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


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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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Did You Know?


The lottery reference that the mother states to Louis, is also mentioned by Ted in season 1 The Return of the Shirt. See more »


When Kelly gets into the yellow cab, it can be clearly indentified as a Ford Crown Victoria. In the next scene, the camera is following an older Chevrolet Caprice, before reverting to a Ford in the next shot. See more »


The Mother: Come live with me. My roommate just moved out.
Cindy: Are you sure? You just met me. I could be a serial killer.
The Mother: I like to believe in people. Plus, what are the chances that we're both serial killers?
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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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Release Date:

27 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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