The Money Pit. It may have looked like a lost cause, but as it turns out, it was a very important beginning. And not just any beginning, but the beginning of the rest of the life he so desperately has been seeking.
Long-time fans of HIMYM may be a bit tired of the show dancing around the whole mother saga. I definitely have "mama drama" fatigue, so I did like the way Ted (and the show) took a big step forward by purchasing and deciding to keep that dilapidated eye sore of a house. As we learned at the end, that house is the same one that we see the kids sitting in during the year 2030 while older Ted recounts the long and windy road to meeting their mother. OK, he has the house and we know that he has shared the same space as the future mother (twice that we know of), so we're getting closer. I'm hoping that Ted's happy ending enters his life -- for real -- soon now that he has the house they'll eventually start a family in.
The rest of the episode focused on Ted's mother getting married to a hippie hold-out (the catalyst for Ted's house-buying decision) and there were a few laughs: THAT painting, THAT song ("... and the dragon!"), and Robin, I mean Barney, crying at the end of the song. Overall, though, the wedding was merely a means to an end and that end was Ted purchasing the house. Something needed to push him over the edge and cause him to jump start his own future and watching your mom marry a man who paints a naked picture of himself and your mother and then gives it to you in the middle of the wedding reception would probably do the trick for most people. LOVED it when the gang all simultaneously declared, "Best. Wedding. EVER!!"
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