The How I Met Your Mother season 8 finale just aired – join our discussion and read the recap here!

As the season comes to a close, it’s important to notice the theme of this season: change. Tonight was no different. We see the gang in a transitional period. Ted is finishing the remodel on his house in West Chester, and Barney and Robin are putting the final touches on their first-dance routine (it involves backup dancers and confetti) for their wedding a week from that day.

When Barney and Robin go out to celebrate their impending nuptials, they make an arch nemesis out of fellow diners Kiristin (she says the ‘r’ is before the i, as well as after), played by Casey Wilson, and her boyfriend, played by Keegan-Micahel Kay. There’s something in both Robin and Barney’s personalities that work well together – their love for cigars, their scotch drinking – but it’s funny that it certainly didn’t start out that way. Over the years they’ve developed and become more compatible than other couples (Robin/Ted, for instance).

Throughout the night, Kiristin makes them put away their unsmoked-cigars at the bar and takes their special table by the window. Robin decides to sabotage Kiristin and her boyfriend of seven years by slipping her engagement ring into a champagne flute, making it seem like her boyfriend was proposing. After the mishap is straightened out, they’re initially furious but decide getting engaged was the right step anyways. Hooray for love!

Meanwhile, in an attempt to get Lily’s mind off the move to Rome and Marshal’s visit to Minnesota, Ted takes her on a trip out to his remodeled, yet unfurnished, house in West Chester. They have a fantastic friendship dynamic, but beyond a few select scenes, we haven’t seen them in plot lines exclusively together lately.

While looking around the house, Lily throws a nice meta shout-out to the longevity of the show, “[Your kids are] going to sit on a couch right here and listen to your boring stories,” and discovers a ‘for sale’ sign, and that’s when Ted let’s the other shoe drop – he is selling the house and moving to Chicago the day after Robin and Barney’s wedding. Lily, always perceptive, sees through Ted’s desire to find a soul mate in another city, and realizes just how in love he is with Robin, which is to say, a lot.

Over the seasons, Ted has become more and more cynical. Here he’s been on this great quest to find true love and has failed dozens of times over. At this point, we should understand his desire to start over anew.

In a nice call-back to a past episode when Lily pries, she asks, “Where’s the poop, Ted?” and learns about the locket incident from last week. As we learn in a flashback, Robin didn’t find the locket last week because she dug it up years ago with Lily, right before Robin moved to Japan when she got frustrated Ted wouldn’t marry her. These two move away from each other in hopes that putting thousands of miles between them will help bury their feelings. Hopefully, Ted’s move to Chicago will not happen once he meets the mother the night of Robin’s wedding.

The locket, a symbol for Robin’s marriage, as it happens, has been sitting on Ted’s desk all this time. And he’s going to give it to her as a wedding present – good or bad idea, readers?

While all that chaos is happening on the east coast, Marshal visits home in Minnesota with baby Marvin so his mother can see them before they leave for Rome, or so they all think. His mother has plans to either keep them on this continent, or go with them, and neither plan is okay with Lily.

A wrench is thrown into all the Rome plans, though, when something that has been widely speculated on the web happens. Marshal gets a call to be a last-minute replacement for a position on the judge’s bench. He refrains from telling Lily over the phone, though. He says it’s “face-to-face” news. Only thing is, he won’t get a chance to tell her until the day of Robin and Barney’s wedding. Something tells us we’re in for an eventful season 9 premiere.

As the gang gets ready to go to the wedding, we hear Ted say he’ll get back to the city that night by taking the train. Slowly, all the pieces start clicking into place. We see a woman get in line at the train station, donning boots (that Lily had said she will have in her size) and the yellow umbrella that’s been a clue since the first season or so.

The last shot of How I Met Your Mother‘s season is the face of the mother! A petite brunette, who Ted doesn’t actually meet in this episode, but with HIMYM we suppose you have to take what you can get. The mother is actress Cristin Milioti, pictured below:

How I Met Your Mother actress

Watch the momentous unveiling:

For someone who has stuck with this show since season 1 and was convinced Robin was the mother until Ted dropped “Aunt Robin” for the first time, this shot was immensely satisfying. The question is, will the character actually develop over the next season? Will she join the cast? Only time will tell.

What did you guys think of the ‘HIMYM’ season 8 finale?

Disney’s released a minute-long clip from Beauty and the Beast, and it’s a great one: Emma Watson performing “Belle.”

Belle skips around town as the townspeople observe the “funny girl” in this uplifting sequence from the movie. You can’t help but get excited for Beauty and the Beast after watching this, and Emma sounds great!

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Disney’s released a minute-long clip from Beauty and the Beast, and it’s a great one: Emma Watson performing “Belle.”

Belle skips around town as the townspeople observe the “funny girl” in this uplifting sequence from the movie. You can’t help but get excited for Beauty and the Beast after watching this, and Emma sounds great!

In related news, the cast and crew kicked off their press tour today in Paris. Disney released the following adorable photo of Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Josh Gad, Luke Evans, director Bill Condon and composer Alan Menken as they start publicizing the movie, which opens in theaters March 17:

Can’t wait to see it!

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

Free will and humanity. Sacrifice and love. The nature of reality — and even of life itself. Beneath the plot, surprises, and pain, that’s what’s really going on in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spring finale.

That, and the characters who get caught in the middle.

Jed Whedon is Not. Playing. Around.

Executive producer and showrunner Jed Whedon is the man behind the pen and the camera in “Self Control,” and he’s there for a reason. Whedon’s first try at the director’s chair on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is operatic, incisive, and perpetually gut-clenching.

Yes, there are lovely and disturbing vistas, an artistry that comes from a deliberate and careful eye. But more important is the unshakable Whedon impulse that animates Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, that builds through the episode like a cresting tide.

You know that unmistakable sense that someone is laughing behind the scenes? Yeah. That’s why Jed Whedon is here.

What’s next?

Well, that’s a very good question. “Self Control” leaves us with a few razor-like possibilities, all of which lead down spiky corridors of questions. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 is here to leave us thirsty for the season’s final seven episodes, and that’s exactly what it does.

Oh, and to answer your next question…

Cliffhanger?

Uh, yes. Cliffhanger.

Oh boy, cliffhanger.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, “Self Control,” airs Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 10:00 p.m. on ABC.

What are your top theories for ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ 4×15?

Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

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Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

‘Liberty’s Kids’


Liberty’s Kids aired in the early 2000s on PBS. Liberty’s Kids follows three teenagers from varying backgrounds throughout the American Revolution, mentored by Benjamin Franklin. It is geared for children but is still pretty enjoyable for adults. In each episode, the teenagers encounter a significant person or event from the revolution, giving a concise and entertaining history lesson. The show features many important figures throughout the revolution, showing even more presidents than in Hamilton. As one can imagine, Washington is among these.

‘Lincoln’


Lincoln is a 2012, Oscar nominated movie, directed by Steven Spielberg based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography of Abraham Lincoln, Team of Rivals. Instead of a biopic of Lincoln’s entire life, Lincoln is specifically about his passing of the 13th amendment. Essentially directed between each of his science fiction blockbusters, Spielberg also made many significant historical movies, Lincoln among them. Lincoln not only shows his power as a president, but also humanizes him through an Oscar winning performance by Daniel Day-Lewis.

‘1776’


Hamilton is not the first musical about American history. Thankfully, though, because this way there are other options, one of which is 1776. Even more conveniently, the musical 1776 was adapted into a movie in the early 1970s. Heavily implied by its name, 1776 is about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 1776 definitely has a more classical musical theater vibe than Hamilton. The strange combination of American history and musical theater allows for a humorous yet educational experience. However, as reflective of the history of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Washington is not a character in the musical; yet, it obviously includes many other significant historical figures.

‘The West Wing’ or ‘The American President’


Unlike the other items on this list, these two are about fictional presidents. But it would be nice if they were real. Of the many politically charged movies and television shows by Aaron Sorkin, these two are specifically about presidents. If you have the day off and want to attempt to binge watch seven seasons, then you may want to check out The West Wing. The West Wing follows President Bartlet and his staff and advisors during their time in the White House. If you want a movie to help you transition between Valentine’s Day and President’s Day then The American President is worth watching. It is a romantic comedy about President Shepherd, who falls in love with a lobbyist.

How else will you celebrate President’s Day?