On Jan. 27, CBS’s How I Met Your Mother airs its 200th episode, titled “How Your Mother Met Me,” which promises to fill in several details involving the titular parent. “Various claims we’ve made about the mother over the years — like her making breakfast and singing show tunes — will be paid off,” promises cocreator Craig Thomas.
But while some of the mysteries surrounding Ted’s wife may get solved, the cast members have some questions about their own characters, as well as storyline wish lists, that they’re anxious to have addressed before the series wraps this spring. Thomas and cocreator Carter Bays respond to the queries.
People really want to know where the Season 1 pineapple — which inspired Ted to lay out the evidence on a cork board to crack the mystery — came from. Will we find out? — Josh Radnor (Ted)
Sorry, Josh. Bays says this question can never be answered because Future Ted told the audience that “we never found out where the pineapple came from.” To then provide an answer would break the show’s rules. “If the narrator said it, it’s gospel,” says Bays.
I would like Marshall to be visited by the ghost of his father, because Marshall very firmly believes that is possible, as I’ve also always believed personally. — Jason Segel (Marshall)
You’re in luck, Jason! “That is actually happening,” Bays says. “In the second half of the season, Marshall will be meeting the ghost of his father, played again by Bill Fagerbakke.”
They’re building up to introduce Robin’s mom soon. She missed her flight to Barney and Robin’s wedding, so I’m interested to see if she gets there. And what happened to my sister, Katie, who was played by Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars)? — Cobie Smulders (Robin)
“We’re trying to get Lucy back,” Bays says. “Of course Katie would be at Robin’s wedding.” As for Robin’s mother, Thomas offers, “Something’s happening, but we can’t say what.”
Is this wedding really going to happen? A lot of fans think it won’t, which I certainly hope is not the case. — Neil Patrick Harris (Barney)
The groom can rest assured. “The wedding will happen,” Thomas says.
Wasn’t the goat that Lily rescued in Season 3 supposed to come back? — Alyson Hannigan (Lily)
“That’s very interesting,” Thomas says. “That’s something we haven’t thought about revisiting, but now maybe we will in the eight episodes we have left to shoot.”
I’m not entirely convinced [actress] Cristin Milioti is the Mother. — Bob Saget (Future Ted)
“That would be terrible to do to me!” says Milioti. But she can stop sweating about this. “If Ted said it,” says Thomas, “then yes, she is most certainly the mother of those children.”
Kacee: I don’t ask for much this time of year. Maybe just some How I Met Your Mother scoop?
Happy holidays! We’ve got scoop straight from the cast when we visited the set recently. Cristin Milioti, aka The Mother, put rumors to rest and confirmed that she will definitely not be in the spinoff. However Josh Radnor said that you “probably” won’t see Ted in the spinoff, which means there is a chance Mr. Mosby could pop up. And if you’ve been missing the Mother lately, do not miss the 200th episode, which Milioti said will “fill in the mother stuff.” Bonus scoopy tidbit: Jason Segel revealed that soon we will find out who wins the battle over where Marshall and Lily are going to live.
‘HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER’: WHAT’S NEXT FOR LILY AND MARSHALL? PLUS, MOTHER SCOOPAGE
As Lily has indicated in the past few episodes of this season, she’s less than happy about Marshall’s secret-keeping ways, and when his road journey finally brings him to the Inn, there will be blood. Kidding. But there will certainly be some “twists and surprises,” as executive producer Craig Thomas teases.
“This season — especially the second half of it — is largely about showing where our characters will be heading in the future, so the debate of who will get to pursue their dream, Marshall or Lily, is a big one in determining their next life chapter,” he says. “And it’s such a real issue in any couple: Who’s gonna get what they want and who’s gonna sacrifice?. … The way it plays out contains some pretty big twists and surprises.”
So when WILL Marshall finally get to the Inn? You’ll see, but Thomas promises, “We will get to this issue sooner than later in the second half of the season.”
Lastly, while I’m sure you all have heard, episode 200 is very much Mother-centric and something EP Carter Bays called “a really different, strange episode” that will cover eight years of the Mother’s Life. What you may not know? “We were all fighting tears by the end of [the run-through],” Bays says, “and that’s a credit to Cristin [Milioti].” Thomas adds: “It’s a new trick. We’re showing a new trick in episode 200 that we never could have done in any other season. And to me, more than anything else, episode 200 is why we did season 9. If you were going to epitomize it in one 21-minute capsule, this is why we did season 9. And you’ll see what I mean when you see it.”
Folks are asking if The Mother is in the next new #HIMYM. I could say “No spoilers.” Or I could just say, “Yes. A LOT.”
— Craig Thomas (@HimymCraig) December 3, 2013
How I Met Your Mother‘s titular mama has been in short supply so far this season, but that will change when the hit CBS comedy airs its 200th episode in January.
The milestone outing, while light on the original cast, will offer up a plentiful helping of the future Mrs. Ted Mosby.
“You’re going to be so sick of her by the end [of the series],” jokes executive producer Craig Thomas, adding that newbie series regular Cristin Milioti is “the star” of the momentous half-hour, titled “How Your Mother Met Me,” which is told from her character’s perspective.
“Our 100th episode was very much a celebration of the cast – not the cast doesn’t deserve celebrating even more after 200 episodes – but this is a different kind of story,” adds EP Carter Bays. “It’s about the tale. It felt like a different kind of 200th episode, but it felt like the right one to do in terms of the greater story of the show.”
Having a lot more screentime also gives Milioti a greater chance at taking home awards-season gold, when the time comes. “If she doesn’t get nominated for a guest Emmy for this episode, I don’t know what one has to do to get that,” raves Thomas. “She’s fantastic in it. Anyone who wants more of her will love this episode.”
As The Mother’s story unfolds, that fateful meeting — between Ted and his future wife at the train station — nears. But will it be a joyful moment? After all, the bachelor, sporting a mysteriously bandaged hand, looks pretty forlorn in the flash-forwards after struggling with his feelings for Robin during the wedding festivities.
“It’s a bruising weekend for everybody,” replies Bays. “A lot goes down. But he’s going to meet [The Mother] at exactly the right time in his life.”
Assures Thomas: “Ted will be very happy at the end of the series.”
The cast and crew of “How I Met Your Mother” celebrated the show’s 200th episode on Thursday (Nov. 21). Amid the cake-cutting and words of praise for the show, creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas revealed some of what you’ll get to see when the episode airs in January.
“Our 100th episode ['Girls vs. Suits'] was very much a celebration of the cast. Not that the cast doesn’t deserve celebrating even more after 200 episodes, but this one is a different kind of story,” Bays says. “It’s about the story. It was an episode we intended on doing anyway, and it just happened to fall on the 200th. … But it felt like the right one to do in terms of the greater story of the show.”
The episode is called “How Your Mother Met Me,” and it will detail how the Mother (Cristin Milioti) got to where she is now — so expect to see references to the yellow umbrella, her time living with Cindy and other near-misses in hers and Ted’s (Josh Radnor) story.
Thomas also says that the second half of the season will feature more of Milioti, whose screen time has been somewhat limited so far. “We wanted to find the right balance when she appears,” he says. “We like the idea that the audience tunes in not knowing if they’ll get her. … I don’t want to say how much or how little [she turns up], because I like the idea that the audience doesn’t know week to week. She’ll pop up in some unexpected ways.”
The latter half of the season will also feature more of the moving back in forth in time Bays and Thomas promised before the season started.
“There’s an episode coming up that’s set largely in China. That’s real — I’m not kidding,” Thomas says. “There’s an episode that’s mostly flashback, and mostly set in China. That will make sense once you see it. But there are a bunch of episodes coming up where anyone having fatigue of the wedding weekend will be happy — there’s a lot of crazy, time-machine, structural jumpiness coming up that I think people will enjoy.”
And slap fans, take heart: The poster hanging behind Bays and Thomas in the photo had every episode title printed on it, and according to that, episode 199 is titled “Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment in Slapmarra.”
Daddy issues aren’t at the center of a “How I Met Your Mother” spinoff so much as a need for a love story repository.
News recently spread that Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, co-creators of the soon-to-be-departed CBS comedy, along with Emily Spivey (“Up All Night, “SNL”), would be producing a CBS pilot “How I Met Your Dad.” As the title suggests, the narrative would focus on a female character’s journey to find love and will center around a whole new set of characters unrelated to its predecessor.
Bays and Thomas admit that part of the idea for the offshoot may be that it allows them to have a place to plant those “HIMYM”-type ideas now that the nine-season comedy is set to end its run in April.
“Maybe subconsciously, in agreeing to try to continue this story, that was part of it,” Bays said during a celebration of “HIMYM’s” 200th episode on the comedy’s set in Century City. “It’s nice to know there’s a place where love stories can keep being told and we will be able to have a place for it.”
Thomas emphasized that the spinoff is “very much its own beast,” but added “there is some comfort in knowing that if you have some great idea for another dating story, or breakup story, there is a new place to tell a new version of it.”
That is, if CBS picks it up. Until then, the duo are focused on how they’ll meet fans’ expectations with the series finale of the show that Nina Tassler, on set to toast the show, credited with making CBS cool with young adults.
“We always had a plan of how we wanted to end the series,” Thomas said. “And we’re going to do it that way and hope that people like it. Some might like it more than others, but we believe it’s the right ending to the story.”
Here’s a bit of what fans can expect in the episodes leading up to then:
–The milestone 200th episode, which will air Jan. 27, will feature a lot of her. So fans who have been wondering why the long-anticipated reveal, made at the end of last season, has taken a backseat, get ready to be rewarded.
“You are going to be so sick of her by the end of this episode,” Thomas joked. “The 200th episode, she is the star of it. It’s from her perspective … anyone who wants more of her will love this episode. And past the episode, there will be quite a bit more of her, too. We wanted to find the right balance where it’s still special when she appears. We like the idea of the audience tuning in not knowing if they’re going to get her.”
–And, hey, what about getting a name for mommy dearest (played by Cristin Milioti)? “You’ll get a name … before we’re done. I won’t say when and where,” Thomas said. Bays added that they picked the name a while ago.
–The upcoming, much-talked-about rhyming episode will be almost entirely in flashback.
–An upcoming episode will be set largely in China. “That’s real,” Thomas. “It’s an episode mostly in flashback, and mostly set in China. That will make sense once you see it.” Time machine, structural jumpiness coming up that I think people will enjoy.
–Robin will be the last to meet the titular mother. And there’s a significance to that. “We’ll say it happens late in the season and there’s definite significance.” Thomas said. “It’s a very important moment when they run into each other.
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“We want to honor ‘How I Met Your Mother’ with the cleanest ending possible,” says creator Craig Thomas
“How I Met Your Mother” will soon wind to an end after nine seasons — but not before reaching its milestone 200th episode. And after the curtain falls on “Mother,” series creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas (pictured) will busy themselves preparing a spinoff series, “How I Met Your Dad,” which has received a pilot production commitment from CBS.
TheWrap attended a press event Thursday where Bays and Thomas spoke about the upcoming 200th episode — which airs Jan. 27 — and discussed how the new project will be a totally different animal than its predecessor.
Billed as a “kindred spirit” to “How I Met Your Mother,” “Dad” will tell its story from the female point of view. But Thomas and Bays insist there will be no crossover between the current series and the new project.
“If this new show goes next year, it will be a brand new show. It will be a brand new story,” Bays said. “We kind of didn’t want it to have any feeling of trying to resuscitate something that has already ended.”
And no, Cristin Milioti — who was recently introduced this season as the titular mother on “HIMYM” — won’t be playing role in the new series.
“I almost wish we could use her. She’s good enough to do it, she’s good enough to carry a series,” Thomas said. “But the thing that’s most important to us is that ‘How I Met Your Mother’ has its own ending, and then that’s it. April 28 at 9 p.m. is the end of ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ that’s the end of the story. It’s contained, it’s done. And then in the fall, if we succeed with the spinoff, we will have to make our case to the audience in a whole new way, with a whole new world, with whole new characters. And that feels right; we want to honor ‘How I Met Your Mother’ with the cleanest ending possible. And then, should [the spinoff] go forward, that will have to earn the love again in a new way and just be its own charming, different thing.”
“Beyond just changing one word in the title, there is a twist and it makes it a totally different show,” Bays added.
As for the upcoming 200th episode, the pair was reluctant to divulge specifics, but Thomas promised that it will be “unlike any we’ve done before.”
“I think one of the proudest things of Season 9 and especially the 200th episode is that it’s an episode unlike any we’ve ever done before, in a season unlike any we’ve ever done before,” Thomas said. “It’s a new trick we’re showing, a new trick in episode 200 that we ever could have done in any other season. And to me, more than anything else, episode 200 is why we did Season 9. If you could epitomize it in one 21-minute capsule, this is why we did Season 9, and you’ll see what I mean when you see it.”
Thomas added that Milioti is “the star of episode 200, let’s say it that way. We want her to win an Emmy for this episode, Cristin. She’s beautiful and wonderful and hilarious in this episode.”
And Milioti’s presence on the show will definitely be increasing as the series runs up to its close.
“We definitely didn’t want to give too much of the mother, that was our number one thing. she has to be special,” Bays offered. “As sort of a template we kind of looked at ‘Jaws,’ kind of. Like, you don’t see the shark right away; it pops up here and there, but you see more of the shark as the movie goes on.
“The second half of the season we’ll see more of the shark, and in the finale… she’s going to bite a boat in half,” Bays cracked.