Spoilers ahead for Season 1, Episode 9 of Hulu’s How I Met Your Father, “Jay Street.”
Hulu’s How I Met Your Father dropped the penultimate episode of the first season earlier this week. While the episode included a reunion between Jesse and ex Meredith, with Sophie struggling to break things off with Drew and Charlie getting homesick, the show managed to finally connect to How I Met Your Mother with some familiar faces from the original series, and it was pretty great. Now the showrunners and creators are opening up about making it happen.
The episode involves two beloved recurring characters from How I Met Your Mother, Kyle MacLachlan’s The Captain (and Zoey’s ex-husband) and Laura Bell Bundy’s Becky, who is The Captain’s third wife and Robin’s former co-anchor. While the scene in question, with The Captain being unfaithful and Becky barging in, seems a little random, it’s revealed that Sophie is retelling the story to her son in the future. She tells him that the story will tie in to her own story, but we don’t get much after that.
How I Met Your Father creators Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger discussed the surprise returns with TVLine and why Episode 9 was the perfect time to bring back two characters from How I Met Your Mother. While it was only a matter of time before HIMYM characters would show up on HIMYF, Aptaker mentioned wanting to give the new series a chance to stand on its own for a while, including with some changes:
It makes sense that they would want to wait until nearly the end of the season to bring someone in from the original series. Up until Episode 9, the only connection the two series had with each other was that Jesse’s apartment is Marshall and Lily’s apartment. So it will be interesting to see how The Captain and Becky play a bigger role in Sophie’s love story.
As for getting Kyle MacLachlan and Laura Bell Bundy to be on the Hulu series, Isaac Aptaker mentioned that while both were on board, it was a little harder to get one of them on the series due to travel and COVID, as MacLachlan was actually in Australia for another project:
It’s a good thing that it all worked out for MacLachlan and Bundy to be on HIMYF, since it seems like this storyline can go in any direction. With the series already renewed for Season 2, hopefully more characters from HIMYM will make an appearance! Whether those appearances would connect to Sophie’s storylines or just serve as cameos for nostalgia's sake, fans of the original series would surely love more Easter eggs and OG characters. Neil Patrick Harris supports the reboot, so who knows?
Speaking of Easter eggs, the penultimate episode also included Ellen getting an interview at the Goliath Corporation. Fans of the CBS series will recognize Goliath instantly, as Barney and Marshall’s former employer was Goliath National Bank. It’s nice that these Easter eggs and connections are subtle, but fingers crossed we get something even bigger in the future.
The Season 1 finale of How I Met Your Father drops on Hulu on Tuesday, March 15 at 12 a.m. EST! Check out some of Hulu’s best originals to find your next obsession, and swing by our 2022 TV schedule for more viewing options.
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