How I Met Your Father: Who Got Together In The Season 2 Finale?

PHOTO EMBARGOED FOR USE UNTIL 9:00 pm PT on Monday 1/23 (12:00 am ET on Tuesday, 1/24). How I Met Your Father -- “Cool and Chill” - Episode 201 -- After Sophie’s gallery show and Ian’s arrival, Sid and Hannah host an impromptu wedding reception at Pemberton’s. Jesse grapples with his decisions and confides in Ellen about Meredith. Sophie (Hilary Duff) and Valentina (Francia Raisa), shown. (Photo by: Patrick Wymore/Hulu)
PHOTO EMBARGOED FOR USE UNTIL 9:00 pm PT on Monday 1/23 (12:00 am ET on Tuesday, 1/24). How I Met Your Father -- “Cool and Chill” - Episode 201 -- After Sophie’s gallery show and Ian’s arrival, Sid and Hannah host an impromptu wedding reception at Pemberton’s. Jesse grapples with his decisions and confides in Ellen about Meredith. Sophie (Hilary Duff) and Valentina (Francia Raisa), shown. (Photo by: Patrick Wymore/Hulu) /

How I Met Your Father‘s second season began with the aftermath of Sophie’s jumping between Drew and Jesse as she tried to figure out her feelings. However, after things quickly spiraled, Sophie and Jesse’s relationship ended before it could really begin, and the duo was left trying to move past the whirlwind failure.

In the end, the decision to have Sophie step back from searching for romance was a decent decision. Freaking out and running away at hearing Jesse confess his love for her was enough to get her to run away, and giving her time to grow and mature and become ready for a relationship would have been a solid way to prepare to give Sophie and Jesse another shot at romance.

Although the season sprinkled in moments between Jesse and Sophie, most of them were easily forgettable, and by the time the finale comes around, Jesse’s reminders of almost moments between them seem like reaching to prove a point.

“Okay Fine, It’s A Hurricane” ends fairly predictably for Sophie and Jesse as the season finale brings them right back to confessing being in love and wanting to be together.

It is supposed to be a satisfying moment. But instead, it falls short. Jesse had just been planning on moving in with Parker. However, How I Met Your Father never gives the audience time to actually get to know Parker enough to be the least bit interested in that relationship. Instead, Parker comes across as a one-note obstacle meant specifically to prevent Sophie and Jesse from reconciling earlier.

But, because of the lack of interest in showing her with Jesse more often or offering her more time spent with the group, Sophie’s hesitation to stop Jesse’s relationship, and Jesse’s later realization that he does not want to get over Sophie, have no significant attachment to Parker, the woman Jesse had just been in a relationship with.

Even if Parker was never meant to play a long-term role on the show, developing her even slightly would have at least allowed her to feel more like a person and less like someone meant to quickly be cast aside.

The second glaring error here is that Sophie has yet to develop at all since the show began. She is just as immature as she had been previously, and nothing other than Val’s advice is enough to get her to tell Jesse the truth.

How I Met Your Father’s season two finale also makes a massive mistake in its future setting when it revealed what the future holds for Val and Charlie.

The older Sophie references how Val and Charlie, at some point in the future from the younger counterpart’s lives, have a child together. While this could have been a way of suggesting that Charlie is no longer a candidate to be the father of Sophie’s child, revealing such information also hurts a potential third season.

As a final moment in a series finale, it gives a glimpse into a happy ending. But, as a season conclusion with potentially more to come, it ruins the mystery and the intrigue of what happens next while also harming the emotional confrontation Val has with Sophie about her feelings for Charlie.

Not wanting a child, or wanting a child, is a dealbreaker, and Val has continually been dealing with the devastating reality that she and Charlie can not be happy together, as much as they may love each other because their ideas for their futures are different.

Val’s inner turmoil about her sadness over this is how she breaks through Sophie’s head and convinces her to talk to Jesse. But, it is also a very real moment for Val to confront head-on the potential that she and Charlie may never have the future she wants for them.

Without the final moment that reveals they have a child, Val’s perspective has a far more emotional and truthful edge to it, and it allows the audience to question if Charlie or Val will ever change their minds or if they will move on from each other, knowing they are at an eternal stalemate.

Instead, if the series is renewed for season three, the audience is now ahead of Val and Charlie. The viewers know that Charlie and Val end up having a son. So, where is the emotional investment in the mystery when the audience already knows the answer? How long will it take Val and Charlie to come back together, as everyone now knows they need to?

Removing Charlie as a potential candidate as the father makes sense, though. Sophie and Charlie rarely, if ever, have been given one-on-one scenes during the first two seasons, so making him the father would come across as being very random. While it may have made an unexpected plot twist, the series has not laid the groundwork for Charlie to be anything other than Sophie’s platonic friend and Val’s romantic partner.

Sid also faces an emotional finale as he tackles what looks like may be the end of his marriage to Hannah. Their long-distance marriage had been difficult for both of them, and Sid could not help but notice how they had been drifting apart as they grew more secure with their lives on opposite sides of the country.

However, nothing could have prepared Sid for realizing that Hannah kissed another man. Sid and Hannah had been considered the show’s staple happy couple, but the harsh reality of their situation has caught up to them, and there may not be going back.

Although Sid never verbally confirms a split between him and Hannah, his saddened demeanor following their final confrontation suggests the implication that their relationship has ended.

But, part of their discussion may have been meant to plant the seed for a love triangle between Sid, Sophie, and Jesse.

Hannah initially believes that Sid’s not-quite relationship with someone else had been with Sophie. Sid only questions it once before explaining it had been with a woman from the plane he had texted too much. However, where did Hannah get the idea that something was happening between Sophie and Sid?

Hannah is rarely in New York, and when she is, most of her scenes tend to be with Sid, and the series does not go out of its way often to show Hannah reacting to Sid and Sophie’s relationship or hint at Hannah having growing suspicions.

How I Met Your Father never shows phone conversations where Sid discusses activities he did with Sophie, either. So if Hannah has rarely spent time with Sophie, how did she come to this conclusion? Or, was Hannah suggesting Sophie specifically meant to tease Sid questioning his feelings for Sophie in the future?

Ellen is by far the most underused character in the season finale, though. She does not have much going on or a big reveal surrounding her. She is used for a joke about wearing a wig in the aftermath of a big hair mistake and then is the main person to confront Hannah about telling Sid the truth.

But, otherwise, she has no central plot of her own or a tease about what could be coming up for her.

With the potential of season three still up in the air, How I Met Your Father ends with a string of storylines that could make up potential endings, but a third season would be a great deal of help in knowing how all of these storylines play out.

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