If you are having trouble following the couplings of How I Met Your Mother, you may not be the only one. In simple terms: Robin (Cobie Smulders) is one of the aunts, Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) calls himself uncle, and Stella (Sarah Chalke) could be the mother. So...where does that leave us, as far as romantic futures go?
I have the exclusive details from the cast about what flirtations and crushes are leading up to the infamous wedding...
Barney & Robin:
Relationship Status: Did the dirty, but no relationship—yet!
Chance of Survival: She's an aunt, he's an uncle…hmmm
Courtship Process: "Barney gets really interested in the news [show anchored by Robin]," says Josh Radnor.
Poor Barney...his lovah has gone off to Japan, but good news: Robin won't be gone too long. In fact, I think she'll be back just in time for Ted and Stella's yoga-retreat wedding. Neil Patrick Harris says, "Well, it’s no secret that at the end of season three Barney has some more feelings for Robin. By feelings, I mean downstairs, you know what I’m talking about? I think a yoga retreat seems the perfect location—what with the legs-behind-the-ears poses and things—to make that kind of move. So that’s my plan." As sexy as that sounds, will Robin be cool with that? "Well, assuming the chloroform works, I’m not sure she’ll have much to say."
Ted & Robin:
Relationship Status: Past lovers, onetime boyfriend-girlfriend
Chance of Survival: She's an aunt…that would be incestuous!
Courtship Process: Staying good pals
Josh dishes: "There’s a cool development with Robin and Ted that’s not necessarily romantic, but it’s cool. I’ll just say that." Hmmm...Lily and Marshall are moving out, and when Robin gets back from Japan, I do believe she will need a place to stay—so does that mean they will be living together? Do the math, my friends.
Marshall & Lily:
Relationship Status: Married
Chance of Survival: Looking good.
Courtship Process: Unconditional love—or obeying your wife and working in corporate America to house and feed her
Could there be little Lilys and Marshalls running around in the near future? Josh says, "Lily and Marshall start having a mature conversation about things." Could it possibly be babies? "We’ll see. I don’t know. They start having a conversation. I didn’t say babies. You said babies." And I hope I'm right!
Ted & Stella:
Relationship Status: Engaged
Chance of Survival: Sarah Chalke is only signed on for four episodes—so far...
Courtship Process: Moving to New Jersey
Ted is on his way to marital bliss...or is he? Resident married dude Marshall has a few words of advice for his buddy: "Just say yes to whatever she wants. Don’t ever argue or try to put your own point of view forward. Just become a total zombie to your wife’s whims." That's a pretty depressing view of marriage—is that really what Jason Segel believes? "No, but that’s Marshall’s point of view, I think—just do what Lily says."
How I Met Your Mother airs tonight (and every Monday) at 8:30 on CBS!
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—Additional reporting by Natalie Abrams