Christmas is only a week away, and “How I Met Your Mother” treated fans to a full hour of festive fun. Not only that, but we were finally treated to the proposal that has been brewing for several seasons. After one of the most elaborate courtships in sitcom history, Barney and Robin are finally engaged. That was easily the biggest revelation of 2012’s final episode, and it sets up some interesting prospects when “How I Met Your Mother” returns. Here is a recap of the two-part episode, “The Final Page.”
Robin, Barney, and Patrice
While at work, Robin sees a chance to get rid of Patrice. It’s time for employee reviews at her office, and Robin has a chance to fire Barney’s new girlfriend. Despite Patrice’s nice nature, Robin asks her inappropriate questions about her relationship with Barney. After a while, she ends up firing her. Patrice asks why Robin would fire her, and Robin admits that it’s not really about Patrice. She admits that’s it hard seeing her with Barney and ends up letting her keep her job.
Meanwhile, Barney tells Ted that he is planning to propose to Patrice. However, he makes Ted swear that he won’t share the news with anyone. This proves to be awkward for Ted, especially when Robin starts asking questions.
Ted tells Marshall about Barney’s intentions, but Marshall insists that Ted keep his mouth shut. He believes that Ted still has feelings for Robin and wants Ted to think about himself for once. He ends up dishing to Robin anyway, but she tells him that she isn’t going to do anything about it. Robin says she wants to go with Ted to his building dedication, but he decides to take her to the scene where Barney is about to propose.
As it turns out, Barney had planned to propose to Robin all along. The whole thing was an elaborate page in the playbook, and Patrice was in on it all along. A series of flashbacks reveal how he played the whole thing out. Barney proposes to Robin, and she accepts.
Ted’s rival professor
When he was in college, Ted’s professor didn’t have much faith in his abilities. Now that his own building is about to be dedicated, Ted sees a chance to prove his professor wrong. Unfortunately for him, the professor declines an invitation to the dedication because he doesn’t remember Ted. Ted drives to his old college with the intention of telling him off but ends up getting motivated by the teacher while attending a lecture. However, the teacher still insults Ted, when he looks at a picture of his building.
Barney’s been jinxed by Marshall, and he can’t talk until someone says his name. The whole gang has a lot of fun with this, while Barney’s frustrations continue to mount. He accompanies Marshall and Lily to their old college, where they run into an old classmate that is extremely obsessive. Marshall and Lily believe that he might actually kill them, and Barney wants to help. However, Marshall still refuses to lift the jinx. As it turns out, the old classmate wasn’t going to kill them. Instead, he was going to offer them money for coming up with a business idea.