How I Met Your Mother Fall Finale Recap: The Bass Player vs. The Lead Singer

Bass Player WantedOn Monday’s fall finale of CBS’ How I Met Your Mother, Marshall became the third member of the gang to cross paths with Ted’s future wife, who blissfully finally gets him to the Farhampton Inn.

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As Marshall is walking alongside the road with baby Marvin – doesn’t that seem a tad dangerous? – The Mother pulls up in a van and offers a ride. Despite the vehicle of choice and the fact that she seems to know everything about his life (down to the fact that his wife got a job in Rome), she’s neither a creepster nor a magical creature. As it turns out, she’s been spending some time with Lily at the Inn.

The Mother offers to drop Marshall off, but after that, she’s headed back to the city. What once was a fun band she put together with her business school classmates — their adorkable name: Super Freakonomics — has been taken over by Darren (guest star Andrew Rannells), the leader singer and/or the devil. He plans to have her kicked out of her own group, so she’s going to quit instead. Marshall, sensing a fellow too-nice soul, encourages her to stand up for herself. She got a good start when she took Lily’s “Aldrin Justice” approach and stole Darren’s van, but it’s going to take a lot more strength to battle the devil.

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Meanwhile, Darren’s doing his worst back at the Inn, slowly tearing apart friendships with his three-step approach. According to The Mother, he starts by making you feels hilarious and adorable. Then he finds a flimsy connection depending on where you’re from. Finally, he tells you a tragic, personal secret before letting the truth bombs fly. He spills that Robin is on Marshall’s side and that she feels like Lily is overshadowing her big day with her drama. Then he reveals to Barney that Ted is planning to move to Chicago. That one hurts, especially, since it’s coming so soon after the wedding.

But Darren’s damage is undone when Ted steals a bottle of scotch to make amends. As for Robin, she just doesn’t want to lose her best friend and offers to hold up the Marshpillow as Lily punches it. (The fighting goes on pause as the Erikson clan is tearfully reunited, at last.) And for the kicker, Ted punches Darren – ah, so that’s where the bandage comes from – which gets him to finally quit the band. The Mother is so delighted at the news that she buys Ted a drink before taking off.

HIMYM fans, what did you think of the episode? Is The Mother winning you over? And how excited are you about that episode tag, cuing up the next slap?

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43 Comments
  1. Pinky says:

    Just LOVING the mother!!! She is adorable! 😄

  2. lariet50 says:

    Love the mother, but hella pissed that they’d have an episode with Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells AND Cristin Milioti without having at least one musical number! So wasteful.

    • jenna says:

      this! However i’m just glad that we’ve FINALLY gotten rid of daphne

    • Amanda says:

      I KNOW. Not to mention Lin-Manuel Miranda was still on the bus with Marshall at the beginning, so much Broadway talent in one show!

    • Drew Melbourne says:

      I know it’s not quite what you were looking for, but Marshall DID sing a song at the beginning of the episode.

    • Lori says:

      Yes to all of this. And Andrew Rannells was cast as a singer and he didn’t sing. That’s a sad waste of talent

    • Alan says:

      at least it seems like she will be taking lead vocals with the band eventually, and its likely that barney and possibly robin will get involved with the singing at the reception too.

  3. hipster says:

    Whoa. A non-filler episode and it was glorious!

  4. Tom Charles says:

    > she’s neither a creepster nor a magical creature

    Wait wait wait we don’t know she’s NOT a magical creature yet

  5. Barry says:

    Slap bet…

  6. Rebecca Parker says:

    The show is definitely best when the mother is involved. I wish they realized this when they decided to, for some reason, stretch out this wedding weekend into a whole season.

  7. DarkDefender says:

    Vlada.. Didn’t the mother meet Lily on the train and that’s where she got all the info on Marshall (not at the Inn)?

  8. Teag says:

    He doesn’t get the bandage from the punch. In Band or DJ? his hand is still uninjured during a flashforward to the reception.

    • Jack says:

      The reception is the day after the punch. Unless he’s Wolverine, that hand’s gonna take another couple of days to heal…

  9. Goodbye Universe Guy says:

    A nice episode – best thus far in S9. Well done writers! I had a feeling Robin would be the last of the gang (other than Ted) to meet the Mother.

    Best scene of the episode – the Ted and Barney scene when Barney quietly realizes the real reason Ted is moving to Chicago. That is a nice scene, fine acting by both guys, and a real classy moment for Barney. Nice job bros. That is the heart-n-soul of this series – those moments of quiet understanding and acceptance.

    I guess Marshall will be next to find out Ted is moving to Chicago, and then … you know who.

  10. Tony says:

    I love that this season has brought in a lot of references to past seasons- “Pause,” Marshall’s funk band, his obsession with Bigfoot, and the “Marshall vs. the Machine.” Plus, we might finally see another slap.

    • Goodbye Universe Guy says:

      Interesting side note [spoiler alert?] – I saw a list of possible upcoming episodes of HIMYM, and one is entitled – “Unpause” (S9.15/eps. 199), January 20, 2014. I wonder if that will be an episode of getting Marshall back front-n-center, with perhaps a flashback to his band days?

  11. powerturtle90sdudemon says:

    Derek’s manipulations kind of reminded me of Harley, a character he voiced on Pokemon before he really got famous c. 2006

  12. c says:

    It took you writers 12 episodes of this season to get one 100% right. Hope they keep up with this pace

  13. Rebecca says:

    I am loving the Mother! and am SO glad Marshall finally arrived. Hopefully now that he’s back in the mix it will start feeling a little more like How I.

  14. tara17 says:

    Great episode! Loved the “Pause” moment.

  15. Alan says:

    can we just have the mother be in every episode from now on? its clear that the writing is sharper when she is around.

  16. Shaun says:

    This episode makes you realize how cruddy the ones before were.

  17. Azerty says:

    Oh look, they still can make good episode! I hope the writers understood we need the gang all together and more of the mother. I am expecting more flashforwards with Ted and the mother, that’s the only way they can make a good finale season.

  18. Deion says:

    It was awesome to have the gang back together. That last scene with all of them at the bar made me realize that I’m really going to miss this show. I know that Ted and the Mother meet on that platform, but I hope we get some kind of flash forward showing how well she fits with the gang.

    • John 1138 says:

      The lighthouse proposal scene gave me hope they’ll have some flash forwards with scenes of the both of them, as much as anything that’s the payoff for the series, IMHO.

  19. GeoDiva says:

    The Kennedy package is the best long-running joke this season.

  20. Erica says:

    Is anyone else disappointed that Ted is leaving to go to Chicago “to make a new start.”? But really it’s because he can’t see Barney and Robin together, married and happy? This whole season is rubbing me the wrong way with this story line. Get over it dude.

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