Whitney Pastorek
January 12, 2010 AT 08:14 PM EST

I don’t know about you, PopWatchers, but when I tuned into How I Met Your Mother’s 100th episode last night, I expected to get a little song and dance — loved the big “Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit” production number at the end (see video below), especially when Barney told Lily to get her head out of her ass — and a lot of Rachel Bilson adorability. In fact, as the episode got underway, I found myself thinking what a great casting choice she was for Cindy, Ted’s PhD-candidate crush: After cycling through (and rejecting) Ashley Williams, Sarah Chalke, and Cobie Smulders, the HIMYM casting department has got to be scrambling to find someone sufficiently charming to play the inevitable Mom, and O.C. survivor Bilson would have totally done it for me.

As we’ve since learned (SPOILER ALERT, for those concerned that HIMYM might have blown their ending at a random point midway through the fifth season), Bilson is not the mother — but she’s closer than we’ve ever been. In fact, this was, to me, the most jarring episode of any TV show all year! Here we are, wandering innocently along on this journey to find Your Mother, being given a clue here, a clue there…and then suddenly out of nowhere and with no warning they show us her FOOT?

Yes, thanks to last night’s episode, we now know that Ted’s eventual wife is Cindy’s roommate, is taking Econ 305 (the class Ted mistakenly tried to teach on his first day at Columbia), owns a little yellow school bus toy, plays bass in a band, reads TC Boyle, likes the Unicorns, and that all men fall in love with her instead of Cindy. (Poor Cindy.) Also, we saw her FOOT. This was something akin to giving a starving man eyedroppers of sugar water for five years, and then hitting him in the face with a pie. Happily, I like pie.

What did you think about last night’s episode, PopWatchers? Did they sorta bury the lede by focusing so much on the dancing in suits? Or was that just crafty misdirection? And now that we’ve crossed Bilson off the list of potential Moms, who’s left in your fantasy casting pool?

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