Marshall becomes predictably depressed and pathetic after the breakup. And it only gets worse when he discovers that Lily may be back in town.



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Angry New Yorker (as Joey 'Coco' Diaz)
Joey Adalian (as Gilbert John)
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At the beginning of the summer of 2006, Ted and Marshall embark on two extreme journeys. Ted and Robin are at the beginning of their romantic relationship and Ted cannot be happier. Marshall, on the hand, cannot get over his break-up with Lily despite he giving her the ultimatum of him or the summer long art fellowship in San Francisco. He wants to call and talk to her, but Ted tries to convince him that that is not the right thing to do. Ted and Barney try unsuccessfully to get Marshall out of his deep depression, but it's Robin who provides at least a short reprieve from that depression. However, Barney gives Marshall the idea that he can follow Lily's whereabouts by tracking her credit card use, Barney not actually realizing that Marshall has her on-line account password. When there is evidence from her recent hotel room purchase that Lily is back in New York, Marshall, still hurt that she didn't at least try to contact him first, has to decide if he will try and make contact with ... Written by Huggo

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18 September 2006 (USA)  »

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When Lily (in Marshall's imagination) is talking about dancing on stage with George Clinton "Courteney Cox style", is a reference to Bruce Springsteen's video "Dancing In The Dark", where Bruce Springsteen chooses Courteney Cox from the crowd to dance with him on stage. See more »


On Day 22, Ted says it's Sunday, and on Day 67, Marshall says it's Sunday. But if Day 22 was a Sunday, Day 67 would be a Wednesday. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: Okay, where were we? It was June of 2006, and life had just taken an unexpected turn
Daughter: Can't you just skip ahead to the part were you meet mom? I feel like you've been talking for like, a year.
Narrator: Honey, all this stuff I'm telling you is important. It's all part of the story.
Son: Can I go to the bathroom?
Narrator: No.
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An OK Season Opener
20 November 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Season two of "How I Met Your Mother" starts exactly were we left off with Lily leaving Marshal and Ted delighted to be with the girl of his dreams Robin.

We also now get a quick segment before the opening credits ala "Friends".

Plot In A Paragraph: Ted (Josh Radnor) Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) try to cheer up a depressed Marshall (Jason Segel) following his split from Lily (Alyson Hannigan). Things are made worse when he suspects she may be back in town.

An OK start to the second season, not a great return, but watchable TV, I particularly liked the Robin being a gun nut storyline, and Barney's speak about how the three single guys were going to rule New York.

Neil Patrick Harris really does make me laugh, and even the dullest episodes perk up when he is on screen.

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