The Season 3 finale of How I Met Your Mother definitely hit all the key elements that a season finale wants to hit: reconciliation, revelations, near-death experiences, potential love interests for the future, and marriage proposals!
After Ted breaks up with Stella for making plans too far in advance, his taxi gets hit by a car and he ends up in the hospital. This near-death experience causes all of the things that he loves to flash before his eyes, and he realizes that Stella was one of them.
The friends all gather at the hospital to make sure Ted was OK and their call to Barney causes him to run all the way to the hospital and in turn, get hit by a bus. You'd think Mr. Marathon Man would be able to run there a little more effortlessly, but I'll let it slide ;). And fortunately Barney looks at the bright side.. afterall, the ladies will play the pity card on Barney boy.. since we know at least one bone isn't broken!
Anyway, this causes Marshall and Robin to have a debate whether or not miracles exist, and it reveals some pretty hilarious stories as each person's arguments. (A pencil landing in Barney's nose, A dog turned into a turtle, A very stoned Marshall getting through customs because of a shift change, head lice sparing Marshall from getting his old job back, etc).
And the episode ends with Ted popping the big question to Stella in a video game arcade with a stuffed kangaroo (because he couldn't claw out the stuffed diamond ring from the machine).
All in all it was a good cliffhanger episode. We definitely will be left this summer wondering whether or not Stella will accept this proposal. (Though my own personal beliefs are that she won't since Scrubs was signed on for another season... as was HIMYM... and it would be pretty hard to be the leading lady in both. Plus this gives the HIMYM people a whole new season to introduce the "real" mother!)
It also tips us off that one particular person (besides boobs) that Barney saw flash before his eyes when the bus hit him was none other than Robin. Which makes me wonder if they're going to end up together afterall.... hmmmm...
And lastly, Barney and Ted make amends and become bros once again. (Cue the 'awwws')
It was obviously meant to be a more serious episode, with all of the traffic accidents, friendship moments, love revelations, etc. but I think it still did a good job sending us off for the summer!
Can't wait to see what Season 4 will bring!