Miracles (How I Met Your Mother)

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"Miracles"
How I Met Your Mother episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 20
Directed by Pamela Fryman
Written by Craig Thomas & Carter Bays
Production code 3ALH20
Original air date May 19, 2008
Guest actors

John Getz (Bob Hewitt)
Doug Benson (Cool Customs Guy)
Darcy Rose Byrnes (Lucy)
Anthony Palermo (Customs Guy)
Sarah Chalke (Stella)

Season 3 episodes

"Miracles" is the 20th and final episode of the third season of the CBS television series How I Met Your Mother and 64th overall. It originally aired on May 19, 2008.

Plot[edit]

Ted is having trouble getting a cab, but when he finally gets one, the cab is hit by a car speeding through an intersection. The entire gang, except Barney, rush to the hospital and are relieved to find that he is fine. Ted reveals that he and Stella had gotten into a fight after she invited him to her sister's wedding in six months and had broken up. When the accident occurred, Ted had seen all the things that he loved, allowing him to re-examine his relationship with Stella and realizing that he wants her back. Stella arrives in the hospital and reveals she has forgiven Ted. However, when she learns Ted thought they had broken up while she thought they had gotten into a small fight, Stella becomes upset and explicitly breaks up with him.

Lily calls Barney to tell him about Ted's accident, but he hangs up before she can tell him that Ted is fine, seemingly not caring. However, it is revealed Barney skips an important business meeting and when he misses a cab, Barney begins running to the hospital. He ends up getting hit by a bus driving the wrong way near the hospital, but survives, even though he has broken nearly all the bones in his body. Touched that Barney was so concerned about him, Ted and Barney finally reconcile, and with Marshall, declare that they're brothers. Marshall and Lily joke about what Barney must have seen when he was hit by the bus, but don't notice that he is looking at Robin as they mention seeing all the things that he loves.

Meanwhile, Marshall attributes Ted and Barney surviving their respective accidents as miracles, a notion Robin laughs aside, since she does not believe in miracles. Marshall begins to relate a series of anecdotes where he believed a miracle had occurred. The stories involve a pencil falling from the ceiling and bouncing into Barney's nose, Marshall successfully smuggling drugs from Amsterdam to the United States due to the customs officer changing shifts, and Marshall losing his job because of head lice he had gotten from Lily's kindergarten class shortly before Marshall's boss was arrested. Robin dismisses all of Marshall's perceived miracles and reveals why she does not believe in them. When she was a child and her dog was dying, her parents and the veterinarian supposedly saved her dog with a special operation. Marshall declares it to be a miracle until Robin reveals that they told her a major side-effect of the operation was that her dog "turned into" a turtle.

After the nurse tells Ted he can leave, he rushes out to meet Stella, who is at Kiddy Fun Land with her daughter. He gives Stella a small orange kangaroo stuffed animal. Ted tells her he's ready to give her what she needs, and that's why he spent ten minutes at the claw machine trying to get a fake diamond ring, but he could only get an orange kangaroo. Stella is confused why he would need a diamond ring, and Ted proposes to her.

Music[edit]

Barney's blog[edit]

Having suffered injuries to "83% of his body" Barney updates his blog from his hospital bed with the help of a nurse called Bill.[1]

Cultural references[edit]

  • Barney appears to be meeting with North Korean delegates. In Korean, he literally says "Sorry, but I must go." Ironically, they didn't understand a word.
  • When Marshall gets called, he is playing Guitar Hero: Aerosmith.
  • When Ted runs out of the hospital, Barney says "Run Ted, run". It is a reference to a scene from Forrest Gump.
  • Robin claims Bruce Springsteen is the "American Bryan Adams."

Production[edit]

In an interview for Television Without Pity series co-creator Craig Thomas said he always knew he wanted to end a season on a proposal if the show was successful.[2]

Critical response[edit]

Donna Bowman of The AV Club rated the episode A-.[3]

Omar of Television Without Pity rated the episode with a grade B+.[4]

IGN gave the episode 8.5 out of 10.[5]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Stinson, Barney (2008-05-19). "Barney's Blog: EMRGENCY RROOM". Archived from the original on 2008-05-22. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  2. ^ http://www.televisionwithoutpity.com/show/how_i_met_your_mother/the_craig_thomas_interview.php?page=5
  3. ^ May 19, 2008 Donna Bowman How I Met Your Mother "Miracles" http://www.avclub.com/articles/miracles,12992/ A-
  4. ^ Omar G. "How I Met Your Mother: We Got Renewed? Miracle! Season 3, Episode 20". Television Without Pity. NBC Universal. p. 9. Archived from the original on 2008-05-23. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  5. ^ May 20, 2008 How I Met Your Mother: "Miracles" Review. Have we met the mother? http://tv.ign.com/articles/875/875427p1.html

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