TV critic Alan Sepinwall moderated a special panel for Emmy voters yesterday featuring most of the cast and creators of How I Met Your Mother, which, despite a disappointing finale, should still be nominated for Best Comedy because there are only two other good comedies on TV. Sepinwall posted an impressive account of the panel on his blog last night, including answers to burning HIMYM questions like “What’s with the pineapple?” and “What’s with the goat?”
Will we ever find out about the pineapple? Carter shook his head and said that his single biggest regret in the history of the show was having Future Ted say at the end of “The Pineapple Incident” that he never did find out what the pineapple was about, because he’d really like to tell that story. Josh suggested that maybe they could do it in a way where the audience finds out but Ted doesn’t, and when I related the story to some friends, they all independently suggested doing an episode narrated by Future Marshall.
Will we ever find out about the goat? Carter got very excited and insisted that they have an amazing plan for the goat, and that he knows people thinks that they don’t (hence the 30th/31st day birthday confusion from “The Goat”), but we will find out, and it will be awesome.
I then asked if that meant that if I tracked down the kids (Lyndsy Fonseca and David Henrie), they could tell me who the mother is. Pam acknowledged that they probably could, “but we hope they won’t. They’re very nice kids.”
Someone ask the kids who the mother is! Lots more HIMYM geek stuff (and a little bit about Britney Spears, sigh) on Sepinwall’s blog.