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A Post-Mortem: How I Met Your Mother, "Vesuvius"

By Courtney Enlow | TV Reviews | March 4, 2014 | Comments ()


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To call last night’s How I Met Your Mother a rollercoaster of emotions would do a disservice. Like grief itself, it was a series of waves, both calm and lulled and crashing and impossible.

In many ways, this episode reminded me of the famous countdown episode, one of the best in the show’s history. Filled with levity and silliness, seeing our gang happy and together. Then, the gut punch of reality.

And I’ve never gotten used to it / I’ve just learned to turn it off.

Let’s start with the light. There was a lot, and it was wonderful. It had everything. “Intrigue! Betrayal! Lamps!”

On the wedding day, we re-meet Robin’s sister, Katie, last seen at the Empire State Building not losing her virginity to the kid from Punk’d. While they’re playing hockey and going super Canadian, Lily just wants Robin to freak out and see how important this day is. Even a downright Knope-ish scrapbook doesn’t help. And then when Robin realizes The Wedding Bride 2 (the movie, not the smash Broadway musical) is on Pay-Per-View, Lily’s attempts are swiftly backburnered.

In the meantime, Barney is trying to find the perfect suit to walk down the aisle in, to be admired by everyone as they stand when he walks into the chapel (Barney is unsure how weddings work). Tim Gunn made him one, but he doesn’t like the fit. Obviously Timmy G would never steer him wrong, because once Ted reminds him of how important this day is and how happy he will be seeing Robin, it’s a perfect fit. Aw.

She might think that I’ve forgotten her / Don’t tell her it isn’t so.

Of course, all the sweetness and levity is broken up by a future visit to the Farhampton. Ted and the Mother learn they know all each other’s stories and are an old married couple (high five!). But it becomes clear quickly that this is no ordinary romantic getaway. The Mother is worried about Ted. She’s worried he will live only through stories, stuck in the past. And we know it’s true to some extent. Ted remembers it all down to nearly every detail, save for some Blah Blahs and timelines. Ted tells her why he chooses stories over feelings.

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What’s Ted afraid to feel? At this point, we all knew. But I know I didn’t want to believe it.

And though our separation, it pierced me to the heart / She still lives inside of me; we’ve never been apart.

The inevitable was set in motion with this moment, after we witness the long-awaited arrival of Robin’s mom—played by Tracey Ullman in a flawless bit of casting. The happiness was short-lived.

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Sundown, yellow moon, I replay the past / I know every scene by heart; they all went by so fast.

It’s not fair. It’s cruel. To have us watch as Ted pissed around for nearly 10 years on his path to finding this woman just to lose her after 15 years together is cruel.

But life is cruel. People we love die and we are left with heartbreak and pain and confusion, but also stories. In stories, they live forever. And if the Mother now only exists as Ted’s story, the most important one he will ever tell, it hurts. It will destroy those of us who have dedicated almost a decade to this show.

But it also makes sense. This is not a gimmicky pulling-out-the-rug. It won’t cheapen its end; rather, it will make everything else, down to the tiniest points, matter. This has been painstakingly plotted, right down to us falling as in love with her as Ted does, seeing her as a mother with kids bouncing into her bed. It isn’t just a fairly brave way to end a mainstream network sitcom, but the show’s whole thematic purpose, the reason why this story mattered so much, why it was more than just a windbaggy man boring his kids.

Life is cruel. Death is cruel. But the stories. When they’re all that remain? You cling to those stories. You savor. Because the moments are fleeting. The stories are infinite.



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  • justeck

    I think everyone in the Dead Mother Camp is overlooking one thing: it would make Ted the biggest dick in the universe. He sits his kids down, tells them a story that's supposedly about their mother, except that oops - it's actually NOTHING about her until the last, say, 45 minutes of the story. If you're remembering someone, it's highly unlikely that you'd be talking about everyone else but her.

    That said, after watching the episode, I'm pretty sure it's what they're going for. At first I thought Ted was maybe recalling his own mom dying before his wedding, and I was looking for a way to fit Robin or Lily passing away (which would make more sense in the above context because the show was more about them than about the mother), but none of that makes sense in light of this episode.

    I'm sure it'll be moving if you look at season 9 as a self-contained story. If you take the whole show into consideration though, it feels like a gimmicky, tacked-on way to make up for seasons 5-8 and I hate it.

    Oh, also I read a few years ago that the final scenes with the kids were filmed years ago (when they were still young and pretty), which I thought was strange at the time, since they didn't even have an actress playing the mother yet. Guess the only think that would make sense is that the mother wasn't needed for that...

  • mod.mrs

    Although it'll break my heart to see it play out, I'm definitely in the "Mother is Dead" camp. My theory is that The Mother is dead, and has been gone for few years by the time Future Ted starts telling his story. The reason that Ted is telling his kids about his unlucky-in-love romantic past is that he's planning to get re-married. To Robin. This would explain the bored looks on the kids faces-- They don't want to hear about Robin, because they are resentful at the idea of their dad moving on so soon. But, Ted persists with his story so that they know why he's moving forward with his life, and why it's Robin that he's doing it with. This would be a bittersweet ending to the series for sure, but would end it on a hopeful note, too. (And would satisfy all of the long-term Ted/Robin shippers.)

  • khaleesoy

    My one rule in sitcom. You cannot end it with death unless the actor playing the character dies. Sorry, the whole purpose of a comedy sitcom is to make life easier, not more depressing.

  • Sarah Weissman

    But in its best days, HIMYM was so wonderful at playing with genre and storytelling. So this just seems to make sense to me. I totally thought it was Ted's mom. What am I, new?

  • competitivenonfiction

    You know, the premise of the series makes more sense with this in that he wished the mother was there with him in all the stories so he's created this whole mythology that she was, in a way, always there. I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around this idea.

    BUT, can we please talk about the sweaters? The REAL tragedy of this episode. Dear Ted and the Mother, you do not need to dress like that just because you're an old married couple. You don't. I promise.

  • EWt

    Yes the sweaters hurt my eyes. Your wife being about to die is not an excuse to dress like the main character of Murder He Wrote. BTW - I keep believing in the idea that this is juste a false alarm and that she will not die. Shut up Adele Dazeem, I will not let it go.

  • Frivolous_Crisis

    I've heard the 'mother is dead' theory for years but while that makes sense story-wise, I chose to ignore it and believe Future Ted is telling the kids his story while waiting for the Mother to get back from the hospital with their 3rd child (I know siblings with 15 year age difference, it happens). That would have been a sweet, poignant reason for telling the story and explain why the kids are so sarcastic and fidgety at the beginning of the series.

    Unfortunately, this ep along with them recently saying they filmed the final scenes with the kids years ago leans more toward the Mother being dead.

  • Cree83

    I'm so despondent about this after meeting the Mother, that at this point, I'd almost think Jason Segel's mutant wasteland ending was happier:
    http://www.vulture.com/2010/06...

    Interviewer: You want to know my theory? We're going to find out at some point that the mother's dead. And adult Ted has been telling them all these stories about the mother they never knew. It'll retroactively cast the entire show in this dark-comic light.
    Segel: [without missing a beat] I suggested that also.

    Really?
    Yeah.

    How was that received?
    Scoffing. They don't care about what I say. [laughs] I had two other suggestions, too. One is that they're dead. The two kids and their father — they're dead, and they're in purgatory, and he's telling the story for eternity.

    It's the worst punishment ever! They have to spend eternity listening to their dad's boring stories.
    And then my other suggestion, which they never used, which I think would be so funny, is — it's the future, right? I think in one of those scenes, they should open the window, and it should be, like, a postapocalyptic wasteland outside. It should be like I Am Legend. Horrible mutants.

  • glittergirl1970

    I've never watched this show. I've read some reviews out of curiosity. This review has me sobbing. Dammit!!!!

  • meadowdancer

    Fuck this show. I love your review but I'm sorry suffering through shitty storytelling the past few years to this ending? Fuck them

  • Guest

    ALTERNATE, HAPPY THEORY: they are at the Farhampton for their daughter's wedding, and Ted is choked with emotion because she's marrying Robin and Barney's son. JOYFUL SOBBING.

  • NateMan

    Robin never has kids. Pretty sure we know that from the episode where she's talking to her imaginary ones on the park bench.

  • hoppergrass

    I posted this, and then I math'd, and now I feel stupid. Disqus won't let me properly disown it, so I guess I'll just double-down: it's totally a toddler wedding.

  • Fiona

    I can't help thinking that Ted would love that storyline. Guy searches for his love for almost a decade. Finds her, and then has ten blissful years before she dies prettily.

  • Paulo Gonzales

    Wait a minute...

    Didn't Danny Tanner's wife die on Full House?

    Calling it now. How I Met Your Mother is a prequel to Full House.

  • John G.

    Ok, seriously. Is this show over yet? I don't watch it, but it feels like we've been talking about its last episode for 6 months. Did that happen six months ago and we're still talking about it, or was that all build up for something that has yet to happen?

  • oilybohunk7

    The entire last season takes place over the course of a weekend, that is why it seems like it is all one episode.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Crazy theory: What if their daughter has passed away?

  • Jenn TheYellowDart

    But the daughter is sitting on the couch, which has been filmed since the beginning...so there's a slight problem there...

  • Mrs. Julien

    I thought they might be far enough in the future to have surpassed the couchiest timeline.

  • Jenn TheYellowDart

    Hah! The couchiest timeline!
    I hope your theory is correct...funny how I'd be ok with a kid dying rather than the mother...

  • Flyerfan162

    Maybe they had a second daughter that died?

  • vic

    Ted's talking to his kids in 2030. Last night's episode took place in 2024.

  • Mrs. Julien

    [shaking fist] MATH!

  • ZombieNurse

    Nope. NOPENOPENOPE. Nope. That is all.

  • rio

    I don't care if her being dead gives value to the story Ted told so far, I don't need to have my heart broken to justify the premise of a freaking sitcom!

  • Cree83

    I'm so sad. I keep seeing these other theories (Ted's dying, Ted's mother died), and they just don't seem to make sense; I feel like maybe people are grasping at straws as some form of denial. If Ted were the one dying, would the Mother really tell him she wants him to stop living in the past and move forward? That doesn't seem like the kind of thing you say to a dying person, it seems like the kind of thing you say to someone when you want them to have a happy life after you're gone. And would Ted really be THAT emotional over his own mother passing away before his wedding ten years prior? Maybe I'm super cold, but my father passed away five months before my wedding, and I don't burst into tears at the mere mention of fathers at weddings. And that only happened less than 3 years ago. Ted's reaction seemed much rawer than it would be if he were thinking of a ten year old loss. Plus, I believe past episodes have mentioned Ted's mother and her husband still being alive after the kids were born (he tells his kids "as you know, marrying grandpa Clint was the best thing your grandma did" or something like that). It also just seems really thematically weird to insert this plot line about Ted's mother, played for tragedy, in the last few episodes before the finale, when she has never played a huge role in the series.

    Basically I don't see any other way of thinking about it, other than the mother is dead, or at least they believe she will be dying. I'm holding out hope that she recovers from whatever illness she has. If not, I'm so sad she doesn't get to make it to the front porch.

  • Lollygagger9

    Awww, front porch reference! Man, I could watch that episode weekly.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Now I want the show to end with all of them on the front porch.

  • Melissa

    I felt really dumb last night, because I didn't even catch that the mother might be dead, my first thought was Ted's mother didn't make it to his wedding.

    But I blame the crud that my husband brought home making me feel like crap.

  • oilybohunk7

    Thank you for saying this, I wasn't really grasping the implications of certain parts either. I also wondered about Ted's mother. In my case I had a couple adult beverages, I want to blame that.

  • JH

    Maybe it's that Ted's dying or is diagnosed with Alzheimer's? My wife said she'd thought she'd read that the writers swore the mother wasn't dead (but we know how that goes, LOST). Maybe he is telling the stories to the kids while he still remembers them, but hasn't told the kids that he's sick yet. Either way, it looks like the entire series is set up to end on a major down note (hopefully with the Mother singing "La Vie en Rose").

  • Major Down Note. *salutes*

  • Uriah_Creep

    Major Down Note, who reports to General Fuckup.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Are you in the bathroom at work RIGHT NOW?

  • Modernlove

    I feel like I'm in the minority with my absolutely hatred of the idea of the mother being dead. I'd read it before, but it wasn't until last night that it really seemed like a possibility. The idea of investing so much time into this show and then to have the pay out, the ending, be so sad? Maybe for an AMC drama, but this is a sitcom. While it's had it's moments of sadness and seriousness (Marshall's dad's death was perfectly done and hit just the right tone.), this has been a show about hope and the future to me. I would just be incredibly disappointed if her death is the ending they choose to go with. After all the build up of Ted finding the love of her life, it would feel like a cheat to have it all taken away. Not to mention it would ruin any future viewings for me.

  • On a long enough timeline, every sitcom ends with the people in it being dead.

  • oilybohunk7

    I hate it. I read this article and it ruined me a litle. Okay, a lot.

  • csb

    I don't think you're in the minority at all.

  • Modernlove

    Reading all the initial comments, I felt like it! It's nice to know I'm not alone.

  • Mrs. Julien

    A thousand times, yes, I agree with everything you said.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    do you have a job looking up weird fun, comment appropriate images? I just wonder where this infinite stockpile comes from.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I have a folder and I am a shameless downloader of such things. If it's an artwork, I note the creator's name in the title, too. You should see how many dresses there are in the Costume folder.

  • layla

    I didn't think it was possible to love you anymore.

    I was wrong.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Thanks!

  • Modernlove

    I'm blushing!

  • NateMan

    I don't like it, and I don't want it to be the case because the mother is freaking adorable, but thematically it does make a lot of sense. I hope they pull back from it, but we'll have to wait and see. Damn them for not releasing all the episodes at once.

  • Modernlove

    Oi, disqus, stop eating my replies.

    While I can see how it makes sense, I think one of the best things HIMYM has done is use humor to alleviate the complete tragedy of situations. I just have a really hard time picturing how they'll do that if the mother really is dead and that's how the show ends. Where is there room for the ending that doesn't leave you feeling emotionally drained and destroyed? If they do continue down this path, I really hope they pull it off.

  • NateMan

    Best way to do that, I think, would be to bump her off for sure on the penultimate episode, and have it be all sad and shit, and then have them meet during the last one, and have it be a triumph-over-tragedy deal, make it bittersweet. Clearly I have no idea how they're actually going to do it, but like you I hope they're doing it well.

    BTW: 'Sad and shit' is my way of disguising the fact that I will grieve if they kill her off.

  • Modernlove

    Well, "Sad and shit" is really the best way of putting it because...ew, emotions.

    I like that plan and that I can see working. Deal with it in two weeks, and then in three have this finale of love and celebration and of them finally getting their temporary happy ending (though when you think about it, aren't all happy endings temporary?).

  • cj

    It also makes sense, and forgive me if someone else had mentioned this, that they would be at the resort in winter, when the rest of the flash forwards have shown them in the summer. In 2024, the Mother probably has months if not weeks left.

  • 005

    I agree that if we have to interpret the scene one way vs the other, the scene read to me as if Ted was broken up because The Mother (Cristin Milioti) was dying or that they knew she was going to die a lot sooner than they'd expected, and that this is why they were back at Farhampton (where Roger Bart recognizes them, referring to them both as "The Mosbys,") to get as much time together as possible.

    It's interesting that there was no narration from Bob Saget Ted at all in this episode, so we can't really explain away with the whole "Ted's an unreliable narrator" excuse. In fact, now that I think about it, has Bob Saget narrated any of the flash forwards where we see Ted and The Mother as a couple? If not, it would seem to imply that what we're seeing is in fact the "raw, unedited" truth of the scenes not affected by Ted's narrating (i.e. events as they actually have happened.)

    Even when the show did the whole "How Your Mother Met Me" episode, it wasn't The Mother narrating (the way Robin narrated in "Symphony of Illumination") but it was Ted. This, plus Ted's wish that he'd met the mother 45 days earlier than he did when he went to see Summer a few years ago seems to lend credence to the idea that Bob Saget Ted is telling his kids the story of how he met their mother because their mother has died/been dead for a while in the year 2030.

    Dramatically, it would make perfect sense. A character like Ted, who spends 9 years searching for his true love, finds her, has his time with her, and then loses her tragically, would of course revel in being able to tell the tale to his kids. The Mother's line ("I don't want you to be the guy who lives in his stories. Life only moves forward.") would seem to support this, and we've seen from the brief snippets we've been given of their life together that she "gets" Ted more than any other woman he's been with.

    Random other theory: (And, I think someone may have mentioned it already in this thread) - Is it possible Future Ted is telling his kids the story in 2030 via DVD? Is it possible he knew [I]he[/I] was dying, and because he loved his wife and family, and his penchant for storytelling, he recorded as much of the story as he could before he finally died, (in 2024) and then, six years later, it's the Mother who plays the DVD for her kids so that they can understand how much Ted loved them all? It would certainly give added meaning to The Mother's aforementioned lines about living in his stories - perhaps that's even the catalyst for him to sit down and record the DVD? We've never actually seen Old Ted (as voiced by Bob Saget)

    Total, random sidebar:

    --Can't wait to see Robin's mom in action.

    --Props to the writers for bringing back "Swarley"

    --"Sue Tup." Brilliant!

  • NateMan

    Random other theory: (And, I think someone may have mentioned it already in this thread) - Is it possible Future Ted is telling his kids the story in 2030 via DVD? Is it possible he knew [I]he[/I] was dying, and because he loved his wife and family, and his penchant for storytelling, he recorded as much of the story as he could before he finally died, (in 2024) and then, six years later, it's the Mother who plays the DVD for her kids so that they can understand how much Ted loved them all? It would certainly give added meaning to The Mother's aforementioned lines about living in his stories - perhaps that's even the catalyst for him to sit down and record the DVD? We've never actually seen Old Ted (as voiced by Bob Saget)

    I think it's unlikely. There's a couple scenes in the 2 seasons where the kids and Saget talk to each other, or at least seem to. It'd be a lot harder to pull off that way.

  • NateMan

    After all the times I've hated Ted, Josh Radnor played that scene in the GIF brilliantly. It's a man falling apart and trying so hard to keep it together. That look on his face was perfect.

    I hope like hell she doesn't die on us. It would work really well, and it would tie things together, but I really don't want her to be dead. It's time for me to look back through the continuity to their college reunion when the 3 of them are enjoying a 'sandwich' and Ted asks "Where is my wife?" and they all burst out laughing. If that's after 2024, we're safe. If not... Well, crap. She is sparkling dry awesomeness.

    EDIT: Shit, no, that was 2020. Thanks, Google. That makes me very unhappy.

  • Quatermain
  • Quatermain

    Your last paragraph reminded me of this: http://youtu.be/_JjJzMBGUwo

    "All those moments, lost...like tears..in the rain."

  • Posting that is never not a good idea.

  • Mrs. Julien

    You're never not a good idea.

  • http://i0.kym-cdn.com/entries/...

    That's either me replying to you, or to this lovely honey and ginger vodka thing sat in front of me right now.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Does my approbation alarm you? Perhaps that's best.

  • Guest

    I agree that if we have to interpret the scene one way vs the other, the scene read to me as if Ted was broken up because The Mother (Cristin Milioti) was dying or that they knew she was going to die a lot sooner than they'd expected, and that this is why they were back at Farhampton (where Roger Bart recognizes them, referring to them both as "The Mosbys,") to get as much time together as possible.

    It's interesting that there was no narration from Bob Saget Ted at all in this episode, so we can't really explain away with the whole "Ted's an unreliable narrator" excuse. In fact, now that I think about it, has Bob Saget narrated [i]any[/i] of the flash forwards where we see Ted and The Mother as a couple? If not, it would seem to imply that what we're seeing is in fact the "raw, unedited" truth of the scenes not affected by Ted's narrating (i.e. events as they actually have happened.)

    Even when the show did the whole "How Your Mother Met Me" episode, it wasn't The Mother narrating (the way Robin narrated in "Symphony of Illumination") but it was Ted. This, plus Ted's wish that he'd met the mother 45 days earlier than he did when he went to see Summer a few years ago seems to lend credence to the idea that Bob Saget Ted is telling his kids the story of how he met their mother because their mother has died/been dead for a while in the year 2030.

    Dramatically, it would make perfect sense. A character like Ted, who spends 9 years searching for his true love, finds her, has his time with her, and then loses her tragically, would of course revel in being able to tell the tale to his kids. The Mother's line ("I don't want you to be the guy who lives in his stories. Life only moves forward.") would seem to support this, and we've seen from the brief snippets we've been given of their life together that she "gets" Ted more than any other woman he's been with.

    Random other theory: (And, I think someone may have mentioned it already in this thread) - Is it possible Future Ted is telling his kids the story in 2030 via DVD? Is it possible he knew [I]he[/I] was dying, and because he loved his wife and family, and his penchant for storytelling, he recorded as much of the story as he could before he finally died, (in 2024) and then, six years later, it's the Mother who plays the DVD for her kids so that they can understand how much Ted loved them all? It would certainly give added meaning to The Mother's aforementioned lines about living in his stories - perhaps that's even the catalyst for him to sit down and record the DVD? We've never actually seen Old Ted (as voiced by Bob Saget)

    Total, random sidebar:

    --Can't wait to see Robin's mom in action.

    --Props to the writers for bringing back "Swarley." :lol:

    --"Sue Tup." Brilliant!

  • 005

    Sorry - not sure how this post got made. I made my comment below under my actual, signed-in account. Apologies for the confusion.

    Admins, please delete. Thanks!

  • Quatermain

    I've actually mentioned the 'Ted is the one who is dead and telling these stories through video' in other Mosby threads. It's nice to know I'm not alone in my conspiracy theories.

  • NateMan

    It's unlikely, since there's a couple scenes early on when it sure seems like Saget & the kids are talking together. For example "And that's how I met your Aunt Robin" and the cigarette smoking episode. Could still be the case, but it'd be much clumsier than the possible death of the mother.

  • Arran

    There was actually quite a lot of interaction with the kids in some of the earliest episodes. I think that since then the only "interaction" has been a re-use of the kids saying "WHAT?" (as in the cigarette-smoking episode).

  • Erin S

    On the bright(ish) side...is it just me or did they do a great job preparing Ted to go Full-Saget? I don't know if it's the hair, makeup, sweater, whatever, but I can totally see Danny Tanner here.

  • Rebecca Hachmyer

    Danny Tanner indeed. Maybe the mother's brother Jesse will show up in the final scene...

  • Minnow

    Never go Full-Saget.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Eh. If they gut punch us hard enough, the Full Saget may snag him an Emmy. But they'll have to pretty much murder us.

  • Mrs. Julien

    What year was the college reunion show supposed to be?

  • Arran

    2020.

  • disqsucks

    If she's really dead (and newly so) then the kids wouldn't have been so eye-rolley/fidgety about hearing his stories. Or maybe they are a-holes. On the other hand he told them sesxcapades about other women. What kid whose mother has just died doesn't want to hear that?

  • NateMan

    Either way she wouldn't be 'just dead', I think. Ted's telling the story in 2030. If that's the case, and she was terminal with something in 2024, it's not unreasonable to think at least 3-5 years have gone by since she died. And around then it might make sense he's telling this story.

    Of course, the kids would still be a-holes for their reaction at the beginning.

  • Aaron Schulz

    maybe the kids dont know yet and hes got some sort of super fucked up idea of how to break it to them. if thats the case those kids are going to hate him

  • "Mommy's dead. But I had a three-way with Winnie Cooper and Kim Kelly. Up top!"

  • Uriah_Creep

    I don't even watch this show, but that made me laugh like a damn hyena. It was a little ugly.

  • NateMan

    To be fair... I'd totally high-five my dad if he told me that. "Inappropriate Five!"

  • MarTeaNi

    This is why I wouldn't mind if the mother were dead. It would a beautifully tragic ending and it wouldn't be a last minute let's-fuck-with-the-viewers twist.

    Mostly I just want more from the ending that the two finally meeting. 5 years ago I'd have been satisfied with that, but not now.

  • elsie_the_first

    I kind of wished I hadn't read this now. I didn't get to see the episode last night because the crappy weather kept knocking the station off the air. I'm usually ok with spoilers, because knowing what happens usually doesn't diminish the journey of getting there. But I certainly wasn't expecting this. Sigh.

  • Worst snowstorm ever!

  • NateMan

    Ohhhh yeah, that was bad timing for you. Sorry :(

  • Jenn TheYellowDart

    I am very unsure about how they seem to be angling the finale; because the entire vibe of the show has been one of HOPE, and Ted's eternal optimism...and to end on him being heartbroken seems contrary to the spirit in which the show was conceived.

    ...then again, maybe they'll handle it superbly, and I will be laughing my ass off just like when the show officially captured my heart with SlapBet.

  • disqsucks

    maybe victoria will be the hope. the step-mother or something.

  • competitivenonfiction

    As long as it doesn't end with "so then your mom died... but now you can see why this is clearly my perfect opportunity to try and win your Aunt Robyn back"

  • 005

    I get that you guys have deadlines and the rush to "be the first to post" is pretty intense, but come on. Run spellcheck at least once before you post your article.

  • At first I read this and was really mad, then I remembered that paragraph I wrote on my phone in the bathroom because I'm at Real Job and was like JESUS GOD ENLOW. So, thanks.

  • oilybohunk7

    I chalked it up to you being emotionally compromised.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Ok, 'cause I was looking at things like "done" rather than "some" and "if" rather than "of" and figured there had to be some weird autocorrect/autofill happening...

  • Slim

    I just assumed something wonky happened with loading the text in this post because Courtney's spelling and grammar tends not to resemble a sophomore spring breaker. LOLZ!

  • I should have just gone with it. TOTES ABBREVES GUYZ

  • Lawrence Aggleton

    Everybody loves your abbrevs

  • UGH. Humiliating. And I edit freaking copy for a living.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I don't do it for a living, but I do it for a chunk of my income. It's so hard to turn off (seriously, at the job I'm at right now I keep wanting to switch everything to Chicago Style.)

    But I still usually need outside eyes on the things I write myself.

  • NateMan

    That's... sort of the best explanation ever.

  • oilybohunk7

    She can't see through the tears.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I stand firm in my belief that they are messing with the audience and not messing with their syndication revenue stream. As to the implications of the episode: LA! LA! LA! I CAN'T HEAR YOU!

  • NateMan

    It's going one of two ways, and I think either are valid:
    1. She really does die, and all of a sudden it makes perfect sense why it's taken Ted FOREVER to tell the story of how he met her. I mean, that's kinda genius, if painful.
    2. It's a scare, and they're going to play with us a bit before the reveal that she's okay. Which would sort of fit more with the tone and also be okay.

    Either would work, I think, and to be honest they timed it perfectly. With 3 episodes left it gives us a lot of time to either adjust to the fact that she passes, or to mess with us before making it be okay.

  • Darlene

    I am in the "it's a scare" camp. It could be cancer and they just don't know how it'll turn out yet. My own mom got cancer when I was in high school, and I'm sure there were moments of "what if I don't see you get married" for my mom, but 30 years later she's doing great - and she's seen me get married...twice. :D

    It's a scare.

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    ✹✹✹ ✹✹�✹ ✹✹✹ �✹✹✹ ✹✹✹But I still usually need outside eyes on the things I write myself.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Would you like a hug? I think I might need one. Can I have a hug?

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