A long-awaited TV revelation has resulted in the "mother" of all episodes.

After eight seasons of speculating and guessing and waiting in not-so-quite-breathless anticipation, fans of the CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother," finally did meet the titular woman Monday night.

Played by Broadway actress Cristin Milioti, she showed up in the final scene of the season finale. Holding a yellow umbrella, she purchased a train ticket to Farhampton, where she will eventually meet Ted (Josh Radnor).

Shot on March 27 at the Twentieth Century Fox lot in Los Angeles, Milioti's casting and filming of her scene was kept in strict secrecy in order to preserve the surprise for the audience, according a CBS News release.

 Viewers finally met The Mother (Cristin Milioti) as she buys a ticket out to Barney and Robin s wedding in Farhampton, on the eighth season finale of HOW
Viewers finally met The Mother (Cristin Milioti) as she buys a ticket out to Barney and Robin s wedding in Farhampton, on the eighth season finale of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, Monday, May 13 on the CBS Television Network. Photo: CBS © 2013 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

"It was a pretty big umbrella to fill, casting the title role in a series that's been on the air for eight years," says Carter Bays, executive producer and co-creator of "HIMYM." "And yet Cristin Milioti is, against all odds, exactly what we were looking for. She made us laugh on '30 Rock,' she made us swoon in 'Once,' and her ukulele skills are no joke. We're thrilled to welcome her to the family, and look forward to getting to know her — and the character she plays — much better in the coming final season.

"And to all the fans, on behalf of all of us writers, cast and crew: Thank you for sticking with us on this wild journey. Our ninth season will tell the epic story of the longest wedding weekend ever. We hope you like it. Next stop, Farhampton ..."


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Milioti recently concluded her star turn as "Girl" in the Broadway smash hit musical "Once," for which she received a Grammy Award as well as a Tony Award nomination for Lead Actress. Milioti will soon be seen playing opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in the upcoming Martin Scorsese feature film, "The Wolf of Wall Street," due out later this year.

Her previous television credits include "30 Rock," "The Sopranos," "The Good Wife" and "Nurse Jackie."

"HIMYM" returns in the fall for its ninth and final season.