"Bass Player Wanted" opened what I'm hoping will be a door to a different kind of final season, focused on the mother, the gang and the big stuff. It was the last episode of 2013, the midseason finale, and it was lovely.
Instead of lamenting what should or could be crammed into the last moments we'll spend in our beloved "HIMYM" universe, perhaps it's time to lean back and stop being so damn impatient. Maybe then we can enjoy the ride.
"This road trip sucks!" Marshall says after Daphne refuses to make a pit stop in Chicago for good ol' Gazzolo's pizza. Funny, because we were just starting to think the same thing about the past few episodes.
The whole gang is finally sort of united by Lily's Marsh-pillow creation -- a Franken-pillow topped with Marshall's telecommunicating face. But then, all of a sudden, Ted becomes the best man to end all best men.
Welcome back to the final season of "How I Met Your Mother," where the elderly are summoned simply by saying "Mandy Patinkin" and sword fights result in damaged dresses and broken bottles of $600 scotch.
Finally, it's time for Ted to meet The Mother. The search to meet her has always revolved around the intimate moments in all of Ted's relationships and the complicated coincidences it takes to get to those moments. So now, we've made it.