How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
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How Your Mother Met Me 

The story of The Mother, from her traumatic 21st birthday to a number of close calls with meeting Ted to the night before Barney and Robin's wedding.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Ted Mosby
Marshall Eriksen
Robin Scherbatsky
Barney Stinson
Lily Aldrin


In the continuing story Ted is telling his children in 2030 of how he met their mother, he flips the story to tell them of what their mother was doing while Ted was hanging out with Marshall, Lily, Robin and Barney over those same years. This story starts on the very same day he started his own story, the day that Marshall and Lily got engaged, and the day he met Robin. This day was their mother's twenty-first birthday, the day her then boyfriend Max, who was the love of her life and the one and only person she thought she would ever love, died. His death affected how she approached her dating life over much of the intervening time. Ted also tells them of the many close calls the two of them had in meeting, including when she, as an economics student who wanted to end world poverty, was in the classroom he thought was his classroom for his very first day as an architecture professor, and how she became roommates with Cindy, a woman who he ended up dating. The story also tells of how ... Written by Huggo

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27 January 2014 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


This is the fifth episode to have an alternative title sequence after "Pilot", "Hopeless", "46 Minutes" and "Bedtime Stories". This one shows the Mother and her gang, which includes Louis, Cindy, Darren and Kelly, who may be another member of the Mother's band. See more »


in the episode "no tomorrow", the mother is shown wearing pants outside the nightclub. in this episode, she's wearing a dress. See more »


The Mother: [Mitch is performing his move, "The Naked Man"] What are you doing?
Mitch: [Trying to be seductive] I don't know. What am I doing?
The Mother: I don't know! What are you doing?
Mitch: This is my thing...
The Mother: It most certainly is your thing! Now, please cover your thing up.
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References Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) See more »


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How I Wanted HIMYM To Be
28 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

The sheer perfection of the writers and the director was showcased in this episode.The way they joint the scenes shot 7-8 years ago with the present one was brilliant.The whole disappointment of the Season 9 so far was washed away by this one episode. The Mother played by Cristin Milioti is a lovable and so charming character. Cristin Milioti is portraying what the Mother needs to be in the exact way and her performance in this particular episode was excellent. This was one of the few episodes of HIMYM that can be re-watched again and again and you'll still love it every time. I wish the rest of the episodes of Season 9 to be as good as this one, so we can wish HIMYM a goodbye on a happy note.

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