The thing that annoys me most about most season finales is that someone most always has to die. Luckily, the makers of How I Met Your Mother, must share my feelings and thus we get our own set of clichés. And while we did end up at the hospital (again), a relationship blossomed (again), and a cliffhanger (duh) it was so funny, I really couldn’t care less. The only thing I didn’t like is they HIMYM doesn’t get an hour long season finale.
The callbacks in this episode were priceless. And All the plotlines were done well and made me laugh the whole way through. Also, I LOVED the goat. It appears that putting a barnyard animal in a sitcom is instant comedy genius. I’m honestly not sure which has more hype and build up…the goat, what really happened with that pineapple or who the mother is? Well at least one question has been answered now, though I wonder how they “get rid” of the goat? Plus we did anyone else catch a glimpse of “the slutty pumpkin” as Marshal stood as Dracula to make the leap?
The Robin and Robin story line was excellent, yet not too revealing. Barney’s conversation with Ted was such a good scene, and the hug (holding tears back). The continual back and forth of Robin Mosbying Barney and Barney’s reaction was priceless. Their hospital scene was great, the trouble doesn’t seem so troubling. Throughout the entire season we have seen Barney make this gradual push towards this…and while I don’t think that he or Robin can change their ways immediately, I do think the journey will be strange but funny. I hope they keep the two together long term or something of the sort. The scene before Barney makes the leap speaks volumes to their feelings. While we have seen many episodes where Barney glances at Robin, knowing there is something more, this may be one of the first time we have seen Robin look that way at Barney. It was so significant too, Barney making that leap, Robin urging him on with their shared look. Robin belongs with Barney, but we will see how they play this out.
I do love all the talk about the mother, it’s fun to think about, discuss. But I enjoy the journey al lot more. Carter Bays said in an interview with Alan Spinwall that he won’t answer the “when will we meet the mother” question because his preference is a spoiler. And knowing that the mother is in Ted’s class, well that could make things move quick but if the final moment of the show are “and that’s how I met your mother” which I am more of a fan of then I hope they postpone it as long a s possible. I think they could keep the show going after she is introduced but I enjoy the journey and stories of these 5 friend so much I really hate to see it move too quickly. And since we know the Mother was in Ted’s Architecture class, I would think we can easily eliminate some mother candidates (ehem…Robin, Victoria…)
“You know what? Let’s sort this out later”…shall we? I’ll recap a bit more with the bullet points and Legendary Lines…
What did everyone else think?
How I Met Your Mother Music: (looking for a song from this season? try here)
- Murder Train by the Foreskins (played and Ted and the Goat fight…it’s the go to violence song for the show now, bravo) now if they would only release it!
- Prophets by AC Newman (closing, as they all make “the leap”)
Marshall: Lily, when Evil Knievel sat astride his star spangled rocket on the rim of Snake River Canyon, do you think his wife said, “Honey, Get down from there!”
Lily: For the last time I am not Linda Knievel. I will never be Linda Knievel!
Marshall: You don’t need to remind me.
Lily: You’re gonna break whatever it is that pumps that black sludge through his brains.
Barney: You happened upon a beautiful suit. A beautiful Canadian suit. Double breasted…mmmmm…
Barney: This is so not pimped out, if anything this is pimped in.
Hospital Orderly: But remember buddy. Baahh means baahh.
Barney: The trouble doesn’t seem so troubling.
Lily: Barney planned on being a violinist.
Marshall: I AM NEVER EATING RIBS AGAIN!!!… in front of Ted.
Marshall: I did it!
Lily: Yes you did!
Marshall: I’m getting a motorcycle.
Lily: You absolutely are not
Moments of Awesomeness:
- First and foremost , the goat. The fight scene had me rolling…also I love it when they play Murder Train. I wish I could find that song for download.
- Vampire Marshall. All of his “leap scenes” were cool but the vampire look at the Halloween party took the cake.
- “The Mosby”… you know I actually used “the Mosby” before Ted did, though I eventually married the girl…true story. (ps, this is not fuel for you Ted/Robin peeps)
- Callbacks, Marshall and Evil Knievel, the goat, the roof events, Sven, no one watching Robin’s morning show (somebody watch it please?), Lily keeping secrets, Marshall’s “I can jump that far”, the Halloween party and the slutty pumpkin, Murder Train … callbacks are great anytime in HIMYM but ESPECIALLY in a season finale! (also, I’m sure I missed some)
- Robin and Barney’s conversation. The back and forth. Fear or commitment vs. the Mosby reaction. Then the kiss. All in all the hospital scene was funny and awesome.
- I love the way Ted goes through half the episode with the goat hoof print on his forehead.
- So funny when the Rib Town guys broke up with Ted.
No re-return for the Season Finale..but do check back here often over the break. I have some cool ideas planned, some contests and also I plan to start from Season 1 with How I Met Your Mother Recaps. And as always, discussion is recommended and encouraged!
also! Forgot to mention..the Tracy character that was mentioned here and on several other sites? The short lived re-bound girl that Barney finds at the party… Remember, just go off the train from Iowa?
I’m telling you, they love screwing with the fans.
well u missed out the point that the medical orderly is the same guy who treated Ted when he met with a car accident (another callback!)
Ted took up Tony’s offer and became a professor at Columbia? wow! Columbia is one of the best architectural schools around! makes me wonder why wouldnt Ted take up the job.
@lex, I thought it was pretty obvious that the orderly/murse/doc (whatever) was the same guy. I think the job will be good for Ted, nice to see him teaching. It is pretty hard to give up on your dream though, even though that job would to me be an extension of that dream.
What was wrong with “I can jump that far”
I thoght that was one of the 3 biggest mistakes of marshall.
@elsi… maybe it’s an eventual problem…kind of like how you can do something right 999 times then that 1000th time… just a guess.
Anyways, good call on the callback to what Ted said about Marshall’s mistakes.
“What was wrong with “I can jump that far”
I thoght that was one of the 3 biggest mistakes of marshall.”
I don’t remember them saying it was a mistake. I remember them saying those are 5 words every man says at some time in his life. Like “We should buy a bar” and “I’m gonna win her back.”
found it I think. in Season 3 Episode 7 – Dowisetrepla Ted mentions that Uncle Marshall likes to say he made 3 big mistakes in his life: 1. Jumping off the roof with fake wings 2. Shaving his head just before the wedding 3. Buying their first house at dowisetrepla despite being heavily in debt.
and I think me3 is right , it does show Marshall on the roof saying “I can jump that far” in S4e13 Three Days of Snow
Honestly, I think that were gonna meet the mom either next season or the one after that. Cause, when you think about it, when we see 2030 Ted and his kids, it seems to me that the children are in the 17-20 range. So backtrack about 20 years from there, we get to about 2010.. So i expect meeting the mom soon, hopefully next year.
Great episode, great season finale :D. It was so much better than last year’s “Miracles”. And the scene with jumps was awesome, I love Newman’s song!
This season wasn’t that good. I used to love it so much before. But now the magic’s gone. They postpone the moment we meet the mother so much, I wonder if all the show lays on this scene. Of course it could really go on after we’ve met her. Since they’ve made a mistake for making Britney Spears come back, the show just went down (when we first see this girl who warned Lily about Barney, she has curly hair. When they made this girl be Britney Spears, they showed the exact same scene but with Britney’s straight hair). The same with this bar tender “Doug”, who has -of course- been here from the beginning, but the camera just missed him. And what about Carl ?
The show is going downer and downer. I know wish it either to stop or to show a miracle.
Definitely the funniest and most touching season. The show continues to mature with it’s jokes, characters, and relationships. I hope we never meet the mother so we can enjoy it as long as possible.
I loved the way the Ribtown guys broke up with Ted. And the comeback of Sven…. or at least their design. Boy, that t-rex is durable.
The season 4 its he best season