How I Met Your Mother

Season 8 Episode 23

Something Old

Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 06, 2013 on CBS
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Episode Summary


Robin is desperate to find her “something old” she buried in Central Park years earlier for the wedding. Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily ask for Ted’s help packing for Italy, and Barney bonds with Robin, Sr..

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  • Hole in the Head

    Back in 1994, Robin's dad took his "son" to New York for a trip and though it seems ridiculous given what we know of young Robin, she took a moment aside in Central Park to bury a locket in the hopes that years from then she'd meet her mulletted dream man and get married and come back to dig this up for her "something But she does a crappy job of digging. For someone who has had so much experience in the wilderness you'd think she'd really know better. She barely even digs a hole big enough to cover the little jewelry box.

    Anyway, now she's back in the park and she thought she and her father could find it together but he's more interested in playing laser tag with his new son who has an actual penis, Barney. And after she digs for a while, which wouldn't actually ever even remotely happen because they are SUPER strict in Central Park, especially in a public area like right near the carousel, and barely even let you walk on the freaking grass much less spend hours digging it up and peeing in a hole. Finally, she desperately calls Ted, and even though he's busy and has a big job interview, he drops everything to go help her because he thought she needed a friend. She's upset because she thinks that finding this is the sign that she's doing the right thing marrying Barney, and Ted tells her that signs are for dummies and they share a moment when she finds the box and it's empty. I swear to God if they even toy with putting Ted and Robin back together, TPTB at CBS are getting a bill to replace my TV because I will destroy it in a fit of rage.

    And then over at Marshall and Lily's apartment, baby Marvin is nowhere to be found and the two are quibbling over what should go in the trash and what they should take for a year in Italy. Apparently they've never heard of storage units. Put all your stuff in there. Though I did learn from my old neighbors that putting your bras in cold storage is a terrible idea because they all shrink. Just a helpful tip, which is the least I can do since this show is so useless right now.

    The couple are fighting so much that they call in Ted to be their tie-breaker as apparently he's the packing king or something. He once traveled through Europe with only a fanny pack, but all I can think about is how bad he must have reeked wearing that ugly Dashiki the entire time. After he swallows a piece of gum, he gets down to business arbitrarily deciding which piece of sentimental nonsense should be shipped on what I'm sure is an expensive flight to Italy. Is the Captain paying for all this? And not one of the items they are deciding on is anything for the baby. Just saying. Things get tense when the threesome fight over a disgusting bean bag chair that they've had since they moved to the city. It apparently smells of decade-old Doritos farts, and weirdly enough, this is not the only decade-old fart joke that aired on CBS tonight. There was also one on Mike & Molly. Points for originality. Ted wants them to take the beanbag, because it represents their friendship, and he's afraid they are going to forget him while they are away. But eventually they all agree it is time to let the gross bean-less beanbag go, and Marshall and Lily have some kinky gorilla sex.moreless
  • Pretty good!

    I thought the episode was pretty good - better than most of what we've had so far this season, and there were major developments today.

    The packing storyline was quite hilarious. Some funny moments there! I really liked that!

    And the laser tag with Barney and Robin's dad was good.

    OVerall, an enjoyable episode, and hopefully the finale will b e as well!
  • Barney has the locket

    This episode made Barney look like a real jerk. I think the only way this is redeemed is that it turns out he has the locket. Why he would've re-buried the box and let Robin waste a day looking for it would need to be explained but I think he must have it. And that's how she's going to be convinced that marrying him is the right thing.

    We know that they get married because we saw the flashback of Robin dancing with her dad at the reception. We also know something goes wrong but it has to be after that so we know they at least go through with the ceremony to get to the reception. Seems pretty inevitable that we'll have to wait until next season for all that to unfold.moreless
  • Full circle

    Am I the only one who remembers the very first episode of this show? Ted met Robin. Sure there was some meandering at times and they fell into a few tropes (Marshall+Lily=Chandler+Monica, Ted+Robin=Ross+Rachel, Barney=Joey+Phoebe), but it comes full circle at the end. This is the story of how Ted met Robin. 'nuff said.
  • the Rain !

    Ted made it rain for Robin(rain dance) he'll do it again if he wants to,the point is that the rain is not a sign from universe that tells you what to do,it's a sign that tells you you can make your own choices,you can make your own rain...

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Ted Mosby: "Maybe it's dumb to look for signs from the universe. Maybe the universe has better things to do. Dear God I hope it does! You know how many signs I've gotten whether I should or shouldn't be with someone? Where has it gotten me? Maybe there aren't any signs. Maybe a locket is just a locket. A chair is a just a chair. Maybe we don't have to give meaning to every little thing. Maybe we don't need the universe to tell us what we really want. Maybe we already know that... deep down. "

    • (fighting over an old bean bag chair, Ted keeps knocking Marshall down onto it)
      Lily: Okay, stop! Every time he lands, that chair farts out ten-year-old Dorito dust!
      Marshall: Yeah. It's the chair.

    • Ted: Wait a minute, do you know what this means? Robin Scherbatsky, you're a girl
      Robin: Shut up! You're a girl.
      Ted: That's been well established. The new information here is that you're a girl.

  • NOTES (1)