Victoria totally could’ve been The Mother on How I Met Your Mother. She looks a ton like Ted‘s kids, not to mention that they had such a cute meeting story. In fact, because they keep running into each other over the course of six years, it would make sense that Future Ted wouldn’t tell the kids in season 1 “That’s how I met your mother,” because he didn’t know back then that Victoria was The One. It would’ve been a great twist for him to finally reveal that the person we’ve most been waiting to meet on this show is someone who was there all along.
But then Victoria had to go and ruin everything in last night’s episode, 8×05 “The Autumn of Break-Ups”! Yes, we knew it was coming, but it’s still ridiculous how she spends the first half of the episode dropping hints for Ted to propose; and then when he does, her ultimatum is, “You can’t be friends with Robin.”
Are you kidding me, Victoria? As you said, it’s been six years since you and Ted were together. Yes, he got his year with Robin, and then they broke up because they knew they couldn’t be together. Sure, they briefly did the friends-with-benefits thing, and last season he told Robin he still loved her—but she said she couldn’t be that person for him. The book is closed on them, the creators have said so.
Of course, if I’m being honest, in Victoria’s position I would’ve had the same insecurity that Ted would always yearn for Robin if she’s in his life, even in a strictly platonic role. There are some relationships that could work if everything were perfect, but more often than not you have that breach of trust and can never recover from it. I confess, I had a brief moment of worrying that Ted would give up Robin, at least for a little while, to keep Victoria. But since Cobie Smulders took a break from the show last year to film The Avengers, it seemed clear that the writers weren’t going to go that route again.
So, goodbye, Victoria. It was nice knowing you. Now, let’s focus on the Ted/Robin dynamic. I know! I said that the book is closed on these two. But it turns out there are a few pages we haven’t read. No, Robin is not The Mother (and believe me, it’s really difficult for me to type that sentence). However, she will always be an incredibly important presence in Ted’s life. She’s been responsible for so many of his choices as he’s grown up over the past eight years. Tell me you didn’t tear up when Ted finally acknowledges that Robin is not The One:
It was more heartbreaking than his realization that Victoria wasn’t his soulmate. But then those tricky writers layered in just one more Ted/Robin mystery!
Gah, I have to know when this happens. I feel like Barney waiting on those last two slaps from Marshall. The way they’re playing it up, Robin will probably be angry with Ted when she discovers she’s the reason he broke up with Victoria. Maybe because she feels like he’s now putting pressure on her to say she loves him? I’m not sure how the writers will play it.
However, Ted’s sad monologue officially taking Robin out of the running to be The Mother made one thing wonderfully clear: Whoever The Mother is, she respects Ted and Robin’s friendship enough that she doesn’t serve him with the same ultimatum. As I’ve always said, HIMYM is a show about how Ted became the person he had to be in order to meet The Mother. Robin is a huge part of that.
The next few episodes look like a bunch of filler, but at least we get Joe Manganiello back!
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