How I Met Your Mother

Season 2 Episode 15

Lucky Penny

10
Aired Monday 8:00 PM Feb 12, 2007 on CBS
8.8
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Ted can't seem to catch a flight to interview for his dream job, and he and Robin contemplate why. The story unfolds backwards as they they remember when Robin and Lily went hunting for a wedding dress and when Barney got stuck on the subway.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Ted finds a penny

    10
    Every so often an episode come along that rises about the rest. This is one of them. When we find out that Ted is trying to make a flight, there are stories to why it happened. It's an episode like this, is why I love this show. Ted missing his job interview was not because of one reason, but several of them. The funniest part is Barney's story. Sometimes Barney is all talk but when he said was going to run in a marathon but then actually did it. The kicker is at the end when you find out that because of the marathon, his legs don't work. It was great scene with Barney on the subway with the old women, kid and pregnant women. The only better scene was at the end of the episode when the thugs took his medal. The reaction of him was priceless.

    Like I said this was one my favorite episodes of the series. It's the little things that matter. In this case it was Ted finding a penny, possibly on the same subway that Barney took. Even though it was not mentioned, other things played a factor. If Lilly never left Marshall, of if Ted never dated Robin. Maybe I am wrong about that but a show like this, especially a episode like this, you have theories. I also love that near the ending you get the first glimpse of the mother, even though you don't see her face.

    This is probably top ten episode of the series if not top 5.moreless
  • Ted and Robin try to decide who's to blame for him missing a very important flight.

    9.0
    Ted has been offered the job of his dreams but he must first fly to Chicago for an interview. However, he's late and disappointed, so he and Robin sit and try to remember whose fault it was for the bad news. Ted wouldn't had been late if he hadn't had a court case to attend earlier that day. He wouldn't have had to attend court if Barney wouldn't have ran the New York City Marathon and become helpless in the subway. Barney wouldn't have ran the marathon had Marshall not gotten injured. Marshall wouldn't have gotten injured had Robin not scare him in his own bathroom. Robin wouldn't have had to gone to the apartment to take a nap had Lily not dragged her to camp outside a wedding dress shop. Lily wouldn't have known about the store had Robin not told her about it. And Robin wouldn't have seen it had Ted not bought her a hot dog with a 1939 penny in that part of town. Ted sadly realizes it was his fault, but wishes he knew the person who dropped the penny. He doesn't get to the interview but is eventually glad because the person who got the job had to move to Chicago. Had Ted moved to Chicago, he wouldn't of met his wife. This funny wasn't too funny but had some good moments especially at the end, but this was is definitely in my Top 3 of favorite episode formats this great show has used in its history. Great episode.moreless
  • Ted and Robin are late for a plane and they try to figure the origin of their lateness.

    10
    "Lucky Penny" is a terrific How I Met Your Mother episode. I love how Ted misses his plane,so he and Robin try to figure out who's fault it was. At first Ted blames Robin for being late, but then Robin says it's Barney's fault that they are late. I love how Robin says that Barney got sick and tired of Marshall complaining that he worked so hard to compete in a marathon and now he broke his toe, that Barney will compete in the marathon. I love how Barney can't move his legs and he's stuck on the subway, so Ted has to get him, which causes him to be late. Then, I love how Ted starts blaming Robin again because he remember the reason that Barney ran the marathon in the first place. I love how Ted explains that Marshall was applying jelly to his nipples and Robin walks in, surprises him, and he breaks his toe. I love how Robin explains that it was Lily's fault that she was at the apartment because Lily wanted her to sleep out with her at the wedding dress store but the annoying car alarm kept Robin awake, so she decided to sleep at the apartment. I love the end of this episode when Ted realizes being late for the plane was his fault because he found the lucky penny, used it to get hot dogs where he saw the line of for wedding dresses. I give this episode a 10/10.moreless
  • The reversed timeline format is a success again!

    9.5
    This format of this episode is very simalar to "The Pineapple Incident" with Ted and Robin rushing to make a flight to Chicago, so that Ted can attend an interview for his dream job. We find out exactly what caused them to be running so late through a series of flashbacks, as they try to decide who is responsible.



    This episode had some really excellent sequences, such as Marshall's preperation for the marathon and Barney's being stuck on the train. It's good to see Lily's excitement at wedding dress shopping, and I'm really enjoying the build up to the wedding at the end of the season.



    Ted's comment about "If I had gone to Chicago, I would never have met you're mother" is something to cling on to, but really isn't telling us much. I hope we'll get some bigger clues in the future. It'd be kind of kewl if they gave us a few people to speculate about. More to analyse please!moreless
  • Reversed time line.

    8.8
    An amazing episode, that had a reversed time line format, Ted misses his flight and Robin & Ted try to find out who's fault it was, and it reverses all the way back. I like all the connections with the mother as the season is almost coming to a close. We learn about destiny in this episode, how it was destiny that Ted would miss his flight. It all starts when he finds a 1939 penny, sells it online, gets a dollar 50 out of it and takes out Robin for hot dogs, while outside, they see a wedding sale, where she camps out with Lilly. Tired, the morning after, she wants to stay at Ted's, she walks in on Marshall in the bathroom, Marshall slips and breaks his toe, Barney bets he can run the marathon once Marshall realizes he can't/ He runs it, but his legs end up giving out, so Ted has to come save him, so he ends up running in to the subway without paying. He gets caught and has a court date, which is what made Ted & Robin late for the flight. We found out in the end that it was destiny that Ted missed the flight, because another person ended up getting the job and he ended up getting transferred to Chicago, and if Ted got transferred, he would have never met the mother. A great episode that tied in perfectly.moreless
Jason Medwin

Jason Medwin

Thug

Guest Star

Meredith Scott Lynn

Meredith Scott Lynn

Phyllis

Guest Star

Gabrielle Allan

Gabrielle Allan

Pregnant Lady

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Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In this episode Ted finds a 1939 penny and reports his discovery to Robin. This situation (as evidenced by the clothes they are wearing) immediately follows a scene from episode 2.02, "The Scorpion and the Toad".

    • When the outside of the airport is shown, you can see a Swissair plane, even though the company went bankrupt in 2002 and is now called Swiss, with a new logo.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Barney: I've ridden the subway twice, end to end; I've seen where it turns around. Ted, you don't ever wanna see where the subway turns around.

    • Ted: [Barney]'ll do anything to win a bet. Remember that time he bet me that Men at Work sang "Hungry Like the Wolf"? And when he found out that they didn't, he tried to hire them to.

    • Marshall: I will bet you fifty bucks you don't even finish the race.
      Barney: (childish voice) Fifty bucks? Gee grandpa, if I win maybe I could buy myself an ice-cream cone! (continues normally) Make it ten thousand!
      Marshall: You have a gambling problem, and you'll bet me fifty.
      Barney: Fine, then no bet. Okay, fifty.

    • Barney: Here's how you run a marathon. Step 1: You start running. There is no step 2.

    • Marshall: All that work I put in training for the marathon was a total waste.
      Barney: Training for a marathon?
      Marshall: What?
      Barney: You don't train for a marathon, you just run it.

    • Ted: It's down to three people, and I know they need to make their decision today. I sort of feel like my not showing up might put me in a disadvantage.

    • Robin: Didn't you ever have a dream job? Something from when you were a little girl that was all you wanted to do, I mean for God's sake I'm sure you didn't go to bed at night dreaming about being a.. I mean.. this is a cool job.

    • Robin: That security guard was a little bit handy.
      Ted: That's funny, she barely touched me.

    • Marshall: (while standing in front of the mirror, extensively rubbing his nipples with petroleum jelly) You look good! Nobody does it better than you!

    • Lily: We'll all have a wedding dress campout, it'll be fun!
      Barney: I can't go, I've got this thing.
      Lily: What thing?
      Barney: A penis!

    • Ted: A 67-year-old penny. Do you realize this penny was minted during World War II?
      Robin: So was my grandfather, and this doesn't make him interesting.

    • Ted: Would it help if I got on and give an impassioned speech about my destiny?
      Flight Gate Attendent: I think it might hurt.

    • Barney: (looking at a $50 bill) Ha! Can't believe they haven't made a coin for this yet.

    • Lily: This tracking thing is amazing! When we get married you're getting one of these.

    • Robin: (about the marathon) Barney, we're talking about 42 kilometers.
      Ted: Thanks Canada, I'll take it from here. Barney, it's like 26 miles!

    • Marshall: Ted, tell her the story of the really heavy door.
      Ted: There was a really heavy door. He opened it.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • When Marshall is motivationally speaking to himself in the mirror, he repeats, "You are, MARSHALL!" Which is a play on a line from the movie We Are Marshall as the coach is giving the team of Marshall a pep talk, their mantra: "We are Marshall!"

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