How I Met Your Mother: Season 8, Episode 23

Something Old (6 May 2013)

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Robin searches for a locket that she buried in Central Park for her wedding, Ted helps Marshall and Lily pack for Italy, and Barney plays laser tag with his future father in law.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Barrera ...
Mariachi #1
Kid #4
Daniel Harris ...
Kid #2
Billy 4 Johnston ...
Kid #1
Sam Marchan ...
Mariachi #3
Eduardo Reynoso Jr. ...
Mariachi #2
Cameron McCasland ...
Kid #3


Robin Scherbatsky Sr. is in town. He and Barney, the son he never had, bond doing one of Barney's favorite activities, laser tag. But not all is harmonious between the father/son duo. Their bonding time leaves Robin Jr. to carry out an important task, namely finding the locket she buried near the Central Park carousel when she was a teenager, that locket which was always intended to be her "something old" at her wedding. Having trouble trying to find it, she also has trouble getting anyone to help her, which is important as that locket has more meaning to her than just the traditional symbolic wedding item. Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily are having trouble trying to decide what to take with them to Italy and what to throw away, so they call in the packing expert, Ted, who is so renowned for traveling through Spain for two weeks with everything he needed in only a "hand's free belt satchel" (i.e. fanny pack). But Ted's expertise takes a back seat for another criterion which dictates what... Written by Huggo

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"El Ganso con la Riñonera" actually means "the Goose with the Fanny Pack" See more »


In the flashback when Ted is describing his trip to Spain, a mariachi band appears. Mariachi bands are exclusively from Mexico. See more »


Robin Scherbatsky: Ted, this is a sign, and you know it! I mean, the universe is screaming at me right now, how can you of all people have come to ignore that?
Ted Mosby: Because maybe it's dumb to look for the signs from the universe! Maybe the universe has better things to do. I mean, dear God, I hope it does. You know how many signs I've gotten, that I should or shouldn't be with someone? And where has it gotten me? Maybe there aren't any signs. Maybe... maybe a locket's just a locket, and... a chair's just a chair. ...
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References Animal House (1978) See more »


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Written by Jay Bennett and Jeff Tweedy
Performed by Wilco
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8 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am disappointed just for the fact that writers arbitrarily twist the story. Don't they watch just the previous freaking episode? Why would they do that? Wasn't everything great for Barney & Robin in the last episode. Where the h*ll this new stuff come from? In just one episode writers have a freedom to turn everything on opposite direction and I hate that. I hate the inconsistency with all my heart. Shame on you writers, producers, directors who are butchering the show.

Who knows what they will show on the next episode. I don't like being duped. They introduce new people, new events new connections out of nowhere just to screw up with us.

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