't continue, and then that crappy X-files follow-up episode was a massive disappointment.

Ando
03-02-2010, 04:04 PM
...and then that crappy X-files follow-up episode was a massive disappointment.

Much like most of the final 2-3 years of the X Files themselves (IMO).

JediTricks
03-02-2010, 04:24 PM
Much like most of the final 2-3 years of the X Files themselves (IMO).
Yeah, no kidding. The last full year with Duchovny and then ESPECIALLY the episodes with Annabeth Gish were unbearably bad.

Fox treated another X-files-related show badly, Millennium built and built and then disappeared, only to get a crappy final story in another garbage late X-files episode.

Ando
03-02-2010, 04:32 PM
Fox treated another X-files-related show badly, Millennium built and built and then disappeared, only to get a crappy final story in another garbage late X-files episode.

Fox was a graveyard for good shows in the late 90's/early 00's.

JediTricks
03-02-2010, 04:47 PM
Fox was a graveyard for good shows in the late 90's/early 00's.
Actually, it's pretty bad from the early '90s up until now, here are shows I liked that were killed early thanks to Fox:


Andy Richter Controls the Universe
Arrested Development
Back to You
Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot
Brimstone
Briscoe County Jr
Dark Angel
Family Guy :p
Firefly
Futurama
Get a Life
Greg the Bunny
Herman's Head
It's Garry Shandling's Show
John Doe
Justice
Keen Eddie
Killer Instinct
M.A.N.T.I.S.
Millennium
Ned & Stacey
Parker Lewis Can't Lose
Space: Above and Beyond
The George Carlin Show
The Lone Gunmen
The Tick
Titus
VR.5
Wanda at Large
Woops!

Ando
03-02-2010, 05:01 PM
I liked a LOT of those shows.

Don't forget "Action (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0206467/)" with Jay Mohr. That was a funny show.

DarthQuack
03-02-2010, 05:17 PM
Not gonna read any of the posts before this since I just started watching this, I'm 3-4 episodes in and I think it's great! :thumbsup:

Lord Malakite
03-02-2010, 05:48 PM
That's weird about the similarities to life. Unfortunately, that's how fiction works sometimes. The X-files spinoff The Lone Gunmen had its pilot episode dealing with a plot to fly an airliner into the World Trade Center which aired in March of 2001.
The Time Force season of Power Rangers (which aired from February through November) suffered heavily in a similar fashion because of the 9/11 thing in 2001. The main villain was Ransik, who was portrayed as a "sympathetic" terrorist gang leader. The Rangers' Shadow Zord always posed on top of "twin towers". Several of Ransik monster attacks took place at the "Trade Center" district. And just two weeks before 9/11 happened an episode was aired with an "airplane" themed monster of the day. The story of the episode, a reporter takes a picture of the Rangers unmasked and Yellow Ranger tries to convince the reporter not to print the story. Meanwhile, the "airplane" monster attempts to topple over the skyscraper building where the newspaper is based, so we get an "inside the building look" as Yellow Ranger and this news reporter tries to help people escape from the badly damaged building before it collapses.

JimJamBonds
03-02-2010, 06:59 PM
I didn't care for last night's episode, it just felt off, splintered. And Carrie Underwood (really? why?) didn't seem even remotely up Ted's alley.

She didn't seem up Ted's alley because he was on her hook. :D


My sister and I were on the phone watching the episode, and she and I both exclaimed that Scooter looked enough like NPH to be his brother. Turns out, it's NPH's long-term boyfriend!!! Yikes.

Wow, I looked that up and its true, they've been together since '04.

JediTricks
03-06-2010, 05:06 PM
I liked a LOT of those shows.

Don't forget "Action (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0206467/)" with Jay Mohr. That was a funny show.Yeah, I forgot about that one. Fox has a way of putting on product that folks might want to see and instead of nurturing it, KILLING IT IN THE MOST PAINFUL MANNER POSSIBLE. That's a skill, I guess.



The Time Force season of Power Rangers (which aired from February through November) suffered heavily in a similar fashion because of the 9/11 thing in 2001. The main villain was Ransik, who was portrayed as a "sympathetic" terrorist gang leader. The Rangers' Shadow Zord always posed on top of "twin towers". Several of Ransik monster attacks took place at the "Trade Center" district. And just two weeks before 9/11 happened an episode was aired with an "airplane" themed monster of the day. The story of the episode, a reporter takes a picture of the Rangers unmasked and Yellow Ranger tries to convince the reporter not to print the story. Meanwhile, the "airplane" monster attempts to topple over the skyscraper building where the newspaper is based, so we get an "inside the building look" as Yellow Ranger and this news reporter tries to help people escape from the badly damaged building before it collapses.Wow, that is really bad. Time Force was one of the PR lines I liked most too, but I didn't watch much of the show.

Lord Malakite
03-07-2010, 05:27 AM
Wow, that is really bad. Time Force was one of the PR lines I liked most too, but I didn't watch much of the show.
Yeah, Time Force is one of my top seasons as well, but it was indeed bad with the "too soon 9/11" stuff. A lot of the pre-9/11 episodes were re-edited for future airings after 9/11. Not quite certain how extensive the re-editing was though, whether or not it was just the aired copies shown on TV or if it included the original "masters". Lots of building explosions removed, re-dubbed the lines about mentioning the Trade Center, the two tower shots removed completely. Even an "Al Queada" type speech given on TV by Ransik was removed.

Could of been worse in the terrorists 9/11 stuff though. Go back two seasons earlier during the Lost Galaxy season and you have a finale that features the Sting Wingers (that season's "Putty Patrol" type foot soldiers) in the hundreds, easily, with explosives strapped to their chests as they ran into various buildings, crowds of people, and even the Rangers themselves acting as "suicide bombers".

Ando
03-08-2010, 12:52 PM
Yeah, I forgot about that one. Fox has a way of putting on product that folks might want to see and instead of nurturing it, KILLING IT IN THE MOST PAINFUL MANNER POSSIBLE. That's a skill, I guess.

And I am still a littl bit bitter that we never got at least a season of "Heat Vision and Jack".

JimJamBonds
11-10-2010, 06:56 PM
Anybody else watching this season of HIMYM? Any thoughts on Zoey? I had been thinking that she could maybe be the mom (although she is married) but now that I think about it the mom already lives with Rachel Bilson's character, plus wouldn't Zoey be too old?

OC47150
11-10-2010, 07:12 PM
Zoey's nice but being married knocks her out, IMO.

I think we've met the mother in passing but haven't lately. Again, my own thoughts.

My favorite ep this season was the chase around NYC.

Darth Metalmute
11-10-2010, 07:51 PM
Anybody else watching this season of HIMYM? Any thoughts on Zoey? I had been thinking that she could maybe be the mom (although she is married) but now that I think about it the mom already lives with Rachel Bilson's character, plus wouldn't Zoey be too old?

I don't really care for the addition of Zoey. If they have any respect to continuality, she shouldn't be the mom, but I got a bad feeling she will be. She fits his description of her too well.

JimJamBonds
11-10-2010, 10:24 PM
Zoey's nice but being married knocks her out, IMO.[QUOTE/] Yeah, but I had been thinking if she divorces "The Captain"/he dies AND THEN becomes Rachel Bilsen's roomie then it could work since she is a student of Ted's, which Old Ted has mentioned a couple of times
[QUOTE=OC]I think we've met the mother in passing but haven't lately. Again, my own thoughts.

Do you mean that we have seen her but they haven't acknowledged it? We briefly saw her ankle in one episode.


I don't really care for the addition of Zoey. If they have any respect to continuality, she shouldn't be the mom, but I got a bad feeling she will be. She fits his description of her too well.

I was thinking the same thing but with what we already know including some key info that was revealed this season there is no way she can be the mother. I did see that Zoey will be in the Thanksgiving episode so she will be around a bit longer to some degree.

Phantom-like Menace
11-11-2010, 12:34 AM
What evidence presents Zoey as possibly being the mother? I'm not saying it's not there, mind you, just that I missed it if it is. I can think of evidence that she's not.

As far as continuity goes, though, the creators have informed us that Ted is an unreliable narrator explaining past events as well as he can remember. I assume that's not intended to give them leave to do anything they want, but there may be some surprises.

I did find it odd in the most recent episode to learn that Zoey is protesting the GNB building, but her husband is an associate of a head honcho in charge at the same bank. That just seems like a recipe for more trouble than we're seeing.

I loved Galactic President Superstar McAwesomeville.

Darth Metalmute
11-11-2010, 09:50 AM
The only evidence I was refering to is that I recall Ted describing his wife as an activist, who once she believed in a cause, set out to defend it. That fits Zoey's description.


Yeah, but I had been thinking if she divorces "The Captain"/he dies AND THEN becomes Rachel Bilsen's roomie then it could work since she is a student of Ted's, which Old Ted has mentioned a couple of times

She was already Rachel Bilsen's roommate when Ted dated Rachel. It's possible that she could have married the captain since then, but why would she leave him that quickly?

JimJamBonds
11-11-2010, 12:43 PM
I loved Galactic President Superstar McAwesomeville.
That was great buy Ted, and I loved that The Captain kept using that name in place of 'Ted.' lol


The only evidence I was refering to is that I recall Ted describing his wife as an activist, who once she believed in a cause, set out to defend it. That fits Zoey's description.Interesting, I don't recall that.


She was already Rachel Bilsen's roommate when Ted dated Rachel. It's possible that she could have married the captain since then, but why would she leave him that quickly? That is possible, but that seems to be a very quick timeline. Although who knows!

Darth Metalmute
11-11-2010, 01:08 PM
Activist might be too strong of a word, but I seem to remember (I think it was in the episode where he bought the house) him saying she had strong beliefs and stood up to them.

JimJamBonds
11-11-2010, 01:44 PM
Activist might be too strong of a word, but I seem to remember (I think it was in the episode where he bought the house) him saying she had strong beliefs and stood up to them.

Ehh doesn't matter, its a bit about the mom that apparently the rest of us forgot.

So what do we know about the mom?

- Went to the same St. Patty's day party as Ted and Barney did a couple of years ago.
- That was her yellow umbrella that Ted had (he got it the day after the party when he went back to find his phone.
- She was a student of his.
- She was a roomie of Rachel Bilsen
- Ted picked out 3 things in Rachel's room that he liked about her only to find out that they were her roommates (I don't recall what those were off hand other then some obscure bands cd)
- She laughed at Ted's lame joke (don't recall that either)
- She was sort of activist/interested in certain causes.

Anything else?

What was it from earlier this season when Marshall and Ted are outside a church having a beer???

Darth Metalmute
11-11-2010, 09:49 PM
I could be wrong about these two but I think;

He "meets" her in New York at a wedding.
Her name is Tracy.

JimJamBonds
11-11-2010, 10:11 PM
I could be wrong about these two but I think; He "meets" her in New York at a wedding.Yeah, and he is the best man...makes you wonder who is getting married? Barney!?!?:sur:

Her name is Tracy.Now that I don't remember, no offense but I hope you're wrong. I say that because I don't want to know who it is the second she says her name.

EDIT: I did a quick search and found this. http://www.beawesomeinstead.com/television/2008/the-name-tracy-theory-from-how-i-met-your-mother/

After checking it out I do remember reading/hearing about the 'Tracy theory.'

Phantom-like Menace
11-11-2010, 11:51 PM
We also know she was in the Economics class Ted walked into his first day teaching.

Also, she's probably a brunette, based on the fact that Ted's son and daughter have dark hair, but Ted said they'd have blond hair if he had married Stella.

JimJamBonds
11-15-2010, 09:19 PM
He "meets" her in New York at a wedding.


So that would be Punchy's wedding I take it???

Darth Metalmute
11-16-2010, 07:43 AM
So that would be Punchy's wedding I take it???

Not sure, wasn't Barney in the wedding as well?

I love the name Punchy. reminds me of Hawaiian Punch.

Phantom-like Menace
11-16-2010, 11:29 AM
I liked the exchange about it being weird for two guys to be sitting around watching porn or kids' shows. And I nearly could have spit out my drink along with the guys when the girls started talking about their beavers.

I kind of got the feeling they were talking about the wedding as well. But who knows. Part of me figures we'll meet the mom more or less in the last episode just given the fact that the show is called How I Met Your Mother, not How I Met Your Mother and Got Along With Her for Some Length of Time. I'm curious if the creators of the show are looking for a specific time to have Ted and the Mother meet or if they'll milk it for as many seasons as possible.

A lot of people are complaining about how whiny Lilly is this year. Wow, this episode isn't going to help at all. I wanted her to shut up.

I noticed Cobie "Robin Scherbatsky" Smulders is in Maxim this month.

Ando
11-16-2010, 11:41 AM
Yep, I am still watching. Last night's episode was hysterical. I love the Robin Sparkles stuff.

No idea where they're going with the Zoey character, but she annoys me.

Darth Metalmute
11-16-2010, 02:11 PM
I kind of got the feeling they were talking about the wedding as well. But who knows. Part of me figures we'll meet the mom more or less in the last episode just given the fact that the show is called How I Met Your Mother, not How I Met Your Mother and Got Along With Her for Some Length of Time. I'm curious if the creators of the show are looking for a specific time to have Ted and the Mother meet or if they'll milk it for as many seasons as possible.

I think I read somewhere that the series will end with the episode where he meets her. I hope that they change there mind as I have a feeling that it is looking like this could be the year. This is one of the few enjoyable shows on TV right now.

Maybe it will create a spinoff called How I Dated Your Mother. Followed by How I Married Your Mother. Concluded with How I Murdered Your Mother since the mother is obviously not in the picture anymore and the dad sounds like he is telling these kids what has happened from a DVD.


I noticed Cobie "Robin Scherbatsky" Smulders is in Maxim this month.

I've seen some of it. Not bad Scherbatsky.

OC47150
11-16-2010, 08:01 PM
Robin Sparkles #3 is my new favorite ep of the season. Too funny.

JimJamBonds
11-17-2010, 08:58 AM
The Sparkles/Glitter stuff was good but I thought Lilly WAS annoying. In fact when it started and she was talking about 'her kid' I thought "did I miss on the fact that she is preggers?"


Not sure, wasn't Barney in the wedding as well?Well from what I remember Ted and Vanilla Thunder are outside a chuch and I think Marshall is wearing a tux as well. He asks Ted if he is nervous and then says he stashed some beer inside the church and then the both have a beer. I don't remember Barney being in the scene.

JimJamBonds
02-09-2011, 09:53 AM
I thought the episode the other night was a really good one, I'm not sure if it really answered any questions. I'm still not sure that Zooey is the mom, yes they've now hooked up but from what we already know it doesn't add up. Specifically Ted has already seen the mom, albeit only her ankle because when he dated Rachel Bilson (don't recall the characters name) the mom was already living with her, not the way its been portrayed. Anywho, I'm really enjoying the show right now, keep up the good work!


p.s. this is the first post to this thread in nearly 3 months?!?!?! WTF!?!?!

Darth Metalmute
02-09-2011, 01:40 PM
p.s. this is the first post to this thread in nearly 3 months?!?!?! WTF!?!?!

The show has had some weird lineups. New one week, repeat the next. Kind of hard to get into a flow.

The episode in which Marshall's Dad died and the one at the funeral were very emotional and well done.

JimJamBonds
02-10-2011, 02:59 PM
I had one more thought on the topic of "why Zoey isn't the mother." In this weeks episode Ted doesn't remember Katy Perry's characters actual name, instead he calls her Honey. If he marries Zoey wouldn't he remember the name of her cousin who he was hooked up with? Yeah its 20 years in the future but it seems if this is the 'big meeting' he'd remember somebody as important to the story as Honey.

JediTricks
02-10-2011, 03:41 PM
Zoey was living with The Captain for a while, no way she's whatsherface's roommate at that time. Also, Ted originally pranked his kids about a stripper being their mom, the stripper's name was Tracy in the story he was telling them, so it seems likely that's what their mom's name is as well. And there's nothing to do with the umbrella with Zoey, is there? So, Zoey is leaving The Captain for Ted and then that'll flop too.

JimJamBonds
02-10-2011, 08:06 PM
No word yet on the umbrella, I agree JT that Zoey isn't the mother. We will meet her at Punchy's wedding. That said its been fun watching this arc. :seasonfinalecan'tcomesoonenough:

Darth Metalmute
02-22-2011, 07:39 AM
So Ted's the bad guy and we have another "filler" Girlfriend. Nice to see some closure for Wendy the Waitress though.

JimJamBonds
02-22-2011, 06:14 PM
I liked last nights episode. I have a buddy who was saying that Zoey would be mom, this will now thankfully shut him up. ;)

OC47150
02-22-2011, 06:21 PM
I expected the Zooey is she/isn't she to be stretched out further than what it was. I know, I know, we know she's not the mother, but still.

Phantom-like Menace
02-23-2011, 12:17 AM
I enjoyed the Captain's version of recent events more than Zoey's. Ted leering at her all mustachioed with no shirt had me laughing more than anything in that episode.

Though I've never even kind of thought Zoey was the mother, I'm surprised to hear it won't end well. I supposed that shouldn't surprise me, because if she remained a close friend, we would have seen her in some of the future flashbacks.

I'm looking forward to seeing more of Nora. I'd smile when I say her name too.

JimJamBonds
02-23-2011, 09:23 AM
I expected the Zooey is she/isn't she to be stretched out further than what it was. I know, I know, we know she's not the mother, but still.Yeah me too but remember Ted told his kids in the first episode or two that Robin wasn't the mother and then they (producers) proceeded to have Ted spend the majority of season I trying to get with Robin and season II with Robin. So yeah its a bit of a surprise but not unprecedented.

Darth Metalmute
02-24-2011, 08:02 AM
Man, do they have HIMYM running in sindication!
You can watch it 7 different times a day!

Lifetime has it on at 7:00 and 7:30 and at 11:00 and 11:30.
WGN has it on at 9:00 and 9:30.
And UPN has it on at 10:00.

I was sick last week and got a great fix. :thumbsup:

JimJamBonds
02-24-2011, 06:00 PM
Man, do they have HIMYM running in sindication!
You can watch it 7 different times a day!

Lifetime has it on at 7:00 and 7:30 and at 11:00 and 11:30.
WGN has it on at 9:00 and 9:30.
And UPN has it on at 10:00.

I was sick last week and got a great fix. :thumbsup:
Aren't some of those repeats either the same day or say for example 'todays' WGN is 'tomorrows' Lifetime?

Darth Metalmute
02-25-2011, 08:32 AM
Not as bad as you would think. It appears that WGN and Lifetime are showing them in order but have started at different times, so they are about 2 seasons apart. UPN is random, epsecially on the weekend, but they seem to have alot of repeats to those other networks.

JimJamBonds
03-23-2011, 03:51 PM
I was a bit disappointed in Barney in Mondays episode. First he pulls the same business with Robin's friend as he did with Robin and now he freaks out and jacks a basketball hoop because his old man isn't like him. I hope John Lithgow will be back again and they 'explore' Barney and the issues he has had to deal with.

Darth Metalmute
04-27-2011, 05:57 PM
It's been really hard keeping up with this years season. A new episode every other week? I hope this is just bad foresight on CBS's behalf and not due to the "Two and a Half Men" fiasco.

JimJamBonds
04-27-2011, 06:34 PM
I have no idea why but I agree it'd be nice if they were a bit more consistant with new episodes. Although I know there have been "other going on's" in tv land so they've shown a repeat.

JimJamBonds
10-11-2011, 03:48 PM
Anybody else catch last nights episode? And did anybody else think Barney had an unusually large amount of slides on the Ewoks?

Darth Metalmute
10-11-2011, 06:40 PM
yeah, you can check them all out here.
http://www.cbs.com/shows/how_i_met_your_mother/video/2150684675/how-i-met-your-mother-the-ewok-line-presentation

bigbarada
10-12-2011, 05:17 AM
Anybody else catch last nights episode? And did anybody else think Barney had an unusually large amount of slides on the Ewoks?

Someone posted a link to the entire episode on another site and it's actually the first time I've ever watched this show. Pretty hilarious and I liked all the Ewok slides.

Except I was born just 9 days prior to Neal Patrick Harris' "Ewok Line" and I've always loved the Ewoks, so he might need to adjust this theory a bit. :)

JediTricks
10-12-2011, 01:52 PM
According to Barney Stinson, the Ewoks' gliders were invented by the Kintaka brothers at Kittiewok, North Karolina. That is some bad pun right there.

Then again, he also says their average weight is 112 pounds, which seems way off, and that their average fecal deposit is 98% of that weight. But he does correctly identify nose color as a significant trait. :p

Among the tasks available to Ewoks are justice, doctor and nurse, wrestlers, juice, and memory.

But the fact that this is set to Yub Nub alone is worth the price of admission.

JimJamBonds
10-14-2011, 09:29 AM
Excellant work Darth M!


But the fact that this is set to Yub Nub alone is worth the price of admission.Yeah this is awesome! I like the Ewok anatomy abdominus ewokus.

JimJamBonds
11-08-2011, 01:04 PM
Wasn't Lilly preggers at the end of last season ie. May yet in last nights episode she became pregnant at the end of August???

Darth Metalmute
12-21-2011, 08:01 PM
Anyone catch the Christmas episode? What a strange, sad twist to the series.

OC47150
12-22-2011, 08:07 AM
I've been hit or miss with the show for the last year or so, more miss than hit. No reason why.

That bad, huh?

Darth Metalmute
12-23-2011, 10:11 PM
I'm wondering if they are worried about getting their last year in. So far, a lot seems forced/hasted as if they are rushing to finish the story.

OC47150
12-24-2011, 11:34 AM
I'm wondering if they are worried about getting their last year in. So far, a lot seems forced/hasted as if they are rushing to finish the story.

I have to agree. What episodes I have seen seem like the writers are trying to tie up loose ends and storylines.

I still enjoy the show (enjoy the reruns better) but the premise is getting a little stale.

JimJamBonds
12-24-2011, 09:30 PM
I'm wondering if they are worried about getting their last year in. So far, a lot seems forced/hasted as if they are rushing to finish the story.The show has been renewed through next season so I'm not sure I'd say forced/hasted, they have something like 30ish episodes left, and we don't even know where it will end ie. do we see a girl and older Ted says that's how I met her? Or do we see the courtship etc?

Phantom-like Menace
12-30-2011, 05:53 PM
I've been feeling exactly the opposite on the rushing thing. We've had several episodes in a row where nothing is really happening. Okay. Barney likes Robin. Robin likes Barney. Even if the writers don't spend the next several episodes rinsing and repeating, and even if Robin is the one Barney's marrying, they've still got a wedding to plan.


The show has been renewed through next season so I'm not sure I'd say forced/hasted, they have something like 30ish episodes left, and we don't even know where it will end ie. do we see a girl and older Ted says that's how I met her? Or do we see the courtship etc?

I've heard he meets the wife and that's it. But you're right, the show's hardly in any danger of not having another season. I'm more worried we're going to waste another half a season with the "will they, won't they" between Barney and Robin.

JimJamBonds
12-30-2011, 10:17 PM
I've heard he meets the wife and that's it. But you're right, the show's hardly in any danger of not having another season. I'm more worried we're going to waste another half a season with the "will they, won't they" between Barney and Robin.I hope not, in this past weeks rerun I was reminded that there is a guy that Robin will sooner or later be with, he was the guy at the store where Ted bought his red boots. I think the Robin/Barney thing has played out...or at least I hope it has.

Phantom-like Menace
01-02-2012, 01:15 AM
I'm going to have to look around for the boots thing. I can feel my memory jogging, but it's jogging in circles just at the moment. Edit: I looked it up. In "Hopeless," in flashback, we see Ted and Robin at a clothing store where Ted is buying the boots, and she sees a guy she finds attractive. In the present Robin runs into the guy, who is about to talk to her, but she and Ted had been pretending to be together, and Ted announces they're going to get married. The guy calls a friend and mentions that he ran into that cute girl again but that she's getting married. Future Ted narrates that more is to come of that.

Totally with you on the Robin/Barney thing. I really think Barney should have stuck with Nora. I'd say I want her to be the one Barney is marrying (If I was unconvinced Robin and Barney were getting together before, you reminded me of that other guy), but I'd be pretty annoyed if her character takes Barney back.

Darth Metalmute
01-02-2012, 02:37 PM
Yeah, she ran into him twice so far and supposedly going to run into him again. But ultimately I believe she is supposed to end up with Barney as referenced in their break up episode. There is also supposed to be some huge break up in the group between Robin/Barney/Ted.

JimJamBonds
01-02-2012, 08:53 PM
It was nice to see a new episode tonight, although who didn't see Robin's storyline coming a mile away?


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Phantom-like Menace
01-04-2012, 01:30 AM
I liked the exchange between Sandy and Robin as she dragged him back to the show. Suggesting a three way was bad. Starting by yourself made it worse. Finishing by yourself was the nail in the coffin.

JimJamBonds
02-22-2012, 06:44 PM
I was glad to see that the writers didn't waste much time with the whole Ted and Robin thing, I hope based on what was said there won't be anymore Barney and Robin.

Darth Metalmute
02-22-2012, 06:52 PM
I was worried that they were going to do that for the rest of the season. They are hitting the message from Victoria hard.

JimJamBonds
02-23-2012, 06:45 PM
I was worried that they were going to do that for the rest of the season. They are hitting the message from Victoria hard.
She was the one that said something along the lines of Ted/Barney and Robin being friends is weird/somebody will get hurt right?

Darth Metalmute
02-23-2012, 08:31 PM
Yeah, she said neither one of them would have a meaningful relationship as long as they remained best friends with Robin. I still expect Robin and Barney to end up together, but apparently, robin still has to hook up with the guy from the clothing store.

Phantom-like Menace
02-27-2012, 12:34 AM
I was glad to see that the writers didn't waste much time with the whole Ted and Robin thing, I hope based on what was said there won't be anymore Barney and Robin.

I wouldn't be surprised either way, but my money's on Barney and Robin not getting together.

JediTricks
02-27-2012, 03:39 PM
Barney is going to marry the stripper from last week, I just got that vibe from the whole thing, and it'd be a fitting twist on the character.

JimJamBonds
02-27-2012, 10:21 PM
Ted smoking meat in Robin's old room? Come on!?!?! Plus, ok I get it they want out of LI but come on they just bought that joint!!!

Robin and her 'journal' was great, that whole story probably would have been iffy but they way they showed it...great!

Phantom-like Menace
02-28-2012, 02:56 AM
Barney is going to marry the stripper from last week, I just got that vibe from the whole thing, and it'd be a fitting twist on the character.

That's how I see it going down too. Unless the writers strongly suspect there will be a ninth season, they're going to have to get Robin and Barney back into separate relationships, end those relationships, get back together and marry by the end of next season. It's not impossible, but it's more rushed than I'd like it to be. And who knows, maybe they'll got for a ninth season and get Barney and Robin back together seven or eight more times.

And I'm wondering if the writers aren't trying to show Barney and Robin are terrible together. All they seem to do is run up a list of people they hurt, including each other. They're not really entertaining together, and they're not particularly likeable.

Then you have Barney who seems to be on a path toward changing his wild ways toward family (he's had three significant crushes--Robin, Nora, and Quinn all within a year), married life with children (he went so far as to borrow his brother's baby). You have Robin who's dead set on pretty much being exactly what she is now, career-oriented, without the life-changing presence of children. Barney needs a woman who's different than he is, a wife to help him make that change for, not a bro to smoke cigars and go to clubs with. Robin more closely represents the life he's moving away from, not the life he's moving toward.

Plus Quinn's a stripper. How legendary could that be? You know it. I know it. The answer is very!


Plus, ok I get it they want out of LI but come on they just bought that joint!!!

I haven't watched the new episode yet, but how's this for a prediction? Barney will buy the house from them to start his family with Quinn. He will happily live on Long Island and will hate the prospect of ever having to take the Drunk Train.

JimJamBonds
02-28-2012, 07:38 PM
I know the 5 main people are locked in for an 8th but I think that may be a good time to shut things down. I read something about NPH might or not be back for a 9th and as many movies and whatnot Jason Segal is doing I'm not so sure about him coming back for a 9th either. As for the other 3??? They aren't doing anywhere near as much away from HIMYM as those 2 so maybe they'd want to continue?

Phantom-like Menace
04-11-2012, 01:42 AM
I just looked at a poll that showed more than sixty percent of the people answering think Barney and Robin will get together. Only a little more than twenty think Barney and Quinn will get together, and the rest voted for an unknown third option.

As far as timing goes, I like a 2015 birth working with a 2013 meeting of the mother. That gives Ted and the mother a year to date, and a year of marriage before their daughter is born. Obviously it doesn't have to happen like that, but I like that timetable, mostly because it works nicely with the year-to-year, season-to-season format of television.

Weird thought: I've heard something about footage being filmed early on showing the children's reaction to learning who the mother is. That way they wouldn't have to get the actress and actor who play the daughter and son later and wouldn't have to explain why they may have aged several years over the course of the story. What if Lyndsy Fonseca, the actress who plays the daughter, plays the mother as well? I'm not even kind of saying this is my prediction, but it was, as mentioned, a weird thought I had. It would be easier to age progress her rather than age regress her. She'd definitely share a family resemblence. They would have been able to film the end in its entirety years ago. They'd be able to make Back to the Future references. Again, just a weird thought, and it doesn't work with the fact that an early plan was to have us learn Victoria was the mother if the show had been cancelled at that point.

OC47150
04-11-2012, 07:20 AM
First ep in a long time I can honestly say I sat down and watched. The trilogy part didn't hurt. Loved Robin in the stormie costume.

JimJamBonds
04-28-2012, 08:51 PM
The kids have been 'aging' as the show goes on...although they aren't really shown all that often.

Barney + Robin = blahh.

Phantom-like Menace
05-09-2012, 02:11 AM
The kids have been 'aging' as the show goes on...

They haven't shot new footage of the kids in years. It's being reused. According to Wikipedia: "Scenes revealing their reactions to the end of the story were filmed during the second season since the actors would be young adults by the time the last season airs."

JimJamBonds
05-09-2012, 10:12 PM
They haven't shot new footage of the kids in years. It's being reused. According to Wikipedia: "Scenes revealing their reactions to the end of the story were filmed during the second season since the actors would be young adults by the time the last season airs."
Yeah they could just reuse the "WHAT!?!?!" when older Ted tells them their mom was a stripper (from season 1)

JimJamBonds
05-15-2012, 09:41 PM
Pretty good season ender with Waitforit showing himself to the world. Although who didn't see Robin being the bride?

Darth Metalmute
05-15-2012, 10:41 PM
What a great middle name. It's going to be interesting to show how they get out of the Quinn situation.

Phantom-like Menace
05-16-2012, 02:24 AM
Hmm. Robin. I wonder if it would have been Quinn or someone else if it had landed on tails.

JediTricks
05-17-2012, 08:50 PM
Part of me feels like they're going to cheat again, pull some switcheroo to jerk the audience around regarding Robin as the bride. If they can finally avoid doing that, then it might just work out, but they really need to get somewhere soon, it's really losing steam.

PS - Ted is full of crap, he doesn't nor did he ever love Robin in that way.

Phantom-like Menace
05-18-2012, 07:05 PM
Part of me feels like they're going to cheat again, pull some switcheroo to jerk the audience around regarding Robin as the bride. If they can finally avoid doing that, then it might just work out, but they really need to get somewhere soon, it's really losing steam.

They've said Future Ted is an unreliable narrator. They can use that to justify just about anything.

They've just promised to hit the reset button on at least half a season. Ted tells us Robin never has children, so Barney's going to make a complete 180 degree reversal on having children, which has been a large part of his character arc, which means essentially they've spent all this time to develop, change the character only to pretty much undevelop, unchange the character, and if this coming season is the last, they have no more than a season to do it.

My big problem with last season was that the first half was just marking time. We're going into the next season with three lame duck relationships now. It's pretty much an express promise that the first half of the season will be marking time again.

JimJamBonds
05-19-2012, 10:51 AM
Part of me feels like they're going to cheat again, pull some switcheroo to jerk the audience around regarding Robin as the bride...
Like what we saw was a DOUBLE wedding and Barney and Robin marry different people?

Darth Metalmute
05-19-2012, 09:36 PM
Like what we saw was a DOUBLE wedding and Barney and Robin marry different people?

Thats possible. We still don't techincally know when the wedding is and That guy from the clothing store is supposed to make a return.

JimJamBonds
05-20-2012, 03:03 PM
...and That guy from the clothing store is supposed to make a return.That's right I forgot about him, good call DM!

JimJamBonds
12-03-2012, 08:58 PM
Nice reference to Omar from The Wire in last weeks episode.

Darth Metalmute
01-14-2013, 09:25 PM
Spoiler Alert. I guess we now know how he met their mother.

JediTricks
01-15-2013, 08:57 PM
Spoiler Alert. I guess we now know how he met their mother.We still haven't seen how her yellow umbrella fits into that though.

JimJamBonds
01-19-2013, 08:10 PM
They have said she was a student of his so this (may not) exactly follow along.

We already knew that he met her at the wedding, but it seems like he doesn't talk to her until he is on the platform waiting for the train not at the wedding 'proper.'

JediTricks
01-20-2013, 09:00 PM
They have said she was a student of his so this (may not) exactly follow along.

We already knew that he met her at the wedding, but it seems like he doesn't talk to her until he is on the platform waiting for the train not at the wedding 'proper.'Actually, Ted didn't say she was a student of his, but that his teaching a class was the best job because that's why he met the mother, and at the time they showed that he was teaching the wrong class, mistakenly teaching an Economics class, so it the mother was in the economics class.

JimJamBonds
01-30-2013, 10:07 PM
HIMYM is confirmed for a 9th and final season.

Darth Metalmute
01-31-2013, 05:34 PM
HIMYM is confirmed for a 9th and final season.

I was surprised by this. I read somewhere that this was the eighth and final season. They are going to run Robin and Barneys
wedding into the ground by then.

JimJamBonds
02-01-2013, 08:07 AM
Yeah it was going to be the final season, I'm surprised that NPH and Jason came back for another season. As far as the others they don't really do all that much (not quite so much for Cobie) so I can see them wanting to do another.

OC47150
02-01-2013, 12:31 PM
Yeah it was going to be the final season, I'm surprised that NPH and Jason came back for another season. As far as the others they don't really do all that much (not quite so much for Cobie) so I can see them wanting to do another.

Saw an article the other day where Cobie may reprise her Avengers character in the Avengers TV show but filming it wouldn't interfer with HIMYM.

JimJamBonds
02-04-2013, 09:57 PM
A grunge Robin Sparkles? Not the best episode but pretty decent none the less.

JediTricks
02-06-2013, 03:13 PM
I was pretty meh about the Robin Daggers episode, it felt like it was trying too hard and missing a stronger punchline.

So, the creators of the show are saying season 9 will feel vastly different from other seasons, and TV.com is theorizing that it'll focus on the mother character's tale which will allow the show's stars to come and go during the season.

OC47150
02-07-2013, 04:36 PM
I look forward to the Robin Sparkles eps. I hope the producers and writers can eek one more out next season.

Overall, I didn't think this one was too bad. Didn't expect her to go grunge.

JimJamBonds
02-12-2013, 09:21 PM
Senator Mike Tyson?

JimJamBonds
12-20-2013, 04:49 PM
Has anybody been watching this final season? I think its still good but not as good as previous seasons, I think with the season being based around the last 3 (?) days before Barney and Robin's wedding the show has lost its uniqueness, that being how the story hops around to different times. Sure that has happened this season some but not like in the past.

Does anybody else think Ted will be the last one to meet the mother? The only other person in the group who hasn't is Robin and I'd bet a fair amount of money that will happen before Teddy Westside does.

Darth Metalmute
12-20-2013, 07:38 PM
I've completely enjoyed this season. They are doing everything right in my opinion. They have the perfect formula: a touching moment, plenty of laughs, and leave you wanting more.

Darth Metalmute
03-04-2014, 08:05 AM
What a powerful twist they applied to last nights episode. I'm not going to spoil it for those who haven't seen it yet, but it was a jaw-dropping bombshell.

JimJamBonds
03-04-2014, 08:02 PM
Another good episode as this great series winds down, I thought there were two big things said: 1 was the obvious and the other while not directly said was "all but said" based on interactions. There was definitely on my end a "wow XXXX happened."

JediTricks
03-06-2014, 09:44 PM
Not loving this season, but it was easy to call the mother's death being the catalyst for why Ted is telling his kids the story, as well as a few other things they've thrown in around season 9 and even 8. But Monday's episode with 2024 Ted crying after the mother says "What kind of mother isn't there for her daughter's wedding" was so on the nose that I kinda hope it's a double-bluff and they're not going down that route after all.

The show wrapped shooting last Friday, btw.

JimJamBonds
03-07-2014, 01:21 PM
What aren't you digging JT? I've had this conversation with others and it is definitely a different season then anything else. I don't think its 'jumped the shark' but I agree its not the best season. I think pulling the plug now feels right.

I've been catching some episodes on Lifetime while I run on the treadmill and I forgot how good some of those early episodes are. I also think if you watch episodes from the first season or two Ted comes off as a huge spank.

Darth Metalmute
03-07-2014, 03:40 PM
I think the fact the entire season takes place over three days makes the whole season feel like they are cramming in as much as possible. I do enjoy the fact that they are implementing the mother into "future flashbacks" so viewers get to "know" her, even if it is to grab the emotional strings when they officially drop the bomb. I only wish they would have focused on her more this season, then try to stuff as much of the others into the story line. As funny as "The Wedding Bride Too!" was, it wasn't relevant.

Even though they have dropped hints at the mother being dead, for some reason it didn't until the last episode. Although it makes sense since why would you tell your kids about how you met her without being there unless she was gone.

JimJamBonds
03-11-2014, 08:03 PM
I never thought the mother was dead I thought that Ted breaking down 10 years in the future was a reference to HIS mother dying before she was able to see her son's marriage.

Darth Metalmute
03-11-2014, 10:14 PM
That's what I originally thought too. My wife had to point it out to me. Then I rewound it and heard she said daughters wedding.

This weeks episode was okay. The Moseby Boys is a nice redux, but quickly was driven into the ground. The surprise ending was well played all season long. I am lost on the whole Italy thing now though.

OC47151
03-12-2014, 06:49 AM
I just read about this twist in the last couple of days, and my initial reaction was, WTH? I interpreted the comment as Ted's mother, not the mother, not being there for the wedding. If that's truly the case, I'm gonna feel a little cheated.

I regularly watched the first several seasons, hit or miss for a couple, but have watched the final just to see how it winds down. At first,I thought stretching the final season into one weekend was going to be a bit much. I've taken it like a season of '24' and it's worked. I have to give the writers credit for tying up loose ends, bringing in years-old storylines back to the present season.

JimJamBonds
03-12-2014, 07:30 PM
That's what I originally thought too. My wife had to point it out to me. Then I rewound it and heard she said daughters wedding.
I didn't catch that, that is interesting. I personally don't think she is dead so with that in mind I'll respond with this: when Ted broke down he was talking to the mom (10 years in the future I think)... or was it some sort of Sixth Sense sort of thing going on?

Darth Metalmute
03-18-2014, 03:24 PM
That was an... "interesting" episode last night.

Outside of the last 5 minutes, they probably should have thought about ending the series 1 episode sooner.

JimJamBonds
03-18-2014, 08:11 PM
I read someplace they were going to sew up some story lines on characters and that it would be similar to the '2 minute date' bit from way back when. I thought it was well done but a bit surprised it was yesterday, I thought it'd be in the final episode.

OC47151
03-19-2014, 06:34 PM
Today's edition of USA Today had an article about the finale.

And a picture made me realize something: there's two eps left. Think we'll see Robin Sparkle's one last time? I hope so but it looks doubtful.

JimJamBonds
03-19-2014, 08:54 PM
Today's edition of USA Today had an article about the finale.

And a picture made me realize something: there's two eps left. Think we'll see Robin Sparkle's one last time? I hope so but it looks doubtful.Next Monday's will be a half hour like normal and the finale will be an hour.

I've heard a rumor about Robin Sparkle's showing up again, I sure hope so!

OC47151
03-20-2014, 06:30 AM
Can't have a send-off without Robin Sparkles.

JimJamBonds
03-24-2014, 08:48 PM
Kind of a wasted episode, not to say the Marshall/Lilly story wasn't nice but kind of a ehh episode considering it's the second last. Also my prediction that everybody would meet the mother before Ted does came true.

Darth Metalmute
03-25-2014, 05:16 PM
I enjoyed it, but felt that the wedding took a back seat. I expected way more out of a "the Wedding". It's as if they took their time to get up to it (21 episodes) then rushed through an important event. I would have much rather seen an hour long wedding episode and skipped out of Colby Smothers husbands episode.

OC47151
03-25-2014, 06:24 PM
I expected more of the actual wedding, too.

Let's see, the slap bet is now over. Still have fingers crossed that Robin Sparkles will make an appearance next week.

JimJamBonds
03-25-2014, 08:13 PM
I was surprised as well that the wedding wasn't a part of the final episode. With the final episode being an hour long I'm guessing there will be plenty of flash forwards/go back in time. I wouldn't be shocked if they show something from the wedding.

Was anybody else surprised to see Patrice as a bridesmaid? And why wasn't Robin's sister up there?

Darth Metalmute
03-26-2014, 01:24 PM
That whole event seemed unplanned from the writers perspective. I know this is Ted's Story, but why completely skip obvious details about the actual wedding?

JimJamBonds
03-27-2014, 09:09 PM
Let's see, the slap bet is now over. Still have fingers crossed that Robin Sparkles will make an appearance next week.Sandcastles in the sand was played during that episode...or so I read.

Bel-Cam Jos
03-29-2014, 09:50 AM
So, should I binge watch every season to catch up with the series finale, having never seen an entire episode and couldn't name you even one character's name at all? ;)

And when will the spinoff How I Met Your Father begin?
...Your Step Mother?
...Your Father's Roommate's Half-Brother's Sister's-in-Law Cousin's Mother?

Darth Metalmute
03-29-2014, 04:39 PM
How I met your Father is supposed to start in the fall.

JimJamBonds
03-31-2014, 08:09 PM
Thoughts on the finale?

As much as I loved this show I have to say the finale was weak. I was fine with it until Tracy got sick and Ted asked Robin out. Although the kids were right the whole story was about him having the hots for Robin and their mother wasn't in it much.

I loved the Ghostbusters reference and iirc Tracy was the name of the stripper? from the first season, when the kids heard that they freaked out so it was a nice tie in in that sense.

IMHO the episode could have ended and I would've been just fine with everything except the mom dying and asking Robin out bit.

Darth Metalmute
04-01-2014, 08:47 AM
I thought by having Ted end up with Robin, they made the Mother, and the whole premise of the show, trivial. While it was a "cute" twist; it was not something that should have been done, especially considering the lead in of the mothers relationship this entire season. All season, they made the mother an important, integral part of the group only to turn it into a meaningless, secondary objective. They turned the mothers death into an afterthought, which I was kind of glad for considering it was the series finale. Even the "how I met your mother" part, while well done, was reduced to "but it's Robin".

Now that I think about it though, they hinted at the end result all season long. I guess I was too busy looking forward to the meeting to see it at the time, but about midway through last nights episode, I said, "Ted's going to end up with Robin".

Tracy was the name of the stripper.

Lord Malakite
04-01-2014, 10:28 AM
Very disappointed with how it ended. Future Ted wasn't Bob Saget. You can't hint for 9 seasons that future Ted had somehow become Bob Saget (possibly via some "futuristic plastic surgery technique" after maybe having an identity crisis and/or becoming grief stricken over the mother's death) and not make future Ted Bob Saget. :sad: I guess that is why they didn't call the show "How I became Bob Saget"


Even the "how I met your mother" part, while well done, was reduced to "but it's Robin".
Future Ted: "You see kids, this story I've been telling you was indeed about how I met your mother; your "NEW" mother. I'm marrying your aunt Robin."

OC47151
04-02-2014, 06:52 AM
I read articles and fan comments and asked my wife about the ending before I had a chance to watch. I was prepared for a horrible ending.

When I did watch, I found it to be decent. Let's face it, we're never gonna see another Newhart-type finale. That's the gold standard. I laughed more than I thought.

Everyone was expecting happily forever after for Ted and the mother. It didn't happen. It had been hinted at for weeks, and we tried to deny the possibility. Yeah, I feel a little cheated there but you could say Ted had the love of his life with Tracy, and asking/dating Robin again makes him happy.

My wife had a real hard time why Ted and the mother waited for so long to get married, since Ted wanted to marry some of his other prospected mothers at the drop of a hat. I didn't. MY reply: they're together and they're happy. That's all that matters.

Really like Cristin, the mother, as an actress. Her interaction with the gang was great, but I left like she was very underused this season. She could've popped up in a few more episodes. I will have to be on the lookout for her.

Marshall got his judge's position, and everything's worked out for him and Lilly.

The Robin-Barney divorce in the first 15 minutes...well, after building it up for an entire season was disappointing, but not surprising. Robin's been career-focused since day-one, and Barney was too much of a free-spirit until #31. The baby scene was touching. I got a little verklempt.

Liked how some of the flashbacks or well-remembered references/scenes were worked in: slutty pumpkin, hanging chad, the blue french horn.

From the stuff I've read, the creators and writers had the idea all along that mother was dead and didn't want to budge from that. That's a shame. There could've been some interesting possibilities. And, if the show was canceled after the second season, and the potential mother had been Victoria (as planned) would she have died, too? Dunno.

We still have the reruns.

JediTricks
04-02-2014, 02:23 PM
Yeah, the stripper's name was Tracy, "and that's how I met your mother" joke worked.

I hated the finale. There was some amusing stuff early on, but the first knock is that we got short-changed on the actual MEETING, it's relatively easy and quick. We could have spent a whole 22 minutes of Ted and the mother's first meeting, but instead we get a little banter about the umbrella and they talk like they already knew each other and they're out.

Once we're past that, the story tumbles and never recovers - Barney and Robin, who the last 2 seasons have been building and building and building upon, don't work and they don't work simply because they're not together more often. Then all the personal growth Barney had gets tossed out the window until cheap cliches get nailed into his forehead. Meanwhile, Robin basically gets excommunicated (like it's so damned hard to keep in touch these days, what with facebook and skype and so on) because she won't do what everybody else is doing and live in the tri-state area raising kids.

But it's really the short-shrift that the mother gets that got my hackles up. We finally get the big meet, and then they're "happy" because they're both Ted, but the group seems to treat her as vestigial, and then "until she got sick and died" was a half a beat. Basically, because Robin couldn't have kids, Ted simply found someone else to bear his offspring and then she became disposable so Ted could hook up with Robin again. Tracy meanwhile lives her 20s in misery because her true love died unexpectedly, then she has a few good years, then she dies and her kids don't even care, and Ted's story about her doesn't even matter because it was a subconscious ploy, that's why she wasn't in it much. In no way does this episode make the mother feel like the love of Ted's life or even a real friend in the group, she's just Ted's hanger-on until she's not needed, then cast out.

Someone else pointed out that the ending with the kids was shot back in the early seasons because the kids were getting too old to play the part forever, so they shot all the material with them early. The reason it was mentioned (besides that scene just plain ol' sucking) was that the idea they had in season 1 or 2 was a "then" idea, but since then they've grown Ted and Robin apart, they've made them different characters, and it no longer fit to have Ted still pine for Robin because they weren't really that compatible in season 8 compared to season 2.

So there was some stuff that worked in the small scale, but everything, every moment of this show ended up undercut by this finale.



How I met your Father is supposed to start in the fall.
"How I Met Your Dad", I think they changed it from "father" because that word didn't test well, it has a more negative connotation.



From the stuff I've read, the creators and writers had the idea all along that mother was dead and didn't want to budge from that. That's a shame. There could've been some interesting possibilities. And, if the show was canceled after the second season, and the potential mother had been Victoria (as planned) would she have died, too? Dunno.

We still have the reruns.This scene was filmed around that time, so I think that was the intention, have whomever die (Victoria was season 1's potential mother) and then Ted gets to hook up with Robin. I really think they should have budged from their idea as well.

I guarantee you that after the word of mouth gets out on this, the reruns are going to take a hit and a lot of fans aren't going to come back to the series. A bad series finale can ruin a show's reputation, and from what I've seen online, this is definitely shaping up to be that.

Darth Metalmute
04-02-2014, 03:38 PM
But it's really the short-shrift that the mother gets that got my hackles up. We finally get the big meet, and then they're "happy" because they're both Ted, but the group seems to treat her as vestigial, and then "until she got sick and died" was a half a beat. Basically, because Robin couldn't have kids, Ted simply found someone else to bear his offspring and then she became disposable so Ted could hook up with Robin again. Tracy meanwhile lives her 20s in misery because her true love died unexpectedly, then she has a few good years, then she dies and her kids don't even care, and Ted's story about her doesn't even matter because it was a subconscious ploy, that's why she wasn't in it much. In no way does this episode make the mother feel like the love of Ted's life or even a real friend in the group, she's just Ted's hanger-on until she's not needed, then cast out.

I couldn't agree with you more. I thought the writers did such a good job implementing the mother (albeit underused) into the show throughout this season, that I "fell in love" with her. She was a perfect fit for both the cast, the group, and for Ted. I came away from the finale feeling terrible for her as a character, a person, and as an actress. The only thing I can say in defense of the writers is, the finale has been staring us right in the face for nine seasons. Either we didn't see it, or we didn't want to, but it was there.

Secondly, I honestly have a hard time believing that the group would fall apart like that. However, giving the fact that Lily and Marshall lived in in Italy for a year, it is plausible. They were the glue that held the group together.

JimJamBonds
04-02-2014, 09:37 PM
To continue what a few of you have said there is a TON of ground covered in the finale, yes it was twice the length of any other episode in the shows history BUT if you take that into consideration there is TON covered. 2030 Ted is a guy who tells a story with mind numbing detail but then he says a bit, jumps ahead a few years, says a few things, jumps ahead etc. That was not how the first 206ish episodes were told. Hell it took 23? episodes to talk about the two days leading up to the wedding.

Bel-Cam Jos
04-02-2014, 09:55 PM
My first full episode: I watched it. I didn't understand many of the references/inside jokes for some reason. I found the just-before-the-commercial-breaks quite sad most of the time. So my opinion doesn't count for much.

Lord Malakite
04-03-2014, 12:10 AM
Then all the personal growth Barney had gets tossed out the window until cheap cliches get nailed into his forehead. Meanwhile, Robin basically gets excommunicated (like it's so damned hard to keep in touch these days, what with facebook and skype and so on) because she won't do what everybody else is doing and live in the tri-state area raising kids.
The song Free Bird kind of comes to mind for me when it comes to Barney. As for Robin, the way it was told it sounds like she intentionally chose to excommunicate herself. It wasn't because she was busy or the gang were too busy and/or didn't want to keep in touch. She was intentionally avoiding them and her emotional baggage.

OC47151
04-05-2014, 06:55 AM
I'm not going to run out and buy the complete series but I would be interested to see the alternate ending.

https://tv.yahoo.com/news/met-mother-alternate-finale-ending-included-complete-series-223602694.html

I might have to check out the fan-edited ending, too.

JediTricks
04-05-2014, 02:34 PM
I couldn't agree with you more. I thought the writers did such a good job implementing the mother (albeit underused) into the show throughout this season, that I "fell in love" with her. She was a perfect fit for both the cast, the group, and for Ted. I came away from the finale feeling terrible for her as a character, a person, and as an actress. The only thing I can say in defense of the writers is, the finale has been staring us right in the face for nine seasons. Either we didn't see it, or we didn't want to, but it was there.

Secondly, I honestly have a hard time believing that the group would fall apart like that. However, giving the fact that Lily and Marshall lived in in Italy for a year, it is plausible. They were the glue that held the group together.What part was staring us in the face, the death or going back to Robin? If it's the former, I called that last year. If it's the latter, I cannot see where that groundwork was laid at all, in fact I'd say the last 5 years pretty much wrote that off.


To continue what a few of you have said there is a TON of ground covered in the finale, yes it was twice the length of any other episode in the shows history BUT if you take that into consideration there is TON covered. 2030 Ted is a guy who tells a story with mind numbing detail but then he says a bit, jumps ahead a few years, says a few things, jumps ahead etc. That was not how the first 206ish episodes were told. Hell it took 23? episodes to talk about the two days leading up to the wedding.I didn't like how the show force-fed us the post-meeting story so haphazardly, but I guess I get why since it's really an epilogue. The kids surely act like the story didn't take long, maybe an afternoon's worth.


My first full episode: I watched it. I didn't understand many of the references/inside jokes for some reason. I found the just-before-the-commercial-breaks quite sad most of the time. So my opinion doesn't count for much.Yeah, they went for the emotional jerk-around and it sucked. To be honest, some of the inside jokes were very forgettable.


The song Free Bird kind of comes to mind for me when it comes to Barney. As for Robin, the way it was told it sounds like she intentionally chose to excommunicate herself. It wasn't because she was busy or the gang were too busy and/or didn't want to keep in touch. She was intentionally avoiding them and her emotional baggage.Not seeing your point on Barney, how he's really never going to grow? He's just destined to be a miserable, shallow letch the rest of his life with interludes of Robin and his baby where he'll temporarily become a better man?

Robin did explain how it hurt, but over time that should have softened, especially with Barney falling out of touch with the gang a little. Of course, the kids are familiar enough with "Aunt Robin" that they have been around her on numerous occasion, yet Ted somehow mourned the loss of her presence - it was thin. If she holds a grudge for decades, she is an unhealthy wreck anyway.


I'm not going to run out and buy the complete series but I would be interested to see the alternate ending.

https://tv.yahoo.com/news/met-mother-alternate-finale-ending-included-complete-series-223602694.html

I might have to check out the fan-edited ending, too.I was hoping the alternate ending would be something they shot with the kids so they had multiple avenues and the actors wouldn't give anything away, but it sounds like they just tweaked it in the edit.

The fan edit is very solid, I was surprised at how a little tweak could really make the same content work. Unfortunately, 20th Century Fox has taken it down from YouTube and Vimeo, so it's going to be difficult to find, but it's around 6 to 8 minutes, and it starts with Ted at the bar instead of in Chicago scene, has Lily telling Marshall she thinks this time is different for Ted and immediately cuts to shortened scenes from Ted and Tracy's future such as the halloween party with them together so it suggests Ted has found the one and I think removes the Robin suffering from that scene, and uses Future Ted's narration without the getting sick (it's still got a little finality in it because of the way it was written, but is left more vague) and then cuts back to Ted and Tracy meeting on the platform, then "and that's how I met your mother" along with the end title card and credits. It's much, much more hopeful and open-ended, and leaves out the Robin bit entirely, leaves out the Barney backslide, and just focuses on what's important. IMO, that edit also makes Ted feel like he's finally grown into a man at the end.

OC47151
04-05-2014, 03:51 PM
The fan edit is very solid, I was surprised at how a little tweak could really make the same content work. Unfortunately, 20th Century Fox has taken it down from YouTube and Vimeo, so it's going to be difficult to find, but it's around 6 to 8 minutes, and it starts with Ted at the bar instead of in Chicago scene, has Lily telling Marshall she thinks this time is different for Ted and immediately cuts to shortened scenes from Ted and Tracy's future such as the halloween party with them together so it suggests Ted has found the one and I think removes the Robin suffering from that scene, and uses Future Ted's narration without the getting sick (it's still got a little finality in it because of the way it was written, but is left more vague) and then cuts back to Ted and Tracy meeting on the platform, then "and that's how I met your mother" along with the end title card and credits. It's much, much more hopeful and open-ended, and leaves out the Robin bit entirely, leaves out the Barney backslide, and just focuses on what's important. IMO, that edit also makes Ted feel like he's finally grown into a man at the end.

Thanks for the synopsis, JediTricks. I found that link before I ran my Saturday errands and posted it. By the time I got back, it was yanked.

Whoever the fan is, sounds like he did a good job editing and giving us the happy ending we expected.

JediTricks
04-05-2014, 03:54 PM
It's not necessarily a "happy ending we expected", Ted still hints at Tracy's passing because that's what they had to work with, but it's vague enough that audiences can draw their own conclusions instead of being jerked around. "Here's a character we built up for a whole year, not to mention how much Ted has talked about her place in his life, and she's sick and dies in half a beat so Ted can hook back up with Robin, byeeeee."

El Chuxter
04-05-2014, 06:36 PM
I've never watched this show, but had to check out this thread because the finale seems to rank right up there with Lost and Seinfeld as far as reviled finales go. Looks like you guys don't disappoint, and you hate it as much as everyone else. :)

(Seinfeld's ending was perfect, by the way. To hell with anyone who disagreed. I only wish there'd been some synergy a couple of years ago and the fake Seinfeld reunion from Curb Your Enthusiasm had actually aired at the same time as the Curb season finale.)

bigbarada
04-05-2014, 07:04 PM
(Seinfeld's ending was perfect, by the way. To hell with anyone who disagreed. I only wish there'd been some synergy a couple of years ago and the fake Seinfeld reunion from Curb Your Enthusiasm had actually aired at the same time as the Curb season finale.)

I agree, I never understood why people hated it so much. It might not have been the best episode of the series, but it was hardly the worst finale ever.

I might be wrong, but it seemed to me that they ended the finale with the same joke that they opened the first episode with and I thought that was genius. It was basically like telling the audience, "okay, we're just going to start repeating ourselves from this point forward so move along, nothing to see here."

JediTricks
04-06-2014, 03:39 PM
I've never watched this show, but had to check out this thread because the finale seems to rank right up there with Lost and Seinfeld as far as reviled finales go. Looks like you guys don't disappoint, and you hate it as much as everyone else. :)

I've not seen the Lost finale, but from the reaction I've heard, I'd say HIMYM's finale is in between.

(Seinfeld's ending was perfect, by the way. To hell with anyone who disagreed. I only wish there'd been some synergy a couple of years ago and the fake Seinfeld reunion from Curb Your Enthusiasm had actually aired at the same time as the Curb season finale.)

I agree, I never understood why people hated it so much. It might not have been the best episode of the series, but it was hardly the worst finale ever. It wasn't a very good episode IMO, the whole trial felt out of place and not terribly interesting, just repeated commentary. The other thing was that the whole setup for them getting sent to prison FELT like a setup for a joke, not like an organic part of their messed up lives. So yeah, they don't grow or change, even in prison, but the way they showed that strained the show's level of credulity.

El Chuxter
04-06-2014, 03:49 PM
I really liked the meta message of the Seinfeld finale: no matter how we laugh at them week in and week out, there's no way we'd let them remain in society pulling the crap they did. The execution could've been better, but the idea was perfect.

Lord Malakite
04-06-2014, 05:55 PM
I might have to check out the fan-edited ending, too.
Its nothing special. Just imagine the official ending, but with all the dialog/scenes of the mother's death and Ted/Robin getting back together in 2030 being completely cut/omitted.


Not seeing your point on Barney, how he's really never going to grow? He's just destined to be a miserable, shallow letch the rest of his life with interludes of Robin and his baby where he'll temporarily become a better man?
Was Barney changing because of Barney or was Barney changing because of Robin? If you don’t want to change deep down then you likely won't. If there is no inner drive to do it then you will lose motivation to do so. Without someone there to motivate him to change he reverted back to being classic Barney.


Robin did explain how it hurt, but over time that should have softened, especially with Barney falling out of touch with the gang a little. Of course, the kids are familiar enough with "Aunt Robin" that they have been around her on numerous occasion, yet Ted somehow mourned the loss of her presence - it was thin. If she holds a grudge for decades, she is an unhealthy wreck anyway.
It may have softened, it may have not. Everybody is different. Of course softened or not, if you go picking at the metaphorical scab by being around constant reminders of your wound its going to hurt more. You know that saying: "Out of sight, out of mind". To me it sounded like Robin did eventually start coming around more often eventually (probably about the scene where Ted's daughter referred to her as the bus lady), but even then it was only in the sense you'd expect distant relatives to show up on holidays and so forth. Ted was more in mourning the loss of her having an everyday presence in his life as she had had during the nine seasons of the show. Its a pacing problem with cramming 15 years worth of time within a single episode.

I've not seen the Lost finale, but from the reaction I've heard, I'd say HIMYM's finale is in between.
LOST was so polarizing with fans because it promised a big payoff with answering six seasons worth of mysteries with reasonable/scientific explanations and instead the ending we got was "The Chris Carter Effect" meets "religious/supernatural good vs. evil" meets "everyone is dead and in purgatory" after the show-runners firmly denied that that was what was going on for three seasons.

Darth Metalmute
04-07-2014, 08:01 PM
What part was staring us in the face, the death or going back to Robin? If it's the former, I called that last year. If it's the latter, I cannot see where that groundwork was laid at all, in fact I'd say the last 5 years pretty much wrote that off.

Actually, both were heavily hinted on all season. Both Ted and Robin revealed they still had feelings for one another (Ted's never got over her in the first place) a decent number of the interactions between Ted and Tracy during the season had grim undertones.

One thing that's been bothering me is a throw-away line in the "how I met your mother" portion of the finale. Ted's first couple of lines mentioned that he knew that she was his ex Girlfriends roommate. How could he possibly know that if he's never seen her before (he only saw her ankle). I understand how she could recognize him, but not the other way around. It was like the writers forgot that only we knew that situation.

I'm just glad they didn't focus on the funeral in the last episode. That would have been hard to watch.