Everything we learn about How I met your Mother in How I met your Father


The new series offers a host of references for long-time fans…and more!

The end of How I met your Mother, that was 8 years ago. But these days, the cult sitcom has made a comeback, of sorts, with How I Met your Father. No Ted Mosby, but a new group of friends around Sophie (Hilary Duff), who navigates in 2022 between romantic adventures, professional galleys and friendly support. But more than a spin-off about Gen Y or Z New Yorkers, How I met your Father multiplies the nods to its glorious elder, to the point of sometimes having the air of a sequel that does not quite say its name… So if you miss Barney, Marshal, Lily and the others, here are all the references of the new series – streaming on Disney + – to How I met your Mother. Spoiler alert!

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THE APARTMENT

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At the end of the first episode, we learn that the two friends of How I met your Father, Jesse and Sid, live in the same apartment that once housed Ted’s (Josh Radnor) gang. The one where “Schmosby” lived in a roommate with Marshall (Jason Segel), Lily (Alyson Hannigan) and even (at one point) Robin (Cobie Smulders). “It was the right level of connection to the original“, comments the creator Isaac Aptaker.

WESLEYAN

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How did they get this apartment? Because Jesse and/or Sid attended the same college as our friends from How I Met : Ted, Marshal and Lily went through the ranks of the Wesleyan University located in Middletown in the state of Connecticut. And it is via the list of former students of their college that the two new How I met your Father were able to rent this superb New York loft on the cheap.

MARSHAL AND LILY, OLD MARRIED COUPLE

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We already knew of the “flashforward” of the end of How I met your Mother that Marshall and Lily would stick together over the years. Jesse thus confirms by saying that their apartment was rented out by “ce old couple husbandé”, which suggests that he and Sid are subletting their place to Marvin and Daisy’s parents, who moved out just before the arrival of baby No. 3, in the latest episode of the cult series.

THE SWORDS

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Of course, the apartment has been given a little update. But the swords of Ted and Marshall, they remained hanging on the wall. They are now above the fireplace of Sid and Jesse, who must also surely have fun playing again Princess Bride sometimes…

GEORGE VAN SMOOT, THE CAPTAIN

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The season 1 finale of How I met your Father first brings back Kyle MacLachlan! Present from season 6 to season 9 in the original, the famous Captain, alias George Van Smoot, had ended up finding love – after being left by Zoey – in Becky’s arms. But obviously, he is still as attractive as ever.

BECKY

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“Boats! Boats! Boats!” is back. Laura Bell Bundy returns to play the pretty, somewhat silly blonde, who co-hosted the morning show with Robin (season 6) before ending up married to the Captain. The two were still together in 2022, but we discover that they will divorce the same year, following George’s adultery.

GLEN MCKENNA

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In this separation, the Captain will lose a single malt bottle of Glen McKenna from 1831, worth 3 million dollars. Obviously, it’s the same brand of cursed Scotch whiskey, referenced throughout the original series, most notably in the season finale, when Robin and Barney were married. Note that this is a fake brand, inspired by screenwriter Chris McKenna.

FARHAMPTON

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Moreover, in the divorce proceedings between the captain and Becky, George’s lawyer says that his client is ready to confiscate his wife’s oceanfront estate, the famous vacation home in Farhampton, and which plays an important role in the final season of How I met your Mother.

PINEAPPLE

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Last wink during the divorce proceedings: the captain tells Becky that he “hasn’t had it this bad since someone stole that pineapple from her doorstep in 2005…” A reference to the famous Mystery Pineapple, at the center of episode 10 of season 1 of HIMYMwhich Ted had ended up stealing one evening of drinking…

GOLIATH CORP.

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In episode 9 of How i met your Father, “Jay Street”, we learn that Ellen landed a job interview with Goliath Corporate Market and was eventually hired as a production assistant. We understand that this is a subsidiary of Goliath National Bank, the former workplace of Barney and Marshall.

MACLAREN’S PUB

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In How I met your Father, the new band hangs out in a new pub, the Pemberton. However, the MacLaren is still there, at the bottom of the building. Jesse and Sid pass by every morning. And Sophie stops there to have a drink and digest her disappointments in love, in the last episode. For the first time, she passes the door of the pub and thinks that it is not so bad…

CARL THE BARTENDER

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Nothing has changed. Even behind the bar, it’s always Carl who serves the beers. Joe Nieves is the third former member of the cast of How I met Your Mother to reprise his role in the sequel.

ROBIN SCHERBATSKY

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Of course, this is the spin-off’s biggest cameo: Robin Scherbatsky (played by Cobie Smulders) heads into How i met your Father. The opportunity to talk to Sophie, but above all to say a little more about her state of mind in 2022: she is a famous journalist (even Sophie knows her), with a limousine waiting for her to leave for new adventures. But at that time – in the timeline HIMYM – Robin is already divorced. She saw Ted marry Tracy. She cut a lot of her ties with the band and shares her wisdom with Sophie: “Don’t waste your time being afraid. Fear can make you run away from things that could be good, even great! Things that are meant to be part of your story…. I’ve been married, I’ve been single, and everything in between. And the only decisions I regret making are the ones I made out of fear.” Obviously, we think of Ted. And the director Pamela Fryman too: “I think when Robin walks into that bar, there are ghosts from her past. She’s sitting at the bar, talking about how someone told her they loved her on their very first date. ..” Indeed, Robin clearly evokes Ted, when she tells Sophie: “Once a guy said “I love you” outright to me on our first date. You have no idea what a hell of a piece this guy is… But a good piece…”

BONUS: ROBIN AND THE BULL

In season 7 of HIMYM, Future Ted discusses Robin’s brief career as a bullfighter. A deleted scene from the original series finale, set in 2020, during which Robin was gored by a bull while filming. A video obviously went viral when Sophie meets Robin two years later, since she talks to him about it again.

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