'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Private Practice,' 'Good Wife,' 'Bones': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

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It’s finale season, so much like in my personal life, I don’t have time for foreplay. (Dear God, I’m going to stop typing now.)

E-mail all requests to spoileroom@ew.com or find me on Twitter. See you next week — and hopefully by then I will have seen a professional about my severe case of word vomit.

‘HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER’: ITS ODD ‘BREAKING BAD’ CONNECTION
What on Earth could How I Met Your Mother have in common with Breaking Bad? A lot, hopes executive producer — and self-described “big fan” of the show — Carter Bays.

“I think that’s on a whole other level and it’s incredible. And what I like about this [past] season especially was that you didn’t really realize the journey you were watching until the last episode. And I feel like this season, we [also] aimed for that,” he says. “Who knows if we hit that mark, but there’s a journey that’s been going on, especially for Ted. And I think it’s been a little subtle this season, but it resolves nicely at the end of the finale.” Don’t worry, he assures, half of Ted’s face doesn’t get blown off. But our minds, however, will be blown.

“We sort of return to the bookend nature of the wedding. That comes in half way through the finale. We return to the future wedding,” he says. “The finale was initially conceived as two episodes, and we put them together because we felt there’s a nice flow to it.” And just as many surprises as when we first saw it.

“It goes to some interesting places. There are some surprises that pop up over the course of the hour. Some old faces reappear, some new faces appear — and some things will be irrevocably changed on the show.”

‘PRIVATE PRACTICE’: NEW NIGHT, NEW SURPRISES
KaDee Strickland has what she feels is an embarrassment of storyline riches on Private Practice and that won’t change after the upcoming timeslot shift that will find fans checking in to Oceanside on Tuesdays instead of Thursdays. So she’s not worried about it. If anything, she thinks this next batch of episodes holds more surprises than ever. “You’re going to see things that we’ve been building to since the show started,” she says. “You’re going to learn about the pasts of certain characters who you’ve known now for years, and after five years on a show, that’s pretty fantastic.”

And as the show “battens down the hatches” of the last episodes (I love her southern-isms!), she promises fans will be surprised by personal developments that happen for all the characters. “You learn something about Sheldon (Brian Benben) that you never knew — that’s for sure,” she says. “And you definitely see Addison in a circumstance you’ve never seen her before and it comes with all sorts of strings attached and that’s really fun for the audience. Everyone has a soft spot for her and to see that evolve in a different way, it’s great.”

But what of Charlotte and Cooper’s ongoing struggle to prepare Mason for his mom’s death? More on that in our full chat Tuesday!

MARTHA PLIMPTON ON HER RETURN TO ‘THE GOOD WIFE’: PATTI IS ‘MORE BLATANTLY EVIL THAN EVER’
As you might have heard (or, if not, hear it here first!): This Sunday’s Good Wife is a fantastic one. Eli finds his loyalties split after being given an important decision to make that will have big consequences, Alicia is involved in at least two weighty confrontations, and Peter makes a decision about running for governor — with a big shocker to boot. But thanks to Martha Plimpton, it’s actually the season finale that we’re aching to see.

Plimpton stopped by EW this week to chat about the two-part season finale of Raising Hope (scoop on that below), but also threw in a couple of choice teases about her return to Good Wife, in which she teams up with Michael J. Fox for the first time in nearly 30 years. (She had a guest spot on Family Ties at the age of 14!) “In this episode, Patti Nyholm is more blatantly evil than ever — in the most delightful way,” she says. “It was so, so much fun working with Michael. He’s a phenomenally fantastic actor. So funny, so present, so natural, so loose, and easy to work with. It was a real treat for me.”

And it will be a treat for viewers, too, because when two forces get together for a common goal (in this case, to bankrupt Lockhart/Gardener), there will be fireworks. “We’re the dream team. We’re on the same side, and we have a common enemy,” she says. “I was very, very pleased with our chemistry. I thought it was really good, and I think we deserve our own show. I think we deserve a spinoff.” Um, if I get a vote, motion granted!

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