How I Met Your Mother Finale Recap: Ted Meets The Mother, Huge Shocker Ensues

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How I Met Your Mother finale

By Michael Lewittes



“How I Met Your Mother” had its series finale on Monday, with Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) finally meeting the mother of his children (Cristin Milioti). After nine seasons, Ted met the Mother at a bus stop after she played the bass in the band at Barney and Robin’s wedding.

But their first meeting didn’t air until the end of the episode. Ted decided to abandon his plans to move to Chicago to be with her, and then the show skipped ahead to their engagement and the Mother’s pregnancy.

Meanwhile, Barney and Robin’s marriage began to fall apart due to her work schedule, and the couple got divorced. Robin then began to distance herself from the group because Barney was constantly hitting on girls, Marshall and Lily were expecting their third child, and it was difficult for her to see Ted so happy with the Mother.

Barney achieved a “perfect month,” sleeping with 31 girls in 31 consecutive days — but got the 31st girl pregnant. He became father to a baby girl, and upon first holding her, he gave his ubiquitous pickup line to women — and meant it for the first time in his life. Eventually, Robin resurfaced when Ted and the Mother finally got married 5 years after their engagement.

At the end of the show, we finally learn the Mother’s name — Tracy McConnell (T.M.) — and find out that she and Ted have been unknowingly sharing the same yellow umbrella (and much more) for years.

Future Ted finishes the story of how he met their mother to his two grown kids in 2030, six years after Tracy has died of an unspecified illness. At the end of the story, the kids tell their dad he’s obviously in love with Robin, and that it’s OK to ask her out.

Ted shows up at her apartment and presents her with the blue French Horn he stole for her years ago. And that’s how it ends! What did you think of the finale?

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