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HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: “The Autumn of Breakups” Episode Recap

Well tonight, the inevitable happened on How I Met Your Mother. We knew that Victoria was not the mom, so she was running on borrowed time this season. We’ll get to the reason why later, but my original thoughts are: why did they bring her back? She was always a dark horse to be the mom, and when she popped up last season, it looked like that might be the case. However, it’s not going to happen, and that’s fine, I just don’t really see the point of her coming back.

Onto the episode itself, Barney is looking for something to fill the void now that he and Quinn are broken up, and he finds a dog, who he names Brover. The dog provides some great humor throughout the episode, as he spends much of it in a mini-tuxedo. However, he has to give the dog back at the end, so there will be no more quality inter-species bro time.

On Marshall and Lily’s end, Marshall is being trained to take over for Lily in “sassy advice situations.” It’s sad that Marshall and Lily have become more of a side show then full on characters, but it’s understandable. They have a baby to take care of, so the show is expectantly focusing on the character development of the other characters.

We’ll now get to the main show, which is the breakup of Ted and Victoria. After Marshall and Lily suggest that Victoria wants to move things along with Ted, he confronts her about it. She makes it clear that she is ready, and what does Ted do: purpose of course. What else would he do? Victoria says yes under one condition: that he stops hanging out with Robin. Ahh, the Victoria/Robin jealous angle reemerges. However, I see where Victoria is coming from. Considering their checkered past, I don’t think it’s unreasonable.

After Ted talks with Marshall and Lily, he decides to tell Victoria that he can’t stop hanging out Robin. Victoria says “I hope you get her someday” and walks out, ending their relationship. Meanwhile, Robin’s decision to leave Nick for both Barney and Ted in one night sets up their breakup, which should come shortly.

The seeds are being planted for Robin to get back together with Barney this season, causing a jealous rift between Ted and them. My guess is that this boils over at the Barney-Robin wedding, which I hope will be this season’s finale. If it is, I expect Ted to walk out on the wedding at some point, and later that night meet the mom, who consoles him, which starts their relationship. That’s my guess. I might be wrong, but it certainly looks like it’s going in this direction.

When do you think Barney and Robin will get back together? What do you think of our theory between the three? Let us know in the comments!

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I grew up in the south, raised watching TV, Movies, and Sports. Entertainment is my life, and I can't imagine what my life would be like without it. I'm a USC grad, and proud to be a Trojan for life! Some of my favorite shows include South Park, Always Sunny, Dexter, and How I Met Your Mother, which I write a weekly recap of here. I also play and report on poker for a living. Its a hard way to make an easy living!