‘How I Met Your Mother”s long-awaited 200th episode was heartwarming, funny, and a very nice gift for diehard fans of the long-running series. It also proved that after nine years of anticipation, Cristin Milioti’s Mother is, in fact, the woman we’ve all been waiting for.
Nine years of build-up made the Jan. 27 200th episode of How I Met Your Mother, “How Your Mother Met Me,” a pivotal moment for the series. After nine seasons and fifteen episodes of Ted (Josh Radnor) telling the most long-winded story in television history, we finally got an episode from the infamous Mother’s (Cristin Milioti) perspective — and they nailed it.
‘HIMYM’: 200th Episode Finally Proved That The Mother Is Perfect For Ted
So much happened during “How Your Mother Met Me,” an episode that began in September of 2005 and concluded in present-day — you know, that pivotal day when Ted and the Mother finally met — that my head is currently still spinning. Boy, was her story a doozy.
In September 2005, the Mother dealt with an unspeakable loss during her 21st birthday, as her boyfriend and “love of her life” Max died suddenly. He left her with her final birthday gift — a ukelele — that would ultimately prove to be a pivotal factor in the Mother finally moving on with Ted. But more on that in a second.
Throughout the next decade-ish, the Mother did the best she could to put off falling in love again — she firmly believed that everyone only has one true love, and she already had met and lost hers at a very young age.
Basically, while Ted spent so much of the series trying to get over his attachment to Robin (Cobie Smulders) by dating around and being generally Ted-like, his future wife spent those same years processing her grief and trying to move on with her life. (She also bumped into various members of the gang — and The Naked Man — in hilarious, very meta ways throughout the episode, which was a great gift for long-time fans of the show.)
After a kiss from Cindy (Rachel Bilson! Yay!) who decided she liked women after dating Ted, the Mother tried her best to move on with Louis — the guy she was dating in the Fall of 2012 when she met Barney in that drugstore — but it just wasn’t working. Louis proposed in Farhampton during the same momentous weekend when Ted’s first love finally properly moved on, and after she said no, she conveniently winded up in the same inn as Ted — right next door!
(Hey fate, that’s your cue.)
Ted heard the Mother singing a melancholy rendition of “La Vie En Rose” on that pivotal ukelele, and he was as completely mesmerized as I was. “Kids, I must have heard your mom’s rendition of ‘La Vie En Rose’ a million times over the years, every night when she tucked you in for instance,” Ted said to the kids. “But that performance, that first night I ever heard her sing — that one will always be my favorite.”
Tear. Okay, so Ted and the Mother haven’t officially “met met” yet, but the Mother’s journey to move on from her first love and truly find herself directly mirrors Ted’s, even if they went about it in totally different ways. It also must be said that Cristin’s Mother is sweet, smart, engaging, and just as open-hearted and romantic as her future husband. I’m hooked; and so glad that the show picked the perfect Mother for our formerly unlucky-in-love hero.
What did you think of the episode, HIMYM fans? Did you love the Mother as much as I did? Let me know in the comments!
— Shaunna Murphy