How I Met Your Mother

Season 2 Episode 8

Atlantic City

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 13, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Marshall and Lily drag the gang to Atlantic City to elope, and their quest to overcome the three-day wait for a marriage license crosses them with some Chinese gamblers, a ship captain, and a sexy novelty shirt.

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  • A 12 second marriage

    After Lilly and Marshall get back together they decide to get married right away to avoid the awkwardness of dealing with Marshall's family. This was a great story. I like how Lilly proposed and Marshall wanted it to be special. A great callback to the pilot after Marshall proposed. It's things like this why I like this so much. If you have seen all the episodes at this point, you appreciate it more. While I am not a fan of quick marriages, especially for great couples like Marshall and Lilly, I am glad there was a sense of realism to getting the wedding together. Most shows the wedding just happens with little conflict or happens because of beer. It was funny how Ted was turned on by Robin's shirt. The scene with the first Registrar was very funny. She delivered with the perfect touch of empathy and yet still knowing how to do her job.

    Another good thing was Barney. You are left wondering on why he is doing what he is doing. (many episodes you do, but this one especially) While the show did explain what Barney is doing, I don't feel like the whole story is explained. I really like this. Another callback to season one when Marshall figuring out the game.

    It was real nice ending and good turnaround for Robin. My only complaint was it gives people hope who want Robin as the future mother. Overall this was a good episode that left some mystery up in the air and sets up nicely for the next episode which also has some mystery.moreless
  • Marshall and Lily rush to get married.

    Marshall and Lily decide they still want to get married, so they are quickly engaged again. Not just that, but they drag the rest of the gang with them to Atlantic City to elope. While I love Marshall and Lily together, I felt if they went through with this, the writers would just be rushing the characters to get married. Thankfully, they don't which was good. However, the rest of the episode was just, "eh" as nothing else happened. Before they called it off, Marshall and Lily scrambled to get a marriage license or find someone that could marry them. Ted falls in love with a sexy shirt Robin buys. Then Barney reveals his gambling problem for the first time, and he wins the couple money to get married in foreign waters off the shore of Atlantic City. Ultimately, they decide against it and want the same traditional wedding they planned for prior to Lily going to San Francisco.moreless
  • Lily and Marshall plan to elope.

    "Atlantic City" is an awesome How I Met Your Mother episode. In this episode, Lily and Marshall plan to elope. I love how Ted, Robin, and Barney quit what their doing and they all follow Marshall and Lily to Atlantic City to elope. I love how they are trying to find different ways they can elope, so Barney enters a Chinese gambling game and Marshall figures out how to play and the win the money they need to elope. I love how Lily and Marshall get married, but they share a certain look, which means they want a big wedding with their family there, and so they are married for only 12 seconds and they instantly get a divorce, so they have the big wedding they want. I give this episode a 9.5/10.moreless
  • A losing bet!

    The gang go to Atlantic City so that Marshall and Lily could get married. Plus the rest of the cast gamble, no surprise here. it's just another example of "How I Met Your Mother," is becoming just another rip-off of "friends." You know the show, six friends gather around the coffee house and making funny jokes. This show is just about the same. Marshall and Lily wanted to get married, but end up on a boat, when they change their mind. Just another way of say it's the November Sweeps and most the people woh wewre watching this show may have switch to "Prison Break."moreless
  • Lilly & Marshall decide to elope.

    This was definitely one of my favorite episodes of HIMYM. A good balance on the comedy, and the drama. A good setting stone in Lilly & Marshall's relationship, and it's definitely a good story to tell to your kids. Lilly can't face Marshall's parents after calling off the first engagement they had. So they decide to elope in Atlantic City, and bring along all their friends: Ted, Robin & Barney. I love the pedicure scene, hilarious. Anyways they of course stumble on some trouble on the way, they have to wait 3 days so they wait for a judge to pass by so he can marry them. The bench scene was hilarious as well. "Jeez, you go to the vending machine for 30 seconds... vultures" Another hilarious scene. Lilly & Marshall find a way to get married that day. The just have to get married on international waters. So they have to gamble money to get 5000 dollars for a boat. Barney ends up winning the money, and Ted is strangely turned on by Robin's shirt and they end up doing it in the closet. While getting married, Lilly & Marshall decide they want to wait to get married, after being married for 12 seconds, they unpronounced them man & wife. A hysterical situation with a lot of jokes on the way. The boat scene was definitely my favorite. This was definitely a proper re-engagement of Marshall & Lilly. Amazing episode.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • While they indicate having to go to international waters to marry, and even mention the twelve miles to get there, while on the boat the view of the Boardwalk casinos is that which would be seen from no more than a few hundred yards offshore.

    • Even though the keno receptionist calls out #35, and then #27, neither of these numbers lights up on the keno board in the background.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Marshall: (calling on the phone) Yeah! So, now, she's gone and the wedding's off. // What do you call someone who just takes off and leaves like that? What do you call that?! (shocked on the reply) Th-that's a little strong. I can't believe you used a word like that! Geez, Grandma!

    • Barney: I can get us that money.
      Ted: How?
      Barney: Have you noticed that all day Chinese men keep coming up to me?
      Ted: Yes. Have you noticed I haven't asked about it because I'm too afraid of the answer?

    • Ted: Wait, wait, wait! I don't understand! People get married in Atlantic City all the time. Registrar: Yes, they do but they don't elope. They choose Atlantic City for its white sand beaches, world-class amenities and exotic Riviera feel. Lily: Have you been outside?! Ted: There is half an orca whale rotting not 20 feet from the cabana!

    • Registrar: You are aware that this is not Las Vegas.
      Robin: Tell me about it. In Vegas casinos pump in oxygen. Here, most guests bring their own.

    • Barney: Ah, AC. Always in decline, never hitting bottom. It's good to be back, old friend.

    • Barney: Marshall, I'm your best man.
      Marshall: You're not my best man.
      Ted: Right here.
      Barney: And as your best man, I have to throw you a bachelor party. That's part of being a best friend.
      Marshall: You're not my best friend.
      Ted: Right here.

    • Marshall: Barney, split your tiles. You can triple your money if you find the jelly bean.

    • Lily: We're going to Atlantic City to elope, right now!
      Barney: Congratulations, Lily! Marshall, you're getting married? What the hell?

    • Lily: I can't even look Mrs. Butterworth in the eye.

    • Marshall: Until you see a ring on this finger don't expect me to put out.
      Lily: Yeah, right!

    • Marshall: Hi, we need a marriage license but we need to skip the waiting period because we're in love. Registrar: Aaww... I'm gonna waive this waiting period right now! Lily: Really!? Registrar: Is what I would say if I could waive the waiting period but, unfortunately, only a judge can do that... Lily: Oh! So, can we see a judge? Registrar: Absolutely! Lily: Really!? Registrar: Is what I would say if there was any chance of you seeing a judge today, which there isn't... Marshall: Why are you doing this to us?! Registrar: Because, you're on Candid Camera... Robin: Really!? Registrar: Is what I would say-- Marshall: You know what?! We get it!

    • Lily: Oh Robin, that's a really cute outfit.
      Robin: Really? Thanks..
      Lily: Yea, it has to go, I'm the bride and you can't look better than me.

    • Barney: If there was any shame in a dude getting a pedicure I don't think there would've been a feature about it in Details magazine.

    • Marshall: Do you still wanna? That's like the lamest proposal ever!

    • Lily: Oh my God! These pancakes are delicious!
      Marshall: Yes! Thank you. I learned how to cook while you were gone this summer.
      Lily: Wow! Do you want to cook dinner tonight?
      Marshall: Yeah, sure...How about pancakes?

    • Judge: What was that look? What's going on?
      Barney: They broke up over the summer. Lily totally ran off to San Francisco, and these two just had sex in the closet.
      (Outraged and surprised looks from Ted and Robin)
      Barney: What? We're under oath!
      Ted: No we're not.
      Barney: Yeah, we are. He's a judge.
      Ted: Did we take an oath? Do you even know what an oath is?
      Barney: Uh, yeah. Courthouse, (points above him) oath. We're under it.

  • NOTES (4)