For those of you who have not yet watched this episode, I am giving you a spoiler alert: The Mother has been revealed! Finally, after years of waiting we finally know the woman Ted marries. Granted, she was in the shot for about 10 seconds, getting her ticket to Farhampton with her yellow umbrella and guitar, but we can finally put a face to her. Look how cute she is!
Obviously, this was the biggest part of the episode, for me at least, but it shouldn’t overshadow the other important things that happened. For starters, let me just say “I told you so” about Marshall and Lily moving to Rome. My gut always told me that something would get in the way of their move and, sure enough, Marshall conveniently gets approved to be a judge a week before their scheduled move. Hats off to the writers for this one. I completely forgot that Marshall even applied to be a judge. They really have a talent for weaving together forgotten and relatively insignificant details into the bigger picture. That being said, next season should be interesting considering that Lily has no idea about this yet. Yikes.
Ted, on the other hand, has also blindsided us with his decision to move to Chicago after Barney and Robin’s wedding. We know that the house he renovated in Westchester eventually becomes the house in which he raises his family and the house featured in every single episode when Future Ted talks to his kids, so we know that Chicago doesn’t work out. However, I have no idea what this Chicago conflict will be. Will he move there and stay for a little while before returning to New York for some pressing reason? Will meeting The Mother make him stay in New York? Only time can tell.
On a lighter note, Barney and Robin meet their archenemies in the form of a very snooty, particular, obnoxious couple with high expectations for just about everything. Casey Wilson, who plays the female half of the couple, also plays Penny Hartz in “Happy Endings.” I happen to be a huge fan of “Happy Endings” and Wilson is hilarious in everything she does, so I loved her cameo in this episode. (Writer’s note: RIP “Happy Endings.” You were taken off the air much too soon).
And that marks the end of this season of “How I Met Your Mother!” Start formulating your ideas of how next season (and yes, the writers did confirm a next season) will carry out. I already have some notions of my own…