‘HIMYM’: A Shocking Surprise Ending for Robin and Barney

Cobie Smulders and Neil Patrick Harris in "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS)

Cobie Smulders and Neil Patrick Harris in "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS)

If you didn’t watch “How I Met Your Mother” last night, stop reading right now. Last night’s episode had such a bombshell of a surprise twist ending, that we’d rather let you watch it and come back.

It was a pretty big shocker, right? At the very end of the episode, Robin (Cobie Smulders) tells Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) that she’s pregnant. Of course, what we don’t yet know is whether the bun in Robin’s oven is Barney’s or Kevin’s. Maybe that’s something we’ll find out in the next episode.

But, let’s be honest with each other: the chances of it being Barney’s are about 100 percent. He’s the cast member, Kal Penn‘s the guest star. And we know that Barney a) wants kids — he was the more willing partner in the bro-parents arrangement he made with Ted (Josh Radnor), and b) he’s shown getting married in the spring of 2012.  Oh, and there’s a c): When Barney asks Robin, “Are we still friends” after last week’s heartbreaking misconnection, Robin says, “Hope so.” So let’s just get the idea in our heads right now that Barney’s the father.

It’s surely a good way for the Barney-Robin dance to get settled once and for all. But is this a seventh-season reach by Carter Bays and Craig Thomas? Perhaps. Really, at this point, there aren’t too many more directions the pair can take this gang of now-thirtysomethings. Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lilly (Alyson Hannigan) are going to be parents and are already contemplating moving to the suburbs, and  both Robin and Barney are looking to settle down. The only thing really left to settle is who the Mother is, and we know we won’t see that for awhile.

Watch the latest episode of “HIMYM”:

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So now we get to see how Robin, who seems to be having a meltdown before our very eyes this year, and Barney, who is confused as ever about how he wants to live the rest of his life, deal with this event. They will almost assuredly get back together, but the road to that end point may be curvy and bumpy, filled with all the “pregnancy brain” stuff that Robin warned Lily about. We’re just not sure whether that’s going to be fun to watch at this point.

The Lily-Marshall plot worked better than the Ted-Barney bro-parent plot; the visual gag of how small their apartment seemed in comparison to Lily’s grandparents’ house was inspired… and probably closer to how that apartment would look in real life. We especially liked Robin knocking over every lamp in the apartment, just by gesturing (“Haven’t you people heard of overhead lighting?” she screamed). We especially liked the first “fact” about Long Island — “Brooklyn’s f–t trail.” Not sure if the Eriksen-Aldrins will move to Long Island — the distance would kind of kill the show’s urban dynamic — but at least the decision is a realistic one. Bro-parenting was more of a creepy concept than anything else.

But all that faded away when Robin said she was preggers. At this point, “HIMYM” is going to go in a fun new direction, or it’s officially jumped the embryo. We’ll see soon which of those choices is true.

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