By: Michael Abitabilo
Fans of How I Met Your Mother have long appreciated the show’s dedication to continuity. As we have embarked on an eight plus year journey with the show’s five main characters, the show has frequently called back to prior episodes and themes, either to enhance a then current joke or story line, or to close a previously open-ended plot point.
From a production standpoint, the show’s creators have ostensibly done an excellent job of seamlessly depicting (storyline) time travel to reward their longtime viewers with references to events that took place years earlier. When the show has flashed back to an important but previously seen moment in time, it has relied on footage that has already aired to set the stage. (Think “Slap Bet” or “Slutty Pumpkin,” for example). Often, though, the show depicts separate but related events that we are to believe occurred just before, during, or after the scenes which were previously aired. In these instances, the show’s creators have had to recreate prior scenes while shooting new footage in order to make the story flow.