By Sandra Gonzalez
December 05, 2011 at 12:00 PM EST
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It took How I Met Your Mother roughly two seconds to earn an exclamation of shock from me last night during the midseason finale. How, exactly? Read on […if you’ve watched last night’s episode. If not, I highly recommend not clicking below, friends. It spoils the whole thing!]

We were all eagerly anticipating the conclusion to last week’s episode, which left us on a doozy of a cliffhanger — Robin told Barney she was preggo.

This week opened with what we thought was the answer to all we’d been wondering. Robin, heard only in voice over, was sitting in front of a couch talking to two teenagers, Ted-style. “Kids, have I ever told you about how I met your father? Well, I’ll just skip ahead to the moment I told him I was pregnant,” she told them.


But that wasn’t the end of the twists, readers. As it turns out, Robin wasn’t pregnant, and she and Barney (who she claimed would have been the father) were happy about it. Well, she was happy about it until the doctor called back and told her she couldn’t have a baby…ever.

In Mother‘s grand tradition of awe-inspiring metaphors (ie: sandwich=joint), Robin simply told her friends she was upset because she “could never be a pole vaulter.” And though she was sad, we, as viewers, held on to the fact that she would eventually have children. After all, we saw her talking to them. But then, the rug was pulled out from under us and onto our faces we fell: The end of the episode revealed Robin was only imagining her future children — and that she never had any.

It would take a stronger person than I, readers, to have a dry eye after this sad revelelation. There’s so much more to the story, but I invite you to sound off here while I work on your full recap, to be posted in the morning.

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