Spoiler alert! Don't read any further if you're lame. Or on the west coast.
Ok, tonight was HIMYM's 100th episode, where they promised us both a musical number and major developments on the Ted's wife front. The episode was mostly about Ted and Barney, so let's talk about the other three first. We see Lily, Marshall, and Robin in the bar talking about the Hot Lady Bartender and that's about it, and I was not impressed with that subplot. First of all, it didn't really go anywhere, unless you count Robin discovering that it's fun to be a Hot Lady Bartender as a big ending. Which I do not. We've had enough episodes of Lily talking about hot ladies in general, I'm kind of over that, it's not super funny anymore. I know they were trying to give them something to do so they weren't totally irrelevant for this episode, but I think they could have done better. And yeah, there's no second of all, but that's because they didn't have anything else going on either, so it's not my fault.
Barney traded in his suits for a shot at Hot Lady Bartender, which I thought was pretty funny. Barney's secret bathroom suit? Nice. And the whole sequence with "injured" suit and Tim Gunn's guest appearance? Classic. I love that the buttons at least saved another life. The musical number was pretty hilarious, but NPH is a musical genius so I have to say I was expecting awesome so I would have been disappointed with less. It was weird seeing him in a t-shirt too, it just felt all wrong.
And Ted met his future wife...'s roommate. I'm not surprised it wasn't Rachel Bilson (aka Cindy the grad student), it would have been way too obvious since everyone knew she was guest starring and all that. I do feel like we're so close to the mother that just a few...more...episodes...and we'll be there. But it's 100 episodes, and still a tease! I think they keep doing this because they feel like once we meet her, it's all over, but I think just because we know there's a happy ending that doesn't mean there can't be good funny crazy episodes along the way. Case in point? Ted and Robin. We knew from the start that they were not going to end up together, yet season two with their relationship was really good. The fact that we knew it was destined to end didn't ruin those stories, so I think it could work here if we actually got to see the mom get her yellow umbrella back. So I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we get somewhere soon!