HIMYM Re-watch: S01E01 – Pilot

Well, I decided to go ahead and start my How I Met Your Mother re-watch. I’m still a newbie when it comes to blogging in general, much less a project like this, so please bear with me. I don’t know how frequently I’ll blog or if I’ll blog about every episode, but I felt that the pilot episode deserved it’s own post. Without further adieu, let’s get started.

If you aren’t familiar with HIMYM, the premise is that in the year 2030 Ted is telling his two children the story of how he met their mother. This story is then drawn out with many little side stories about his life with his friends as a 20-something in New York City. The concept of a narrator telling a story as if they are looking back on something isn’t a new concept. “The Wonder Years,” for example, used this story-telling method. However, using this method to tell a story with an exact goal in mind (meeting the mother) is brilliant. By having this lingering question, they ensured that even if the show had gotten really boring, which in my opinion it never did (with the exception of a few episodes here and there), there would still be a large part of the audience that would hang around just because they wanted to find out how Ted met the mother of his children.

Debunking theories

I think I’m going to try to use some things that I pick up on in these earlier episodes to debunk some theories that some fans have come up with over the years. There is a big one in this very first episode.

Throughout all 9 seasons there have been tons of theories about the mother. One theory that has gained some steam lately after a few hints that have been dropped in recent episodes is that the Mother is dead, and in the year 2030, Ted is just reminiscing about his deceased wife. I think that this theory is irrefutably debunked at the very beginning of the pilot episode.

The first scene of the series shows Ted’s son and daughter sitting on a couch and Future Ted says, “Kids, I’m going to tell you an incredible story: the story of how I met your mother.” His kids react by saying, “Are we being punished for something?” and “Is this going to take a while?” Now, if I were a teenager whose mother had recently died (or even if she had died several years ago), I wouldn’t be so annoyed or bored from hearing any stories that had anything to do with her. On a typical sitcom, this might be discarded as the writers just hadn’t thought the ending through at this point, but Craig Thomas and Carter Bayes haven’t just been coming up with this stuff episode by episode. They have known what the “big picture” story was going to be from the very beginning, and the closer the show got to the finale the more detailed that picture became. Plus, with the amount of attention that they put into continuity, I would be shocked if they would miss a detail that big.

I believe that this very first scene also debunks another, similar theory: that Ted actually is the one that dies and this whole story is actually someone reading a letter or something (this would explain why Future Ted is Bob Saget) to his kids after he dies. In this scene after Future Ted says that he’s going to tell his kids this story, his daughter asks if this is going to take long, and Ted responds by saying, “Yes.” The fact that Ted’s daughter interrupts him and he responds proves that Ted is in fact the one that is telling this story.

Favorite Quotes

Ted: “This woman could actually be my future wife. I want our first kiss to be amazing.”

Lily: “Aww that’s so sweet…so you chickened out like a little bitch.”

Ok. That’s it for this post. Like I said, I don’t know how frequently I’ll post. It might just be a few times for each season. If you can’t tell, I’m kinda figuring this out as I go.