Having a How I Met Your Mommathon with the kids, and I just needed to write this down.
What we know about the Mother
-She’s a college student. This is mostly assumption, but as she was in the Econ 305 class Ted mistook as Architecture 101, she’s probably a student at Columbia. She might have been there as faculty in an observational capacity, but if she was, she would have spoken up to the idiot lecturing on Architecture.
-She was at St. Patty’s Day with Ted and Barney in 2007. A lot of people think she’s the chick Ted bumped in to, but Ted always says he hasn’t yet seen the Mother, apart from her ankle.
-She was Cindy’s roommate. There may have been a small hint to the Mother’s name in Girls vs. Suits, where we see inside Cindy and the Mother’s apartment. Being Cindy’s roommate also suggests she’s in Columbia. Her textbooks and various decorations are also worth noting.
-She has a yellow umbrella.
-She and Ted meet at Barney’s wedding.
Throughout the series, we are told these things, but in the spirit of the series, a lot of details can be hiding in plain sight. After noting a couple of things, I came to this conclusion: The Mother may be Barney’s sister.
So far, Barney’s Sister, Carly Whittaker, is only mentioned briefly by her father, Jerome. In casual fashion, Jerome tells Barney about his family; his Wife, his son JJ, and his daughter Carly.
How Carly Fits In
- She’s a college student. . Jerome Whittaker shows Barney a picture of his family, mentioning his, “daughter, Carly, she’s in college.”
-St. Patty’s Day ‘07. While we don’t really meet the Mother or Carly here, Barney and Ted could have ran in to her without knowing. I hope to God the Barnacle didn’t try to stick to her. That’s awkward incest unseen since the original Star Wars.
-Cindy’s Roommate. Since Cindy goes to Columbia, the Mother may also go there. From that we also learn that the Mother is in to Robots; she has five textbooks on building them, several ceramic and model robots, and we see the first Robot Sports piece from the Mother. The most telling things in relation to Carly are the ceramic animals, most notably the cat, and, though I haven’t been able to find it yet, there is apparently a picture with the letters C + C in Cindy’s apartment. The Ceramic Cat may be a piece of home; the Whittakers have many ceramic animals. The C + C, if it does exist, could denote, “Carly + Cindy.”
-Yellow Umbrella. There really isn’t anything defining about Carly being the Mother here. Uhh… Carly probably uses umbrellas? But while we’re on the subject, maybe Yellow is important to the Mother. The Umbrella, the Bus. It’s always good to note these little things, as they can become bigger facts later.
-Barney’s Wedding. As Barney’s half-sister, it’s extremely likely she’ll be at his wedding. This could also explain why Jerome is getting so much screen time; introducing Ted’s father in law. Also, as we know, it begins to rain at the Wedding. Who else can already picture the ceremony being over and the Best Man running the Bride and Barney to the limo, and, after closing the door, standing alone in the rain until he sees a familiar yellow umbrella in the crowd?
Also, Fun Fact #1, if it turns out to be Carly, isn’t it sweet that her home with Ted is 10 minutes away from her folks place? (In Legendaddy, we find out that Jerome Whittaker’s place is 10 minutes from Ted’s future home.)
Fun Fact #2, how many awesome Barney-I’m-Banging-Your-Sister jokes will there be in the group? “Hey Barney, I’m banging— wait for it… your sister!”
REMEMBER! Look out for references to show-tune singing breakfast items, robotic sportsmen, and Yellow things in the future.
I’ve also noted a few things unrelated to the Carly theory, but that could tie the Mother in to the series more.
Pictures— HIMYM’s storytelling is very unique. Because of the flashback format, they can give you information that’s seemingly random, but then turns out to be some of the most important pieces to the story. But more on that later— psyche!
I find it significant whenever they mention but don’t expound upon certain bits of the story. They usually slip bits of story unnoticed twice. There are a couple of examples I had but that don’t come to mind, so I’ll just get right down to it.
Ted has an antique camera collection. We find this out in Hooked, when he says he uses the collection to bait girls to the apartment. Why haven’t we seen these cameras before? Oh wait! We have… in the scenes with future Ted and his kids in the study. Why should cameras be more significant now? Perhaps the Mother has a thing for photography. The study has more than a couple Photography books, and one of the Mother’s ceramic robots is holding a camera. Another reason for Ted and Mom to fall in love.
The Band— In Girls vs. Suits, we find out Ted’s wife is in a band. In Hooked, Ted talks about a girl who kept him on her “hook,” and who was also on the hook of the Best Man of a wedding she invited Ted to. This Best Man is in a band, and Ted mentions how he finds out later that the Best Man was on Henrietta’s hook.
How does a random guy come back in to the picture, and how does Ted find out about he and Henrietta? Perhaps the Mother and the Best Man are bandmates, and she tells Ted about him. It may be a long shot, but it seems rather random Ted runs in to the Best Man and finds out he was being strung along by Henrietta any other way.
The Mother may even be a part of the band playing for Barney’s wedding, which could be another way she and Ted meet. Hot bassist girl carrying a heavy case and standing in the rain with a yellow umbrella anyone?
The Robots— In Girls vs. Suits, you can see a bunch of robotics textbooks, ceramic robots, and the first Robot Sports paintings. We hear about the Mother’s penchant for painting robot sports, along with other quirks, from Cindy, her roommate. She clearly has a fixation with robots. What’s more, the textbooks all have to do with building robots, and one is even called, “Kickin’ Bot: An Illustrated Guide to Building Combat Robots. And what awesome tradition does the group have involving sporting, nay, combative robots? ROBOTS vs. WRESTLERS.
I think it’s very significant Ted missed the first year at RvsW. I also think it’s relevant that Ted’s doppelganger is a robot-crushing luchadore. Ted mentions at the end of the episode that, “every year, hell or high water, we get together for Robots vs. Wrestlers.” I think the Mother is either a huge fan, or has entered a combat robot in to RvsW.
I can already hear the small talk under that yellow umbrella:
"I feel like I’ve seen you somewhere before… Do you…—"
"Get featured in magazines for being the youngest architect to add to the New York city skyline?"
"I was going to say, ‘wrestle robots’."
Cue future Ted’s voice over Ted and Mom’s smiling faces as sweet indie music builds up,