And so we've begun another season of "How I Met Your Mother", the show whose title represents the biggest lie in television since season 2 of "Prison Break".
At this point, I'm sure a generous portion of the show's audience is only watching because -- like me -- they've made a long-term commitment to meeting the mother, and can't give up at this point. Giving up on the show now would be like quitting a marathon after 26 miles. Or 20 miles. Or 13. Who knows how close we actually are to the finish line.
This episode started with the continuation of the scene at Barney and Robin's wedding, then jumped to a flashback to the day Victoria ran away from her wedding to be with Ted (where things left off at the end of Season 7). When you consider that the entire show is a flashback from "future Ted" in 2030, this was like the "Inception" of HIMYM episodes. A flashback within a flashback within a flashback. BRRRRRRRAAAAAWWWWRWRRRMRMRMMRMRMMMMM!
Once we were flashbacked back to "present day" there were three simultaneous stories. Ted and Victoria went back to her wedding, at Ted's urging, so Victoria could leave a note -- which Ted, having been left at the altar himself, said was important. I enjoy Victoria so much, but I'm so over Ted, so this story was a mixed bag.
The other two stories were tied together. Quinn found out Barney and Robin used to date, and was going to leave him, but he convinced her that he was over Robin, thanks to some help by Robin (who is now dating Nick, the crush guy from Season 6) and no help from Marshall and Lily, who spent the episode in a "new parent" haze. At one point they made it seem like Quinn was just bailing on Barney right after finding out about Robin, and I think I would've preferred that. We know they don't last. Let's just fastforward.
By the end of it all, we've caught another glimpse of the Mother, who at this pace will be revealed in full sometime in the year 2075. At which point, we'll be 45 years beyond the "Future Ted" scenes and we'll learn that Ted has actually been in a mental institution this entire time, his "kids" are actually orderlies, Barney is fellow patient, Robin is just a bird he saw outside a window once and he's being treated by Dr. Marshally Lily. It makes more sense than him telling the same story to his kids for EIGHT YEARS.