How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
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How Your Mother Met Me 

The story of The Mother, from her traumatic 21st birthday to a number of close calls with meeting Ted to the night before Barney and Robin's wedding.


Pamela Fryman


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Episode complete credited cast:
Josh Radnor ... Ted Mosby
Jason Segel ... Marshall Eriksen
Cobie Smulders ... Robin Scherbatsky
Cristin Milioti ... Tracy McConnell
Neil Patrick Harris ... Barney Stinson
Alyson Hannigan ... Lily Aldrin
Rachel Bilson ... Cindy
Ahna O'Reilly ... Kelly
Andrew Rannells ... Darren
Roger Bart ... Curtis
Robert Belushi ... Linus
Adam Paul ... Mitch
Lou Ferrigno Jr. ... Louis


In the continuing story Ted is telling his children in 2030 of how he met their mother, he flips the story to tell them of what their mother was doing while Ted was hanging out with Marshall, Lily, Robin and Barney over those same years. This story starts on the very same day he started his own story, the day that Marshall and Lily got engaged, and the day he met Robin. This day was their mother's twenty-first birthday, the day her then boyfriend Max, who was the love of her life and the one and only person she thought she would ever love, died. His death affected how she approached her dating life over much of the intervening time. Ted also tells them of the many close calls the two of them had in meeting, including when she, as an economics student who wanted to end world poverty, was in the classroom he thought was his classroom for his very first day as an architecture professor, and how she became roommates with Cindy, a woman who he ended up dating. The story also tells of how ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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English | French

Release Date:

27 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


When the mom is in Ted's class, he announces the class is architecture 101. Shortly after, she scrambles to leave and once outside, she realized she was in the correct class and is shown rushing back. However, at the same time, we see Ted rush by to get to his class. In the original episode, Ted continues to teach for 20 minutes before he's kicked out. This means the mom was wandering outside for 20 minutes before realizing she was in the correct class, which may not seem believable since she simply had to look at her schedule. See more »


The scene where The Mother and Cindy meet, you can see in the background of the class that a students laptop switches from an Apple computer to a different one. See more »


Darren: I saw your ad for the roommate, and I just I-I really wanted to meet you. I-I'm a huge fan of your band SuperFreakonomics.
The Mother: Oh, my gosh, really?
Darren: Really, come I to all your shows, and I'm not just saying this - I think you guys are the best economic-themed band in the entire city.
The Mother: Even better than Radiohedge Fund?
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References Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) See more »


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How I Wanted HIMYM To Be
28 January 2014 | by Sameer PathanSee all my reviews

The sheer perfection of the writers and the director was showcased in this episode.The way they joint the scenes shot 7-8 years ago with the present one was brilliant.The whole disappointment of the Season 9 so far was washed away by this one episode. The Mother played by Cristin Milioti is a lovable and so charming character. Cristin Milioti is portraying what the Mother needs to be in the exact way and her performance in this particular episode was excellent. This was one of the few episodes of HIMYM that can be re-watched again and again and you'll still love it every time. I wish the rest of the episodes of Season 9 to be as good as this one, so we can wish HIMYM a goodbye on a happy note.

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