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It’s hard to believe there have been 150 episodes of How I Met Your Mother. In honor of the occasion, I watched the pilot this weekend, and to be honest, it made me a little sad. You see, before this episode, I thought about where the gang has been in 150 episodes — the laughs, the tears, the randomness. And with Lily and Marshall in the suburbs, I wasn’t sure things would ever be the same. This episode put me at ease, and, I think, made change seem…not so scary. [Don’t read if you haven’t seen the 150th episode of How I Met Your Mother!]

Joe Lynch is hard at work on your full recap, but in the meantime, here’s a quick rundown of what happened:

Marshall and Lily were struggling with her dad around all the time — and Marshall asked him to move out. Papa Aldrin didn’t take it well.

But while they were dealing with an added presence in their life, the rest of the gang (…and Kevin) were struggling with the lack of Lily and Marshall in their lives. Ever since moving, Marshall and Lily could no longer get to the bar like before. So they tried to replace them with Stripper Lily and scary, stabby foreign Marshall (Stripper Lily’s boyfriend), but that worked out pretty much how you’d imagine.

Everything worked out in the end. Lily’s dad helped Marshall out of a tricky situation involving the fuse box (and was invited to stay for a bit more), and the gang realized there was no replacing their friends. Instead, they all decided that if Marshall and Lily wanted to have a new life in the ‘burbs, that they’d learn how to be a part of it. “Our booth is wherever the five of us were together,” future Ted said. And ain’t it the truth.

What did you think of the episode, readers? How epic were the two new credit sequences? And what was your favorite part of the episode?


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