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September 23, 2013
On their way to Long Island for their wedding weekend, Robin and Barney come across a startling family discovery. Meanwhile, Marshall sees something online that changes the course of his entire journey back east, and Lily confronts Ted about letting go of Robin.
It’s Friday 11 A.M. (55 hours to the wedding) and Lily and Ted are headed to Farhampton. However Ted's driving habits, such as driving too slow, wearing his driver gloves, and slowing down to see the sights on the way, annoy Lily.
Robin and Barney are also headed to Farhampton in a limo, with Ranjit driving. On the way, they talk about their wedding wildcards. They find out that they both have a "crazy cousin Mitch" and there is a chance that they might be related. They both talk to their families to find out how he is related to them. Robin later gets a call from her grandmother, explaining that Mitch was adopted into Robin's family after his parents died. Barney and Robin are relieved to hear this. Barney then says that he is not worried about wild cards anymore and their wedding is going to be legendary.
Sitting in an airplane in Minnesota, Marshall is in a dilemma about how to tell Lily that he took the judgeship. He wonders this out loud, annoying the woman sitting next to him (named Daphne). Just as the flight is ready for takeoff he gets a notification on his cell phone that his mother has posted a photo of Marvin. He opens it and sees a photo of him and Marvin with the caption about him becoming a judge. He realizes that if he got this notification, then Lily must have too.
In the car with Ted, Lily gets the notification on her phone but decides not to open it as Judy has been trying to convince them not to go to Italy through photos of her and Marvin. When Ted takes a detour to watch another site, he and Lily get into a fight with Lily demanding that he drop her off at the train station.
Still sitting in the airplane, Marshall calls his mother and asks her to remove the photo. He guides her how to remove it but she is unable to. The flight attendant asks Marshall to turn off his phone as he is delaying the flight. Daphne asks him to give her the phones and when he doesn't she tries to grab it from him. This results in both of them getting kicked of the flight.
At the airport, Marshall says that he got the password from his mother and will remove it himself. He tries to do so, but even with the help of everyone else at the airport, can't figure out how to delete the photo.
Lily walks in the train which happens to be the same one The Mother is taking to Farhampton. Missing Marvin, she starts mumbling which The Mother overhears. She offers her cookies she brought on the train as Lily looks stressed. The Mother comes over and sits next to Lily and Lily starts telling her about Ted's driving habits, which the mother also shares. When Lily wonders why Ted was acting this way, The Mother suggests that it seems like he wanted her to get off the car. Lily wonders why Ted would do such a thing but then remembers about the locket.
A few days ago, Ted told Lily that the locket wasn't in the racecar pencil box, and Lily says that it's a good thing as the locket is trouble. Ted says that it's just a friendly gestures but Lily says that he thinks that getting the locket will help him win Robin back. He tells her that he has let it go, but a few seconds later says that there might be a slight chance that Stella has the locket from when they were living together. He emailed her, but she is living in L.A. and said that he'd have to fly out there and look for the locket in her storage unit. He promises Lily that he won't do that.
Lily calls Ted from the train, but he doesn't pick up. Lily then says that she has to beat Ted to Farhampton. She says that this is too stressful and she has to see Marvin’s photo. The Mother says that Lily made her promise not to let her see the photo and takes her phone away but Lily tries to snatch it back and they get into a fight. After the fight, they both apologize to each other and The Mother allows Lily to see the photo. However, at the airport, Marvin accidentally deletes the photo before Lily can see it. This upsets Lily even more, and the mother hugs Lily.
Ted enters the Farhampton Inn with a wrapped up box in his hand. He walks over to Robin but Lily tackles him from behind. Ted gets up and gives the box to Robin. She opens it to see a photo from the gang from eight years ago inside it. Robin is touched after seeing the photo. Lily then tells Robin that Marshall's flight just took off and he and Marvin will be here soon.
At the airport, Marshall learns that there is only one more flight to New York with one seat left and it is all the way across the airport. He and Daphne race to get there first.
At the Inn, Lily apologizes to Ted. She asks him not to do anything insane this weekend and Ted says that he won't.
A flashback to four days ago shows Ted at an airport asking for a ticket to L.A.
- Lily uses her "you're dead to me look" which was introduced in Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap. It was also seen in Say Cheese and The Stinson Missile Crisis .
- Barney mentions discovering he is 1/4 Canadian. He discovered this in The Slutty Pumpkin Returns.
- When Lily boards the train to Farhampton, she says she hopes it isn't filled with drunk idiots, referencing the drunk train from the episode The Drunk Train.
- Barney wanting a bear at his wedding was established in Farhampton, when he was planning his wedding to Quinn.
- Marshall discovered he was going to become a judge back in Something New.
- Peculiar Jacques, who was first mentioned in Noretta, makes a cameo appearance.
- At the end of the episode Ted says "Hi, one ticket to Los Angeles, please.", which is a reference to when The Mother said "Hi, one ticket to Farhampton, please." in Something New. This further indicates how alike Ted and The Mother are.
- Robin misused the word "literally" when she talks about her cousin and the moose, she did this previously in Spoiler Alert.
|Robin:||Someone is going to ruin this wedding.|
|Barney:||It's just the question of who.|
|Marshall:||I'm gonna ruin this wedding!|
|Barney:||English, Grandma, English!|
|Robin:||And on the north side of the family he was adopted because his real parents were eaten alive by his sled dogs! That's awesome!|
|The Mother:||Hey, are you okay? You look stressed. Plus, you muttered a few words out loud. I heard "lonely" and "unicorn", which actually gave me a great idea for a children's book, so...thank you. Are you okay?|
|Lily:||No, but there's nothing you can do.|
|The Mother:||Do you wanna cookie?|
|Lily:||Yes...yes I do! [Lily grabs a cookie]|
|The Mother:||Woah! You just took a cookie from a complete stranger on a train. I like how trusting you are. There could be drugs or poison in there.|
|Lily :||[With her mouth full] But there's not, is there?|
|The Mother:||No idea, I found them under my seat.|
|Lily:||[Spits out cookie]|
|The Mother:||No! Kidding! Sorry! You looked stressed so I thought you could use a cookie and then I thought you could use a joke, I should have stopped at the cookie.|
|Lily:||You know what? I don't care if these are poisoned. There's chocolate and peanut butter and caramel in these sumbitches.|
|The Mother:||I call them sumbitches!|
|Future Ted:||And that's how Lily met your mother.|
|Barney:||This wedding is gonna be legendary!|
|Robin:||No "wait for it"?|
|Barney:||I've got you. I don't have to wait for it anymore.|
|Mother:||I know I'm just a stranger on a train you want to bite...but do you want a hug?|
|Ted:||With all the big changes coming up, I just want Robin to remember her friends. WE all want nothing but happiness for you and Barney.|
|Ted:||You're not gonna tackle me again, are you?|
|Lily:||I'm the maid of honor, there's a good chance that won't be my only tackle of the weekend.|
|Future Ted:||It wasn't.|
|Mother:||That would drive me crazy. I would give him an embarrassing nickname until he stops driving like a little girl.|
|Future Ted:||It was Lady Tedwina Slowsby. And it worked.|
Notes and TriviaEdit
Goofs and ErrorsEdit
- The Mother says that Lily muttered the words "lonely" and unicorn" but we only see her mouth open for the words "love" and "unicorn".
- When Marshall finally gives up on trying to delete the photo revealing his acceptance for a judgeship with a banana gavel, Marvin is still in his stroller, yet in the very next shot he's laying on Marshall's lap.
- When Barney and Robin discover they might be relatives and ask Ranjit to pull over, his hand slides on the steering wheel like he is taking a turn, but it is clear that the steering wheel is not moving.
Allusions and Outside ReferencesEdit
- The binder Ted shows Lily titled "Lil and Ted's Excellent Adventure" is a reference to the movie Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.
- Barney mentions Joffrey, a character from Game of Thrones. Barney has also already shown his admiration for other movie villains and hatred of heroes in The Stinsons & The Bro Mitzvah.
- Ted mentions he and his family were at Disney World.
- The Castle Hill Inn, that sits on the coasts of Newport, Rhode Island, USA, is the inn used to show the exterior of the Farhampton Inn.
- Islands In The Stream - Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton (sung by James)
- Across The Overpass - The Solids
- This is the first episode in which Cristin Milioti appears as part of the main cast.
- This episodes marks the debut of The Farhampton Inn.
- Chronologically, Lily is the second character to meet the Mother, Barney being the first as shown in Platonish.
- The photo Ted gives to Robin is the same photo on the opening title.
- In the first few seconds of the episode, there is a Venice and a New York poster behind Marshall. Lily thinks they are moving to Italy, while Marshall took the Job in New York.
- Wayne Brady - James Stinson
- Sherri Shepherd - Daphne
- Marshall Manesh - Ranjit
- Suzie Plakson - Judy
- Michael James Bell - Flight Attendant
- Wayne Temple - Security Guard
- Alex Scott - Young Woman
- Rudy Villagrana - Gate Agent
Featuring Craig Thomas and Carter Bays.
The episode, along with Coming Back, was viewed by 9.40 million people.
Donna Bowman of The AV Club gave the episode a B+, praising the show's new episode structure, saying the entire season will be "entirely satisfactory" However, she said that she is least anticipating the rest of Marshall and Daphne's storyline, but mentions that it "will no doubt have some good laughs". She also liked the scenes with the Mother, and the idea of a Ted and Robin closure to end the show.
Max Nicholson of IGN gave the episode a 7.8 out of 10.
Angel Cohn of Television without Pity gave the episode a C. 
- ↑ http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2013/09/24/monday-final-tv-ratings-the-voice-no-adjustment-for-hostages-or-the-blacklist
- ↑ http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-locketcoming-back,103004/
- ↑ http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/09/24/how-i-met-your-mother-the-locket-review
- ↑ http://www.televisionwithoutpity.com/show/how-i-met-your-mother/the-locket-2/
|Something New||The Locket |