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'How I Met Your Mother' season 9 episode 12: Marshall meets the Mother

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On tonight's all new episode "Bass Player Wanted" of season 9 of "How I Met Your Mother", which aired on Monday, December 16, on CBS at 8/7 p.m. central, Marshall gets picked up by the Mother (played by Cristin Milioti), on his way to the Inn.

She recognized him from Lily's stories and is happy to help Marshall out. During the drive she tells him about her own issues and how she is about to leave the wedding band before the wedding even happened, because of her band member, Darren (Andrew Rannells), who, according to her, is the devil.

Little does she know that this "devil" is already hard at work, weaseling his way into a conversation with Robin and Lily and getting them into arguments over Marshall taking the judgement job vs. Lily's job in Rome.

Somehow Darren has a way to bring those secrets out into the open and cause problems between old friends. His next target is Barney and Ted and within minutes Darren manages to reveal Ted's secret of moving to Chicago after the wedding. Barney is so upset that he walks away.

Luckily though the friendships of Lily and Robin, as well as Barney and Ted are stronger than Darren's evil plots and they all make up. Robin promises to stand by Lily's side no matter where she moved to and even brings down the Marsh-pillow, so Lily can take out some of her anger on it before Marshall finally makes it to the inn and they take a "pause" from their judgement-vs.-Rome arguments.

At last, the core cast of "How I Met Your Mother" is finally reunited in this season 9 mid-season finale and the gang celebrates with a bottle of 30 year old Scotch, but Darren has to ruin even that as he knocks the bottle out of Ted's hand.

He certainly has it coming then though because Ted actually punched the guy, which earns him the respect of the Mother, who has a glass of an even better Scotch waiting for him at the bar.

Darren is out of the band, the Mother is back in, which means that she is bound to meet Ted in only a few short hours and who wouldn't be excited about that?

And finally, fans get a promise for 2014: the fourth slap is coming!

Are you ready for it?

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