SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – One member of the cast won’t be invited to the after party following the ‘How I Met Your Mother’ finale Monday. Early on in the show – Season 2 – the City by the Bay almost ended one of the most sickeningly sweet, yet still hilarious couples in TV history.
Viewers watch Marshall Eriksen and Lily Aldrin – together known as Marshmallow – grow from stoner college buddies to loving parents, but not before one big bump in the road: Lily leaving Marshal for San Francisco – or at least a handful of bluescreed images masquerading as our fair city.
After initially pretending to have enjoyed her time in San Francisco, and describing its citizens as a “human tapestry,” she reveals in episode two that her dreams were crushed in San Francisco. Her art teachers panned her work and she encountered a man suffering from multiple personality disorder on what looked vaguely like a Muni bus.
In Marshall’s imagination’s imagination, Lily was finding happiness raising ferrits with George Clinton of P. Funk fame. In reality they didn’t even bother shooting an episode here before they had her character return to New York.
It was a brief plot twist in the otherwise steady relationship pairing on the show, but still, within the last year on Reddit and other online fan sites, people have had trouble getting over Lilly leaving for San Francisco, claiming it was “the only time they didn’t like Lily.”
Hopefully the end of the show will finally help those scars heal for super fans. For one last dose of HIMYM before the finale, check out this Photo Gallery from the final show.