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How I Met Your Mother: Come On (finale)

by Ryan j Budke, posted May 16th 2006 6:52AM
how i met your mother; ted; robin; barney; suit up(S01E22) Life's short, guys. You only get one chance; don't have any regrets. As per the spoilers, in this last episode, we got both the surprise hookup, and the twist no one saw coming. Both were heartbreakingly perfect. Between this and the absolute perfection that was The Office's finale, this is the season for love ... or mistakes and heartbreak; it all depends on how you look at it. As finale's go, I haven't been this excited to see next season since I saw Ross get off the plane with Julie. What's going to happen next year? Will anything ever be the same? Wait, what happened last night? On with the show!

The episode starts with Ted letting Lily, Marshall and Barney know that he's going to give it one last try for Robin, and like I'm sure most of us were feeling at this point, they all conveyed their hesitation. It hasn't worked the past ten times, why would it suddenly work now? Mostly because Ted won't take no for an answer this time. After Robin shoots down his first attempt, he literally changes the world through sheer willpower and makes it rain. I've had my worries about Robin and Ted being together, but during the John Cusack homage with Ted standing under the window in the rain, it just felt right. We all know they won't be together forever, we all know it's not going to last, but for the first time in a long time, I can't wait to see the rest of their story, and now I have to wait. That's exactly what a season finale should do.

Can a couple really know who they are together without fighting? From personal experience, I'm going to say "no". Disagreement is as much a part of a relationship as happiness is. Lily's worries, concerns and hesitation toward her upcoming nuptials reached a deciding moment in their lives. I honestly didn't think they would break Marshall and Lily up, but I think it will work out for the best. Even though I've doubted it the past couple of episodes, thinking back over this year, Marshall and Lily really are perfect for each other, and I think Lily is going to remember that as well. We're going to have something to root for and hope for next year. The season opened with Marshall's proposal to Lily, and that kicked Ted's urge to find his dream girl into high gear, so it's going to be an interesting contrast and reversal between the two friends as Ted has to balance his newfound relationship with the needs of his best friend.

When the last scene took you from the heights of Ted's happiness to the depths of Marshall's sadness as he sat alone on the steps with Lily's ring, this show cemented it's greatness. I don't think there has been a show like this on the air for quite a while. "With it's great characters and healthy look at love and relationships today, I think this is going to speak volums to the generation it's supposed to. It's fast and furious yet tender and sweet, supplying "awwwws" and laughs. I can't wait to watch everything unfold and to be your guide throughout." That's from my review (complete with a spelling error) from the first episode all the way back in September, and it still holds true to this episode (by the way, read the reader comments). Thanks, for letting me be your guide.

Barneyisms of the Week:
That wasn't me, that was the universe.
Ted, you're forcing me to be the voice of reason and it's not a good look for me!
So much of your mom in you.
Ted this is funny. Still funny. Still fu- and now it's sad.

This is my last regular review for TV Squad (don't worry, you'll still be seeing me around), and I've had an absolute blast here. I personally could not ask for a better job. I'm almost positive at some point in my life some authoritative figure asked me if I thought I was going to be able to make a living from watching TV. Well, guess what? Like I said in the very beginning, life's short, if you have the blessing of actually knowing what your dreams are, go for them. Whether it's making a living by sitting on your ass, or finally talking to that special someone, there's only one way you can really know how they'll turnout, and as Ted showed us tonight, you don't have to take "no" for an answer. As you guys know, I like to take the stage and tell my own story in my reviews, so here's my season finale. Right now I'm writing this review at 3:30 in the morning waiting for my friends to welcome their first child into this world. The first page of another chapter. As for the girl that I've talked about from my own life from time to time on here, I've decided life's too short to wait. On with the show!

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jing

I don't think that Lilly is the mother of the kids because there's this one episode wherein Ted mentioned Aunt Lilly when he was explaining something to the kids.

May 17 2007 at 1:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
randompersonnn

i love this show! the music they pick is good... & im about to ask a "what's the name of the song?" question (urghh).... but anyways in the episode where lily was pretending to be barney's wife & marshall thought that guy was in love with him or something, what was the name of the song?

October 17 2006 at 10:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris

I love this show. It is one of the best new shows to come along in years, in my opinion. The thing I noticed at the end of the episode that made me think we had 'Met the Mom' was when Ted said, "And that's how Robin and I got together" or something along those lines. I only saw it one time but I remember thinking, "why didn't he say your mother?" Does anyone think that was the admission that she was the mother?

Chris

May 25 2006 at 4:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lisa

Great job, Michael Moncur. Excellent comment. I was just thinking most of those things, and you cleared up all the nonsense talk quite well. AUNT is not MOTHER.

Hey TV Squad guys--you should give him a few stars for that.

May 25 2006 at 4:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Yme Sandelmann

Sad to see you go. I really enjoyed your reviews, I consider them to be the best here. They are very profound and I'm amazed with which depth you analyze was is practically a comedy-show...
I wish you all the best :)

May 17 2006 at 11:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael Moncur

Lily can't be the mother because episode 3's narration says "there was this one night, before I met your mother", and he had already met Lily before the first ep.

Also, I just watched the first episode's intro again, and he says "25 years ago, before I was Dad", so they're his kids. Also, the girl kid says "Oh, Dad!" a minute into the second episode.

He referred to "Aunt Robin" at the end of the first ep. and "before I met your mother" at the beginning of the third, so it's not Robin.

Of course, maybe he met and married "their mother" in 2028 and they call him "Dad" because he's their stepdad. That would give the producers 22 more seasons of doing whatever the heck they want with the characters...

More realistically, suppose the oldest kid (the girl) is 16, and it's "the year 2030" in the future like the caption said. Assuming they started having kids right away, that means they could have met 17 years ago, or 2013. So they could have him meet their mother at the end of Season 8, if the show lasts that long.

In conclusion:

1. They're his kids.
2. Robin is not their mother.
3. Lily is not their mother.
4. The producers probably wish we could all forget that stuff.
5. Regardless, he might not meet their mother for 7 more years.
6. I have way too much time on my hands.

May 17 2006 at 3:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ron

I thought to extend my DVR for 24 but didn't think of How I Met Your Mother. Can anyone provide a more detailed recap?

The DVR shut off when Ted, after striking out the first time, decides to give it one more chance. I take it from above that whatever he did worked (at least for now) but any more detail on how he changed Robin's mind? What's with the rain? What happened to stop Marshall and Lily's wedding--they certainly have been hinting that this would happen.

May 16 2006 at 3:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
acidBurn

They have to be his kids, because that is the whole premise of the show...."How I met your mother"...It is a story he is telling his children about how he met their mother...

May 16 2006 at 1:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Aonoymous Eric

Thanks for turning me on to a great show Ryan, and good luck with yours.

May 16 2006 at 1:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MrC

Going with Chris #1's comment, maybe she's Aunt Lilly (or Aunt Robin even) because the kids are Ted's neice and nephew.

"Ohhh what a twist" M Night Shalaman (or at least Seth Green as M Night)

May 16 2006 at 1:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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