How I Met Your Mother: Some Mysteries Solved, Many Remain

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How I Met Your Mother: Some Mysteries Solved, Many Remain

By Courtney Enlow | TV Reviews | January 21, 2014 | Comments ()


Last night on How I Met Your Mother, questions were answered, callbacks were addressed and we finally, finally, found out what Barney Stinson does for a living--and that he'd been telling us the whole time.

Mystery 1: What are the names of Ted's children?


SOLVED! Their names, as we learned last night, are Penny and Luke. Not Luke and Leia as Ted had hoped, but close enough.


Mystery 2: What does Barney Stinson do for a living?


SOLVED! Please. Or, rather, PLEASE.


But, it's OK. Because vengeance will soon be his. Barney's actually in cahoots with the Feds in an effort to get his boss arrested--and it turns out his boss is Greg, the be-suited dudebro from "Game Night," the one who stole former love Shannon from the then-hippiefied, ponytailed baristo version of Barney and turned him into the pinnacle of awesome we know and love.

Mystery 3: Will there be a ring bear or a ring bear-ER?


SOLVED! There will totally be a ring bearer, you guys. His name is Trevor Hudson and his mom works with Barney. Also, he's probably a bear.

We also learned lots of other new info, like...

NEW! Barney spends "one crapload" a year on suits. He can afford to do this because not only does he make "16 craploads" a year at his job, but because...

NEW! Robin is goddamn loaded. Her family is worth "6000 craploads." Despite her wealth...

NEW! Robin has paid for only a scant three bar tabs in the past nine years.

NEW! The dulcet tones of Bryan Adams, the Canadian Bruce Springsteen, make Barney weep.

Then there were revelations that, while new, weren't really surprising, like...

Barney was broken, but now he's happy. Aw.


Also, Marshall hasn't fully let go of the time Lily left him and moved to San Francisco. Honestly, I always knew that would have to come up again. Let's face it--no matter how long you're in a relationship, no longer how much you have forgiven someone, the forgetting part is hard.


Poor Marshmallow. :(

That, of course, leads us to...THE REMAINING MYSTERIES.

MYSTERY: Who picked up Lily from the Farhampton Inn?

After the big blowup with Marshall, Lily called someone to come get her. Who was it? My initial thought was The Mother, but she's staying at the Inn with the rest of them, isn't she? Also, I think she had a van earlier. Maybe her dad Mickey, aka, Chris Elliot? That's honestly my only real guess.

MYSTERY: What about Ted and Robin's locket?

Early on, we learned that Ted flew to California to search Stella's storage locker for Robin's locket. We haven't yet seen that, and we don't yet know how that pans out. But we know Ted leaves the wedding all melancholy in the rain like a Ted. Hmm...

MYSTERY: Dammit, Trudy, what about the pineapple?

Some mysteries were never meant to be solved.


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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Jim

    I think the Captain picked her up and they have a wreck in which the Captain dies and therefore she doesn't need to go to Italy. Remember the only bad things happen after 2 am part?

  • John G.

    I stopped watching this show years and years ago. Did they end up pairing Ted with Alyson Hannigan?

  • Bhammer100


  • Lotney

    Mystery: Why do I keep watching this? [unsolved]

  • Guest

    INTERVENTION! Only 9 episodes until its over.

  • steven wiser

    I was late to the HIMYM cult but DOWIESTRIPLA won me over and then I binge watched all the past episodes. Game Night and Slap Bet are two of my favorite early episodes so getting the payout that Barney really did get revenge on Greg was.... wait for it....... AWESOME! I really like how they are touching back to the older episodes and characters that unless you have watched the entire series you wouldn't understand.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Mystery Q: What is my favourite kind of drunk?

    Richard Dawson Drunk is everything I never knew I always wanted. I'm still laughing.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Is it new that Robin's rich? She was a teen tv star, and her dad dropped her out of a helicopter to fend for herself.

  • alboalt

    And that episode early on where her dad served her and her hockey buddies an assortment of soft drinks and American pretzels, that home looked pretty ritzy, even by US standards.

  • Guest

    The only mystery I care about is how Josh Radnor turned into Bob Saget.

    Does it become possible to remove doucheyness between now and 2030?

  • greg

    You've never seen Bob Saget do his stand up before, have you.

  • Mrs. Julien

    "Saget dirty"

  • Ian Fay

    $5 says the Ringbear is a large, hairy, gay man.

  • candace hathaway

    I'm pretty sure it was Ranjit who picked up Lily.

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  • MartinoG

    "Who picked up Lily from the Farhampton Inn?"

    From the look of the car and the fact that she got into the back seat, I'd say Ranjit.

  • Ted Zancha

    I think it might be Scooter.

  • Chicken Lips

    I think it is The Captain - he probably has a driver, so she would have gotten in the backseat. I'm not quite sure why he was so close to the inn, but if it was Ranjit, I don't know why they would have hidden that.

  • zyzzyva

    Especially since the fight involved her pursuing her art dream. Wasn't it The Captain that started her on the art consulting gig? Having him pick her up sets him up to talk her either toward or away from that path.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    It had to be Ranjit. Dude needs to go out huge.

  • You're smart. I got distracted by Ted and The Mother coming out of the Inn to notice she got in the backseat.

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