The other day I was searching for any listing of music mentioned during How I Met Your Mother in an attempt to see if a sensible playlist could be made (am I a ridiculous fan of this show yet??), and stumbled across this blog from You Got Red on You:
Season 3 seems like the year when it’s all coming together for Ted. We are introduced to the yellow umbrella, which supposedly used to belong to the girl that Ted will eventually marry. Mid-season we also learn that Ted’s future wife was at the same St Patrick’s Day party that Ted attended, even though the two never met at this party. On the day following the party, Ted returns to the club looking for his lost cellphone, and leaves with an abandoned yellow umbrella, to shield himself from a sudden shower of rain. In the next episode we meet the supposed owner of this umbrella: Stella, who was at the party in question, who Ted tries to woo from the moment they meet, who Ted proposes to at the end of season 3, who accepts his proposal and who Ted is set to marry in season 4. With one little snag, of course: Stella leaves Ted at the altar, moving in with the father of her daughter instead. Oops.
But wait a second! The yellow umbrella is never mentioned while Ted and Stella are dating. And let’s face it, Stella and Ted’s kids don’t exactly look alike.
So, what’s with all these potentially misleading hints (and I’m not even including “The Goat” in all of this)? Who was the owner of the yellow umbrella, the future wife that Ted supposedly never bumped into at the St Patricks party? Going by previous story arcs, the writers most certainly did more than simply plant misleading seeds. Which makes it all the more interesting that, for no reason at all, Ted actually does bump into somebody at the party: a girl who certainly looks like she is related to Ted’s kids. They exchange a quick “Excuse me” – “No problem”, and also share a quick but meaningful look. That look:
Okay, so it’s just a freeze frame in DVD quality. But I’m having fun here, and TV time is too precious to ever be wasted on unimportant scenes! I have no idea if the writers really were thinking this far in advance, let alone would cast a part as important as this one way ahead of time. But HIMYM has proven to be very well planned out, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they did (Ted is drunk in this scene, too, which can be used to explain away a few discrepancies later).
I am still of the camp that Victoria, who made the cake at Lily & Marshall’s wedding will be “the one”. It would make sense. Maybe she came back from Germany and has been hiding from Ted. I mean, if the mother is better than Rachel Bilson, and can’t be Robin, Lily or Winnie Cooper, than I’m not sure who’s left by the cupcake gal.
Then again, maybe I’m just hoping it ends that way because I love cupcakes. Maybe the dude above is right. If so, this would have to be the most awesome rare-glimpse lead-in ever.
Or maybe it ends that Ted and the mother never married, and/or Ted & Barney took their bro-love to another level. Who knows.
Hopefully tonight gives some insight.