How I Met Your Mother-How Your Mother Met Me-Rachel Bilson and Cristin Milioti

Last night’s How I Met Your Mother was like a game of “where were they when” edition of Connect the Dots. “How Your Mother Met Me” revisited all those almost moments between the show’s most elusive soul mates. It was nice seeing things from a different point of view, but last night may have proved that we’re more interested in ending a story before we start a new one.

The Players:

  • Director: Pamela Fryman
  • Writers: Carter Bays and Craig Thomas
  • Cast: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, Cristin Milioti, Bob Saget, Rachel Bilson, Andrew Rannells, Ahna O’Reilly, Roger Bart, Adam Paul, Louis Ferrigno, Jr., Meagan Tandy, Robert Belushi

Episode Title: “How Your Mother Met Me”

The Mother’s past nine years are chronicled.

The Good:

  • The Non Meeting: If you were expecting the night to end in a full on face to face between Ted and The Mother then you’re not accustomed to the trickster style of Carter Bays and Craig ThomasRoger Bart has been riding poor Ted all weekend, so it’s only fitting he be the one to end the loneliness. Bays and Thomas have become experts at crafting the perfect heartwarming moment. Watching The Mother’s beautiful rendition of “Le Vie En Rose” while strumming the ukulele was magic. Ted’s presence on the other side of the wall was felt long before it was confirmed—of course a scene so touching would be his introduction to her. Of course now we have to wait around and see what their first words to one another will actually be.
  • Connections: The cleverly woven tapestry of near misses between Ted and The Mother was impressive. During the “Pilot” she was at the Macleran’s on the East Side learning of her first love’s demise on her 21st birthday.  She was hit with “The Naked Man” long before Robin, the same night she left her umbrella for Ted in “No Tomorrow.”  The Mother met Cindy, played by Rachel Bilson, the same day Ted taught Econ 305 by mistake. Of course we already knew she was perfect for Ted thanks to “Girls vs Suits.”  The best bit was learning that The Mother’s most recent ex was at Puzzles in “Three Days of Snow” during his first date with The Mother in “Now We’re Even.”  We didn’t need a review of how she got to the wedding or her awesome antics in “Bass Player Wanted”, though a refresher of her stunning comedic chops was welcomed. 

The So-So:

  • Bada Blah: Don’t get us wrong, there were definitely some humorous moments last night. The best was The Mother confronting her former orchestra camp teacher, whom you may know as The Naked Man. Any lady that can pull off, “Your balls are on my couch,” with a bit of grace is masterful. Even still, it didn’t have the hilarity of “Bass Player Wanted.”  This episode seemed like a test of the quietly rumored possible spinoff. If the creators want fans to get interested in The Mother’s story, it should be closer to the kind of strength of character and bold hysterics in her much celebrated earlier episode. Last night was okay, but after nine years of watching Ted find her, we’re going to need something tremendous to follow them into the great beyond.

Overall:

“How Your Mother Met Me” reinforced the rhetoric we’ve been fed since September 2005: Ted and The Mother are perfect for each other. In “Definitions” she was the only one not to realize that Ted was the one in the wrong place. Plus she laughed at his lame selfish/shell fish joke. From here on out though, it’s all about those moody emotional shots in the montage during The Mother’s ballad. Robin’s uncertainty and Barney’s disappearance from Ted’s room are going to take precedent. Though the sad and wistful looks on Lily and Marshall’s faces are just as important. And with everyone waiting for any second between Ted and The Mother, the final stretch of episodes have no reason to disappoint.

Rating: 8.5/10

How I Met Your Mother airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBS. 

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