By Emma Crisci
Asst. Arts & Entertainment Editor
Finally, in the 200th episode of “How I Met Your Mother,” the writers have redeemed themselves from what seemed like a disappointing final season. In this memorable episode, titled “How Your Mother Met Me,” we see life through the eyes of the mother for a half hour, and we learn how close the mother and Ted were to meeting each other on multiple occasions throughout the series.
The episode opens in 2005, during the first scene of the series, where Barney and Ted play the classic game we all know and love called “Have you met Ted?” A girl with red hair frantically runs through them and takes a cab to MacLaren’s pub on the other side of town. The girl sits down and apologizes, saying “Sorry, I went to the one on the west side.”
The redhead is in fact with the mother, and it is the night of the mother’s 21st birthday. She is impatiently waiting for her boyfriend, yet learns a few minutes later that he has died. While we do not know the details of her boyfriend’s death, the next scene opens two years later with the mother still in mourning.
Her redheaded friend convinces her to go to a bar for Saint Patrick’s Day and reminds her to bring her umbrella. We are then finally shown the symbolic yellow umbrella Ted uses in the Saint Patrick’s Day episode where he decides to turn his whole life around.
While Ted is still in the bar, we see the mother and her friend walk into the same bar, where Barney proceeds to hit on the redhead.
The mother runs into her friend Mitch—-the same friend who Robin dates, aka, the naked man—-and offers to give him instruments from her apartment just so she can leave the bar.
Back at the apartment, Mitch pulls “The Naked Man” on the mother, but unlike Robin, she does not fall for it. She proclaims to him that she wants to end world poverty, and decides to go back to college to get her degree. In an overly philosophical way for a naked man, Mitch encourages her to pursue her dreams.
Her first class of the day, Economics, is the class where she meets Ted’s ex girlfriend, Cindy, and sees Ted for the first time. This is the episode where Ted teaches his first architecture class, but accidently goes to the wrong room and ends up in the mother’s classroom. She is the only one who laughs at his jokes, and the audience sees right away that it is love at first sight.
While Ted is dating Cindy, he goes back to her apartment and finds every item that is the mother’s—–namely her guitar and her calligraphy set—-intriguing, and Cindy learns that they have nothing in common. As Ted is leaving the apartment, he just misses the mother, who is stepping into her room.
The next scene shows Ted reuniting with Cindy, asking if she knew any band to play at Barney and Robin’s wedding. Cindy recommends the mother’s band, and we enter present day.
We see the mother’s current boyfriend proposing to her, which she heart–wrenchingly says no to, and she ends up at the same hotel Ted is staying at, in the room directly next door.
Depressed and lonely, she sits on her balcony, singing “La Vie en Rose” with her ukulele while Ted listens next door.
This landmark episode finally showed depth that the season itself was lacking. By trying to make one weekend fill the entirety of Season 10, the episodes have started to become dry and boring, with consistent flash backs that add no excitement or further knowledge to the season.
With the 200th episode however, we see the heart wrenching past of the mother, and by including her in episodes we have already seen, we can connect the dots to their relationship, which makes us love her even more.