How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
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Something New 

As the wedding approaches, Barney and Robin deliberately ruin an obnoxious couple's evening, Marshall and Lily's plans for Italy hit a snag and Ted tells Lily that he's moving to Chicago.



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Robin and Barney are out for a special dinner at one of their favorite restaurants, where they want to recreate one of their favorite past experiences together. Their dinner is ruined by who they deem the most obnoxious couple they've ever met. As such, Robin and Barney's mission changes to ruining not only that couple's dinner, but their lives. Meanwhile, Marshall is in St. Cloud with Marvin to visit Judy, who has just learned that Marshall and Lily are moving to Rome. Judy threatens to do whatever subversive measure required to stop them from moving away. As Lily is on her own, she heads out to Westchester with Ted, who has finally completed the renovations on his house, the one where he wants to raise his future family with his future wife, whoever she may be. Ted informs Lily of his plans for the immediate future which does not match his purpose for that house. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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13 May 2013 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The scene where Marshall gets dropped off in the Minnesota airport was actually filmed in PDX. The backdrop shows the sky bridge between the parking garage and the departure terminal, and the close-in scene where Marshall talks with his brother reveals the carts that are at the PDX airport. See more »


Once again Ted tells Lily about his true feelings for Robin, even though he knows Lily can't keep a secret. See more »


Marshall Eriksen: Is there any way that I could do this and also spend the next year of my life in Italy with my wife?
Rand: No.
Marshall Eriksen: This is such a big decision. I'm not good at big decisions.
Rand: Are you sure you wanna be a judge?
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The final two minutes make up for a disappointing season
29 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

How I Met Your Mother has always had great season finales, culminating in live-changing events for the main characters full of all kinds of emotions. This one is no exception in being generally brilliant and hitting all the right emotions, and yet it is different. This time, the season finale is not the place and time to tie all the loose ends together and resolve them. Which explains the lackluster nature of the last couple of episodes and their shortage of plot development. Usually they build up to the plot resolution in the season finale. But what season 8 ultimately culminates in is not plot resolution, but one massive build-up. To the 9th and final season that will take all it's time for the ultimate plot resolution, tying up the loose ends that define the entire series. And those have been laid out overwhelmingly well in the final minutes of "Something New".

Let's talk about the episode title for a moment. There's a connection to the last episode but also the final two episodes of season 2 - Something Borrowed / Something Blue / Something Old / Something New. Obviously, they're all wedding-themed. It was Marshall and Lily's wedding at the end of season 2, and now the build-up to Barney and Robin's wedding at the end of season 8. But the meaning of the respective episode title goes beyond that. Lily borrowed a hat to cover up Marshall's ruined hair at their wedding. "Something Blue" refers to the blue french horn, the symbol of Ted and Robin's relationship, the end of which has been revealed in the season 2 finale. And while the Marshall-Lily-wedding coincided with Ted and Robin ending their relationship, the Barney-Robin-wedding will ultimately close the door on them. "Something Old" recalls their history in the scene at the Central Park carousel, with Robin wearing a blue blazer (coincidence or symbolism?). And besides the obvious reference to the locket, the episode title could also be interpreted as a nod to those old feelings between Ted and Robin that seem to be resurging. And now for "Something New". This episode title is even more ambiguous, there's so much it could refer to. There is a new twist to the story of Robin's lost locket. New future plans for Ted. Big news for Marshall. And the closing seconds have something new in store for the viewers, something they've been looking forward to for eight years...

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