Its finally here, the 100th episode of How I Met Your Mother airs tonight on CBS and they’re marking the event with a big, splashy musical number.
“I don’t think we’re going to do too often, but now that we’ve gotten our feet wet, we’d love to do it again,” the show’s co-creator, Carter Bays said.
The episode, Girls vs. Suits features the musically inclined cast performing Barney’s ode to suits, “Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit,” with 65 dancers all backed by the strings of a 50-piece orchestra.
Bays wrote the song with executive producer Craig Thomas, the pair also wrote the show’s theme song with their band, The Solids. The “Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit” number plays out in Barney’s mind when he’s forced to choose between his signature suit and a hot bartender who hates men in suits.
“The whole concept of this was to have an on-air 100th episode celebration party and just [go] nuts and have three minutes of unadulterated, joyful fun and … just kind of share our joy and pride in 100 episodes and throw a little party for the fans,” Thomas said.
Project Runway’s Tim Gunn guest-stars to help Barney make it all work.
“[Gunn] was every bit the wonderful man you think he’s going to be. I want him back in every episode,” Alyson Hannigan said. “I’ve never seen people that happy about a guest star. He was more popular than Britney Spears. That’s saying something.”
Its a major milestone for a show that struggled in its early seasons. But now, they’re riding high with good ratings an Emmy nod. “It’s been interesting to see how the show has evolved,” Thomas said.
“Because we’re so flashback-happy, we can kind of dive back into those things and really get to know these people in ways that in 20 minutes in one pilot you never would’ve expected,” he said. “How could you have predicted [in the pilot] that somehow not far over a year later, Barney would be on the set of The Price Is Right … so he could tell his father Bob Barker that he was his son? … It’s the most fun thing in the world to discover that kind of stuff, discover new details of their past and personalities and find ways to intersect the characters.”
One thing that has yet to be revealed is the Mother. In the 100th episode, though, Ted will get the closest he’s been to meeting his wife after befriending Cindy (guest star Rachel Bilson) at Columbia University. Bilson was only attached for one episode, so far. “She is very important to the ultimate story, so she probably will come back,” Bays said.
Bays and Thomas say they’re still committed to their “leading plan” of unraveling the mother’s identity, but don’t feel any pressure because for every person who wants to know, there’s someone who doesn’t want to know yet.
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“Then it is like the ride’s over in a lot of ways [if we reveal her before the series is over]. We definitely have ideas for stories that could take place after you’ve met the mother,” Thomas said. “[But] in addition to Ted, we’ve got four other very interesting characters and we sort of like the idea of making the show about more than just that one central question.”
Are you excited for the 100th episode? What are your favorite Mother episodes?
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