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(The TV Page)   Creators of 'How I Met Your Mother' reveal alternate ending -- and how they would have wrapped up the show's ongoing mystery -- if it had been cancelled years ago   (thetvpage.com ) divider line
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2014-01-16 02:49:12 PM  
Which would have been preferable to the current "we've got 16 episodes to fill, so let's milk it as much as possible" season.
 
2014-01-16 02:49:56 PM  
Is it a lesbian scene between Robin and Lily?
 
2014-01-16 02:58:18 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Is it a lesbian scene between Robin and Lily?


Go on...
 
2014-01-16 03:00:38 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Is it a lesbian scene between Robin and Lily?


That would be silly
 
2014-01-16 03:01:10 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Is it a lesbian scene between Robin and Lily?


No, it's a lesbian scene between Robin, Lily and Stripper Lily.
 
2014-01-16 03:04:22 PM  
Also hasn't this story come around once every year?
 
2014-01-16 03:07:08 PM  
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/aaaaaahsooooooooooooo
 
2014-01-16 03:11:40 PM  
Except that wouldn't make sense. Because they met in season 1. Making the 8 subsequent season irrelevant.

I'd be happier with an abrupt ending being something like "Ted randomly meets the mother on the subway. The end."

For what it's worth, I think this season is actually a good way to end it. Everyone has been to some wedding where crazy shiat goes down and you end up with this awesome story.

I think the show really bottomed out in seasons 7 and 8. (basically the Kal Penn season and the season where barney proposes to the stripper)

I'll miss it, but it's time to wrap it up.
 
2014-01-16 03:12:57 PM  

robohobo: /aaaaaahsooooooooooooo


I honestly thought that last episode was the worst one of the entire series. Just not funny, in a season that I think has been good.
 
2014-01-16 03:17:33 PM  
I never got the love for Victoria. The wife and I found her spectacularly unappealing. Both unattractive and boring. At least Miloti's characer, while plain, is more than interesting enough.
 
2014-01-16 03:18:26 PM  

bangmaid: robohobo: /aaaaaahsooooooooooooo

I honestly thought that last episode was the worst one of the entire series. Just not funny, in a season that I think has been good.


Dude, it wasn't near as bad as the rhyming episode right before the holiday break.
 
2014-01-16 03:20:47 PM  
All I asked for this season was that Alan Thicke show up for the wedding. With that covered, I can't complain.
 
2014-01-16 03:23:13 PM  
I haven't read the article yet, but I'm pretty sure that ending would have been preferable to dragging it on way past the shark jump like they are now.
 
2014-01-16 03:23:17 PM  

robohobo: bangmaid: robohobo: /aaaaaahsooooooooooooo

I honestly thought that last episode was the worst one of the entire series. Just not funny, in a season that I think has been good.

Dude, it wasn't near as bad as the rhyming episode right before the holiday break.


Though I didn't find it offensive (apparently the creators have publicly apologized for it), I found it to be one of the unfunniest "comedy" episodes I've ever watched on TV.  I was never a fan of the "slap" episodes, but at least the other ones had some humor in them.  This one just seemed brutally awful and unfunny.
 
2014-01-16 03:27:30 PM  

serial_crusher: I haven't read the article yet, but I'm pretty sure that ending would have been preferable to dragging it on way past the shark jump like they are now.


hmm, canceling after season 1 would be a tough sell.  There were quite a few good seasons.
 
2014-01-16 03:27:37 PM  
Do Rachel and Ross finally get together?

Wait, you mean it's not the same show?
 
2014-01-16 03:28:09 PM  

mjbok: robohobo: bangmaid: robohobo: /aaaaaahsooooooooooooo

I honestly thought that last episode was the worst one of the entire series. Just not funny, in a season that I think has been good.

Dude, it wasn't near as bad as the rhyming episode right before the holiday break.

Though I didn't find it offensive (apparently the creators have publicly apologized for it), I found it to be one of the unfunniest "comedy" episodes I've ever watched on TV.  I was never a fan of the "slap" episodes, but at least the other ones had some humor in them.  This one just seemed brutally awful and unfunny.


It was nothing but failed jokes about old kung-fu movies.
 
2014-01-16 03:29:39 PM  
This show is STILL on????
 
2014-01-16 03:35:07 PM  
My theory was that the Mother was going to be Robin's friend from episodes 1 and 7 - the one who had just had a bad break up. Ted let Robin toss a drink in his face for that lady. And her only line was "What's taking so long?" Meaning, I hoped, why was it taking Ted so long to tell the damn story and/or meet her?

Up until the reveal last season, I was hoping she was going to be invited as a guest to Robin's wedding, where she and Ted would meet.

The real Mother seems cool, though. I wish she was in more episodes this season.
 
2014-01-16 03:35:37 PM  
I can't take credit for this, but I read someone's excellent theory that the whole show revolved around still-drunk Ted getting caught in an apartment of a woman he had hooked up with the night before, trying to explain to her kids "How I met your mother."  The fact that he's still drunk from the previous night explains away the holes in the theory, such as making references to the kids' "Uncle Barney."
 
2014-01-16 03:41:27 PM  

mjbok: I was never a fan of the "slap" episodes


The first one, with Robin Sparkles, was pretty funny and one of the better episodes of the series. But my god does it suck now.
 
2014-01-16 03:43:14 PM  
Well duh, of course they would have made Victoria the mother if they had only gotten 13 episodes instead of 9 seasons. What do you think they would have done, let the series end without actually showing the audience the mother?
 
2014-01-16 03:45:05 PM  

The Goddamn Batman: mjbok: I was never a fan of the "slap" episodes

The first one, with Robin Sparkles, was pretty funny and one of the better episodes of the series. But my god does it suck now.


I guess maybe the others weren't totally slap episodes, because the RS stuff was funny.
 
2014-01-16 03:46:11 PM  

Serious Black: Well duh, of course they would have made Victoria the mother if they had only gotten 13 episodes instead of 9 seasons. What do you think they would have done, let the series end without actually showing the audience the mother?


Damon Lindelof doesn't see that as a bad thing.

//It was never about the mother, it was about the characters.
 
2014-01-16 03:50:48 PM  
the only show that made a main character more hateable than ross from friends.
 
2014-01-16 03:55:20 PM  
mjbok:   I was never a fan of the "slap" episodes

Blasphemy.  The slap in the episode where Barney does the one man play of suck was totally deserved and excellent.

/I admit the episode where they were passing around the slap and no one could do it was kinda lame though.
 
2014-01-16 03:57:28 PM  

NicktheSmoker: serial_crusher: I haven't read the article yet, but I'm pretty sure that ending would have been preferable to dragging it on way past the shark jump like they are now.

What shark jump?


I think the episode where it turned out Ted was hallucinating all these cool things happening when really he was just sitting alone at the bar was the one that did it for me.
They shifted the whole show from being implausible to being downright impossible around that same time too.  The big talking head hologram in Barney's apartment, etc.
 
2014-01-16 04:04:54 PM  

Creoena: mjbok:   I was never a fan of the "slap" episodes

Blasphemy.  The slap in the episode where Barney does the one man play of suck was totally deserved and excellent.

/I admit the episode where they were passing around the slap and no one could do it was kinda lame though.


The slap as the winter break end point was good.  I'm going to pretend that's the last we saw of Slap 4 - this past week's episode was terrible.  The slaps just work better as surprise moments, not drawn-out subplots (much less the entire damn episode).

But the rhyming episode was still worse.  "Bass Player Wanted" shows they can still do good episodes this season; I just wish we could see more of them.

/though I did laugh when Boyz II Men showed up to sing the Slapbet Game jingle
 
2014-01-16 04:06:27 PM  

serial_crusher: NicktheSmoker: serial_crusher: I haven't read the article yet, but I'm pretty sure that ending would have been preferable to dragging it on way past the shark jump like they are now.

What shark jump?

I think the episode where it turned out Ted was hallucinating all these cool things happening when really he was just sitting alone at the bar was the one that did it for me.
They shifted the whole show from being implausible to being downright impossible around that same time too.  The big talking head hologram in Barney's apartment, etc.


Ted becoming an architecture professor at the age of 30 with no advanced degree and no buildings to his name.  Riiiiiight.
 
2014-01-16 04:08:02 PM  

serial_crusher: NicktheSmoker: serial_crusher: I haven't read the article yet, but I'm pretty sure that ending would have been preferable to dragging it on way past the shark jump like they are now.

What shark jump?

I think the episode where it turned out Ted was hallucinating all these cool things happening when really he was just sitting alone at the bar was the one that did it for me.
They shifted the whole show from being implausible to being downright impossible around that same time too.  The big talking head hologram in Barney's apartment, etc.


Time Travelers?  But that was such a good episode!  The unreliable narrator feature of the show was used to great effect, we got to see a little old-school fun (no baby/wedding drama), and who hasn't wondered if a good idea will still seem good the next morning/20 years from now?

Three Days of Snow was probably their best use of unreliable narrator, but the reveal in Time Travelers was still good.  It made Ted's sense of being left behind after his friends had moved on very clear.
 
2014-01-16 04:14:42 PM  

FrancoFile: serial_crusher: NicktheSmoker: serial_crusher: I haven't read the article yet, but I'm pretty sure that ending would have been preferable to dragging it on way past the shark jump like they are now.

What shark jump?

I think the episode where it turned out Ted was hallucinating all these cool things happening when really he was just sitting alone at the bar was the one that did it for me.
They shifted the whole show from being implausible to being downright impossible around that same time too.  The big talking head hologram in Barney's apartment, etc.

Ted becoming an architecture professor at the age of 30 with no advanced degree and no buildings to his name.  Riiiiiight.


Yes, but he was at the NYC extension campus of Greendale Community College, so it's not that implausible.
 
2014-01-16 04:18:03 PM  

FrancoFile: Ted becoming an architecture professor at the age of 30 with no advanced degree and no buildings to his name. Riiiiiight.


At a tiny community college?  Happens all the time.
 
2014-01-16 04:18:15 PM  

mjbok: robohobo: bangmaid: robohobo: /aaaaaahsooooooooooooo

I honestly thought that last episode was the worst one of the entire series. Just not funny, in a season that I think has been good.

Dude, it wasn't near as bad as the rhyming episode right before the holiday break.

Though I didn't find it offensive (apparently the creators have publicly apologized for it), I found it to be one of the unfunniest "comedy" episodes I've ever watched on TV.  I was never a fan of the "slap" episodes, but at least the other ones had some humor in them.  This one just seemed brutally awful and unfunny.


Plus racist as all fark. But still, Lily's rulings as slapmissioner are incredibly biased. Marshall prematurely slaps Barney, and Lily gives Barney 2 penalty slaps for the premature slapping. Barney prematurely slaps Marshall, and Lily gives Marshall 10 penalty slaps (or at Barney's option, 5 at any time). That's a significant discrepancy, and she should be stripped of her commission. And probably slapped. Or spanked, I suppose.
 
2014-01-16 04:21:57 PM  

FrancoFile: serial_crusher: NicktheSmoker: serial_crusher: I haven't read the article yet, but I'm pretty sure that ending would have been preferable to dragging it on way past the shark jump like they are now.

What shark jump?

I think the episode where it turned out Ted was hallucinating all these cool things happening when really he was just sitting alone at the bar was the one that did it for me.
They shifted the whole show from being implausible to being downright impossible around that same time too.  The big talking head hologram in Barney's apartment, etc.

Ted becoming an architecture professor at the age of 30 with no advanced degree and no buildings to his name.  Riiiiiight.


He pointed out in an earlier season the skyscraper in Spokane was his first major work.  God know how many small projects he had worked on for the previous firm.

And intro level professor jobs aren't that hard to get, given you have at least some work experience, and in teds case, a few connections.
 
2014-01-16 04:24:06 PM  
I once loved this show, but it's almost become unwatchable.  I thought there were some okay episodes this season, but most of them have been pretty bad.  It's starting to cross over into the last season of Rosanne territory where every episode is some sort of stupid gimmick and it's ridiculously over the top with truly unbelievable scenarios that aren't even mildly entertaining.  I mean I realize most of the scenarios on the show in general have been ridiculous, but they at least used to be funny.  Now the show is just a caricature of what it once was.  It's like they just gave up and decided to do the dumbest things they could think of to fill out the season.
 
2014-01-16 04:25:48 PM  
Let me get this out of the way

* That show's not funny
* They use a laugh track
* I don't care about this show
* I don't even own a TV
 
2014-01-16 04:30:24 PM  

Theaetetus: mjbok: robohobo: bangmaid: robohobo: /aaaaaahsooooooooooooo

I honestly thought that last episode was the worst one of the entire series. Just not funny, in a season that I think has been good.

Dude, it wasn't near as bad as the rhyming episode right before the holiday break.

Though I didn't find it offensive (apparently the creators have publicly apologized for it), I found it to be one of the unfunniest "comedy" episodes I've ever watched on TV.  I was never a fan of the "slap" episodes, but at least the other ones had some humor in them.  This one just seemed brutally awful and unfunny.

Plus racist as all fark. But still, Lily's rulings as slapmissioner are incredibly biased. Marshall prematurely slaps Barney, and Lily gives Barney 2 penalty slaps for the premature slapping. Barney prematurely slaps Marshall, and Lily gives Marshall 10 penalty slaps (or at Barney's option, 5 at any time). That's a significant discrepancy, and she should be stripped of her commission. And probably slapped. Or spanked, I suppose.


You're in the kitchen, it's getting hot, you start licking stuff off each other's fingers. Before you know it, she's bent over the marble island and you're spanking her with a rubber spatula as she's screaming, 'Stop, Marshall! Stop!' but that's just code for 'Harder!'
 
2014-01-16 04:30:44 PM  
But which one of them has the ricin cigarette?
 
2014-01-16 04:36:22 PM  

SpectroBoy: Let me get this out of the way

* That show's not funny
* They use a laugh track
* I don't care about this show
* I don't even own a TV


You forgot nerd New Yorker blackface.

/almost had FARK Entertainment thread Bingo
 
2014-01-16 04:37:59 PM  

Antimatter: FrancoFile: serial_crusher: NicktheSmoker: serial_crusher: I haven't read the article yet, but I'm pretty sure that ending would have been preferable to dragging it on way past the shark jump like they are now.

What shark jump?

I think the episode where it turned out Ted was hallucinating all these cool things happening when really he was just sitting alone at the bar was the one that did it for me.
They shifted the whole show from being implausible to being downright impossible around that same time too.  The big talking head hologram in Barney's apartment, etc.

Ted becoming an architecture professor at the age of 30 with no advanced degree and no buildings to his name.  Riiiiiight.

He pointed out in an earlier season the skyscraper in Spokane was his first major work.  God know how many small projects he had worked on for the previous firm.

And intro level professor jobs aren't that hard to get, given you have at least some work experience, and in teds case, a few connections.


Yeah, he'd be an adjunct making $3000/class/semester.  That wouldn't even pay for his bar tab.
 
2014-01-16 04:39:46 PM  

serial_crusher: I think the episode where it turned out Ted was hallucinating all these cool things happening when really he was just sitting alone at the bar was the one that did it for me.


Interesting.  I actually liked that bit.  I thought it was a decent turn for the dramatic and was a good commentary on Ted not having accomplished much with respect to his personal life.
 
2014-01-16 04:49:30 PM  
The show started to suck the minute Marshal and Lily started talking seriously about having a baby.
 
2014-01-16 04:50:47 PM  
The ep where Robin finds out she can't have kids was frikkin' dark.

/glad it is almost over
//do not want 'How I Met Your Father'
 
2014-01-16 05:24:32 PM  
I hope they bring the now-adult kids back for the final episode in a reaction shot.
 
2014-01-16 05:32:51 PM  

Khellendros: FrancoFile: Ted becoming an architecture professor at the age of 30 with no advanced degree and no buildings to his name. Riiiiiight.

At a tiny community college?  Happens all the time.


That community college Ted taught at was Columbia University.
 
2014-01-16 05:39:49 PM  

robohobo: bangmaid: robohobo: /aaaaaahsooooooooooooo

I honestly thought that last episode was the worst one of the entire series. Just not funny, in a season that I think has been good.

Dude, it wasn't near as bad as the rhyming episode right before the holiday break.


The smoking episode was the worst of the series. I can imagine the writers room, out of ideas and wanting to go home... "What if they all smoke?" "Genius, now we can leave."
 
2014-01-16 05:42:20 PM  
This show is the textbook example of American network executives not knowing when to say when. This show should have been a two-season series, 3 tops. Then perhaps do another 1 season of How I Met Your Father with new characters and minimal HIMYM character cameos/background shots if you're really greedy.

Haven't watched it since around season 4 or so. It became obvious that they had no real idea how to end it and just were stretching it and coming up with more and more implausible scenarios to keep it going.
 
2014-01-16 05:43:20 PM  
Someone here a few years ago posted with the ultimate way the show should end:

Bob Sagat voice-over blah blah to the kids, screen gets fuzzy and it transitions to the gang, old, in a hospital, looking down at decrepit Ted as he goes on and on about this awesome wife and kids that he never had.
It ends with Marshall asking everyone to step outside. He closes the door behind them, then, with tears flowing down his face, he puts a pillow over Ted's face.
Cut to credits, no music.

I said 'Damn!'
 
2014-01-16 05:46:47 PM  

Serious Black: Theaetetus: . That's a significant discrepancy, and she should be stripped of her commission. And probably slapped. Or spanked, I suppose.

You're in the kitchen, it's getting hot, you start licking stuff off each other's fingers. Before you know it, she's bent over the marble island and you're spanking her with a rubber spatula as she's screaming, 'Stop, Marshall! Stop!' but that's just code for 'Harder!'


What kind of marble? Carrera? Capri Limestone?


/Not an Alyson Hannigan fan... until now. This story really rustled my jimmies.
 
2014-01-16 05:47:17 PM  

Rodbestboy: robohobo: bangmaid: robohobo: /aaaaaahsooooooooooooo

The smoking episode was the worst of the series.


I don't know if it was the worst of the series, but I can't watch The Wedding Bride.  I just can't.

/Slappointment can probably stand at least one rewatch or two for the Cleveland jokes
 
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