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December 15, 2008
Ted's sister Heather is moving to New York and Ted tries to keep her away from Barney. Meanwhile, Marshall takes Robin to the bar he goes to when he’s feeling down, but she fits in a bit too well with the Minnesotan-theme.
Robin enters MacLaren's wearing an unseasonal t-shirt and explains to Ted that the cold weather doesn't affect her because she's from Canada. Marshall agrees and compares New York in winter to a spring day in Minnesota, except for all the taxis, skyscrapers and non-white people. Upon returning from the bar Ted explains that his sister Heather has arrived in New York and is planning to move there. He explains to the group that Heather is something of a screw up and expresses his doubt of her ever actually moving to New York, telling them of the time she sold his possessions to buy tickets and travel to a Nine Inch Nails concert in Spain. When Barney calls he ignores it and Lily explains that he has been keeping Heather and Barney apart for the years she has been visiting New York.
Heather arrives and the group discovers Barney waiting for them at Ted's apartment with a rented swivel chair he brought for the occasion and a glass of brandy. Because of her inability to keep secrets, Lily admits tipping off Barney of Heather's arrival and reveals Robin's Christmas gift for Ted.
Barney is hurt that Ted tried to keep him away from Heather and explains that he never intended to act on all the inappropriate jokes he made. Ted explains that he does not trust Heather or Barney, though he relents and invites Barney to dinner with them on Sunday.
Robin is homesick and so Marshall takes her to the Walleye Saloon, a Minnesota-themed bar that he goes to when he is feeling homesick. Unfortunately she likes it so much that she ends up pretending to be from Minnesota to win the friendship of the bar patrons, much to Marshall's frustration. His frustration grows when she claims his story about the 1999 NFC championship game as her own and boils over after she beats his high score on the Fisherman's Quest video game, at which point he unmasks Robin as a Canadian.
Over dinner, Heather and Ted discuss her decision to move to New York to work in finance and she asks him to co-sign the lease of an apartment she found. However, his lack of faith in her proves an obstacle. Frustrated with Ted's insensitivity, Heather and Barney stage a fake sexual encounter after their interview at Goliath National Bank and ensure that Lily walks in on them, knowing that she won't be able to keep it a secret from Ted.
Heather and Barney persist in taunting Ted until he confronts them at MacLaren's, claiming that Heather has never changed her attitude. Barney explains the plan to the surprised Ted and Lily, at the same time revealing that he kissed Ted's mother. Heather storms out to find a hotel, expressing her anger at Ted's refusal to accept that she has grown up.
Eventually Ted makes up with Heather and co-signs her lease, telling her he wants to get to know the new her. Marshall apologizes to Robin for outing her as a Canadian, and reassures her that despite her lack of job or boyfriend she still belongs in New York with her friends. To help ease her Christmas homesickness he takes her to a Canadian-themed bar, the Hoser Hut where he sings Let's go to the Mall much to Robin's shame
- At the end of the episode, Marshall takes Robin to a Canadian bar where he sings a karaoke version of her teen-pop hit song, "Let's Go to the Mall".
- Ted explained that Heather once sold the couch in The Apartment. This may be a retroactive explanation for the unexplained couch switch between Come On and Where Were We?.
- Marshall is very good at games, previously shown in Game Night, and holds the high score on "Fisherman's Quest". He reveals himself as a sore loser when Robin beats him, and then again in The Front Porch.
|Barney:||Pulling down her pants
Yanking off my own
- —Barney, to the tune of Jingle Bells in 2005
|Barney:||I wish I could see her naked,
I wish I could see her naked,
- —Barney, to the tune of We Wish You a Merry Christmas in 2006
|Barney:||Ted has a little sister,
Gets hotter every day.
- —Barney, to the tune of I Have a Little Dreidel in 2007
Notes and TriviaEdit
Goofs and ErrorsEdit
- Barney says that he drove Teds mother to the airport but Barney can't drive.
- In The Mermaid Theory it becomes apparent that Marshal has avoided hanging out with Robin alone because he is afraid that she will turn into a mermaid. But here they are seen hanging out together without any awkwardness.
- It is also possible that Marshall did not know about The Mermaid Theory at the time.
Allusions and Outside ReferencesEdit
- The patrons of the Walleye Saloon curse the tragic missed field goal by Gary Anderson in the Minnesota Vikings 1999 NFC Championship game against the Atlanta Falcons. Marshall even mentions Anderson's retirement in Canada.
- Vikings jerseys worn in the Minnesota-themed bar bear the last names of series star Cobie Smulders, episode writer Chuck Tatham, episode director Pamela Fryman, and series co-creator Carter Bays.
- Marshall is wearing a #70 Minnesota Vikings Number. Number 70 was retired in honor of Jim Marshall.
- The "possible gill screen" line when Robin is playing FIsherman's Quest is a reference to The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, a documentary about the game Donkey Kong in which a 'kill screen' is when a player's score gets so high that the game glitches and kills the player suddenly.
- White Christmas - Otis Redding
- Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm - The Crash Test Dummies
- Let's Go To The Mall, sung by Marshall
- The German episode title is "Im Exil", meaning "In Exile". The French title is "Little Minesota". The Italian title is "Nostalgia di casa", meaning "Homesick".
- International Airdates: Australia: March 16, 2009 on Channel 7; Germany: January 9, 2010 on ProSieben; United Kingdom: February 18, 2010 on E4; Czech Republic: November 9, 2010 on Prima COOL
- Erin Cahill - Heather Mosby
- Eric Bruskotter - George
- Tug Coker - Bud
- Jon Paul Burkhart - Herm
- Sean Graham - Wayne
- Scott Michael Morgan - Glen
- Little Minnesota at the Internet Movie Database
- Little Minnesota at the English Wikipedia
- Little Minnesota at TV.com
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