May 15th, 2012
02:15 PM ET
After flashbacks, flash-forwards and pointless (yet hilarious) tales of friendship, “How I Met Your Mother” managed to tie up its seventh season in a pretty little bow.
Like, the kind of bow you might see on, say, a wedding gown…
(This is the part where you stop reading if you don’t want to know what happened last night on the CBS sitcom’s highly anticipated, one-hour season finale.)
“The Magician’s Code” begins in Atlantic City, as an inebriated Marshall and Barney try to find a way back to NYC to witness the birth of Marshall and Lily’s baby boy.
Barney attempts to steal a motorcycle while Marshall stumbles up two stairs and watches Animal Planet on an ATM. (Like you’ve never been drunk before.)
In NYC, Lily can’t go to the hospital until her contractions are four minutes apart, so she asks Ted and Robin to tell stories and distract her in the meantime.
From the tale of the cursed pants to that time they decided to dress as the “Breakfast Club” for Halloween but forgot to coordinate their outfits (they all showed up as Judd Nelson), the short stories were hilarious.
My personal favorite: “Where does that door go?” It’s funny because the door leads to a closet that Ted, Barney, Robin and Lily hide in before scaring the crap out of a curious Marshall. (Maybe you had to be there.)
And then there’s Ted’s thoughtful baby announcement. I could summarize the hilarity, but I wouldn’t do it justice. Might as well just click here and see it for yourself. (I love when they do things like that!)
Back in Atlantic City, Barney and Marshall eventually hop on a bus of
Marvin Waitforit Erickson also helped mend Robin and Ted’s friendship, which has been on the rocks since he declared his love for her … again. At the hospital, Robin rips into Ted, the way only a true friend would, and tells him he dates the wrong women. She urges him to call Victoria, the only appropriate woman he’s ever dated.
Victoria eventually shows up to the bar wearing a wedding gown. She’s supposed to be getting married later that day. But, as someone who has been left at the altar, Ted doesn’t take kindly to a runaway bride. He attempts to take her back to the church, but they end up driving off into the sunset together.
We know Victoria isn’t the mother of Ted’s children. (He meets his future wife at Barney’s wedding.) But I’m not mad at the writers for bringing her back. Maybe Ted needs closure before he (and we) can meet “the one.”
Meanwhile, Barney is thankful to still have Quinn in his life. They head off for Hawaii, but TSA has other plans. Barney gets stopped at security for having an unidentified box in his luggage. However, he can’t reveal what’s in the box because of “Magician’s Code.” Long story short: Barney magically opens the locked box to reveal (another box, a pot, a blooming flower) an engagement ring. Quinn says yes.
A little ways down the road … at Barney’s wedding … it’s Robin who’s dressed in white. That’s right, Barney and Robin are getting married. Chills.
What did you think of “How I Met Your Mother’s” season finale? Are you pleased to see Barney and Robin together again? What do you think of Ted’s decision to ride off into the sunset with Victoria? And how cute is Baby Erickson?!
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