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.


Pamela Fryman


Carter Bays (created by), Craig Thomas (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Josh Radnor ... Ted Mosby
Jason Segel ... Marshall Eriksen
Cobie Smulders ... Robin Scherbatsky
Cristin Milioti ... Tracy McConnell
Neil Patrick Harris ... Barney Stinson
Alyson Hannigan ... Lily Aldrin
Rachel Bilson ... Cindy
Ahna O'Reilly ... Kelly
Andrew Rannells ... Darren
Roger Bart ... Curtis
Robert Belushi ... Linus
Adam Paul ... Mitch
Lou Ferrigno Jr. ... Louis


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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Comedy | Romance


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English | French

Release Date:

27 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


This episode's title is a pun on the series' title. See more »


In "The Naked Man," Robin asks Mitch what it's like managing a CPK (California Pizza Kitchen). Here, Mitch is said to be a music teacher. See more »


The Mother: Hi Max, it's me. Sorry to interrupt, I know you're probably up there playing baseball with your Dad. Um look, I've got a situation here. I think that I've been holding myself back from falling in love again and I think it's because I can't let you go but
[nearly breaks down]
The Mother: you're not here anymore, so... I have to ask this. Would it be okay if I moved on? I realize that you have no way of answering that, but
[feels sudden gust of wind]
The Mother: okay. I'll take that as a yes. In that case, I should get ...
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References Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) See more »


La Vie en Rose
Music by Louiguy
Lyrics by Édith Piaf
Performed by Cristin Milioti
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You Thought Ted Had It Bad, Wait till you see the story of The Mother.
5 February 2014 | by conor-williams2See all my reviews

How i met your mother doesn't get better than this. This episode of how i met your mother shows the traumatic life of the mother from when the man she loved died on her 21st Birthday. It just shows how this show works. Throughout the episode you see Ted being so close to meeting the mother due to being in the right place just a few seconds from he right time. We also meet the Mothers friendship circle which contains a female version of barney, just less well... Barney. There is no wonder this episode makes it's way into my favorite How I Met Your Mother episodes of all time since it shows all the moments we love from most series from a different angle. Final Word to sum it up: Perfect. 10/10

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