Hello. This is future blogger, telling past blogger they’ll spend the last two minutes of this How I Met Your Mother episode with their hands over their mouth, thinking, is it the mother? Is it not the mother? Did this happen? Did none of it happen? What the heck is Carl’s last name?!
Present blogger is more concerned with the Robin Scherbatsky.
We learn a boatload more about the mother in the beginning of the episode, when Ted deliberates going to Robots vs Wrestlers “Legends.” Supposedly, Barney coaxes him toward going while Marshall and Robin spend the rest of the episode in the backdrop, debating who named the “Minnesota Tidal Wave/The Robin Scherbatsky” first. Lily might have sided with Marshall a tiny bit.
But we learn from commercial cut one that something isn’t up to speed. Both Barney and Ted can’t be imagining 20-years-from-now Barney, or 20-years-or-20-minutes-from-now-Ted—unless Barney built a time machine, and really, I wouldn’t put it past him. The back-and-forth’s may have been legen…wait 20 years for it…dary—including the guest star, Glee’s Jayma Mays—but they proved themselves the more creative counterparts of Ted’s mind when the audience, and the children, learn they’re fabricated. Not only that, we’re not exactly sure when the episode takes place in the time frame. Five years from the present-day? After he met the mother for the first time?
Who else really, really wanted the running-to-the-apartment scene to occur?
I have other burning questions, but my brain’s already baffled enough by the potential apartment scene! Is it the mother? Is it not the mother? Did this happen? Did none of it happen? What the heck is Carl’s last name?!
(There we go.)
“Level with me…you…us…”
-- Future Ted to Present Ted
“You’re Zuckerberg-ing me?”
-- Marshall to Robin
“You’ve been dating for a long time, Ted. Has it ever gone
any other way?”
-- Coat-check-girl to Ted...ow.