We go over what happened in the show's eighth season and name the season's best episode


Baby Marvin dominates Lily’s and Marshall’s time and energy (leading to the dreaded ”eight or higher” rule about listening to their friends’ problems), but the rest of the gang are largely consumed with their own relationships anyway: Ted with Victoria, Robin with Nick (Michael Trucco), and Barney with Quinn. ”The Autumn of Breakups” unravels all three and pushes Barney and Robin back together — until she rejects him. Barney runs into the arms of Robin’s work nemesis, Patrice (the divine Ellen D. Williams), which actually proves to be a cover for an elaborate plan that sees Barney grandly propose to his true love. Ted’s dating rut pushes him into the clutches of crazy fire-alarm puller Jeanette (Abby Elliott), who inspires the ingenious Dobler-Dahmer theory of romantic gestures. The Captain resurfaces and hires Lily as his art consultant, eventually persuading her to move with him to Rome for a year…just as Marshall gets a dream offer to be a judge in NYC. But nothing stands up to the final scene of the season: a pretty brunette (Cristin Milioti) toting a yellow umbrella and a guitar asking for ”one ticket to Farhampton, please.”

Best Episode: ”The Final Page Parts 1 and 2” It’s the ooey-gooey center of the season. The outing has it all: a flashback to Barney getting hit by a bus, Peter Gallagher as Ted’s old architecture professor, Seth Green as a Lily-and-Marshall-obsessed pal from college, a great assist from Patrice, several jinxes (including one that requires Ted to help with Barney’s proposal plan), the opening of the GNB tower, and, of course, Barney’s final play — and final page in his Playbook — titled ”The Robin.”

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