How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
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After Barney and Robin's wedding, Ted builds up the courage to approach "the mother" at the train station. Meanwhile, three years after the wedding, Barney and Robin drop a bombshell on the group.


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
Judith Drake ... Bernice


The continuing story Ted is telling his kids about how he met their mother picks up at Robin and Barney's wedding reception. Despite being mesmerized by her when he first spots her as the bass player in the wedding reception band and despite Barney believing that she too could be Ted's true soul mate, Ted, after an emotional goodbye to his friends, left the reception early without speaking to her to head back to the city as he was moving to Chicago the next day, and thus did not want to start something he couldn't finish. With help from a woman at the Farhampton train station, Ted received what he and that woman both believed was a sign for him to actually speak to their mother. Following that initial meeting, Ted changes the focus of his and his mother's story to the not so straightforward road to their wedding day. With the kids' "aunts" and "uncles", Ted tells them of the next four years, which includes their Aunt Robin's burgeoning news career doing international assignments, ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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English | Spanish

Release Date:

31 March 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The (omitted) pumpkin returns as Ted is Engaged. See more »


Robin Scherbatsky: What's going on?
Barney Stinson: She's getting a boob job.
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References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »


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What Could Have Been...
1 April 2014 | by rtp295See all my reviews

I want to start by saying I normally do not review anything, yet alone single episodes. However, being HIMYM is one of my all time favorites, I felt the need to.

This finale could have been perfect, if not for the last 3 minutes. I cannot get over them killing off the mother! I had heard the speculations, but I hoped it was not true. After almost 9 full seasons of Ted looking for her and finally finding her, they writers kill her off, it makes no sense to me. Worse so even is the fact that we barely saw her, the flash forwards were cool yes, but throughout the show the mother was almost made into a "mythical creature" of sorts, and I felt more scenes with her were needed.

Ted going back to Robin?!? I am not even going to go into it, its so ridiculous.

Lastly, the worst part is the writers had this ending picked from the pilot, which I find ridiculous. How can you make an entire show about one mans journey to find the love of his life, finally find her, and kill her off?!? You might as well change the title of the show, its actually beyond ridiculous they wrote an entire series with that ending in mind. All the close calls with Ted and the mother over the years almost feel wasted.

The show should have ended with them at the train station, we didn't even need to see them together after that scene, but simply not have her get sick, show them together at the station, and close out with "and that kids, is how I met your mother." May have been a predictable ending, but a much, much better one.

There was also a lot of character development with Barney that went to waste. It did improve slightly when he held his daughter but overall seemed wasteful. I didn't know such a good series could be thrown away in the final episode, wait...rather final 3 minutes of a finale. Maybe this is all an April Fools Joke? Barney's last play? Most of us fans can only wish.

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