How I Met Your Mother

Season 2 Episode 1

Where Were We?

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Sep 18, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The gang tries to help Marshall get over Lily, especially when he finds a credit card bill that leads to a hotel in New York City where some of her charges are listed.

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  • The start of Season two

    Okay where were we?

    We followed up with a great end in Season one to another wonderful start to a new season. Marshall does a good job of being sad. He does it in a way that doesn't makes you feel sorry for him too much. This was also the start of Ted and Robin's relationship. I like them together and I also enjoy that they were not too lovey-dovey, except to annoy Barney. Speaking of Barney, he had one of the best lines for him (Any time a bachelorette party drives through the city in a limo sticking their heads up the sun roof shouting "What's up New York?" we will be what is "up New York!") I like how Marshall tries to get over Lilly. It's done in such a way that seems believable. I think the ending was perfect. Just the right touch.moreless
  • Marshall mopes around during the absence of Lily.

    In a decent season 2 premiere, Marshall has been ruining himself and the lives of his friends during the summer in which Lily has been in San Francisco for her art program. Barney takes Marshall to a strip club and Ted takes him to a Indians/Yankees game, but he's still no good. However, Robin does the trick by taking him to a shooting range as we see Robin's secret interest in guns for the first time. When things seem to be getting better, Marshall finds out Lily's credit card has been used at a New York City hotel, he assumes the worst: she's back in town without telling him with a new boyfriend. Turns out she had her credit card stolen and even though he seems paranoid/jealous going to the hotel, he finds a wanted identity theft, so it's sort of bittersweet. However, the guys finally make him get over the hump and as Lily arrives back in The Big Apple for real, she is saddened when Marshall seems to be having a good time at MacLaren's. She leaves unnoticed to end the episode. It was a pretty good episode to me. Ted and Robin are first seen as a couple. It was a good format numbering the days to show how long of a process the "getting-over-Lily" was for Marshall. Barney's still the same, but it'll lead to a great Season 2.moreless
  • Marshall is depressed that Lily left him.

    "Where Were We" is a great How I Met Your Mother season opener!! It's actually really sad how Marshall's all depressed about Lily leaving. I love how Robin takes Marshall to the shooting range to try and cheer him up. It's interesting that Marshall finds Lily's credit card bill and he sees that she's in town. Then he thinks LIly has a new boyfriend, but it turns out some guy stole her credit card. I love how one day he just wakes up and makes pancakes for Robin and Ted. I love the end of the episode when Lily shows up. I give this episode a 9/10.moreless
  • Pancake day!

    The brief exchange between Alyson Hannigan and George Clinton is the only highlight to a another episode of "How I Met Your Mother." I beleieve this is a repeat of the season opener, so I didn't miss much. the episode began in 2030 and going back in time to 2006. I don't know what's happening in 2030 and I'm not going to guess. But back to the episode in question, I didn't care much about it and Alyson Hannigan made a brief appreance. Hannigan is a one-woman show. and the rest of the cast are dazed and confused. This show need a miracle.moreless
  • Ted, Robin & Barney try to help Marshall get over Lilly.

    This episode was definitely a good start to the season. I got sucked right in as soon as I started watching. In continuation the the season finale, Ted & Robin are together and they are having a great time. Meanwhile Marshall is having the worst summer while trying to get over Lilly. He spends most of th summer feeling miserable, while Robin is annoyed because of it. So they decide to try to help him. Barney takes him to a strip club, Ted takes him to a ball gam, and Robin takes him to go shooting. None of these work, only Robin's did a bit. Once Marshall gets Lilly's credit card bill, he decides to track her down, then he gets someone who stole her identity instead. Marshall soon decides it's time to get over her and all we know no is that she's in New York somewhere, everything is almost back to normal. That last scene gives us hope. Everyone's hanging out in the bar and you see Lilly almost coming in the bar, looking at Marshall. Seeing that he's happy, she leaves. Wow, a great opener, that still kept me excited for the next episode. I'm glad Robin & Ted didn't break up just yet. Great season 2 opener.moreless
George Clinton

George Clinton


Guest Star

Jenae Altschwager

Jenae Altschwager


Guest Star

Gilbert John

Gilbert John

Joey Adalian

Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Lyndsy Fonseca

Lyndsy Fonseca


Recurring Role

David Henrie

David Henrie


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: At the end of season 1, the sofa in Ted's and Marshall's apartment was still the brown leather sofa. In this episode it is red.

    • The name of the hotel that Lily's identity thief is staying at, The Kellet Hotel, is a reference to one of the show's writers, Gloria Calderon Kellet.

    • Recurring theme introduced in this episode:

      * Robin's love of guns (as well as Ted's hatred of them) -- this is referenced again in "Moving Day" when Robin tries to cancel her subscription to Guns and Ammo as Ted moves in with her. Robin also mentions owning a gun in "Ted Mosby: Architect," as well as actually brandishing it in "We're Not From Here" to clear the hippies out of her apartment.

    • Day 22 is the first time Ted says that it is "pancakes day" because it is Sunday. That would make day 67 a Wednesday instead of the Sunday that Marshall proclaims it to be.

    • This is the first episode of the series to use a teaser (in which the introductory scene of an episode plays the opening sequence).

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Marshall: Um, you know, Ted is kind of against guns.
      Robin: (pointing a gun at Marshall) And that's why Ted's never gonna find out about this. Whoa! That sounded kind of scary with me holding a gun, didn't it? No, I meant 'please don't tell Ted.'

    • Marshall: Well I called her! And get this, she changed her number. What like I'm going to stalk her or something, like she's so special. Like she's the only Lily Aldrin out there. Cause there are four others out there in the San Francisco area alone. And they all seem a lot better then her, based on the brief conversations that I had with them.
      Robin: Does he know I'm in here.
      Marshall: Yeah, hey Robin.

    • Robin: I thought he'd never go to sleep.
      (Robin and Ted start kissing on the bed)
      Ted: Uh oh.
      Robin: Already.
      Ted: He's calling her.
      (Ted jumps off the bed)
      Robin: I don't hear anything.
      Ted: He's calling her!
      (Ted runs out and tackles Marshall in the living room)

    • Robin: (referring to her and Ted getting together) Hey! So, did you hear the big news?
      Ted: You mean how Lily and Marshall broke up and Lily's gone and nothing else remotely important happened last night? Yeah, I think he knows.

    • Barney: Do you know why you're not over Lily yet? It's 'cause you can still picture her naked. You can't get over a woman until you can no longer picture her boobs. It's a scientific fact. The average male brain can only store a finite number of boob images, or BPEGs. And your hard drive's filled to the capacity with Lily's.

    • Ted: You hungry?
      Marshall: What's the point. I could eat some food it's just gonna leave me.
      Ted: Well at least in that scenario you get to do the dumping. Come on it's Sunday! It's pancakes day.
      Marshall: Lily always made the pancakes. God, I love her pancakes. So soft. So warm. So perfectly shaped.
      Ted: Are we still talking about her pancakes? Come on. You gotta eat something. What can I get you?
      Marshall: Beer?
      Ted: No. That's what you had for dinner.
      Marshall: Fine. Then I'll just have left overs. (pulls out beer from side of the couch)

    • [At the shooting range with Marshall]
      Robin: And that's why Ted will never find out about, that sounded kinda scary with me holding a gun didn't it?

    • Ted: They were together nine years! It's only been a month and a half, he just needs to go in his own pace.
      Robin: He slept on our floor last night Ted!
      Ted: He watched a scary movie!

    • (About Marshall)
      Robin: This has to stop! Ted, we just started dating. We agreed we don't wanna move too fast and yet somehow we have a baby. He can't feed himself, he cries alot, he keeps us up all night.
      Barney: Have you tried breast feeding? Nailed it!

    • Marshall: So, I found her shampoo, guess she left it here. Smells like her, like lavender and sea-shells, hope. Somehow erotic and comforting, all at the same time.
      Robin: That's my shampoo.

    • Barney: When I get sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead. True story.

    • Barney: So he stays home all the time not getting laid? No, see, that's what you do when you have a fiancée. He should be out here celebrating! He's free! He got that red-headed tumor removed.
      Ted: You should write and illustrate children's books.

    • Ted: Whenever you feel like calling her, you come find me and I will punch you in the face.
      Marshall: You're a good friend Ted.

    • Robin: My dad taught me to shoot when I was a kid. Whenever I'm feeling lonely or depressed I come here and it reminds me that... guns are fun!

    • Barney: I have dreamed about this day boys and it's going to be legendary. Together we will own this city. Any time a girl wants to get back at her ex-boyfriend, we'll be there. Any time a girl wants to solve her father issues through promiscuity and binge drinking, we will be there. Any time a bachelorette party drives through the city in a limo sticking their heads up the sun roof shouting "What's up New York?" we will be what is "up New York!"

  • NOTES (3)


    • Lily comments, "I am so glad you spotted me at your concert and dragged me on stage to dance with you Courteney Cox style," referring to a pre-fame Courteney Cox's being dragged on stage during Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" video.