Sea­son 9 19:30

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Sea­son 9 19:30 Episode 16 The Mother singing La Vie En Rose with her ukulele wins our hearts… and Ted’s.

How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014) hits episode #200 tonight with its How Your Mother Met Me episode. It fo­cuses on The Mother’s (Cristin Mil­iotti) ro­man­tic mis­ad­ven­tures through all the years that Ted (Josh Rad­nor) has been look­ing for love. Exec pro­ducer Carter Bays calls this episode “a fun lit­tle Dis­ney­land tour through the se­ries from the per­spec­tive of some­one out­side the group”.

1 It opens with the ti­tle screen and recre­ates the in­tro with The Mother’s friends in­stead of the gang.

2 The episode be­gins in Septem­ber 2005, the night of Lily and Mar­shall’s (Alyson Han­ni­gan and Ja­son Segel) en­gage­ment (seen in the show’s first episode, in 2006 in SA). The Mother is cel­e­brat­ing her 21st at MacLaren’s (same name, dif­fer­ent bar) the night that her boyfriend Max dies. So while Ted has been look­ing for the love of his life for the past nine sea­sons, The Mother has been try­ing to get over los­ing the love of her life. Some fa­mil­iar faces pop up, like

3 Mitch (Adam Paul), the cre­ator of The Naked Man strat­egy (sea­son 4, 2010 in SA), who used it on The Mother the night that Ted went home with her yel­low um­brella (which we saw in sea­son 3 episode 12, 2009 in SA – same night, dif­fer­ent episode).

4 And we’ll get loads more missed con­nec­tions be­tween The Mother and Ted, like the time he ac­ci­den­tally tried to teach her eco­nom­ics class in the sea­son 5 pre­miere (2011 in SA) – the same class where she met Cindy (Rachel Bil­son), who be­came Ted’s ex­girl­friend and her room­mate.

5 “It un­folds so beau­ti­fully that it’ll be a treat for fans who’ve watched since the start when they see how many par­al­lels there are,” says Cristin.

The Mother (far left)

with her friends.

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