SPOILER ALERT: This story reveals vital plot factors from the Season 1 finale of Hulu’s How I Met Your Father.
The Season 1 finale of Hulu’s How I Met Your Father had just a little little bit of every thing for anxious followers: shock (re)appearances, a tuxedo cat, a marriage, two breakups, and the ultimate piece of the puzzle connecting The Captain (Kyle MacLachlan) and Sophie’s (Hilary Duff) love life.
The episode titled “Timing Is All the things” opens with the Captain as he’s negotiating the phrases of his divorce from Becky (Laura Bell Bundy), and all she needs is his most prized processions—his boats. If you happen to’re questioning what on earth their marital woes must do with Sophie, her future self (Kim Cattrall) asks for endurance because the story unravels.
Current-day Sophie is nearly stood up by Jesse (Chris Lowell) at a restaurant, however he barrels in extraordinarily late with a tepid excuse. However he has extra attention-grabbing information: he met up together with his ex Meredith (Leighton Meester) in his seek for closure. After he assures her his previous is lastly behind them, the pair results in mattress collectively. Whereas Jesse is asleep, he confesses to Sophie that he loves her. She freaks out and sabotages the connection.
Valentina (Francia Raisa) and Charlie (Tom Ainsley) have a break of their very own after he discovered she needs to have youngsters sometime. The cut up occurs proper in entrance of Ellen (Tien Tran)—AWKWARD— who had a horrible job interview and an equally horrible date of her personal. On the plus aspect, Ellen did discover an cute tuxedo cat within the constructing who each she and Valentina can’t assist however fawn over.
Sophie bumps into How I Met Your Mom‘s Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders) on the bar. Sophie completely fangirls and dishes about her relationship woes over drinks. Robin shares some sage recommendation, “Don’t waste your time being scared, Sophie. Worry could make you run away from issues that might be good—nice, even. Issues which are presupposed to be a part of your story.”
This prompts Sophie to hurry over to Jesse’s place to work issues out however she finds him kissing his ex. Yeah, busted. Leaving the drama of her private life behind for a bit, Sophie heads to her exhibition to have fun her skilled achievements with associates.
The episode ends with Ellen getting the job provide in spite of everything and a promising new date with cat lady, Rachel (Aby James). And Sid (Suraj Sharma) surprises the squad with information that he and long-distance girlfriend Hannah (Ashley Reyes) have secretly wed.
Earlier than unveiling the large cliffhanger, we now have to revisit the Captain. He concedes his fleet of boats to his spouse—save for one in Australia as a result of, “What these marine biologists are doing down there’s vital. They’re attempting to assist coral reef procreate,” the Cap says.
This ties into the occasions within the pilot episode the place Sophie goes on a Tinder date with a person named Ian (Daniel Augustin), a biologist who went Down Below to assist coral reef procreate. Within the closing beats of the episode, Ian walks into the exhibition with an enormous grin on his face.
“Is that this an excellent time?” he asks her.
Sequence creators Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger break down the occasions of the finale with Deadline and tease what’s forward.
DEADLINE: All this forwards and backwards with Sophie, how a lot enjoyable are you guys having torturing viewers and holding them guessing?
ELIZABETH BERGER: [Laughs] It’s enjoyable. One of many issues that has been actually cool— even inside these first 10— is displaying little glimmers of connection between Sophie and a few actually cool guys. So possibly you might have your consideration on Jesse all season after which possibly she has a loaded alternate with Sid and you consider the way you’ve by no means seen that between them earlier than. That kind of factor is admittedly enjoyable for us to maintain all people guessing.
DEADLINE: So many are cheering for Sophie and Jesse. Why’d you select to finish issues the place you probably did?
ISAAC APTAKER: I believe they’re two individuals who have been flirting with the thought of there being one thing romantic between all of them season. After they determine to go for it, it explodes fairly spectacularly and fairly instantly of their faces. We speak lots within the writers’ room about Sophie being a personality who, as quickly as she has one thing that feels good, self-destructs just a little bit and self sabotages. That’s precisely what occurred between her and Jesse. When he says this sleepy I really like you, it will get in her head. When she calls him out on it, he doubles down like would that be so loopy? I believe she simply will get actually actually freaked out at the concept this is likely to be the man for her and so she pulls the self-destruct chord.
DEADLINE: Earlier than diving into the Ian of all of it, are you able to talk about the Captain and his function in Sophie’s life? Now that the connection has been revealed, will he disappear?
APTAKER: We have been fortunate to get Kyle for these couple of episodes, he’s the busiest man on the earth. He was in Australia filming one thing else and it got here all the way down to the wire. It simply barely labored out. We might like to have him again however he has like 9,000 jobs.
DEADLINE: The Captain had his method of popping out and in of How I Met Your Mom so it might be very on model to see him pop into a distinct season, proper?
APTAKER: Sure! He loves the character and he’s at all times all the way down to do it.
DEADLINE: With Sophie actually not prepared for love and all it entails simply but, are we to guess she and Ian are doomed additionally?
BERGER: We’ll have to attend and see. We’re actually excited to select up and see what occurs subsequent for the 2 of them. Clearly, that they had this very intense connection, but it surely’s a connection that largely existed on-line and on their telephones. It’s very completely different to share a simple banter relationship with somebody and one nice first date, but it surely’s lots more durable to navigate actual on a regular basis life collectively. So we’re very excited for them and to see what that appears like. And likewise, will we work once we’re really in entrance of one another, or will we solely work once we are being cute and texting one another late at evening?
DEADLINE: It was so good to see Cobie again as Robin. How did that come collectively?
BERGER: It was an concept that we sort of locked into very early on within the season. We simply liked the thought of Sophie getting to speak to Robin and Robin attending to impart some knowledge to her about love and about life and about timing. Clearly, within the unique, we bought to see Robin undergo so many chapters of her personal and so many ups and downs and it felt actually natural to the story we have been telling to convey her again and have her communicate on these issues. It’s additionally so satisfying to How I Met Your Mom followers to see her in that function. It simply felt like the proper solution to make the most of her and we have been so excited that we really bought to do it.
DEADLINE: Robin proposes she and Sophie reunite once more sooner or later. Can we hope for a Kim Cattrall and Cobie Smulders cocktail date?
APTAKER: Oh, that will be superior! We simply did a finale occasion with Kim and she or he stated how a lot she loves engaged on the present however laments she by no means will get to work with the solid. She’s caught sooner or later. She requested, “How can I get a scene with Hilary?” So we’re beginning to brainstorm if there’s any fantasy that would get Kim along with a few of the solid.
BERGER: We like her. Each time she’s on display screen, we’re grinning as superfans. We’re going to attempt to discover inventive methods to make use of her as a lot as potential with out breaking all the foundations of time and area.
DEADLINE: Valentina and Sophie shall be hitting Season 2 as single girls. What are you able to tease concerning the future?
APTAKER: We’re actually excited for season two for Valentina. Right here’s this character who we’ve heard lots about and her wild and loopy days as a single girl, however we’ve by no means really seen it as a result of she’s thrust into this very accelerated relationship. So Season 2 goes to be an opportunity for us to see what Valentina appears like exterior of her relationship with Charlie and what she and Sophie appear like as ladies out in town assembly guys, at the least on Valentina’s aspect.
DEADLINE: Would you ever return in time and present how Sophie and Valentina met?
APTAKER: Yeah, we wish to do a narrative about how all of them met. That’s really one thing we had on the desk for Season 1 however with the ten episodes, we didn’t have room for it. Hopefully, when we now have 20, we’ll be capable to slot in tales like that.
BERGER: I believe everybody loves an origin story, and we love these too so hopefully there’s room subsequent season.