The short version: They come face-to-face at the Farhampton train station as he bows out of Barney and Robin’s wedding. The two bonded over their shared history involving the mother’s yellow umbrella, which was woven throughout the series. “Funny how sometimes you just find things,” the mother (Cristin Milioti) says, revealing that her name is Tracy McConnell, “TM,” like Ted Mosby. Yes, they’re soul mates.
The long version: “See kids,” he tells them, “right from the moment I met your mom, I knew I have to love this woman as much as I can, for as long as I can and I can never stop loving her, not even for a second. ... And I carried it with me when she got sick.”
Yes, the mother gets sick and dies, much to the audience’s dismay. But Ted’s kids don’t buy that he made them listen to the prolonged story just for the sake of story-telling, because their mom is “hardly in the story.”
No, despite him believing he kept the tale “short and to the point,” his daughter tells him that the point of the story “is that you totally, totally, totally have the hots for Aunt Robin,” who divorced Barney after three years of marriage. They say he only recounted the story to them so he could find out if they were OK with him asking her out six years after their mother died. They were and he did... with a blue French horn, no less. (Ron P. Jaffe / CBS)
“TGS” employees are moving on to other projects -- Jack finds his happiness in transparent dishwashers, while Liz finds hers in family and Grizz’s new sitcom. Other highlights: Jenna, not yet a Broadway star, highjacks a Tony moment, and after much effort, Lutz gets to pick lunch.
And the series turns out to be a pitch for Liz’s future granddaughter to Kenneth, the ageless head of NBC. (NBC)
We wanted to start off this post with an astute Powerism -- but, darn it, none of them were clean enough, so we’ll just get to it: brusque comedy “Eastbound & Down” will, indeed, end its run on HBO after its upcoming fourth season.
Let out your best Kenny Powers expletive, if you wish.
The announcement from the network comes a day before production resumes in North Carolina on the eight-episode season. The third season wrapped in April 2012 and was rumored to be its last -- talk boosted by star/producer Danny McBride, who plays the crass former major league pitcher at the heart of the show, implying such.
But it looks like HBO used that whole “Listen here, you beautiful ...” speech to get McBride and fellow producers Jody Hill, Chris Henchy, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay to give it one more go.
The final season will premiere on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 10 p.m., leading into the series premiere of Stephen Merchant’s “Hello Ladies.” The network additionally announced “Boardwalk Empire” will return Sept. 29 at 9 p.m., serving as a lead-in to the comedy block.