That was without a doubt the saddest episode of How I Met Your Mother ever. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Ted as he realized how alone he is in life. Marshall has Lily (and now Marvin), Barney has Robin, and Ted doesn’t have anyone. Obviously this is something I’ve realized before, but this episode really drove the point home.
I have to admit that when I first turned the episode on I was annoyed. It seemed like just another filler episode. Like seriously who cares if Ted goes to Robots vs. Wrestlers? We all know he doesn’t meet the mother until Barney’s wedding anyway! Gosh. Thankfully, my assumption was incorrect. This wasn’t just mindless filler. Yes, it was sad and slightly confusing, but at least it wasn’t pointless.
In the last couple of episodes, Ted has been making me crazy. First he dates that psychologically unstable girl. Then he swears off dating and says he’s ready for the real thing. But last week, he hooked up with some random girl. Clearly, he isn’t really ready for the relationship he claims he wants. So I’m glad that if nothing else this week he learned what he really wants in life. Maybe now he can stop being such a blockhead.
The moment where he was talking to his future wife was a little melodramatic and confusing for me, but it was still so endearingly Ted. Plus, it let us know that he meets her in forty-five days. Forty five days. I was freaking out in my head. A real actual timeline for when he meets the mother?! Then I remembered that these are characters in a television show and that they can drag on forty-five days for as long as they want. I’m still holding out hope he meets her in the finale. Though knowing this show, he’ll be right about to see her face and they’ll end the show until next season.
Though Ted was definitely the focus of this week’s episode, there were some other things going on. Actually I’m not really sure if any of it happened or if it was all a figment of Ted’s imagination. (I told you I was confused.) Nevertheless, Marshall invented what appeared to be a very delicious drink. He became furious when the bar named said drink after Robin, and challenged her to a dance-off. Unfortunately, we all got to see that happen. And hey we never did learn Carl’s last name!
I can’t end my spiel without acknowledging the amazing way they ended this episode. Barney and Ted’s acapella performance of “The Longest Time” by Billy Joel was so good. Loved it!