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How I Met Your Mother S09E01/S09E02 "The Locket"/"Coming Back"


While many fans of How I Met Your Mother might lament that the show is not a laugh riot, I don't subscribe to the notion that it's a poor imitation of what it once was. Yes, the series has changed and developed into something different over the years, and yes, sometimes it makes poor decisions (Lily's "Thank you, Linus" drink gag went on at least six drinks too long), but then it pulls out a combination like tonight's "The Locket" and "Coming Back" and it reminds us that there's more to this show than just laughs. 

HIMYM is a romantic series in several senses of the word. Ted is a romantic, someone who's constantly searching for that great love and wants everything about love to be ideal and perfect. But it's also romantic in the sense that for eight season we've watched a long, often embellished, tale about our group of heroes and their extraordinary (or legendary, as it were) experiences in Manhattan. And I don't know that we can look at the series and judge it solely on the quality of laughs it produces. Because it's not the same series it was at the outset. And that's not a bad thing.

The series stopped being a joke factory when it developed these characters into actual people with real feelings, specifically when it gave Neil Patrick Harris something to do other than just act like a horndog. Harris's best work has always been when Barney's emotional and sweet and in love, and there's a reason he was nominated for all those Emmys (damn you, Jon Cryer!) earlier in the show's run. I'm not saying that the past few seasons haven't been rough, because they certainly have, but I'm also not willing to dismiss the show and say that it's a shell of what it once was as others might. Robin and Barney's relationship in Season 4 was definitely the catalyst for change on HIMYM, and while the writers clearly didn't know what to do with them in Season 5, I do feel their relationship is just as important now to the trajectory of HIMYM as Ted's search for the mother. After all, if it weren't for their wedding, he never would have met her.

And speaking of the wedding, in tonight's hour-long premiere, several storylines were introduced, both sentimental and humorous. But perhaps the only one that really mattered was the one involving Cristin Milioti's titular mother. Lily has now met her, having bailed on Ted's meticulously planned roadtrip and hopping a train to Farhampton (can't say I really blame her, Mennonite windmills do nothing for me either). And although Lily doesn't know that this woman will soon become a much larger part of her life, their friendship on the train was as easy as it was fun to watch. But for the record, as a general rule, you should never ever take a cookie from a stranger on a train. I don't care how upset you are about not seeing your child, or about how stupid Ted is. Do. Not. Take. The Cookie.

Prior to tonight, we'd only heard Milioti utter one sentence: "One ticket to Farhampton, please." But she had much more to do this time around, and in the short time we spent with her, it's obvious why she was cast as the mother. She's funny, and she has the ability to go toe-to-toe with Angry Lily and come out relatively unscathed. It couldn't have been easy joining a show in its ninth and final season, but she's assimilated herself into the cast and made it look as if she'd been there all along. Her chemistry with Josh Radnor in the final scene of tonight's premiere was both sweet and sexy, and while her character is much funnier than Ted, she likes the same things that Ted likes, like driving gloves and taking seven hour detours to see roadside attractions like goats blowing smoke rings. It's easy to see why Ted would fall for her. And why Milioti was cast in the first place.


But if I have one complaint about Season 9 so far, it's about the season-long wedding setup. Right now it's still new, but I fear it will soon wear out its welcome. We've only seen the first two hours of the wedding weekend (one hour our time), but we've already had Douchey Ted, an incest scare involving Cousin Mitch the Lumberjack with 6 Fingers, a scary Sherri Shepherd, a long cautionary joke about how everything we put on the internet is permanent (unless your child is Baby Marvin), a patented Stinson history lesson that involved a pretty funny White Russian joke, a Bondage Five, a divorce announcement, an erotic cake, and several painful reminders that Ted is single. 

Next week Barney and Robin's relatives arrive and I worry that we'll soon run out of worthy wedding-related stories to tell. But more importantly, I worry that we'll all soon be banging our heads against the metaphorical car window on this long, tedious road to the finish line. And after nine years that would be a horrible way to go out. Let's hope the writers can come through and that the addition of Milioti to the cast is enough to make this drawn-out final season worth it.


NOTES

– How sweet was it to see the cast picture from the opening credits with Josh, Jason, Alyson, Cobie, and Neil? That was eight years ago. Everyone looks so young! It's the perfect wedding gift for Robin.

– What did you think of Cristin Milioti as the Mother?

– Why exactly is Ted going to Los Angeles? We do not need more Ted pining over Robin, or a scene about giving her the locket. And we sure as hell do not need more Stella.

– Marshall feels very disconnected from the story, which makes sense considering he's in Minnesota and trying to get back to New York in time for the wedding, but I don't care for it. I don't like Marshmallow without his Lilypad.

– Ted's question about why the glove compartment is called the glove compartment if it isn't meant to hold your gloves? As the great prophet Ben Gibbard once said, "The glove compartment isn't accurately named, and everybody knows it."

– "You're a 21st century toilet." Ouch, Ted Mosby with the zinger

– "I'm coming back and I'm bringing you."

– Barney: "Our wedding is going to be legendary." Robin: "No wait-for-it?" Barney: "I've got you. I don't have to wait for it anymore." AWWW.

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AIRED ON 3/31/2014

Season 9 : Episode 24

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The Mother is quite funny and adorable. Having a regular actor portray her is a good thing. I am a dude and I do agree that HIMYM always has been a dramedy and its the thing that drew me in. I had tears by the end of the premiere and I don't do tears. I positively hated it during its middle seasons and took years to catch up on them (case in point, I just finished season 8). But, season 8 was good and this was a good start as well. Guys generally like romance and all that, its just that its insanely infuriating to see Hollywood bs 'romance'. HIMYM is on the right track as of now (I know that the finale has divided the entire fandom as of now).
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It made me angry to see Ted interacting with "The Mother" at the end of the episode in the flash forward. For 8 years we've been waiting to see them meet and interact with each other for the first time upon meeting. To have them already have met and interacting BEFORE we see how it happened really has ruined the show for me...of course I'll continue to watch but I'm really disappointed not to see their first meeting as their first on-screen interaction.
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I'm actually looking forward to the wedding setup of the season. I think it's gonna give us a chance to have a few new recurring (and funny as!) characters. Like the reception-guy and the lady who's driving Marshall to new york. I wouldn't mind having them around longer haha ;D
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I so completely disagree with you on the first few paragraphs. Maybe it's because I'm a dude and we're generally less inclined to like the romantic stuff but mostly, I think, it's because a show that starts out as a comedy with bang-jokes and at some point just starts being a romance with the occasional joke simply loses credibility and those viewers who saw the romance in the first seasons as just enough.
These last years, HIMYM has been trying way too hard to be a dramedy instead of a comedy, which I was expecting - and wanting - to be watching.
Still, you care about the characters and I find The Mother to be awesomely cast. Here's hoping they'll do at least a few more episodes à la "Slap Bet" that made this show so great in the first place. Just get the mother-meeting-business over with and make us laugh.
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The mother is perfect in the role as she is adorable & look good in the flash forward with Ted, the episode felt new with most of the shenanigans concentrating, its great the show has matured from silly gags and ridiculous plots that insults the audience.

The next big obstacle is the Ted's first encounter with the mother which is crucial to satisfying the curiosity of audience.
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I really enjoyed the episode, but I'm also concerned about the wedding being dragged out. I mean, with the scenes for next week about the old people... it already seems to be going a little stale.

What I hope is that Ted will meet the Mother fairly early in the season. I mean, he has to, right? So that, even though the wedding itself is only one weekend, we can get a good long while in real time to see them fall for each other. I feel like we need that after so many seasons just hearing about her.
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I've been one of those people screaming (not literally.... is the story I'm sticking to) that they should just introduce the mother already, and now they did, and ... it's a little bit better, and I actually enjoyed these two episodes.

HOWEVER, no one knows how to drag out a good story and make it insufferable like the HIMYM people, so if this whole last season is going to be about this wedding, I will get right back into screaming mode. Just... no. When ever Bob Saget's voice says "but we'll get to that later" I want to rip my hair out.

As for Milioti, she is good so far I guess? Not really giving me a solid impression, and she looks like the perfect cross between Lily and Robin, which is weird and cute at the same time. I think I liked her a lot because she's not one of the main 5 characters that have worn out their welcome with me. Something new? YES please.

Anyway, I have stuck with this show for so long (and suffered, along the way) and so I intend to stay with it until the end. I am also happy that the writers decided to introduce the mother before the last episode. I would have HATED it if they just ended with "and then I met her, the end!" so kudos for that. Now let's hope for a good LAST season.....
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I loved it. Now that we have seen the mother we can skip forward through time the structure that we all loved can return. I'm so excited for this season and I already love our mother!
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Good start tonight. So far, I like the change in structure and concept; it feels different in a good way and is exciting. Second episode with Roger Bart was best though.

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Yeah, I think the concept of this season is crazy as well. I'm all for spending lots of time on the wedding. If you want to spend the first month or ten episodes on it, that's cool. But I think at some point you should start to flashforward. 24 episodes of a wedding weekend is nuts. There's going to be a lot of stretching.

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Really good casting with the mother. I can totally believe he could be the love of her life. Pretty amazing feat; always thought they would wait until the end to reveal her in case they screw up. Maybe they should have waited till halfway or three quarters of a season to introduce her because I feel it could be anticlimatic. It's risky but it may just breathe life into the show for people who have been disappointed in it.
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I am definitely in the minority here. I was so bored. I want to make it to the end. I have watched and enjoyed the past seasons but my goodness I hated these first two episodes.
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Meh, I didn't like Milioti at all. Found her plain and unexciting compared to some of Ted's exes such as Sarah Chalke and Ashley Williams.
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yeah, same here. she looks like a child.
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I just adore Milioti.
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I'm cool with How I Met not being exclusively comedy anymore. I just can't stand the show rambling on and on about the same plot that we know is a dead end (Ted and Robin stuff). In this sense, I found it a very good opening for the last season although I'm a bit afraid of how long will the show keep postponing the meeting. We're still 54 hours away from the wedding and we know (or think we do) that Ted only meets his wife after the party, so, will they keep this " hours before the wedding" till the end of the season?!

Anyhow, I did enjoy Cristin Milioti as the mother! Hope to see her a lot more (that's kind of what Season 9 is for, right?)
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I was really pleased with the premiere in general; my only concern is that the drive from Minnesota to New York is a long one, meaning Marshall isn't going to be reunited with the rest of the cast anytime soon :(
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LOVE "THE MOTHER" SHE IS CUTE & FUNNY.....CAN'T WAIT TO SEE MORE OF HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Really enjoyed these two opening episodes.

- I read a synopsis for an upcoming episode where Barney is upset with Ted. I too am sick of Ted pining for Robin, but I do think Barney, Ted AND Robin need to discuss this problem TOGETHER. It's the only way hard-headed Ted will really listen. Barney's line from S8, "She's marrying me, not you" was too simple. Wish they aired it all out last season though so we could focus on the mother. His kids must be so sick of hearing about Robin...

- I'm glad the writers figured out how to write Robin and Barney as a couple. I enjoy them, but there were definitely some shaky moments last season...I think they finally realized that these are two people who fully embrace their similarities and they appreciate not just the good, but all the bad as well. This of course spells trouble for everyone around them with their diabolical scheming lol. Barney was really sweet in both episodes too.

- Loved the phone convo between him and Barney. I miss Marshall when he's not interacting with the gang. I did enjoy the rental car bit though.
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OH! Forgot to mention that I laughed when Barney made the Game of Thrones reference about Joffrey being a fair and wise leader. Simple throwback to Barney always routing for the villian.
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This show jumped the shark when Barney and Robin hooked up.
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What did you think of Cristin Milioti as the Mother? She is perfect! I love her already. Brilliant casting choice.

– Why exactly is Ted going to Los Angeles? We do not need more Ted pining over Robin, or a scene about giving her the locket. And we sure as hell do not need more Stella. I agree with you here, but I also know that Ted feels the same as me, Barney and Robin are not meant to be together. I can't pinpoint exactly when I started to hate Robin's character, but I think it was around Ted and Stella's almost-wedding. Robin should have left the show then, she was superfluous to requirements after she and Ted split at Marshall and Lily's wedding, so that should have been the end of her. Barney is way to awesome to end up with someone like Robin.

Good start to the new season. A few laughs, nice to see Mason Treadwell out of prison, but I do have to agree I think the wedding weekend setting is going to get really old, really fast. Glad its back though, I will miss it when it's gone.
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I half-agree with you. I also sort of started disliking Robin...but it's because the writers changed her. I don't think she should have been written out of the show, as she is now Lily's best friend, but something about her definitely changed over the years. She used to be such a cool, confident lady and has somehow devolved into a mess. I'm not sure when she became this way, but I think it was around season 3.
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Hit right in the tear ducts, even if I watched them out of order. I really did enjoy this real introduction to the mother, even if I'm not quite happy with how they're mixing present with future (but it is one of the only ways they'll successfully get to the end of this weekend). I'm betting Ted found the locket but will quietly leave it somewhere to be found (no face-to-face confrontation) or will give it to Robin right before she walks down the aisle to calm her down from that freakout we saw seasons ago.
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I hope you're right. He's got to stop pining. She'll probably know it was him, though, if that's the way it happens.
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The best thing about the season is the mother. I really like the actress and the character - 100% for Ted and 100% great chemistry with Josh. I agree that the 50 something hours we still have to get through might be a problem because the writers already crammed too much of ado about nothing into the first 2 episodes already...I enjoyed the nod to the pilot with the cast photo wedding gift to Robin, but hopefully we get the hour installments with less over-the-top jokes and distracting sls.
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I enjoyed it a lot more than I did most of the entire previous season so I have high hopes moving forward.

I don't think it was particularly awesome or anything... but it was very good. And now that we're finally getting some forward movement on things then at least there isn't much spinning-of-the-wheels like some previous episodes.

I think "the mother" was portrayed quite well... she didn't come off as too wacky or too "forced" and her scenes with Lilly were solid. Plus they both have the same odd way (for a north-eastener) of saying "son of a b"
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Can I just say that this review is much better than the ones we got last season? So thanks for that :)
The mother is adorable and I really liked her straight away, which is a relief. The show is off to a good start and I am optimistic about the season and keeping my fingers crossed that we'll get a good ending.
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It was absolutely legendery.
I loved every second of it.
As I stated a few weeks back, my greatest fear was that this would turn out into the longest season known to mankind and that Ted wouldn't meet the mother until the very last second, and maybe I'm speaking ahead because we've only got two episodes, but man I was wrong.
Ok, it was a premiere so it's understandable it'd be action packed.
It was funny (I did like Lily's line) and just as or even a little more emotional in every sense. Barney and Robin and Ted being alone and that amazing flashforward in the present with Ted and the mother almost made me cry.
HIMYM has this thing where it can be so emotional you feel these characters are your lifelong friends- and that's the way it should be.

The Mother was BEYOND AMAZING. I already love her character, her personality, she's the right fit for Ted and you can see why Milloti's been cast: She has an undeniable chemestry with Radnor and even the camera. She's fun and sweet and her scene with Lily was great, fun and it felt natural. I loved it and I loved her and IT WAS LEGENDARY.
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For goodness sake it has been one (two) episodes, give the show a break before you decide you will be worn out on the wedding storyline when it has barely gotten underway. I liked the way the show had Ted insert little tidbits in regards to the mother, it helped us see that no matter what happens to Ted throughout this season, his TRUE LOVE is coming (in fact she is there, he just hasn't met her yet.) From what I understand the show will be doing flashforwards and flashbacks to go along with the wedding which is presently happening so if they pace the show right I think the final season can be wonderful. I thought the premiere episode was great and I LOVE the mother. She is dorky, cute, sweet, and funny and the chemistry between her and Ted is amazing. Cristin Milioti is the perfect fit for the mother and Ted, she is what he has been waiting for, and she is worth it. I think the premiere episode did a great job of introducing her, and I can't wait to see how she interacts with the rest of the group. I loved her and Lily meeting on the train, and the fact that they got along so well. She will definitely pass Lily's front porch test. The Barney and Robin storyline was okay, nothing too spectacular, and I hope Marshall's storyline doesn't keep him away from the group for too long.

Final thoughts:
I hope they don't drag out Ted/Robin storyline too long. That is a dead horse that needs to be put out to pasture and left to rot. Since we now know that Ted ends up being the wild card at Barney and Robin's wedding, and he has made it abunduntly clear that you should NEVER invite an ex to a wedding, I wonder what kind of shenanigans he will get into. Loved the flash forward scene of Ted and the Mother having lunch at the same place Barney and Robin got married.
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Was it just lunch? I got the impression that it was more. Possibly their own wedding?
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Ooh I hadn't thought of that. That would be great!
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It wouldn't surprise me in the least if Ted met, dated, proposed, and married this woman all in one year.
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I think he was about to propose...I didn't see a ring on her finger when they were talking.
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LOL. I can DEFINITELY see Ted doing that.
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It was nice I guess, nothing special though.But just like Kaitlin I'm afraid that the whole setting might get boring with time.
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HIMYM season 8 was, at best, hit or miss...mostly miss. But as I have reached season 6 of my rewatch on Netflix, I forgive TPTB. Its clear that around season 5 they started to stall, and began telling stories surrounding the rest of the cast. Thus the show began to change, in the beginning it was a seamless transition, but as the show got into its later years it was obvious that creatively they were running on fumes.

So when they decided to end it in season 9 and they announced the format would be the wedding weekend, I was intrigued. And then when they announced that the the mother would play a prominent role in the season, I was very intrigued. I hoped that creatively, it would give TPTB some more things to work with and breathe some new life into the show. And if the first two episodes are any indication of how this final season will play out, it is clear (at least to me) that this could be the best season of HIMYM in years.

I like the new format, I like that Ted will most likely be at the center of the storytelling again, but most of all I like that we the audience will get to meet the mother and come to our own conclusions as to why she is the perfect woman for Ted.

Finally these first 2 episodes made me laugh. I've said it before on this site and I will say it again, at the end of the day the most important quality about a comedy is that it makes me laugh.

So, all in all, good job HIMYM, keep it up.
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This was just an introduction to the season and introduction to The Mother's character. I suppose there will be lots of flash-forwards and backwards as the season progresses which will show us what was going on with Milioti's character over the years before she met Ted, and what happened to the entire gang after the wedding (something like that last scene with two Teds).
I'm really looking forward to the next episode
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Enjoyed it. Marshall's storylines are always the best. Minnesota nice.
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Yeah the episode wasn't that funny I mean was meh but I did like it mostly cause Robin and Barney's relationship. They are sweet and make a nice pair.
I loved "the mother" she is funny, sweet and makes me want to see more of her.
I did hated the fact that apparently the wedding is going to take most of the season. Come on! I would probably get on a train, eat cookies offered by strangers (I hope they are magical cookies or brownies if you know what I mean) and escape that. Please HIMYM spare me that.
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I had a big smile on my face watching this premier. Christin Milionti's scenes were amazing, and I love the chemistry she has with Alyson Hannigan. The rolled up magazine gag made me burst out laughing, as well as the sonsofbitches cookies. I wish she had more screentime; I would've liked to see The Mother and Lily at least part ways not knowing that their ultimate destination would lead them to see each other again.

The Mother's final scene with Ted was amazing as well. There were a lot of people wondering how this newbie could possibly replace Robin, and that last scene, I hope, put those naysayers to rest once and for all. Robin is loud and obnoxious, but The Mother is soft, a little shy, and peppers everything with humor. A lot of people say that she reminds everyone of a brunette Lily, and that might b true. Lily has been closer to Ted than any other woman in his life, but their relationship has always been platonic. Ted needs a woman like Lily that he can fall in love with, and The Mother is the perfect woman for him.

Now, that beng said, the rest of the premier was a bit... lackluster. Barney has kind of lost what was funny about him in my eyes after he decided to sacrifice everything that defined him to be with Robin. The possible incest subplot was pretty funny, but the second episode was actually pretty boring. Marshall's subplot was tedious, too, and I have a feeling we're going to have a couple wacky episodes of his road trip with Sassy Black Daphne before he finally gets back with Lily and the others. Marshall works best when he's with his friends, and here it just seemed like the writers didn't know what to do with him. Lily's train ride with The Mother was 10 shades of awesome, but once she got back at the hotel she fell flat. (Literally. She stopped being funny right after she tackled Ted.) The "Thank You Linus" gag was mildly funny at first, but got annoying after drink #4 (and he gave her 6 drinks when Ted tried to cut her off.)

And then there was Ted. A reviewer said that in the season finale last season Ted had a look of utter defeat on his face, since the (up to now) love of his life was getting married to someone else and he hasn't found anyone yet, and Ted honestly is wearng his emotions on his sleeve right now. It's also getting REALLY annoying how everybody, even strangers like the desk clerk, were reminding Ted that he's alone. Having been in a similar situation as Ted, being reminded of you being the only single guy at the wedding of the woman you loved is unnecessarily cruel, and it seems like the writers are pouring as much salt into the wound as possible. Ted is SUPPOSED to eventually let go of these moody feelings and actually start enjoying himself at the wedding. I saw the reception scene at the end of "Band or DJ," and he genuinely seemed to be having a good time just before he locks eyes with The Mother. Let Ted have some fun before he sees her.

All in all, this premiere was awesome (due to the Mother scenes and how she interacts with Lily and Ted) and dull (pretty much everything else.) I'm watching this season only for Miss Milionti now.
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I liked the episodes a lot.

First of all, The Mother is awesome, seriously, after the season finale I wasn't sure, but now I'm so glad Cristin was casted as the Mother, she's just perfect. I love how she likes the same things that Ted does (poor kids, they got the nerdiest parents ever). Also, her scenes with Lily were delighful.

As you say, I really, really, don't want to see Ted pinning over Robin AGAIN. I like Ted, a lot, but I just don't like the fact that he'll , apparently, be in love with Robin until he met the Mother.

It was nice to see that Robin & Barney relationship is strong, I know they'll get cold feet before the wedding, but It was nice to them so in love, specially Barney, he has grown up so much since the show began.

I don't like having Marshall so away from the action, yes, his scenes with Daphne were funny, but I want him with the rest of the gang!

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It wasn't a perfect premiere. There were definitely a few moments here and there I could have done without. It seems weird having Marshall on the outside looking in. If it's the final season, I want my main cast together.

I'm still waiting to issue a final verdict on the wedding-weekend-as-a-season thing until we're a couple more episodes in. We know we're going to have more flashbacks an flashforwards as we progress and that could help to break things up a bit.

I said it last night and I will say it again: Cristin Milioti is perfect. Watching her interact with Lily and Ted, it felt like she had been there the entire time. It was wonderful and I loved it.
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Absolutely agree. Sounds cheesy and all, but she was so perfect I totally understand why she's THE MOTHER and why Ted is so head over heels with the girl.
SHE'S PERFECT.
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I mean, I trusted the producers when they cast her. As important a role as this was, they could have gotten so many people for it. So there had to be a reason why she above all others got it.

After last night, I see it too. I don't think I can see someone more perfect for this role.
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Totally. It's like she's been part of the show and Ted's story all along. Amazing cast.
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I thought it was actually really good. I laughed quite a bit, we had one of Ted's sincere romantic talk things, and we got plenty of Wayne Brady, who's always fantastic on this show. As for Marshall, I agree he seems disconnected, but in this instance I didn't mind it at all, because I love the Ted and Lily combination, and always thought we didn't get enough of that over the course of the show. Josh Radnor and Alison Hannigan are fantastic when they play off each other, and while I definitely want Marshall back in the mix soon, I'm also hoping we get some more of the two of them together.

And the mother absolutely fit right in. I'm a little leery of an entire season encompassing this one weekend, but I think it's a really original idea, and after these two episodes I'm excited to see where it goes. Anxious too, but mostly excited.
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Also, Sherri Shepherd was awesome.
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Is it just me, Or does the mother look like Robin and Lilys illegitimate love-child?
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Absolutely.
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Cristin Milioti is very good mother, I like her already. This was a fantastic episode and I think it is going to be a great season.

This exchange: Barney: "Our wedding is going to be legendary." Robin: "No wait-for-it?" Barney: "I've got you. I don't have to wait for it anymore."

Was great, and made me tear up a little. I love Barney and Robin.
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Great start to the season. The Mother is a great casting, the train scene with Lily was funny.
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I enjoyed the season premiere. When the mother was first revealed , I was like they should have gone with some other actress. Afterall that's moment what show has been building upto since that 100th episode in season 5. But I have to say after the first episode of season 9, Cristin has been aptly cast for the role of the mother . She is funny, cute ,kinda weird in the sense of her interests matching to that of Ted's . That final scene with Ted and Cristin was very cute and sexy.

I think everything about the first two episodes was perfect. It would interesting to see how the writers would a season long wedding interesting and funny .

I have enjoyed the show even when it stopped being because the small moments that are shown in the show. For instance most of the season 8 wasn't funny , but I actually love that moment when Ted decorates the entire room with Christmas decorations and plays the Highway to Hell for Robin.

I hope this how meets the end it deserves.
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Well you can say HIMYM has restored my faith...
If you have read my reviews over the last season, I have been up and down with the series too. I've had my doubts about what this show was trying to do, and even in the finale last season I wasn't jumping up and down during the mother reveal.
But I guess you can say my skepticism has been lifted.

One of my biggest concerns with the later half of season 8 was Barney and Robin. I do like these two characters together and I'm so happy that they have grown as characters, Barney past just being the horn dog character and Robin developing into a woman who can say "Yes I want to spend the rest of my life with someone". The end of last season lost sight in that. However this episode erased last seasons queries. Now, I hated that cousin story plot, I knew it wasn't going anywhere... but to me when I heard "our wedding's going to be legendary".... "no wait for it?" "I don't need to, I have you" I felt better, I felt that these characters were once again real.

Speaking of real, we all have been waiting years for the mother revel. And in this I was terrified, would these two actors have any chemistry? The characters I have liked Ted best with were Stella and Victoria... yeah I know. But I felt like they were real relationships and the actors were in for all emtions. So would we like her... and I don't know how they did it. But I loved the mother. Heck, I want to be friends with her. I thought she was great with Lily, and even more so with Ted. I might have actually swooned a bit and done the head tilt with an "AHH". I believed that this was a girl Ted would fall in love with. And I loved the side by side ending... lets just say this made me believe in the show again.


My only complaint now that majority of the cast is fixed, can we PLEASE give Marshall and Lily some storyline. These actors are being wasted. Now that the other characters are developing again these two seem to be acting as the gags. But remember how great they were in the early seasons. When Lily was uncertain about marrying Marshall? When Marshall lost his father? I was captivated, and love these two, but they have had nothing for quite some time now. Maybe if they are done with the story arch they really shold have sent them to Rome.



And on a side note, does Josh never age? How????????

Anyway.. I'm excited for the developments... lets go out with a bang HIMYM for everyone.
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I actually (with a few exceptions) LOOOOOVED it.

First, Lily meeting and having that relationship with the mother was brilliant. They were instant friends and even THEIR chemistry was awesome. I loved that.

Second, the flashforward to have Ted and the mother vacationing at the inn 1 year later, that was FANTASTIC. I have not wanted Ted to meet the mother until the end, (I mean, the show is How I MET, not dated, your mother) but I have also really wanted to see them interact and know WHY she is the mother. This was wonderful! They were "totes adorbs" and I loved it. Their chemistry was seemingly effortless and they were amazing. I can't wait for more of that.

The "Thank you, Linus," bit did go on a little long, but I liked it because it made sense that it took Ted that long to get frustrated that her drink kept getting replaced. I hope there are random "Thank you, Linus,"-es in future episodes. (Just one or two though, not in every one.)

Here were my complaints. Ted and Robin and the locket. UGH. Stop. I'm tired of Ted thinking he and Robin are meant to be, or the writers throwing Ted like he is some stumbling block to Barney and Robin being together (I like them together) and Robin and Ted, to me, are WAY played out. It is just ridiculous.

Marshall and Sherri Shepherd. UGH. Okay, first, Marshall is going to be a judge? When he is this naive? He lacks total discernment to even let someone go with money to "buy a carseat." Okay, she came back, but really? Is he going to let drug dealers go on the off chance they will redeem themselves too? I never wanted to see a storyline end faster.

Aside from that, and my fear that the hours leading up to the wedding will get tired and stale and old, therefore the episodes will get stale and old, the premier was great. I think if they do enough flashbacks and forwards and such, they can keep it fresh. I just hope they DO.
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I'm loving Cristin Milioti as The Mother. Great casting, acting, and writing overall.

That being said, I'm also worried about the season-long wedding venue. Getting bored/annoyed/etc with the characters stuck in that setting is one of the things I feared most when that news first broke. Originally, I had wished for a shortened final season, even before hearing about the wedding-only venue, but now I think the show REALLY could have used a reduced episode count.
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This was one of the funniest HIMYM episodes. The mother was just brilliant. And I actually like the running gag with Lily, cause frankly all she is going to do now is whine about Marshall, might as well have her drunk.
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This was very fun!!
I didn't like a season pilot like this since season 3 or so. I don't know how the setting will work out and I won't judge it beforehand. But right now I think I could come back there and feel at home every week :D.
The mother did only feel very little forced which is a great achievement. And everyone was fun to watch and true to their characters(Especially Ted and his conversation with the concierge were great!). If they keep this up I will actually be very sad that this is the last season and we won't get to see more of married Ted(spin-off maybe :D)

Also:
"I mean, King Geoffrys parents were brother and sister and he was a fair and wise leader" -Stinson

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I was getting pissed at the whole 'are we cousins?' subplot because I figured it was yet another way of introducing willthey/won'tthey into the wedding, so I was glad to see it resolved quickly.

I also found it funny as hell that Lily's hair is back to being fairly red -- helps distinguish her from the mother a bit more.

And finally, the husband and I found the extended "Thank you Linus" scene outside with Ted to be great. HIMYM doesn't tend to do that type of long long gag, so it didn't feel overdone. And Barney's reiteration of Marshall's objections to acting like a true New Yorker? Awesome.
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I'll allow the cousins subplot, but only because they slipped King Joffrey in it.

(and because Barney already knows Robin can't have children)
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She was great and feels like a natural addition to the cast. I loved her interactions with both Alyson Hannigan and Josh Radnor and I can't wait to see how the mother meets Robin Barney Marshall and of course Ted. Loved the premiere, it was awesome. Feeling very good about this season!
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Cristin Milioti is brilliant. I was all prepared to hate her. Hell, I was *expecting* to hate her, simply because she wouldn't have been 'right', whatever that is. But she's perfect. And funny. Ted needs funny. He's been worn down a bit by seeing everyone else get on with their lives and he's still waiting. The Mother is no pushover, but she's got grace and style with it. Well worth the wait!
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Love, love, love the Mother! I do think she was perfectly cast. I, too, even an hour in, am wary about the season-long weekend, especially since now Marshall will have to drive instead of fly back. Too far removed from the rest of them!
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I really, really like the Mother. And it's so important that everybody does, because we've all been waiting for so long. It's also a nice twist that her name has not been mentioned.
As for the locket storyline: They started this last season and now they have to resolve it. Maybe it matters if he finds it, maybe it doesn't, but they have to tell the story now. I don't think it's too far-fetched that Ted is a little depressed about the wedding. Although I don't think this is about Robin anymore, but about him being lonely and seeing someone he has known/loved for so long move on. He has to meet the Mother soon.
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I really enjoyed the two part season starters. I am holding ut hope that Ted doesn't officially meet her until the end of the last episode, but the flash forward scene was great and I wouldn't mind seeing more of them.
Having her introduced to the audience through each of the other characters still makes the most sense to me, and that doesn't have to be done in the first 4 weeks, so I am curious to see what they have her doing when she isn't meeting one of the gang. Will we see her setting up for the reception, her own flashbacks, or more interaction with Lily until she meets the next person??
Calling the cookies Sumbitches was a nice touch. And having her get along with Lily so effortlessly makes sense, Lily has always been the one who has doubts about the women Ted dates, even sabotaging their relationships, so having Ted start a relationship with a woman Lily already approves of would explain why he doesn't have to tell the kids any stories about that.
I think I recognized some of the actors from the deck of wedding wildcards, so I am hoping they make a cameo during the season.
Of course we may see more of Stella, she and Victoria were the two women Ted was convinced were the love of his life (besides Robin) so they can give her one final goodbye. And maybe throw Ted a bone for having their relationship made into a Hollywood blockbuster.
And I know a lot of the people on this site may not have had a dial up internet connection, but I did, so when Marshall's mom was going online while talking on the I was a little pissed. I can't imagine a woman who still uses dialup would have a separate line dedicated to that p.o.s computer she was on. it bothered me.
I am hoping Robin isn't going to spend the entire season worrying about Barney panicking, or leaving, or something else. It is suppose to be her wedding and she has a whole lot of other things to panic about. If she keeps focusing on Barney even I might start to think that they don't belong together, and I love them as a couple.
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