How I Met Your Mother

Season 9 Episode 1

The Locket

608
Aired Monday 8:00 PM Sep 23, 2013 on CBS
8.3
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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 …

 

 

 

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • We are finally in the final season! Though we start out 55 hours before the wedding and I've got a feeling it's going to be a long two and a half days.moreless

    6.0
    The title card tells us that it is 11 AM on a Friday and just 55 hours before the wedding, which means in my half-assed math that the wedding will be Sunday at 6 PM? That's stupid. I hate Sunday evening weddings. You have to take Monday off from work and it's really inconvenient for everyone involved, but I guess I'd expect nothing but selfishness from Barney and Robin at this point.



    Lily and Ted are in a car driving out to Farhampton, and Ted's sporting his driving gloves and rattling off ridiculous facts about Long Island. He also keeps stopping at hole-in-the-wall places with butter churning and that sort of nonsense. Lily gets so disgusted that she starts banging her head into the side of the car and begs him to let her off at the train station.



    On the train she starts muttering about the passive aggressive pictures that Marshall's mom keeps posting about baby Marvin, and upon hearing the words "unicorn" and "lonely", The Mother interrupts her and asks her if she wants a cookie. Specifically, it was a Sumbitch cookie, which is filled with chocolate and peanut butter and caramel.



    The two become fast friends, as Lily regales The Mother with the tale of how her friend Ted pissed her off. We even learn that The Mother loves driving gloves and stupid roadside attractions, but doesn't like slow driving and in the future gives Ted the nickname "Lady Tedwina At some point The Mother realizes that Ted was trying to get rid of Lily, and Lily thinks it has to do with The locket. You know, the one they were digging in Central Park for last season that I had hoped we were done with? That one.



    So Lily hightails it to the wedding and tackles Ted before he can give a box to Robin, but it turns out that the box contains nothing more than a picture frame of the gang all together eight years prior. But we see that Ted days before did go to great lengths, even flying to LA to go through Stella's storage units to find the missing locket. Ted may turn out to be the big wildcard that Robin and Barney were worried about.



    The soon-to-be newlyweds are in a town car and having a bit of a panic about the fact that their wedding could be ruined by any number of relatives, including maybe a ring bear and a woman on a moose. At some point in the conversation they realize that they share a cousin Mitch. They both get awkward and decide that being related is OK since they aren't having children and Barney tries the King-Joffrey-turned-out-fine argument. But they finally get through to a family member who tells them that the cousin was adopted and there's like seven layers between them, and no blood, so they can get married without the ickiness.



    Marshall has the stupidest storyline. He's on a plane back from Minnesota and his mother posts a picture on Facebook and it is announcing that he's going to be a judge, and Marshall hasn't had the "Italy or Judge" conversation with his wife yet. So he spends a lot of time annoying Sherri Shepherd, and trying to get his mother to stop looking at porn so she can take down the picture before Lily sees it. He gets thrown off the plane, as does Sherri Shepherd, and they find out there's only one seat on the last flight of the night. The two start racing across the airport, so we've got that to look forward to.moreless
  • Wait for it.... Best episode of the season.

    9.0
    Just saying! LOL moments alert!
  • InstaEngage

    9.5
    I was instantly connected to the story line and I kept wanting to see more. All of the side stories relating to the wedding were on point. I loved all the exchanges between the mother and Lily. They had such great chemistry. I was nervous at the end of last year when they revealed the mother. I was nervous about her interacting with the other characters. This episode assured me that the mother will be great with the group. She is so funny and awkward. I love it.



    I loved the story between Marshall and Daphne. I thought it was hilarious and I hope we see more of their road trip in the episode to come.



    Barney and Robin having a scare that they were related was pretty funny. Continuing on with them, I thought it was adorable that Barney was not freaked out about his brother getting a divorce. It was a cute touch to the story that I wasn't expecting. I am anticipating if they will actually go through with the wedding. I still believe something is going to happen, but I kinda hope it doesn't. Just let them be a married couple already.



    As for Ted, I was happy with the scene at the end where it shows him talking with the mother 1 year in the future. It made me sad because it shows that the show will be ending this season, but we already knew that. The story that annoyed me about Ted this episode was the front desk worker who kept tormenting him about being alone. It got slightly annoying towards the end, but I think it was necessary. Ted is finally going to realize that he is alone and he is going to do something crazy.



    I am so excited for this season. This season premier was great. It definitely did what it was supposed to do, draw us back into the story line.moreless
  • Eight Years

    9.0
    Well, the mother's won Lily over (even if Lily didn't ask her name after eating all her cookies and biting her after they were gone). I loved that we got a reappearance of the locket and that the wedding isn't going forward with out any hitches (aside from the main one the wedding exists for). The possible relation storyline and Raj's lechery weren't on par with the rest of the episode, but I guess with this season focusing on the wedding weekend, Barney and Robin have to be the butt of the jokes at some point. And of course, the question of does he have it (of course) and when will this be revealed (speak now). Great way to get the ball rolling.moreless

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