There's no end tag, so that's it for this episode and this season. I'm not sure whether or not I'll see you, in this space, come fall. I'm going to take my nice, long break and think it over. That said, I've had a wonderful time covering this show. It's great when a recapper loves the show she's covering. It can also be great when a recapper hates the show, but loves recapping it. Right now, I don't hate the show, but I hate recapping it with a fiery passion. Thank you all for all of your e-mails, tweets and forum feedback. Were it not for you and my sneaking (and sadly wrong) suspicion that we'd meet the mother in this episode, I'd have been gone earlier this season. You're bright, thoughtful, funny, generous, supportive, and kind. Enjoy your summer, and keep your fingers crossed that next season picks up.
I'm not sure next season will pick up. I think when the show got its guarantee, the Powers-that-Be decided they had to set aside the premise for a while. In theory, I'm okay with any given season not being primarily focused on mother-meeting, but this season, the characters seemed to regress -- particularly Barney and Ted. Usually, when a season ends, I have to deal with a week or two weeks' worth of letdown. Right now, all I'm feeling is relief. And the fan in me? Feels nothing. I hope I'm wrong. This show has always been my go-to decompression show, where I could just sit back, laugh, and bask in the love. I want that back.
Thanks to friend and colleague DeAnn Welker for covering for me last week. If I'd known what was coming this week, I would have tried to weasel out of this weecap, too. Come on over to the forums, and convince me I'm wrong to be looking at the show with leaving on my mind.
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