Sitcom sadness

*HIMYM spoiler alert*

I am a sad bunny today. Last night I saw the final episode of How I Met Your Mother.

I had been abusing the show since last two-three seasons for copying so many things from Friends, and repeating their own story tracks from the previous seasons. Lily was becoming excruciatingly annoying, Ted was super whiny, and Barney was just not that funny anymore.

Yet, when it ended, I felt tears rush down my cheeks while watching the last episode.

Much has been said and written about how it was a good/bad ending. So many people are really mad at the way it ended and so many people have loved the way it ended. I think I was too emotional to completely realize if I liked it or not. So, I saw it again. *facepalm*

I think it was a good ending. Barney and Robin got married, but Robin loved her career as much as she loved her husband. But sadly, Love-0, Practicality-1. Barney went back to being his own womanizer self, but that changed as soon as he looked into the eyes of his baby girl. The daddy switch flipped on and there was a whole new side of him. Lily and Marshall were just the way they were expected to be. Adding another member to their family and raising their brood together while Marshall got the job he had always dreamed about. Ted found the love of his life. I don’t agree that he settled for her instead of Robin. Tracie was his true love after all, and they spent an amazing time together with their li’l ones. After she died, he hung around with her memories. Finally, after 6 years, he started thinking about that one girl again. That one girl, who was his soulmate. Robin. So, he started telling his kids about his and Tracie’s story and began it with robin because she is the one on his mind. All this while, Robin had drifted apart from the gang because again, Love-0, Practicality-2. The highly practical woman that she was, she realized soon enough that with an ex-husband and a guy-who-could-have-been-the-one, she would not be in the same place again as she was when she met that bunch. Clearly, her career took her places, just as she always wanted. She had a wonderful time excelling at her job, but came back at every important moment for her friends. Finally, she also got her true soulmate, Ted. The crazy dog lady got her career, and her man, at the ideal points of her life. It was a perfect ending for everyone.

So, why am I sad? Because I started watching the show during my Engg in Lonavala hostel. After that, I used to watch this how with the xBF. We would sit and watch this together every Monday night. After I moved to OC, we would watch it separately and then get mad at it together after the episode. It feels like the end of an era. It was around a long time, since I was a young girl in my late teens, just starting college and it ended when I am in my mid-late twenties and going through what Robin must have felt while choosing her career and seeing that guy-who-could-have-been-the-one. The stupid episode made me very senti’mental’ but left a little flickering hope in my heart.

Things do work out eventually.

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14 thoughts on “Sitcom sadness

  1. I couldn’t watch HIMYM post 1st season. Somehow! So I can’t relate to what you feel.. But I feel horrible everytime I watch the last episode of FRIENDS. It’s like something that has always been a part of your life is not there any more… but with time, we find other interests and life indeed goes on! 🙂

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  2. Ugh! I shouldn’t have read this and adhered to your spoiler warning..we still haven’t seen the last episode. I am shocked man..hate the ending from reading your post. But will still obviously watch.
    Like you, I have memories of watching season 1 when I had just started my masters . It was my escape from horrific grad school and roommates and parental pressure to break up with then bf, now husband. Anyway, this last season and all the cheesiness between the mother and Ted pissed me off. I love cheesiness but this was bad even for me. And the mother has an irritating face in my opinion..something about the mouth and teeth. Now feel bad to hear she dies..the only reason I am even watching is for a happy Barney- Robin end but apparently that doesn’t happen, does it? And Lily and Marshall are strictly bearable this season ..I really liked the Daisy episode.
    Anyway, I will watch it tonight and comment/blog.

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      • Haha..tempting indeed…yes, I just had to open it when I saw HIMYM mentioned in the first line!
        So I had the entire day to digest your news and then also told the husband who refused to believe it and dismissed it as an April Fools joke. Anyway we watched it just now and while I was calm and composed, he cursed and major lg pissed off when B&R split. I feel sad mainly because this entire last season , they were the only reason I was watching the show. Their split, the mother’s death all seemed to not fit into the story they were building this season , a twist but a badly written one at that and finally an ending that did not leave me warm and fuzzy. I was so over T&R in season 2 ! B’s story with a nameless mother to his child was also so forced. Why could they not have had him with Tue stripper or the girl with the Brit accent at the end? I really need to thank you for your post earlier today, it softened the blow for me immensely! Like you though, I am moaning the end of the series that saw me through several growing years:) Sorry, looooong comment

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  3. Don’t have anything smart to say…i stopped following the series after the initial few seasons 😦 Though i always felt one of ted’s ex gfs (the one who leaves him at the alter) looked a lot like P*****i L**. I even told her that in final year.

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