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How I Met Your Mother “How Your Mother Met Me” Review (9×16)

27 Jan

How-Your-Mother-Met-Me_FULLBeautiful.

That’s a word that I don’t throw around a lot, especially given the downward trajectory in quality of this show. However, that is a perfect description of tonight’s momentous 200th episode, one which brings the laughs and the tears and is, for sure, one of my favorite episodes of the series.

A major problem of season 9 so far is the penchant for stalling, which is understandable considering this is a 24-episode season. Granted, this episode doesn’t erase the problems of those prior, but it sure is a very bright spot in this season. It deftly ties up a bunch of threads, answers questions, inserts some fantastic callbacks, and brings us through a whirlwind of emotions as we head from the St. Patrick’s Day party to the college to MacLaren’s to Farhampton.

I am so impressed with Cristin Milioti right now; we don’t even know her character’s name, but we’re able to connect with her, to feel her every disappointment, every moment of happiness and every excitement. We’re able to see exactly why she’d be such a great fit for Ted. We’re able to see her, in the future, laughing and exchanging stories with the rest of the gang at MacLaren’s. We’re able to see why she’s the Mother, why Ted Mosby’s telling his kids this story and why we’re still here after eight and a half seasons.

Although the story is, understandably, a bit contrived, it all feels more earned than most of the emotional moments prior to this in season 9. The near-misses are fun, the jokes land, and the various callbacks are great. Sure, it’s essentially a “HIMYM Hall of Fame Moments” reel from a different perspective, but the story gels in a way that’s just stunning. When The Mother stands outside and tearfully speaks from the heart to her dead boyfriend, it’s a phenomenal scene that reminds us exactly who she is. Much like Ted, she doesn’t feel like she really has the right to look for something better at this point in her life, but her conversation with Max gives her the courage to do so. It’s poetic, really: both she and Ted feel like they’ve found the person who’ll make them the happiest–Max and Robin, respectively–but with just a little push, they’ll find each other. When The Mother sings “La Vie En Rose”–beautiful rendition, by the way– we’re shown the next chapter of her life: Barney, Robin, Lily, Marshall, and, of course, Ted Mosby.

She’s a person who’s perhaps just as broken as Ted is, but as we all know, love can heal both of them. I can’t wait to see the magic happen.

GRADE: A

OTHER THOUGHTS:

-The Naked Man shows up again! Also, Rannells is utilized better here than in his earlier episode.

-Rachel Bilson and Cristin Milioti kiss in this episode. I approve.

-New title sequence!

-The Mother’s muffin song is awesome.

-“Can I tell you an embarrassing story?” “Is it this one, taking place right now?”

-It’s a shame we didn’t get more of The Mother before this, but I’m glad we’re getting it now.

-I’m looking forward to the final third of the season. Let’s keep up this quality, show.

Photo credit: CBS, How I Met Your Mother

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3 Responses to “How I Met Your Mother “How Your Mother Met Me” Review (9×16)”

  1. Perry65 January 28, 2014 at 2:21 am #

    Beautiful review. I loved this episode. It was one of my favorites of all time and for sure this season. I’m still shocked at how perfectly cast the mother is. Whoever found cristin milioti is a genius.

  2. Alexandra January 28, 2014 at 3:33 am #

    I don’t know, I feel like the style of the episode really bugged me. It all felt a bit too quick. I mean, trying to fit a whole back story into half an hour is a tough thing to do, and at times it felt kind of emotionally manipulative.

    I did love the mother’s song at the end.

  3. Lance Miller February 2, 2014 at 8:50 pm #

    I actually thought this episode was quite boring and just wanted to get back to the gang. The show is all about Ted’s journey and how he met the mother not her. Also, maybe it’s just me but I don’t really like the mother. I find her too cutesy and sweet, like she is written this way just because we’re supposed to like her. She has no personality to speak of.

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