It’s always refreshing when “How I Met Your Mother” season nine shows a glimpse into what life will be like for Ted (Josh Radnor) after he meets “the mother" (Cristin Milioti), which is exactly what happened on “The Lighthouse” that aired on November 4.
But that glimpse of Ted and the yet unnamed woman he’s going to one day marry wouldn’t have happened had Ted not had the realization he did less than 48 hours until Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin’s (Cobie Smulders) wedding.
After a disastrous, and frankly uninteresting, trip to the lighthouse with Cassie on the CBS comedy, Ted wonders if he’s been wasting trips to places with girls who weren’t the “one.” And that, Future Ted says, is the kind of stupid thing someone says right before they hit reset in their life. Sure enough, fast forward two years, and Ted is up at the lighthouse, sharing a beautiful moment with his “one” and then making the moment even more perfect by getting down on bended knee.
“How I Met Your Mother” has long perfected the art of flashbacks, but with the “mother” in play more than ever before, they’re hitting the flash forwards spot on as well. The CBS comedy may be ending in May 2014, but, thankfully, fans are getting a glimpse into Ted — finally — having his happy ending.
But that’s not the only pitch perfect moment for the comedy. Robin and Loretta Stinson (Frances Conroy) have been dueling over eggs, yet that’s hardly the real issue. Loretta wonders how Robin will ever cook for her grandkids, and then a bomb is dropped: Barney reveals that Robin can’t have kids.
He didn’t learn that tidbit on screen as previously thought. Rather, him and Robin — as friends — shared a moment on a New York City sidewalk. He hugged her when he heard the news, and reminiscent of an earlier “HIMYM” episode this season, it got weird when it started to rain.
But that’s not the only hug Robin received during “The Lighthouse.” When it’s clear that Robin’s mom isn’t going to make it to the wedding, Loretta puts aside their petty differences. Robin may not have had the best childhood, but she has a mom who is there for her now. “My name is Mom, don’t call me anything else. I’m Mom,” Loretta says, pulling her into a hug. And that’s just what Robin needed in that moment.
While this particular “How I Met Your Mother” wasn’t nearly as laugh out loud funny as last week’s — well, other than Marshall finally playing the ultimate road trip song, “I Will Walk 500 Miles” — it did one of the other things it does best: it showed a lot of heart.
© Elizabeth SanFilippo 2013
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